The magic of belle isle
Francis X. Donnelly The Detroit News Published 7:40 PM EDT Sep 23, 2018 It doesn’t matter if you’re a hiker, biker, equestrian, snowmobiler, off-roader or kayaker. Whatever your passion, Michigan has a trail for you. Which isn’t surprising when you realize Michigan has 12,500 miles of state-designated paths, the most in the nation. Talk about happy trails. Michigan is in a bragging mood because Saturday was the start of Michigan Trails Week. Some events will be held during the week but they’re not the point of the celebration. The point of Michigan Trails Week is to get you off your duff. Where else can you get some exercise while viewing Michigan beauty and history? said Paul Yauk, trails coordinator for the state Department of Natural Resources. “Michigan is the place to be,” he said. “Our trails take you to every corner of the state.” Among the paths are 2,600 miles of former rail lines, which also is the most in the … [Read more...] about Mich. celebrates 12,500 miles of trails during trails week
Shock and Awe director Rob Reiner has now directed six mega-flops in a row and has not had anything approaching a hit since 2007. This weekend, Reiner’s Shock and Awe crashed and burned at the box office. For some reason, even though it is 2018, Reiner is still wasting millions of dollars to attack former President George W. Bush. This, even after every single movie attacking Bush bombed.What’s more, as if to prove just how insulated he is from real America, Shock and Awe tries to make heroes of journalists, a group currently enjoying approval ratings little better than child molesters. And so, even with a cast that includes Woody Harrelson, Milla Jovovich, Jessica Biel and Tommy Lee Jones, Shock and Awe could only attract a humiliating $410 per screen average, which means if you threw a hand grenade into any one of the 100 theaters it screened in, chances are pretty good no one would have gotten hurt. Based on the anti-Bush garbage I have personally had to sit through over … [Read more...] about Box Office Poison: ‘Shock and Awe’ Is Director Rob Reiner’s 6th Mega-Flop in a Row
David Goricki The Detroit News Published 1:24 p.m. UTC Jun 1, 2018 Detroit — Sebastien Bourdais was thrilled to have the opportunity to take his wife and kids to Cedar Point earlier this week. That means he will be racing once again this weekend on Belle Isle. After all, Bourdais is a threat to win on Belle Isle’s 13-turn, 2.3-mile street course anytime he takes the track. Bourdais, 39, won race No. 2 in the annual Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear Corporation doubleheader on Belle Isle in 2015, then won race No. 1 in 2016. Bourdais was excited to get back on the island last year, but it never happened since he crashed during qualifying for the Indianapolis 500, suffering multiple broken bones which not only put his career in jeopardy, but also put a halt to that trip to Cedar Point. “They were mad at me so I had to have a make-up session this year,” said Bourdais of taking his 11-year-old daughter Emma, 8-year-old son Alex, his wife and … [Read more...] about Sebastien Bourdais makes up for 2017 miss at Detroit Grand Prix
David Goricki The Detroit News Published 10:59 p.m. UTC May 31, 2018 Detroit – Graham Rahal enters this weekend’s Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix doubleheader as the defending champion – and we’re talking both races. Rahal, 29, had the weekend of his career a year ago on the 13-turn, 2.3-mile street course on Belle Isle, leading 96 of the 140 laps while earning wins in both of the 70-lap races, which again will be run on Saturday and Sunday. Rahal showed just how much a successful weekend can do for a driver with double points available. He arrived on the island last year in 15th place in the points, still looking for his first top-five finish. He left sixth in points. “There’s no doubt that Detroit last year was a dream scenario for us and certainly hopeful that we can make that magic happen again here this year,” said Rahal, who duplicated Scott Dixon’s accomplishment of sweeping both races at Toronto in 2013. “It’s a … [Read more...] about Can Graham Rahal make ‘magic’ on Belle Isle again?