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CHRYSLER WAVES $100,000 AT WORKERS: Chrysler LLC is offering buyouts of up to $100,000 to hourly workers at 11 of its U.S. facilities as part of its goal to cut up to 21,000 manufacturing jobs, or nearly half its U.S. hourly work force, a company spokeswoman said Monday. Earlier this month, Chrysler made offers to workers at four assembly sites. On Monday, the offers were extended to seven additional sites. Chrysler said it has eight other

U.S. facilities that are still awaiting buyout offers.

A FEW YEARS DOWN THE ROAD ... : The foundation isn't even finished, but the agency building the Freedom Tower at ground zero already is looking for someone to operate a restaurant high atop the structure. The restaurant on the 100th and 101st floors, giving 360-degree views of the area, is scheduled to open in 2013. The Port Authority on Tuesday will issue a formal request for expressions of interest to design, build and operate the restaurant. With construction under way on the foundation, the 1,776-foot tower is expected to open in 2012, 11 years after the attack on the twin towers of the World Trade Center.

WENDY'S ADS NOT DOING THE JOB: Wendy's International Inc. will scrap its 8-month-old advertising campaign -- much of it built on young men wearing a red wig with braided pigtails -- amid continued weak sales, the nation's third-largest hamburger chain announced Monday. The campaign, which debuted during the season finale of "American Idol" in May, has generated attention, but hasn't translated into improved sales, the company said. The campaign was built on the slogan "That's right." It was meant to rely on humor to emphasize the chain's made-to-order food and unfrozen beef.

TESLA GETS AIR BAG WAIVER: Tesla Motors received a waiver from the government on a federal air bag standard Monday, bringing it a step closer toward the production of its all-electric Roadster later this year. Tesla has pre-sold all of its 2008 Tesla Roadsters, a fully electric sports car that sells for $98,000. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration called the Roadster "one of the most advanced full electric vehicles available" and said the "public interest is served by encouraging the development of fuel-efficient and alternative-fueled vehicles."

BEE NEWS SERVICES

Figuratively Speaking

26: Percentage of employed Americans who said they will look for a new job in 2008, according to a survey commissioned by SnagAJob.com.

31: Percentage of hourly workers who said they plan on job hunting.

40: Percentage of Americans ages 18 to 34 who say they will be looking for a new job.

JOHN MacINTYRE,

UNIVERSAL PRESS SYNDICATE

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