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Yahoo! ArtsJan 21, 2020
Boeing Hiked Fourth-Quarter Lobby Spend in 737 Max Crisis
(Bloomberg) -- Boeing Co.'s spending on federal lobbying rose to $3.4 million in the last quarter of 2019 as the embattled plane-maker faced new threats in Washington after its 737 Max jetliner was grounded following two fatal crashes.The aerospace giant's lobbying outlay in the last three months of 2019 jumped 8% compared with the third quarter as the company's crisis over the 737 Max deepened.Former chief executive officer Dennis Muilenburg faced a bipartisan pummeling in two days of testimony in late October, with even GOP stalwarts like Senator Ted Cruz, a Texas Republican, delivering blows. That performance was the beginning of the end for Muilenburg, who was ousted in late December and replaced with David Calhoun.The same month, the company was publicly rebuked by Federal Aviation Administration chief Steve Dickson for a litany of grievances. The agency complained that Boeing's projections for returning the 737 Max to service were too optimistic and amounted to an attempt to put pressure on the regulator, according to an email the agency sent to lawmakers.A Boeing spokesman declined to comment on the company's lobbying spending.Boeing said Tuesday that the grounded 737 Max won't be cleared to fly until the middle of this year, months later than previously anticipated, in a new delay that will add to the company's financial burden. The FAA hasn't set a time frame for completing work on the Max.Boeing's shares fell 3.3% to $313.37 at the close in New York, the biggest decline on the Dow Jones Industrial Average an

NYTimes ArtsJan 21, 2020
A Compassionate Children's Book From the NPR Host Scott Simon
In "Sunnyside Plaza," Simon's funny, observant protagonist solves a mystery. She also has developmental disabilities.
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