The supermarket chain Publix is suspending its political contributions to Adam Putnam, a Republican candidate for Florida governor, after being faced with overwhelming pressure to cut ties with him because of his fierce support for the National Rifle Association. The announcement came moments before “die-in” protests organized by 18-year-old gun-control activist David Hogg began at several Publix supermarkets.
When General Motors recruited Johan de Nysschen to lead Cadillac in 2014, the prominent auto executive hoped for a cavalry of new sport-utility vehicles to shore up the luxury brand’s weakest position. As it awaited reinforcements, Cadillac soldiered on with a legion of widely praised sports sedans. But Cadillac has parted ways with the man once seen as the brand’s future and the automaker is still seriously lacking in SUVs.
One of the most recognizable commercials in sports television history — “I’m going to Disney World!” — was developed from an offhand remark toward the end of a late-night group dinner. For athletes, the spot became the television equivalent of being on a Wheaties box — it featured only the most famous sports stars after their biggest victories. For Michael Eisner, who developed the idea in 1987 when he ran Disney, the commercial is one of the things he remembers most fondly about his career, he said.
Little Caesars Arena, home to the Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Pistons, was recognized as the Sports Facility of the Year at the 2018 Sports Business Awards in New York City. Other finalists were historic Notre Dame Stadium (Notre Dame football), SunTrust Park/The Battery Atlanta (Atlanta Braves), T-Mobile Arena (Las Vegas Golden Knights), Target Center (Minnesota Timberwolves) and U.S. Bank Stadium (Minnesota Vikings).
Fort Lauderdale’s annual Pride festival has proven to be such a successful draw for LGBT tourism that local hospitality planners have decided to expand it to an international-scale event. The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau announced that the city will host the first-ever, 10-day Pride of the Americas Festival in April 2020. The event was initially announced at the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association annual conference in Toronto.
The self-driving car owned by Uber that fatally struck a woman in March detected her in the road about six seconds before the crash, according to a preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board, which also acknowledged delayed responses from the vehicle’s automatic emergency braking system. The March 18 crash is the first known to involve an autonomous car fatally striking a pedestrian.
United Airlines’ dead-dog saga may finally be over. The Chicago-based carrier said this afternoon that it has reached a resolution with Catalina Robledo and her family. The resolution came in the wake of the death of a French bulldog, which suffocated after being placed in an overhead bin during a United Airlines flight allegedly after a flight attendant ordered the passenger to do it. The dog’s death went viral.
Visa said on Thursday that it is suspending its marketing with actor Morgan Freeman following sexual assault accusations. Vancouver public transportation system, TransLink, also said it paused the use of Freeman’s voice for transit announcements on Thursday. Freeman was accused of sexual misconduct by eight women, including allegations of “unwanted touching” and harassment, in a report published Thursday by CNN.
A multi-platform campaign, “Only Vegas Moments,” from the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, takes the iconic “What Happens In Vegas Stays In Vegas” to another level. Described as “Adult Freedom,” the spots from R&R Partners show how the city helps to empower people in a variety of situations to take charge and/or change their lives. One spot shows two young women who meet and marry in Vegas.
H&M will showcase its support of inclusivity with a new collection and campaign that will launch globally on May 31.
The capsule line of Pride apparel and accessories will be sold in 148 U.S. stores and select other retailers H&M outposts around the world as well as online. Ten percent of the proceeds from the sale of the collection will be donated to the United Nations Human Rights Office Free & Equal campaign.