Hugh McDiarmid, longtime Free Press columnist, dies at 84

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DETROIT (AP) – Hugh McDiarmid, a political reporter and columnist for more than 20 years at the Detroit Free Press, has died. He was 84 years old.

McDiarmid covered politics in Michigan from 1975 until he retired in 2001. The Free Press says he died Saturday from complications of Alzheimer’s disease.

When McDiarmid retired, former Gov. William Milliken said he had made a “remarkable contribution to political thought in Michigan.”

Tim Jones, a competitor in Ohio and a colleague at the Free Press, says any journalist who competed against McDiarmid “worried about picking up the paper in the morning to see what he’d discovered.”

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