Detroit auto industry faces tough battle

Auto leaders head to the Hill; atheists start campaign; 'The New York Times' shutters sports magazine; and more

For the leaders of the three Detroit auto companies, as well as the United Automobile Workers, gaining public support for their proposed bailout might be a tough sell, reports The New York Times.

Most of the comments throughout Washington and in the major newspapers and Web sites have been negative toward the financial support the companies are asking for. Today, hearings on Capitol Hill begin.

With the lack of support, backers of a bailout, including the House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, and Senate majority leader, Harry Reid, are having a tough time making their case that Detroit should be saved, the Times says.

Also:

Nonbelievers have started a public campaign to win acceptance using billboards, bus ads, radio commercials, and the Internet.

After more than 40 years with the same ad agency, PepsiCo is ending its relationship with BBDO Worldwide as the creative leaders for Pepsi-Cola.

The New York Times has shut down its quarterly sports magazine Play after almost three years.

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