Detroit Free Press

MIAMI VICE? U.S. LOSS ADDS DISORDER TO COURT

MIAMI VICE? U.S. LOSS ADDS DISORDER TO COURT

Hear ye! Hear ye! The nation's first Sports Court is now in session. Step forward, and ye shall be heard. Ye shall be judged. Ye shall be sentenced.And I don't wanna hear any complaints.CASE 1: The people vs. U.S. basketball team.CASE SUMMARY: Tired of no air-conditioning, of spicy food, and of all thatSpanish, the U.S. men's basketball team at the Pan Am Games left the athletes' village in Havana and flew to Miami between games, staying at the exclusive Mayfair House hotel, where rooms cost up to $600 a night and feature
TOUGH VENEER CAN’T VEIL A GOOD HEART

TOUGH VENEER CAN’T VEIL A GOOD HEART

There is one less tough guy in the world this morning: We buried Eddie yesterday.Even as I write this, I can still see him, punching me in the arm when I was a kid and saying "Put em up, buddy boy" -- then striking a pose like one of those 1920's boxers. I can still feel his steel-hard muscles when he lifted me in the air, and the sandpaper edge of his whiskers when I kissed his cheek.
OLD IS OUT, THANKS TO U-M’S FAB FIVE

OLD IS OUT, THANKS TO U-M’S FAB FIVE

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- You find me in the basement, under a long-haired wig, strumming a guitar in front of a video camera."What's up?" you ask."WAYNE'S WORLD! WAYNE'S WORLD!""I beg your pardon?" you say.Come on. I am preparing. We all should be preparing. By "we," I mean people who are over 30, and, therefore, soon to be put out to pasture."What are you talking about?" you say."Michigan," I say glumly.
FOOTBALL PLAYER STRUCK DOWN BY RANDOM BULLET

FOOTBALL PLAYER STRUCK DOWN BY RANDOM BULLET

The porch light is off. His mother says if you turn it on, "It just gives them something to shoot at." Same goes for the lamp in the den, which can be seen from the street. Off. They sit here -- on an old couch, in front of bare walls and a TV set -- in semi-darkness. Hiding in their homes."You'll want to move away from that window," the mother suggests. "How many nights a week do you hear shooting?" She blinks, as if surprised by the question."Every night. They shoot like it's their job or somethin."
BULLETS AND BALLOTS LACED WITH HATRED

BULLETS AND BALLOTS LACED WITH HATRED

In his home state, the land of his birth, they were counting the hatred, one vote at a time. "I've got a few people who will call me tonight," Joe Dumars said. "I'll find out what's going on, maybe even at halftime of the game."Dumars is a professional basketball player, but at this moment, this Saturday morning in his home, life was not about sports, it was about politics and hate in the place where he grew up, the state of Louisiana. A man there was running for governor. A white man. A handsome man. A man who, in college, used to sleep under a Nazi swastika blanket.

Mitch Albom writes about running an orphanage in impoverished Port-au-Prince, Haiti, his kids, their hardships, laughs and challenges, and the life lessons he’s learned there every day.

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