Michigan News

Maritime disasters program set

DETROIT (AP) — The last living survivor of the Carl D. Bradley sinking six decades ago is scheduled to be part of a program on Great Lakes maritime disasters. The Dossin Great Lakes Museum is hosting “Three Disastrous Anniversaries” on Saturday. Frank Mays, one of two survivors of the ...

9/11 town hall planned

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — A Detroit-area town hall-style event will feature personal stories, a panel discussion and theatrical performance focused on surveillance and imprisonment of U.S. Arabs, Muslims and other communities of color. The Arab American National Museum in Dearborn will host ...

Fire burns Michigan GOP lieutenant governor candidate’s home

ALTO, Mich. (AP) — A fire has caused significant damage to the western Michigan home of Republican candidate for lieutenant governor Lisa Posthumus Lyons. The campaign of Michigan Republican governor candidate Bill Schuette says that all family members were safe following Sunday’s fire in ...

Michigan teen appears in Nike ad with Colin Kaepernick

GRAND BLANC, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan teen was a part of Nike’s latest commercial featuring Colin Kaepernick. The “Dream Crazy” commercial includes Alicia Woollcott of Grand Blanc, The Flint Journal reported. The 18-year-old was included in the ad because she was a linebacker on the ...

Another day at Tesla: Execs depart, Musk invites controversy

By TOM KRISHER AP Auto Writer Another executive departure, another controversy over the CEO’s behavior, another stock drop. Another typical day at Tesla. Although the details change, the pattern stays the same. This time, the executive departure is David Morton, chief accounting ...

Startup wins contest in Detroit

DETROIT (AP) — A Latin American food and cocktail startup has been awarded $50,000 in a competition to reward entrepreneurs in Detroit. Toma Detroit recently won the 2018 Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest. It comes with the prize money from Comerica Bank as well as $200,000 in pro bono ...

Officials warn of high waves, floods

CHICAGO (AP) — The National Weather Service is warning people about dangerously high waves and flooding along the Lake Michigan shoreline. In Chicago, police say a man died early Saturday after a large wave swept him into the lake at North Avenue Beach. Crews searched for the man for about ...

Panel pushes water protection

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — An organization that represents states in the Great Lakes region says governments should push harder to protect water quality through use of “green infrastructure.” A report issued this week by the Great Lakes Commission recommends a number of steps to encourage ...

State to share cost for flood recovery

LANSING (AP) — The state of Michigan plans to help share the cost of providing matching funds for federal disaster relief to communities in the Upper Peninsula affected by severe flooding in June. Gov. Rick Snyder’s office announced Friday that he’s authorized the state to match about ...

Son-in-law charged with murder

BOWNE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A son-in-law has been charged with murder in the deaths of a couple in the Grand Rapids area. Nathan Board was set to appear in court Friday. Theodore Syrek and Patty Syrek died from blows to the head Tuesday at their home in Kent County’s Bowne ...

Man charged following baby’s death

TRAVERSE CITY (AP) — A northern Michigan man faces an open murder charge in the death of his girlfriend’s 1-month-old daughter. Twenty-year-old Thomas Gene Weatherholt of Traverse City is being held without bond following his arraignment Tuesday. Grand Traverse County sheriff’s ...

4 tornadoes in weekend storms

BATH TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Officials confirm four tornadoes touched down in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula over the weekend, knocking down trees and damaging buildings. No injuries were reported. The National Weather Service says Saturday’s tornadoes included one in Clinton County’s Bath ...

Priest enters no contest plea

SAGINAW, Mich. — A 71-year-old Catholic priest in the Saginaw area has pleaded no contest to sexual abuse charges involving three young men. The Saginaw County prosecutor’s office says Father Robert Deland’s plea to criminal sexual conduct, attempted criminal sexual conduct, gross ...

AP Exclusive: Franklin’s family says her eulogy was offensive

NEW YORK — The late Aretha Franklin’s family said Monday that it found an Atlanta pastor’s eulogy delivered at the Queen of Soul’s funeral last week to be offensive and distasteful. The eulogist, the Rev. Jasper Williams Jr., was criticized for a political address that described ...

Gas prices down 8 cents to $2.85

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — AAA Michigan says average gas prices statewide are down about 8 cents in the past week to about $2.85 per gallon. The Dearborn-based auto club says the average price for self-serve regular unleaded gasoline is about 23 cents more than at the same point last ...

Michigan farm has 1,000 day lily varieties

BY MARTA HEPLER DRAHOS Traverse City Record-Eagle AP Member Exchange THOMPSONVILLE, Mich. — The fields are a sea of gold as Di and Don Rau wander among the day lilies at Betsie River Centennial Lily Farm. “Is Betty Woods in bloom?” calls Di Rau, as Don Rau scans the neat rows ...

Land bank seeks to restore historic Battle Creek homes

By KALEA HALL Battle Creek Enquirer AP Member Exchange BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — For seven decades, 26 Fremont St. was home to one Battle Creek family. Members of the Barber family died here, got married here and operated a small gift shop inside. But the house passed to other owners in ...

State briefing

Bridge walkers get new options ST. IGNACE, Mich. (AP) — Participants in the traditional Labor Day walk across the Mackinac Bridge should expect some changes — and prepare for traffic tie-ups. The 5-mile-long bridge will be closed to vehicles Monday from 6:30 a.m. until noon. ...

LSSU plans building upgrades

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (AP) — Lake Superior State University says it has sold bonds to finance a $23 million infrastructure upgrade that will boost safety, security and sustainability while installing a more robust wireless IT network. The project includes upgrading buildings with new ...

Aretha’s lack of a will could make things rocky for heirs

By ANDREW DALTON AP Entertainment Writer LOS ANGELES — Aretha Franklin was so hard-nosed in her business dealings that she demanded to be paid in cash before performing. Her heirs won’t have it so simple. Though she lived to 76 and was terminally ill with pancreatic cancer, the ...