Pistons buy out Blake Griffin's contract; he becomes free agent
DETROIT — The Pistons and Blake Griffin announced last month that they would be parting ways. It's official now. The two sides have agreed on a buyout from the last year-plus of Griffin's contract, a league source confirmed to The Detroit News on Friday morning. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski was first to report the buyout agreement. The move allows Griffin to become a free agent after he presumably clears waivers and to look for another team to finish this season. He'll look to resurrect a career that has been bludgeoned by injuries, but he still can help a contending team. Griffin, who had knee s...
The Detroit News
Ford begins early production of not-yet-announced small pickup truck
A new pickup truck from Ford Motor Co. quietly began rolling off assembly lines at the Dearborn automaker's Hermosillo plant in Mexico last month, according to production data reported to shareholders this week. The news was first reported by CNBC. The new product — dubbed "C-Pick Up" and expected to be called "Maverick" — appeared in a plant-by-plant production report accompanying the automaker's monthly U.S. sales figures. The truck is being produced at the same plant where Ford's new Bronco Sport is built. According to the production data, just 21 C-Pick Up units were built last month. Ford...
The Detroit News
Cuomo accuser Charlotte Bennett speaks out, shares details of sexual harassment allegations
ALBANY, N.Y. — A former aide accusing New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo of harassment and asking her questions about her sex life is revealing more details about her encounter — and says she has spoken to other women who endured similar treatment from the governor. Charlotte Bennett sat down for her first television interview Thursday with “CBS Evening News,” telling anchor Norah O’Donnell that Cuomo “implied to me that I was old enough for him and he was lonely.” Bennett, 25, first came forward with her claims over the weekend, alleging that the governor asked her inappropriate questions about her s...
New York Daily News
San Diego Zoo vaccinates apes against COVID-19
Nine great apes at the San Diego Zoo are the first non-human primates to receive an experimental COVID-19 vaccine, zoo officials said Thursday. Four orangutans and five bonobos have been vaccinated so far, with the zoo planning to immunize another three bonobos and a gorilla soon. These species, along with chimpanzees, are the closest cousins to humans, placing them at risk of contracting a virus that has spread rapidly from person to person. Case in point: In mid-January, the zoo's Safari Park reported that its troop of eight gorillas developed COVID-19 after exposure to a keeper who had the ...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
LSU banned Les Miles from 1-on-1 contact with female students after 2013 investigation
Kansas football coach Les Miles, during his tenure at LSU, was accused of kissing a female student and texting her and another from his personal phone, leading the school to bar him from being alone with women who were student employees, according to a 2013 LSU investigation that the school released Thursday. The investigation, conducted by an outside law firm on LSU’s behalf, found the coach’s behavior inappropriate, though it did not find that Miles had sexual relationships with the women. Miles, in part, was issued a letter of reprimand and had to sign papers to say he understood sexual har...
The Kansas City Star
Get used to the Cook Out Southern 500. Burgers and BBQ are sticking in NASCAR.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — NASCAR's race names are typically a mouthful to spotlight sponsors. This year's Cup schedule includes the "Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard powered By Florida Georgia Line." The Xfinity Series raced the "Beef. It's What's For Dinner 300" at Daytona last month. The Truck Series had the "BrakeBest Brake Pads 159 At Daytona Presented by O'Reilly." But a shorter and more savory name — the Cook Out Southern 500 — will stick around for at least the next few years. Quick service restaurant Cook Out and Darlington Raceway have agreed to a multi-year extension on entitlement for...
The Charlotte Observer
On Philanthropy: Potbellied pig rescue and hate groups: Charities aiding the 'public good?'
The charity “deal” in the U.S. goes something like this: Nonprofit organizations are established and approved because they perform a service that is thought to be good for society, often relieving government from performing those same functions. In return for their contribution to the “public good,” they are deemed tax-exempt organizations, which means they usually don’t pay income tax, sales tax or property tax to local, state and federal governments. Also, donations to support those organizations are sometimes tax deductible, resulting in the loss of additional tax revenue. At the federal le...
Tribune News Service
Ford delays 4,500 Mustang Mach-E deliveries
Ford Motor Co. confirmed Wednesday that buyers of some 4,500 Mustang Mach-Es —the Blue Oval's highly touted new electric vehicle — will face delivery delays. That's a higher number than the hundreds of impacted vehicles the automaker had previously said would be delivered late. Meanwhile, Ford said Wednesday that it will compensate some buyers of the all-new, battery-electric SUV due to the delays. In a statement, Ford spokeswoman Emma Berg said the company will cover the first month's payment for approximately 250 customers experiencing "extended delays" in receiving their Mach-E. The automak...
The Detroit News
The cast from the first ‘Real World’ returns, 30-years older, to the original New York loft to have their lives taped. Again.
In 1973, PBS broadcast a documentary series called “An American Family,” featuring the very real, very unscripted lives of the Loud family, who invited cameras into their suburban home to film for several months, capturing the texture of their relationships with one another. It would take nearly 20 more years before that idea was reimagined for the MTV generation as “The Real World.” Instead of centering a family, the show’s formula would become a standard-bearer for this nascent genre: A group of strangers agree to live together — a New York loft was the setting for that first season in 1992 ...
Motormouth: How will all those charging stations work?
Q: With the advent of EVs and the need for thousands of charging stations, who is going to pay for them and will there be a cost to use one? If so, how much? P.J., Carol Stream, Ill. A: Good question, but one that I cannot answer in just a few words. Some stations are free, some you pay per kilowatt. There is no standard fee that I know of. Some are installed by retail businesses at their own cost to attract more customers who may spend more time shopping. Some stations are connected to the power grid, some are solar powered, especially in public municipal lots. The U.S. Department of Energy h...
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