opinion Lee Edwards Published 9:59 PM EST Nov 12, 2018 The fall of the Berlin Wall 29 years ago was one of the most consequential events of the 20th century, exposing the Soviet Union as a corrupt weak “empire” and effectively ending the Cold War. But it did not happen overnight. The fall of the wall was preceded by decades of political tyranny and economic backwardness. By January 1989 there was scarcely a ruble’s worth of difference between a Third World nation and a member of the Warsaw Pact, the group of Eastern and Central European nations that served at Moscow’s pleasure. While the West enjoyed prosperity and personal freedom, the East had fallen into an economic and political morass. Eastern Europe’s industrial sector was a monument to bureaucratic inefficiency and waste. Singapore, an Asian city-state of only 2 million people, exported 20 percent more machinery to the West in 1987 than all of Eastern Europe. The once impregnable Iron … [Read more...] about Why the Berlin wall fell
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Jeff Seidel Detroit Free Press Published 6:00 AM EDT Oct 10, 2018 KENORA, Ontario – Joe Murphy hunches over, unable to speak, unable to respond. His eyes float to the back of his head. His forehead creases with wrinkles. Frozen in place. Still strong and athletic, the muscles in his arms tense. His hands contort, his fingers curl and lock in place, becoming rigid as a brick. Down the right side of his neck, there is an old scar, near the jugular, where he says he was knifed. Murphy, who was the No. 1 overall pick by the Detroit Red Wings in 1986, starts mumbling under his breath and rocks back and forth. His head is nearly bald, his face weathered, like an old piece of wood that was forgotten and left outside. He springs up, pulls out a bungee cord and whips it over his head, the metal hook whizzing through the air, … [Read more...] about Finding Joe Murphy: How Red Wings’ No. 1 pick became homeless
By Nolan Bianchi Special to The Detroit News Published 5:25 PM EDT Sep 19, 2018 Grosse Pointe – Reggie Jackson is getting close to stepping back on a basketball court. In the meantime, he’s getting close to his community. The Pistons guard – who missed 37 games last season due to a Grade 3 sprain in his right ankle – was on hand Wednesday representing his Determined to Assist Foundation for the grand opening of a renovated literacy lounge at Marquette Elementary-Middle School. The upgrades, done in partnership with Farm Bureau Insurance of Michigan, included new books, furniture, and wall graphics with inspirational quotes. It is the seventh initiative of the sort done by Jackson and his foundation, which he said is an attempt to improve resources that were a “big building block” for his own life growing up. “Reading allowed me to dream big, dream more vivid, which made my dream more achievable,” Jackson said before reading … [Read more...] about Reggie Jackson: Fans will see ‘promise’ of Detroit Pistons in Dwane Casey’s system
Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Try 1 month for $1 Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader Share on Google Plus Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google Plus Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Share on Tumblr Resize Text Print Article Comments National by Scott Wilson by Scott Wilson Email the author May 19 at 4:50 PM Email the author National Guard Col. Charles Anthony takes readings of sulfur dioxide gas May 18 near a fissure on Kupono Road in Pahoa, Hawaii. The Kilauea volcano, on the Big Island, has been increasingly active. (Linda Davidson/For The Washington Post) PAHOA, Hawaii — The earth cracked open beneath Leilani Estates in middle-of-the-night … [Read more...] about The earth cracked open. Walls of lava encroached. That’s just life on a Hawaiian volcano.
If you’ve ever seen a house being moved, you’ve witnessed extensive efforts being made to make sure that the home’s foundation is replaced with massive beams designed to ensure the structure can be lifted without any distortion of the home’s framework. Even distortion of just a few inches could cause substructures within the home to no longer fit properly.Walls could crack. Doors wouldn’t open and close correctly. Cabinets might pull away from the walls and ceiling. It probably would still be livable but the details just wouldn’t be right anymore.A ’72 Demon might not be as complex as an entire home but the same principals apply. As Muscle Car Restorations of Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, prepared to replace the rear framerails and rear crossmembers, they first built support braces, welded to the frame table, to solidly support the rest of the unibody structure both front and rear. Jig posts were also fitted to both locate and support the front … [Read more...] about Dodge Demon Rear Frame Rail and Cross Member Replacement