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The Detroit Free Press is the largest daily newspaper in Detroit, Michigan, US. The Sunday edition is titled the Sunday Free Press. It is sometimes referred to as the Freep (reflected in the paper's web address, www.freep.com). It primarily serves Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Livingston, Washtenaw, and Monroe counties. The Free Press is also the largest city newspaper owned by Gannett, which also publishes USA Today. The Free Press has received ten Pulitzer Prizes and four Emmy Awards. Its motto is "On Guard for 189 Years".Source
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Detroit neighborhood names could be changed, under proposed ordinance

Detroit neighborhood names could be changed, under proposed ordinance

Detroit Free Press Detroit residents may soon get a chance to rename their neighborhood under a proposal sponsored by City Council President Pro Tem Mary Sheffield. If passed,  the proposed Neighborhood Renaming Ordinance would allow Detroiters to submit an application to give their neighborhood an official moniker or rename an existing one. "In the midst of the revitalization that is happening in our city and as neighborhoods begin to redevelop, there's going to be a desire to want to change names," Sheffield told the Free Press on Thursday. "But it's important that council has a voice and...

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Gov. Whitmer on 'Meet the Press': Trump incites domestic terrorism

Gov. Whitmer on 'Meet the Press': Trump incites domestic terrorism

Detroit Free Press LANSING — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer accused President Donald Trump of inciting domestic terrorism during a national TV appearance Sunday, in her strongest criticism of Trump to date."It's incredibly disturbing that the president of the United States, 10 days after a plot to kidnap, put me on trial, and execute me — 10 days after that was uncovered — the president is at it again and inspiring and incentivizing and inciting this kind of domestic terrorism," Whitmer said on NBC's "Meet the Press," following a Trump campaign appearance in Michigan Saturday."It is...

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Sen. Gary Peters leads John James by 6 points in Senate race, Free Press poll says

Sen. Gary Peters leads John James by 6 points in Senate race, Free Press poll says

Detroit Free Press In a new Free Press poll, U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., appears to hold a narrow lead over his Republican challenger, businessman John James, heading into the final three weeks of what has been a hard-fought campaign between the two.The poll, which was done by EPIC-MRA of Lansing for the Free Press and its outstate partners, shows Peters up 45% to 39% for James, with 5% supporting a third party candidate and 11% undecided. With a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points, Peters' 6-percentage-point advantage suggests he holds at least a narrow lead over...

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Gov. Whitmer on 'Meet the Press': Trump incites domestic terrorism

Gov. Whitmer on 'Meet the Press': Trump incites domestic terrorism

Detroit Free Press LANSING — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer accused President Donald Trump of inciting domestic terrorism during a national TV appearance Sunday, in her strongest criticism of Trump to date."It's incredibly disturbing that the president of the United States, 10 days after a plot to kidnap, put me on trial, and execute me … is at it again … inciting this kind of domestic terrorism," Whitmer said on NBC's "Meet the Press," following a Trump campaign appearance in Michigan Saturday."It is dangerous, not just for me and my family, but for public servants everywhere," said...

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President Trump again misleads on auto industry and much more at Muskegon rally

President Trump again misleads on auto industry and much more at Muskegon rally

Detroit Free Press For the second time, President Donald Trump held a Michigan rally on Saturday in which he made vastly exaggerated and inaccurate claims about the state's auto industry, suggesting wrongly that many auto plants have been built during his term."We're building all these plants. You had the best year last year you ever had," Trump said during a speech that lasted for more than 1 1/2 hours at a rally at the Muskegon County Airport in west Michigan. Two new major assembly facilities have been announced since Trump took office in January 2017, a Jeep plant on Detroit's east side...

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Prosecutors release videos from alleged kidnapping plot against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer

Prosecutors release videos from alleged kidnapping plot against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer

Some of the photos and videos were taken by a confidential FBI informant who was accepted as a member of the anti-government group and show weapons and rapid-fire training. Watch Next  

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Trump downplays plot against Whitmer at Michigan rally, crowd chants 'lock her up'

Trump downplays plot against Whitmer at Michigan rally, crowd chants 'lock her up'

Detroit Free Press President Donald Trump, speaking at a Michigan rally a week after law enforcement revealed an alleged plot to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, seemed to downplay the threat to her as those at the event chanted "lock her up" on at least two occasions.Fourteen people have been charged who, according to charging documents was described as a "tyrant" by some of the alleged plotters. Whitmer came under attack by critics and Trump for putting in place strict restrictions at the height of the coronavirus outbreak in order to slow the spread.At Saturday's rally at Muskegon County...

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Michigan doctors call on Trump to cancel Muskegon rally, citing rising coronavirus cases

Michigan doctors call on Trump to cancel Muskegon rally, citing rising coronavirus cases

Detroit Free Press Two western Michigan physicians urged President Donald Trump to cancel his campaign rally taking place Saturday afternoon in Muskegon, where coronavirus cases are on the uptick.Doctors Rob Davidson and Susan Fabrick held a press conference via Zoom on Friday afternoon, less than 24 hours before doors were slotted to open at FlyBy Air near the Muskegon County Airport. The doctors said the president is failing to listen to the evidence."As physicians, we are really concerned about the inaccurate misinformation that President Trump repeats day after day, multiple times a...

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Michigan billboard campaign contrasts Trump’s words against Jesus’

Michigan billboard campaign contrasts Trump’s words against Jesus’

Carolyn MuyskensHolland Sentinel HOLLAND — A national nonprofit is launching an anti-Trump billboard campaign targeting Christian voters in the Holland and Grand Rapids area.The campaign, called "His Words Matter," is an effort by the liberal evangelical group Vote Common Good to persuade Christian voters that the things President Donald Trump has said on the campaign trail and in office "stand in opposition to the words of Jesus Christ."The billboards juxtapose quotes from the president with the words of Jesus.One billboard, for example, shows an image of Jesus with the phrase "Turn the...

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John Fogerty 'troubled' by President Trump's use of 'Fortunate Son,' issues cease and desist

John Fogerty 'troubled' by President Trump's use of 'Fortunate Son,' issues cease and desist

USA TODAY is denouncing unauthorized use of his song. The former Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman took to Friday with a scathing response to Trump after the president played the rock band's 1969 hit  at his campaign events, including a September rally in Freeland, Michigan."I object to the President using my song, 'Fortunate Son' in any way for his campaign," Fogerty, 75, wrote in a statement posted to Twitter. "He is using my words and my voice to portray a message that I do not endorse."Fogerty added that he's "issuing a ‘cease and desist’ order."Leonard Cohen’s estate Fogerty went...

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What Michigan voters think about court taking away Whitmer's emergency powers

What Michigan voters think about court taking away Whitmer's emergency powers

Detroit Free Press LANSING – Half of Michigan voters agree with a Michigan Supreme Court ruling that to address the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new Free Press poll from EPIC-MRA.But a bigger majority — 63% — say they approve of new orders Whitmer imposed, using the Michigan Public Health Code, in the wake of the 4-3 ruling that struck down as unconstitutional the Emergency Powers of Governor Act of 1945.The ruling invalidated a wide range of Whitmer orders that required face masks, imposed limits on certain business operations, and restricted the size of indoor and outdoor...

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Children were at risk so Detroit promised to halt demolitions. But that didn't happen.

Children were at risk so Detroit promised to halt demolitions. But that didn't happen.

A section of Hazelwood St., near Linwood, shows vacant land where homes have been demolished in Detroit. Lyriq Wilson shut her eyes and clutched the stickers in her hand.It was mid-October 2019 and a fall chill swirled through the air in Auntie Na’s community health clinic on Detroit’s west side. Outside, children shrieked as they painted pumpkins during the neighborhood’s annual bazaar.But inside the clinic, the tension was palpable.“We’re almost done, just one quick poke and it’ll be over,” a Detroit Health Department employee told Lyriq in a soothing voice, as she prepped the machine to...

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Group thinks it has found proof of 10,000-year-old, Ice Age culture in Straits of Mackinac

Group thinks it has found proof of 10,000-year-old, Ice Age culture in Straits of Mackinac

Detroit Free Press A team of nonscientists may have inadvertently confirmed the most important finding in Great Lakes archaeology in at least a decade.The group, made up mostly of Native American tribal citizens, utilized a remote-operated underwater vehicle in the Straits of Mackinac to take a look at Enbridge's Line 5 oil and natural gas pipelines on the lake bottom. But among the things they found were stones they say appear arranged in circular and linear patterns on the lake floor.If that was done by the hands of humans, it occurred when the Straits area was last above water — near the...

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Free Press poll: Joe Biden up by 9 points in Michigan, Donald Trump stuck in neutral

Free Press poll: Joe Biden up by 9 points in Michigan, Donald Trump stuck in neutral

Detroit Free Press Three weeks before the Nov. 3 general election, a new Free Press poll shows President Donald Trump continuing to trail former Vice President Joe Biden by 9 percentage points in Michigan and seemingly unable to find a way to boost that level of support.He's running out of time to do so.The survey of 600 active and likely voters — done by EPIC-MRA of Lansing for the Free Press and its outstate partners and released Wednesday morning — shows  Biden, the Democratic nominee, leading Trump 48%-39%, But more than anything else, the poll indicated that while Biden's support is...

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FBI agent: Suspects wanted to take Whitmer out on boat and leave her in Lake Michigan

FBI agent: Suspects wanted to take Whitmer out on boat and leave her in Lake Michigan

Detroit Free Press The accused ringleader in the Gov. Gretchen Whitmer kidnap plan wanted to "take her out on a boat and leave her in the middle of Lake Michigan," an FBI agent testified Tuesday.FBI Special Agent Richard Trask agent told a federal judge in detail how more than a dozen self-identified militia members plotted to kidnap Whitmer as part of a violent revolt against the government that included "firebombing" police cars in a parking lot.Trask identified 37-year-old Adam Fox as the ringleader of the group, and said that Fox ordered two surveillance operations of Whitmer's vacation...

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As COVID-19 hospitalizations jump 80% in Michigan, health officials warn of possible surge

As COVID-19 hospitalizations jump 80% in Michigan, health officials warn of possible surge

Detroit Free Press Coronavirus cases are rising in Michigan and COVID-19 hospitalizations have spiked 80% in recent weeks, climbing in all regions of the state, health officials warned Tuesday."It is very possible that this is the beginning of a second wave," said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, the chief medical executive and chief deputy director for health for the ."That is why we are asking everyone to remain vigilant and do these basic things: wearing masks, avoiding the social gatherings. It's very important."State health officials reported — with a seven-day average of 1,125 new daily cases.The...

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Some Michigan gyms relax mask rules during workouts

Some Michigan gyms relax mask rules during workouts

Detroit Free Press Masks are no longer required while exercising at some fitness chains in Michigan.While masks were once required to be worn at all times under Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's coronavirus executive order, a Michigan Supreme Court ruling earlier this month invalidated her emergency powers, making that order obsolete.Now, fitness chain owners say that because Whitmer's emergency orders have been , they can make these changes, even though the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services issued an order that requires gym-goers to wear a mask while exercising indoors.Several Crunch...

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Michigan law enforcement on alert in response to 'plan to target and kill police'

Michigan law enforcement on alert in response to 'plan to target and kill police'

Detroit Free Press Michigan law enforcement is on high alert after the FBI revealed an alleged plot by extremist groups to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer also involved a "plan to target and kill police.""We're cautious. We're absolutely more careful," said First Lt. Mike Shaw of the Michigan State Police. "This is one of the tactics these anti-government, domestic terrorism groups use. Law enforcement is the face of the government. If you're mad at the government, you're mad at the police."The alleged plot was unveiled last Thursday when the U.S. Department of Justice charged six men with...

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Plot on Gretchen Whitmer's life not the first against a Michigan governor

Plot on Gretchen Whitmer's life not the first against a Michigan governor

Detroit Free Press The kidnapping plot against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer that federal agents said was foiled and exposed was not the first time a Michigan governor's life was endangered. Gov. G. Mennen (Soapy) Williams — who served from 1949 to 1961 — was briefly held hostage at knifepoint by a convicted murderer in 1950 as part of a scheme by three or four inmates to escape while he was visiting the fortress-like Marquette Branch Prison in the Upper Peninsula.Read more:The governor was not injured, but his bodyguard, a Michigan State Police sergeant, was stabbed twice, a prison guard had both...

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Michigan Supreme Court strikes down Gov. Whitmer's emergency orders, effective immediately

Michigan Supreme Court strikes down Gov. Whitmer's emergency orders, effective immediately

Detroit Free Press LANSING – Emergency orders Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has issued under the Emergency Powers of Governor Act are struck down, effective immediately, the Michigan Supreme Court said Monday in a 4-3 order that added an exclamation mark to an Oct. 2 ruling.But new emergency orders that the Whitmer administration has issued through the state health department director — which replicate mask requirements, restrictions on gathering sizes and restaurant capacity, among other features — are not affected by the court's ruling.Monday's Supreme Court ruling is in response to a lawsuit...

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Flint councilman proposes closing liquor stores, gas stations early to combat crime

Flint councilman proposes closing liquor stores, gas stations early to combat crime

Detroit Free Press Cites are finding ways to handle recent spikes in gun violence amid social unrest and economic uncertainty. Following a string of shootings in Flint, City Councilman Maurice Davis is proposing closing liquor stores and gas stations at 9 or 10 p.m. to combat crime, he told Flint news media. “If you can’t control the loitering, if you’re not a viable resource, why are you open? It may be a food desert, but it ain’t a desert for finding alcohol or illegal, illicit everything else going on outside your establishment,” Davis said on 12 (WJRT-TV). More:More:Davis could not be...

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Michigan health department issues sweeping COVID-19 regulations that mirror Whitmer orders

Michigan health department issues sweeping COVID-19 regulations that mirror Whitmer orders

Detroit Free Press The leader of Michigan's health department issued a sweeping order Friday that largely mirrors statewide mandates previously levied by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. The newly instituted order requires masks at any public gathering with two or more people — including sporting events and schools — for much of the state and maintains restrictions on the number of people who may enter stores or restaurants. Unlike under Whitmer's orders, bars are now allowed to operate but they may only serve alcohol to people who are...

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13 men charged in alleged kidnapping plot, many with troubled pasts

13 men charged in alleged kidnapping plot, many with troubled pasts

Kaleb Franks, Peter Musico, Brandon Caserta, Joseph Morrison, Ty Garbin, Daniel Harris, Adam Fox, William Null, Michael Null, Eric Molitor, Shawn Fix, Barry Croft and Paul Bellar all face charges related to what the FBI says was a plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. The suspects accused of plotting to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer are a baker's dozen of disaffected men whose anti-government attitudes show up in everything from seat belt violations to forgery.That's the result of a wide-ranging Free Press investigation into the 13 men and their backgrounds, finding most of them had...

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13 men charged in alleged kidnapping plot, many with troubled pasts

13 men charged in alleged kidnapping plot, many with troubled pasts

The suspects accused of plotting to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer are a baker's dozen of disaffected men whose anti-government attitudes show up in everything from seat belt violations to forgery.That's the result of a wide-ranging Free Press investigation into the 13 men and their backgrounds, finding most of them had troubled pasts and vented their anger both online and in person.The accused range in age from 21 to 44. They seem to share a military mindset and a fondness for firearms. Some have been publicly vocal in their views, using social media to spread their messages. Others flew...

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Joe Biden: 'Through line from President Trump’s dog whistles' to Whitmer kidnapping plot

Joe Biden: 'Through line from President Trump’s dog whistles' to Whitmer kidnapping plot

Detroit Free Press It's not difficult to draw a connection between the divisive and racist rhetoric of President Donald Trump and a thwarted plot to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said in a statement late Thursday. Biden said he'd reached out to Whitmer earlier in the day to check in after state and federal law enforcement announced they'd arrested 13 people in connection to what's being called a domestic terrorism plot. The problem spans far beyond the threat against Whitmer though, Biden said. "As a nation, we are at a crossroads. We have come to...

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