May
26

Meara, Meara

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Comedians/actors Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara were married for 61 years, but had they not heeded warning signs, the marriage might have ended some 44 years ago. The comedy team of Stiller & Meara was seemingly cruising along in 1970, having just enjoyed a nice run of 36 appearances on “The Ed Sullivan Show” in the [...]

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Twenty-five years ago, Mike Ilitch sent a car to pick up his hockey coach. Jacques Demers was about to go for a ride. Inside Ilitch’s home, the Red Wings owner sat down with Demers and the two men had a good cry. Ilitch gave Demers the ziggy, after four years in which Jacques won back-to-back [...]

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May
08

Who Among Us?

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The only thing that is certain in the road rage trial of Martin Zale is that it was tragic. A wife widowed. Children growing up father-less. After that, it gets tricky. Zale is the motorist who is accused of murder in the fatal shooting of Derek Flemming last September 2 in Genoa Township, at Grand [...]

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Categories : crime, Enotes, society
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Ever since Jim Harbaugh was named Michigan’s football coach in December, he’s been on tour. You can hardly pick up the Internet these days and not read Harbaugh’s name in a headline on some website somewhere. First he’s helping distressed motorists. Then he’s being passive/aggressive with fellow coaches. Then he’s posing for a selfie with [...]

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Categories : football, Out of Bounds
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Apr
24

Another Untimely, Tragic Wrap

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As if suicide isn’t rotten enough, it invariably raises more questions than it answers. That’s because suicide often doesn’t answer any questions at all. Even a note left behind won’t necessarily satisfy all the curiosity. In fact, suicide notes are likely to create more questions than they answer, as well. A suicide note is like [...]

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Apr
15

Ebb and Flo

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They were television advertising icons who resided on the banks of our cultural consciousness. Mr. Whipple (Charmin bathroom tissue). Madge the manicurist (Palmolive dish detergent). The Maytag Repair Man. Even the Qantas koala bear. Those were just a few commercial characters who invaded our living rooms in the 1970s and ’80s. Their ads—usually 60 seconds [...]

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In the end, the clock struck midnight. The carriage turned into a pumpkin. The BMOC got the girl. The house won another. The NCAA men’s basketball championship will be a battle of no. 1 seeds, after all. Duke University put an end to another furious March Madness run by Michigan State. It is April, after [...]

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The Rolling Stones are coming! The Rolling Stones are coming! How much rolling they do nowadays, it’s anyone’s guess. They’re all in their 70s now. The iconic rock group is touring this summer, and Detroit is on the travelogue, with the Stones playing Comerica Park on July 8. This isn’t ageism, but one can only [...]

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Categories : Enotes, Entertainment
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Mar
30

Dysfunctional Lions Need Front Office Help

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Ask any Tigers fan about GM Dave Dombrowski, and while they may not always agree with what he does or how he does it, the fans will likely know, at the very least, what Dombrowski’s blueprint is for success. Power pitching. Power hitting. Big names. Three-run homers and 95 mile-an-hour fastballs. Sidle up to a [...]

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Mar
22

Monroe Another Big Man Being Wasted by Pistons

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The Pistons teased Bob Lanier when he played in Detroit. Lanier, the greatest big man in franchise history, got teased from the moment the Pistons chose him first overall in the 1970 NBA draft, out of St. Bonaventure. Lanier was flat on his back in a hospital bed, his leg immobilized in a cast, when [...]

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