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
Family guide to new movie releases
This week on Netflix, enjoy the new Lego short (22 minutes), “Lego Marvel Spider-Man: Vexed by Venom.” Rated TV-Y, it features Spider-Man and a wall-crawling friend team up to stop the one-two punch of the Green Goblin and Venom. That dropped Monday. Also on Netflix, a new animated family series called “City of Ghosts” (not to be confused with the documentary about Syrian journalists), follows the Ghost Club as they adventure around Los Angeles, interviewing ghosts, solving problems, and learning about the city’s history. Season one debuts on Friday. On HBO Max this month there are a couple of...
Tribune News Service
Ford introduces first-ever Explorer King Ranch luxury package for popular midsize SUV
Customers told Ford Motor Co. they wanted more luxury. So Ford responded with a first-ever King Ranch package for its popular Explorer SUV that includes hand-stitched "premium touches" and mahogany-colored Del Rio leather trimmed seats with perforated front and second rows with the legendary King Ranch Running logo, along with leather door trim rollers, Sapele wood instrument panel appliques and leather-wrapped steering wheel with a Sapele wood insert, according to a news release last week. And there's more. Inside, it will also include multi-contour seats with massaging capabilities, a 10.1-i...
Detroit Free Press
Michigan attorney general will close inquiry into Larry Nassar unless MSU releases 6,000 documents
DETROIT — Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel will close her office's investigation into who at Michigan State University was aware of former university doctor Larry Nassar's sexual assaults of patients unless the university releases roughly 6,000 withheld documents. Nessel acknowledged Thursday that she sent a letter to the college's Board of Trustees a day earlier, asking one last time for the board to release the documents so her team can review them. If the board doesn't agree, she said the investigation that began more than three years ago will end. The board is withholding the document...
The Detroit News
Disney World unveils first of its 50th anniversary plans
ORLANDO, Fla. — Walt Disney World has announced the first details for its 50th-anniversary celebration, which will last 18 months and include lighting enhancements to all four of its theme parks’ icons, including Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom. The event — dubbed “The World’s Most Magical Celebration” — will begin Oct. 1, the resort announced Friday morning. Disney World opened to the public Oct. 1, 1971. Expect the castle’s makeover to include more gold décor. The landmark received a paint job that shifted its color scheme to deep blues and light pinks last year. “The entire castle will s...
GM releases Super Bowl ad that features a Will Ferrell who hates Norway
General Motors on Wednesday released its Super Bowl ad that will star comedian and actor Will Ferrell touting the automaker's move toward an all-electric future. In the 60-second spot, which will run during the first quarter of Sunday's game, Ferrell discovers that Norway far outpaces the United States in electric vehicle adoption. The spot, called "No Way, Norway," also features actors/comedians Kenan Thompson and Awkwafina, who join Ferrell on his journey to give Norwegians a piece of his mind. GM released a 90-second version of the spot Wednesday. The shorter one that runs during the game i...
Detroit Free Press
Perk up! Coca-Cola rolls out new coffee-infused soda with more caffeine than ever before
Now you can bring some Coke to the next coffee klatsch. Last week, Coca-Cola with Coffee and Coca-Cola with Coffee Zero Sugar hit stores nationwide in ready-to-drink coffee aisles. The new drinks, infused with Brazilian coffee, were first announced in July. Coca-Cola with Coffee comes in three different flavors: Dark Blend, Vanilla and Caramel. The zero-sugar counterpart comes in Dark Blend and Vanilla. “Many people are often torn between reaching for a soft drink or a coffee at 3 p.m. at work, at school or on the go,” Coca-Cola Trademark brand director Brandan Strickland said in news release....
New York Daily News
Mark Bradley: The Falcons need a coach. Doug Pederson is available.
Steve Spurrier, my role model in all things, used to say and perhaps still says: “If you want to know whether a guy can win, look at his record.” The problem with hiring a career assistant as your head coach is that, for all the fine work he might have done, his record is 0-0. The Falcons are free to hire Eric Bieniemy or Arthur Smith or Nathaniel Hackett or Joe Brady as head coach, but the conspicuous catch is that none has prepared a team – as opposed to an offense – for an NFL game. (Let me state for the record: I’d be bit less enthused were they to hire a man with a defensive background, t...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
This week's family streaming picks
This week on the streaming sites, there are a few family-friendly new additions for kids and parents to enjoy, dropping on Friday. On Disney+, watch Season 3 of the Emmy-winning animated series “Elena of Avalor,” following the adventures of a teenage Latina princess. Also arriving on the service are a few recent favorite films, including “Mary Poppins Returns,” directed by Rob Marshall, with Emily Blunt stepping into the iconic boots and hat of the magical British nanny, alongside Broadway star Lin-Manuel Miranda as chimney sweep Burt. Also on Disney+, Wes Anderson’s 2018 stop-motion animated ...
Tribune News Service
TripAdvisor adds new tool to detect overcrowding in US cities
Travelers hitting the road during the ongoing coronavirus outbreak are concerned about overcrowding, but TripAdvisor has launched a new platform to help avoid those issues in cities around the United States. Engineers with TripAdvisor, Slack, Amazon Web Services and nine other technology companies developed the platform, dubbed Crowdfree.me, to help tourists avoid crowds at both businesses and public places, such as parks and beaches. TripAdvisor spokesperson Brian Hoyt said the technology uses historical traffic data and anonymized cellphone location pings to create a map showing how busy an ...