Phoebe Wall Howard Detroit Free Press Published 9:27 AM EST Jan 7, 2019 Paul Whelan of Novi, held in a czarist-era Russian prison on spy charges, would attract the notice of any seasoned intelligence team, a former CIA covert operations officer told the Free Press. "As long as there are nation-states, there will be espionage. It is a very real threat and even more so today," said retired officer Valerie Plame, now an author who was famously outed as a CIA operative during the second Bush administration. Whelan, 48, an executive with the auto parts manufacturer BorgWarner in Auburn Hills, was picked up by Russian authorities on Dec. 28 on suspicion of spying. His twin brother said the ex-Marine, whose military record included a larceny conviction, was in Russia for a friend's wedding. The Russians indicted Whelan on Thursday. No one knows what, if anything, about the Russians' assertion is true except, perhaps, U.S. government officials, who have … [Read more...] about Paul Whelan fits Russia’s spy profile, Valerie Plame says
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By Peter M. DeLorenzo Detroit. Ah yes, 2018, what a spectacular time to be in the automobile business. With the promise of new beginnings and untold profits dancing in "The New Visionaries'" heads, a Next Frontier marked by a horde of shiny happy zombie cars careening across the landscape, and a blissfully unaware populace with joker-like grins plastered on their faces as they revel in the mindless, pay-as-you-go un-involvement – what could possibly go wrong? Meanwhile the real-world market has been upended by actual paying customers and their insatiable desire for Crossovers, SUVs and Trucks, to the point that legacy auto companies like GM have been caught out of position and unprepared, forcing it to close underperforming plants and cut thousands of workers. GM blames the market conditions, but I place the blame squarely on management for their lack of planning and inability to anticipate where the market was going. Add to this chaotic situation the headlong rush of … [Read more...] about DIGITAL DISCIPLES, ZOMBIE CARS, AND ENOUGH DELUSION AND HUBRIS TO POWER THE NEW EMERALD AUTO CITY JUST OVER THE HILL. WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG, BESIDES EVERYTHING? THAT’S RIGHT, IT’S TIME FOR THE AUTOEXTREMIST 2018 YEAR IN REVIEW!
Todd Spangler Detroit Free Press Published 9:00 AM EDT Sep 26, 2018 WASHINGTON – The most compelling campaign in Michigan this fall may be out at the edge of Detroit's suburbs where a congressman who has represented the area in one way or another for most of the last 20 years faces a newcomer who, after being raised in the state, spent years in the nation’s capital at the Pentagon and at the White House. Theoretically, the race in the 8th Congressional District between U.S. Rep. Mike Bishop, R-Rochester, and Elissa Slotkin, his Democratic challenger, of Holly, should see Bishop with the clear advantage: The son of a former state senator, his family is familiar in the area. Bishop, 51, himself served 12 years in the state House, rising to become Senate majority leader. In the U.S. House since 2015, he sits on the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee and has private sector experience in real estate and as a lawyer. President … [Read more...] about Mike Bishop, Elissa Slotkin fight it out in a toss up
The Detroit News Published 10:23 p.m. UTC Jun 25, 2018 The Detroit News promptly corrects factual errors or clarifies misleading information. Please let us know if you think we may have published incorrect or misleading information. Call us at (800) 678-4115. Fax us at (313) 496-5400. E-mail us at [email protected] Please indicate whether you're responding to content online or in the newspaper. The following corrections and clarifications have been published: JUNE News: State Sen. Patrick Colbeck proposed additional court cases be added to a social studies section on “domestic conflicts and tensions.” He did not advocate striking references to Roe vs. Wade and Miranda, as reported in a June 19 story. Business: A quote by Bill Ford Jr. in a June 18 story should have said, "It's where the future will be built. We're going to have a corridor of mobility. The train station will be a spectacular building. It will be open to the public. One thing I … [Read more...] about Corrections & Clarifications
Kathleen Gray Detroit Free Press Published 10:00 p.m. UTC Jun 17, 2018 LANSING — The unprecedented outpouring of activism from students after the shooting at Marjorie Douglas Stoneman High School in Parkland, Fla., in February is the genesis for a bill introduced in the Legislature last week that would change the voting age in Michigan to 16. "We allow 16-year-olds to go off and get jobs and pay taxes, but we fail to allow them to exercise their voice come election time," said Sen. David Knezek, D-Dearborn Heights. "Young people are setting aside their differences and identifying issues they think need to change. And they can do everything to get that change except vote." The shooting at Parkland, which left 17 students and teachers dead, prompted multiple school walkouts and large demonstrations across the nation by students calling for more gun control. The bills, simultaneously introduced in both the House and Senate, also would require a change in … [Read more...] about Democrats propose changing legal voting age in Michigan to 16