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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... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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,... More »

Here Are the Happiest, Least Happy US Cities

Half of the top 10 cities brimming with joy are in the Golden State

(Newser) - Happiness may be a state of mind, but it may also depend on the state of where you live. WalletHub looked at more than 180 of America's biggest cities to see how they ranked in terms of contentment, examining 30 metrics in three main categories: emotional and physical well-being,... More »

Water to Come Back On During Outbreak

Detroit plans to restore service for $25 per month to households that lost it

(Newser) - It's difficult for people to wash their hands often, as everyone is being advised to do, if their home's water has been turned off. So in the spirit of limiting the spread of the new coronavirus, Detroit is moving to turn the water back on for the more... More »

Dog Eats Crack Cocaine Thrown Into Yard

Nipsey was saved after Detroit incident

(Newser) - Detroit police showed up to a house with a search warrant Wednesday, and the suspect threw a bag over the fence. That bag held crack cocaine, and a dog, Nipsey, was in the yard on the other side of the fence—and started eating the bag's contents. The dog'... More »

10 Healthiest, Most Unhealthy Cities in America

Head West for good health

(Newser) - Staying in shape and in a general state of wellness is (and should be) a priority for most—and where you live can have an effect on how you maintain your health. WalletHub looked at more than 170 of the most populated US cities across more than three dozen metrics,... More »

Test Corvette Hits the Streets, Only to Have Its Wheels Stolen

Preproduction Stingray found up on blocks in Detroit

(Newser) - The 2020 Corvette Stingray can go 194mph, but one found on a downtown Detroit street last week was going nowhere: The test vehicle was up on blocks, its wheels missing. It was parked near GM's headquarters, the Detroit News reports. A company spokesman said a police report has been... More »

As a House Burned, Firefighters Posed for a New Year's Selfie

Crews may face discipline for 'despicable' celebration

(Newser) - Firefighters took a moment from their work on New Year's Eve to pose for a celebratory selfie in front of a Detroit house being consumed by flames. The Facebook post caught the attention of the city's fire commissioner, among others, reports USA Today , which posted the photo. A... More »

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 »

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