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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 »

$310K Raised for Guy Who Walks 21 Miles to Work

James Robertson gets a new Ford Taurus, too

(Newser) - The story of a Detroit man who walks 21 miles round-trip to work has just taken a turn for the better, the Detroit Free Press reports. Thanks to a banker, a college student, and a car dealer, 56-year-old James Robertson will be able to take a load off. It started... More »

$185K Raised for Man Who Walks 21 Miles to Work

Detroit Free Press story on James Robertson proves life-changing

(Newser) - The Detroit Free Press ran a front-page story this weekend about a man who walks 21 miles a day to and from work—and it's proving both the power of the press and the warmth of the human heart. The story caught the attention of a student at Wayne... More »

Detroit Man's Commute Is 21 Miles— on Foot

'Free Press' story spurs crowdfunding effort

(Newser) - At 8am, it's time for James Robertson, 56, to leave for work—for a job that starts at 2pm. That's because he makes much of the 23-mile journey on foot, resulting in a 21-mile round-trip walk every day, the Detroit Free Press reports. His car broke down about... More »

Long-Lost Army Buddies Learn They Are Neighbors

Basic training pals reunite nearly 50 years later in Detroit

(Newser) - A Detroit man who long pondered the fate of his old Army buddy found him in the oddest of places: living practically next door for the last 18 years. Dave Brown heard that his basic training buddy Roger Watson had been wounded in Vietnam, which was true—Watson lost a... More »

Detroit Teen Fatally Shot While Playing With Gun

Boy, 16, taken off life support after Christmas Day incident

(Newser) - A 16-year-old Detroit boy has died after being shot in the head Christmas Day while he and friends played with a gun. The Detroit News and WDIV-TV report that the teen was taken off life support yesterday at an area hospital and that a 19-year-old has been arrested. The 16-year-old... More »

US Border Guards Shoot Armed Canadian

Guy had confronted police at a McDonald's in Windsor

(Newser) - US border guards shot and wounded an armed Canadian today after the man allegedly walked onto the Ambassador Bridge and pointed a gun at them, the CBC reports. According to US Customs and Border Protection, the officers told him to drop his weapon when he appeared at around 3am on... More »

Blackout Hits Detroit

City officials say power is slowly returning to 900 sites

(Newser) - Officials say power is slowly returning to Detroit after a "major cable failure" killed the lights in several parts of the city, the AP reports. The outage struck over 900 sites city-wide, the Detroit Free Press reports, shutting down nearly all traffic lights and trapping many people in elevators... More »

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