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Obama to Flint: 'I've Got Your Back'

He drank the water during visit to city

(Newser) - Sipping filtered city water to show it's again drinkable, President Obama promised Wednesday to ride herd on leaders at all levels of government until every drop of water flowing into homes in Flint, Mich., is safe to use. He also promised that the aging pipes that contaminated the water... More »

FBI: Man Sprayed Mouse Poison at Whole Foods

And maybe at more than a dozen other stores, too

(Newser) - The mystery of the man who appeared to be contaminating food at a Michigan Whole Foods has apparently been solved. It was a tip from the public that the FBI says led to the arrest of the unidentified man, who has copped to pouring a mouse poison concoction on food... More »

FBI Seeks Guy Seen Pouring Liquid on Whole Foods Salad Bar

He was spotted sprinkling 'unknown' substance on food items at store in Ann Arbor, Michigan

(Newser) - Something you don't want to hear before digging into a food bar at your local supermarket: that someone was spotted sprinkling an unknown substance on it. That's what Whole Foods is saying happened at one of its stores in Ann Arbor, Mich., just over a week ago, and... More »

Detroit Teachers Call In Sick: 94 of 97 Schools Closed

Teachers found out they likely won't get paid past June 30

(Newser) - Detroit Public Schools' finances are in such bad shape that teachers were told over the weekend they won't be getting paid past June 30, barring emergency funds from the Michigan Legislature, the Detroit Free Press reports. Most of the district's 2,600 or so teachers aren't taking... More »

Art Teacher Says 'Vagina,' Is Now Out of a Job

She needed approval, according to school policy

(Newser) - Substitute teacher Allison Wint showed eighth-graders artwork by Georgia O'Keeffe—known for painting flowers that resemble female genitalia—during a lesson last Thursday, remarking that the first viewers who saw "vaginas" within the paintings likely thought, "I'm either a pervert or this woman was a pervert.... More »

Cancer Survivor to Ride Horse 2,200 Miles to HS Reunion

'I always wanted to do something like this'

(Newser) - A cancer survivor has embarked on a roughly 2,200-mile journey on horseback for his 50th high school reunion, the AP reports. Vern Herrst, 67, began his trip Friday from the Methow Valley in northern Washington in hopes of reaching Howell, Michigan, before the reunion in August, the Livingston Daily ... More »

Woman Suing Over Flint Water Shot Dead

She leaves behind child she said was poisoned

(Newser) - One of the first people to file a lawsuit alleging her child was poisoned by the water in Flint, Mich., was shot dead this week, reports Michigan Live . Sasha Avonna Bell was found dead in a townhouse in the city on Tuesday along with another female victim, Sacorya Renee Reed.... More »

3 Charged in Flint Water Crisis

Prison time is possible

(Newser) - Michigan's attorney general announced criminal charges Wednesday against two state regulators and a Flint employee, alleging wrongdoing related to the city's lead-tainted-water crisis . The charges—the first levied in a probe that's expected to broaden—were filed against a pair of state Department of Environmental Quality officials... More »

Michigan Gov: I'll Drink Flint Water for a Month

Rick Snyder insists that filtered water is OK

(Newser) - Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder says he will drink Flint water at home and at work for at least a month to show to residents it's safe with the use of a faucet filter, the AP reports. The Republican governor, who has apologized for his administration's role in the... More »

In Florida for Dad's Memorial, Man Drowns Saving Daughter

William Moritz died saving 6-year-old caught in rip current

(Newser) - As a GoFundMe page set up in his honor notes, William Moritz died doing "what any great father would do": saving his young daughter. The 28-year-old Michigan man was in Jacksonville Beach, Fla., for his own father's memorial service, per Action News Jax , but a morning swim on... More »

Michigan Couple Face Jail Over Late Dr. Seuss Book

They say it isn't criminal to take so long paying late fees

(Newser) - A Michigan husband and wife are beside themselves after having been warned they could face up to 93 days in jail and a $500 fine over two unreturned library books. It all started in the summer of 2014, when their son checked out a Dr. Seuss book for the couple'... More »

Snyder Blames His Own Staff, 'Bureaucrats' for Flint Crisis

He says his staff lied to him

(Newser) - Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder on Monday blamed "career bureaucrats" for the Flint crisis and said his staff lied to him about the city's lead-tainted water, the Detroit News reports. Snyder says he got a briefing on Sept. 27 telling him "outside experts" were wrong and that Flint'... More »

Lawmakers Caught in Affair May Sue State

They claim there was a conspiracy to force them from office

(Newser) - Todd Courser, the Michigan lawmaker who thought starting a smear campaign against himself was a good way to cover up his affair with fellow lawmaker Cindy Gamrat, now apparently thinks he has grounds to sue the state for forcing him out of office. Courser and Gamrat have filed an "... More »

Woman Swaps Prize Twitter Handle for Water for Flint

She gave up her Dr Pepper account for 41K bottles of water from soda company

(Newser) - For seven years, Diana Hussein has held the @DrDietPepper Twitter handle she created on a whim, tweeting mainly about local sports and her cats and hoping to maybe one day get some money or free swag if the Dr Pepper Snapple Group wanted to barter for it, the Detroit Free ... More »

12 Detroit Principals Charged in Bribery Scheme

Feds say they took kickbacks from supplier

(Newser) - Detroit's battered public school system got another black eye on Tuesday when federal prosecutors filed bribery charges against 12 current and former principals over an alleged school supply scam. US Attorney Barbara McQuade says the sordid scheme involved businessman Norman Shy, who allegedly scammed Detroit Public Schools for millions,... More »

Pilot Arrested After Allegedly Showing Up Drunk for Flight

TSA noticed him acting strangely

(Newser) - Nervous flyers should stop reading now. ABC News reports an American Airlines co-pilot was arrested Saturday morning at Detroit Metropolitan Airport after allegedly showing up for work drunk. The unnamed pilot was was acting strangely and was reported by TSA, according to the New York Daily News . Officials say he... More »

Woman Dealt Diseased Body Parts in Grisly Case

Her estranged husband will stand trial in April

(Newser) - A Detroit woman faces up to 10 months in prison for fraud after admitting to renting diseased body parts to researchers. Elizabeth Rathburn, 56—to be sentenced in July—also must pay $55,225 to the American Anesthesiology Association, whose researchers were told the body parts were clean, reports the... More »

Flint Investigates Odd Break-In of Office That Holds Water Files

Files were left strewn around room at City Hall

(Newser) - In what they might be calling "Water-gate" if that name wasn't already taken, authorities are investigating a mysterious break-in at Flint City Hall. In December, somebody broke into the vacant Michigan office where the city's water files were kept, and the city's new police chief tells... More »

Courtroom Crooner Channels Adele at Sentencing

Michigan man is apparently very sorry

(Newser) - A convicted felon may be rolling in the deep (trouble), but that didn't stop him from breaking out into song during his recent sentencing hearing, the Ann Arbor News reports. Singer Adele was the apparent inspiration behind the courtroom crooning of 21-year-old Brian Earl Taylor, who appeared March 10... More »

Mysterious Blood Infection Hits 2nd State

A Michigan resident has also died after contracting Elizabethkingia infection

(Newser) - Health officials have confirmed that a western Michigan resident died after contracting a bloodstream infection matching a Wisconsin outbreak that's stumped health officials. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services said Thursday that it was notified March 11 by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of... More »

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