opinion Pamela Good Published 11:00 PM EST Dec 11, 2018 A child who struggles to read becomes an adult who struggles. The reality of this message has been on my mind since 2004 when we realized the scope of the literacy problem in Detroit. It is our mission to use proven methods to unlock the miracle and power of reading to students and families in vulnerable communities in metropolitan Detroit; our end goal is to bring literacy to everyone. In October, Beyond Basics moved one step closer to meeting this goal and establishing our neighborhood model by opening our inaugural Beyond Basics Family Literacy Center at the Durfee Innovation Society, the former Durfee Elementary Middle School. Thanks to the generosity of General Motors, this first bricks and mortar location allows us to bring literacy to the neighborhood where we have worked in the local schools since 2005. Students and families now have access to free reading tutoring, GED and SAT prep, workforce development, and … [Read more...] about Literacy is a prescription for what ails Detroit
Georgea Kovanis Detroit Free Press Published 10:32 PM EST Dec 11, 2018 For the women who showed up at Little Caesars Arena on Tuesday night, seeing Michelle Obama was like meeting up with their super-smart best friend who just happens to be the former first lady of the United States and author of the best-selling hardcover book of the year. They praised her intelligence, her poise, her grace, her style, her penchant for shopping at Target, her ability to live in the spotlight but remain down to earth. "She was a regular person, she was relatable," said Jacqueline Coleman, who lives in Lansing and brought her sister to the event as a birthday gift. "She is an African-American woman who stands for peace," said Devin Massengale, who is 34 and lives in Detroit. "She speaks for the people." But maybe Donna Ford-Brown, a 60-year-old Detroiter, best summed up the connection so many women feel with Obama: "She's us." Obama took the stage in front of a sold-out … [Read more...] about Metro Detroiters swoon for Michelle Obama during her visit
Helene St. James Detroit Free Press Published 10:28 PM EST Dec 11, 2018 WASHINGTON — The Detroit Red Wings looked spent, and their opponent spent the game taking advantage. Playing for the third time in four nights, second in two nights, and facing the defending Stanley Cup champion in their building, the Wings had to accept a 6-2 loss Tuesday at Capital One Arena. The game highlighted the disparity in talent between the teams, as Alex Ovechkin registered a hat trick and Nicklas Backstrom bagged four assists. The Capitals benefited from one lucky bounce in the first period, feasted on two power plays, and reaped a five-goal lead midway through the game. Unlike the back-to-back routs in Boston and Montreal that were the eyesores of October, the Wings did keep trying to work their way into this game. Dylan Larkin put the puck in Washington’s net a minute into the third period, picking up his eighth point in the last five games. Gustav Nyquist put the puck top … [Read more...] about Detroit Red Wings outmatched by Washington Capitals, 6-2
Helene St. James Detroit Free Press Published 10:18 PM EST Dec 11, 2018 Detroit Red Wings (14-13-4, 32 points) at Washington Capitals (17-9-3, 37 points) When: 7:30 p.m. tonight. Where: Capital One Arena, Washington. TV: NBCSN. Radio: 97.1 FM (Red Wings radio affiliates). • Box score Deja D.C.: The Wings were just in Washington on Black Friday, when they lost 3-1 even though they directed 32 shots on net. This is the third game in four nights for the Wings, who weren’t sharp at all in Monday’s 3-1 win over the Kings. They need to play much more crisply if they are to stand a chance against the defending Stanley Cup champions, who have won nine of their last 11 games. Analysis: Dylan Larkin fighting benefits the Wings. Here's why Sizing up the opponent: The Capitals score an average of 3.62 goals per game and allow an average of 3.07. Their power play is at 25.3 percent and their penalty kill at 73.6 percent. Alex Ovechkin … [Read more...] about Game recap: Detroit Red Wings fall to Washington Capitals, 6-2
Anthony Fenech Detroit Free Press Published 8:46 PM EST Dec 11, 2018 LAS VEGAS – It probably won’t happen this week. Might not even happen this month. Maybe, come early February, right fielder Nicholas Castellanos will report to Lakeland, Fla., for his seventh season with the Detroit Tigers. But at some point between now and the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, the Tigers are going to trade Castellanos. As of Tuesday night, they weren’t close to that point, though general manager Al Avila, without acknowledging Castellanos by name, did acknowledge the Tigers had been discussing possible trades with several teams during the first two days of Winter Meetings. Asked what trades were being discussed and with which teams, Avila said, “I’m not going to tell you all that stuff, but you can imagine.” It doesn’t take much of an imagination to envision Castellanos in another uniform next season. Coming off a career-best season … [Read more...] about Detroit Tigers will trade Nicholas Castellanos. But when?