April 6, 2002
IN RUSSIA, yet again, a news organization that just happens to offer a courageous alternative to the Kremlin's line just happens to fall into severe financial difficulties. The first to go, last year, was the NTV television station, which offered news reports that were by no means impartial or balanced but were pointed and sometimes devastating. When its debts were called in by the state-controlled Gazprom company, the NTV crew decamped to TV-6. But soon - wouldn't you know it - the giant Lukoil company was using its shareholdings in that station to shut it down.
April 10, 2005
Mitch Albom, one of Detroit's most prominent figures, is a one-man multimedia entity as a nationally known sports columnist, radio and TV personality, best-selling author and playwright. He added another role last week, one no journalist wants. Albom is making news rather than reporting it, under suspension from the Detroit Free Press until the paper completes an investigation of a fabrication in a column by Albom that ran last Sunday. Reaction in the journalism community, from columnist peers to college instructors, ranged from harsh to empathetic.
May 17, 2013
Now comes the Baltimore Sun editorial staff that just recently blasted the Second Amendment rights to gun ownership ("Ban assault weapons," March 22) raising the roof that the press' First Amendment Rights have been trumped on because of the gathering of AP phone records by the Obama administration's attorney general ("An assault on press freedom," May 15). Either the Sun editorial staff thinks their readers are too stupid to know the hypocrisy of their positions on these two issues, or they actually believe supporting the Constitution is a menu of pick and choose.
March 28, 2007
DETROIT -- When Ford Motor Co. handed out bonuses for 2006 this month, the checks that high-level managers got were a lot more than the $300 to $800 most workers throughout the company received. About 6,000 high-level managers at Ford operations around the world were eligible to receive bonuses that ranged from several thousand dollars to $15,000 or more, employees with knowledge of the bonuses told the Detroit Free Press. This month, Ford said it would pay what it called "modest bonuses" to all of its hourly and salaried workers below the rank of manager despite having posted a record $12.7 billion loss last year and having missed important market share goals.
June 25, 2006
Mark Twain: A Life Ron Powers Free Press / 736 pages / $16 Powers' majestic biography of America's beloved 19th-century literary giant puts flesh on a figure who was in danger of deification, a fate Twain hoped to avert. Powers succeeds, our reviewer, Michael Shelden, wrote last year, restoring "the faded splendor of an epic life."
August 18, 1996
Joe Seneca, an actor known for his work in movies about slavery, black leaders and human dignity, died Thursday in New York from an asthma attack. He never revealed his age, but his agent estimated he was in his late 70s.Mr. Seneca's last movie was "A Time to Kill," the courtroom thriller based on John Grisham's novel. His first big film was "The Verdict," in which he played a medical expert. He also appeared in "Silverado," "Crossroads" and "Mississippi Masala."Camilla Horn, 93, femme fatale in the heyday of the German screen, died Wednesday in Gilching, Germany.