June 3rd, 2011
07:33 AM ET

On the Radar: Doughnut day, Obama in Toledo, Shaq's announcement

Three things you need to know today:

National Doughnut Day: Friday is the day America celebrates the doughnut.

National Doughnut Day originated with the The Salvation Army in Chicago in 1938 as a salute to the women who served doughnuts to U.S. soldiers during World War I.

The Salvation Army's "doughnut lassies" continued that service during World War II and cemented the doughnut's place in the American diet. If you want to try to duplicate the doughnut lassies' work in your kitchen today, The Salvation Army is providing their original recipe.

If you're not in the mood to celebrate National Doughnut Day in the kitchen, try heading down to your local Krispy Kreme or Dunkin' Donuts.

Krispy Kreme is offering a free doughnut to all customers at participating locations.

At participating Dunkin' Donuts, customers will get a free doughnut with the purchase of a beverage.

Obama and autos: President Barack Obama heads to Toledo, Ohio, on Friday where he'll visit Chrysler's Jeep Wrangler assembly plant.

Obama will use the Toledo visit to emphasize why the government bailouts of Chrysler and General Motors were successful, CNN affiliate WTVG in Toledo reports.

Chrysler announced recently that it will repay government bailout loans six years ahead of schedule.

Among those expected to be in attendance for Obama's visit is Jeep assembly line worker James Fayson, according to a Toledo Blade report.

Fayson, 36, will appear in Obama 2012 campaign commercials explaining how the bailout allowed him to return to work after being laid off in 2009, the Blade reported.

Shaq's announcement: Four-time NBA champion Shaquille O'Neal will formally announce his retirement from basketball Friday during a news conference at his Florida home.

O'Neal first said Wednesday afternoon that he was going to hang up his jersey. The 39-year-old posted a link to a video on his Twitter account.

In  a brief message he said: "We did it. Nineteen years, baby. I want to  thank you very much. That's why I'm telling you first. I'm about to  retire. Love you. Talk to you soon."

O'Neal has been dogged by injuries in the latter stages of his career and played only 37 games for the Boston Celtics this season after struggling with an Achilles tendon problem.

He returned for two playoff games against the Miami Heat but managed just 12 minutes and he told an ESPN reporter that he didn't want to let Celtics fans down.

O'Neal won three titles with the Los Angeles Lakers after forming a devastating partnership with Kobe Bryant, and added a fourth in 2006 with the Miami Heat.

With 28,596 points, O'Neal is fifth on the all-time NBA scoring list and is second only to Michael Jordan on the all-time list of NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Awards.

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  1. Faith tELFORD

    Time to go get a dozen donuts !!!!!! WoooHoooo

    June 3, 2011 at 7:53 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • georgee

      THIS is the rapture, last things Americans need is a doughnut.

      June 3, 2011 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
    • trixie

      I double dip that!

      June 3, 2011 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Georgee smells funny

      Georgee,

      The last thing anyone needs (not just Americans) is some loser in the comment boards making broad sweeping statements about what they all need.

      June 3, 2011 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
  2. Anthony's Case Posts

    I'm obsessed with this trial!!! I DVR everyday and watch when I get home. So I have some questions I have not heard one person ask….so if she had it going on, a nanny who kept her kid 24-7, a job that pays so well she went to ever day (pun intended), a paid cell phone, I’ll assume car insurance……………SO WHO PAID FOR THESE CONVENIENCES IF SHE DIDN’T GET A PAYCHECK??? I guess she was known to run out of gas because she really didn’t have money to buy any!!! Steal the gas can out her dads shed? How about the tow truck notifications? Didn’t she go home every few days when no one was there? Her parents are to blame for her psychopathic traits……they fed it and not assisted with tough love and getting her help!!! And where is Lee? I know all that the defense is trying to say is a lie, I feel it is anyway, the defense have a long way to go for anyone to believe the lying girl……this is a sad thing to happen to Caylee, Lee and the parents……But I believe Orange County and the State of FL plan to get justice for Caylee; it may not look like it, but they are going to thrown some bombs when it is all said and done. Casey, your going
    to get fried, baby, fried!!!

    June 3, 2011 at 7:57 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • DaveNYUSA

      You are in SERIOUS need of a life.

      June 3, 2011 at 8:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Steven Gordon

      WHAT IN THE WORLD DOES THIS HAVE TO DO WITH DONUTS?

      June 3, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Riff*Raff

    Jeep is the last carmaker left in Toledo. They have threatened to leave several times.Thankfully, they received an infusion of cash and are still employing many,many people. A job at Jeep used to be the most coveted in the city. One of the few high paid jobs + benefits for non-college educated workers. Toledo's economy is actually improving in terms of factory orders for the manufacturers, parts etc. Several friends are employed in these factories, and the orders have increased to the point of the employers offering overtime hours on a consistent basis. Toledo's lifeline is the auto industry, and I'm glad some positive news is finally being reported.

    June 3, 2011 at 7:59 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Steven Gordon

      AGAIN, WHAT DOES ***THIS*** HAVE TO DO WITH DONUTS?

      June 3, 2011 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Cesar

    Chocolate donuts and cold milk. What a great treat.

    June 3, 2011 at 8:06 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • bob

      the last thing americans need is do nuts.

      June 3, 2011 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Sean

      I disagree

      If anything we need to grow a pair and stop with this PC &%*

      June 3, 2011 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Bob sucks it

      Actually Bob, the last thing Americans need is some guy hiding behind the internet telling them what they need to be doing.

      June 3, 2011 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
  5. ComeOnMan9

    Please don't tell my fat a$$ nothing about a doughnut. Doughnuts are on my last meal request.

    June 3, 2011 at 8:07 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • brad

      mmm doughnuts and dr. pepper if you are a southern murderer.

      June 3, 2011 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |
  6. Anthony's Case Posts

    OK, so if the child innocently drowned herself in the pool then why did Casey Anthony lie about it to the investigators when she was CLEARLY marked as a prime suspect?Why not just call an ambulance?
    THEN she got caught in the lie because the person she said was baby sitting her daughter( probably got the name in a phone book) never met her in her life.She got caught in the lie when she led the investigators to an apartment that WASN’T EVEN VACANT.No Where near where this babysitter really lived.
    After she got caught she sat in jail and came up with this even better story that is harder to be diss-proven.How did the duct tape get on her daughter again?How did the duct tape get on her daughters mouth again?
    OK OK so lets just ASSUME the little girl drowned in the pool………….Why would she cover up for her father after the defense clearly said her father said to her “I’m gonna make sure you go to prison for the rest of your life for this”Then she left and went partying

    Casey Anthony is just NUTS and a pathological lair.She was living a lie for years even before this whole thing happened.The “babysitter” was a 2 yr lie that she fed to her dad and tried to feed to the investigators that ended up at an empty apartment.She should be tried for lying to the police on 2 accounts on top of everything..

    June 3, 2011 at 8:09 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • james

      finally, someone really cares.

      June 3, 2011 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  7. Leon

    What this article does not say is that Saturday is "National Celebration of Obesity Day."

    June 3, 2011 at 8:09 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. dpoitmbg

    Whoopie!.... Can't wait for National 'Lard on a Stick' Day!

    June 3, 2011 at 8:14 am | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Wolf

    It's National Doughnut Day....and not a cop to be found.

    June 3, 2011 at 8:15 am | Report abuse | Reply
  10. smokin11

    can't wait for national fatso day

    June 3, 2011 at 8:18 am | Report abuse | Reply
  11. David

    Donut day is a National holiday for the cops.

    June 3, 2011 at 8:36 am | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Danni30

    one dozen of chocolate creme donuts please

    June 3, 2011 at 8:41 am | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Anthony's Case Posts

    Even if all this b.s was true why wouldn’t Casey just tell the police in the first place “Casey drowned in the pool, my dad said he was going to frame me and then I went partying” They would just call her a horrible mother and go with the lead she gave them.THAT DIDN’T HAPPEN She lied, got caught and came up with this story.Someone facing murder will say ANYTHING to try to get out of it.I’m surprised she didn’t say Caylee’s great grampa killed her.. Did I mention the searches of how to make chloroform and how to break a neck on her computer the smell of a corpse in her trunk? lol

    June 3, 2011 at 8:53 am | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Bill

    Ah, that explains all the sirens this morning. Houston's Finest racing to do what they do best.

    June 3, 2011 at 8:53 am | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Irwin Graulich

    TO the best Doughnut store in the world–Doughnut Plant on Grand Street, NYC. Your doughnuts are straight from heaven. Makes all the rest including Dunkin and Krispy Kreme look like amateurs. Congratulations!

    June 3, 2011 at 8:56 am | Report abuse | Reply
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