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Judge: Elementary School Can't Ban Armed Dad

Ruling is a big win for Michigan Open Carry

(Newser) - If Michigan man Kenneth Herman wants to wear a pistol on his hip when he picks his daughter up from elementary school, the school has no right to keep him out, a judge ruled this week. The judge sided with Herman and the Michigan Open Carry group, ruling that since... More »

Lawmaker Accused of Concocting Gay-Sex Scandal to Hide Affair

2 Michigan state representatives are under investigation in strange case

(Newser) - Michigan has a bizarre political sex scandal on its hands. It seems that two conservative state lawmakers, Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat, were having an affair, and they were worried it was about to go public, reports the Detroit News . Simple enough. And then the bizarre part: In recordings obtained... More »

Family Loses Welfare Because of Girl's Cancer

She couldn't go to school, so Michigan cut off benefits

(Newser) - When Martha describes how her 12-year-old daughter, Lisa, suffered while battling brain cancer—seizures, strokes, more than two years in and out of hospitals—it doesn't seem at all surprising that Lisa wouldn't have been up for attending school during this time. But as her mom (using pseudonyms)... 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 »

Judge to Kids: Have Lunch With Dad or Be Locked Up

They've been in juvenile hall for more than 2 weeks

(Newser) - Indefinite incarceration isn't generally seen as the best route to healthy parent-child relationships, but a judge in Michigan has decided to give it a shot. The parents of three siblings, ages 9, 10, and 14, have been locked in a bitter divorce battle for years, and the last custody... More »

Teen Girl Spits Longest Cherry, Fails to Win Contest

15-year-old girl spits cherry an amazing 49 feet, 1/4 inch

(Newser) - A 15-year-old Michigan girl says there was nothing special about the way she spit a cherry pit yesterday. "I just took a deep breath and pushed hard," says Megan Ankrapp, whose pit landed at 49 feet, ¼ inch—longest of the day at the 42nd annual contest in... More »

Road-Rage Guy Gets 27 to 50 Years

Martin Zale, 69, settled dispute with 9mm handgun

(Newser) - A Michigan man who shot another driver in the face during a road-rage confrontation got 27 to 50 years in prison yesterday—and won't be eligible for parole until he's 96, USA Today reports. Martin Zale, 69, shot and killed 43-year-old Derek Flemming, a father of two, when... More »

Hotel Ejects 30 Guests After Waffle Argument

The lesson: Don't leave your waffle maker unattended

(Newser) - Authorities say a dispute between two women over a waffle maker led to 30 people being booted from a western Michigan hotel. The Muskegon Chronicle reports a Mason County sheriff's deputy stood by Sunday morning as guests were ordered to pack their bags at the Americas Best Value Inn... More »

Couple With 12 Boys Gets Lucky No. 13

The Schwandts aren't ruling out a 14th, either

(Newser) - A Michigan couple who already had 12 sons have kept the all-male streak alive with the birth of boy No. 13. Jay Schwandt says his wife Kateri gave birth yesterday morning, four days after her due date. The Rockford couple, both 40, had said they were sticking to the tradition... More »

Shipwrecks Are Now Visible in Lake Michigan

Clear, post-winter water views allow Coast Guard copter to nab photos of old wrecks

(Newser) - The clear-blue, post-winter waters of northern Lake Michigan have disclosed some of their hidden history to a US Coast Guard crew, which took a series of photos Friday of shipwrecks lying on the lake bottom in the waters off the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. The Grand Rapids Press reports... More »

Dead Baby Found in Mom's Cubicle: Cops

Baby was full-term; autopsy results are pending

(Newser) - A Michigan woman gave birth in her work bathroom on Tuesday to a baby that she then hid in her cubicle, police say; the newborn was later pronounced dead. Employees of CEVA Logistics in Redford called paramedics after they heard moaning coming from a bathroom, where blood was on the... More »

Woman Accidentally Kills Self With Gun in Bra

She was adjusting holster, police say

(Newser) - Bad place to conceal a weapon? A Michigan woman died last month after she accidentally shot herself in the eye with a gun she kept in her bra, USA Today reports. Christina Ford, 55, "was having trouble adjusting her bra holster, couldn't get it to fit the way... More »

Pothole May Have Caused Crash That Killed Dad, Son

Pedro Montanez may have hit pothole before entering oncoming lane

(Newser) - A pothole may be to blame for a fatal car accident in Michigan this week. Pedro Montanez, 36, was driving his three children to school Tuesday when his 2005 Mazda 3 swerved into the oncoming lane, spun on icy roads, and was broadsided by a pickup truck. Montanez and his... More »

Michigan Neighbors Unearth Mastodon Bones in Backyard

They dig up more than 40, will donate to museum

(Newser) - Eric Witzke's home is in Bellevue Township, Michigan, but he is clearly not the first one to roam his yard. While he and neighbor Daniel LaPoint were excavating a backyard pond, they happened upon more than 40 mastodon bones, reports ABC News . An expert from the University of Michigan... More »

After Protests, City Turning Cross Into Anchor

48-foot cross has stood over Michigan city for decades

(Newser) - A 48-foot cross that has stood on a hill over Grand Haven, Mich., for half a century is being turned into a less controversial and more nautical symbol. The city council voted 3-2 on Monday night to convert the cross that stands on city land into an anchor after protests... More »

Semi Unknowingly Drags Minivan for 16 Miles

Driver didn't realize the smaller vehicle had hit him during storm

(Newser) - Bad is when you rear-end a tractor-trailer at 2 in the morning during a snowstorm on the interstate. Worse is when the driver of the big rig, unaware of the collision, doesn't stop. Downright terrifying is when you realize your car got lodged into the back of the truck... More »

Nuke Plant Leaked Oil Into Lake Michigan for 2 Months

Cook plant isn't sure how much it spilled

(Newser) - A nuclear plant leaked oil into Lake Michigan for almost two months, and although the oil wasn't contaminated with radiation, safety groups are alarmed by how long it took the plant to spot the leak. Officials at the Donald C. Cook Nuclear Plant in southwest Michigan reported the problem... More »

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 »

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