General Motors to pay $900 million
General Motors agreed to pay $900 million and submit to a monitor in a deal with the government in which it admits that a deadly problem with small-car ignition switches was hidden from the public for over a decade, authorities announced Thursday. The agreement calls for two criminal charges to be dismissed after three years if the automaker cooperates fully.
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▪ Buffalo Wild Wings will stop airing TV commercials featuring comedian Steve Rannazzisi, who said this week that he lied about being in the World Trade Center during the Sept. 11 attacks. “Upon careful review, we have decided to discontinue airing our current television commercials featuring Steve Rannazzisi,” the Minneapolis company said in a statement Thursday. It did not immediately provide any other comment.
▪ The Crossings of Columbia celebrated its opening Thursday at the assisted living and memory care community in northeast Columbia. The center, at 2300 Clemson Road, is designed to support those in need of assistance with their daily activities, according to a news release.
▪ Blue Ridge Brewing Co. of Greenville will open its second location in downtown Greer. Greer officials said the brewpub is scheduled to open before the end of the year at 308 Trade St. in the space formerly occupied by The Cazbah restaurant.