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Dad Films Moment Dying Teen Realizes He Survived

'I'm so happy,' says a crying Trevor Sullivan

(Newser) - "I'm so happy. I've been waiting so long. I can breathe again, and talk. I feel amazing. I've never felt so good." Those are the words uttered by a crying Trevor Sullivan as the 15-year-old was awakening from anesthesia following a successful heart transplant. A... More »

Detroit Panhandler Accepts Credit Cards

'Being homeless is my business now'

(Newser) - It's been a mild winter in Detroit, which means less snow for Abe Hagenston to shovel, and he could certainly use the income, CBS Detroit reports. Instead, Hagenston—who's been homeless for a decade—used his free time to set up a website and buy a credit-card reader,... More »

Man Stirs Chili, Ends Up in Hospital

The early morning attack occurred in Detroit

(Newser) - If "never stir another man's chili" isn't already a saying, maybe it should be. Adhering to it would have spared a 30-year-old Detroit man a trip to the hospital with stab wounds. About 5am Friday, the Detroit News reports, a 26-year-old man allegedly bit and stabbed the... More »

Man Fights Bedbugs With Fire, It Ends Poorly

Detroit guy recovering from burns

(Newser) - Maybe the old slumber send-off of "sleep tight, don't let the bedbugs bite" is due for an addendum … namely "and don't set yourself and your apartment building on fire ." Case in point: A Detroit man was recovering from burns Friday after dousing himself and... More »

Cops: Teen Bank Robber Was Trapped in Doors

Detroit teen was imprisoned within moments of receiving cash

(Newser) - A teenage would-be bank robber in Detroit found himself imprisoned—and presumably regretting one or two life choices—within seconds of being handed money at a bank on Monday, police say. A police spokesman tells the Detroit Free Press that the 15-year-old gave a teller a note claiming he had... More »

Retired Reporter Aims to Fix 'Miscarriage of Justice'

Bill Proctor devotes himself to 19-year-old murder case

(Newser) - When Bill Proctor retired two years ago, he set out on a mission of "attempted vindication." A former Detroit broadcast journalist with 30 years' experience, Proctor believes the wrong man was imprisoned for the 1996 murder of a Christina Brown, a 12-year-old drug dealer bludgeoned to death with... More »

Seattle Is Becoming What Detroit Once Was

'We are living in the world of Jeff Bezos,' writes geographer

(Newser) - Detroit ruled a big chunk of America's first machine age, thanks to Henry Ford. Which city will be the "next Detroit" in our modern age? Geographer Jim Russell spent a month assessing that question, and he makes the case in Pacific Standard that the answer in Seattle. That'... More »

Woman Who Shot at Thieves Loses Concealed Weapon

'I will never help anybody again'

(Newser) - A woman who shot at two shoplifters outside a Detroit Home Depot back in October was sentenced to 18 months of probation and had her concealed gun permit taken away on Wednesday, the Chicago Tribune reports. "I don't believe any malice was involved in what you were doing,... More »

91-Year-Old Shot, Set on Fire in Detroit

Suspect turned himself in on Tuesday

(Newser) - A man has surrendered to police and been charged after a "heinous" murder in Detroit, though police aren't giving up details on the suspect's identity or motive, reports the Detroit Free Press . Authorities say 91-year-old Paul Monchnik was beaten, shot in the head, doused in gasoline, and... More »

Cruel Trick on Homeless Man Gets McDonald's Worker Fired

Detroit employee offered man a sandwich, then threw water on him in viral video

(Newser) - Viral videos can entertain, surprise, and, in this case, get a McDonald's worker fired. A disturbing NSFW clip recorded by a customer at a Detroit Mickey D's shows an employee working the drive-thru window, luring a homeless man he calls Willie over by holding up a sandwich and... More »

7 Most Affordable Cities to Buy a Home

Cleveland tops the list

(Newser) - Looking for an affordable place to live? Well, this probably won't come as a surprise to you, but don't move to California. Coldwell Banker put together its annual Home Listing Report , which looks at the average listing price of more than 81,000 Coldwell Banker listings of four-bed,... More »

How an Epic Twitter Tale Mixed Scary Truth With Fiction

The 'Washington Post' takes a deep look at Zola the stripper's incredible story

(Newser) - Since a 19-year-old Detroit stripper named Aziah King (aka Zola) tweeted out a story of epic proportions on Oct. 27, she captivated millions of online readers, including studios, producers, and even Missy Elliott, who wrote : "That Zola story wild. Ended up reading the whole thing like I was watching... More »

Parents' Nightmare: Brothers Killed 3 Months Apart

One died in a car crash in July; the other was just killed by a hit-and-run driver

(Newser) - The Tsatsos family has been grieving since July, when 19-year-old son Darryl was killed in a three-car crash in a suburb of Detroit. Now their nightmare has doubled: Darryl's 18-year-old brother, Ryan, was killed by a hit-and-run driver over the weekend near the college where he was a freshman,... More »

Water in Flint, Michigan, Looks 'Like Urine,' and Worse

After nearly a year of complaints, state may be taking action

(Newser) - A public health emergency was declared in Flint, Michigan, yesterday over the state of the city's drinking water—and a story in the Detroit News illustrates just how bad the situation is. Ashley Holt, 25, tells the paper that the water coming out of her faucet looks "like... More »

Major Detroit Drug Dealer Getting New Sentence, 3 Decades Later

He was once described by a judge as "worse than a mass murderer"

(Newser) - A major Detroit-area drug trafficker known as "White Boy Rick" who has spent nearly 30 years in prison could soon be released after a judge ordered a resentencing today. Richard Wershe Jr., 46, deserves a new sentence because he was sentenced at the age of 18 under old law... More »

Judge Rules on Woman Who Stuffed Baby in Bag

Kimberly Pappas claimed she miscarried baby at work

(Newser) - A woman accused of suffocating her newborn baby in a plastic bag at work is facing charges of child abuse and murder. A judge made the ruling today after hearing testimony in a Detroit suburb, the Detroit News reports. Kimberly Pappas, 26, allegedly gave birth in her office bathroom on... More »

Teen Detained for Nearly 40 Days in Snowball Incident

Dominique Rondeau, 18, was held for tossing an icy one

(Newser) - A teenager who spent nearly 40 days in custody before a judge cleared him of throwing a dangerous snowball is suing the Detroit school district, saying his rights were violated by a malicious prosecution. Dominique Rondeau, now 18, was accused of throwing an icy snowball that shattered the windshield of... More »

Satanic Statue Gets New Home in Detroit

It wasn't welcome outside Okla. Capitol

(Newser) - A good day for the devil's disciples? The statue that Satanists wanted to erect outside Oklahoma's Capitol building has found a more welcoming, but apparently temporary, home in Detroit. The 9-foot, 2,000-pound statue of winged, goat-headed idol Baphomet was unveiled just before midnight on Saturday at a... More »

Detroit Mom Who Put Dead Kids in Freezer Is Sentenced

Mitchelle Blair will serve life in prison without parole

(Newser) - A Detroit woman with no remorse for killing two of her four children and stuffing the bodies in a home freezer was sentenced today to life in prison without parole. Mitchelle Blair was charged, convicted, and sentenced in less than four months; an eviction crew discovered the children's bodies... More »

Kid Rock to Confederate Flag Protesters: 'Kiss My Ass'

Rocker takes stand over his use of controversial flag

(Newser) - With South Carolina taking down the confederate flag and NASCAR banning it , Kid Rock chose to defend his own use of the Old South emblem: In his words, protesters can "kiss my ass." The rocker was reacting to people who opposed his display at the Detroit Historical Museum,... More »

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