• 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

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  • 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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  • Berdych stands in way of Murray's fourth Australian Open final
    Berdych stands in way of Murray's fourth Australian Open final

    British hope Andy Murray has tenacious Tomas Berdych standing between him and playing in a fourth Australian Open final in six years in Thursday's semi-final. The first Grand Slam tournament of the year has been a heartbreak major for the Scot with three runner-up finishes, but he gets another chance to finally crack the big-time if he can get past the giant-serving Czech.

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