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Detroit Catholic Cardinal Edmund Szoka dies at age 86

freep.com — Retired Detroit Catholic Cardinal Edmund Szoka, who led the Archdiocese of Detroit in the 1980s and then served in two key posts at the Vatican under Pope John Paul II, died Wednesday night of natural causes at Providence Park Hospital in Novi at age 86.
Aug 21, 2014

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Aug 21, 2014

Cardinal Szoka of Detroit, top lieutenant to Pope JP II, and a major figure w/in Vatican, has died, @freep goo.gl/Qw4kLm

Aug 21, 2014

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Detroit's Renaissance High School may lose music program

freep.com — A premier Detroit high school that attracts students from all over the metro area is in jeopardy of losing one its signature programs. Cuts to Detroit Public Schools are forcing schools districtwide to reduce staff. At Renaissance High School, that may mean the loss of its music program.

'I survived Latrina!' T-shirts raise funds for flood victims

freep.com — Amid the sorrow of the flood's horrific aftermath, some people are choosing to laugh - and raise money for storm victims as they do it. Jewish Family Service of Metropolitan Detroit is selling T-shirts that say "I survived Latrina! August 11, 2014" for $20 each.
Aug 21, 2014

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Aug 21, 2014

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U.S.: Dearborn cleric popular with ISIS fighters owes $250K for fraud

freep.com — A cleric in Dearborn popular with supporters of the militant group ISIS owes a quarter of a million dollars in restitution and other costs stemming from his fraud convictions, according to newly filed court records. Ahmad Jebril, 43, who has gained an international following among ISIS fighters and sympathizers, is on probation after serving 6½ years in prison.
Aug 21, 2014

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Aug 21, 2014

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Jeff Seidel: Michigan State punter Mike Sadler's wacky wit nice respite

freep.com — EAST LANSING - Come inside the wacky, witty world of Mike Sadler, the resident comedian of the Michigan State football team. It is a curious place that is funny, sarcastic, self-deprecating and full of humor. Sadler, a fifth-year senior, is one of the best punters in the country, but he constantly pokes fun of himself on Twitter.
Aug 21, 2014

The dark humor and wacky wit of MSU punter @Sadler_3 makes sports fun again. #MSUSpartans My column. freep.com/article/201408…

Submit questions now for live chat with Wolverines writer Mark Snyder

freep.com — Mark will be here at 11 a.m. to answer your questions about the Michigan football and basketball teams. What would you like to know?

Dan Gilbert reportedly eying stake in magazine for ultra rich

freep.com — Quicken Loans founder Dan Gilbert may be looking to enter the business of high-gloss lifestyle magazines The New York Post reported this week on speculation that Gilbert could be in the final round of talks to buy a stake in the company that publishes the Robb Report, a magazine that caters to the world's ultra wealthy.
Aug 21, 2014

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Aug 21, 2014

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Aug 21, 2014

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Ask the Test Kitchen: How do you avoid soggy roasted chickpeas?

freep.com — QUESTION: I tried making roasted chickpeas as a snack, but they came out mushy and soggy. How do you roast them so they are crisp and crunchy? - Kim Watson, Monroe ANSWER: Roasted chickpeas (also called garbanzo beans and ceci beans) can provide crunch and a bit of saltiness or spiciness.
Aug 21, 2014

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Teen arrives to serve DUI sentence in mugshot T-shirt

freep.com — If you can't be " hot mugshot guy," you might as well be known as "funny mugshot guy." (Though let's be honest, "no mugshot guy" is the most ideal.) Picking up traction on the Internet is a chuckle-inducing photo of 19-year-old Robert Burt, who arrived to serve a prison sentence wearing a shirt emblazoned with his original booking mugshot -- and a mustache Napoleon Dynamite would envy.

Lessons from Ferguson: It takes diligence, luck to keep a son safe

freep.com — FERGUSON, MO. - Christine Ewings learned in a phone call from a friend that her street had been closed because a young black man had been shot by police. Ewings was not surprised. Months earlier, she was so worried about police stopping her 16-year-old son that she sent him to live with his father in quiet southern Missouri.
Aug 21, 2014

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John Carlisle: For lottery winner, $3M is a lot of chicken feed

Aug 21, 2014

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Heaps of trash raise a stink in Madison Heights, pit suburb vs. suburb

freep.com — Madison Heights police blocked trash trucks from dumping flood debris at a transfer station for the SOCRRA waste authority, setting up a showdown meeting tomorrow that could lead to a lawsuit as SOCRRA's other sites overflow with the stinking, sewage-soaked detritus of countless basements in neighboring towns.

Tigers minor leaguer Evan Reed in hearing on sex-assault charges today

freep.com — Tigers minor league pitcher Evan Reed, accused of sexual assault against a woman he met last spring in Royal Oak, is set to appear for a preliminary this morning in a Detroit court room. Reed, 28, of Royal Oak has said publicly that he "did nothing wrong," and that the sex was consensual.
Aug 21, 2014

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Michigan freshman Mason Cole is standing out at left tackle

freep.com — Michigan freshman Mason Cole is standing out at left tackle Just over a week from the opener, it's nearly certain: Michigan will enter game week with a true freshman starting on the offensive line. A link to this page will be included in your message.
Aug 21, 2014

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Livonia product Tim Shaw, ex-Titans LB, set to tackle ALS

freep.com — The symptoms started last fall shortly after he was released. Tim Shaw, the former Livonia Clarenceville star and Tennessee Titans linebacker, would hit the gym for his daily workout and barely could do a curl because his right hand wouldn't hold any weight.
Aug 21, 2014

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