- - Thursday, October 28, 2010

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

Levy computer yields data on park

Chandra Levy used her computer on the day she disappeared back in 2001 to find information on Rock Creek Park, where the man charged with her killing had a history of assaulting female joggers, an FBI agent testified Thursday.

Ingmar Guandique, 29, a native of El Salvador, is on trial for the murder and attempted sexual assault of Levy nearly a decade ago.

The Washington intern’s disappearance made headlines after she was romantically linked with then-California Rep. Gary A. Condit. He was once the main suspect, but police no longer think he was involved.

In testimony Thursday, FBI agent Jane Domboski said it took more than a month to retrieve the data off Levy’s laptop, which was broken. Police officers who had checked out Levy’s apartment when her disappearance was a missing-persons case had fiddled with the laptop before it was turned over to evidence technicians.

The data retrieved from the hard drive showed that Levy used a newspaper website to pull information on Rock Creek Park the day she went missing.

It was in Rock Creek Park that a year later, a man walking his dog in the woods found Levy’s remains scattered on rugged terrain off one of the park’s many trails.

MICHIGAN

GM, Chrysler: Plans to invest in new cars

LANSING | General Motors Co. and Chrysler Group LLC announced plans to invest millions of dollars in U.S. plants Thursday to build new small cars.

GM said it will spend $190 million to build a new Cadillac at its Lansing Grand River plant. GM said it will add 600 jobs and a second shift at the plant, which has 1,100 workers and already is building the Cadillac CTS and STS sedans. The jobs will be filled by laid-off GM workers.

The car will be the smallest in Cadillac’s lineup and will compete with the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and BMW 3-Series, GM CEO Dan Akerson told employees at the plant, which is about 80 miles west of Detroit.

GM didn’t reveal the name of the vehicle or say when it will go on sale.

Chrysler said it will invest $600 million in its Belvidere, Ill., assembly plant to build new cars starting in 2012. The investment won’t create any new jobs, but the company said it will retain the 2,349 jobs currently at the assembly plant and a nearby parts-stamping plant.

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