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Tears, Cheers Follow CEO's Surprise Reveal

FloraCraft's 200 full-time employees in Michigan to receive an average $20K bonus

(Newser) - Working in craft and floral foam may not sound like the most glamorous of jobs, but employees Michigan's FloraCraft are pretty happy with theirs right now. The company announced almost $4 million in bonuses for some 200 full-time employees, who will each receive an average of $20,000 in... More »

Son, Parents Face Life in Prison in Dismemberment Case

Cops say concealing Ashley Young's death was a family affair

(Newser) - It's not only a Michigan man who could face life in prison after a woman's mutilated body was discovered in the apartment building he owns. Jared Chance's parents—including a father who worked as an Illinois police officer for 25 years, per WWMT —could face the... More »

2 Drown Trying to Save Dogs That Don't Need Saving

Take this as a warning

(Newser) - Authorities are warning people to think before they act after the second death in two days of people falling through ice to save their dogs. A man in his 20s died Monday after falling through an icy pond at an apartment complex in Indianapolis, where his dog had gone exploring,... More »

Her Kid Missed 5 Weeks of School. Mom Is Going to Jail

Michigan's Brittany Horton sentenced on a truancy charge

(Newser) - After a 6-year-old Michigan girl missed a bunch of school without the appropriate notes from home, the school tried to meet up with her mother to find out what was going on. After school officials say letters to Brittany Horton went unanswered and she didn't show up to meetings,... More »

University Has Interesting Idea for Defense Against Shooters

School hands out hockey pucks to students for self-defense

(Newser) - Michigan's Oakland University came up with an unlikely idea for self-defense against an active shooter: hockey pucks. While training faculty members back in March on what to do should a gunman come into their classroom, Police Chief Mark Gordon advised them to be ready to throw something at the... More »

GM Closing Plants, Cutting Jobs

Automaker plans big cuts 'ahead of changing market conditions'

(Newser) - It's a bleak day for workers at General Motors: The automaker said Monday it's cutting about 15% of its salaried workers in the US and Canada and closing five plants. The Wall Street Journal reports that the moves could translate into the loss of about 8,000 jobs.... More »

Teen Hackers Expose Flaw in Today's Education

Pair in Michigan might have been nurtured as tech whizzes; instead, a criminal investigation

(Newser) - Education Week has picked the two latest students to profile for its "Faces of the Future" series, but they're seemingly odd honorees on the surface: Jeremy Currier and Seth Stephens have been expelled from their high school and face possible criminal prosecution. So what gives? It turns... More »

Michigan Says Yes, ND Says No to Recreational Pot

Florida measure will restore voting rights to felons

(Newser) - Michigan is going to have the first legal recreational marijuana in the Midwest. The Detroit Free Press projects a comfortable victory for the ballot proposal to make the state the 10th to legalize recreational pot. A similar measure in North Dakota, however, appears destined for defeat, though Legalize ND campaigners... More »

Obama Has Been Fairly Quiet on Trump. Not on Friday

Former president blasts current one in Detroit, Milwaukee on Friday, never says Trump's name

(Newser) - Former President Barack Obama criticized President Trump's tenure in office Friday in fiery speeches in Milwaukee and Detroit that took aim at him and other Republicans for "making stuff up." The speeches, made during visits meant to urge people to vote for Democratic candidates in Michigan and... More »

She Won Trip Atop Bridge. The Best Part Wasn't the View

Cord Wilson, Emily Misner newly engaged in Michigan

(Newser) - The Michigan Department of Transportation has found a new niche: engagement photography. Photos shared by the department Wednesday show St. Ignace's Cord Wilson getting down on one knee to propose marriage to his girlfriend of four years in a rather scenic spot: the top of the 552-foot-tall Mackinac Bridge... More »

Yet Another Grim Discovery in 3rd Michigan Funeral Home

Remains of 2 fetuses found in Owosso

(Newser) - Decades-old fetal remains have been found at another Michigan funeral home—the third such grim discovery in the state in less than two weeks. An asbestos-removal crew on Monday discovered the remains of two fetuses at the former Mowen Funeral Home in Owosso, about 90 miles northwest of Detroit, reports... More »

Brothers Who Cleared 1.4K Trees Face $450K Fine

Michigan township says they needed permission; brothers say it's 'misguided overreach'

(Newser) - An attorney for two brothers calls it "misguided overreach," but a Michigan township says it's a necessary move to keep local trees in place. All that Gary and Matt Percy know is they're now facing a possible fine of more than $450,000 after they cleared... More »

DNA Cleared Him. Now He's Suing After 129 Days in Jail

Xavier Davis says he told cops after his arrest for sexual assault: 'You have the wrong person'

(Newser) - "For whatever reason, they decided Xavier Davis was the guy." That from the lawyer for 31-year-old Davis, arrested in January as the suspect in a sexual assault in Grand Rapids, Mich. The problem: DNA evidence and Uber and phone records showed Davis wasn't the guy, and charges... More »

Black Teen Seeks Directions, Gets Shotgun Blast

Jeffrey Zeigler, 53, says he was 'tired of being a victim'

(Newser) - A Michigan jury just found a man guilty of shooting at a teenager who knocked on his door asking for directions, ABC News reports. Jeffrey Zeigler, a 53-year-old former firefighter, has been convicted of assault with intent to do great bodily harm. It all began in April when Brennan Walker,... More »

Man Charged in Wife's 1975 Disappearance

Richard Pierce "had motive and opportunity," authorities say

(Newser) - Richard Gale Pierce said he arrived home on Sept. 8, 1975, to the trailer he shared with his wife in Sturgeon Bay, Wis., and found that she had left him. Eighty-two days passed before he reported Carol Jean Pierce, 35, missing, telling police that she had left before and returned... More »

She Found Out She Had Cancer. Then, a 'God Moment'

Nurse Iris Zink donated her kidney to longtime patient and friend Ginny Holcomb

(Newser) - Everyone hopes for a caring and compassionate nurse when they're ailing, but one Michigan woman's caretaker went "above and beyond the call of duty," per Becker's Hospital Review . For more than 15 years, nurse practitioner Iris Zink has treated Ginny Holcomb at Lansing Rheumatology, and... More »

Michigan City Creates No-Spanking Zones

Resolution comes with no penalty for desperate parents

(Newser) - Parents in a Detroit suburb are being told not to spank their children in public. With a 5-1 vote last month, Madison Heights' city council adopted "Hit Free Zones" in at least 10 public areas in an effort to stop violence of any kind, including children hitting other children.... More »

Rock Used as Doorstop Actually Worth $100K

Farmer says it landed in his backyard in the 1930s

(Newser) - A Michigan man curious about a rock he'd used for decades as a doorstop now knows its secret: it's a meteorite worth $100,000, the AP reports. In fact, the nearly 23-pound hunk of iron and nickel is the sixth largest meteorite found in Michigan, according to the... More »

Selfie-Taking Woman Plunges to Her Death in Lake Superior

Tu Thanh Nguyen was hiking alone when she apparently stopped to take a cliff pic

(Newser) - What should have been a day of hiking with awe-inspiring views turned tragic in Michigan Wednesday when a woman fell to her death into Lake Superior. WLUC reports 32-year-old Tu Thanh Nguyen, from Sunnyvale, Calif., was traversing the trails along the cliffs of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore by herself when... More »

Back-to-School Surprise for Detroit: Dry Water Fountains

Lead, copper prompt 106 Detroit schools to shut off water; kids will drink from water coolers

(Newser) - Some 50,000 Detroit public school students will start the school year Tuesday by drinking water from coolers, not fountains, after the discovery of elevated levels of lead or copper in the supply—the latest setback in a state already dealing with the consequences of contaminated tap water in Flint... More »

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