Episode #44: “Define ‘Integrity’?”, from True’s 5 April 2009 issue.
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“I want to restore integrity to City Hall,” said Dave Bing, 65, when he launched his campaign for mayor of Detroit, Mich. Bing, a former pro basketball player who spent most of his career with the Detroit Pistons, often bragged that “I was one of those guys that graduated in four years,” and “I got an MBA from the General Motors Institute, after I got into business.” But Bing, who left Syracuse University in 1966 to play basketball, didn’t quite graduate; he finally completed his last requirement in 1995, and only then got his diploma. And the GM Institute, now known as Kettering University, said the degree they gave Bing in 2000 was an honorary doctorate in management. “Dave does not have an MBA. He knows that,” said campaign spokesman Cliff Russell. And the discrepancy over his “four year” college career is just a “misunderstanding,” he said. Bing is running in a special election to replace Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, who was jailed for perjury. (Detroit Free Press) …So, Bing is clearly qualified to lead Detroit.
Update: Bing was not only elected to finish Kilpatrick’s term, but was re-elected for a full term of his own. But his approval ratings were so terrible (partly because he led the city into bankruptcy), he wisely decided not to run again.
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