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  1. Court deal may take heat out of election

    For the first time in 16 years, the state Supreme Court races on Michigan's fall ballot may be lightly battled, low-key affairs. After a string of bitterly contested and hugely expensive court campaigns, Republicans and Democrats are calling a truce.

  2. Detroit, suburbs near deal on regional water authority

    Perhaps the most vexing piece of Detroit's financial recovery puzzle is about to fall in place. The suburbs and city are finalizing a deal to turn over ownership and operation of the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department to a regional authority.

  3. Column: Syncora stinking up bankruptcy

    Whether Detroit's bankruptcy ends in a neatly wrapped package or drags into a long and expensive court fight depends on how the poker game plays out over the next 12 days between the city and its last holdout creditor.

  4. Cruise is big, but it could be bigger

    The Woodward Dream Cruise is the coolest organic festival in the country. It's big. But it could be so much bigger ó and better for the region.

  5. A progressive with punch

    If Ohio's senior senator were named Sharon Brown instead of Sherrod Brown, progressives would have a plausible political pin-up and a serious alternative to the tawdry boredom of Hillary Clinton's plod toward her party's presidential nomination.

  6. Tea party must come to its senses

    Michigan's tea party revolt fizzled in Tuesday's primary. Insurgent Republicans picked up only a couple of state House seats, but otherwise were turned back in their bid to punish GOP lawmakers. Now the movement has to decide who its real enemies are.

  7. Ficano nice, but never his own man

    In a county where voters value name ID and incumbency over everything, Bob Ficano was on his way to being turned out in Tuesday night's primary balloting, a clear rebuke of the scandals that plagued his office during the past term.

  8. Column: Throw book at graffiti vandals

    Normally I'm not a lock-'em-up guy. But I do hope the three cute little suburban teens busted for spray painting graffiti on downtown Detroit buildings spend at least a little time wearing orange jumpsuits.

  9. Gov's race shouldn't be this close

    The most comfortable bet I would make in this election season is that Gov. Rick Snyder would win re-election, and easily.

  10. To change culture, change faces

    Wayne County has switched leaders before without changing course. If county residents want change, they'll have to break their habit of voting for familiar names.

  11. Welcome to Dysfunction Junction

    Just as Detroit was starting to gain some positive traction for its image, it walked off the dock by bungling an overdue attempt to end the city's pay-if-you-want culture.

  12. Parts are not parts, after all

    Society has for too long relied on genitalia to assume maleness and femaleness. Donít do it, my Netroots comrades caution. Gender is not about what does or doesnít dangle.

  13. There is no right to free water

    Water is not a human right. It's a human need. Ever since Adam and Eve got booted out of Eden, people have devoted most of their energy and labor to meeting the basic needs of food, water, clothing and shelter.

  14. Column: This time, let Israel finish job

    As long as the terrorist group is given de facto protection by world leaders who would not tolerate a similar hostile attack on their sovereign nations, nothing will change in this conflict.

  15. Brightest aren't on your election ballot

    Here are two phrases that do NOT come to mind as I evaluate the options voters face in the Aug. 5 primary: 'best and brightest' and 'cream of the crop.'

  16. Belle Isle rowdies shift downtown

    Warm Saturday nights on Belle Isle used to mean an island-wide, anything-goes party, with booze flowing, music blasting and vehicles lurching along bumper to ...

  17. Divest from Palestinians instead

    So now all the cool kids have decided Israel is a bully state that should no longer be eligible for international investment because of its so-called ...

  18. Be honest about where gas taxes go

    Travelers who leave the state for summer vacations will notice two things: roads will be smoother almost everywhere they go, and gasoline prices will be ...

Editorial Page Editor & Columnist

Nolan Finley is Editorial Page Editor of The Detroit News, a position he's held since May 1, 2000. He directs the expression of the newspaper's editorial position on various national and local issues, and also writes a column in the Sunday newspaper.

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Prior to becoming Editorial Page Editor, Finley was the newspaper's Deputy Managing Editor, directing the newsroom.

Previously, he served as Business Editor, and in various editing positions on the city, state and metro desks. He was also a reporter, covering Detroit City Hall during the Coleman Young administration.

Finley has been with the newspaper since 1976, starting as a copy boy in the newsroom while a student at Wayne State University. He is a graduate of both Schoolcraft College in Livonia and Wayne State, where he earned a Bachelor's degree in journalism. In 2001, Schoolcraft named him its outstanding alumni.

He is a native of Cumberland County, Ky.

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