Uncertainty Over Bailout Casts A Pall Over Detroit

DETROIT (AP) - The holiday season is taking on a decidedly less
festive tone around the Detroit area where people worry about the
future of the auto industry.

As he watched his kids skate at a downtown ice rink not far from
GM headquarters, resident Jeff Doyle noted that "people are scared
to death."

Nearly everyone in the Detroit area has a family member or knows
someone involved in the auto industry and worries of a possible
collapse are everywhere.

Doyle says that while everyone's trying to remain upbeat during
the holidays, family gatherings "certainly won't be as
extravagant."

The fates of thousands of auto suppliers and dealers across the
country are also in limbo and hopes for government see-sawed all of
last week.

The White House is weighing its options after a rescue bill
failed in the Senate.


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