Mark Memmott http://michiganradio.org en Toyota To Pay $1.2B To End Safety-Related Probe http://michiganradio.org/post/toyota-pay-12b-end-safety-related-probe <h6>Updated at 10:30 a.m. ET.</h6><p>Saying that "Toyota intentionally concealed information" and misled the public about the danger that some of its vehicles might suddenly accelerate, Attorney Gen. Eric Holder announced Wednesday that the automaker is being fined $1.2 billion for not being forthcoming after car owners started to complain in 2009.<p>It is "the largest criminal penalty imposed on a car company in the history of the United States," Holder said, and is merited by "shameful" conduct on the company's part. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 15:50:16 +0000 Mark Memmott 16897 at http://michiganradio.org Toyota To Pay $1.2B To End Safety-Related Probe Americans Davis And White Win Gold In Ice Dancing http://michiganradio.org/post/americans-davis-and-white-win-gold-ice-dancing The anticipation that NPR's <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/02/17/278389292/anticipation-grows-that-u-s-ice-dancing-duo-will-win-gold" target="_blank">Tamara Keith reported about earlier is over</a>:<p>Americans Meryl Davis and Charlie White won gold Monday in ice dancing.<p><a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/olympics/sochi/2014/02/17/winter-games-ice-dancing-charlie-white-meryl-davis-gold-medal/5548155/" target="_blank"><em>USA Today</em> writes that</a> after the pair's performance, "the smiles that broke across Meryl Davis and Charlie White's faces were as bright as the gold med Mon, 17 Feb 2014 19:38:59 +0000 Mark Memmott 16479 at http://michiganradio.org Americans Davis And White Win Gold In Ice Dancing 8 Great 'Shutdown Pickup Lines' http://michiganradio.org/post/8-great-shutdown-pickup-lines When a government shutdown loomed in 2011, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/04/08/135245909/some-see-a-funny-side-to-a-shutdown" target="_blank">the Twitterverse had some fun</a> with <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23govtshutdownpickuplines" target="_blank">#govtshutdownpickuplines</a>.<p>They're back!<p>Here are some of the better, slightly naughty ones we're seeing (we also also checked <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23shutdownpickuplines&src=hash" target="_blank">#shutdownpicklines</a>):<p>-- "<a href="https://twitter.com/lafnlab/status/385062284105498624" t Tue, 01 Oct 2013 21:09:08 +0000 Mark Memmott 14675 at http://michiganradio.org 8 Great 'Shutdown Pickup Lines' VIDEO: Tigers' Fielder Takes Fan's Chip After Chasing Foul http://michiganradio.org/post/video-tigers-fielder-takes-fans-chip-after-chasing-foul He thought about stealing some cheese, too, <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20130919/SPORTS02/309190161/" target="_blank">Detroit Tigers' first baseman Prince Fielder says</a>, but worried that the fan might be <a href="http://youtu.be/YWuSi00CcNk" target="_blank">a double-dipper</a>.<p><a href="http://wapc.mlb.com/play?content_id=30750543" target="_blank">Watch what happened Thursday</a> when Fielder chased a foul ball toward the stands and casually lifted a nacho chip from an unsuspecting fan's snack tray before heading back on to the field.<p>The moment has, of course, <a href="http:/ Fri, 20 Sep 2013 12:49:28 +0000 Mark Memmott 14518 at http://michiganradio.org VIDEO: Tigers' Fielder Takes Fan's Chip After Chasing Foul Tragedy In Connecticut: 20 Children, 6 Adults Killed At Elementary School http://michiganradio.org/post/tragedy-connecticut-deadly-shooting-elementary-school <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mIA0W69U2_Y</p> Fri, 14 Dec 2012 19:46:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 10379 at http://michiganradio.org Tragedy In Connecticut: 20 Children, 6 Adults Killed At Elementary School Alex Karras, Former NFL Star And Actor, Dies http://michiganradio.org/post/alex-karras-former-nfl-star-and-actor-dies Alex Karras, who was a star defensive lineman for the Detroit Lions in the 1960s and went on to gain other fame for his acting in Hollywood's <em>Blazing Saddles</em> and TV's <em>Webster</em>, has died, according to multiple reports.<p>He was 77 and had been suffering from kidney failure, <a href="http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20637602,00.html" target="_blank">as<em> People</em> magazine earlier reported</a>. Wed, 10 Oct 2012 14:59:28 +0000 Mark Memmott 9440 at http://michiganradio.org Alex Karras, Former NFL Star And Actor, Dies Search for Jimmy Hoffa leads to driveway near Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/search-jimmy-hoffa-leads-driveway-near-detroit The 37-year-old search for Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa moves to a driveway in Roseville, Mich., on Friday.<p>"Police will be taking soil core samples," <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20120926/NEWS04/120926066/Police-search-remains-Jimmy-Hoffa-under-driveway-Roseville" target="_blank">the<em> Detroit Free Press</em> reports</a>, after receiving what they say is a "credible" tip that around the time of Hoffa's 1975 disappearance someone was buried under what's now a driveway in a Roseville residential neighborhood.<p>As the newspaper reminds its readers, "Hoffa, 62, disappeared on the afte Thu, 27 Sep 2012 16:00:18 +0000 Mark Memmott 9265 at http://michiganradio.org Search for Jimmy Hoffa leads to driveway near Detroit Ted Nugent Stands Firm, Secret Service To Look Into His Words About Obama http://michiganradio.org/post/ted-nugent-stands-firm-secret-service-look-his-words-about-obama For telling National Rifle Association members over the weekend that "I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year" if President Obama is re-elected, rocker Ted Nugent has now attracted the attention of the Secret Service.<p>"We are aware of the incident, and we are conducting appropriate follow-up," <a href="http://www.northjersey.com/news/national/Secret_Service_looking_into_rocker_Ted_Nugents_rhetoric_about_Obama.html" target="_blank">Secret Service spokesman Brian Leary says</a>.<p>Nugent, who is known for his conservative views, love of guns and for saying things about liberals Wed, 18 Apr 2012 19:24:36 +0000 Mark Memmott 7093 at http://michiganradio.org Ted Nugent Stands Firm, Secret Service To Look Into His Words About Obama Michigan State Is First No. 1 Seed To Be Bounced http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-state-first-no-1-seed-be-bounced Tough defense by Louisville led to the defeat Thursday night of Michigan State in the NCAA men's basketball tournament, NPR's Mike Pesca <a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/03/23/149204421/ncaa-mens-tournament-roundup" target="_blank">said earlier on <em>Morning Edition</em></a>.<p>The Spartans, who lost to Louisville 57-44, are the first of the four No. 1 regional seeds to be sent home.<p>Syracuse, another No. 1 seed, managed to hang on with a 64-63 win over Wisconsin. Fri, 23 Mar 2012 13:19:40 +0000 Mark Memmott 6754 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan State Is First No. 1 Seed To Be Bounced If you really need Wikipedia today, you can get to it http://michiganradio.org/post/if-you-really-need-wikipedia-today-you-can-get-it Just to be clear:<p>Wikipedia's English pages have indeed "gone black" until midnight ET tonight — part of an <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2012/01/17/145332341/wednesdays-web-blackout-by-wikipedia-others-right-way-to-protest" target="_blank">organized protest</a> by it and many other websites over pending anti-online piracy legislation in Congress.<p>But "black" is something of a relative term in this case. Wed, 18 Jan 2012 18:53:06 +0000 Mark Memmott 5839 at http://michiganradio.org If you really need Wikipedia today, you can get to it Moody's puts U.S. credit rating on review for possible downgrade http://michiganradio.org/post/moodys-puts-us-credit-rating-review-possible-downgrade As the clock ticks down to the Aug. 2 deadline to raise the debt ceiling, Moody's Investor Service became the first of the big-three rating agencies to put the United States' Aaa credit rating on review for possible downgrade.<p><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2011/07/13/us/news-us-usa-ratings-moodys.html?_r=2">Reuters reports:</a><p><blockquote><p>In a statement, Moody's said it sees a "rising possibility that the statutory debt limit will not be raised on a timely basis, leading to a default on U.S. Wed, 13 Jul 2011 22:08:42 +0000 Mark Memmott & Eyder Peralta 3297 at http://michiganradio.org Need a lift? Check out Michigan retirement home residents' "LipDub" http://michiganradio.org/post/need-lift-check-out-michigan-retirement-home-residents-lipdub Trust us on this one, if you have a few minutes you're going to enjoy watching the <a href="http://youtu.be/uZ7-n930zJo" target="_blank">Clark Retirement Community LipDub video</a> that's been posted online by students at Michigan's Grand Valley State University.<p>It may be, <a href="http://www.gvsu.edu/gvnow/index.htm?articleId=69200968-ED2F-57B8-F9200A55864F437F" target="_blank">as the school say</a>s, "the nation's first LipDub performed solely by residents of a retirement community." Here's how Grand Valley describes the video:<p><blockquote><p>"Michael Buble's cover of <em>Feelin' Good< Wed, 13 Jul 2011 18:42:16 +0000 Mark Memmott 3290 at http://michiganradio.org Need a lift? Check out Michigan retirement home residents' "LipDub" Boehner: 'Disagreements are not personal' http://michiganradio.org/post/boehner-disagreements-are-not-personal <strong><a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/07/11/137769513/boehner-disagreements-are-not-personal" target="_blank">From The Two-Way</a></strong>:<p>"Our disagreements are not personal and never have been," House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) just said of the ongoing discussions he's been having with Democratic President Obama about deficit reduction.<p>And Boehner said he appreciates the<a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/07/11/137763574/coming-up-president-obamas-news-conference" target="_blank"> kind words Obama had to say earlier today</a> about the speaker's e Mon, 11 Jul 2011 18:57:33 +0000 Mark Memmott 3246 at http://michiganradio.org Boehner: 'Disagreements are not personal' Live blog: President Obama's news conference on the debt ceiling http://michiganradio.org/post/live-blog-president-obamas-news-conference-debt-ceiling <p><strong><a href="http://www.npr.org/audiohelp/progstream.html">LISTEN: NPR coverage of the president&#39;s news conference</a></strong></p><p><strong>Update at 11:58 a.m. ET. The president&#39;s news conference is over</strong></p><p><strong>Update at 11:55 a.m. ET. At The End, More On Jobs:</strong></p><p>Continuing to speak about current conditions, the president says that &quot;what we can do is solve this underlying debt and deficit problem&quot; so that then, there can be debates about &quot;strategies that we could pursue to focus on targeted job growth.&quot;</p><p><strong>Update at 11:51 a.m. ET. On The Economy:</strong></p><p>The economic stimulus package passed shortly after he became president, Obama says, prevented a depression &mdash; but also &quot;stabilized [the economy] at a level where unemployment is still too high and ... can&#39;t make up for al the jobs that were lost before I took office&quot; and in the first months after he took office.</p><p><strong>Update at 11:49 a.m. ET. Everybody In The Boat:</strong></p><p>Paraphrasing former Sen. Bob Dole (the 1996 GOP presidential nominee), the president says that if Republicans and Democrats both compromise, it&#39;s as if &quot;everybody gets in the boat at the same time &mdash; it doesn&#39;t tip over.&quot;</p><p><strong>Update at 11:46 a.m. ET. &quot;We Are Going To Get This Done&quot;:</strong></p><p>Asked if the administration is working on any contingency plans in case a deal on raising the federal debt ceiling is not reached by the Aug. 2 deadline, the president flatly states that &quot;we are going to get this done by Aug. 2.&quot; Mon, 11 Jul 2011 15:58:42 +0000 Mark Memmott 3239 at http://michiganradio.org Live blog: President Obama's news conference on the debt ceiling Man Killed By Yellowstone Grizzly Reportedly Told Wife To Run http://michiganradio.org/post/man-killed-yellowstone-grizzly-reportedly-told-wife-run More details are starting to come in about Wednesday's grizzly bear attack in Yellowstone National Park, in which a 57-year-old man was killed.<p>It is the park's "first fatal grizzly mauling since 1986, but the third in the Yellowstone region in just over a year," <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=137661631" target="_blank">The Associated Press writes</a>.<p>The man and his wife, <a href="http://www.nps.gov/yell/parknews/11073.htm" target="_blank">according to park officials</a>, had hiked about a mile and a half on the Wapiti Lake Trail near Canyon Village:<p><bl Sat, 09 Jul 2011 17:30:17 +0000 Mark Memmott 3231 at http://michiganradio.org Man Killed By Yellowstone Grizzly Reportedly Told Wife To Run International: 'Turmoil' In Europe Continues To Trouble Markets http://michiganradio.org/post/international-turmoil-europe-continues-trouble-markets While Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou struggled to bring calm to his country today <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=135198466" target="_blank">by shuffling his cabinet</a>, <em>The New York Times</em> <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/17/world/europe/17greece.html?_r=1&hp" target="_blank">warns that</a>:<p><blockquote><p>"The instability rocking Greece this week is the latest manifestation of a troubling new phase in the global financial crisis: political turmoil is sweeping through Europe, toppling governments and threatening to undermine efforts to Fri, 17 Jun 2011 17:41:30 +0000 Mark Memmott 2934 at http://michiganradio.org Education: Many children still don't know much about history http://michiganradio.org/post/education-many-children-still-dont-know-much-about-history The good news: "At all grades, the average U.S. history scores in 2010 were higher than the scores in 1994, and the score for eighth-graders was also higher than in 2006."<p>The bad news: "Less than one-quarter of students perform at or above the 'proficient' level in 2010."<p>That's <a href="http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/pdf/main2010/2011468.pdf" target="_blank">the word this morning</a> from the National Assessment of Educational Progress, part of the U.S. Tue, 14 Jun 2011 18:49:30 +0000 Mark Memmott 2879 at http://michiganradio.org First Post-Shooting Photos Of Rep. Giffords Released http://michiganradio.org/post/first-post-shooting-photos-rep-giffords-released A smiling Rep. Gabrielle Giffords can be seen this morning in <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=137133739" target="_blank">the first photos released</a> of the Arizona Democrat's face since she was shot in the head on Jan. 8.<p>The congresswoman's staff <a href="https://www.facebook.com/mobileprotection#!/media/set/?set=a.10150211167452194.310758.96491952193" target="_blank">posted the images on her Facebook page</a> just a short time ago. Sun, 12 Jun 2011 13:02:04 +0000 Mark Memmott 2852 at http://michiganradio.org First Post-Shooting Photos Of Rep. Giffords Released OSAMA BIN LADEN IS DEAD; President tells nation 'Justice has been done' http://michiganradio.org/post/osama-bin-laden-dead-president-tells-nation-justice-has-been-done <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZNYmK19-d0U</p> Mon, 02 May 2011 03:15:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 2301 at http://michiganradio.org OSAMA BIN LADEN IS DEAD; President tells nation 'Justice has been done'