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Lions podcast: Dissecting the dysfunctional Bears

freep.com — Dave Birkett talks with Dan Wiederer, Bears beat writer for the Chicago Tribune, about Sunday's Lions-Bears matchup, including what went wrong for Chicago this year.
Dec 20, 2014

RT @davebirkett: This week's Lions' podcast: The Bears are a mess, but is there any chance they play spoiler for one game? on.freep.com/16AqgJ5

Gordie Howe underwent stem cell clinical trial in Mexico

freep.com — The family of Gordie Howe today released a statement further detailing the improvements the Detroit Red Wings legend has made over the past few weeks. Son Mark Howe told the Free Press on Thursday that Gordie Howe "isn't so much walking as shuffling about." Gordie Howe is 86 and has severe dementia.
Dec 19, 2014

Incredible stuff. RT @HeleneStJames: Gordie Howe underwent stem cell clinical trial, family reveals. on.freep.com/16AQIlO via @freep

Dec 19, 2014

RT @HeleneStJames: Gordie Howe underwent stem cell clinical trial, family reveals in statement on.freep.com/16AQIlO via @freep

Dec 19, 2014

Gordie Howe underwent stem cell clinical trial, family reveals in statement on.freep.com/16AQIlO via @freep

George Clinton talks, performs with Detroit music students

freep.com — Funk was on the lesson plan today at the Detroit Institute of Music Education (DIME), and George Clinton was the master instructor. The iconic Detroit musician, back in town for a whirlwind weekend of promotional activities, dropped by the new downtown school to talk about his career and work - and to join a few students for a musical experience they won't forget.
Dec 19, 2014

Sweet vid of 'Give Up the Funk' jam. MT @FreepEnt: @George_clinton w/ music students at @DIME_DETROIT today. on.freep.com/1x62b8G

Dec 19, 2014

RT @FreepEnt: WATCH: George Clinton jams with music students while visiting @DIME_DETROIT today. on.freep.com/1x62b8G

Dec 19, 2014

RT @FreepEnt: WATCH: George Clinton jams with music students while visiting @DIME_DETROIT today. on.freep.com/1x62b8G

Xavier Ouellet making good impression with Red Wings

freep.com — Just how highly Detroit Red Wings defenseman Xavier Ouellet rates with his coach has become crystal clear this week, which has seen Ouellet stick around until the Wings had an emergency develop. Ouellet topped 19 minutes of playing time in Friday's 2-1 loss to the New York Islanders at Joe Louis Arena, including helping out on the penalty kill.
Dec 20, 2014

Xavier Ouellet runs out of room, sent down after another strong impression with Red Wings on.freep.com/1AQ1Aoy via @freep

Federal judge: Great Lakes wolves return to endangered list

freep.com — Unless it's overturned, the decision that will ban further wolf hunting and trapping in Michigan and two other states. TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. - A federal judge on Friday threw out an Obama administration decision to remove the gray wolf population in the western Great Lakes region from the endangered species list - a decision that will ban further wolf hunting and trapping in three states.
Dec 19, 2014

The gray wolf goes back on the endangered species list in the Great Lakes region: No hunting. freep.com/story/news/loc…

Dec 19, 2014

Federal judge: Great Lakes wolves return to endangered list on.freep.com/1wuOWfT

Dec 19, 2014

Federal judge orders gray wolf in Great Lakes region returned to endangered species list. on.freep.com/1v1Gijz

Jay Ralko missing transgendered

freep.com — Warren Police are investigating the disappearance of a man who went missing Dec. 10 after he left behind a note for his roommate indicating there was an emergency. "We just want him home alive," said Sherri Amorello, Jay Ralko's mother. "We just want to know he's OK.

Report: 55 school districts, charters operating in deficit

freep.com — The number of school districts and charter schools struggling with a deficit is on the rise in Michigan - increasing in the last year from 48 to 55. The increase is fueled by 21 districts and charters that began the last fiscal year (2013-14 school year) operating in the black but encountered financial problems that left them in the red by the end of June.
Dec 19, 2014

RT @LoriAHiggins: Timing issue with vendors led to EAA's placement on list of deficit districts. There are now 55 in MI. on.freep.com/16B6vRx via @freep

Dec 19, 2014

Timing issue with vendors led to EAA's placement on list of deficit districts. There are now 55 in MI. on.freep.com/16B6vRx via @freep

Dec 19, 2014

Report: 55 school districts, charters operating in deficit on.freep.com/16B6vRx via @freep

Detroit Public Schools plan shows big deficit spike, school closures

freep.com — Detroit Public Schools plans to close two dozen schools over the next several years and its deficit has grown to nearly $170 million, new financial documents show. Nine schools could be shuttered in 2015-16. But DPS employees may eventually see small pay increases.
Dec 20, 2014

RT @LoriAHiggins: DPS plan shows big deficit spike, school closures on.freep.com/16B36C8 via @freep and @annzaniewski

Dec 19, 2014

DPS plan shows big deficit spike, school closures on.freep.com/16B36C8 via @freep and @annzaniewski

Michigan State lands 4-star defensive tackle Raequan Williams

freep.com — Malik McDowell, the sequel? That's what one analyst believes Michigan State got in 6-foot-6, 280-pound defensive lineman Raequan Williams of Chicago DePaul College Prep, who committed to the Spartans tonight for the class of 2015. The "four-star" prospect picked MSU over finalist Iowa, and he had additional offers from Oregon, Arizona, Missouri, Penn State and many others.

Michigan GOP Chairman Bobby Schostak won't seek 3rd two-year term

freep.com — Long list of candidates expected to line up for GOP state chairmanship as Bobby Schostak steps down. Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak announced Friday he won't seek a third term as party chairman, opening up what's expected to be a multi-candidate race to replace him.

State superintendent to hold off suspending charter authorizers

freep.com — State Superintendent Mike Flanagan is holding off on deciding which of the 11 at-risk charter authorizers will be suspended Michigan School Superintendent Mike Flanagan announced today he is holding off on taking action against any of the 11 charter school authorizers he named in August as being at-risk of suspension.
Dec 19, 2014

Fate of at-risk charter school authorizers put on hold until @onetoughnerd announces ed reforms on.freep.com/1AOE1MZ via @freep

Gordie Howe continues to improve, back on his feet

freep.com — It's 'more of a shuffle' than a walk, son Mark Howe says, but he's 'making his way around under his own power' The benefit of being in a familiar environment again is helping Detroit Red Wings legend Gordie Howe regain some quality of life.

Detroit Red Wings' winless streak at 5 with loss to New York Islanders

freep.com — What the Detroit Red Wings wanted were goals and points. What they earned was meager. Continuing their near flat-lining offensively, the Wings left Joe Louis Arena Friday mulling a 2-1 loss to the New York Islanders. The Wings haven't won in five games, and have just three points during that stretch.
Dec 20, 2014

'Gotta hit the net' Wings say after 2-1 loss to Isles draws winless streak to five games on.freep.com/16BdUQN via @freep

Dec 19, 2014

Wings' winless streak at 5 with 2-1 loss to Islanders on.freep.com/16BdUQN via @freep

Report: Tyrone Wheatley would listen if U-M called

freep.com — Former Michigan running back, now the Bills RBs coach, said he hasn't been contacted by U-M Tyrone Wheatley isn't Michigan's top candidate to be its next football coach. But the former Wolverines running back, now the Buffalo Bills' running back coach, told Syracuse.com he would listen if U-M called (which he says they have not).
Dec 19, 2014

Oh RT @freepsports: Report: Ex-UM RB Tyrone Wheatley, now RBs coach with the Bills, would listen if U-M called. on.freep.com/1x6e12o

Detroit Tigers' Justin Verlander 'worst person in sports'

freep.com — ESPN personality blasts Tigers pitcher for complaining about Uber prices Keith Olbermann took offense to Justin Verlander's dissatisfaction with Uber's "surge pricing." Two days after Verlander tweeted ".@Uber I used to love you and now your ridiculous surge charges are causing me to take my talents elsewhere.
Dec 19, 2014

RT @freepsports: Keith Olbermann called Justin Verlander the "world's worst person in sports" for today because of his Uber tweet. on.freep.com/1x6dbmo

Darko Milicic loses kickboxing debut, still says, 'I'm invincible'

freep.com — Former Detroit Pistons draft bust Darko Milicic, a 7-foot Serb who spent 10 years with various teams after being the second overall pick in 2003, behind LeBron James, has lost his first kickboxing fight. The 29-year-old Milicic sustained a bloody cut on his left leg in the first round of an exhibition match against Serbian fighter Radovan Radojcic on Thursday night.

Chrysler gives in, expands air bag recall

freep.com — The company says in a statement Friday that it will recall nearly 2.9 million older cars and trucks across the U.S., as demanded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Chrysler has joined other automakers in meeting government demands for a national recall of vehicles with potentially dangerous driver-side air bag inflators that can explode and spray dangerous shrapnel.

Rick Porcello sees 'great opportunity' with Red Sox

freep.com — Former Tigers pitcher, traded for Yoenis Cespedes, introduced to Boston media today Rick Porcello stepped out of the shadows today at Fenway Park. For the first time in his career, the righty spoke as a former Detroit Tiger, meeting with the Boston media for the first time since being traded just over a week ago.

Recruiting: Four-star DE Raequan Williams to decide today

freep.com — Rivals 4-star and top 250 football recruit Raequan Williams of DePaul Collegiate High School in Chicago will decide which college he will attend tonight.
Dec 19, 2014

Couple hours away from a "4-star" Chicago DL making his choice, and signs point to MSU. freep.com/story/sports/c…