Exceprt from "10 Cutest Cars in America"

You know them: They're the cars you want to drive and hug at the same time. Here's our list of vehicles that make you go, 'Awww.'

Hall of Fame: Chrysler PT Cruiser

Launched on an unsuspecting public in 1999, the PT Cruiser was immediately dubbed "the car too cool to categorize." Depending on whom you talked to, its utterly original design was inspired by either a Chrysler Airflow, a getaway car for 1930s movie gangsters, or a Model A hot rod. Based on a Neon platform, the five-door Cruiser was both eminently practical and very profitable. As late as its fifth year on the market, Chrysler still sold 130,000 of them. The design would prove so iconic that Chrysler was unable to successfully update it, and production was ended in 2010.


Fiat 500

The current contender for the title of cutest car on the market, the 500 scores a rare triple in cuteness: It's small, curvy and friendly-faced. The 500 is even cuter if you use its Italian nickname "Cinquecento." A modern interpretation of Italy's beloved Topolino built between 1957 and 1975, it was reintroduced in its home market in 2007 and became a cult hit. Every Italian looks stylish in a 500. If Americans find it drives half as well as it looks, Fiat will have a winner. Still to be determined is whether the 500 will look as cute in Rochester as it does in Rome.

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As expected, the US national team’s hopes of returning to the Confederations Cup run right through their neighbors – but a little earlier than expected, and with a twist.

Tuesday’s announcement of the draw for this summer’s CONCACAF Gold Cup sees the US kick off their campaign to recapture the regional championship against their neighbors to the north – vs. Canada on June 7 at Detroit’s Ford Field, a stone’s throw from the Canadian Border.

Canada will get a chance to avenge their controversial last meeting with the US in the semis of the 2007 Gold Cup, in which the Canucks saw a late equalizer by Atiba Hutchinson waved offside. Bob Bradley's squad barely held on for a 2-1 victory and went on to hoist their fourth CONCACAF title. The US hold a 12-8-9 all-time record against Canada.

Joining the US and Canada in Group C of the Gold Cup are Panama and Guadeloupe. The US will face Panama on June 11 at Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium and will conclude group-stage play on June 14 against Guadeloupe at Sporting Kansas City’s new stadium, LIVESTRONG Sporting Park.

Defending Gold Cup champions Mexico, meanwhile, were drawn into a rough Group A alongside Costa Rica, El Salvador and Cuba. El Tri open group play against the Salvadorans on the first day of the tournament, June 5 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Mexico will then face Cuba on June 9 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C., and wrap up group play three days later against Costa Rica at Chicago’s Soldier Field.

Honduras headline Group B, which also features Guatemala, Jamaica and Grenada. The 2010 World Cup participants will open group play against the Guatemalans on June 6 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.

This summer’s Gold Cup will be played in 13 venues across the US, including four MLS stadiums. The quarterfinals will be held at New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., and Washington’s RFK Stadium on June 18 and 19. The semis will be in Houston’s Reliant Stadium on June 22 before the final at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., on June 25.

“We are extremely excited for this year's Gold Cup and are completely confident that it will be the best ever,” CONCACAF general secretary Chuck Blazer said in a statement. "We are bringing our fans the region's best football in fantastic venues – with a lot on the line. It is truly a can't-miss event."

Eight-time winners Mexico won the last edition of the Gold Cup in 2009 with a 5-0 victory over the US in the final. Mexico and the US have met four times in the final, with the Mexicans holding a 3-1 edge.

The winner of this summer’s edition books a spot in the 2013 Confederations Cup in Brazil. Thanks to their ’07 title, the US were CONCACAF’s representative at the last Confederations Cup in South Africa in 2009, when they went on a spirited run to the final, where they fell to Brazil.

Pre-sale of tickets go on sale on Wednesday for one week only through local stadium box offices or local MLS teams. Tickets go on sale to the general public on March 16 through www.goldcup.org.

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Pair use Facebook, Twitter in their contest to find best new retail idea for Detroit
By Daniel Duggan
Crain's Detroit

Can people on Facebook and Twitter pick a Detroit retailer?

Nick Gorga and Ted Balowski think so.

The two are in the early stages of Hatch Detroit, a contest for the best new Detroit retail idea.

After taking submissions this summer, a winning idea will be selected through a multistage process, largely voting marketed through social media. The winner will get $50,000 and — the men hope — a lot of attention.

"The reason to do this is that we think everyone who has a stake and cares about the city needs to do their part to revitalize the region and draw people in," Gorga said. "We see this as a way for us to do our part."

Gorga said that while there are many incubator programs, Hatch Detroit is different because it is geared toward retail in the city and will be a grassroots movement.

Balowski uses the term "crowd entrepreneurialism." He said they plan to harness the close-knit community of people in metro Detroit to feed new business in the city.

"From a grassroots perspective, we wanted to look at how we can engage the community as a whole," Balowski said. "But I also wanted to look at this from the entrepreneur's perspective. How can we help?"

The Hatch Detroit team plans to start a marketing blitz in the coming weeks.

Starting July 1, they will begin accepting submissions for contestants through hatchdetroit.com. They are limiting the entries to businesses that involve selling something to consumers. Art galleries, coffee shops and retail shops are examples of the types of businesses they want included.

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Associated Press

Michigan's only urban state park is planning to turn half of a more than century-old manufacturing site into something far removed from its ship engine-building heyday: an adventure and discovery center with rock climbing, zip lining and other outdoor activities.

The transformation of the vacant Globe Trading Company complex is the jewel in the crown of a plan to expand and enhance the William G. Milliken State Park & Harbor across the street and turn the Detroit riverfront park into a launching pad of sorts for Michigan's nearly 100 state parks. The plans are backed by more than $34 million in grants from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund, which collects royalties paid by oil and gas companies that lease state-owned mineral rights.

The grants, approved in December and authorized by the state Legislature in March, also will be used to acquire several pieces of property around the park and public-use easements along the Detroit RiverWalk. State officials say stalled commercial redevelopment plans for vacant land and buildings in the area led to a deal for the Globe and are helping as they negotiate for other properties.

"Ultimately the economy that has slowed down development in so many areas has actually worked to our advantage," said Vicki Anthes, planning section chief for the Department of Natural Resources' Parks and Recreation Division.

"Nothing was happening with the Globe, and we saw it as such a pivotal point for a state park development," she said. "The $9 million grant (for the Globe) was proof we were serious."

Anthes said the DNR is aiming to open the activity center in the fall of 2012, and it's working with the Detroit Economic Growth Corp. and the developer, Troy-based Labor Management Fund Advisors. The developer is seeking at least one more occupant for the remainder of the building, and is working out financing for the balance of the project.

Besides the rock-climbing wall and zip lines, planners also envision an interpretive forest, archery range and classroom space in the gutted but structurally sound building. Anthes said they also are considering a kayak simulation ride as a rider might have on the river across the street.

Anthes said they haven't found anything quite like it nationally, and it makes sense to create such a center in the largest city of the Great Lakes State.

"The purpose is to introduce our public to the natural resources and state parks of Michigan," she said. "If you like that experience, why don't you go check out Hartwick Pines or one of the dunes parks on Lake Michigan?"

The plans dovetail with the RiverWalk as well as the Dequindre Cut Greenway, a pedestrian and bike pathway built on an abandoned rail line that runs alongside the Globe.

The neglected industrial complex began life in the late 1860s as the Dry Dock Engine Works, which had employed a young Henry Ford as an apprentice and at the turn of the 20th century was absorbed by the Detroit Shipbuilding Co., according to records compiled by the National Park Service. When that company dissolved in the late 1920s, the former engine building plant now part of the state park's plans was used by a stove manufacturer, the Detroit Edison Co., for appliance repair and finally the Globe Trading Co., which had been a machinery wholesale firm.

John Mogk, a law professor at Wayne State University, said the park's plans sound like a "wise policy decision" in an area where manufacturing has all but vanished and private plans for waterfront redevelopment, including numerous retail and residential projects, have been shelved.

Mogk said there is a tremendous amount of vacant buildings and land in the city, and "it is all lying unused in today's world of market demand."

"Just about everything that is going to be converted for private economic use is going to require significant public subsidies," he said. "To put it into some kind of productive use even though it won't have the same kind of economic impact that private use might have is ... of value to the community. It may have a ripple effect on the area."