April 16, 2014

Special Mustang marks 50th anniversary

From The Detroit News -
"Ford Motor Co. today will unveil a limited-edition 50th-anniversary Mustang pony car.

The Mustang 50 Year Limited Edition, modeled on the Mustang GT fastback, will be limited to 1,964 — in honor of the year the car was introduced — and will come with nearly every available option.

“We wanted to provide our most dedicated fans with the emotion of the original Mustang in a 21st-century car,” said Ford executive chairman Bill Ford Jr. in a statement ahead of the reveal at the New York International Auto Show. “With this 50 Year Limited Edition, I believe we have accomplished our goal.”"

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April 2, 2014

Ted Lindsay donates $1 million for autism program at Beaumont

The story from The Detroit Free Press -
"The foundation of Detroit Red Wings great and Hockey Hall of Famer Ted Lindsay is donating $1 million to the Beaumont Health System to help children with autism and their families.

Beaumont announced today that support from the Ted Lindsay Foundation will expand and create a new facility for the Hands-On Parent Education Center, which offers services for families of children with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disorders.

“It’s not just the child that has autism. It’s the whole family that has autism,” Lindsay said in a released statement. “It’s not a one-person thing.”"

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March 26, 2014

6 things to know now about the landline phone bill signed by Gov. Rick Snyder

From mLive -
"Gov. Rick Snyder on Tuesday signed Senate Bill 636, which makes it easier for a company to stop traditional landline or "plain old telephone service" in an area. The bill stirred up controversy as senior citizens, led by AARP Michigan, fought the bill over concerns that residents would be left without reliable access to phone, medical alert and alarm services. "AARP remains concerned that some people could be left without affordable, reliable phone service when this bill takes effect," spokesman Mark Hornbeck said in an email after the legislation passed the House. "Also, it does not provide the consumer protections that are in current telecommunications law.""

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March 23, 2014

Arrest warrant issued for Anita Baker for contempt of court over unpaid bill

Reported at The Detroit News -
"Songbird Anita Baker could wind up a jail bird.

A Wayne County Circuit judge has issued an arrest warrant for the eight-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter.

Judge Annette Berry on Wednesday authorized a bench warrant for Baker’s arrest for contempt of court, according to court records."

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March 18, 2014

Red Wing owners pledge $12.2M to clear up Joe Louis Arena issues

Today at The Detroit News -
"Olympia Entertainment would pay nearly $12.2 million in rent and other considerations to settle any claims the city has against it as part of a new lease for Joe Louis Arena, the Red Wings home that will be demolished after a new hockey arena is built near lower Midtown.

The revelations came in a proposed lease agreement that the city of Detroit circulated Tuesday to City Council members for the 34-year-old arena and its parking garage. The new lease — to replace the original 1978 lease that expired July 1, 2010 — would require rent of $1 million a year and requires council approval by the end of the month.

The lease deal — part of the proposed new $450 million multipurpose arena and surrounding $200 million in development projects in another part of downtown — also depends on approvals needed by April 1 from the Red Wings owners and the Detroit Downtown Development Authority."

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March 17, 2014

Bond insurer says Detroit knew better when it agreed to $1.4-billion debt deal in 2005

Over at The Detroit Free Press -
"One of the major bond insurers that backed a controversial debt Detroit took on during the Kilpatrick administration asked the federal judge overseeing Detroit’s bankruptcy Monday to allow it to intervene in the city’s legal bid to wipe out the debt.

In January, Detroit sued in bankruptcy court against two quasi-legal subsidiaries called service corporations and two trusts created by the city and its two pension funds to handle a complex deal brokered in 2005 and 2006.

That arrangement slashed Detroit’s unfunded pension liabilities but later backfired and was called one of the bigger factors pushing the city into bankruptcy."

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March 16, 2014

Red Wings' offensive cold spell continues against Blackhawks

At The Detroit News -
"The Red Wings aren't scoring enough goals to win games.

It's probably to be expected considering the personnel they don't have in the lineup, but it's costing them in the playoff chase, and did again Sunday, losing 4-1 to the Chicago Blackhawks.

The Red Wings have scored three regulation goals in the last four games – in which they've gone 1-3-0. The victory was a 2-1 shootout win over Edmonton.

With the loss, the Red Wings dropped three points behind the New York Rangers (36-29-4, 76 points) for the final wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference. Washington (74 points) leads the Red Wings by one point – though the Red Wings do have two games in hand on both teams."

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Spartans 69, Wolverines 55: Michigan State dusts Michigan to win Big Ten tournament

Reported at MLive -
"Life doesn't always give you another chance to right your wrongs, to get back what you once lost. But Sunday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Michigan State got that chance. The Spartans gripped the moment and threw it down with a windmill dunk, beating the No. 8-ranked Wolverines 69-55 to win the Big Ten tournament title. The celebration of their title -- the schools' fourth overall and second in three years -- was a cathartic mix of pure joy and sweet relief. After all the injuries, the February losses and a regular-season sweep at the hands of the Wolverines, Michigan State was able to cut down the nets."

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Recycling Detroit's building past: How do you save bricks, wood from landfills?

From the Freep -
"The bricks, wood and other valuable building materials are there for everyone to see on many of Detroit’s 80,000 blighted houses.

But a major unknown as the city gears up to raze all of those structures in just six years is how effectively the city and its partners can salvage and recycle the material."

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March 14, 2014

Ford Fund to award $1M in auto design scholarships in honor of William Clay Ford Sr.

Reported at Crain's Detroit Business -
"The philanthropic arm of Ford Motor Co. will award $1 million in automotive design scholarships over the next 20 years in honor of William Clay Ford Sr., the former company vice chairman and last surviving grandson of founder Henry Ford who died Sunday.

The Ford Motor Co. Fund will award five automotive design students $10,000 per year each under the William Clay Ford Automotive Design Scholarship that commemorates the late Ford’s design legacy, the fund announced today.

Ford was design committee chairman of the company’s policy and strategy committee from 1957 until his retirement in 1989; he died at age 88 of pneumonia Sunday morning at his home. His son, William Clay Ford Jr., is executive chairman of the Dearborn-based automaker."

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March 13, 2014

Jay Leno donates $10,000 to Gilda Radner's charity

Saw this at The Detroit News -
"Not only did Jay Leno produce laughter during a stand-up appearance in Grand Rapids, he also produced some cash.

The former “Tonight Show” host ended his headlining set Wednesday night during an annual festival of laughter by announcing a $10,000 donation to Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids. The organization is named for comedian Gilda Radner, who died in 1989 from complications from ovarian cancer."

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Red Wings want Teemu Pulkkinen to unleash his rocket shot in NHL

From the Detroit News -
"Pulkkinen (5-10, 185 pounds) scored 51 points (26 goals, 25 assists) in 60 games with Grand Rapids, leading the Griffins (second among AHL rookies).

Pulkkinen leads all AHL rookies in goals (26), shots (175) and with a plus-20 rating.

But it’s that shot -- that cannon of a shot that some scouts were comparing to Brett Hull’s during Pulkkinen’s draft year -- that will be interesting to see against NHL competition."

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