Aleanna Siacon Detroit Free Press Published 6:00 AM EST Dec 28, 2018 As 2018 comes to a close, it's time to hit rewind. This year was jam-packed with impactful news stories that have started conversations and garnered hundreds of thousands of online page views — from historic court decisions and the legalization of recreational marijuana to sexual assaults in Jamaica, the death of the Queen of Soul and much more. Here's a look at the top stories that racked up the most page views on the Free Press website — Freep.com — this year: 1. After 30 years in U.S., Michigan dad deported Jorge Garcia, 39, was a landscaper from Lincoln Park who had lived in the U.S. for 30 years until he was deported to Mexico on Jan. 15. He had no criminal record and paid taxes every year. Garcia, who was brought to the U.S. by an undocumented family member at the age of 10, has a wife and two children who are all U.S. citizens. Free … [Read more...] about The most viewed Detroit Free Press stories of 2018
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Mitch Albom Detroit Free Press Published 4:00 p.m. UTC Aug 5, 2018 “(The people) have a right, an indisputable, unalienable, indefeasible, divine right, to that most dreaded and envied kind of knowledge, I mean, of the characters and conduct of their rulers.” — John Adams, 1765 President Donald Trump last week called many media outlets “the enemy of the American people.” His press secretary, when given the chance to retract, deny, or at least clarify that statement, refused to do so, instead listing off times that she herself has felt mistreated by journalists. Presidents come and go. So do press secretaries. Ideas stick around longer. The idea of a free press, for example, as essential to America — protected by the First Amendment of our Constitution — predates this President by nearly 230 years. So when the idea that the press is the “enemy” of America starts to float, we ought to be concerned. After all, you can name … [Read more...] about Mitch Albom: If a free press is the ‘enemy,’ then who is your friend?
World Egypt Press Freedom Egypt's parliament has passed a law that could be used to silence opposition and crack down on social media posts, according to press freedom activists. The new legislation authorizes the government to punish journalists who publish fake news, according to Reuters. It also categorizes personal social media accounts, blogs and websites with over 5,000 followers as a media outlet, meaning they could be prosecuted for violating the new law. The Supreme Council for the Administration of the Media will oversee adherence to the law and pursue legal action against violators. "Penalties related to crimes of inciting violence, promoting discrimination between citizens or impinging their honor shall be regulated by law," Head of Parliament's Media, Culture and Antiquities Committee Osama Heikal said. "This is fully in line with Article 71 of the constitution." Recommended Slideshows 76 The Most Powerful Military Forces … [Read more...] about Egypt Passes New Restrictions on Free Press, Social Media
Keith Matheny Detroit Free Press Published 11:22 p.m. UTC Oct 5, 2017 The Detroit Free Press spent nearly three months investigating the longstanding water quality problems at Lake St. Clair – compiling Michigan Department of Environmental Quality data on combined sewage overflows spilling to the lake and interviewing researchers, policy makers and citizen advocates for the lake. Among our findings: Nearly a trillion gallons of partially treated sewage mixed with storm water reached Lake St. Clair since 2000. Research showed there’s less being done on Lake St. Clair’s water quality now than was done a decade or two ago. Day 1 Welcome to Lake St. Clair, where water pollution and beach closures remain unresolved Lake St. Clair's chronic pollution problems have not only gone unresolved over decades; there isn't even consensus on what's causing them. Across the river, Canada's Chemical Valley adds to Lake St. Clair's environmental issues More than 700 chemical … [Read more...] about Saving Lake St. Clair: A Free Press special report
Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about Facebook Email Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Pinterest 10-5-1: A Free Press campaign to boost voter turnout this August Michigan's August primary is the only election that really matters in most races, but only one voter in five participates. That needs to change. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Join the Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Detroit Free Press Editorial Board Published 6:00 a.m. ET May 6, 2018 CLOSE Voting in the August primary election is critical explains Mike Thompson in this animated cartoon. Mike Thompson, Detroit Free Press CONNECT TWEET LINKEDIN COMMENT EMAIL MORE Everywhere you go, people are talking about this November's midterm election. But for the majority of … [Read more...] about 10-5-1: A Free Press campaign to boost voter turnout this August