WATCH: 2017 JD Power Initial Quality Study (IQS) announcement

AmericaJR’s Jason Rzucidlo reports from the Detroit Athletic Club for a meeting of the Automotive Press Association. J.D. Power presented the results of its 2017 U.S. Initial Quality Study (IQS). KIA topped the list for the second year in a row, followed by Genesis and Porsche. Detroit-based automakers Ford and RAM tied for fourth and Chevrolet ended up in fifth. In this video, watch for remarks from Dave Sargent, Vice President, Global Automotive at J.D. Power.  

E-Waste Nightmare: Cell Phones Getting Greener But Not There Yet (EARTHTALK)

Dear EarthTalk: What can we do to solve the e-waste problem caused by so many of us tossing our cell phones out and getting new ones every two years? —Sandy Bartram, Beverly Hills, CA As more and more of the world develops—and smartphones become ubiquitous—electronic waste (AKA “e-waste”) is a bigger problem than ever. Around the world, people generate some 50 million tons of e-waste every year, much of which ends up improperly disposed of in landfills where toxins common in electronics like lead, mercury and cadmium can leach outRead More

Kelvin Hoefler, Cory Juneau win the Dew Tour in Long Beach, CA

LONG BEACH, Calif. — The past three days in Long Beach have been phenomenal, and for the finals the best of the best skateboarders around the world put on a show for their fans. The day was jammed packed, twelve athletes started the day which cut down to six, after competing in the Tech, Rail, and Gap, the top overall skaters advanced to the Finals. They would compete in the Gap section with a ten minute run. Kelvin Hoefler jumped from third place, to finishing first taking the Dew TourRead More

Friday’s New CD/Album Releases for 6/23

Look for these new CDs to hit store shelves on Friday, June 23, 2017: 311 Mosaic Algiers The Underside Of Power Banditos Visionland DJ Khaled Grateful Dying Fetus Wrong One To Fuck With Imagine Dragons Evolve Jeff Tweedy Together At Last King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard Murder Of The Universe Laurel Halo Dust The American Professionals Sympathetic Overdrive The White Noise AM/PM Source: Metacritic.com

Attendees enjoy 41st annual Belleville National Strawberry Festival

BELLEVILLE, Mich. — Food. Fun. Rides. The 41st annual Belleville National Strawberry Festival was a great way to celebrate Father’s Day on Sunday. Over the weekend, temperatures hit 80 degrees with partly cloudy skies and just a few sprinkles. It was cooler than last year’s scorching temperatures when it was in the 90’s. “This is really awesome, it’s a really nice town,” said attendee Michael Stinnette of Ypsilanti, Mich. “This is my first time eating the strawberry shortcake. It’s really good. Anything to do with your dad out in theRead More

PHOTOS: 2017 Brews, BBQ and Bourbon Festival in Ferndale, MI

AmericaJR’s Gloria and Jerome Rzucidlo were LIVE at the 2017 Brews, BBQ and Bourbon Festival in Ferndale, Mich. 9 Mile was transformed into a weekend long festival celebrating cold brews, mouthwatering BBQ, smooth & smoky Bourbon, and great music! Featuring a wide assortment of craft beer, tons of BBQ & varied food vendors, plenty of Bourbon, and a killer band line up! Thirsty? We will be serving up plenty of bourbon & spirits, hard ciders & sodas, and of course BEER! Grab a drink, enjoy games & live music, and follow yourRead More

Trivia Tuesday: 5 New Trivia Questions from “Page-A-Day”

Every Tuesday is a Trivia Tuesday on AmericaJR. Look for five new trivia questions and answers from the “365 Amazing Trivia Facts for 2017” calendar. This week’s questions: New York senator Charles Schumer has a relative who is also a boldfaced name. Who is it? Who was the screenwriter behind Crossroads, the movie starring Britney Spears, Taryn Manning, and Zoe Saldana that the website Rotten Tomatoes calls a “cliched and silly pop star vanity project”? There’s a brand of scooter whose name comes from the Italian word for “wasp.” WhatRead More

Australian Keegan Palmer wins AM Bowl Finals at Dew Tour on Saturday

LONG BEACH, Calif. — Day three continued with the AM Bowl Finals, with eight ammeters competing for the title, and it was Australian Keegan Palmer coming out on top with a score of 87.40 out of 100. Tate Carew from San Diego came in second with a score of 84.20, and Gavin Bottger from Oceanside, Calif., who is only ten years old, came in third with a 79.00. The Team Finals followed, with nine teams competing, and it was Team Blind taking home the victory with a score of 351.00Read More

30th EyesOn Design Automotive Design Show makes a great Father’s Day gift

GROSSE POINTE SHORES, Mich. — The 2017 EyesOn Design Automotive Design Show celebrated its 30th anniversary on Sunday. It returned to the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House in Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan.  “Body Styles” was this year’s official theme. Today we explored unique vehicle architecture that thrived during various eras.  Many things drove the evolution of the automobile.  The automotive designer played a significant role in the transformation of the motor vehicle as we know it. This year’s unique exhibit was the Crosley line of cars and tractors.  My favoriteRead More

WATCH: Highlights of the 2017 Belleville National Strawberry Festival

AmericaJR’s Jason Rzucidlo reports from Main Street for the 41st annual Belleville National Strawberry Festival. In this video, watch for highlights of the festival as well as interviews with attendees and car owners. The fairlife milk exhibit was one of the new additions to the festival. Meanwhile, the White Tiger exhibit returned to the festival once again this year. Artist Donna Peterson introduced me to her jewelry made out of rocks. Later on, I checked out the 16th annual Cinnamon Father’s Day car show. You’ll also see an interview withRead More