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Vice presidential running mate and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin joins presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., on Friday at the Freedom Hill park amphitheater in Sterling Heights. McCain, Palin: We need Michigan

Buoyant and fresh from their party's convention, presidential nominee John McCain and running mate Sarah Palin promised a crowd of more than 7,000 in Sterling Heights on Friday that they'd shake up Washington in a way Democratic rival Barack Obama can't.

Ken Cockrel Jr., the City Council president, said Friday he spent much of his first full day as mayor-to-be studying the city's organizational chart and determining whom he wanted to hire for what positions. Cockrel also had a brief conversation with former Mayor Dennis Archer.Cockrel weighs who'll be on staff

Incoming Detroit Mayor Ken Cockrel Jr. started deciding Friday which of dozens of mayoral appointees he'll keep, the day after Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick announced his resignation.

The pregnancy of Bristol Palin, right, the daughter of the GOP vice presidential candidate, has kicked the sex-ed debate up a notch. With her is her boyfriend, Levi Johnston.Abstinence or condoms: Sex-ed results are mixed

WASHINGTON -- Some 30 years after sex education became a staple of high school curricula, schools still struggle over what students should know and whether it works. Abstinence. Condom use. A combination.


Karla and Rich Walker of Detroit show off their 7-pound, 1-ounce daughter, Wisdom Love, to the news media. Born at 9:59 a.m. Friday, Wisdom was the first baby born at the new Providence Park Hospital in Novi.Trek nets college fund for hospital's first baby

Just how far will patients go to get care at metro Detroit's first new hospital in 22 years? The parents of Wisdom Love Walker drove 35 miles from their Detroit home early Friday to deliver their baby at Providence Park Hospital in Novi, passing a half dozen other hospitals on the way.


Derrick May is one of the three DJs who will appear tonight at the Johanson Charles Gallery, in House Music for a Cause to support Bennett and Sherill Elementary schools.Free Press critics' picks for this weekend

"Samurai Girl," 8-10 p.m., ABC Family; concludes same time Sunday. A modern beauty named Heaven (Jamie Chung) was reluctantly marrying to please her father. Then warriors descended, killing her brother, and she barely escaped.

Tony Hank hits the trail at Maybury Park in Northville.Ultramarathoners to hit the hills in Hell

Imagine yourself running along a wooded trail. The leaves gently swish overhead, changing the patterns the sun makes on your T-shirt. It is quiet, peaceful. You're alone with your thoughts, the feel of your feet hitting the dirt and the sound of your breath, evenly whooshing in and out.


University of Michigan's Michael Shaw runs into the end zone away from Utah's defender Joe Dale for Michigan's 1st touch down of the day during 1st half action between Michigan and Utah at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor on Saturday August 30, 2008.Relax, Wolverines are not that bad

How long did it take? Ten minutes? About the same length of time it took Michigan's offense to develop a play in Rich Rodriguez's spread option.



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Homecoming time

The excitement and angst of homecoming and what to wear is here again. (Photo by Bryan Mitchell/Special to the Free Press) More from


<b></b> Asya Miller of Lapeer prepares to throw the ball in a game of goalball. The 2 3/4 -pound ball contains bells so players can hear it. (Hal Simpson)

Her goal: A gold medal in goalball

There are still a bevy of medals to be had in Beijing. And Asya Miller, 28, who grew up in Lapeer and graduated from Western Michigan University, is angling for a spot on the podium. More from Twist


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Special Reports

A mayor in crisis

The scandal that crippled the city ends with Kwame Kilpatrick pleading guilty and resigning. He'll spend 120 days in jail.

Good-bye, Tiger Stadium

The razing of our old ballpark feels like the passing of a family member. We're documenting the last days of The Corner.

Michigan's Band of Brothers

The video series on the journey of Michigan Marines and their families and the impact of their service in Iraq.

General Motors at 100

General Motors Corp. turns 100 this year. Take a look at how the automaker shaped the industry and what GM's future holds.

Wanted: Detroit's best burgers

We're going in search of metro Detroit's best burgers and we're asking metro Detroit burger lovers to point the way.

Detroit International Jazz Fest

Check out our video and other complete coverage for this year's Detroit International Jazz Festival.

Susan Ager's good-bye

After 25 years at the Free Press, I decided to view the paper's latest buyout offer as an opportunity to rediscover myself in middle age.

Dream Cruise highlights

The 2008 Woodward Dream Cruise offers a trip down memory lane. Check out photos, videos and more.

Election 2008 coverage

Follow our complete coverage of November's election. Check out our candidate bios, photo galleries and more.




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