Indians blank Tigers; clinch 3rd straight AL Central title

Indians blank Tigers; clinch 3rd straight AL Central title:

the Cleveland Indians clinched their third straight AL Central title with a 15-0 blowout on Saturday of the Detroit Tigers, who made four errors and managed only two hits.

(Via Japan Today)

Seems about right.

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‘Someday, I’m going to get my picture up there’

‘Someday, I’m going to get my picture up there’:

For that story, Jim Schaefer and I used text messages from Kilpatrick’s chief of staff and lover to reveal that Kilpatrick lied under oath during a whistleblower trial about their affair and their efforts to silence two cops they believed knew too much about their illicit activities. Kilpatrick’s mendacity cost taxpayers more than $8 million. On the night Kilpatrick pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice and perjury charges and agreed to resign from office, we gathered at the Anchor, as we had on so many big news nights, to mark the occasion with a beer or four. That night, Charlie LeDuff—a Detroit News journalist at the time—shouted at a belligerent Kilpatrick sympathizer at the bar, “We did that—those were our stories!” When the Free Press won the Pulitzer, we celebrated with family and friends at the Anchor.

I learned a few years later that, in a way, Kilpatrick’s fall helped me realize my ambition from my intern days. A friend from The Washington Post had stopped at the Anchor to kill a few hours during a brief layover. He called from the bar and told me he was looking at my picture on the wall. Before he could explain, I checked to make sure I was still alive. Turns out the Derderians had posted a photo of Schaefer and me, beers in hand, holding up a first edition with Kilpatrick’s admission, “I LIED,” in massive type.

It wasn’t exactly the wall of honor. But, for now, it’s close enough.

The author (left) and Jim Schaefer stand with their September 5, 2008, front-page coverage of then-mayor Kwame Kilpatrick’s resignation, part of a series of stories that won the Detroit Free Press a Pulitzer Prize in Local Reporting. Photo by Steve Dorsey.

From the archives: Why the media don’t get Detroit—and why it matters

(Via Columbia Journalism Review)

The Anchor is one place in Detroit I miss. I only went a few times but each was something akin to stepping out of a time machine … in a good way.

I love how the story ends with the fall of Kilpatrick. He was a disaster of a person and politician.

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Detroit Locavorism

Farm-to-Table in the Shadow of Downtown Detroit

“It’s a full-circle thing,” Ms. Williams said. “We want to be a no-waste kitchen.”

Chefs take up locavorism for all kinds of reasons, but in Detroit the one people talk about most is the importance of keeping money in the area. Using up scraps is another side of the issue: A penny saved is a penny earned, and a penny earned is a penny that can be reinvested in a city that outsiders have repeatedly left for dead. And hiring native Detroiters is still another side. The staff, both in the dining room and the kitchen that’s wide-open for inspection at the end of the bar, is notably diverse.

(Via the New York Times)

I ❤️ this so hard. Might have to add this to my upcoming homecoming trip. I have some wonderful if foggy memories of Corktown.

Top 10 population gainers and losers among Metro Detroit communities |

While Wayne County lost 37,357 residents over the last three years, Oakland and Macomb counties gained 38,584 people since the 2010 census, according to new estimates from the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments. As of July 2013, more than two two-thirds of the communities in the seven-county report saw population growth since April 2010. “The city of Detroit continued to lose population, but at a slower rate than in the recent past,” SECOG reported. The city is estimated to have 681,090 residents, down of 4.6 percent from its 2010 count of 713,862, and down 3,709 since SEMCOG’s December 2012 estimate. Oakland County, meanwhile, added 27,647 residents and Macomb County has 10,937 people since 2010. via Top 10 population gainers and losers among Metro Detroit communities |

Construction set to begin on Dequindre Cut extension and other Detroit greenway connectors |

Construction on a major recreation/transportation infrastructure upgrade is set to begin along and in between a series of greenways in Detroit and Hamtramck. Bicyclists and administrators at Eastern Market are preparing a celebration of the start of construction on Link Detroit, a project that will extend the Dequindre Cut, link it to the Midtown Loop and the Hamtramck Trail, make streetscape improvements at Eastern Market and address a series of deteriorating bridges. via Construction set to begin on Dequindre Cut extension and other Detroit greenway connectors |