In a town full of big dogs, William Clay Ford Sr. was just about as big as they could get. He was the scion of one of America's great industrial families. He owned the Detroit Lions, an NFL franchise that for too long has epitomized mediocrity. His philanthropy dispensed prodigious sums, especially for institutions that bore a founding connection to his grandfather.
Bob Wojnowski: For William Clay Ford to keep trying, year after year, tribulation after tribulation, it took deep doses of an admirable trait, a trait rare in sports. Some called it loyalty, even blind loyalty, but it was deeper than that.
More visitors than ever are coming to Michigan's northern woods, sun-kissed beaches and bustling southeastern cities, contributing to a multibillion-dollar industry that's expected to grow as the state begins advertising more in Canada, Europe and China.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia — A Vietnamese official says searchers on ships worked throughout the night but could not find a rectangle object spotted Sunday afternoon that was thought to be one of the doors of a missing Boeing 777.
We asked him about his legacy once, and this was more than a few years ago now, back when William Clay Ford Sr. was still seen and heard publicly with any sort of regularity. The octogenarian owner of the Lions was in his office at the team's headquarters in Allen Park, where he'd just finished watching his team wrap up its final offseason practice.
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- Jerry Green: William Clay Ford hated firing Lions coaches, but he had to do it
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- Michigan State Spartans: Michigan State scoreless for final 4:29 in loss to Ohio State
- Detroit Red Wings - NHL: Red Wings' offense suddenly goes cold in shutout loss to Rangers
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Several Michigan parks will benefit from a fundraising program by Macy's and the National Recreation and Park Association.
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Bo Bice, who will be at Caesars Windsor on Friday, says the offer intrigued him. He sang Blood, Sweat & Tears on 'Idol' and released a cover of the
Government, community and business leaders praised William Clay Ford Sr. Sunday for his contributions to Michigan and Michigan's automobile industry.
Detroit Public Schools educates the largest number of children in the state — nearly 50,000 — yet outside school, its students are among the most
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- William Clay Ford Sr. was bridge from automaker's founding to its future
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- Detroit man shoots at intruders, killing one in latest home invasion
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- William Clay Ford Sr. wanted a championship 'more than anything'
- Michigan State scoreless for final 4:29 in loss to Ohio State
- Lions expected to remain in Ford family under direction of Bill Jr.
- Detroit Autorama attracts avid fans of hot rods, customized cars
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