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Collapse of Contaminated Site Could Be Bad News

As if Detroit needed more bad news

(Newser) - Living downriver from the Detroit Dock? You might want to buy drinking water for a while. That's because part of the historic site—long tainted with uranium and other scary chemicals—fell into the Detroit River on Nov. 26, the Detroit Free Press reports. A load of big aggregate... More »

This Time, Author Thinks He Knows Where Hoffa Is Buried

FBI Is willing to search New Jersey landfill

(Newser) - Dan Moldea, who has investigated and written about the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa for decades, has watched police dig for Hoffa's body in six places. This time, he thinks he knows where the body of the former Teamsters boss is buried, the Free Press reports. "I've never... More »

Mom Sues Priest Over His Speech at Her Son's Funeral

Rev. Don LaCuesta said taking own life was 'against God'

(Newser) - The mother of a teen who died by suicide is suing the Archdiocese of Detroit over his funeral, claiming a Catholic priest chose that moment to debate whether or not 18-year-old Maison Hullibarger would get into heaven. "We couldn't believe what he was saying," the teen's... More »

Roger Penske Receives Medal of Freedom

Racing icon has been a success in business, as well

(Newser) - President Trump has awarded one of the nation's highest civilian honors to Roger Penske, a businessman and founder of one of the world's most successful motorsports teams. Penske received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in a White House ceremony Thursday. The president said Penske "built a team... More »

Cops Suspected a Serial Killer. They Say They've Got Him

Detroit police think Deangelo Martin may be behind deaths of 4 women

(Newser) - A prosecutor announced murder charges Wednesday against a 34-year-old man in the slayings of four women whose deaths Detroit police have characterized as the work of a serial killer. Deangelo Martin is charged with four counts of first-degree murder and four counts of felony murder in the killings of the... More »

'Jimmy Was Found Dead Today in Iraq'

Attorney says Jimmy Aldaoud, deported in June, was a diabetic with mental health issues

(Newser) - "Jimmy was found dead today in Iraq." That was the Facebook announcement Wednesday from immigration attorney Edward Bajoka, who revealed the fate of friend Jimmy Aldaoud, a Detroit man deported in June amid the Trump administration's immigration roundups. Aldaoud—who Bajoka says was a diabetic suffering from... More »

Woman Connected Illnesses to Her Husband's Coffee

Brian Kozlowski of Michigan sentenced after video showed poisoning

(Newser) - A woman living near Detroit noticed that the days she felt tired and ill coincided with the days her husband made her coffee. So she hid cameras in the kitchen. When she watched the video, she moved out. Brian Kozlowski, 46, pleaded guilty to poisoning his wife's coffee and... More »

City Workers Hurt in 'Absolute Embarrassment' of a Prank

2 Detroit municipal employees injured after someone put firecrackers under toilet seats

(Newser) - "Two things that don't mix—firecrackers and toilets." That's an understatement from FOX 2 after an apparent prank gone awry in Detroit resulted in injuries to two municipal employees. The Metro Times reports the General Services Department workers were hurt Wednesday after they used toilets in... More »

Festival's Race-Based Price Plan Leads Rapper to Quit

AfroFuture Fest is charging people of color half price

(Newser) - A Detroit arts and music festival has an unusual pricing plan that caused one artist to bail out in anger, Sky News reports. AfroFuture Fest, which is slated for August 3 and 4, will charge "people of color" less than "non-people of color." With a batch of... More »

The Best- and Worst-Run Cities in America

Nampa, Idaho, is No. 1, and Washington, DC, is last in WalletHub ranking

(Newser) - The best-run city in the US isn't exactly a household name. Nampa, Idaho, gets the honor in a new ranking from WalletHub . The site ranked 150 of the nation's largest cities (including Washington, DC) on a range of factors, including financial stability, education, health, safety, infrastructure, and pollution.... More »

Graffiti Artist Hired by Detroit Ends Up Arrested

Police say Sheefy McFly resisted them

(Newser) - Graffiti artist Sheefy McFly was working on a mural commissioned by the City of Detroit when two police officers, believing he was vandalizing a viaduct at the time, arrested him Wednesday. "When I tried to walk towards my bag" to get the permit the city had issued him, "... More »

Chief Says Neo-Nazis Wanted Another Charlottesville

Officers prevented violence at Detroit gay pride event, Chief James Craig says

(Newser) - Detroit's police chief says officers prevented violence by a neo-Nazi group that wanted to spark "Charlottesville No. 2" during a gay pride festival over the weekend, the AP reports. Chief James Craig said Monday that five people among about 15 white supremacists were legally carrying firearms while they... More »

Police Go Door-to-Door to Find Detroit's Serial Killer

Vacant buildings will be torn down or boarded up

(Newser) - With police fearing the city is dealing with a serial killer, Detroit officials have announced a door-to-door search for victims and information. "We are not going to let up," Police Chief James Craig said Friday, per the Detroit Free Press . "We are going to find this violent,... More »

First-Time Home Buyers Should Look Here

First American locates 10 most affordable cities for the group

(Newser) - Americans looking to buy their first home should consider the Midwest and South, according to insurance firm First American . The company uses its own calculations, saying "any affordability metric that includes existing homeowners is wildly misleading to first-time homebuyers" since the former group can already afford a home, per... More »

Meteorologist Left Behind a 30-Page Suicide Note

After weeks of complications, Jessica Starr 'started to withdraw from life'

(Newser) - The family of a TV meteorologist who committed suicide after undergoing laser eye surgery says a series of videos found on her phone and a 30-page suicide note make clear her Dec. 12 suicide was linked to her Lasik SMILE surgery in October. "There was nothing else that we... More »

A Governor Wore a Blue Dress. It Somehow Became a Big Deal

Michigan's Gretchen Whitmer blasts TV station for giving oxygen to comments on her attire

(Newser) - Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer talked about infrastructure, drinking water, and LGBT rights during her State of the State address on Tuesday, but a good number of viewers were apparently hyperfocused on something else: the cobalt blue dress she was wearing. And, per the AP , a segment on Detroit TV station... More »

Cops Seize Black Woman's Car, Post Taunting Video

Detroit police chief James Craig slams 'racially insensitive' Snapchat post

(Newser) - "Bye, Felicia," the police officer says from the comfort of his patrol car as he watches a black woman walking home in freezing temperatures. That's not the worst of the video posted Tuesday to Snapchat by Detroit police officer Gary Steele, who is white. The phrases "... More »

ICE Set Up a Fake College. Then Came the Arrests

The 'University of Farmington' was used to nab recruiters of undocumented immigrants

(Newser) - A federal indictment unsealed Wednesday names eight suspects accused of "harboring aliens for profit"—and it was a phony university set up by Immigration and Customs Enforcement that nabbed them. NBC News reports on the fake "University of Farmington," which set up shop in 2015 near... More »

A Piece of Detroit's History Crumbles

Weather conditions, age thought to be behind Packard Plant bridge collapse

(Newser) - At 3pm on Wednesday, a 150-foot-long piece of Detroit history crumbled. The iconic Packard Plant bridge collapsed onto the street below, and it's believed the structure's age and recent temperature fluctuations were behind its undoing, reports the Detroit Free Press . The 35-foot-wide brick-and-concrete bridge was once a conduit... More »

Teen Shot in Own Home Wants GoFundMe to Help Her Move

'I have not felt safe while at home,' writes Myonna Lanton of Detroit

(Newser) - The family of a Detroit teen who was injured by gunfire that struck her home is looking to move—and they've taken to GoFundMe to assist in that effort. Myonna Lanton, 14, survived the Oct. 14 ordeal, in which someone shot at her house while she was watching TV... More »

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