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Big Ten power rankings, Week 6: Michigan State makes a huge jump; Michigan holds steady

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Michigan State lands legacy recruit, Las Vegas OL Jacob Isaia for 2018

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Michigan State lands legacy recruit, Las Vegas OL Jacob Isaia for 2018


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Lions grades: Matthew Stafford bad; Teryl Austin, Jim Caldwell great

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Lions grades: Matthew Stafford bad; Teryl Austin, Jim Caldwell great


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Mitch Albom: Brad Ausmus handles ouster as Tigers' manager with class

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Mitch Albom: Brad Ausmus handles ouster as Tigers' manager with class


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Mitch Albom entering Michigan Sports Hall of Fame

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Mitch Albom entering Michigan Sports Hall of Fame


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Overheard after Michigan State's win over Western Michigan Saturday

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Overheard after Michigan State's win over Western Michigan Saturday


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In Detroit clerk's race, absentee voters show their muscle
The Detroit Free Press hosts debate between Detroit city clerk candidates Janice Winfrey and Garlin Gilchrist on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017. Detroit Free Press staff. The nail-biter election this November in Detroit was for clerk, as incumbent Janice Winfrey won a narrow victory over upstart challenger Garlin Gilchrist. But the thin margin wasn’t the most incisive statistic. The dramatic differences between absentee and Election Day votes were decisive, one of the largest swings in city history, and a reminder of an old Detroit political lesson: Absentee voters matter -- a lot   Read More ...
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A super PAC tried to buy a Detroit election. Then it got weird. | Opinion
Detroit City Council debate with District 6 candidates Raquel Castaneda-Lopez and Tyrone Carter answer our questions on Friday, Oct. 20, 2017. Detroit Free Press staff. If you believe the mailers sent out to residents of Detroit's District 6 in the weeks before the November election, Detroit City Council member Raquel Castenada-Lopez is against working families (she's part of one), a shill for Republican Gov   Read More ...
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2 journalists join suit alleging pay discrimination against women at the Free Press
Two additional women have joined a lawsuit against the Free Press alleging pay discrimination. In October four female journalists — Kathleen Galligan, Mary Schroeder, Rose Ann McKean, and Regina H. Boone — filed suit against the newspaper in federal court, alleging the newspaper has underpaid them for years because they are women. The suit charged that men in the company are paid more than women in almost every employee category of the newsroom   Read More ...
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Podcast: Howes on mayor’s second chapter
Detroit News Columnist Daniel Howes and Michigan Radio are partners in weekly essays examining what's hot in Michigan business and politics – and what it all means. This week, Howes says Mayor Mike Duggan’s re-election marks the end of the beginning. With state oversight likely to ease and downtown redevelopment reaching saturation, the mayor’s second term will be marked partially by how successful he is bringing that redevelopment wave to the city’s troubled neighborhoods   Read More ...
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Dickerson: Duggan's second landslide confirms absurdity of unnecessary run-offs
After securing his second term as Detroit mayor, Mike Duggan talks to the media at his victory party at the Renaissance Center in Detroit. Mandi Wright, Detroit Free Press. Buy Photo. Three months ago -- a few days after Mike Duggan trounced Coleman Young II and six other challengers in Detroit's mayoral primary -- I wondered aloud why a run-off election was necessary, pointing out that the 43,000 votes Duggan had garnered in the primary were more than double the number of votes cast for his seven mayoral rivals together   Read More ...
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Regulate your own (fake) news feed
It’s not Facebook’s job to censor the content coming through my news feed — or yours. Despite the staggering growth of Twitter, Google, Facebook and other websites, social media remains voluntary. You don’t have to use it. That fact didn’t stop a gaggle of senators from insisting last week that if social media giants don’t regulate themselves, Washington will do it for them   Read More ...
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Rochelle Riley: Coleman A. Young II tried on his father's name, and it didn't fit
Eastside Detroiter Karen Bethune talks about mayoral candidate Coleman A. Young II and his readiness for office in the city. Rochelle Riley, Detroit Free Press. Buy Photo. He started strong. Coleman Young II opened the mayoral debate two weeks ago by paraphrasing Charles Dickens: “It’s the best of times for those who are privileged and the worst of times for everybody else   Read More ...
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Michigan offensive line paves way for near-record day vs. Minnesota
Free Press columnist Jeff Seidel's takeaways after Michigan's dominating, 33-10, victory over Minnesota on Saturday night at Michigan Stadium: A dominant offensive line Michigan’s offensive line was the star of the game, as the Wolverines dominated at the line of scrimmage; and that might be understating it. Michigan rushed for 371 yards, averaging a ridiculous 10.9 yards per carry, and nearly had its first pair of 200-yard rushers in a single game in program history   Read More ...
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Podcast: Howes on UAW credibility hit
Detroit News Columnist Daniel Howes and Michigan Radio are partners in weekly essays examining what's hot in Michigan business and politics – and what it all means. This week Howes says the widening federal investigation into possible corruption at the United Auto Workers’ three national training centers in Detroit threatens to undermine the union’s credibility, starting with the working folks it claims to represent   Read More ...
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Niyo: Peters made wait worthwhile for UM fans
But often it’s the little things that go a long way in evaluating quarterback play. And as Pep Hamilton, Michigan’s offensive coordinator, met with the media Wednesday for the first time since early August — long before the Wolverines offensive struggles began this season — that’s where he focused his attention. It wasn’t about the big plays Brandon Peters made in his de facto debut as the Wolverines’ quarterback Saturday against Rutgers   Read More ...
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Editor’s Note: Baseball comes back at NFL’s expense
Credit a thrilling World Series between the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers, featuring both a breathtaking display of power hitting and high quality pitching. Television ratings are at a five-year high and rising with each game. Perhaps some of the increase in interest can be attributed to what’s going on this season in the National Football League, where on field athletic performances have been overshadowed by the national anthem controversy   Read More ...
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Prominent journalist at Moscow radio station stabbed
Moscow — A well-known journalist for Russia’s leading news radio station was stabbed in the throat Monday by an unknown attacker who burst into her studio — the latest in a string of attacks on journalists or opposition activists in Moscow. The assailant broke into Ekho Moskvy, which has often been described as Russia’s only independent news radio station, and stabbed deputy editor-in-chief Tatyana Felgenhauer, editor-in-chief Alexei Venediktov said   Read More ...
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Podcast: Howes on Big Business game
Detroit News Columnist Daniel Howes and Michigan Radio are partners in weekly essays examining what's hot in Michigan business and politics – and what it all means. This week, Howes says Gov. Rick Snyder's Michigan is back in the Big Business development game – because it has to be. The likes of Amazon, Foxconn Technology and Toyota Motor are going public with their private business decisions because they can   Read More ...
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3 Michigan questions: Issues aside, U-M can beat Penn State Saturday
Free Press sports writer Nick Baumgardner and columnist Shawn Windsor discuss Michigan's 27-20 win over Indiana, and what it means going forward as Penn State awaits. Recorded Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017. Detroit Free Press staff. Free Press sports columnist Shawn Windsor answers three questions after Michigan's 27-20 overtime win over Indiana in Bloomington, Ind. Can Michigan beat Penn State? Yes   Read More ...
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4 female journalists sue Detroit Free Press claiming 'widespread pay discrimination'
Krista Contreras and her wife Jami Contreras of Oak Park are devastated after facing discrimination they never saw coming: The pediatrician they had handpicked to treat their newborn daughter changed her mind. Mandi Wright/DFP Four female journalists filed suit against the Detroit Free Press in federal court Friday, alleging the newspaper has underpaid them for years because they are women and that men are paid more than women in almost every employee category of the newsroom   Read More ...
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Seidel | MSU's identity is clear: It's the team that beats U-M
Free Press writers Nick Baumgardner, Shawn Windsor, George Sipple and Jeff Seidel discuss Michigan football the Monday after the loss vs. Michigan State on Oct. 9, 2017. Entering week seven of the college football season, this much we know: Michigan is still searching for its offense. The Wolverines are still searching for an offensive line that can protect their quarterback   Read More ...
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Niyo: Michigan’s offensive woes have Harbaugh in bind
John Niyo and Angelique S. Chengelis of The Detroit News react to Jim Harbaugh's Monday press conference following Michigan's loss to Michigan State. Detroit News. Ann Arbor — Maybe it’s not as bad as it looks. But it certainly doesn’t look like everyone thought it would by now. And if that’s unfair, it’s also understood — or should be, at least — when the change is as pronounced as this one was a few years ago, with Jim Harbaugh receiving a hero’s welcome as he returned to his alma mater as head coach   Read More ...
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Former Detroit Free Press columnist Harry Cook dies at 78
Harry T. Cook — clergyman, classical scholar, journalist and all-round upsetter of complacency and indifference — barreled out of Bellaire to become one of Detroit's most passionate voices for peace and justice. For more than 50 years, Cook called out from pulpits, newspaper columns, books and blogs for greater caring — confronting racial and economic divisions, wars and military adventures and the tangles of reason and religion   Read More ...
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Riley: How many pumpkins do you have to carve to set a world record? Ask Marine City
Marine City attempts to break world record of most pumpkins carved simultaneously at its second Pumpkin Palooza event, October 7. Junfu Han, Detroit Free Press. Visitors swarm to Marine City to help set a pumpkin carving world's record Buy Photo. They did it! The residents of Marine City set an unofficial Guinness World Record on Saturday for the most people simultaneously carving pumpkins   Read More ...
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Michigan State debuts at No. 22 in coaches poll; Michigan falls to No. 16
Lansing State Journal columnist Graham Couch, Detroit Free Press / LSJ MSU beat writer Chris Solari and Free Press columnist Shawn Windsor break down the Spartans' win in Ann Arbor Saturday night. Graham Couch / Lansing State Journal. Michigan State is the biggest winner in this week’s Amway Coaches Poll. The Spartans made their debut appearance this season, jumping into the rankings at No   Read More ...
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Michigan State outgains Michigan in rushing yards - hence, wins game
Lansing State Journal columnist Graham Couch, Detroit Free Press / LSJ MSU beat writer Chris Solari and Free Press columnist Shawn Windsor break down the Spartans' win in Ann Arbor Saturday night. Graham Couch / Lansing State Journal. The Spartans outgained the Wolverines, 158-102, keep the tradition of the rivalry by winning the game, too. History repeated itself once again during Michigan State’s 14-10 upset win over No   Read More ...
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Overheard: What Michigan State football said after beating Michigan
Lansing State Journal columnist Graham Couch, Detroit Free Press / LSJ MSU beat writer Chris Solari and Free Press columnist Shawn Windsor break down the Spartans' win in Ann Arbor Saturday night. Graham Couch / Lansing State Journal. Here’s what Michigan State players and coaches had to say about their 14-10 upset win over No. 7 Michigan at Michigan Stadium: MSU coach Mark Dantonio’s reaction to the win: “I can’t say enough about our football team   Read More ...
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Michigan State football's game plan weatherproof in win over Michigan
Lansing State Journal columnist Graham Couch, Detroit Free Press / LSJ MSU beat writer Chris Solari and Free Press columnist Shawn Windsor break down the Spartans' win in Ann Arbor Saturday night. Graham Couch / Lansing State Journal. Dantonio doesn't go conservative in rainy conditions, but rather plays smart in MSU's win over U-M. Still rain-soaked and croaky-voice, Mark Dantonio took exception to the word “conservative” to describe Michigan State’s second-half offense during a deluge   Read More ...
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Michigan State report card: Defense dominates, offense plays smart
Lansing State Journal columnist Graham Couch, Detroit Free Press / LSJ MSU beat writer Chris Solari and Free Press columnist Shawn Windsor break down the Spartans' win in Ann Arbor Saturday night. Graham Couch / Lansing State Journal. Chris Solari rates the Spartans on a scale of 1 to 10 after their 14-10 win at No. 7 Michigan. Just two second-half first downs? Just 64 yards after halftime? Well, take into account two things that make this grade   Read More ...
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Michigan State football's 'white storm' leaves Michigan all wet, 14-10
Lansing State Journal columnist Graham Couch, Detroit Free Press / LSJ MSU beat writer Chris Solari and Free Press columnist Shawn Windsor break down the Spartans' win in Ann Arbor Saturday night. Graham Couch / Lansing State Journal. For the second straight time, the Spartans rolled into Michigan Stadium and left with a victory, this time 14-10 over the No. 7 Wolverines   Read More ...
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New venue but same old feeling for Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena
The Detroit Red Wings rolled out the red carpet for their home opener at the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit. They face the Minnesota Wild. George Sipple, Detroit Free Press. Buy Photo. On my way to the new building, I stopped at the old one. Joe Louis Arena sat alone in the autumn sun. I entered easily and walked down the mostly empty corridors, stacked with chairs, crates of paper, old banners and posters   Read More ...
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Riley: Charming Marine City carves out a mission to draw tourists
Marine City attempts to break world record of most pumpkins carved simultaneously at its second Pumpkin Palooza event, October 7. Junfu Han, Detroit Free Press. Buy Photo. MARINE CITY, Mich. — Just an hour away from Detroit, alongside the deep blue water of the St. Clair River, I walked into a Norman Rockwell painting. It exists as a town that faced its fading mortality a few years ago and decided to fight back   Read More ...
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Big Ten power rankings, Week 6: Michigan State makes a huge jump; Michigan holds steady
Lansing State Journal columnist Graham Couch and Detroit Free Press columnist Shawn Windsor break down the Spartans' 17-10 win over the Hawkeyes and look ahead to next week's game at Michigan. The Spartans have proved they're improving after beating Iowa, while the Wolverines stay steady after a bye week going into the big in-state showdown Is Michigan State for real? Will Michigan have its hands full Saturday? Guess we'll find out in due time but, for now, the Spartans have proven they're a formidable opponent after beating a difficult Iowa team at home last weekend, largely thanks to a stout defensive effort   Read More ...
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Meet Darren Fells, the Detroit Lions' 'offensive tackle' with hands
Free Press sports writer Dave Birkett and columnist Jeff Seidel share their thoughts after the Detroit Lions' 14-7 win over the Vikings on Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, in Minneapolis. The Lions got help on offense from a surprising source, the new tight end known for his blocking. MINNEAPOLIS – Here comes a trivia question for you. Golden Tate? Nope. He caught three passes   Read More ...
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Michigan State lands legacy recruit, Las Vegas OL Jacob Isaia for 2018
Lansing State Journal columnist Graham Couch and Detroit Free Press columnist Shawn Windsor break down the Spartans' 17-10 win over the Hawkeyes and look ahead to next week's game at Michigan. A day after his grandfather served as Michigan State’s honorary captain, Jacob Isaia told Bob Apisa that he was following his footsteps to East Lansing. “He cried,” Isaia said, almost choking up himself   Read More ...
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Lions grades: Matthew Stafford bad; Teryl Austin, Jim Caldwell great
Free Press sports writer Dave Birkett and columnist Jeff Seidel share their thoughts after the Detroit Lions' 14-7 win over the Vikings on Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, in Minneapolis. Free Press sports writer Dave Birkett grades the Detroit Lions after their 14-7 win over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday afternoon in Minneapolis: Quarterback Matthew Stafford wasn’t at his best Sunday   Read More ...
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Michigan State football: What we learned vs. Iowa, what to watch at Michigan
Lansing State Journal columnist Graham Couch and Detroit Free Press columnist Shawn Windsor break down the Spartans' 17-10 win over the Hawkeyes and look ahead to next week's game at Michigan. Looking back at what happened in Michigan State’s 17-10 win over Iowa and a look ahead to next week’s game at Michigan. Three things we learned Developing defense: MSU’s defense looked dominating against Iowa, holding the Hawkeyes to just 19 rushing yards and limiting QB Nate Stanley to just 197 passing yards   Read More ...
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Michigan football stays No. 7 in coaches poll; MSU gets 2 votes
Lansing State Journal columnist Graham Couch and Detroit Free Press columnist Shawn Windsor break down the Spartans' 17-10 win over the Hawkeyes and look ahead to next week's game at Michigan. Michigan's position in the latest Amway Coaches Poll did not move after the team's lone bye of the season. The Wolverines (4-0, 1-0 Big Ten) remained at No. 7 in this week's poll   Read More ...
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Michigan State's freshmen respond well, help in 'TKO' win over Iowa
Lansing State Journal columnist Graham Couch and Detroit Free Press columnist Shawn Windsor break down the Spartans' 17-10 win over the Hawkeyes and look ahead to next week's game at Michigan. EAST LANSING — Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio’s list of first-year players is still growing. There weren't any standout performances by the Michigan State’s freshmen on Saturday, but it was more than enough to show signs of progress   Read More ...
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Three Michigan State questions: Brian Lewerke, defense show promise
Lansing State Journal columnist Graham Couch and Detroit Free Press columnist Shawn Windsor break down the Spartans' 17-10 win over the Hawkeyes and look ahead to next week's game at Michigan. Q: How good can Brian Lewerke be? A: As good as Kirk Cousins or Connor Cook. He’s just a different player. His numbers weren’t spectacular against Iowa on Saturday, but they were good   Read More ...
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Brian Lewerke-Felton Davis connection carries Michigan State's offense
Lansing State Journal columnist Graham Couch and Detroit Free Press columnist Shawn Windsor break down the Spartans' 17-10 win over the Hawkeyes and look ahead to next week's game at Michigan. EAST LANSING – It wasn’t even a pass they had worked on, but Felton Davis ran the deep over route to perfection. “We actually haven’t ever thrown that in practice,” quarterback Brian Lewerke said   Read More ...
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Michigan State report card: Spartans' defense stellar against Iowa
Lansing State Journal columnist Graham Couch and Detroit Free Press columnist Shawn Windsor break down the Spartans' 17-10 win over the Hawkeyes and look ahead to next week's game at Michigan. EAST LANSING – Chris Solari rates the Spartans on a scale of 1 to 10 after their 17-10 win over Iowa. There is a lot to work on, including finishing drives and improving the run game   Read More ...
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Michigan State treated Iowa game like slugfest; Michigan up next
Lansing State Journal columnist Graham Couch and Detroit Free Press columnist Shawn Windsor break down the Spartans' 17-10 win over the Hawkeyes and look ahead to next week's game at Michigan. EAST LANSING – Michigan State’s defense expected a slugfest. Iowa brought one to Spartan Stadium. “Last night, after our team meeting, we had a team movie and we watched the final fight in the movie ‘Southpaw,’ ” MSU captain Chris Frey said   Read More ...
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Talkin' Spartans: On MSU's win over Iowa and what it means
Lansing State Journal columnist Graham Couch and Detroit Free Press columnist Shawn Windsor break down the Spartans' 17-10 win over the Hawkeyes and look ahead to next week's game at Michigan.   Read More ...
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Twitter mailbag: What will it take for NFL players to stop protests?
Free Press sports writers Dave Birkett, Carlos Monarrez and Shawn Windsor preview the Lions-Vikings game and give their predictions for Sunday's matchup. Quandre Diggs gets a nod as the most surprising player on the Lions defense Every week during the Lions season we’ll do a Twitter mailbag. Use the social media site to send your questions to Lions beat writer Dave Birkett at @davebirkett   Read More ...
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