‘The Dukes of Hazzard’ and the General Lee at AutoRama

DETROIT — CBS made viewers fast and furious every Friday night with The Dukes of Hazzard, as the General Lee jump-starts the 65th anniversary of AutoRama late Friday morning. The General Lee is the hero car that helped cousins Bo (John Schneider) and Luke Duke (Tom Wopat) avoid the ‘speed traps’ of Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane (James Best), who was forever in ‘hot pursuit’ of chasing those good ‘ol boys who never mean no harm in fighting Hazzard’s corrupt system as a two modern-day Robin Hood: one-armed bandits against greedyRead More

PHOTOS: 2017 Cottage & Lakefront Living Show and Outdoorama in Novi, MI

AmericaJR’s Gloria and Jerome Rzucidlo were LIVE at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, Mich. for the 2017 Cottage & Lakefront Living Show and Outdoorama. Here in the Great Lakes State…the cottage is a tradition that’s handed down from one generation to the next.   Whether you own a cottage, are looking to purchase, or rent, or your primary home is on the water, this show is for you.  Shop and compare designers, furnishings, lakefront builders and realtors, boats and docks, vacation services and financing, all in one place, all readyRead More

Bedrock Reveals Design for Transformational Development on Historic Woodward Avenue Hudson’s Site

DETROIT – After Bedrock presented preliminary design and plans for the site of the former J.L. Hudson’s Department Store (Hudson’s Site), the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) today approved a timeline that allows groundbreaking of the development by December 1, 2017. The new timeline aligns the groundbreaking of the Hudson’s development with the Michigan Thrive Initiative, an economic development tool supported by more than 40 communities from every corner of Michigan. This coordination is critical to provide the opportunity to deliver a catalytic, transformational project on the site. “For long-time Detroiters,Read More

Helio Castroneves helps kick off official groundbreaking of the Phoenix Raceway Project

PHOENIX – With the help of Phoenix Raceway’s “Speed King” Helio Castroneves, Phoenix Raceway officially broke ground on the Phoenix Raceway Project Powered by DC Solar today during a special ceremony at its second annual Verizon IndyCar Series “Prix View” Testing event. “To officially have this project underway is a tremendous feeling for our organization, fans, community and the entire state of Arizona,” said Phoenix Raceway President Bryan R. Sperber. “This has been the culmination of years of hard work by so many individuals, and to see this day finallyRead More

89th Annual Academy Awards (Oscars): Nominees List

AmericaJR has compiled the nominees of the most popular award categories for the 89th annual Academy Awards (Oscars). The 89th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be broadcast live on the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT.  The Oscars, produced by De Luca and Todd and hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, also will be televised in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.  Additionally, “The Oscars: All Access” live stream from theRead More

EARTH TALK — Urban Population Density: The Environmental Pros & Cons

Dear EarthTalk: Isn’t the increasing urbanization of our world good for reducing our carbon footprint given the efficiency benefits of greater density? —Simon Vorhees, Oak Park, IL No doubt, the increased density of big cities leads to less energy use and fewer greenhouse gas emissions per capita. “The biggest factor is transportation, first, simply because trips get shorter, and second, because trips are more likely taken by transit, biking and walking, which are more energy efficient than cars,” says Dan Bertolet of Sightline Institute, a Seattle-based sustainability think-tank. “Density alsoRead More

Academy’s Oscar Week Events Celebrate This Year’s Nominees

LOS ANGELES — In the week leading up to the 89th Oscars®, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present a series of public programs celebrating this year’s nominees in the Animated Feature Film, Documentary Feature, Documentary Short Subject, Foreign Language Film, Makeup and Hairstyling, and Animated and Live Action Short Film categories.  All events will be held at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. The Oscar Week schedule is as follows: OSCAR WEEK: SHORTS Tuesday, February 21, 7 p.m. Hosted by director Tim Miller MillerRead More

PHOTOS: AmericaJR Visits Skydeck Chicago & The Ledge

AmericaJR’s Cory Martin recently visited Skydeck Chicago & The Ledge at Chicago’s Willis Tower (formerly known as the Sears Tower). Offering spectacular views spanning up to four states, Skydeck Chicago is a one-stop Chicago experience full of interactive exhibits and…The Ledge, a glass balcony extending four feet outside the 103rd floor of Willis Tower! Step outside the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. At 1,353 feet in the air, the Ledge’s glass boxes extend out 4.3 feet from the Skydeck. Discover the best of Chicago with our museum-quality exhibits and theaterRead More

Friday’s New CD/Album Releases for 2/24

Look for these new CDs/albums to hit store shelves on Friday, February 24, 2017: Aaron Watson Vaquero Acceptance Colliding By Design Balto Strangers Brian Owens The Soul of Ferguson Children Of Alice Children Of Alice [Broadcast’s James Cargill, Roj Stevens and Julian House] Clap Your Hands Say Yeah The Tourist Crystal Fairy Crystal Fairy [Buzz Osborne, Dale Crover, Omar Rodriguez-López, & Teri Gender Bender] Dams Of The West Youngish American [Vampire Weekend’s Chris Tomson solo project] David Bowie No Plan [EP] [Physical release] Dirty Projectors Dirty Projectors Froth Outside (briefly)Read More

Top Toy Trends of 2017 Announced at New York Toy Fair

NEW YORK  — From “dual-use” collectibles and adrenaline-pumping active toys, to awe-inspiring robotics and “movie mania” playthings, the top toy trends of 2017 were announced today by the U.S. Toy Industry Association (TIA) at its 114th North American International Toy Fair. “This year’s trending toys reflect the creative force and vitality of the North American toy industry, which is coming off an excellent year of 5% sales growth powered by industry ingenuity,” notes Adrienne Appell, a leading trend expert at TIA. “With more room for innovation and a greater willingness toRead More