Chicago releases bodycam video from night former police superintendent was found asleep at the wheel
CHICAGO — The city of Chicago on Monday released records and body camera footage related to an October incident in which then-police Superintendent Eddie Johnson was found asleep at the wheel, which led Mayor Lori Lightfoot to angrily fire him.But Lightfoot’s administration is declining to release Inspector General Joe Ferguson’s report on the matter, despite having pushed the City Council to approve a law allowing certain IG reports of high public interest to be released.The ordinance backed by the mayor last fall would have allowed the corporation counsel to decide whether to release IG inve...
NBC sets fall plans; When will 'This Is Us,' 'The Voice' and other shows return?
NBC on Tuesday unveiled a fall schedule that features only one new series and — surprise, surprise — it’s a Dick Wolf crime drama.But the key question remains: When will the season actually start?The broadcast networks, of course, have been hampered by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has put a lockdown on production for the time being. So it remains to be seen when NBC favorites such as “This Is Us,” “The Voice” and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” return to action.But at least NBC has finally joined its rivals, announcing a new fall roster that looks a lot like its old one. Joining the schedule is “Law & Or...
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GM CEO Barra hints at new product, promises full production soon
DETROIT — General Motors CEO Mary Barra plans more visits to factories to ensure worker safety, hinted at new products coming and driving the growth of electric vehicles. She also assured workers there are no job cuts anticipated.Barra made the comments on the eve of GM’s annual shareholder meeting, during an hour-long Automotive Press Association’s fireside chat with reporters.“I don’t see any further need for (job) reductions,” Barra said. “I am really proud of the team across the goal. We’ve had cost cutting actions and we’re on a good path now from what we started and built on since 2018.”...
Detroit Free Press
Cocktail flavors join A-B's hard seltzer offerings
Anheuser-Busch has launched a new line of hard seltzers with cocktail-inspired flavors. Social Club Seltzers are available in three varieties: old fashioned, sidecar and citrus gimlet.A-B joined the burgeoning hard seltzer market in August with Natty Light Seltzers and introduced Bud Light Seltzer in January. U.S. hard seltzer sales are expected to triple by 2023.Social Club Seltzers have 150 calories and 7% alcohol by volume. The company said the new line will appeal to cocktail drinkers interested in a “complex and sophisticated beverage.”———©2020 St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Ford boldly confirms new F-150 launch not delayed by coronavirus plant shutdowns
DETROIT — The all-new 2021 Ford F-150 remains scheduled to start production and go on sale in 2020 despite massive industry disruption caused by the coronavirus, a spokeswoman confirmed to the Free Press Thursday.“We are on track to deliver our all-new Ford F-150 to customers starting this fall,” said Kelli Felker, Ford global manufacturing and labor communications manager“The team continues to do an amazing job moving the program forward, even with coronavirus challenges. We look forward to showing the world our all-new pickup soon and start delivering to customers this year.”Felker declined ...
Detroit Free Press
Cartoonist Chris Monroe's 'Monkey With a Tool Belt' gets Netflix debut
Duluth, Minn., artist Chris Monroe was sitting on the couch, watching cartoons with her then-teenage son Mickey (“that was our mother-son time”) and musing on potential characters, when the phrase “Monkey With a Tool Belt” popped into her head.“I immediately thought: That has legs,” said Monroe, who at the time was working at a hardware store while drawing the weekly comic “Violet Days” for the Star Tribune and the Duluth News Tribune.True enough. Monroe is getting ready to publish the sixth of a popular children’s book series featuring her practical, problem-solving monkey. And on Friday, Net...
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On Gardening: Sunstar Pentas 2020 debut timed for pollinators
Sunstar is the name of a new series of pentas debuting this spring and it is an understatement to say they are taking the world by storm. There are four colors in the series coming from Proven Winners — pink, red lavender and rose — and all have won awards from north to south.When I say awards, I am talking about 78 of them already, and it not just Best of the Best, Perfect Score or Top Performer All Season, but awards for hanging baskets and the one that caught my eye was Top Performer Pollinators Award in the Ohio State University Trials.True to the award at Ohio State University it won’t be...
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Tower of Power celebrates new album, 50 years of 'East Bay Grease'
Tower Power unleashed the debut record “East Bay Grease” on the public back in 1970.A half century later, the iconic East Bay soul-funk-R&B troupe is still going strong.Recently we spoke with the band’s legendary bandleader/saxophonist Emilio Castillo from his home in Scottsdale, Ariz., catching up on both new developments and old times with the band responsible for such classic cuts as “You’re Still a Young Man,” “So Very Hard to Go,” “Don’t Change Horses (in the Middle of a Stream)” and, of course, “What Is Hip?”One notable recent development is that the group just released a new album, “Ste...
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FDA approves another chemotherapy alternative for aggressive form of breast cancer
As of Wednesday, there’s an FDA-approved treatment option besides chemotherapy for people with triple-negative breast cancer that has spread to other parts of the body.New Jersey company Immunomedics got accelerated approval for Trodelvy, as a drug that fills a serious need and is adjudged “reasonably likely” to be beneficial. Though it passed a clinical trial with 108 patients with metastatic breast cancer, Trodelvy still needs to undergo more clinical trials to fully verify that it works.“Metastatic triple-negative breast cancer is an aggressive form of breast cancer with limited treatment o...
FDA approves production of device designed at University of Minnesota to help COVID-19 patients breathe
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has authorized production of a simple, low-cost medical device designed at the University of Minnesota to mechanically inflate the lungs of patients suffering significant breathing problems for COVID-19.The emergency-use device, called the Coventor, was designed in temporary working digs in a conference room at the U. It was conceived to sell for as little money as possible. And it would not exist without donations and collaboration involving private companies that don’t normally work on the same team.One of the most remarkable aspects of the Coventor is i...
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