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3 Men Sought in Beating of Lesbian Newlywed in Mich.

Attackers could face hate crime charges

(Newser) - A 28-year-old Michigan woman was among those who married her partner during the one day that gay marriage was legal in the state, and she'd been featured on the news because of it. Then, Monday night, as she got off a bus in Ypsilanti Township and walked through a... More »

Michigan Wiping 'R-Word' From Its Laws

Bills will remove 'retarded' and related words from the books

(Newser) - A few choice words are likely to be excised from Michigan law today, as Lt. Gov. Brian Calley is set to sign what is known as the "R-Word" package of bills into state law. The package—which contains eight House bills and seven Senate bills passed unanimously last Thursday,... More »

Court Halts Gay Marriages in Michigan

Appeals court wants more time to look over the case

(Newser) - A federal appeals court issued an order today preventing more same-sex couples from getting married in Michigan for at least several more days. The 6th US Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati said it issued the stay because it needed more time to consider the state's appeal of a... More »

Michigan Sees First Gay Weddings

Couples get hitched day after judge's ruling

(Newser) - Gay couples in Michigan wasted little time taking advantage of yesterday's court ruling that cleared the way for same-sex marriages in the state. The honors for Michigan's first went to Glenna DeJong, 53, and Marsha Caspar, 52, a Lansing couple who were wed just after 8am by the... More »

Judge Scraps Michigan's Ban on Gay Marriage

Lesbian partners win right to wed, adopt each others' kids

(Newser) - A big court ruling this afternoon sets up Michigan to become the 18th state to allow gay marriage. A federal court judge struck down the state's 2004 ban on same-sex marriage as unconstitutional, reports the Detroit Free Press . The judge sided with lesbian plaintiffs April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse,... More »

Mummified Detroit Woman Somehow Voted in 2010

Pia Farrenkopf case investigated as homicide

(Newser) - It's unclear how she managed it, but a woman who is thought to have died in 2008 apparently voted in the 2010 midterm elections. That woman: Pia Farrenkopf, believed to be the identity of the person found mummified in a garage in Pontiac, Mich. Voting records show Farrenkopf voted... More »

Being Annoying Is Now Legal in Grand Rapids

City dumps old law against jerks

(Newser) - A new vacation spot for America's most irritating people? After a 38-year ban, it's now OK to be annoying in Grand Rapids, Mich. On the advice of the city attorney, the city has decided to ax an old statute that says "no person shall willfully annoy another... More »

Woman Captured After Escaping Prison—in 1977

Judy Lynn Hayman caught, 36 years later

(Newser) - Judy Lynn Hayman has finally been caught ... more than 36 years after she escaped from a Michigan prison. Hayman, who was then 23 and serving a 16- to 24-month sentence for attempted larceny, fled the Huron Valley Correctional Facility on April 14, 1977. She had served 10 months of her... More »

Quadruple Killer's Jailbreak Tools: His Hands

He donned kitchen uniform, peeled apart 2 fences

(Newser) - Quadruple murderer Michael Elliot is back behind bars, but prison guards won't be able to confiscate the tools he used for his brazen jailbreak : His bare hands. The 40-year-old inmate, who had a record of good behavior during his 20 years in a Michigan prison, wasn't a kitchen... More »

2 Michigan Shootings Leave One Student Dead, 2 Hurt

Killing doesn't appear 'random': police

(Newser) - One of two students shot in their apartment near the Michigan State University campus died this morning at an area hospital of multiple gunshot wounds, police said. The dead student was identified as 20-year-old Dominique Nolff, of Middleville in western Michigan. He was pronounced dead at 9:23 am, about... More »

Found on Michigan Highway: 5 Bags of Body Parts

Investigators have labeled case a homicide

(Newser) - Michigan police are investigating a gruesome discovery made on a highway just outside of Detroit yesterday: five bags containing human body parts. Police were reportedly called to the scene when a passerby contacted them after looking inside the garbage bags and finding human remains inside, including a head and a... More »

Michigan: We're Protecting Kids From 'WAR SUX' Plate

State defends rejection of personalized license plate

(Newser) - Michigan rejected a Washtenaw County man's request for a personalized license plate reading "WAR SUX," and the state says it's all about protecting the children. David DeVarti, with the help of the ACLU, sued over the rejection, accusing officials of violating the First Amendment, but lawyers... More »

Tens of Thousands Still Without Power in US, Canada

That includes 156K in Michigan

(Newser) - The ice that snapped utility poles and knocked out power to more than half a million people in the US and Canada was stubbornly hanging on today:
  • In Michigan, about 156,000 people were still without power this afternoon, down from more than 500,000 at the storm's peak.
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Worker Helps Extinguish Fire ... and Gets Fired

Abandoned greeting job to extinguish van's flames

(Newser) - A Michigan man lost his job at retailer Meijer last month, and he tells it's because he helped fight a fire. David Bowers says he put safety above company rules when he dropped his greeting duties and hurried to a reported van fire in the parking lot.... More »

Lawmaker Reveals Own Rape in Abortion Testimony

Michigan's Gretchen Whitmer criticizes measure restricting insurance coverage

(Newser) - Michigan lawmakers yesterday put tough new restrictions on health insurers in regard to abortion, reports the Detroit Free Press . The upshot is that women who want their polices to cover abortion, even in instances of rape, will have to buy a separate insurance rider. The measure passed easily, but not... More »

Arrest in Grisly '96 Killing, as Another Guy Does Time for It

Jason Ryan arrested in 1996 murder of Geraldine Montgomery

(Newser) - Police just yesterday arrested a man in a 17-year-old rape and murder case. Just one wrinkle: Another man is already serving life in prison for the crime. The horrific murder of Geraldine Montgomery shocked the small town of Kalkaska, Mich., in 1996, NBC News reports. The 68-year-old widow was beaten... More »

Woman Sues Catholic Bishops Over Hospital Miscarriage

Catholic hospitals' abortion rule puts women at risk: lawsuit

(Newser) - A Michigan woman is suing US Catholic bishops after having a painful miscarriage at a Catholic hospital that did not offer her an abortion, the Detroit Free Press reports. In her lawsuit, Tamesha Means says she went to Mercy Health Partners in Muskegon in 2010 when her water broke after... More »

Guy Buys House Next to Ex, Flips Her 12-Foot Finger

In Michigan, revenge is a dish best served with gestures

(Newser) - Hell hath no fury like, well, like a guy with the means to buy the house next door to his ex-wife and the lover with whom she allegedly cheated, and it probably also doesn't have Alan Markovitz's vindictive creativity, either: Seems the Detroit-area man then had a 12-foot... More »

8th-Graders Devise Secret, Inspiring Touchdown Play

Olivet Middle School's football team wanted to make Keith Orr's day

(Newser) - Talk about a touching touchdown: Sheridan Hedrick was about to hit the end zone at a Olivet Middle School football game in Michigan on Oct. 5 when he stopped at the one-yard line. Unbeknownst to anyone, the 8th-grade team was about to perform the "Keith Special"—a play... More »

Man Tries to Scuba Dive Drugs From Canada to US

Canadian arrested after river swim

(Newser) - Guards on the Michigan side of the US-Canada border made a bizarre late-night bust: A Canadian smuggler in full scuba gear bringing eight pounds of marijuana across the border. The frogman was busted after a tipster called police to report somebody swimming across the St. Clair River, reports the Sarnia ... More »

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