Michigan News

GVSU to have woman president

ALLENDALE, Mich. (AP) — Grand Valley State University has selected a woman as the western Michigan school’s president for the first time in its history. The appointment of Philomena Mantella as the school’s president was unanimously approved Tuesday during a special board meeting at the ...

Man charged with killing father

ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) — A 31-year-old Detroit-area man has been charged with killing his father, who was found dead with his hands and legs bound. Dane Matthew Steward of Royal Oak appeared in court Monday on a first-degree murder charge and was ordered held without bond. Police say they ...

School bus chief has heart attack

PORTAGE, Mich. (AP) — A man in charge of transportation at a southwestern Michigan school district has died while shoveling snow. Portage district officials say Mike Westbrook died Saturday from a heart attack. Superintendent Mark Bielang told families that Westbrook’s “work impacted ...

Driver says he was high, hit cops

DETROIT (AP) — State police say a man who admitted smoking marijuana lost control of his car and struck a trooper’s vehicle on the shoulder of Interstate 75 in Detroit. No injuries were reported Sunday. The trooper had stopped to check a crash on southbound I-75, near the Davison Freeway. ...

Marijuana advocate opens cafe in Detroit

By KATHLEEN GRAY Detroit Free Press AP Member Exchange DETROIT — Despite being a self-described mess, the aging and more mellow John Sinclair is taking a victory lap. Arguably, the man most responsible for starting the movement to legalize marijuana in the United States, Sinclair is ...

Michigan cancer study considers toxic air pollution

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Michigan regulators are expanding an investigation into air pollution produced by a medical-device manufacturer, and the results could be factored into a cancer study. The Department of Environmental Quality this month announced plans to widen air-quality testing ...

Pregnant women in Michigan use yoga to relax

BY SHERI MCWHIRTER Traverse City Record-Eagle AP Member Exchange TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — A group of pregnant women gather each week to get Zen together and practice yoga with their soon-to-be-born babies. Yen Yoga & Fitness in downtown Traverse City offers a multi-week prenatal yoga ...

Franklin tribute show planned

DETROIT (AP) — Some of Detroit’s prominent artists are gathering to celebrate the music and memory of Aretha Franklin. The event, “A Celebration of The Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin in Song and Dance,” is scheduled for Feb. 1 at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Producing and singing is ...

Father’s death inspires Flint native to tackle gun violence

By ROBERTO ACOSTA MLive.com AP Member Exchange BURTON, Mich. — Joseph Pettigrew knew something wasn't right once he looked at his phone. The 24-year-old Flint native finished a run at Bicentennial Park in Grand Blanc Township on May 1, 2018 and went home for a shower before heading to a ...

Paying for funerals impossible for many poor families

By COREY WILLIAMS Associated Press DETROIT — Darlene Hardison would have loved to have a funeral for her father and uncle and bury them in marked graves at a Michigan cemetery. But she and her family could come up with only enough money to have Hoover Heags and Arthur Hardison cremated, ...

Pit spit creator dead at 88

EAU CLAIRE, Mich. (AP) — Agricultural tourism pioneer Herb Teichman, who founded a cherry pit-spitting competition in southwestern Michigan that attracted international attention, has died at the age of 88. Bowerman Funeral Home says Teichman, of Eau Claire, died Monday at Hanson Hospice ...

Tesla cuts staff by 7 percent

(AP) — Electric car and solar panel maker Tesla says it plans to cut its staff by about 7 percent. In an email to employees released today it said the “road ahead is very difficult.” The memo posted on the company’s website said Tesla Inc. hopes to post a “tiny profit” in the ...

New secretary of state seeks to settle gerrymandering suit

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING, Mich. — New Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson moved Thursday to settle a lawsuit that challenges the state’s Republican-drawn legislative and congressional districts, a step that potentially could lead to new maps for the 2020 ...

Low-profile administrator replaces Engler at MSU

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press EAST LANSING— Michigan State University ousted its interim president on Thursday, a week ahead of his scheduled departure, as the school stepped up efforts to finally move beyond the Larry Nassar sex abuse scandal. Its new temporary leader, Satish Udpa, is ...

Engler out at MSU now, board of trustees says

By COREY WILLIAMS and DAVID EGGERT Associated Press EAST LANSING, Mich. — Michigan State University's Board of Trustees said today that interim president John Engler's resignation is effective immediately. The board acted a day after Engler said he'd step down next week amid fallout from ...

Ford calls for 2018 adjusted earnings

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Ford is calling for 2018 adjusted earnings of $1.30 per share, slightly below Wall Street’s view, because of challenges including higher commodity and warranty costs and a business decline in China. Analysts predict earnings of $1.33 per share, according to ...

Man found dead in vacant building

DETROIT (AP) — Police are investigating the death of a 21-year-old man who apparently fell down an elevator shaft while playing hide-and-seek with friends in a vacant Detroit building. Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office spokesman Keith Owens identified the victim as 21-year-old ...

Organization announces $11M in grants

DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit-based philanthropic organization says more than $11 million in grants is going to organizations and initiatives in seven southeastern Michigan counties. The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan says the funding is designed to support community programs in the ...

Wife charged in husband’s murder

ST. JOSEPH, Mich. (AP) — A soldier at home in Michigan during the holidays was ambushed and killed by another soldier on New Year’s Eve in a plot that involved the victim’s wife, authorities said Monday. Kemia Hassel, 22, and Jeremy Cuellar, 24, were charged with murder in Berrien County ...

Hip-hop, skater culture helps make clothing company popular

By BREANA NOBLE The Detroit News AP Member Exchange DETROIT — Moyra Aontsalakis walked into the flagship Carhartt store in midtown and made a beeline for the wall of beanies. “A lot of my friends like Carhartt,” said the 16-year-old from Toronto, who was in town for an indoor ...