| Apr 3, 2013
| 8:01 PM
Jane Nebel Henson knew Kermit before he was the Frog, saw the Cookie Monster before he lost his "fiendish" teeth and was around for the pre-diva days of Miss Piggy.
Henson, the wife and longtime artistic collaborator of legendary Muppets creator Jim...
| Oct 10, 2012
| 2:30 PM
Alex Karras, an All-Pro defensive tackle for the Detroit Lions who later worked as a "Monday Night Football" co-host and parlayed his hulking strength into a Hollywood acting career, died Wednesday. He was 77.
Karras died at his Los Angeles home, his...
| Apr 20, 2013
Al Neuharth, the newspaper mogul who in 1982 made a $1-billion gamble called USA Today that earned derision for its emphasis on brevity, flashy graphics and upbeat stories but endured to become the nation's largest-circulation newspaper, died Friday in...
| Oct 20, 2012
| 4:28 PM
Stanford Ovshinsky was not a household name like Thomas Edison or Albert Einstein, but he was often compared to them, for good reason.
He invented the nickel-metal hydride battery, which has powered high-tech items such as cellphones, laptop computers...
| Jun 24, 2013
| 9:30 PM
Historical mysteries author sued publisher of 'Da Vinci Code'
Michael Baigent, 65, a writer who gained attention for launching a lawsuit contending that "The Da Vinci Code" stole ideas from his book, died of a brain hemorrhage June...
| Mar 4, 2013
Bobby Rogers, an original member of the Motown group the Miracles, who collaborated with lead vocalist and songwriter Smokey Robinson and kept the musical franchise going after its biggest name left, died Sunday at his suburban Detroit home. He was 73....
| Aug 16, 2013
| 8:20 AM
In news reports of child abuse and foster care gone wrong, it is convenient — perhaps even a matter of mental self-preservation — to categorize the players into good and bad, evildoers and those who will deal with them. The latest unimaginable...
| Dec 21, 2012
| 1:17 PM
You hear strange things in Detroit. While I was visiting my parents this year, I watched the city's annual Thanksgiving Day parade on TV. At the end, Mayor Dave Bing, the former Detroit Pistons star, climbed up to Santa's sleigh to deliver the key to...
| Dec 5, 2012
School bonds: An article in the Nov. 29 Section A about a risky type of construction financing used by school districts said that news of one bond issued by the Poway district was first reported by the Voice of San Diego website. That website has...
| May 23, 2013
| 8:07 AM
Tip your hat to Tata. The Indian conglomerate that bought Jaguar and Land Rover from Ford in 2008 has turned out to be the best owner the British marques ever had.
While other luxury brands changed hands before and during the Great Recession -- most...
| Jun 6, 2013
| 3:12 PM
Late last month, the Detroit Free Press ran a major article on a problem that seems unthinkable: the likelihood of the precious artworks in the Detroit Institute of the Arts being sold to help pay the crippling debts of the City of Detroit.
"It is an...
| Aug 16, 2013
| 5:20 AM
The Chevrolet Corvette was anything but a performance car when the first one rolled out of a GM factory in 1953, recalls Werner Meier, owner of Masterworks Automotive Services in Madison Heights, Mich., a restoration shop that specializes in Corvettes....