Health Alert: Almost 800 Kids Drown Each Year; More than Half are Under Age 5

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WASHINGTON — As families take to the water this summer, there is reason for extra caution: Two-thirds of fatal drownings occur each year between May and August. New research out today, conducted by Safe Kids Worldwide with support from Nationwide’s Make Safe Happen program, presents the scope of the drowning problem in the U.S. and uncovers misconceptions that are giving families a false sense of security and leading to these far too common tragedies. Drowning in the U.S.: The Scope of the Problem In 2014, 784 children fatally drowned inRead More

PHOTOS: 2016 San Diego County Fair @ Del Mar — Part Four

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AmericaJR.com’s Jason Rzucidlo was LIVE at the Del Mar Fairgrounds for the 2016 San Diego County Fair. Mad About the Fair is the theme of the San Diego County Fair, and it’s 26 days of wild, wacky, whimsical, wonderous fun! The theme exhibit is a retro-futurist vision of Alice and her friends as she learns to understand the rules of life on her own terms, not those of others. Their brand-new exhibit, California Grown, that will show you how California farming began, how it is now, and what it mightRead More

Metro Detroit Book Signings for 6/29-7/15

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6/29: Michele Maltese “Michigan Mitt Maps Road Trip” (6:00 p.m.) @ Barnes & Noble — 3120 Fairlane Drive Allen Park, MI 48101 6/30: Cara Black “Murder on the Quai” (7:00 p.m.) @ Aunt Agatha’s — 213 South Fourth Avenue Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104 7/7: Chuck Palahniuk “Fight Club 2” (4:00 p.m.) @ Nicola’s Books — 2513 Jackson Ave, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48103 7/9: Little Readers Big Dreams w/ Jordan Scavone, Mary Ann Riehle, Wendy BooydeGraaff and Lisa Wheeler (11 a.m.) @ Barnes & Noble — 9605 Green Oak Village PlaceRead More

World’s Top Mobility Innovators Including Automakers And Suppliers Join AutoMobili-D Line-Up

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DETROIT  –– The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) announced today the first round of automakers and suppliers that will showcase their future mobility innovations as part of AutoMobili-D. “AutoMobili-D is quickly filling-up with automakers, suppliers and tech startups eager to announce and display technologies and platforms that will transform the future of transportation,” said Sam Slaughter, 2017 NAIAS Chairman. “We’ve traveled the world meeting with industry-leading companies and their response to our mobility platform and the global attention NAIAS participants garner has been tremendous.” Current companies that have approved to haveRead More

PHOTOS: 2016 EyesOn Design Automotive Design Exhibition — Part Two

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AmericaJR’s Gloria and Jerome Rzucidlo were LIVE at the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House for the 2016 EyesOn Design Automotive Design Exhibition. This is not just another car show. This show stands apart from the rest and brings together cars of world-class design quality. “Powered by Design” was this year’s theme. It is all about design and beauty and conveys power and performance. One of the cars that caught my attention was the 1942 Cadillac Series 67.  This vehicle was purchased by a widow of a World War I surgeon.Read More

Cinetopia Film Festival Announces 2016 Film Awards

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Ann Arbor, MI ­  After wrapping another successful 10 day film festival, Cinetopia International Film Festival today announced the 2016 winners of the six Audience and Festival Director Awards, as well as the four awards for the Detroit Voices short film competition.  The 5th annual festival attracted approximately 22,000 attendees to venues across Detroit, Dearborn and Ann Arbor, including several popular outdoor film screenings.  After more than 120 screenings of 54 films, the votes were tallied and the winning films are: Audience Award- Narrative: Hunt for the Wilderpeople SAM NEILLRead More

PHOTOS: “Transformers 5” getting ready to film in downtown Detroit

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AmericaJR’s Jason Rzucidlo was LIVE in downtown Detroit and outside the former Packard Plant where scenes will be filmed for the upcoming movie “Transformers 5.” It stars Mark Wahlberg, Anthony Hopkins and Josh Duhamel, among many others. Production is expected to get underway this week at Capitol Park and other locations throughout the Motor City. In addition, Wahlberg will open a new restaurant called Wahlburgers in Greektown this July. Look for “Transformers: The Last Knight” to open in theaters nationwide on June 1, 2017… Filming is expected to take placeRead More

Friday’s Upcoming Movie Releases for 7/1

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Look for these new movies to hit the box office on Friday, July 1, 2016: “The BFG” Rated PG. 117 minutes. Adventure, Family, Fantasy. -Rebecca Hall, Mark Rylance, Bill Hader, Jamaine Clement; Director: Steven Spielberg “The Purge: Election Year” Rated R. 105 minutes. Action, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller. -Frank Grillo, Elizabeth Mitchell, Mykelti Williamson, Ethan Phillips; Director: James DeMonaco “The Legend of Tarzan” Rated PG-13. 109 minutes. Action, Adventure. -Margot Robbie, Alexander Skarsgard, Ella Purnell, Samuel L. Jackson; Director: David Yates “Our Kind of Traitor” Rated R. 107 minutes. Thriller. -EwanRead More

10th ANNUAL STARS & STRIPES FESTIVAL: June 30 – July 2, 2016

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STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. — Come celebrate the 10th Annual Stars & Stripes Festival as it returns to Freedom Hill County Park on June 30-July 3. Expect things to be bigger and better than ever! Michigan’s biggest FREE festival will have the biggest lineup of all time with the biggest carnival layout to date!! Event Address: Freedom Hill County Park 14900 Metropolitan Parkway, Sterling Heights, MI 48312 Parking is available on-site and off-site; prices vary from FREE to $15. Off-site parking locations: Meijer ­ FREE parking with FREE shuttle to festivalRead More

PHOTOS: Chuck Wicks performs at W4 Country Idol Finals in Ypsilanti, MI

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AmericaJR’s Jason Rzucidlo was LIVE at the Eagle Crest Marriott Resort in Ypsilanti, Mich. for the 2016 W4 Country Idol finals. Nashville recording artist Chuck Wicks performed a 45-minute set for attendees and contestants. Then, we saw performances by the top contestants who were selected at bars/restaurants around southeast Michigan over the past few months. When all was said and done, James was the winner. He received the keys to a brand new 2016 Chevrolet Cruze. Meanwhile, Chris Kimball finished in second and won a trip for two to Nashville.Read More