Most talked about Detroit News stories

'Ugly' Christmas tree prompts public outcry — A Christmas tree that might make Charlie Brown think twice is getting kicked to the curb a little early after residents of a Pennsylvania town complained it was too ugly. Reading's spindly 50-foot spruce drew the ire of residents who said it was ruining their holiday spirit.

MSU captures NCAA women's cross-country title — Michigan State women's cross country team captured the NCAA National Championship Saturday in Terre Haute, Indiana. The Spartans garnered 85 points with an average time of 20:23.5. MSU outdistanced second place Iowa State (147) and third place New Mexico (188). Sophomore Rachele Schulist was the Spartans top finisher, coming in fourth in 19:54.3 on the 6-kilometer course.

MSU's Lippett corners his share of acclaim in victory — East Lansing - Tony Lippett knew Tuesday that his coach wanted him to play some cornerback this week. But by the time Saturday's game against Rutgers started, the idea apparently slipped his mind. Even though the fifth-year senior receiver was penciled in by coach Mark Dantonio as the starter on defense, sophomore Demetrious Cox took the first snap.

Immigrants bypass Detroit for suburbs — A century ago, Detroit was a beacon to refugees from around the world. Today, depopulated and emerging from bankruptcy, re-lighting that welcoming torch could only benefit the city. President Barack Obama's executive order halting some deportations may be controversial everywhere, but it's less relevant in Detroit, with its small immigrant population, legal and otherwise.

Jenning' shooting solution: Practice, practice — Atlanta - Brandon Jennings wasn't having an efficient night to begin with, but a bad night turned a little worse when he hyper-extended his left thumb in the third quarter of the Pistons' 99-89 loss to the Hawks Friday night.
Nov 22, 2014

With Pistons shooting at a terrible rate, Brandon Jennings has a solution: "Shoot more at practice"

Michigan State rolls over Rutgers on Senior Day — Michigan State is having some fun on senior day as everyone is getting into the act. After a circus play by quarterback Connor Cook, who avoided a sack twice before finding Macgarrett Kings for a 44-yard gain, led to the latest score - a 1-yard run from fifth-year senior Nick Hill.

UM's Hackett discusses interim AD role — Ann Arbor - What is clear is that Michigan interim athletic director Jim Hackett will evaluate football coach Brady Hoke and his staff at the end of the season, but what is unclear is the timetable.
Nov 22, 2014

Hackett doesn't offer timetable but some insight on Fball RT @detroitnews: UM's Jim Hackett discusses interim AD role

Honda explains why senator’s Civic not recalled — Washington - Honda Motor Co. late Friday offered a detailed explanation for why a 2007 Honda Civic driven by a Republican senator's daughter has not been recalled for air bag issues. At a Senate hearing Thursday, Sen.

Metro Detroit roads improve, airport flights resume — Drivers hitting the roads this morning in Metro Detroit found the situation pretty dicey. The National Weather Servicehad issued a freezing rain advisory for the Detroit/Pontiac area that lasted until 11 a.m. today. Roads were slick with an ice thanks to freezing rain this morning.

Spartans aiming for major bowl destination — Barring an unexpected collapse from Ohio State over the final two games of the regular season, Michigan State's chances at playing in the Big Ten Championship game vanished two weeks ago when the Buckeyes walked out of Spartan Stadium with an impressive 49-37 victory. But as No.

Tigers need powerful bat to complement OF trio — Playing the role of manager Brad Ausmus, I would hope for an upgrade over the current cast of Tigers outfield contestants scheduled for work in 2015. We know that newbie Anthony Gose is Detroit's new center fielder, and be sure to focus on his glove and not on his bat when you review reasons for why Dave Dombrowski last week traded for Gose.
Nov 22, 2014

Tigers need another bat in the OF -- and in a tough market, that might become (tentatively anyway) Tyler Collins.

MSU vs. Rutgers preview: Home finale spurs Spartans — Matt Charboneau of The Detroit News breaks down Saturday's Rutgers (6-4) vs. Michigan State (8-2) game at Spartan Stadium (noon BTN/WJR). Rutgers: Players to watch Gary Nova, QB: The senior is the third quarterback to throw for more than 8,000 career yards for the Scarlet Knights.

UM economic outlook sees state continuing to add jobs — Job growth in Michigan will continue for the next two years, according to a new survey released Friday morning from University of Michigan economists, with the state recovering about half the jobs it lost between 2000 and 2009, and returning to a level of employment last seen at the end of 2006.

Detroit-bankruptcy-reveals-leaders-talent-creates-opportunity — As the city moves closer to emerging from its historic Chapter 9 bankruptcy, one thing is clear: it wouldn't have happened without key people in the right place at the right time. Would a Gov. Jennifer Granholm defy her union backers, approve filing the largest municipal bankruptcy in American history and rally a bipartisan majority of the Legislature to fund the "grand bargain?"

Interview with "Arsenal of Democracy" author A.J. Baime on when Motor City became Bomber City — Baime's latest epic is "Arsenal of Democracy," a sprawling tale of World War II, wartime Detroit, and Ford family intrigue. The auto industry has a history of big moments and big egos. And no one tells its stories better than A.J. Baime.

Bills put in flurry of work to face Jets at Ford Field — Allen Park - Bills receiver Sammy Watkins grew up in Florida and played his college football at Clemson, so when the snow started falling in Buffalo, he thought it was pretty cool. "Yeah, at first it was all fun," he said. "It was a great experience, my first time in the snow.

Michigan pitches business, tourism to China — Lansing - Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is meeting with government officials and business executives during the opening portion of his trade trip to China. The governor hosted a forum to promote Michigan to the Chinese tourism market and participated in a forum with automotive and business reporters, discussing Michigan's economic performance and what will come after Detroit exits from bankruptcy.

ACLU argues gay marriages in Michigan should be legal — Detroit -- The marriages of 300 gay and lesbian couples should be legally recognized despite a recent federal appeals court ruling to keep Michigan's same sex marriage ban in place, a rights group argued Friday. The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan made the argument in supplemental legal briefs filed this week in Caspar v.

Aluminum Ford F-150 to get 5%-29% better fuel economy — Ford Motor Co. said Friday its 2015 aluminum-bodied F-150 will get between 5% and 29% better fuel economy than the previous model, depending on engine size. The base 3.5-liter V-6 engine will get 18 mpg city, 25 mpg highway and 20 mpg combined for 4x2 models, Ford said.