EAST LANSING, MI – A Michigan State University researcher is shedding light on an exotic segment of the internet that she and some others find disturbing. In it, women---usually young and often provocatively dressed----appear in videos and ritualistically smoke cigarettes. MSU Professor Hye-Jin Paek worries the videos may be a new hurdle in efforts to control tobacco use among young people. WKAR's Mark Bashore has more on the bizarre world of "smoking fetishism."
AUBURN HILLS, MI – Tracy McGrady says he feels healthy and at ease after knee problems ruined his last two seasons.
McGrady is with the Detroit Pistons now and will compete for playing time with Richard Hamilton and Tayshaun Prince, who are trying to rebound from their own injury-plagued seasons. The Pistons went 27-55 in 2009-10.
McGrady met with reporters at media day Monday and says he went through "a lot of dark nights" while trying to recover.
ALLEN PARK, MI – It's unclear how much time injured Detroit Lions running back Jahvid Best will miss, but the team appears ready to get Kevin Smith back in the backfield.
Best left Sunday's loss at Minnesota with pain in a right toe, but coach Jim Schwartz wouldn't elaborate on the injury during Monday's news conference. The rookie has 307 yards from scrimmage and five touchdowns this season.
CLEVELAND – Armando Galarraga went from unhittable to giving up three homers in an 18-pitch span and the Cleveland Indians beat the Detroit Tigers 6-3 on Monday night.
The Tigers lost slugger Miguel Cabrera to an apparent right ankle injury. He landed awkwardly on the bag while getting back to first base on a pickoff attempt in the seventh inning. Cabrera limped from the field and was taken for X-rays.
DETROIT – A Barclays Capital analyst says the U.S. auto industry is likely to see a bit of a sales rebound in September over poor numbers in August, with an uptick in retail sales to individual drivers.
Analyst Brian Johnson wrote Monday in a note to investors that stronger retail sales would be offset by weaker sales to fleet buyers such as rental car companies. That's good news for automakers because they make far more money on sales to individuals.