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Praising Hitler Ends Badly for Football Coach

Grand Valley State suspends Morris Berger after he lauds Der Fuhrer's leadership skills

(Newser) - "The way he was able to lead was second-to-none," a college football coach in Michigan said of Hitler. Now, his new job is in jeopardy. Days after he was announced as the offensive coordinator for the Grand Valley State Lakers Division II football team, Morris Berger was interviewed... More »

GM Investing $2.2B in 'Vision of All-Electric Future'

Underused Michigan factory is being refurbished

(Newser) - General Motors is spending $2.2 billion to refurbish an underused Detroit factory so it can build a series of electric and self-driving vehicles, eventually employing 2,200 people. GM said in a statement Monday that the factory will start building the company's first electric pickup late in 2021,... More »

Guy Buys Couch, Finds $43K

But Howard Kirby didn't feel right about it

(Newser) - That ottoman seems kinda hard. Let's look inside. That's what a Michigan man thought before his daughter opened up a cushion in a used couch he'd just bought—and found over $43,000, MLive reports. Howard Kirby had paid only $70 for the couch at the Habitat... More »

Investigation Follows Lawmaker's Comments to Reporter

State senator told journalist she 'could have a lot of fun' with visiting high school boys

(Newser) - What Allison Donahue wanted was to ask a Michigan state senator whether he was a member of a Facebook group that put up posts advocating violence against Democrats and Muslims. What she got from Peter Lucido, who was hosting students from an all-boys school at the time, was a suggestion... More »

16 Hours, 27.4K Rolls of TP, and a Possible World Record

Michigan high school's robotics team hopes Guinness OKs world's tallest toilet paper pyramid

(Newser) - When Maxton Herst was a freshman at Michigan's Bullock Creek High School, he left YouTube on autoplay one day, and one of the videos that popped up showed something that piqued his interest: the world's tallest toilet-paper pyramid. Per MLive.com , he brought up the idea with fellow... More »

Huge Wave Sweeps Teen Into Lake Michigan

16-year-old is presumed drowned

(Newser) - A 16-year-old girl visiting Lake Michigan for the first time is missing and presumed drowned after apparently being swept into the water by a large wave, authorities said. Eliza Trainer, of Flint, and an 18-year-old friend were knocked into the lake off Holland State Park about 11:30pm Wednesday, according... More »

After 95 Tries, She Finally Got the Secret Santa Everyone Wants

'Bill Gates is my Secret Santa, I just won Secret Santa 2019!'

(Newser) - Ninety-fifth time's the charm. Per WLNS , that's how many RedditGifts exchanges a Michigan woman had to participate in before she got the ultimate Secret Santa this year, the one everyone fervently hopes they'll get: Bill Gates. Shelby—as the recipient of a Christmas package sent by the... More »

Mysterious Green Ooze on Michigan Highway Identified

From an unlicensed hazardous-waste site whose owner is behind bars

(Newser) - If anyone who's ever seen The Blob was driving along Michigan's I-696 on Friday, alarm would've been a natural reaction to the sight on the side of the highway about a half-mile from the Macomb-Oakland county line. The Detroit Free Press reports a sludgy greenish-yellow substance was... More »

Woman's Body Found 9 Weeks After Frantic Phone Call

She told friend she had been in shootout with 2 men

(Newser) - The body of a Michigan woman has been found near her family's cabin, nine weeks after she called a friend and asked her to call the police . Relatives say that after many searches, the body of a woman believed to be 47-year-old Adrienne "Ada" Quintal was found near... More »

Trump Implied Her Late Husband Is in Hell. She Reacts

Rep. Debbie Dingell says she 'really felt awful' after president's insinuation about John Dingell

(Newser) - As the vote on his impeachment was carried out in the House Wednesday evening, President Trump was at a campaign rally in Battle Creek, Mich., where he gave the second-longest speech of his presidency—and threw out a barb against the late Congressman John Dingell that has his widow pushing... More »

State Sues Walgreens, 3 Other Firms Under Drug Dealer Law

'They knowingly and deliberately distributed drugs in our state without controls'

(Newser) - Michigan on Tuesday sued four companies over the deadly painkiller epidemic, becoming what state Attorney General Dana Nessel says is the first state to sue major opioid distributors under a liability law that is typically used to go after drug dealers. The lawsuit was filed in Wayne County and names... More »

Man Thinks He's the Boy Who's Been Missing for 25 Years

Mother hasn't said whether she'll take a DNA test

(Newser) - Twenty-five years ago this week, a woman told police her 4-year-old son had disappeared while they were shopping at a mall in a Detroit suburb. The child was never found. Now, WDIV reports, a man who says he believes he's that boy has given a DNA sample to police... More »

5-Year-Old's Entire Class Comes to Adoption Ceremony

There wasn't a dry eye in the courtroom

(Newser) - Thursday was a very special day for 5-year-old Michael Clark Jr.—and he wanted his entire kindergarten class to witness it. The Michigan boy's classmates turned up and waved paper hearts on sticks during Michael's adoption ceremony in Grand Rapids, USA Today reports. There wasn't a... More »

High School Football Player Dies Weeks After Knee Surgery

Coach says blood clot led to heart attack

(Newser) - "It's somewhat mind-boggling that it could happen," South Lyon East High School head football coach Joe Pesci says of the death of Trevon Tyler. The 16-year-old junior offensive lineman died unexpectedly on Friday following complications from knee surgery, WXYZ reports. Pesci says the 300-pound, 6-foot-4 player suffered... More »

Cops: Man Shot Girlfriend Moments After She Filmed Him

Suspect threatened woman, showed her bullet

(Newser) - An 18-year-old Michigan man has been charged with murder, and prosecutors say the evidence against him is compelling: Moments before his girlfriend, India Mackey, was shot dead, she filmed Kevin Dixon loading a handgun and talking about the bullet he was going to shoot her with, ABC reports. "You... 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 »

American Woman Killed in Dominican Republic

Patricia Anton, 63, had been teaching there for the last 15 years

(Newser) - A Michigan woman teaching in the Dominican Republic for the last 15 years was murdered during an apparent robbery of her home, police say. Patricia Anton, 63, was strangled in her residence in the resort town of Cabarete, Puerto Plata, reports the Daily News . A cellphone, laptop, 40-inch TV, sheets,... More »

They Were About to Let the Horses Out. Then, a Crash

'Oh my look what fall out of the sky'

(Newser) - Samsung describes the return to Earth of its "SpaceSelfie" device as an "early soft landing in a selected rural area," though that "soft landing" turned out to be a bit startling, and even a little mysterious, for the Michigan couple that found it had crash-landed on... More »

Woman Calls Friend for Help, Then Vanishes From Cabin

A friend got a call for help minutes before Adrienne Quintal disappeared

(Newser) - About 2:45am last Thursday, a phone rang in Warren, near Detroit. Adrienne Quintal was calling a friend for help. Less than 15 minutes later, deputies and troopers arrived at the cabin in the northern part of the Lower Peninsula where Quintal was staying, 9&10 News reports. She was... More »

Who's Ready for Blizzard Conditions?

North-central states could see up to 2 feet of snow over next few days

(Newser) - Get your snow boots ready. A "potentially historic" winter storm is expected over the next several days in the north-central part of the country, which could see record low temperatures and up to two feet of snow, USA Today reports. Parts of Washington state, northern Idaho, and western Montana... More »

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