'Rosie the Riveter' factory is spared
The Detroit-area factory where Rosie the Riveter showed that a woman could do a "man's work" by building World War II-era bombers has been saved from the wrecking ball, organizers of a campaign to build a museum on the site announced Thursday.
The site's manager had given the Save the Willow Run Bomber Plant campaign a Thursday deadline to raise the $8 million needed to buy a 150,000-square-foot piece of the property. As recently as Tuesday, the group was about $1 million short, but later in the day "closed on a big one," fund-raising consultant Michael Montgomery said.
That allowed him and his partners to get close enough to go forward with a purchase agreement, which he expects to be finalized in a week or so.
Meanwhile, those behind the effort will go back to raising the additional dollars needed to make the new Yankee Air Museum a reality. - AP
House blocks raise
House lawmakers voted for the sixth year in a row Thursday to deny themselves the cost-of-living pay hike that they would otherwise automatically receive next January. The move would freeze congressional salaries at $174,000 a year and is attached to legislation to fund Congress' budget, which passed the House by a 402-14 vote. Lawmakers haven't received a pay hike since January 2009. - AP
Shoot for stars, grads