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Sex trafficking wasn't a major concern in the early 1980s, when Beth Jacobs was a teenager. If you were a prostitute, the thinking went, it was your choice.

Jacobs thought that too, right up until she came to on the lot of a dark truck stop one night. She says she had asked a friendly-seeming man for a ride home that afternoon.

Jacobs says he gave her something in an old McDonald's cup — a drug — and as she was waking up the man announced that he was a pimp. Her pimp.

The Boston Citgo sign, all 3,600 square LED feet of which has served as the backdrop to Red Sox games since 1965, is now officially a "pending landmark."

Spanish Surrealist Salvador Dalí spent much of the 1940s in the U.S., avoiding World War II and its aftermath. He was a well-known fixture on the art scene in Monterey, Calif. — and that's where the largest collection of Dalí's work on the West Coast is now open to the public.

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Chinese Solar Company Shuts U.S. Factory

Mar 13, 2013
Originally published on March 26, 2013 5:32 pm



The Chinese solar company Suntech announced yesterday it will shut down its only factory here in the U.S.

As Peter O'Dowd reports from member station KJZZ, recent U.S. tariffs played a role in the plant's failure.

PETER O'DOWD, BYLINE: Suntech had been making solar panels in the Phoenix suburb of Goodyear for two years. But in that time, GTM Research analyst Shyam Mehta says the global price of solar panels had fallen by more than 60 percent.

SHYAM MEHTA: Suntech in particular has been hit very hard financially. It's currently actually struggling for survival.

O'DOWD: The industry has been sagging under a global oversupply problem, and a trade war has made matters worse. Last year, the U.S. International Trade Commission slapped a 36 percent tariff on Chinese solar cell manufacturers, for dumping cheap products on the U.S. market.

[POST-BROADCAST CLARIFICATION: While the trade commission found that Chinese companies have damaged the U.S. solar industry, it was the U.S. Department of Commerce that took those findings and initiated the tariff on Chinese manufacturers.]

That drove up the cost of components Suntech imported to Arizona. Mehta says it's another reason manufacturing here became too expensive.

MEHTA: Closing down this factory is one of the lower-hanging fruit approaches and the more obvious ways of going about restructuring.

O'DOWD: The factory will close in April, taking 43 jobs with it. Barry Broome says the tariff doesn't preserve the U.S. solar market, it actually hurts it.

BARRY BROOME: This is a global industry. Its connections are interdependent upon each other. And when you start to fracture a connection like U.S.-China, you're going to see an announcement like Suntech.

O'DOWD: Broome's Greater Phoenix Economic Council had warned the tariff would stunt foreign investment in Arizona's emerging solar industry. Now, Broome says that fear has been realized.

For NPR News, I'm Peter O'Dowd.


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