Buzz Hargrove, the colorful and outspoken leader of the Canadian Auto Workers for 14 years, will have a challenger for the presidency of Canada's largest private-sector union in August. He is Willie Lambert, an Oakville, Ontario, bus driver and local labor leader. Hargrove welcomes the competition, adding he was "genuinely surprised that over the years I haven't had any opposition."
Bus driver to Buzz: This is your stop
FIRE BIRD, BUT NOT A PONTIAC -- Fire officials in Pepperell, Mass., think a bird is to blame for a fire April 11 at Conway Chevrolet-Buick Inc. "They have a hard time believing it, but they think a bird may have picked up a burning cigarette butt from the road - we're a nonsmoking facility - and brought it back to the nest," dealership owner Dick Conway told the local newspaper. The nest, and the charred remains of the cigarette butt, were found behind a sign on the front of the building. Most of the fire damage was limited to the store's roof, and no one was hurt. And the bird has flown the coop.
HUMMING ALONG -- Now that the price of a barrel of oil has soared beyond $70, it's hunting season again on big, gas-guzzling SUVs. So it should come as no surprise that there's a new Hummer parody Web site. The site, called HummerH8.com, is the home of the fictional 900-hp Hummer H8. (Along with some nonfictional profanity, for those of you who want to see the site for yourself and are easily offended.) The SUV boasts a whopping 5.9 mpg. The site, which also sells anti-SUV gear such as shirts and coffee mugs, includes a disclaimer that it has no connection to General Motors. That's apparently just in case anyone thinks he can equip his SUV with machine guns and a rocket launcher in the hood.
GM DESIGN: IT'S A GOOD THING -- GM design chief Ed Welburn, right, got some national TV exposure last week with an appearance on the "Martha Stewart Living" show. The home-decorating maven gave viewers a behind-the-scenes look at GM's design center in Warren, Mich., and a peek at the Chevrolet Suburban, which begins reaching dealerships this month.
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