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Ford Finds Great Homes for $100K Worth of Leather

It will go to local businesses helping veterans, domestic abuse survivors

(Newser) - Ford is finding all kinds of forgotten treasures as it prepares to demolish its product development center in Dearborn, Michigan—including leather worth more than $100,000. The company says around 250 cowhides that were to have become seat covers in high-end Ford vehicles will be donated to two small...

Fake Owner Dupes HGTV Host
Fake Owner Dupes HGTV Host

Fake Owner Dupes HGTV Host

Nicole Curtis apparently was scammed, mayor says

(Newser) - The star of HGTV's Rehab Addict Rescue apparently was scammed when she bought a blighted Detroit home from someone who wasn't the owner, the mayor said. The Detroit Land Bank Authority holds the title to the house. Nicole Curtis said she paid $17,000 for the property in...

4 Lottery Winners Splitting $557M Plan to Pay It Forward

Club took the $1.05 billion Mega Millions jackpot

(Newser) - A four-member suburban Detroit lottery club won a $1.05 billion Mega Millions jackpot and will receive $557 million after taxes, officials said Friday. The winners claimed their prize weeks after the Jan. 22 drawing and chose the immediate lump sum option. After taxes, the $776 million prize was reduced...

After Detroit Spurns Vaccine, Experts Warn on 'Brand Shopping'

Mayor Duggan turned down 6.2K J&J doses, saying he wants Pfizer, Moderna for city

(Newser) - Johnson and Johnson's newly approved coronavirus vaccine doesn't have to be kept in the same ultra-cold temps as the Pfizer and Moderna versions, and patients need only one shot, as opposed to the double dose required by the other companies. But this week, the city of Detroit declined...

'Scuba Steve' Sentenced in Drug Smuggling Case

Canadian man was found in river unconscious, tethered to 185 pounds of pot

(Newser) - A Canadian man who was found unconscious and tethered to 185 pounds of marijuana in the Detroit River was sentenced Wednesday to about six years in a US prison. The capture of Glen Mousseau—nicknamed "Scuba Steve" by authorities—last June capped a strange few weeks in his dealings...

Gun Violence Rises During Pandemic
Cities Face Rising
Gun Violence 

Cities Face Rising Gun Violence

Several factors could be behind the increase, officials say

(Newser) - When Andre Avery drives his commercial truck through Detroit, he keeps his pistol close. Avery, 57, grew up in the Motor City and is aware that homicides and shootings are surging, even though before the pandemic they were dropping in Detroit and elsewhere. His gun is legal, and he carries...

After Boys' Deaths, 'Our Firefighters Are Hurt'

Mother jumps from window holding another child

(Newser) - "There are a lot of very hurt people," said Detroit Fire Commissioner Eric Jones. "Our firefighters are hurt." Crews had raced to the house fire on Detroit's east side Friday morning, arriving in just 6 minutes. But by then, 6-year-old Dylan and 7-year-old Demarion had...

US Cities That Need the Most Vaccine Doses to Start

Detroit, Cleveland top the list

(Newser) - With Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine possibly just days away from being shipped, the next order of business will be starting to divvy it up for distribution across the country. WalletHub looked at more than 90 cities across America to figure out which may need the most initial vaccinations. The site...

Black Voters Sue Trump
Black Voters Sue Trump

Black Voters Sue Trump

The NAACP suit claims Trump is trying to 'coerce' officials

(Newser) - Black voters in Detroit are suing President Trump and his campaign over their attempt to overturn the 2020 election results, ABC News reports. The NAACP Legal Defense Fund filed the suit Friday for three voters, saying the president's campaign was trying to "coerce" and "intimidate" officials into...

Dispute Over Line Cutting Leads to Fatal Shooting

Man is shot dead after disagreement outside Michigan haunted house attraction

(Newser) - A minor dispute about line cutting at an unlikely place—outside a popular haunted house attraction in Michigan—has left a man dead, say local police. The victim is a 29-year-old Detroit man, reports MLive . Police say he was with his girlfriend waiting to enter the Erebus Haunted Attraction in...

Island Becomes Drive-Thru COVID Memorial

Families set up large photos of victims on Detroit's Belle Isle

(Newser) - A Detroit island park was transformed Monday into a drive-thru COVID-19 victims memorial, as hearses led processions around Belle Isle Park. More than 900 large photos of local coronavirus victims provided by relatives were turned into posters and staked into the ground, the AP reports. The pictures in the island...

3 Journalists Hit With Rubber Bullets, and Cop Is Charged

Detroit Cpl. Daniel Debono faces felony assault charges in May 31 incident

(Newser) - A Detroit police corporal is charged with felony assault after allegedly shooting three journalists with rubber bullets. Nicole Hester of MLive and two photojournalists, Seth Herald for AFP and Matt Hatcher for Getty Images, encountered Cpl. Daniel Debono and two other officers while leaving a protest over the death of...

Judge Delivers Bad News to Teen Detained Over Homework

Michigan 15-year-old has to stay in juvenile detention center for several more months

(Newser) - A Michigan teen placed in juvenile detection after failing to do her homework won't be getting out in the near future, despite claims that the case represents "the criminalization of Black children," per NBC New York . The 15-year-old identified as Grace told Oakland County Judge Mary Ellen...

Michigan Settles Landmark Literacy Lawsuit

Some years, few Detroit public school students tested proficient in reading

(Newser) - Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will ask the Michigan Legislature to provide at least $94.4 million to Detroit's public schools to settle a lawsuit that describes the city's schools as "slum-like" and incapable of delivering access to literacy. The settlement agreement was signed Thursday, the AP reports, and...

Unfazed Governor Extends Michigan's State of Emergency

GOP lawmakers had refused to do so

(Newser) - The Republican-led Michigan Legislature refused Thursday to extend the state's coronavirus emergency declaration and voted to authorize a lawsuit challenging Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's authority and actions to combat the pandemic. The governor, unfazed, responded with orders stating under one law that an emergency still exists, while declaring...

Auto Workers: Forget the Risks, We're Doing This

Hundreds of workers from Ford, GM, and other companies are making medical gear

(Newser) - Cindy Parkhurst could have stayed home collecting most of her pay while the Ford plant where she normally works remains closed due to coronavirus fears. Instead, she along with hundreds of workers at Ford, General Motors, Toyota, and other companies has gone back to work to make face shields, surgical...

50K Students to Get Tablets, Broadband

Detroit campaign raised $23M in three weeks to help students learn during pandemic

(Newser) - A campaign begun three weeks ago has raised $23 million to provide computer tablets and free broadband service to Detroit students learning at home during the pandemic. Everything will be in place by early June, the Free Press reports. Foundations and corporations donated the money. The drive began when Jerry...

Young Daughter of First Responders Dies of COVID

Skylar Herbert, 5, is Michigan's youngest victim

(Newser) - Michigan has its first child fatality of the COVID-19 outbreak. The parents of 5-year-old Skylar Herbert took her off a ventilator on Sunday after doctors said she had no hope of recovery and was likely brain-dead, reports the Detroit News . Skylar started having headaches about a month ago, and a...

Bus Driver Dies After Posting Video About Passenger's Cough

Jason Hargrove said everyone needs to take the coronavirus seriously

(Newser) - A Detroit bus driver who posted a video less than two weeks ago warning everyone to take the coronavirus seriously has died of COVID-19. Mayor Mike Duggan announced Jason Hargrove's death Thursday, the Guardian reports. "Everyone in Detroit and everybody in America should watch" Hargrove's Facebook video...

Detroit Billionaire Throws Businesses a Lifeline

Dan Gilbert's real estate firm won't charge rent for 2 or 3 months

(Newser) - Good news for many Detroit small businesses that are sweating over how to make rent. The downtown's largest landlord is doing away with rent, building expenses, and parking fees for April and May. Some—those whose monthly sales total $80,000 or less—will qualify in June as well,...

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