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[Web Special] The Dangers of Too Much Training

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

The Michigan Wolverines football team is in a heap of trouble. Not just because they had a deplorable 3-9 record last year that was an embarrassment to both the university and the state, but also from new allegations that surfaced this weekend in the Detroit Free Press. Ten current players, writing anonymously, asserted that the culture of off-season practice is beyond the legal NCAA limits. Former players also corroborated this. ...(continue reading)

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Just Charge It: GM to Open New Battery Plant

Friday, August 14, 2009

General Motors says it will open a new plant to assemble battery packs for the soon-to-be released Chevy Volt, the company's new rechargeable electric car. The media blitz for the Volt began on Tuesday, focusing on the car's projected gas mileage (230 miles per gallon on city streets) and downplaying the car's hefty price tag ($40,000).

GM plans to open the battery plant in Wayne County, Michigan; it's expected to create 100 new jobs in the economically struggling county. We talk to New York Times auto industry reporter Nick Bunkley and Wayne County executive Robert Ficano about new cars and new jobs.

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Sales Up, Ford Eyes Road Ahead

Friday, August 14, 2009

The number two automaker in the United States is enjoying a surge in sales, thanks to the federal government's "Cash for Clunkers" program. On Thursday, Ford announced it would be boosting production on both the Ford Focus and the Escape to keep up with demand. The company’s chief sales analyst, George Pipas, talks with us about Ford’s prospects. ... (click through for the full transcript)

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The Takeaway

Is Michigan the New Cuba?

Friday, August 14, 2009

President Obama's pledge to shut down the infamous federal detention center at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, by January 2010 means the administration needs to quickly find a place for the 229 detainees still housed there. After federal officials took a tour of the facility on Thursday, speculation mounted that the new Guantánamo might be a maximum security prison in Standish, Michigan (population 1,581). We speak to Detroit Free Press reporter Kathleen Gray, who was at the prison during the tour, and to the mayor of Standish, Kevin King, about what this might mean for the town.

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The Takeaway

White House to Statehouses: Let's Talk Health Care

Thursday, June 25, 2009

President Obama met with a group of U.S. state governors yesterday to talk about health care reform. Among those who spoke with the president was Michigan Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm. She’s been working to reform health care in Michigan. The state is struggling with an unemployment rate that reached 14.1 percent in May. The Governor joins The Takeaway this morning to talk about how the meeting went and what the most pressing concerns are in her state.

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"We have a saying that the auto companies are really health care companies who make cars to pay for it. We don’t want to see other companies or other states go through what Michigan is going through."
— Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm


For more on President Obama's meeting with the governors, watch the video below.

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The Takeaway

Presenting David Bing, Detroit's Mayor-elect

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Just yesterday, Detroit voters elected David Bing to be their new mayor. The former basketball star, now turned auto parts businessman, will serve the final eight months of former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick's term. Mr. Bing narrowly defeated the interim mayor, City Council President Kenneth V. Cockrel, Jr. He is expected to be sworn in next week, but before that, he stops by The Takeaway to talk about his hopes for the future of Detroit.

What else is on David Bing's resume? He was a Detroit Piston with a mean hook shot:

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The Takeaway

Motown's Mayor: Detroit Elects David Bing

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Detroit voters went to the polls yesterday to elect an interim mayor to finish out disgraced, ousted, and convicted Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick's term. The winner? David Bing -- former star of the Detroit Pistons, turned local business leader. Despite trailing in the polls, Bing beat out Ken Cockrel, the man currently sitting in the mayor's office. The new mayor takes on a city in financial crisis. For more we turn to Noah Ovshinsky, a political reporter for WDET in Detroit, who has been covering the mayoral race.

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Detroit heads to the polls

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

The news is filled with stories of the economic beating Detroit, Michigan has taken lately, but the politics there aren't doing too well either. Today voters in Detroit will elect a new mayor after Kwame Kilpatrick was ousted from office and convicted of lying under oath. Two mayoral candidates, Dave Bing and Mayor Ken Cockrel, Jr., are hoping to breath new life into the politically-beleaguered city. Joining us with all the details of the race is Noah Ovshinsky, a political reporter for WDET in Detroit.

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Studio 360

Ladislav Hanka

Saturday, May 03, 2003

A Michigan artist finds mortality at the edge of a lake. Produced by Tamar Charney.

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