These just get better! For some unknown reason, a 41-year-old Wilkes-Barre man shot a toilet, inside of a Wilkes-Barre bar, at 12:36 a.m on Tuesday morning. Was the toilet armed and dangerous? Maybe he thought it was big game and wanted a trophy for the wall?
In any event that’s not the end of this stupid story. The toilet-shooting pistol was stolen from the Edwardsville Police Department. A 34-year-old Wilkes-Barre woman was also involved and arrested along with the “shooter”.
The elephant in the room here is how did a pistol get stolen from a police department and end up in the possession of two people who have no license and no business possessing one?
Hopefully the Edwardsville Police Department is conducting an investigation on how this happened and will hopefully put protocols in place to keep anymore drunks from getting pistols and firing them…..just sayin’,,,
UK banking giant HSBC is now focusing on fast-growing emerging markets and plans to sell about half of its US Retail Bank Branches (195) to First Niagara for about one billion dollars. The branches up for sale are mainly in New York and six are in Connecticut.
HSBC lost billions in the financial crisis of 2008; however HSBC reported a 3 percent increase in pretax profits for the first half of 2011. The increase exceeded forecasted expectations.
HSBC is shifting their focus by expanding in emerging markets and reducing headcount in tougher markets. A company official failed to give details on specifically where the 30,000 job cuts would be made.
The economic recovery slowed down in June. Consumer spending fell by .02 percent, which can be blamed in part on rising gas and food prices. Workers saw incomes rise by only .01 percent, the smallest increase in nine months. On a positive note, personal savings rose 5.4 percent.
Hiring in June was at the lowest level in nine months. Only 18,000 net jobs were added and the unemployment rate rose to 9.2%.
Some economic forecasters are lowering their outlook for economic growth in the second half of the year from 2.5 percent to 2.0 percent.