Kristen Jordan Shamus Detroit Free Press Published 2:17 PM EST Jan 28, 2019 Paul Whelan's family is steeling for what could be a years-long process of trying to free him as he awaits trial on an espionage charge in a Russian prison. They've started a GoFundMe account to collect donations to help them pay for Whelan's legal fees, which they estimate could cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. By Monday afternoon, 53 people had donated to the account, raising $8,005 of its $100,000 goal. Whelan, 48, is a former Marine who worked in global security for Michigan auto parts supplier BorgWarner when he was arrested Dec. 28 at the Metropol hotel in Moscow. He was visiting Russia, he told his family, for the wedding of a friend. The Russian government alleges Whelan was caught during a spy mission when Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) agents took him into custody. Russian media has reported that … [Read more...] about GoFundMe set for accused spy Paul Whelan’s legal fees
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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!
Let’s face it: you never know when you might find a magic tangelo under some litter on the street, bite heartily into it, and find yourself transported to behind the wheel of a car hurtling down the Pan-American Highway. I’d like to help you prepare for such a situation, so it’s quite fortunate that I’m just recently back from a trip driving a new Mini Countryman Hybrid on the Pan-American Highway, from Santiago, Chile to South America’s coccyx in Tierra del Fuego. (Full Disclosure: Mini flew me down to South America for this road trip, and paid for my food, lodging—which sometimes included a bidet—and booze. More dispatches coming.) Mini has been driving a trio of Hybrid Mini Countrymans (Countryfolk?) all the way from Texas, and jamming various journalists in the car along the route so that we can let you, our dewy, languid readers, get some idea of what this trip is like. I actually like the Mini Countryman, and it did a very credible job … [Read more...] about Here’s Some Things You Should Know About Driving the Pan-American Highway
Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about Facebook Email Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Pinterest Why it matters to you that your kids' teachers are underpaid Inadequate education funding and teacher pay have prompted teacher walkouts across the country. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Join the Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Mike Thompson, Detroit Free Press Published 7:54 p.m. ET April 5, 2018 Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Mike Thompson's cartoon gallery Fullscreen Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Teacher pay in America is lagging. Mike Thompson Fullscreen Buy Photo EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt plans to roll back vehicle emissions standards. Mike Thompson/Detroit Free … [Read more...] about Why it matters to you that your kids’ teachers are underpaid
Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about Facebook Email Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Pinterest Ted Nugent continues his attacks on Parkland survivor David Hogg | Thompson Ted Nugent keeps on attacking David Hogg, a survivor of the school shooting in Parkland, Fla. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Join the Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Mike Thompson, Detroit Free Press Published 6:19 p.m. ET April 3, 2018 | Updated 6:29 p.m. ET April 3, 2018 Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Mike Thompson's cartoon gallery Fullscreen Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Buy Photo Ted Nugent bashes Parkland student David Hogg. Mike Thompson/Detroit Free Press Fullscreen Buy Photo An autonomous vehicle got … [Read more...] about Ted Nugent continues his attacks on Parkland survivor David Hogg