• Kwame Kilpatrick listens to court proceedings June 16. The former Detroit mayor will move to Texas. (David Guralnick / The Detroit News)

    Doug Guthrie, Detroit News staff writer

    Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick will step out of prison a free man early Tuesday.

    But he'll have plenty on his plate, from strategizing with defense lawyers in his pending federal corruption and racketeering case to plugging his tell-all book.

    "His job, at least for a while, will be promoting the book," said James Thomas, a lawyer representing Kilpatrick on the federal charges.

    "He has to get out and support himself and his family. His job will be to be a motivational speaker or historical speaker.

    "I don't have his itinerary, but there will be many public speaking engagements."

    Kilpatrick won permission from both state and federal authorities to transfer his two-year parole to Texas in his conviction in the text message scandal.

    He must report to authorities there within 24 hours of his release.

    Kilpatrick also must make an "earnest effort to find employment," and his parole supervisor will set an amount and schedule for him to

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  • Susan Whitall, Detroit News Music Writer

    He may be one of the world's most famous musicians, but when Paul McCartney walked through the modest blue front door at the Motown Historical Museum on West Grand Boulevard on Sunday, he was just another excited, awestruck Motown fan.

    "He loved Studio A," reports the museum's chief curator, Lina Stephens. Stephens gave the former Beatle a private tour, along with his band and his fiancee Nancy Shevell, slipping them in at 3 p.m., just before McCartney's 4 p.m. soundcheck at Comerica Park.

    Casual in a Hawaiian-style shirt, jeans and athletic shoes, McCartney, 69, was low-key and friendly.

    "Every piano he came to, he'd say, 'I know I'm not supposed to touch this,' but he touched it anyway," Stephens says.

    Asked if he'd like to be on his own or have a guided tour, he opted for the tour. He, Shevell and the band walked through every room of the museum. Stephens reports that he was very surprised to see a photo of himself in an exhibit

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  • Francis X. Donnelly, Detroit News staff writer

    They're oily. They're smelly. They draw flies. Alosa pseudoharengus, or alewife, has risen from the bowels of Lake Michigan and invaded the beaches of northwest Michigan. From Leland to Ludington, hundreds of thousands of the finger-size fish have been washing up along the 100-mile stretch of coast for several weeks.

    The sudden emergence of the silver interlopers elicited a decidedly nonscientific response from Gail Weiss.

    "Ew!" the 12-year-old sputtered recently after spying one of hundreds of fish at Orchard Beach State Park in Manistee. "Gross!"

    (Detroit News)

    But this fish story has a silver lining.

    All the carcasses littering the beaches are a good sign for the $7 billion sport fishing industry on the Great Lakes, said biologists and charter boat captains.

    Salmon and trout eat alewives, so the big numbers of the tiny fish mean the larger fish have plenty to eat. That makes anglers smile because salmon and trout are among their favorite

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