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Lions' Kenny Golladay more focused on mistakes than TDs in rookie debut

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Overheard after Michigan State's win over Western Michigan Saturday

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No losers in Matthew Stafford's contract extension with Detroit Lions

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Rochelle Riley accepts award with remarks that bring down the house

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Detroit Lions' Paul Worrilow has beaten odds, inspires others to help

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Submit your entry for latest Mike Thompson cartoon caption contest: Tigers pitching

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Podcast: Howes on Detroit wrestling history

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Riley: When honoring Detroit's treasures, remember The Wright
Detroit artist Charles McGee’s new mural “Unity” will be painted on the north-facing wall of 28 Grand micro-loft building. Junfu Han/Detroit Free Press. Buy Photo. Ninety-nine years ago today, Charles Howard Wright was born in Dothan, Ala. He would become a young doctor – an obstetrician and gynecologist – and migrate north like so many black Americans, for better opportunity. His story has become entwined in Detroit’s history because he landed in the Motor City   Read More ...
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Rochelle Riley wins $75K grant to study students and trauma
Detroit Free Press columnist Rochelle Riley on Monday was selected for the 2017 Pulliman Editorial Fellowship, a prestigious honor that comes with $75,000 to help an editorial writer or columnist "broaden his or her journalistic horizons and knowledge of the world." "The judges were impressed by Riley's long-standing commitment to putting a spotlight on problems afflicting the community she serves, and the powerful voice she has brought to the daunting task," read a press release for the award, which is a Sigma Delta Chi Foundation program presented by the Society of Professional Journalists   Read More ...
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Michigan film study: Pin red zone woes on inexperience, coaching staff
Free Press columnist Jeff Seidel and sports writers Nick Baumgardner and George Sipple dissect Michigan's 29-13 win over Air Force on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, in Ann Arbor. Free Press sports writer Nick Baumgardner offers analysis from Michigan's 29-13 win over Air Force. There’s a fine line being walked here. On one hand, Michigan’s offensive playbook through three weeks could be somewhat limited with its wrinkles   Read More ...
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Twitter mailbag: What are differences between Lions GMs Bob Quinn, Martin Mayhew?
Free Press writers Dave Birkett and Shawn Windsor discuss the Lions' Monday news conference Sept. 11, 2017, following their 35-23 win over the Arizona Cardinals. 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. Q. What - if anything - differentiates Bob Quinn from Martin Mayhew in their approaches to scouting or drafting? - @jimwoehrle   Read More ...
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Kid Rock denies Free Press credentials - Mike Thompson
Last Slide Next Slide Buy Photo. To hear him sing about it, Kid Rock is one tough dude. So it's puzzling that he denied media credentials to the Detroit Free Press after the publication of a column criticizing the decision to select him as the opening act at Detroit's new Little Caesars arena. The musician has never backed away from speaking his mind   Read More ...
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Mitch Albom entering Michigan Sports Hall of Fame
A look at the Free Press career of Mitch Albom, one of the class of 2017 inductees into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame. Video by Kirkland Crawford/DFP.   Read More ...
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Josiah Scott might be Michigan State football's next star cornerback
Free Press columnist Jeff Seidel, sports writer Chris Solari and Lansing State Journal columnist Graham Couch discuss the Spartans' 28-14 win over Western Michigan on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, in East Lansing. EAST LANSING – Josiah Scott’s Michigan State debut earned rave reviews nationally. His second game produced his first career interception — and a sign the Spartans might have found their next No Fly Zone cornerback   Read More ...
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TV correspondents face danger they told others to avoid
New York — It’s a paradox of hurricane coverage: people on television spend days warning the public to get out of harm’s way, then station their correspondents squarely in the middle of howling wind and rain and hope they don’t get hurt. That was the case throughout Sunday’s gripping coverage of Hurricane Irma’s assault on Florida. Journalists were the shock troops allowing the nation to experience the storm from the comfort of their living rooms   Read More ...
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Mitch Albom: Detroit Lions might not be finely tuned, but they’re 1-0
Free Press sports writers Dave Birkett and Carlos Monarrez share their thoughts after the Lions' 35-23 win over the Cardinals on Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, at Ford Field. Buy Photo. First of all, they won. Now. About that first quarter. I’ll be nice. It was horrendous. The Lions started the 2017 season the way a disinterested a 6-year-old starts a piano lesson: forgetting the basics, hitting clunkers, and looking like he doesn’t want to be there   Read More ...
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Lions' Kenny Golladay more focused on mistakes than TDs in rookie debut
We look at five plays that turned the game in the Lions' 35-23 victory over the Cardinals in the season opener at Ford Field, Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017. Video by Marlowe Alter, Detroit Free Press Wochit. After catching two touchdowns in his NFL debut, Detroit Lions wide receiver Kenny Golladay walked across Ford Field, looking for someone special. Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald, now in his 14th season   Read More ...
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Michigan State's 'Goal-line Stu,' Darrell Stewart, still seeks first TD
Free Press columnist Jeff Seidel, sports writer Chris Solari and Lansing State Journal columnist Graham Couch discuss the Spartans' 28-14 win over Western Michigan on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, in East Lansing. He earned the nickname by falling 1 yard short in the win over Western Michigan Darrell Stewart has a new nickname, all because he fell short. The 6-foot-1, 198-pound sophomore fell a yard short of the end zone on a 46-yard rush late in the third quarter of Michigan State’s 28-14 win over Western Michigan on Saturday   Read More ...
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Overheard after Michigan State's win over Western Michigan Saturday
Free Press columnist Jeff Seidel, sports writer Chris Solari and Lansing State Journal columnist Graham Couch discuss the Spartans' 28-14 win over Western Michigan on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, in East Lansing. Here's what Michigan State and Western Michigan football players and coaches said after the Spartan's 28-14 victory at Spartan Stadium: MSU coach Mark Dantonio on the win: "Big win today   Read More ...
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Michigan State's win over WMU not as close as predicted
Free Press columnist Jeff Seidel, sports writer Chris Solari and Lansing State Journal columnist Graham Couch discuss the Spartans' 28-14 win over Western Michigan on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, in East Lansing.   Read More ...
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Notes: Michigan State keeps faith, ball in LJ Scott's hands when it counts
Free Press columnist Jeff Seidel, sports writer Chris Solari and Lansing State Journal columnist Graham Couch discuss the Spartans' 28-14 win over Western Michigan on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, in East Lansing. EAST LANSING – LJ Scott wanted the ball. Mark Dantonio obliged. With Michigan State facing a fourth-and-1 near midfield Saturday against Western Michigan, Scott went up to his coach on the sideline during a time-out   Read More ...
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Live game blog today: Michigan State vs. Bowling Green in season opener
Lansing State Journal columnist Graham Couch and Detroit Free Press / LSJ MSU beat writer Chris Solari discuss MSU's football depth chart and Mark Dantonio's Tuesday press conference, and also remember Jud Heathcote, who died Monday. Welcome to our live blog for the Michigan State-Bowling Green football season opener. Special writer Casey Harrison will lead the conversation during today's game in East Lansing   Read More ...
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I know, first hand, why Tigers' Victor Martinez should consider retirement
Watch Victor Martinez's son, Victor Martinez, take batting practice at Comerica Park before the Tigers' game against the Royals on July 26, 2017. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press. About his heart. Before I urge him to consider retirement unless a doctor can give him an absolute, 100% assurance that his heart condition does not present any kind of danger. I have to tell you a story that sheds some light into this complex issue   Read More ...
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Michigan State football: What you need to know about each position group
Lansing State Journal columnist Graham Couch and Detroit Free Press / LSJ MSU beat writer Chris Solari discuss MSU's football depth chart and Mark Dantonio's Tuesday press conference, and also remember Jud Heathcote, who died Monday. Free Press sports writer Chris Solari takes a look at the Michigan State Spartans, position-by-position. Quarterback Brian Lewerke emerged from spring workouts as the next starter, partly because of his play after a broken leg and partly because both fifth-year senior Damion Terry and redshirt freshman Messiah deWeaver were held out with injuries   Read More ...
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Rochelle Riley to host radio talk show on 910AM
Detroit Free Press columnist Rochelle Riley gives a quick overview of presidential candidate Donald Trump's visit to Great Faith Ministries in Detroit on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016. Rochelle Riley, Detroit Free Press. Detroit Free Press columnist Rochelle Riley will host a new talk show at 910AM Superstation. Riley, who has been a frequent guest on National Public Radio, MSBNC and WDIV's "Flashpoint, will use her show to shine a light on how national issues affect local residents   Read More ...
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No losers in Matthew Stafford's contract extension with Detroit Lions
Free Press sports writer Dave Birkett broke down the news and took your questions after word got out that the Lions and Matthew Stafford agreed to a contract extension on Monday, Aug. 28, 2017. Quinn did what he had to do, when he had to do it, signing quarterback Matthew Stafford to a five-year contract extension that will keep him in Detroit through the 2022 season   Read More ...
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Riley: Detroit mayor says convention center should be stripped of racist Cobo name ASAP
Buy Photo. Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said Friday that he not only supports removing the name of former mayor Albert Cobo from the city's convention center, but has told officials he'd like for them to do it quickly. The Free Press reported Thursday that the regional authority that runs the convention center has hired a company to explore the option of selling the naming rights to the center, which if Cleveland is any indicator, could bring the center up to $500,000 a year   Read More ...
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Detroit's Vitti to charters: Come at me, bro
Tuesday was Nikolai Vitti's first day as superintendent of the Detroit Public Schools Community District. It was a busy day full of interviews, meetings, school visits and a teacher recruitment fair. Lori Higgins, Detroit Free Press. Shouldn't parents trapped in failing schools have options? That's the way proponents of charter schools and vouchers that would allow parents to pay for private school with taxpayer dollars have framed the legitimacy of the school-choice movement   Read More ...
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Michigan QB Wilton Speight in better shape, John O'Korn more confident
Last season's U-M starting quarterback spoke with the media on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, in Ann Arbor. Video by Jeff Seidel/DFP U-M QB battle is down to two. Speight has lost 23 pounds, O'Korn has regained his confidence. Buy Photo. The grass stains told the story. The last time we saw Michigan quarterback Wilton Speight play a football game, there were grass stains on both of his elbows, on both hips and on his butt   Read More ...
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Rochelle Riley accepts award with remarks that bring down the house
Detroit Free Press columnist Rochelle Riley received the Ida B. Wells Award on Friday from the National Association of Black Journalists at its annual convention in New Orleans. Her acceptance speech brought the audience to its feet, evoking the spirit of the famed journalist for whom the award is named. The speech, as written, for your enjoyment: NEW ORLEANS — I stand on the shoulders of giants, some from 100 years ago, some from 20 years ago, some from last year   Read More ...
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Why Michigan's budget will be in trouble soon
Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about. Facebook Email Why Michigan's budget will be in trouble soon Detroit Free Press columnist Nancy Kaffer breaks down the state's looming budget crisis. Sent! Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed.   Read More ...
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Shane Greene, Saupold provide relief from Detroit Tigers' tough year
Free Press sports writers George Sipple and Jeff Seidel discuss Drew VerHagen's issues in the Tigers' 7-5 loss to the Pirates on Aug. 10, 2017, and note bright spots in Warwick Saupold, Nick Castellanos and Mikie Mahtook. Detroit Free Press. They seem like such an unlikely pair. Two pitchers from opposite sides of the world. Warwick Saupold, the Aussie right-hander who has become the Detroit Tigers’ mop-up guy in what has turned into a mop-up season, a role he’s filling nicely   Read More ...
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The rebellion that almost killed Detroit will some day make it stronger
Before 1967 riots, these Detroit girls 'knew their place' and where they were safe | 2:09 Patsy Elmore, 66 and Adrienne Montgomery, 65 recall what it was like growing up in Detroit just before the 1967 rebellion and riots. Romain Blanquart/Detroit Free Press. Son of former Detroit mayor: How Detroit's 1967 riot changed my dad | 1:38 Michigan Second District Court of Appeals Judge Mark Cavanagh discusses how Detroit's 1967 riot changed his father former Detroit Mayor Jerome Cavanagh as he served during that time   Read More ...
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Bankole: Detroit problems persist after ’67 anniversary
A colorful exhibit retelling how this city was fractured half a century ago has been curated at the Detroit Historical Society for posterity. The national media has come and gone, churning out commentaries before and after the anniversary commemoration. What we are left with in Detroit, after all the colorful events organized to showcase to the world what 1967 meant to the city, are the same problems that pummeled us long before the anniversary fanfare   Read More ...
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Nancy Kaffer: A call to action after 1967 Detroit riot goes largely unheard
I can't imagine a more clear description of this country's ongoing struggle with race than these words, written by former Free Press reporter Philip Meyer in a 1968 Nieman Reports magazine: "Most white Americans don’t feel like racists. Most of us believe in the basic brotherhood of man, and therefore we can’t be racists. Can we? "Closer inspection of the Riot Commission report," a federal examination of uprisings the year before in a handful of American cities, "shows that we can   Read More ...
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Easy part over, Al Avila’s strategy on Justin Wilson key for Tigers
Tigers general manager Al Avila explains the trade of J.D. Martinez to the Diamondbacks and describes the play of the three prospects the Tigers acquired in return on July 18 in Kansas City. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press. The first step was easy — a no-brainer. In comparison to what’s coming. Detroit Tigers general manager Al Avila traded rightfielder J   Read More ...
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Kaffer: What a family's quest for home can teach new Detroiters
Detroit's growth leads us to forget how this city came to be what it is, and the people who traveled difficult paths to be part of it. Detroit Free Press. Buy Photo. Rosa Malone fell in love with Rosedale Park first. The quiet streets, well-maintained homes and manicured lawns, a community of neighbors whose conscientious upkeep had staved off the worst impacts of Detroit’s troubles   Read More ...
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How Detroit Pistons guard Avery Bradley can make Reggie Jackson better
The Detroit Pistons introduced their newly acquired guard Avery Bradley at the Auburn Hills practice facility July 13, 2017. Detroit Free Press staff. Reggie Jackson was smiling. Laughing. And smiling some more. His knee was feeling fine. Better than fine. “I’m great,” the Detroit Pistons' point guard said Thursday at Avery Bradley’s introductory news conference. “I’m good. As soon as we get back to camp, I’m excited to play with my new teammate   Read More ...
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Tigers centerfielder Mikie Mahtook the most interesting first-half surprise
Detroit Tigers star Miguel Cabrera posted videos on Instagram today directed at Venezuela's government, saying he's tired of fearing for his family's lives and paying money to protect them from violence. Detroit Free Press staff. What the Tigers have done in centerfield is a blue print for how they could change lineup, once they start trading people Maybe, it’s that Nick Castellanos has hit six triples, already equaling his career high   Read More ...
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Metro Detroit journalist Bob Pisor dies
Pisor, a former Detroit News and Channel 4 (WDIV) journalist, passed away July 7 at his Leland Township farm. An encounter with a newsroom recruiter in New York City brought Bob Pisor back to Michigan, where he was a print and broadcast journalist, served in the administration of Detroit Mayor Coleman A. Young and, when the pace of news grew faster and less reflective, he became an artisan bread baker   Read More ...
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Who wins? 6 reporters take 6 modes of transportation to DIA and back
Six journalists for the Detroit Free Press used six different kinds of transportation to get to The Thinker at the DIA in Midtown and back to see which way was the fastest. Video produced by Eric Seals/DFP.   Read More ...
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Quirky U.P. animal swap keeps rural traditions alive
The Trenary Fur and Feather Swap is a chance to trade farm animals. But it's really about trying to save a fading way of life. Ryan Garza/Detroit Free Press. This quirky fair is a chance to trade farm animals. But it's really about saving a dying lifestyle. Buy Photo. TRENARY, Mich. — For anyone who has ever dreamed of trading their chickens for a goat, this was the place to be   Read More ...
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Podcast: Howes on latest Flint fiasco
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 state Department of Environmental Quality’s federal lawsuit against Flint officials for their refusal to endorse their mayor’s deal with the Great Lakes Water Authority is the latest installment in a parade of absurdity   Read More ...
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Detroit Lions' Paul Worrilow has beaten odds, inspires others to help
Free Press Lions beat writer Dave Birkett answers your Twitter questions in a video mailbag June 26, 2017, before summer vacation. Paul Worrilow has a great back story. The veteran linebacker, who signed with the Lions in March, was undrafted out of Delaware. He made the Atlanta Falcons, against all odds. Cracked the starting lineup, against all odds. Became the team’s leading tackler, against all odds   Read More ...
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Landmark Leelanau Poor Farm barn needs work; will anyone save it?
The Leelanau County Poor Farm barn in northern Michigan is in dire need of money for repairs. But will anyone pay to save it? Ryan Garza, Detroit Free Press. Historic barn on Leelanau Peninsula faces demolition this fall Buy Photo. MAPLE CITY — It’s a grand old barn, plank framed and white walled, with a high cathedral ceiling of dark brown wood   Read More ...
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Dickerson: Is Gov. Rick Snyder in crosshairs of Flint investigation?
In an interview with the Free Press, Attorney General Bill Schuette was asked about his team’s investigation into Gov. Rick Snyder regarding the Flint water crisis. Here’s what he had to say. Junfu Han, Detroit Free Press. Two weeks ago, the notion that Attorney General Bill Schuette might bring felony charges against Gov. Rick Snyder was so outlandish that I could joke about it in a column without worrying that anyone would take me seriously   Read More ...
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Riley: Schuette calls Flint probe most comprehensive, won't charge Snyder
Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette announces charges for six state and local officials in connection to the Flint water crisis. Five people have been charged with involuntary manslaughter in the case. Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press. Buy Photo. So the Flint water crisis criminal case really is about what state officials knew and when they knew it   Read More ...
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