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Ex-NFL Player Fatally Shoots Self While Moving Duffel Bag

Zurlon Tipton was dropping his car off at a dealership

(Newser) - A former NFL running back accidentally and fatally shot himself Tuesday at a car dealership outside Detroit while moving a duffel bag containing two guns, WJBK reports. According to the Indianapolis Star , Zurlon Tipton brought his Jeep to the dealership to be serviced. He was moving personal items from his... More »

Doctor Told Her She Couldn't Get Pregnant. She Did, Now She's Suing

Though she says she can't imagine life without her daughter

(Newser) - "She's full of life, loving, kind, sweet, everything you could ever imagine," Lori Cichewicz describes her 5-year-old daughter, Reagan, to WXYZ . But the 50-year-old from Oakland County, Mich., worries about the financial strain and other issues involved in raising a child with special needs (Reagan was born... More »

Talkative Parrot May Be Used as Evidence in Murder Trial

Martin Duram's family believes Bud witnessed his final moments

(Newser) - An African grey parrot named Bud may get its day in court after all. Fox 17 reports Glenna Duram was charged with first-degree murder Thursday in her husband Martin Duram's May 2015 death. Martin's family has claimed that his parrot Bud likely witnessed the murder . After Martin was... More »

Teen Kalamazoo Survivor Suffers Major Setback

Infection has put Abbie Kopf 'back to square one'

(Newser) - "When it rains, it pours," Abigail Kopf's family says in an update on the recovery of the 14-year-old survivor of the Kalamazoo shooting rampage . The family announced on the Abbie Kopf's Recovery Facebook page Monday that a severe infection has set in around a surgical incision,... More »

Neighborhood Rots Amid Fight Over Bridge to Canada

Billionaire Manuel Moroun wants to tear them down

(Newser) - A Canadian neighborhood is rotting away in a dispute over who gets to control bridge traffic into the US—elected officials or a Detroit billionaire, the New York Times reports. The complex battle involves the Ambassador Bridge, which links Detroit to Windsor and is the only private road bridge between... More »

City Demands Man Banish Newly Adopted Dog

Cops say Diggy is an illegal pit bull; shelter (and others) say he's a bulldog

(Newser) - Dan Tillery was so excited to adopt his pup, Diggy (nee Sir Wiggleton), who had spent 100 days in a Detroit shelter, that they made a music video and took a beaming photo together that went viral on social media. "We know this photo is going to break the... More »

Armstrong to 'Finish the Ride' for Fallen Cyclists

Lance will head to Kalamazoo for 28.5-mile salute to 5 killed by pickup truck

(Newser) - Lance Armstrong plans to be in Kalamazoo for a "Finishing the Ride" event in honor of the five cyclists killed when they were hit by a pickup truck , reports the AP . Armstrong told the Detroit Free Press that the collision on June 7 in Kalamazoo County's Cooper Township,... More »

Man Walks Around Without a Heart for 17 Months

A 14-pound backpack let Stan Larkin thrive while awaiting his transplant

(Newser) - Twenty-two people die every day because there aren't enough organs available for transplants, CNET reports. Stan Larkin wasn't one of them. Instead, the 25-year-old Michigan father of three spent 555 days without a heart, according to Michigan Live . And it didn't even keep him off the basketball... More »

Driver Charged With Murder in Deaths of 5 Bicyclists

Charles Pickett Jr. will be arraigned when health permits

(Newser) - A Michigan prosecutor filed murder charges on Thursday against the 50-year-old driver of a pickup truck that struck a group of bicyclists , killing five of them and seriously injuring four others. Kalamazoo County Prosecutor Jeffrey Getting charged Charles Pickett Jr. of Battle Creek with five counts of second degree murder... More »

911 Callers Reported the Driver. 30 Minutes Later, 5 Were Dead

At least 4 other bicyclists hurt in Kalamazoo, Mich., crash

(Newser) - At least five people were killed in a horrific crash a few miles north of Kalamazoo, Mich., Tuesday evening when a pickup truck plowed into a group of cyclists. At least four others were seriously injured in the Cooper Township crash, which involved a group of people that goes on... More »

Family Says Parrot Is Key Witness in Man's Murder

'Don't f---ing shoot'

(Newser) - Can a foul-mouthed parrot act as a witness to a murder? That's the question Martin Duram's family wants answered after Duram was killed in his Michigan home in May 2015, WOOD reports. Weeks after the murder, Duram's African grey parrot, Bud, could be heard repeating the phrase... More »

Squirrel Dinner Could Cost Woman $2M

It probably wasn't worth it

(Newser) - Would you pay $2 million for an elegant dish of blowtorch-seared squirrel? Barbara Pellow might not have a choice. According to a Michigan Court of Appeals ruling last week, Pellow's boyfriend, Khek Chanthalavong, was using a blowtorch to burn fur off a squirrel he planned to eat when he... More »

Little House Star 'Devastated' to Drop Bid for Congress

Upcoming surgery won't allow Melissa Gilbert to meet 'rigorous demands' of Mich. campaign

(Newser) - A star from Little House on the Prairie won't be moving to a bigger House after all—at least not this time around. Melissa Gilbert, who played Laura Ingalls Wilder in the Little House TV series, is "devastated" to have to drop out of her bid for Congress... More »

Dad Leaves Baby in Running Car, Car Gets Stolen

3-month-old found safe on a Detroit porch

(Newser) - A Detroit dad is lucky to have his infant back after he made a stop at a convenience store early Monday and left the baby in the car, engine running and doors unlocked, while he ran inside, the Detroit Free Press reports. When he came back out around 1am, his... More »

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 »

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