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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soundoff (86 Responses)
  1. Pete

    I remember going to Winchell's in Seattle with my grandma. Good memories.

    June 3, 2011 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Carl

      National Doughnut Day? never heard of such a thing and I have seen 3 articles on it already today.. Crazy that the news outlets would focus on this stupid thing.. especially when we are all trying to eat healthier..I know a big part of me eating healthier is to make my own food instead of ordering in or eating out.. but I didn't know how to do that. then my girlfriend got me this hilarious, politically incorrect cookbook called.. well I won't tell you the name of it here cause some of you will freak out.. but if you google "whipped and beaten culinary works" you can find it.. but seriously.. don't go if you can't take a good joke, or if you get offended easily.. seriously.

      June 3, 2011 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Talgrath

      @Carl Wow, you are really that upset that someone might enjoy something unhealthy? There is nothing wrong with having a donut every now and again and there is nothing wrong with celebrating food we love to eat.

      June 3, 2011 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  2. bleedingheart13

    My coworkers and I just got our free doughnuts at our local bakery!

    June 3, 2011 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
    • WWRRD

      Lucky for you. A good local bakery is hard to find anymore. Dunkin, Krispy Kreme have knocked many local bakeries out of business. A good independent bakery with a good made from scratch donut is a real treat. Not like the fast food processed chain donuts.

      June 3, 2011 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
  3. Dinae

    Dear CNN:
    Sometimes, you're an embarassement.

    June 3, 2011 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Lou

      How embarrassing is it to get worked up over this? Maybe CNN has stock in Krispy Kreme and Dunkin' Donuts. It's all about money, not giving humans useful information, you know.

      June 3, 2011 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Jelly Filled

      It's either read about doughnuts or keep reading about Congressman Weiner's wiener! You choose.

      June 3, 2011 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Eli

      I associate CNN more with the National Enquirer as opposed to the New York Times or Washington Post.

      June 3, 2011 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Scoob

      Yes its on the front page, and no its not the only article on the front page, so stop your complaining, and go back to eating your doughnut.!

      June 3, 2011 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
    • jon

      You're absolutely right!!!!!!!!! Here I was logging into my daily fix of CNN for the latest on Justin Beiber's haircut and the further escapades of Donald Trump and friends, and there's this big article about Donuts. WHAT IS THIS WORLD COMING TO?

      June 3, 2011 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  4. dtcpr

    and we wonder why our country is so fat

    June 3, 2011 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Jesus

      As long as we have National Doughnut Day, how about National Cigarette Day? That's one way to solve the Social Security deficit.....just promote stuff that shortens life. They'll never make it to 66 or 67.

      June 3, 2011 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  5. hingedlwnb

    It would have been awesome if they had pictured those donuts on the new USDA nutritional plate. 😉

    June 3, 2011 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
  6. Cesar

    I want chocolate donuts and milk now. Hey Trixie, Got Milk?

    June 3, 2011 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
  7. Pail Lytle

    I thought donught day or fat tuesday was 2 months ago????

    June 3, 2011 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Ryan in Michigan

      Nope – Fat Tuesday is all about Packis, or Polish Donuts. The dough is made a little different (more fattening) and they're always filled with various types of fruits or sweets, such as caramel, blueberries, apples, peaches, or chocolate. Today is donut day, celebrating the classic, tire-shaped donut. I plan on getting one with cinnamon sugar or glazed raised.

      June 3, 2011 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  8. Ralph in Orange Park, FL

    I'll dunk to that.

    June 3, 2011 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  9. elena

    let create a veggie day 😉

    June 3, 2011 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  10. Oh no!

    EVERY day is donut day for the fatties! Chow down, porkers! Then cry when you get out of breath tieing your shoes. Oh, that's right, fatties wear Crocs.

    June 3, 2011 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Ignoramus

      The more of them that eat the doughnuts the better! Obese people naturally get paid less since they can't work without going out of breath, that leads to a 15 minute long doughnut break. So it works out for everyone.

      June 3, 2011 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
    • hingedlwnb

      Right. Because being thin guarantees a better life. Go lick your mirror some more.

      June 3, 2011 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  11. disaffected

    hmmm! sugar & fat, deep fried in fat, then dipped in sugar...and so good for you.

    June 3, 2011 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  12. james

    thank you freddie freihoffer! you will always be my hero. anyone know who i'm talking about?

    June 3, 2011 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  13. K

    Oh really? Because i just went to dunkin donuts and they didn't give me a free doughnut.

    June 3, 2011 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  14. jon

    New chocolate Donuts. The Donuts of Champions.

    June 3, 2011 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  15. Jesse

    I bet the cops are all happy national donut day thats like christmas thanksgiving all great holidays rolled up into one.

    June 3, 2011 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
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