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SCHERZER GOLD IN TIGERS WIN

HE RACKS UP STRIKEOUTS IN TRIUMPHANT RETURN FROM TOLEDO SPORTS, 1B

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MUSIC FEST

Movement crowd revs up as the techno beats pound LIFE, 10A

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On guard for 179 years

SOLEMN TRIBUTES FOR MEMORIAL DAY

THE BREAK ROOM

What kid and Kilpatrick have in common

It’s hard to say ‘I’msorry!’

JEFF SEIDEL, 2A

TRAGIC WEEKEND

6 are killed in water accidents across Michigan METRO, 3A

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Throw the right party for your higher-ed grad

Bill would let Michigan doctors express regrets without fear of lawsuits

LIFE, 10A

By PATRICIA ANSTETT

FREE PRESS MEDICAL WRITER

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FAMILIES SACRIFICE, TOO: David Kube, 47, of Fraser visits his son’s grave at Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly

Township, where veterans’ unclaimed remains will be interred today after a ceremony in Dearborn. Christopher Kube was killed in 2007 in Iraq. “He was only 18,” said his dad, one of about 1,000 at the cemetery Sunday. STORY, 3A.

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Forgotten vets get honor they deserve By ERIC D. LAWRENCE

FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER

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Thirty-three years after his death, World War II Army veteran Peter Latka will finally get his military funeral. Latka’s cremated remains, or cremains, have been in storage since 1977 at Querfeld Funeral Home in Dearborn. Today, the cremains of the Dearborn resident and 13 other veterans with Michigan ties will be honored with a military caisson parade and ceremony in Dearborn, then taken to the Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly Township to be placed in the columbarium wall. The cremains are believed to

be among thousands nationwide left unclaimed at funeral homes or state institutions, according to the Missing in America Project. The project has recovered the cremains of nearly 700 veterans nationwide since 2007. It works with veterans groups to have the cremains interred. Some cremains date from the 1800s. “These guys, they paid their dues, and they deserve a lot better than to be sitting on some shelf somewhere. They paid the price. They deserve to be honored and respected,” said Larry Root of the project’s Michigan chapter. ❚ NEW LAW HELPS MOVE VETERANS TO FINAL RESTING PLACE. 4A

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The ashes of thousands of vets sit unclaimed. Some are from the 1800s.

Should doctors apologize to their patients if they or their hospitals screw up? “I’m sorry” legislation pending in Lansing would let physicians express regrets without fear that the words would be used against them in court. Michigan is one of only 15 states without extra legal protection for doctors who want to apologize to a patient or family. The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Jim Marleau, RLake Orion, expects the proposal, which has been introduced before, has a better chance of passage this time because it coincides with a focus in federal health reforms to rein in health costs. He points to a physician apology policy at the University of Michigan, which has resulted in 40% fewer lawsuits and cut legal costs in half since the approach began in 2004. Michigan physicians currently are warned to “tread very softly” with apologies, said Dr. Daniel Michael, president of the Michigan State Medical Society and a Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, neurosurgeon. Dr. Abelkader Hawasli, a St. John Hospital & Medical Center surgeon, said he believes doctors should apologize to patients, and he has over the years, he said. “No physician wants to harm anyone. Doctors aren’t Gods. We’re just human beings.” ❚ APOLOGIES AND LEGAL COSTS. 4A ERIC MILLIKIN/Detroit Free Press

Contact us Delivery questions: 800-395-3300 News tip hotline: 313-222-6600 Classified: 586-977-7500; 800-926-8237 Vol. 180, Number 27 © 2010 Detroit Free Press Inc. Printed in the U.S.

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It’s shaping up to be summer of oil and anger By TED ANTHONY and MARY FOSTER ASSOCIATED PRESS

BOOTHVILLE, La. — There is still a hole in the Earth, crude oil is still spewing from it, and there is still no end in sight. After trying and trying again, one of the world’s largest corporations, backed

and pushed by the world’s most powerful government, can’t stop the runaway gusher. As desperation grows and ecological misery spreads, the operative word on the ground now is, incredibly, August — the earliest that a real resolution could be at hand. And even

then, there’s no guarantee of success. For the U.S. and the people of its beleaguered gulf coast, a dispiriting summer of oil and anger lies dead ahead. Oh ... and the Atlantic hurricane season begins Tuesday. The latest attempt — using a remote robotic arm to stuff

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“We failed to wrestle this beast to the ground,” BP Managing Director Bob Dudley said Sunday. Trouble is, the longer it lasts, the more beasts emerge ready to wrestle. ❚ HURRICANES COULD MAKE BIG PROBLEM EVEN WORSE. 6A

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golf balls and debris into the gash — didn’t work. On Sunday, as churches echoed with prayers for a solution, oil giant BP said it would focus on containment rather than plugging the leak, effectively redirecting the mess it made rather than stopping it.

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