• Terry Foster, Detroit News staff writer

    All eyes were on Dennis Rodman, the many-tattooed former basketball player turned disc jockey and pitchman.

    He made his way through the crowd at a business expo in New York City, shaking hands and hugging fans.

    A few feet away, Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, a member of the cast on MTV's "Jersey Shore" who also was making an appearance at the event, wondered what all the excitement was about.

    "He is the guy that used to wear wild hair when he played in the NBA," someone told her.

    She shrugged.

    "He was on 'Celebrity Apprentice,'" someone else said.

    "Oh, now I know who he is," she said.

    One of the greatest rebounders and defenders in NBA history has turned into a sideshow for a new generation because of his wild antics, wild parties, relationships with Madonna and others, meltdowns on reality television and takedowns on the professional wrestling circuit.

    On April 1 at The Palace, however, people who know Rodman expect the emotional, thoughtful

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  • Melody Baetens, Detroit News staff writer

    Ignite your appetite, because for the fourth time in two years, the Motor City will shine as a major dining destination with Detroit Restaurant Week.

    The 10-day promotion will start April 1 and will run through April 10. Eighteen Detroit restaurants will offer fixed-price menus showcasing each establishment's signature dishes and spring-influenced fare. The three-course menus include an appetizer, entrée and dessert for $28, not including tax, tip or beverages.

    Upscale businesses like 24Grille, Coach Insignia, Opus One, The Whitney and MGM Grand's Saltwater are mainstays of this biannual promotion.

    Angelina Italian Bistro is a new addition to Detroit Restaurant Week. Located on Broadway near Woodward Avenue, this 100-seat restaurant will offer plenty of variety with eight first courses to choose from, six entrees and three desserts.

    Partner and general manager Tom Agosta recommends one of Angelina's most popular dishes, the roasted

    Read More »from Chefs pour it on for Detroit Restaurant Week
  • Angelique S. Chengelis, Detroit News staff writer

    It finally is official.

    After both major parties involved — Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon and new football coach Brady Hoke — insisted finalizing Hoke's contract was not a priority, they have reached an agreement.

    Hoke on Monday signed a six-year contract worth $2 million the first year, according to Brandon. The base salary is $300,000, with $1.7 million in additional compensation. The contract goes through December 2016.

    "It's really been a very positive, pleasant process from the perspective both parties were anxious to enter the agreement," Brandon said in a telephone interview. "We worked through it at a natural pace."

    Hoke was not available for comment.

    The 52-year-old Hoke was hired on Jan. 11 to become the Wolverines' 19th coach in the 131-year history of the program. He

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    Americans among 12,000 foreign fighters in Syria: US

    Some 12,000 foreign jihadists from 50 countries, including Americans, have gone to fight in Syria since the conflict began, the US State Department said Thursday. A US official, speaking on condition of anonymity, estimated that more than 100 US citizens have traveled or tried to travel to Syria to join the conflict. They have traveled to join radical groups including the Islamic State (IS), militants fighting the regime of Bashar al-Assad in Syria who have expanded into neighboring Iraq. "We think that there are approximately 12,000 fighters from at least 50 countries in Syria -- foreign fighters, including a small number of Americans -- that may have traveled to Syria since the beginning of the conflict" more than three years ago, said deputy State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf.

  • Ireland testing dead person recently in Africa for Ebola
    Ireland testing dead person recently in Africa for Ebola

    Ireland is testing a dead person who recently returned from Africa for the Ebola virus, the Health Service Executive (HSE) of Ireland said on Thursday. Appropriate infection control procedures are being put in place in the community and at the mortuary in the north-west county of Donegal where the person's remains lie, pending the outcome of laboratory tests, the HSE said. "The public health department was made aware earlier today of the remains of an individual, discovered early this morning, who had recently traveled to one of the areas in Africa affected by the current Ebola virus disease outbreak," it said.

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    Oil ‘super spike’ is coming: Dan Dicker

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  • British couple walled into French home by 'neighbours from hell'
    British couple walled into French home by 'neighbours from hell'

    A British couple's dream of a quiet retirement in the sun of southern France turned into a nightmare when their neighbours walled them into their home. Locals in the village of Brugairolles in the foothills of the Pyrenees were so appalled by the immurement, they rose up to rescue the elderly couple, tearing down a wall from the front of the house and ripping open windows and doors that had been nailed shut. "We could not accept that they should continue to live under such terror," declared retired Republican Guard Jeannot Gach, who helped lead the operation to free Faith and John Dyson, both in their 70s, from their home. The Dysons' tormentors were not jealous locals resentful of outsiders pushing up property prices, but another British couple furious that they had apparently trespassed on a shared lane they claimed to own.

  • The 'Unbelievable' Way the US Misinterpreted Iran's Remarks Today
    The 'Unbelievable' Way the US Misinterpreted Iran's Remarks Today

    A defiant statement by the Iranian Foreign Minister linking cooperation against ISIS in Iraq to sanctions relief might actually be a giant, lost-in-translation misunderstanding, the State Department said today. According to state-run media, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that Iran would help the West with the crisis in Iraq if the West lifts sanctions – a report that has made its way into English-speaking media. "If we agree to do something in Iraq, the other side of the negotiations should do something in return,” Zarif is quoted as saying. “"All the sanctions that are related to Iran's nuclear program should be lifted,” he added.

  • Tire makers race to turn dandelions into rubber
    Tire makers race to turn dandelions into rubber

    By Ludwig Burger MUENSTER Germany (Reuters) - Dutch biologist Ingrid van der Meer often meets with disbelief when she talks about her work on dandelions and how it could secure the future of road transport. The reaction is understandable, given most people regard the yellow flowers as pesky intruders in their gardens rather than a promising source of rubber for tires. Her research team is competing with others across the world to breed a type of dandelion native to Kazakhstan whose taproot yields a milky fluid with tire-grade rubber particles in it. Global tire makers such as industry leader Bridgestone Corp and No.4 player Continental AG believe they are in for rich pickings and are backing such research to the tune of millions of dollars.

  • American Ebola doc: 'I am thrilled to be alive'
    American Ebola doc: 'I am thrilled to be alive'

    ATLANTA (AP) — At least one of the two American aid workers who were infected with the Ebola virus was to be discharged Thursday from an Atlanta hospital, a spokeswoman for the aid group he was working for said.

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