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    • 2 years, 2 months ago
    Autos

    American Center for Mobility breaks ground at iconic Willow Run plant

    American Center for Mobility breaks ground at iconic Willow Run plantU.S. Sens. Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow, Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, Gov. Rick Snyder and John Maddox, president and CEO of American Center for Mobility, break ground on the massive project that will test and evaluate autonomous vehicles on the grounds of the historic...
    • Autos
    • 1 week, 4 days ago
    Wolverines

    Michigan's Bo Schembechler remembered 10 years after his death

    Michigan's Bo Schembechler remembered 10 years after his deathBo Schembechler shares a laugh with the Michigan team in Pasadena, Dec.27 1988, as they prepare for the 1989 Rose Bowl. The legendary coach, who died 10 years ago, was a magnetic personality admired nationally and beloved by his players, and those who knew and worked...
    • Wolverines
    • 2 weeks ago
    Michigan History

    The Great Lakes' 'White Hurricane' of 1913

    The Great Lakes' 'White Hurricane' of 1913Bodies wearing life jackets from the cargo ship Wexford washed ashore near Goderich, Ontario, in November 1913. The ship was one of 12 that sank in the deadliest Great Lakes storm in history, nicknamed the White Hurricane for its blizzard-like conditions and high winds...
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    • 2 weeks, 6 days ago
    Michigan History

    Detroit's magnificent early federal buildings

    Detroit's magnificent early federal buildingsDetroit's second Federal Building, which housed the post office, U.S. courts and federal agencies, was built to impress -- and it did. Completed in 1897, it was the successor to an 1861 building that served the same purposes. Follow along for a look at their...
    • Michigan History
    • 3 weeks, 6 days ago
    Michigan History

    Dogs in Detroit: From menace to a member of the family

    Dogs in Detroit: From menace to a member of the familyStray dogs were a persistent problem in the 19th century, but pets eventually moved into people’s houses and hearts
    • Michigan History
    • 1 year, 3 months ago
    Michigan History

    An historical look at dogs

    An historical look at dogsHitching a ride?
    • Michigan History
    • 1 year, 3 months ago
    Wolverines

    Michigan-MSU football rivalry through the years

    Michigan-MSU football rivalry through the yearsThe game in East Lansing Oct. 4, 1958 ended in a 12-12 tie.
    • Wolverines
    • 1 month, 1 week ago
    Michigan

    Great Lakes shipbuilding industry weathers change

    Great Lakes shipbuilding industry weathers changeIndustry officials cite cyclical pattern of feast or famine
    • Michigan
    • 1 month, 2 weeks ago
    Detroit

    USS Detroit has long, storied history

    USS Detroit has long, storied historyThe 6 vessels bearing Detroit’s name haven’t been the flashiest, but for the most part, they have been fighters
    • Detroit
    • 1 month, 2 weeks ago
    Detroit

    USS Detroit: A new breed of ship for U.S. Navy

    USS Detroit: A new breed of ship for U.S. Navy$440M highly adaptable combat vessel to drop anchor in namesake city
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    • 1 month, 2 weeks ago
    Detroit

    USS Detroit, one of the Navy's fastest ships

    USS Detroit, one of the Navy's fastest shipsThe U.S. Navy pulls back the curtain on its latest ship — one that bears a familiar name. The USS Detroit is a littoral combat ship designed to operate and thrive in shallow waters near the coast. It is all about speed and maneuverability.
    • Detroit
    • 1 month, 2 weeks ago
    Red Wings

    The life and times of Joe Louis Arena

    The life and times of Joe Louis ArenaConfetti falls from the rafters as the celebration begins at Joe Louis Arena moments after the Red Wings defeated Carolina to win the 2001-02 Stanley Cup on June 13, 2002. In Joe Louis Arena, fans witnessed the long-desired revival of a great sports franchise, hailed...
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    • 1 month, 2 weeks ago
    Michigan History

    The legacy of Henry Ford

    The legacy of Henry FordHenry Ford poses with a Model T in Buffalo, New York, in 1921. About one million Model T's were produced in 1921. The man who revolutionized the American auto industry and helped grow Detroit into a boom town was born July 30, 1863.
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    Michigan History

    The six ships named USS Detroit

    The six ships named USS DetroitShips bearing the name “Detroit” on behalf of the United States Navy began patrolling the world’s waters over two centuries ago and have played a role in events that shaped history. This is the third ship named USS Detroit, launched in Baltimore and commissioned on...
    • Michigan History
    • 1 month, 2 weeks ago
    Detroit

    Infographic: The latest USS Detroit

    Infographic: The latest USS DetroitNew Freedom-class littoral combat ship powered along the Great Lakes to arrive early Friday afternoon
    • Detroit
    • 1 month, 2 weeks ago
    Michigan History

    When the circus was the No. 1 attraction

    When the circus was the No. 1 attractionP.T. Barnum called his circus "The Greatest Show on Earth," and between the Civil War and World War II, the claim was hard to dispute. Traveling circuses were the most popular live entertainment of their day, coming to Detroit and other cities large and...
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    Michigan History

    WPA projects in Michigan, 1935-43

    WPA projects in Michigan, 1935-43Among the dozens of federal programs and agencies created for President Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal in the 1930s, the most ambitious was the Works Progress Administration (renamed in 1939 as the Work Projects Administration). It hired millions of unemployed...
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    • 2 months ago
    Michigan History

    In Michigan history: Deadly Lake Huron tunnel explosion

    In Michigan history: Deadly Lake Huron tunnel explosionThis 1971 report was The Detroit News’ first account of one of the worst industrial accidents Michigan history.
    • Michigan History
    • 2 months, 2 weeks ago
    Michigan History

    The 1971 Lake Huron water tunnel explosion

    The 1971 Lake Huron water tunnel explosionOn Dec. 11, 1971, a shotgun-like blast was heard in a Detroit Metro Water Department water intake tunnel beneath the bed of Lake Huron. The blast killed 21 construction workers and injured many more, one of whom died 10 months later. It was one of the worst...
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    • 2 months, 2 weeks ago
    Spartans

    The 1966 MSU vs. Notre Dame game

    The 1966 MSU vs. Notre Dame gameWhy is this football game still talked about 50 years later? Detroit News sportswriter Lynn Henning explains.
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    • 2 months, 2 weeks ago
    Michigan History

    Michigan labor history: Organizing in tough times

    Michigan labor history: Organizing in tough timesSit-down demonstrators leave the Fleetwood and Cadillac plant in Detroit during a General Motors strike in the winter of 1936. The United Auto Workers was formed in Detroit in 1935, putting Michigan at the heart of the labor movement as Americans struggled with the...
    • Michigan History
    • 2 months, 3 weeks ago
    Detroit

    Detroiter in iconic civil rights photo to be honored

    Detroiter in iconic civil rights photo to be honoredA picture of a young Mamie Chalmers being blasted by a fire hose was one of several news photos that shocked the nation
    • Detroit
    • 2 months, 4 weeks ago
    Special Reports

    Tyree Guyton's Heidelberg Project through the years

    Tyree Guyton's Heidelberg Project through the yearsTyree Guyton, 59, has been working on his neighborhood full of found object sculptures and paintings since 1986. He grew up on the main block of the project on Heidelberg Street and began making art with his grandfather, Sam Mackey, who also was an artist. Guyton,...
    • Special Reports
    • 3 months, 2 weeks ago
    Joyrides

    Cruising through the years

    Cruising through the yearsMaybe it's a Motor City thing. While people in other cities were celebrating the end of World War II by dancing and kissing in the streets, these Detroit teenagers celebrate in 1945 by riding around in an automobile. We take a look here at the Detroit pastime of...
    • Joyrides
    • 3 months, 3 weeks ago
    Michigan History

    Michigan Olympic medalists of the 20th century

    Michigan Olympic medalists of the 20th centuryMagic Johnson of Lansing screams as he lifts the American flag just after receiving his gold medal in 1992 in Barcelona, Spain. The Americans, dubbed "the Dream Team," took home Olympic gold after beating Spain 122-81 in the final. Meet some of Michigan's...
    • Michigan History
    • 3 months, 4 weeks ago
    Michigan History

    Walter O. Briggs, captain of industry, owner of Tigers

    Walter O. Briggs, captain of industry, owner of TigersWalter O. Briggs Sr. rose from humble beginnings in Ypsilanti to wealth and power in two fields: automobile manufacturing and Major League Baseball.
    • Michigan History
    • 4 months ago