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Cop Detains Black Man for Walking With Hands in Pockets

Enough for 'reasonable suspicion' on a cold Michigan day?

(Newser) - Brandon McKean could scarcely believe the reason a Pontiac, Mich., police officer gave for detaining and questioning him on Thanksgiving afternoon: walking with his hands in his pockets on a freezing day. "There's 10,000 people in Pontiac right now with their hands in their pockets," the... More »

Aging Mom Admits, 'I Killed That Baby'

Janice Summerfield, 77, says she smothered her infant boy in 1961

(Newser) - A 77-year-old Michigan mom has confessed to killing her baby boy 53 years ago, prompting a murder investigation and raising eyebrows about other deaths in the family, the Battle Creek Enquirer reports. Janice Summerfield, 77, apparently confessed to her daughter and a police detective before telling a reporter that she... More »

In the Future, Blowing on Cash Could Reveal If It's Counterfeit

Scientists look to beetle-based technology

(Newser) - Scientists are working on an easier way to detect counterfeit money—and they have beetles to thank for it. The system, which would allow people to reveal counterfeit cash by breathing on it, is based on the ability of a longhorn beetle species to change color based on local humidity,... More »

Man Told He Can't Vote ... Because He's Dead

Michigan's Dale Hopfinger, 48, is actually very much alive

(Newser) - You'll often run into annoying little delays at the polls on election night: long lines, broken levers, software issues, being told you can't vote because you're dead. That last hindrance threatened to stop Dale Hopfinger from handing in his ballot on Nov. 4 in Lee Township, Mich.... More »

Court Blocks Gay Marriage in 4 States

Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee can't have same-sex weddings

(Newser) - It's a rarity for advocates of gay marriage: defeat. A federal appeals court today upheld bans on same-sex marriage in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee, reports the Columbus Dispatch . The ruling by the 6th US Circuit Court of Appeals goes against decisions to allow gay marriage in four other... More »

Couple Ties the Knot After Losing Almost 400 Pounds

Crysta Danaher and Bill Anderson take the leap from lap bands to wedding bands

(Newser) - Bill Anderson, 44, had bariatric surgery in May 2008 at Michigan's Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital to help him gain control of his weight. He eventually got down to about 250 pounds from 459 and has since run two full marathons and more than a dozen half-marathons, the Detroit Free ... More »

Teen Is Backed by Parents She Allegedly Plotted to Kill

'Strong bond' remains, Michigan couple say

(Newser) - Roksana Sikorski stabbed her younger brother in the throat and plotted to kill her parents, prosecutors say—but her parents say they're standing by the 15-year-old and want to make sure she gets the help she needs. The Plymouth Township, Mich., teen has been charged as an adult in... More »

Drunk Driver Thought This Jail Was a Bar

Cops are now holding her in that very jail

(Newser) - A woman in Van Buren County, Mich., didn't have far to go after she was arrested for drunk driving. The 39-year-old is being held in the very jail whose parking lot she pulled into early yesterday, Michigan Live reports; she told police she thought the lot belonged to a... More »

Toddler With Enterovirus Dies in Father's Arms

Madeline Reid had been in an induced coma

(Newser) - A Michigan toddler died Friday of enterovirus-68, the virus that has swept across 45 states and forced hundreds of children to be hospitalized, the Detroit Free Press reports. Madeline Reid was 21 months old when she died in her father's arms. "We are just so incomplete at this... More »

Pol: GOP Mailer Had Folks Call My Mom at Nursing Home

Michigan Democrat John Fisher calls GOP campaign piece 'appalling'

(Newser) - John Fisher has no beef with voters calling him on his personal phone, but please don't call his 91-year-old mother. The Michigan Democrat, who's running for a state House seat, is fired up after a GOP campaign mailer was sent out this week telling people in the city... More »

Teen Sets House on Fire to Protest Arranged Marriage

It works: Wedding is off, and she avoids jail in Michigan

(Newser) - A Michigan teen is going to avoid jail after explaining to a judge the unusual circumstances that led her to set her own house on fire while her parents were sleeping, reports the Lansing State Journal . It seems that the Albanian parents of Arlinda Latifi told her they had arranged... More »

Woman's Sloooow Getaway: Via Motorized Wheelchair

Shirley Mason, 46, accused of stealing motorized cart, clothes

(Newser) - A Michigan woman says she "didn't feel like walking" home after allegedly stealing $600 in clothing from Walmart, the Muskegon Chronicle reports. Shirley Mason's turtle-paced getaway on one of the store's motorized wheelchairs ended two miles down the road when police caught up with her. A... More »

In Flooded Detroit, Driver Killed in 3 Feet of Water

1K vehicles abandoned in suburban area: mayor

(Newser) - The Detroit area has been pounded with rain, with more than 6 inches hitting some parts of the region—and the onslaught has now been linked to a death. A woman is thought to have suffered cardiac arrest as her car battled 3 feet of water, the AP reports. Another... More »

Nasty Michigan Campaign Ends With Epic Speech

Victor Justin Amash denounces opponent's 'disgusting, despicable' campaign

(Newser) - If you weren't paying attention to last night's primary contests, you missed one of the more memorable victory speeches in a while. It came from Republican Justin Amash, a libertarian-leaning politician who defeated challenger Brian Ellis in Michigan's 3rd District. Candidates generally "kiss and make up"... More »

Michigan Cops 'Zeroing In' on Teen Girl's Killer

April Millsap, 14, was killed while walking her dog

(Newser) - Police in Michigan have made no arrests in the killing of a 14-year-old girl that has made national headlines, but they say they're "zeroing in" on a suspect, reports the Maycomb Daily . April Millsap was killed Thursday evening while walking her dog on a wooded trail in the... More »

Sheriff Ditches 'Trendy' Orange Jail Jumpsuits

Black and white is the new orange in Michigan county

(Newser) - A sheriff who blames the Netflix series Orange Is the New Black for making orange jumpsuits trendy has put his inmates in the black-and-white stripes that prisoners wore a century ago. "Some people think it's cool to look like an inmate of the Saginaw County Jail with wearing... More »

Mummified Michigan Woman ID'd

But cause of death still a mystery for woman who died in 2009

(Newser) - Pia Farrenkopf had a poodle named Baby and a cat named Bungee, had traveled the world, and—though estranged from family and friends—was described as kind and private. And now, DNA has positively identified Farrenkopf as the mummified body found in the backseat of her Jeep in March . “... More »

Piranha-Like 'Testicle Biter' Caught in Michigan

Pacu was probably released from aquarium

(Newser) - A woman fishing on the Michigan side of Lake St. Clair last week caught an unusual—and by some accounts, terrifying—fish more commonly found in South America. "When it first came up, I’m like, 'Holy crap,'" Holley Luft tells Fox News . "And just... More »

Cops: Killer Wanted Dad to See Girl, 2, Die

Michigan man 'wanted death to be last thing father saw'

(Newser) - A Michigan man accused of shooting a 2-year-old girl dead at point-blank range as she sat on a porch with her father has been charged with torture as well as first degree murder. Police say the torture charge is because Raymone Bernard Jackson, 24, wanted to torment Kamiya French's... More »

Michigan Tosses Detroit a $195M Life Raft

But pensioners still need to sign off on 'grand bargain'

(Newser) - Michigan Governor Rick Snyder will today sign a bill giving Detroit $194.5 million as part of a "grand bargain" designed to lift the city out of bankruptcy, the Free Press reports. That money, combined with $370 million from charitable foundations and $100 million from the Detroit Institute of... More »

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