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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 »

'HOPE' Poster Artist Arrested in LA for Detroit Graffiti

He went straight to jail after flying in from Europe

(Newser) - Detroit is apparently a lot tougher on graffiti than Shepard Fairey bargained for: The street artist was arrested at LAX this week on his return from Europe and spent the night in jail after authorities discovered he was wanted in Detroit for posting unauthorized stickers , reports the Detroit News . Fairey,... More »

Felony Charges Dropped After Traffic Stop Goes Viral

Student who waited to pull over in well-lit area was accused of fleeing

(Newser) - Some national attention may have helped the case of a Detroit motorist who faced felony charges over an apparent misunderstanding during a traffic stop. Charges of fleeing an officer were dropped today against 24-year-old DaJuawn Wallace after his predicament began gaining widespread coverage, reports the Detroit Free Press . Back in... More »

Detroit Wants to Arrest 'HOPE' Poster Artist

184-foot mural wasn't his only work in the city

(Newser) - Street artist Shepard Fairey was recently commissioned to paint an enormous mural on the side of a downtown Detroit building, and cops in the city want to talk to him about a few side projects. Police say Fairey posted unauthorized stickers in at least 14 locations when he was in... More »

One Dead, 16 Injured in Detroit, Philly Block- Party Shootings

Among the injured in Philadelphia: a toddler, an 11-year-old, and a young teen

(Newser) - A Detroit block party last night ended in mayhem when a gunman fired into the crowd, killing a 20-year-old man and injuring nine others, the AP reports. One man is said to be critically wounded, while eight others ranging in age from 21 to 46 were "seriously injured,"... More »

Incomplete Detroit Jail Costs Taxpayers $1.2M a Month

And the Wayne County Jail may never even be finished

(Newser) - A jailhouse that costs taxpayers $1.2 million a month is a hard-enough sell. But the city of Detroit is in an even stickier predicament: It has to justify that cost for an unfinished prison that was abandoned two years ago and will probably never be completed, Fox News reports.... More »

Within GM Plant, an Old Jewish Cemetery

Detroit's Beth Olem is open to visitors about twice a year

(Newser) - Beth Olem Cemetery, around since the 1860s, is like many aging, final resting places, with assorted tombstones in varying condition, sizes, and styles, encircled by a brick wall and iron gate. Yet surrounding it is an unusual neighbor: General Motors' Detroit Hamtramck Plant. Visitors who drive about a mile around... More »

Detroit Goes After Wrong Church for $170K Electric Bill

City turned off water at Bishop Daryl Harris' house, too

(Newser) - Detroit has had ongoing money issues , but the city may have been overzealous in trying to fill its coffers. Officials issued a mea culpa to Bishop Daryl Harris and his Total Life Christian Ministries church after slapping it with a lawsuit for a $170,000 electric bill, the Detroit ... More »

Bodies of 2 Kids Found in Detroit Family's Freezer

Mother is in custody as police try to figure out what happened

(Newser) - Detroit police have arrested the mother of a boy and girl whose bodies were found in a freezer in the family's home. Court officers found the children's bodies in a freezer today while carrying out an eviction order for the home in the apartment complex. The boy was... More »

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