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Detroit Free Press

The Detroit Free Press is the largest daily newspaper in Detroit, Michigan, US. The Sunday edition is titled the Sunday Free Press, it is sometimes referred to as the Freep. It serves Wayne, Macomb, Livingston and Monroe counties; the Free Press is the largest city newspaper owned by Gannett, which publishes USA Today. The Free Press has received four Emmy Awards, its motto is "On Guard for 189 Years". In 2018, the Detroit Free Press received two Salute to Excellence awards from the National Association of Black Journalists; the newspaper was launched by John R. Williams and his uncle, Joseph Campau, was first published as the Democratic Free Press and Michigan Intelligencer on May 5, 1831, it was renamed to Detroit Daily Free Press in 1835. Williams printed the first issues on a Washington press he purchased from the discontinued Oakland Chronicle of Pontiac, it was hauled from Pontiac in a wagon over rough roads to a building at Bates and Woodbridge streets in Detroit. The hand-operated press could produce 250 pages per hour.

The first issues were 14 with five columns of type. Sheldon McKnight became the first publisher with John Pitts Sheldon as editor. In the 1850s, the paper was developed into a leading Democratic publication under the ownership of Wilbur F. Storey. Storey left for the Chicago Times in 1861. In the 1870s ownership passed to William E. Quinby, who continued its Democratic leanings and established a London, England edition. In 1940, the Knight Newspapers purchased the Free Press. During the following 47 years the Free Press competed with The Detroit News in the southeastern Michigan market; the Free Press was delivered and sold as a morning paper while the News was sold and delivered as an evening newspaper. In 1987, the paper entered into a one hundred-year joint operating agreement with its rival, combining business operations while maintaining separate editorial staffs; the combined company is called the Detroit Media Partnership. The two papers began to publish joint Saturday and Sunday editions, though the editorial content of each remained separate.

At the time, the Detroit Free Press was the tenth highest circulation paper in the United States, the combined Detroit News and Free Press was the country's fourth largest Sunday paper. On July 13, 1995, Newspaper Guild-represented employees of the Free Press and News and the pressmen and Teamsters working for the "Detroit Newspapers" distribution arm went on strike. By October, about 40% of the editorial staffers had crossed the picket line, many trickled back over the next months while others stayed out for the two and a half years of the strike; the strike was resolved in court three years and the unions remain active at the paper, representing a majority of the employees under their jurisdiction. In 1998, the Free Press vacated its former headquarters in downtown Detroit and moved to offices into the News building, they were in the same building on June 26 of that year. On August 3, 2005, Knight Ridder sold the Free Press to the Gannett Company, which had owned and operated The Detroit News.

Gannett, in turn sold The News, to MediaNews Group. The Free Press resumed publication of its own Sunday edition, May 7, 2006, without any content from The News. A quirk in the operating agreement, allows The News to continue printing its editorial page in the Sunday Free Press. On December 16, 2008, Detroit Media Partnership announced a plan to limit weekday home delivery for both dailies to Thursday and Friday only. On other weekdays the paper sold at newsstands would be smaller, about 32 pages, redesigned; this arrangement went into effect March 30, 2009. The Free Press entered a news partnership with CBS owned-and-operated station WWJ-TV channel 62 in March 2009 to produce a morning news show called First Forecast Mornings. Prior to the partnership, WWJ aired no local newscast at all. In February 2014, the DMP announced its offices along with those of the Free Press and The Detroit News would occupy six floors in both the old and new sections of the former Federal Reserve building at 160 West Fort Street.

The partnership expected to place signs on the exterior similar to those on the former offices. The move took place October 24–27, 2014. Gannett announced the pending sale of the newspaper to GateHouse Media conglomerate. Screen & Radio Weekly The Detroit Almanac: 300 Years of Life in the Motor City. Peter Gavrilovich and Bill McGraw, editors. ISBN 0-937247-34-0 Media in Detroit Official website Official mobile website Gannett subsidiary profile of the Detroit Free Press The Detroit Free Press Building Detroit Newspaper Partnership

The Backyard (2002 film)

The Backyard is a 2002 American backyard wrestling documentary directed and edited by Paul Hough and was scored by Seth Jordan. It features TNA professional wrestler, Rob Van Dam. Although it had a limited theatrical release in the United States in 2002, the film was released to Germany and Australia in 2004; this documentary reveals the violent, bizarre depths of the world of backyard wrestling to the mainstream. Director Paul Hough was working on a syndicated wrestling program when an audition tape led him to discover the widespread phenomenon online. Males of different ages who cannot afford pro wrestling school tuition or choose to make their activities a lifestyle, turn to compete in the unsanctioned battleground of their backyard, with the use of deadly elements and weapons, such as barbed wire, light tubes, fire and staple guns; the film showcases Hough's tour, as he tracks several underground wrestlers in Arizona, California, New York and England. Most members of the cast go by their wrestling alias.

The cast includes: Tom Flynn The Lizard Chaos Scar "Vince McMahon of Backyard Wrestling" Joshua James Heartless The Retarded Butcher Sic Phil Snyder Lincoln Steen Ryan Downes Chris King Marc Narburgh Mike Turbeville Adam Mikels Mike Damage Fooker Freer PeeWee Sammy Swift Best Picture at Silver Lake Film Festival Audience Award at Brooklyn International Film Festival Best Lounge Film at Sonoma Valley Film Festival Critic's Choice at Edinburgh International Film Festival Director's Choice Award at Texas Film Festival DVD of the Month by Maxim Magazine The film was released in select theaters in Germany and had a limited theatrical run in the United States. It was released on DVD and PSP later airing on television in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands; the Backyard holds a 74% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 14 reviews, equating to an average rating of 6.6 out of 10. Overall, it was met with positive reviews. Dave Kehr, a writer for The New York Times, called it an "astounding anthropological study of that strange tribe known as the American teenager", finished by claiming it is "strange" and "disturbing."

John Petrakis of The Chicago Tribune labelled it a "first-rate documentary." Charles Martin chipped in for Film Threat, viewing the film as "a fascinating emotional rollercoaster", that it "approaches the subject with genuine curiosity." Contributing his thoughts, Michael O'Sullivan of The Washington Post believes it's not for the squeamish, but that its "bone-crunching message is worth hearing." The Backyard at the Internet Movie Database The Backyard at Rotten Tomatoes The Backyard at OFFOFFOFF.com

Wilson Shieh

Wilson Shieh Ka Ho is a mid-career Hong Kong artist. His studio is in the Artistic Community in Fo Tan. Shieh went to prestigious King's College, he abandoned an architecture degree at the Chinese University of Hong Kong before graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts in 1994 and a Master of Fine Arts degree in 2001. He specializes in figure painting. Shieh paints in the traditional Chinese fine-brush technique gongbi, however his works concern themselves with contemporary themes identity and the body. In 1997, he was winner of the painting category in the Philippe Charriol Foundation Art Competition. Shieh emerged in the 1990s with solo shows Femme Fatales: Drawings by Shieh Ka Ho and Fleshly - Chinese Fine-brush Paintings by Wilson Shieh. More recent works include Chow Yun Fat Fitting Room in 2009, his work is part of public collections including those of the Heritage Museum and Museum of Art in Hong Kong, the National Gallery of the United States, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco and the Queensland Art Gallery.

He was Artist Associate of the Hong Kong Sinfonietta in 2015. In the 2010s, his work has become more subversive, making jabs at politicians like Stephen Lam Sui-lung and protesting Hong Kong's lack of autonomy