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  • Snyder is Michigan’s next governor; GOP heads toward sweep


    After making job creation his No. 1 campaign theme, former corporate executive and venture capitalist Rick Snyder has been made Michigan's next CEO.

    By a wide margin, voters have turned to the political novice to reshape the state's business climate in hopes of regaining the jobs that have evaporated by the tens of thousands.

    Early results, combined with exit polls, show Snyder tapped into voter discontent across the state and with independents in earning a victory that will send the millionaire to Lansing.

    Just two years after turning to Barack Obama to save the state from economic disaster, Michigan voters turned to the former Gateway CEO — and it appears he will be followed to Lansing by a number of fellow Republicans.

    "Welcome to the Republican victory party," gushed L. Brooks Patterson, the Republican Oakland County executive, as he took the stage at

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  • Kid Rock plans Ford Field concert; roast on Comedy Central


    Kid Rock is reportedly readying the biggest hometown show of his career: A Jan. 15 blowout at Ford Field, it was announced at the rocker's private Halloween party Saturday night.

    There's only one problem: Ford Field is already booked that day with Monster Jam 2011, a monster truck rally that's been on the schedule for months. Tickets for the Monster Jam went on sale in May.

    Rock's Ford Field date has yet to be officially confirmed by promoters or venue officials.

    It was also announced Saturday that on Jan. 17, Rock's 40th birthday, Rock will be feted at Detroit's Fox Theatre at his own Comedy Central Roast, but Comedy Central or Fox Theatre officials have not yet confirmed the event.

    Rock, whose new album "Born Free" is due out Nov. 16, is also expected to play at halftime of the Detroit Lions Thanksgiving Day game.

    Saturday afternoon, Rock performed at the Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart-hosted Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear in

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  • Candidates for Michigan governor

    Paul Egan and Karen Bouffard, DETROIT NEWS LANSING BUREAU

    The two men running for governor and scores of other candidates spent Halloween day asking for votes with time to campaign running out before Tuesday's election.

    Republican gubernatorial candidate Rick Snyder and many of the GOP's choices to run for statewide office stumped in western Michigan, urging supporters not to let up in the face of encouraging public opinion polls.

    Virg Bernero, the Democratic candidate for governor, stopped at Detroit churches to shore up his base. He and pastors urged members to get out and vote, and to help others do so.

    "On Tuesday, we're going to hear from the people; it's your day," Bernero told the congregation at Greater Grace Temple, an 8,000-member mega-church in Detroit. "We need a governor who is going to work with the president, not against him."

    Candidates for local offices and state legislative seats were knocking on doors or had

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  • Control of Michigan House up for grabs


    Michigan Republicans hope to score a hat trick in Tuesday's election: control of the governor's office, a larger majority in the state Senate and control of the state House.

    And that has made the battle for the House and several swing districts one of importance to Democrats and Republicans. For the GOP, a majority would mean setting the political agenda when it comes to reducing taxes, budget negotiations and redistricting.

    For the Democrats, losing the House would bring dark times, taking away their only position of influence, with control for the Michigan Supreme Court up for grabs and polls showing statewide offices such as attorney general and secretary of state leaning Republican.

    "Everybody thinks it's going to be very close, maybe a 50-50 chance the Republicans can pull that off," Bill Ballenger, editor of Inside Michigan Politics, said of the possibility the GOP

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  • Michigan congressional races go down to the wire

    Marisa Schultz and Nathan Hurst, DETROIT NEWS STAFF WRITERS

    Candidates hoping to win a seat in Congress are hitting the final stretches of the campaign hard this weekend, reaching every corner of Michigan to pick up last-minute support.

    The candidates will be knocking on doors, airing new TV spots and urging voters to get to the polls. Except in the safest of Democratic districts, this year's contests are considered the Republicans' races to lose.

    Anti-incumbent sentiment and tea party-driven discord combined with the GOP's healthy leads in statewide races is giving candidates optimism that they can help flip the U.S. House of Representatives to Republican control.

    Democrats in five tight races are urging those leaning toward voting for Republican Rick Snyder for governor to split their ballots. Snyder has picked up support from Democrats and independents, and party officials hope the ticket-splitting push will cut short any coattails the Ann Arbor businessman might have.

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  • Angelique S. Chengelis, DETROIT NEWS STAFF WRITER

    How seriously is Penn State's Evan Lewis taking his scout-team assignment this week simulating Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson?

    "They let him wear a wig with some dreads on it," Penn State linebacker Michael Mauti said with a chuckle Wednesday during a teleconference.

    Robinson, who wears his hair in long dreads pulled back under his helmet, is second nationally in rushing, averaging 156.5 yards a game, and is second in total offense (345 yards).

    The Wolverines, who were off last Saturday, play at Penn State on Saturday at 8 p.m. at Beaver Stadium.

    Penn State linebacker Chris Colasanti said Lewis was given the wig on Tuesday for practice.

    "I guess they want us to get the whole visual," Colasanti said.

    Penn State is preparing for Robinson using a few scout-team players, including Lewis. But freshman quarterback Paul Jones is simulating Robinson's throwing, Mauti said.

    "He does a real good job," Mauti said of Evans. "He's a

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  • Diners choose 20 Detroit-area restaurants for 2011 Zagat guide


    Twenty Detroit-area restaurants have been named among "America's Top Restaurants" in the 2011 edition of the influential national Zagat guide. The slim maroon book, which rates 1,552 restaurants in 45 major cities, arrives in bookstores today.

    The rankings represent the opinions of ordinary diners who register on to comment about the food, decor, service and cost of restaurants selected by editors of Zagat, one of the best known but most mispronounced names in the world of restaurant ratings — zuh-GAT (rhymes with cat) is the way to say it.

    "Anyone who is passionate about food can be one of our surveyors," says Tiffany Herklots, communications director at The 2011 guide ($15.95) represents a cross-section of the views and comments of more than 153,000 diners who have visited the restaurants they vote for in the past year.

    Ten Detroit area restaurants achieved the top tier ranking of 28, 27 or 26 points out of a

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  • George Hunter and RoNeisha Mullen, DETROIT NEWS STAFF WRITERS

    Some folks out West don't think Detroit sounds like a nice place to visit. They'd rather stand up and tell 'em they're from Detroit Lake.

    Voters in the tourist town of Detroit, Ore., will decide Tuesday whether to change its name. The village of about 300 residents, nestled in the Cascades foothills, is known for its boating and skiing — not crime, failing schools or a shaky auto industry.

    Builder Doug DeGeorge, who was instrumental in putting the proposal on the ballot, said the name "Detroit" carries an unsavory image.

    "I bought the old Detroit Lake Motel, and we turned it into a beautiful lodge," DeGeorge said. "When people asked me what project I was working on, I'd tell them I was building a lodge in Detroit. When I said, 'Detroit,' everyone would scrunch up their noses and furrow their brows. They'd say, 'My God, what are you doing building a lodge there?'"

    Map of Detroit, Oregon

    The business of changing the name of a city to

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  • Detroit students get peek at rocket-powered VW Beetle

    Jet-engine powered VW visits Detroit

    Christine Tierney, DETROIT NEWS STAFF WRITER

    Ron Patrick spends a lot on gas for his customized VW Beetle, but he doesn't have to worry about tailgaters.

    Patrick, a mechanical engineer with a doctorate from Stanford University, displayed his noisy, flame-belching car Monday to a group of robotics students at Cass Technical High School in Detroit.

    The Beetle has a regular gas engine along with the special attachment of a converted turboshaft jet engine delivering a whopping 1,350 horsepower.

    Patrick has no idea how fast the car goes but says it's "way more than 140 miles per hour," the limit on the car's speedometer.

    The co-founder of ECM, a Sunnyvale, Calif., maker of pollution-measuring equipment, says: "The biggest challenge was making sure the jet engine wouldn't fly out — attaching it to the car."

    The Beetle will be on display at the Automotive Testing Expo at Rock Financial Showplace over the weekend.

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  • Bloomfield Hills voters consider new library initiative


    On its website, the city of Bloomfield Hills touts itself as the nation's fourth wealthiest city, with 39 percent of its "stately homes" worth more than $1 million and an outstanding public school system.

    What it fails to mention is that its elite, well-educated residents won't pay for an amenity enjoyed by 99.5 percent of Michigan residents: a neighborhood public library.

    Since 2003, when Bloomfield Hills opted out of a 39-year relationship with the Bloomfield Township Public Library, its 4,000 residents (median household income: $172,000 a year) have been library-less by choice.

    The same city that boasts of being home to executives and sports stars, exclusive country clubs and fabulous homes, has been going cheap on borrowing books.

    City Commissioner Robert Toohey urges residents to avail themselves of the "free" libraries in nearby Birmingham and Bloomfield Township. If they need to check out books, residents can buy $200 library

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