Reebok: Progress made in search for Crosby gear

Reebok says its tipline and $10,000 reward for Sidney Crosby’s missing Olympic glove and stick are already paying dividends.  Len Rhodes, vice president and general manager for Reebok Hockey CCM, says the tipline is producing everything from encouraging comments to claims of “potential information.”  Crosby used the stick — a Reebok 10K Sickick II model that retails for $249 — and glove to score the overtime goal that decided the Olympic men’s hockey final against the United States on Feb. 28 in Vancouver.

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The equipment disappeared after Crosby threw aside his stick and ripped off his gloves to celebrate Canada’s Olympic victory.

Hockey Canada has said all of the equipment from the game was collected and was being put into the players’ bags when it was noticed Crosby’s stick and glove were missing.

The organization is trying to figure out what happened and security officers are reviewing video that shows people leaving the rink with sticks. [Read the full article]

The Washington House has approved a $680 million tax package that would shrink tax exemptions, collect more money from smokers and service businesses, and extend the sales tax to new types of purchases.

The 52-45 vote, which came in the pre-dawn hours Tuesday after about five hours of testy debate, finally sends ruling Democrats from the House and Senate into high-stakes negotiations over how to solve a $2.8 billion deficit in the state budget through June 2011.

Significant differences remain between the two chambers’ tax and spending plans with only three days left in the Legislature’s regular 60-day session. If legislators are unable to reach a deal in time, Democratic Gov. Chris Gregoire could be asked to call a special session.

The House tax package is significantly smaller than the $890 million tax blueprint approved by the Senate last weekend. It also avoids a general sales tax increase — a step endorsed by the Senate, but disliked by Gregoire. [Read the full article]

More than $180 million in federal stimulus money is fueling 105 highway projects in West Virginia.

The American Road & Transportation Builders Association in Washington, D.C., says those projects created 5,015 jobs that would not otherwise exist.

Last year, the federal government set aside $48 billion for transportation improvements over two years, including $27.5 billion for highway, bridge and related construction projects nationwide.

The association’s vice president of economics and research, Bill Buechner, said the one-time infusion of money boosted West Virginia’s regular federal highway funds by 60 percent last year, bringing the state’s total federal highway funding to a record $560.9 million.

Copyright © 2010 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. The information contained in the AP News report may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without the prior written authority of The Associated Press. [Read the full article]

Members of the civil servants’ union wear jackets that read: “No to pension thieves” (L) and “No to wage freeze” in front of a social security office in Lisbon March 4, 2010. REUTERS/Jose Manuel Ribeiro

European policy makers played down on Tuesday the idea of creating a European Monetary Fund, saying it was at most a long-term project that did not offer a solution to Greece’s immediate debt problems.

Influential German central bank chief Axel Weber, seen as front-runner to be the next president the European Central Bank, branded discussion of a fund that could aid euro zone countries in financial distress “counterproductive.”

“It’s not helpful to talk about ways to institutionalize help when the question is how to implement the (Greek) budget reforms,” Weber told a news conference, saying the “no bailout clause” was central to European monetary union. [Read the full article]

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