Walmart put 2,200 people out of work Monday when it temporarily closed five stores due to plumbing problems. Two of the stores are in Texas, and the others are in California, Florida and Oklahoma. They will be closed for "extended repairs" for approximately six months, the company said. The stores closed at 7 p.m. Monday, after workers were notified just hours before that they were losing their jobs. "Everybody just panicked and started crying," said Venanzi Luna, a manager of the deli department at the Pico Rivera, Calif. store. The company has not yet asked for any building permits, which may be required for major work. Luna said she believes Walmart is closing the Pico Rivera store because its employees have been very active in protesting for higher pay.
Mitt Romney is slated to fight former heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield in the marquee event during a several-bout evening at the Rail Event Center near the Union Pacific Depot in Salt Lake City on May 15. It will either be a very short fight, or I will be knocked unconscious," said Romney, the 68-year-old former Massachusetts governor and unsuccessful presidential candidate. Holyfield agreed to participate in a fundraising event for Charity Vision, a group founded by Salt Lake physician Bill Jackson that provides 40,000 eye surgeries a year in developing countries. read more