Sonari Glinton http://kplu.org en For Automakers, Internet-Connected Cars Are A Balancing Act http://kplu.org/post/automakers-internet-connected-cars-are-balancing-act The Internet is coming to your car. Later this year, General Motors will put Internet connectivity directly into its vehicles. It's the largest auto company to do so.<p>Of course, safety advocates have some concerns about more distractions for drivers.<p>The promise of technology is always the same one — that it's going to make our life easier. But anyone who's tried to make a hands-free call in the car knows that's not always true. Wed, 21 May 2014 22:06:13 +0000 Sonari Glinton 16759 at http://kplu.org For Automakers, Internet-Connected Cars Are A Balancing Act Just How New Is The 'New' GM? http://kplu.org/post/just-how-new-new-gm During her grilling before Congress last week, General Motors CEO Mary Barra insisted the new General Motors is different and better than the old one.<p>So as GM begins to fix nearly 2.6 million vehicles for an ignition-switch defect that has been linked to at least 13 deaths, we decided to put that claim to the test.<p>Exactly how new is the new GM?<p>NBC's <em>Saturday Night Live</em> answered with <a href="http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/gm-hearings-cold-open/2770788">a parody version</a> of Barra's explanation:<p>"I can't speak to how the old GM would handle an issue like this Tue, 08 Apr 2014 16:32:21 +0000 Sonari Glinton 15794 at http://kplu.org Just How New Is The 'New' GM? The Long Road To GM's Ignition Switch Recall http://kplu.org/post/long-road-gms-ignition-switch-recall The new head of General Motors, Mary Barra, goes to Capitol Hill Tuesday to begin two days of testimony.<p>It's the first time she'll be questioned about a safety defect that's been linked to at least 13 deaths and has sparked a 2.6 million-vehicle recall.<p>At issue for the Detroit CEO is a classic question: What did GM know about the problems with ignition switch problems in its cars, and when did the company know it?<p>And just as important for GM and government regulators is the follow-up question: Why did no one act sooner?<p>In the recent history of General Motors, there's one car that s Mon, 31 Mar 2014 21:57:52 +0000 Sonari Glinton 15520 at http://kplu.org The Long Road To GM's Ignition Switch Recall As Carmakers Turn Up The Recalls, Consumers Tune Out http://kplu.org/post/carmakers-turn-recalls-consumers-tune-out In the past week, Volkswagen recalled 150,000 Passats because of potential hood problems that could damage the headlights, and Honda recalled 900,000 Odyssey vans because of a potential fire hazard.<p>Those moves follow the recent General Motors recall of 1.6 million vehicles over a faulty ignition switch, which has been linked to 12 deaths. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 21:41:13 +0000 Sonari Glinton 15149 at http://kplu.org As Carmakers Turn Up The Recalls, Consumers Tune Out Delayed Safety Recall May Haunt GM As It Continues Its Makeover http://kplu.org/post/delayed-safety-recall-may-haunt-gm-it-continues-its-makeover General Motors is coming under mounting criticism for its handling of a serious defect. Last month, the company recalled 1.6 million vehicles because of faulty ignition switches linked to 13 deaths. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 21:24:54 +0000 Sonari Glinton 14713 at http://kplu.org Delayed Safety Recall May Haunt GM As It Continues Its Makeover What Pepsi Can Teach Us About Soft (Drink) Power In Russia http://kplu.org/post/what-pepsi-can-teach-us-about-soft-drink-power-russia The United States has threatened economic sanctions against Moscow, but America is light on financial leverage in Russia: The country represents less than 1 percent of U.S. trade, and few major U.S. companies have significant investments there.<p>But one company with a long history in Russia is Pepsi.<p>So how did the American soft drink giant get its foot in the door to build a major market in Russia?<p>This story of how Pepsi came to be sold widely in Russia could give us some insight into how the two counties do or don't do business with each other. Mon, 10 Mar 2014 22:20:54 +0000 Sonari Glinton 14657 at http://kplu.org What Pepsi Can Teach Us About Soft (Drink) Power In Russia Questions About Scoring Overshadow Women's Figure Skating http://kplu.org/post/questions-about-scoring-overshadow-womens-figure-skating It wouldn't be a Winter Olympics without a figure skating scandal, and the Sochi Olympics hasn't disappointed.<p>When defending gold medalist Yuna Kim of South Korea took to the ice in the women's long program Thursday night, there was much anticipation. The audience had already seen 23 great performances, and Kim was the last to skate.<p>She landed six triple jumps in what looked to be a flawless program, one she'd skated many times before. Fri, 21 Feb 2014 18:55:03 +0000 Sonari Glinton 13935 at http://kplu.org Questions About Scoring Overshadow Women's Figure Skating Female Figure Skaters Compete For Gold — And The Sport's Future http://kplu.org/post/female-figure-skaters-compete-gold-and-sports-future If there is such a thing as a home rink advantage, that makes the competition in the women's figure skating program fierce. Russian fans erupted with glee for Adelina Sotnikova on Wednesday. And then there's Yulia Lipnitskaya, a 15-year-old Russian phenom who has thrilled Russian fans and stunned the figure skating world.<p>Scott Hamilton, a 1984 figure skating gold medalist, has been watching Lipnitskaya closely.<p>"She's beyond her years. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 23:07:05 +0000 Sonari Glinton 13848 at http://kplu.org Female Figure Skaters Compete For Gold — And The Sport's Future Sochi's Humidity Keeps Olympic Ice Makers Working Overtime http://kplu.org/post/sochis-humidity-keeps-olympic-ice-makers-working-overtime In Sochi, balmy weather has bedeviled some snowboarders and skiers. The snow is sometimes, well, <a href="http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/02/140214-snow-conditions-melt-sochi-olympics/">slush</a>. But inside the Winter Olympics' arenas, the ice is universally praised, though it's taking some work to keep things cool.<p>It's not the heat, it's the humidity that's leading ice makers to work overtime at the games.<p>That's paid off, because athletes in Sochi have been gushing about the ice.<p>"I think all the athletes are in love with the ice," 19-year-old U.S. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 17:55:21 +0000 Sonari Glinton 13824 at http://kplu.org Sochi's Humidity Keeps Olympic Ice Makers Working Overtime In Men's Figure Skating, U.S. Pins Hopes On A New Class http://kplu.org/post/mens-figure-skating-us-pins-hopes-new-class What's the hardest sport at the Winter Games — biathlon, aerial skiing, snowboarding, or high-flying slopestyle?<p><a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/01/06/259394357/figure-skater-with-happy-feet-hopes-to-clinch-spot-in-sochi">Jeremy Abbott</a> thought it was one of those until an Olympic official told him otherwise. "Hands down," he was told, "absolutely, figure skating is the hardest."<p>Abbott may not completely agree, but he says it's the rare affirmation he's gotten as a male figure skater.<p>"Growing up, people were like, 'Oh, figure skating — you guys are sissies. ... Thu, 13 Feb 2014 23:08:13 +0000 Sonari Glinton 13637 at http://kplu.org In Men's Figure Skating, U.S. Pins Hopes On A New Class Germany's Hoefl-Riesch Wins Women's Super-Combined Skiing http://kplu.org/post/germanys-hoefl-riesch-wins-womens-super-combined-skiing <em>As always, if you're among those who don't want to know who's won what until NBC-TV's primetime show is on the air, stop reading now. For those who do like to know what's happening, here's a quick look at the medals already awarded today and some of what's coming later on:</em><p>Germany's Maria Hoefl-Riesch won the gold medal in the women's super-combined Alpine skiing event Monday. <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/11/sports/olympics/mancuso-super-combined.html?_r=0" target="_blank">As <em>The New York Times</em> reminds us</a>, it's her third career gold. Mon, 10 Feb 2014 17:31:19 +0000 Sonari Glinton 13456 at http://kplu.org Germany's Hoefl-Riesch Wins Women's Super-Combined Skiing U.S. Sweeps Slopestyle Snowboarding With Women's Gold http://kplu.org/post/us-sweeps-slopestyle-snowboarding-womens-gold Jamie Anderson's win in the slopestyle snowboarding competition has given the U.S. Sun, 09 Feb 2014 19:42:58 +0000 Sonari Glinton 13442 at http://kplu.org U.S. Sweeps Slopestyle Snowboarding With Women's Gold U.S. Speedskaters Get A Little Help From Their Friends http://kplu.org/post/us-speedskaters-get-little-help-their-friends Speedskating is the U.S.'s most successful winter Olympic Sport. In Sochi this year, great things are expected again.<p>The secret to their success includes talent, skill and hard work, but there's also a network of support that buoys the team.<p>Two-time gold medalist Shani Davis is looking to win a history-making third: He would be the first speedskater to win the same event in three different Olympics.<p>During the eight years since his first gold, Davis has brought so many kids into the sport, he's beginning to compete with them. Sun, 09 Feb 2014 19:40:30 +0000 Sonari Glinton 13438 at http://kplu.org U.S. Speedskaters Get A Little Help From Their Friends New Team Figure Skating Already Has Its Share Of Controversy http://kplu.org/post/new-team-figure-skating-already-has-its-share-controversy Controversy is nothing new to figure skating, so perhaps it's not surprising that team figure skating, new to this Olympics, has already come in for some unwanted attention. The Russian and U.S. figure skating teams are strongly denying reports that they are in collusion.<p><em>L'Equipe</em>, the French sports website, is quoting an unnamed Russian coach as claiming that the American and Russian teams will help each win gold medals. The allegation goes like this: the Russian judges will help U.S. team captain Charlie White and his partner, Meryl Davis, win ice dance in exchange for the U.S. Sun, 09 Feb 2014 19:40:08 +0000 Sonari Glinton 13437 at http://kplu.org New Team Figure Skating Already Has Its Share Of Controversy In Team Event, Figure Skating Rivals Cheer For Each Other http://kplu.org/post/team-event-figure-skating-rivals-cheer-each-other There's always a lot of drama in figure skating, and not necessarily on the ice. There's the judging and the personalities — think <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/monkeysee/2014/01/16/263073794/complicating-the-tonya-and-nancy-narratives-20-years-later">Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding</a>.<p>But Thursday in Sochi, a new event debuted at the Winter Olympics: team figure skating. Now skaters compete not only individually and in pairs, but also as teams of skaters from each country. That means nearly twice the figure skating, which is great for ratings. Fri, 07 Feb 2014 17:48:35 +0000 Sonari Glinton 13378 at http://kplu.org In Team Event, Figure Skating Rivals Cheer For Each Other