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Jam-packed day planned for Gordie Howe's birthday

Four months ago, the Howe children wrote a eulogy for their dad. Today, they are writing him birthday cards, and taking him fishing. There's also a second visit to a stem cell clinic in Mexico on the schedule. Gordie Howe, a legend in hockey and to the Detroit Red Wings in particular, turns 87 Tuesday. Plans are to treat him to barbecue and cake -- he loves sweets -- and outdoors activity. In the evening, if he is up to it, he will watch on TV as the Wings host the Ottawa Senators. "We're treating every day we get with him as a bonus," son Mark Howe told the Free Press Monday, "just because his condition around Dec. 1 was so dire that we didn't imagine he'd be around. You cherish every...

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