DETROIT (AP) — A court says a Detroit-area man must pay his former wife $50,000 under the terms of their Islamic marriage certificate.
The man argued that a Wayne County judge exceeded her authority by trying to resolve a religious issue in a divorce. But the Michigan appeals court says Judge Melissa Cox simply applied common law regarding contracts.
The court this week says Cox used “neutral principles.”
The $50,000 payment is called a “mahr” in the Islamic faith. The appeals court says it’s a gift of money or property made by a man in marriage. The decision sets a precedent for Michigan judges.
GERMFASK, Mich. (AP) – An animal rarely seen in Michigan has been released in the wild in the Upper Peninsula.
A Canada lynx was captured weeks ago in Sanilac County in the Lower Peninsula. After spending time at the Howell Nature Center and the Detroit Zoo, the female was released last week in a wooded area in Schoolcraft County.
John DePue, a biologist at the Department of Natural Resources, says the release “went perfectly.” The lynx is listed as a threatened species under federal law.
The cat is believed to be less than a year old. It was 18 pounds when found but added a pound while eating rabbits and quail at the zoo.
The DNR says the last verified sighting of a lynx was in 2010 on Sugar Island near Sault Ste. Marie.
(CBS New York/CBS Local) — When Dana Warrior, widow of the Ultimate Warrior, was first introduced to the world of WWE six years ago, she couldn’t have imagined the emotional roller coaster that was to come. No amount of planning could sufficiently prepare for a life that would be shattered in the blink of an eye.
Likewise, it would be equally impossible to predict the journey she would embark on as part of the healing process.
For years, even the most fleeting of ideas that her life would ever intersect with sports entertainment seemed far-fetched at best. Too much bad blood existed between her husband, wrestling legend The Ultimate Warrior, and WWE Chairman Vince McMahon for that to ever happen. The feud between the man who had become one of wrestling’s biggest and brightest (literally and figuratively) stars and the man who helped create him had stretched well past a decade. And relations between the two showed no signs of thawing.
But in wrestling there is an often uttered mantra: “Never say never.”
The year was 2013. News broke that Warrior and McMahon had shockingly mended fences, ending their longstanding bitter dispute. The iconic wrestler would return to WWE to become the unlikely face of the WWE 2K14 video game. The following year he would be inducted into the Hall of Fame and take his rightful place among wrestling’s pioneers. He would appear at WrestleMania XXX the night after his induction and go on to make an impassioned speech about his character the night after that in front of an audience of millions on RAW. The now infamous promo would turn out to be his final public appearance.
Less than 24 hours later, The Ultimate Warrior would be dead.
With Dana Warrior by his side, he suddenly collapsed while walking outside of a hotel in Scottsdale, Arizona and efforts to revive him would be unsuccessful. The 54-year-old had fallen victim to cardiovascular disease, according to officials.
Shutting out the world and sinking into a dark depression was not an option for Dana Warrior. She channeled her grief into making a difference in the world, driven to philanthropy by wanting to be a role model for the couple’s two young daughters who were now without a father.
“You’re going to be sad for a very long time but you’ll never be scared because I will take care of you,” she told them.
While acting as a pillar of strength for her children, her own spirits were being buoyed by her new family in WWE which had rallied around her with overwhelming support. Their bond had been forged in tragedy and has only strengthened over time.
In honor of her late husband, the company created the Warrior Award, which is bestowed annually at the Hall of Fame ceremony to those who exhibit the “unwavering strength and perseverance” that embody the spirit of the Ultimate Warrior character.
Since presenting the inaugural award in 2015, Dana Warrior has become a stalwart supporter of WWE’s massive philanthropic endeavors. She regularly serves as a brand ambassador at the company’s charitable events, including during the recent WrestleMania week, when she crisscrossed the New York tri-state area to lend her presence to many of the more than a dozen functions on the WWE calendar.
Her itinerary, which included a Special Olympics Unified Basketball Game, a Superstars for Hope event, the Warrior Award Presentation and the Be-A-Star Anti-Bullying Rally, was chaotic. But she’s all too happy to have her time stretched thin as she continues to serve as a role model for her daughters and express her gratitude to the fans who have lent their strength and support since her husband’s passing.
“I have such a grateful heart for being around people that are excited to meet us. It’s an honor truly. I never want to stop,” she said.
In addition to her duties as a brand ambassador, Dana Warrior is now taking on a new and somewhat surprising role as a member of WWE’s creative team. She is among the writers tasked with crafting the often larger-than-life storylines that play out on-screen each week. She is hesitant to disclose which characters and angles she’s had a hand in creating, but says fans have already seen some of her work.
Dana Warrior (Photo Credit: Bryan Steffy/Getty Images for WWE)
I had an opportunity to catch up with Dana Warrior at one of the bevy of functions surrounding the company’s biggest event of the year. She was cooling down after participating in a Zumba class led by former WWE SmackDown Women’s Champion Carmella. The event was being held to raise funds for the Susan G. Komen Foundation, one of the company’s largest initiatives.
You really seem to get such joy from these events. It’s clear that you exude it just watching you interact with the kids and having fun out there. How much personal satisfaction do you get out from this?
I can’t even tell you what I get. I don’t think about what it is that I’m receiving, except that I’m so grateful. I have such a grateful heart for being around people that are excited to meet us. It’s an honor truly. I never want to stop. I never don’t want to interact with the WWE Universe, because truly they’re the ones that sustain us. They’re the ones that cheer for the characters or boo for the characters. But I love this business. I love the people that support it, and I feel passionate and fortunate. Really, really fortunate to take part.
Did you envision getting so ingrained [with WWE] and taking on as much as you have?
What’s the saying? If you want to make God laugh, tell him [about] your plans.
I couldn’t have planned for this. I really couldn’t have. But one of the things that when my husband passed away, and it’ll be five years ago on April 8th, one of the things that I did, I never laid down, I never sat down, I never laid down. I wore a dress for a year, because you can’t lay down in a dress. And I thought to myself [that] I will show my daughters strength and I will never let them be afraid.
I will never let them wonder if they’re going to be okay. The first thing I said to them was, “You’re gonna be sad for a very long time, but you’ll never be scared, because I will take care of you.” And in that strength, I just kept moving forward, because there is no direction other than forward in life. And so I guess, to me, I want to be an example to my daughters and other women, that when things happen to you, you have a choice. And when you have a choice, always choose good. Because if you choose good, it will reward you, even though you’re not seeking rewards.
And now you’re moving forward and you have a new role with the company. Talk to me a little bit about what it is that you’re doing now?
Well, I was invited to be a part of the creative team. I was absolutely thunderstruck and excited, and it’s an honor. I’ve been a writer since the time I was small. That was what I identified as. Since third grade, when I won my first award at a book fair. I’ve always called myself a writer, and then I put my own addition on the shelf when I got married to raise my children.
I still wrote children’s books. I still taught them both to read by the time that they were four. Because I think literacy is such an incredibly important civil right, quite frankly. And I love literature. I love words. And it was a complete surprise to be invited to take part.But now that I am, I champion women’s voices and authentic women’s voices. And that opportunity given to me by our chairman is just an example of how he champions women in this industry too.
And talk about evolution. We have really grown, and it was an honor to be able to break a glass ceiling.
I know that you’re probably feel like you’re still getting settled into that role. Have we seen any of your ideas, your writing on screen yet?
You have, but it’s also so collaborative that I would never point out and take credit for things that are collaborative teamwork… Which is the greatest part of writing in that setting. And when people identify that’s mine, no it’s not. It’s an idea, and it’s fluid, and everybody adds a little something to it. One person can have this idea and by the end of it, it’s something completely different, but better. And that is what our chairman really does.
He’s the figurehead of making better ideas, searching for great solutions, and enlisting people to help him get there.
Are you loving it?
I adore it. But there’s nothing in life that I don’t wake up … no matter what happens and whatever I’ve faced. And I faced some pretty rough things that I’ve never, I wouldn’t speak of publicly, because [with] every challenge… if you choose to go forward and do the very best you can and keep slugging and never lay down — never give up — in a way you prepare yourself for success. And that’s only outcome I’m willing to have.
Chuck Carroll is former pro wrestling announcer and referee turned sports media personality. He once appeared on Monday Night RAW when he presented Robert Griffin III with a WWE title belt in the Redskins locker room.
A look at football players in the Big Ten this spring who are poised to have standout seasons this fall:
WRs Nick Westbrook and Donovan Hale, seniors. Westbrook, who missed 2017 with an ACL tear, showed glimpses of his pre-injury talent last season but not the gaudy numbers. Hale emerged as a legitimate go-to receiver. Together, the 6-foot-3 Westbrook and 6-4 Hale should give Indiana one of the Big Ten’s most physical receiving tandems.
RB Anthony McFarland, sophomore. He started five games as a freshman yet still managed to top the 1,000-yard mark. He raised eyebrows around the Big Ten after running for 298 yards against Ohio State. Now he’s poised to become one of the league’s dominant backs.
COLLEGE PARK, MD – OCTOBER 27: Anthony McFarland #5 of the Maryland Terrapins runs past Del’Shawn Phillips #3 of the Illinois Fighting Illini during the second half at Capital One Field on October 27, 2018 in College Park, Maryland. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)
CB Ambry Thomas, junior. His career highlight is returning a kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown against Notre Dame. Now he gets his opportunity at corner, where he was a four-star recruit and one of the nation’s top prospects in 2016. He’ll play opposite high school teammate Lavert Hill.
PISCATAWAY, NJ – NOVEMBER 10: Ambry Thomas #1 of the Michigan Wolverines catches an interception against Bo Melton #18 of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights during the fourth quarter at HighPoint.com Stadium on November 10, 2018 in Piscataway, New Jersey. Michigan won 42-7. (Photo by Corey Perrine/Getty Images)
S Xavier Henderson, sophomore. He’s the heir apparent to the starting strong safety job. Henderson was the Spartans’ only true freshman to play in all 13 games, mostly at nickelback on third downs. He’s looking to build on a season in which he made 15 tackles, recovered a fumble and excelled on special teams.
LINCOLN, NE – NOVEMBER 17: Safety Xavier Henderson #3 of the Michigan State Spartans tackles punt returner Stanley Morgan Jr. #8 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers after a fair catch call as a penalty flag is thrown in the second half at Memorial Stadium on November 17, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)
WR Garrett Wilson, freshman. The early enrollee impressed with his maturity and appears to have the makings of a star. Wilson created buzz in the spring game when he out-jumped a defensive back for a long touchdown catch. There are a number of receivers ahead of Wilson, but it might not take long for this five-star recruit to emerge.
S Lamont Wade, junior. The Nittany Lions need to find a replacement for Nick Scott, and Wade is among the top candidates after playing a reserve role his first two years. He showed up in Happy Valley as a four-star recruit at cornerback but was moved to safety before his sophomore year.
IOWA CITY, IOWA- SEPTEMBER 23: Cornerback Lamont Wade #38 of the Penn State Nittany Lions celebrate after defeating the Iowa Hawkeyes on September 23, 2017 at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa. (Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images)
RB Isaih Pacheco, sophomore. Playing in Raheem Blackshear’s shadow, Pacheco had 551 yards on 111 carries and scored three touchdowns. If Blackshear splits time in the slot and at running back, Pacheco will see increasing opportunities for an offense looking to improve its No. 106 ranking in rushing.
OL Verdis Brown, redshirt freshman. The 6-foot-4, 325-pounder is switching to the offensive line after spending his first season as a redshirt on the defensive line. The Chicago native was a four-star offensive line recruit, and he had offers from a bevy of major programs. His move to the O-line, where he’s projected to be a guard, is a boost for an area always lacking depth.
LB Dillon Doyle, redshirt freshman. The Iowa City native performed well enough this spring to challenge for a spot in the linebacker rotation. He appeared in four games last season, preserving his redshirt, and had two tackles while playing mostly on special teams.
IOWA CITY, IOWA- OCTOBER 20: Linebacker Dillon Doyle #43 of the Iowa Hawkeyes makes a stop during the first half against running back Ty Johnson #24 of the Maryland Terrapins on October 20, 2018 at Kinnick Stadium, in Iowa City, Iowa. (Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images)
LB Thomas Rush, sophomore. He played running back in high school, so it has taken him some time to get a feel for playing on the other side of the ball. He saw spot duty backing up MLB Thomas Barber last season, but there’s a starting spot open on the outside with the departures of Blake Cashman and Julian Huff.
WR Andre Hunt, redshirt freshman. The Huskers are looking for a complement to JD Spielman in the wake of Stanley Morgan Jr.’s departure, and Hunt could be the guy. He struggled with focus and was prone to drops last season. Offensive coordinator Troy Walters says Hunt was the most consistent pass-catcher this spring.
CB Cam Ruiz, sophomore. Ruiz was a solid backup to Montre Hartage last season and is ready to take a leadership role. He got a good amount of experience because of injuries in the secondary and made 26 tackles, broke up four passes, forced a fumble and recovered one.
DT Lorenzo Neal, senior. Yes, Markus Bailey led the Boilermakers in tackles last season. And, yes, Purdue will still have a wide-open offense. If the Boilermakers want to contend for a title, they can’t continue to give up 450 yards and 30 points a game. That means they need more out of the 315-pound Neal up front.
EVANSTON, IL – NOVEMBER 11: Lorenzo Neal #9 of the Purdue Boilermakers moves in to make a tackle attempt on Justin Jackson #21 of the Northwestern Wildcats at Ryan Field on November 11, 2017 in Evanston, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
LB Leo Chenal, freshman. The 2018 Wisconsin Gatorade Player of the Year has been a playmaker all spring, meriting his promotion to No. 2 inside linebacker. At 6-2, 239 pounds, he appears physically ready. In three open practices, he picked off two passes and returned one for a touchdown.
The week started with nine of the 14 Big Ten teams coming out of spring practices planning to continue quarterback auditions in August. The number was down to seven by Friday.
First-year coach Ryan Day of defending conference champion Ohio State insisted after the Buckeyes’ spring game last Saturday he hadn’t decided between Georgia transfer Justin Fields and redshirt freshman Matthew Baldwin, who spent much of last season rehabbing a knee injury. Baldwin announced he would transfer on Thursday, erasing any doubt that Fields, the biggest acquisition of the offseason, would be the starter.
PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: Ohio State Buckeyes offensive coordinator Ryan Day looks at notes during the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2019, in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
Penn State appears set to go with junior Sean Clifford after fifth-year senior Tommy Stevens entered the NCAA transfer portal. His father told the Centre Daily Times his son is “certainly leaving.”
Two incumbents in the East Division face challenges. Indiana’s Peyton Ramsey is competing against redshirt freshmen Michael Penix Jr. and Utah transfer Jack Tuttle. Rutgers’ Arthur Sitkowski will try to hold off challenges from freshman Cole Snyder and possibly Boston College transfer Johnny Langan, who is applying for a waiver to become eligible immediately.
ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN – NOVEMBER 17: Kwity Paye #19 of the Michigan Wolverines tries to sack Peyton Ramsey #12 of the Indiana Hoosiers at Michigan Stadium on November 17, 2018, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Michigan won the game 31-20. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
At Maryland, new coach Mike Locksley looked at Tyrrell Pigrome, Max Bortenschlager, and Tyler DeSue this spring before Virginia Tech graduate transfer Josh Jackson arrives this summer.
Defending West Division champion Northwestern must replace four-year starter Clayton Thorson, and former Clemson backup Hunter Johnson is expected to have the inside track against fifth-year senior TJ Green.
Wisconsin freshman Graham Mertz has come on strong and is in position to beat out Jack Coan. The junior started four games in place of an injured Alex Hornibrook, who left for Florida State as a graduate transfer.
COLUMBUS, OH – OCTOBER 13: Quarterback Zack Annexstad #5 of the Minnesota Golden Gophers passes to Tyler Johnson #6 of the Minnesota Golden Gophers across the middle in the second quarter against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium on October 13, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
Zack Annexstad and Tanner Morgan, who split the job as freshmen, will continue their competition at Minnesota; and MJ Rivers, Matt Robinson, and Coran Taylor are in a battle at Illinois with four-star freshman Isaiah Williams arriving in the fall.
SINDELAR SHUT DOWN
Purdue quarterback Elijah Sindelar, set to take over for David Blough, put a scare into the Boilermakers when he hyperextended his left knee. He was hurt when defensive lineman Grant Hermanns stepped on his left foot during a drill.
WEST LAFAYETTE, IN – AUGUST 30: Elijah Sindelar #2 of the Purdue Boilermakers throws a pass against the Northwestern Wildcats in the first quarter of a game at Ross-Ade Stadium on August 30, 2018, in West Lafayette, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Sindelar won the starting job in preseason camp last year but kept it only two games because of knee tendinitis and an injured oblique muscle. He didn’t take another snap the rest of the season. He said last week he would be ready for summer conditioning.
OHIO STATE O-LINE
The offensive line is Ohio State’s biggest concern entering fall. Only one starter returns — left tackle Thayer Munford — and he didn’t participate in spring practice because of injury. Five-star recruit Harry Miller and graduate transfer Jonah Jackson from Rutgers are among the offensive linemen who will join the team this summer.
“We’ve got the cavalry coming,” Day told reporters.
SPEED UP, SLOW DOWN
Michigan’s offense, often criticized for being stodgy, is being revamped. New offensive coordinator Josh Gattis is putting in the no-huddle, spread system featuring lots of run-pass options.
ANN ARBOR, MI – OCTOBER 13: Shea Patterson #2 of the Michigan Wolverines throws a first-half pass while playing the Wisconsin Badgers on October 13, 2018, at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Michigan won the game 38-13. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
“It’s night and day,” quarterback Shea Patterson said. “As far as the similarities, I think there are very few of them.”
At Indiana, new offensive coordinator Kalen DeBoer may slow things down. Whoever wins the QB job — Ramsey or one of his two challengers — will take snaps from under center at times instead of out of the shotgun.
Ramsey said he likes having the freedom to audible out of bad plays, something he had less ability to do the previous two seasons. Slowing down also should help the Hoosiers control the clock, which could help keep the defense fresher late in games.
KEEPING IT IN THE FAMILY
Nebraska’s defensive line has two sets of brothers in major roles. Twins Carlos and Khalil Davis are going into their third seasons and Darrion Daniels, a graduate transfer from Oklahoma State, joins Damion this year. Darrion Daniels started 10 games two years ago but was limited to four games last season because of a pinky injury that required surgery.
“It’s just a good feeling to see my brother with the same color of jersey again, being on the sideline with him, coaching him up, him coaching me up, giving each other tips, calming each other down when we get heated,” Darrion said. “It’s something special.”
The Big Ten has four new offensive coordinators and six new defensive coordinators.
Offense, with the previous job: Michigan, Gattis, co-offensive coordinator and receivers coach at Alabama; Michigan State, Brad Salem, Spartans’ quarterback’s coach; Maryland, Scottie Montgomery, East Carolina head coach; and Indiana, DeBoer, offensive coordinator at Fresno State.
Defense: Ohio State co-coordinators, Greg Mattison, Michigan defensive line coach, and Jeff Hafley, San Francisco 49ers defensive backs coach; Maryland, Jon Hoke, Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive backs coach; Indiana, Kane Wommack, Hoosiers’ linebackers coach; Rutgers, Andy Buh, Maryland defensive coordinator; and Minnesota, Joe Rossi, defensive line coach and interim coordinator.
(CBS Local)– Griffin Newman’s career is on the rise.
After dropping out of college and bouncing around the New York comedy scene for years, Newman is now one of the stars of “The Tick” on Amazon Prime and does Jared Kushner’s voice on Showtime’s “Our Cartoon President.” Newman has wanted parts in the past, but he really wanted to play Kushner because of how much his name is in the news and how little he’s actually spoken during his time working for President Trump.
“He speaks so rarely,” said Newman in an interview with CBS Local. “I mean, it’s this weird thing now… we’re going into our second season, so by the end of this season there will be 26 episodes I think. There’s more recording of me speaking as Jared Kushner on a cartoon show than this guy speaking to the press.”
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Season two of the show premieres Sunday, May 12 at 8pm EST/PST on Showtime. While Newman has had recent success in landing roles, he’s also learned how to be patient in waiting for an opportunity after missing out on things in the past.
“Even me getting ‘The Tick’ was a byproduct of me not getting a part for another movie,” said Newman. “They wanted a more famous person and the casting director was fighting really hard for me. I couldn’t get the part, but a year later she got the script for ‘The Tick.’ She immediately said I know who you should hire, Griffin Newman. They said, who is that. It was an uphill battle to convince everyone to sign off on me. It’s a big show and a large role and I had never played a co-lead before.”
In addition to “The Tick,” one of the biggest breaks of Newman’s career came when he played Kevin Costner’s intern in “Draft Day.” People in Newman’s life still talk about his role in the fictitious story about the Cleveland Browns front office because he is the polar opposite of the character he played in the film.
“My dad is obviously a big sports fan and he is still so immensely proud of me for being in that movie,” said Newman. “Him and all my friends who are sports fans find it incredibly funny because they know I don’t understand anything that movie is about. I don’t understand business or sports.”
Motown 60: A GRAMMY Celebration comes to CBS this Sunday night at 8:00 PM ET/PT. This musical special was produced by five-time Emmy Award nominee and features performances by several iconic Motown artists and some of today’s biggest contemporary stars.
CBS Local’s Matt Weiss spoke to Ehrlich ahead of the show’s broadcast premiere to discuss his love of Motown music, his relationship with Smokey Robinson and what he hopes viewers take away from this night; 60 years in the making.
MW- Good morning Ken!
KE- Good morning Matt!
MW- Now we’re here today to talk about Motown 60: A GRAMMY Celebration which airs on CBS this Sunday night and you produced the whole show. Now I was able to see the special already and it felt, to me, like you created a love note to Motown music. What’s your earliest memory of Motown and what does this music mean to you?
KE- Well, my earliest memories I was actually in college which gives you an idea as to how old I am [laughs]. I listened to it and it was music we would dance to. It probably goes back before college even though, I remember the first Motown style song I heard, and it wasn’t even from the Motown label it was Tamla, and I fell in love with that song. I had never heard a song like that before in my life. It was so different. I was listening to doo-wop, I was listening to Elvis, I was listening to Jerry Lee Lewis, but that just had a different sound unlike anything else. It was Smokey’s voice, it was different than anything else.
I just think this music is timeless and I think that every subsequent generation to mine has taken some of it. It keeps coming back, it never leaves. The contemporary acts that I work with all the time, when I go see them live they’ll perform a Motown song or sample a Motown song. It continues to be a tremendous influence in music.
MW- You were able to get a lot of those musical influencers for this special like Smokey Robinson, Steve Wonder, Diana Ross, the list goes on and on. What was it like working with these legendary performers?
KE- Stevie is an old friend as is Smokey and we’ve worked together a number of times. It was a dream because opposed to having them on a show where I ask them to do something other than what they normally do this was THE place to their greatest hits.
Diana I’ve worked with a few times, not that often, but she really comes through vividly in her performance that she was there to honor Barry and to show her love for him. I don’t want to neglect Thelma Houston and her part in the show mobilizing this women’s medley that we did; she was amazing. We live in a time now where a lot of those originals are gone but when you’re able to get John Legend to do a Marvin Gaye piece and when Ciara jams on Rick James – I felt really pleased with the way we covered it all.
MW- You had a number of more modern artists including John Legend and Ciara like you mentioned and you also had Jennifer Lopez, Alicia Keys, Ne-yo. What can you say about their efforts to pay tribute to the artists that came before them?
KE- I’m a little biased because I work with all of them and really like working with them. I was particularly taken with what Jennifer did and people will see when they see the show; she poured her heart into this. She took songs that she loved, songs that she had heard growing up and put a frame on them that includes music and dance and spectacle and even wove in a little Smokey and a little Alicia and a little Ne-yo. I was thrilled with what she did.
Ne-yo is also just great, he’s a great performer and he’s an individual. He’s very unique in terms of his style but he can also be a chameleon. I think he’s one of the great interpreters of classic R&B because he feels so close to it.
MW- His voice is so incredible it seems like he would fit in with almost any style of music.
KE- Yea, I agree completely.
MW- Audiences around the country will finally get to see this special Sunday night when it airs on CBS, what do you want viewers to take away from this?
KE- Because Motown has such a special place in music history, I would just hope that viewers reminisce. One of the great things about music, without trying to be too cliche about “the soundtrack of your life,” is that it brings back memories. It reminds you of where you were when you heard a song. These songs have had such an impact on our lives both musically and their general importance that I hope when people watch the show they get a sense of the last 60 years of American pop culture and society.
Obviously there are periods in the Motown catalog that touch on Civil Rights and we touch on that in the show. This music has had an overarching impact on society the last 60 years.
MW- There’s certainly something in this special for everyone between the originals performing their own hits and then for the younger audience there are today’s modern performers doing musical tributes; it really has something for everyone. I think you did a phenomenal job with the special and I’m looking forward to more people getting to watch it Sunday night.
KE- Me too, thank you so much!
Motown 60: A GRAMMY Celebration airs this Sunday night at 8:00 PM ET/PT, only on CBS. Check your local listings for more information.
TORONTO, ON – NOVEMBER 13: Steve Yzerman speaks with the media on the red carpet prior to the Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremony at Brookfield Place on November 13, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Hockey Hall of Famer Steve Yzerman will be named general manager of the Detroit Red Wings, two people familiar with the decision told The Associated Press on Friday. Ken Holland will become the team’s senior vice president after being its general manager for two-plus decades, according to the two people, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the team had not announced the move.
DETROIT – JUNE 06: Steve Yzerman vice president of the Detroit Red Wings reacts to fans during a parade to celebrate winning the 2008 Stanley Cup on June 6, 2008 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Yzerman was a captain for a league-record 20 seasons in Detroit, where he is adored and known as The Captain.
He stepped down as general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning last year just two days before training camp, triggering talk he would come back to run the Red Wings. Yzerman’s contract with the Lightning expired when they were eliminated in the first round of the NHL playoffs earlier this week by Columbus after tying a league record with 62 wins. He built Tampa Bay into a perennial contender in eight seasons as general manager, making three trips to the conference final and an advancing to the 2015 Stanley Cup Final where the Lightning lost to Chicago.
DETROIT – JANUARY 2: Steve Yzerman of the Detroit Red Wings gives an address to his teammates, family, friends and fans as his #19 is retired and raised to the rafters prior to the Anaheim Ducks taking on the Detroit Red Wings during their NHL game at Joe Louis Arena January 2, 2007 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Dave Sandford/Getty Images)
Yzerman, a three-time Stanley Cup winner, went into management immediately after retiring and Holland was his mentor in the front office. He began his post-playing career as vice president of hockey operations under Holland in Detroit and was part of the organization as a Stanley Cup winner in 2008 before leaving to lead the Lightning.
TORONTO, ON – JUNE 14: General manager Ken Holland of the Detroit Red Wings accepts the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy for Player who Displays Gentlemanly Conduct for Pavel Datsyuk (not pictured) onstage during the 2007 NHL Awards Show at the Elgin Theatre on June 14, 2007 in Toronto, Ontario. (Photo by Dave Sandford/Getty Images)
Yzerman spent his entire playing career trying with the Red Wings, and his No. 19 jersey is retired along with some of the game’s greats such as Gordie Howe. He is regarded as one of the best leaders in NHL history.
DENVER, CO – FEBRUARY 26: Steve Yzerman #19 of the Detroit Red Wings celebrates a goal against goalie Patrick Roy #33 of the Colorado Avalanche to tie the score 1-1 in the first period during the 2016 Coors Light Stadium Series Alumni Game at Coors Field on February 26, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
His 22-season career ended with his retirement in 2006 after leading the Red Wings to titles in 1997, 1998 and 2002. His career ended with 1,755 regular-season points, a total that led all active players when he retired and trailed just five in NHL history.
TORONTO, ON – NOVEMBER 08: Steve Yzerman shows off his Hall of Fame blazer at the Hockey Hall of Fame Legends Game at the Air Canada Centre on November 8, 2009 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Yzerman is taking over a team that has missed the playoffs three straight years in its worst stretch since the early 1980s when the team was known locally as the “Dead Wings” and needed to give away a car at each home game to get people to attend games.
10 Jun 1997: Center Steve Yzerman of the Detroit Red Wings holds the Stanley Cup during the Stanley Cup Victory Parade in Detroit, Michigan. Mandatory Credit: Robert Laberge /Allsport
Detroit drafted Yzerman No. 4 overall in 1983 and he helped turn around the franchise.
As the general manager, he’ll have a chance to do it again.