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Chicago will sue U.S. Steel over toxic metal spill into Lake Michigan

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Nurses sue Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital over staffing

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Tiger Woods pleads guilty to reckless driving, avoids jail

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Chicago will sue U.S. Steel over toxic metal spill into Lake Michigan
CHICAGO -- Chicago is taking legal action against U.S. Steel after the company dumped more toxic metal into Lake Michigan last month according to WGNTV. In late October, nearly 60 pounds of chromium leaked into a Lake Michigan tributary after a wastewater treatment system malfunctioned at the U.S. Steel factory in northwest Indiana. It was the second time it’s happened in the past six months   Read More ...
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Life sentence for killer 'doesn't bring my brother back'
Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about. Facebook Life sentence for killer 'doesn't bring my brother back' Valencia Warren- Gibbs, 48 talks about Bobby Hines who was 15-year-old when he was sentenced to life without parole after killing Warren's brother James Warren on May 1, 1989. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed   Read More ...
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Civil lawsuit against Draymond Green halted
A civil lawsuit against Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green has been halted in a California court, according to a report by WILX in Lansing. Alameda County (Calif.) Superior Court Judge Ioana Petrou ruled that the case brought by former MSU football player Jermaine Edmondson should not have been filed in California, according to the report. Petrou said that because the incident occurred in East Lansing, and witnesses to the case live in Michigan, the lawsuit should be filed in Michigan, WILX reported   Read More ...
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Spencer threatens to sue UM over request to speak there
Lawyers for white supremacist Richard Spencer are threatening a lawsuit if the University of Michigan doesn’t respond in the next week to his request to speak on campus. The letter, sent Friday by a local attorney, demands an answer by Nov. 24 after a request was made to UM on Oct. 27 by Cameron Padgett, of Spencer’s National Policy Institute, to rent a university facility   Read More ...
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Getaway driver sentenced in killings outside Walmart
Corunna, Mich. – A woman who served as a getaway driver following the January shooting deaths of two men outside a mid-Michigan Walmart store has been sentenced to prison. The Argus-Press of Owosso reports a judge on Friday gave 35-year-old Erin Marie Mongar of Grand Rapids 35 to 60 years for second-degree murder. That’s the maximum under an agreement reached between prosecutors and Mongar’s lawyer   Read More ...
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Judge won’t dismiss lawsuit tied to fiery Jeep crash
Detroit – The family of a pregnant woman who died in a rear-end crash while in a Jeep Liberty has cleared a hurdle in a lawsuit against Fiat Chrysler. A federal judge in Detroit refused to dismiss a lawsuit Thursday filed by the estate of Kayla White. The 23-year-old Detroit-area woman was killed in 2014 when her Jeep Liberty exploded when hit from behind   Read More ...
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U-M threatened with lawsuit over white supremacist speech
The National Policy Institute, led by white supremacist Richard Spencer, asked for space in September on Michigan State University's campus Detroit Free Press staff. The University of Michigan has until 5 p.m. next Friday to agree to let white supremacist Richard Spencer speak on campus or a federal lawsuit will be filed, his lawyer said Friday. In a letter sent Friday to Pres   Read More ...
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Mich. teen pleads guilty to threatening school violence
Lapeer – A 15-year-old boy has pleaded guilty to charges that he threatened acts of violence at a Michigan middle school. The teen, who’s charged as an adult, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Lapeer County to one count each of making a false terrorist threat and using a computer to commit a crime. He’s among three teens who were charged with multiple felonies in April for allegedly exchanging text messages threatening to commit “mass murder” at Mayfield Township’s Zemmer Middle School   Read More ...
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Judge won’t dismiss lawsuit tied to Jeep Liberty crash
Detroit – The family of a pregnant woman who died in a rear-end crash while in a Jeep Liberty has cleared a hurdle in a lawsuit against Fiat Chrysler. A federal judge in Detroit refused to dismiss a lawsuit Thursday filed by the estate of Kayla White. The 23-year-old Detroit-area woman was killed in 2014 when her Jeep Liberty exploded when hit from behind   Read More ...
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Judge won’t dismiss suit tied to pregnant woman killed in Lodge crash
Buy Photo. The family of a pregnant woman who died in a rear-end crash while in a Jeep Liberty has cleared a hurdle in a lawsuit against Fiat Chrysler. A federal judge in Detroit refused to dismiss a lawsuit Thursday filed by the estate of Kayla White. The 23-year-old Ferndale woman was killed in 2014 when her Jeep Liberty exploded when hit from behind   Read More ...
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2 journalists join suit alleging pay discrimination against women at the Free Press
Two additional women have joined a lawsuit against the Free Press alleging pay discrimination. In October four female journalists — Kathleen Galligan, Mary Schroeder, Rose Ann McKean, and Regina H. Boone — filed suit against the newspaper in federal court, alleging the newspaper has underpaid them for years because they are women. The suit charged that men in the company are paid more than women in almost every employee category of the newsroom   Read More ...
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FEC complaint filed against Rep. Bishop PAC
A county-level Democratic Party official has filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission Wednesday over the alleged failure of a political action committee affiliated with Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Bishop to file campaign finance disclosure reports. In the federal complaint filed this week, the Livingston County Democratic Party’s Chairwoman Judith Daubenmier alleges that Bishop failed to disclose at least $1,000 in political contributions in the 13 months since he founded a fund-raising political action committee   Read More ...
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Woman sentenced in death of nursing home resident, 85, left outside
GRAND RAPIDS — A caregiver has been sentenced to six months behind bars in the death of an 85-year-old woman who was found in cold weather outside an assisted living center in western Michigan. WOOD-TV reports Yahira Zamora learned her punishment at a Tuesday hearing. She earlier pleaded no contest to second-degree vulnerable adult abuse. Authorities say she reset a door alarm without determining whether anyone was outside Crystal Springs Assisted Living Center in Kent County's Gaines Township   Read More ...
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Caregiver sentenced in death outside nursing home
Grand Rapids – A caregiver has been sentenced to six months behind bars in the death of an 85-year-old woman who was found in cold weather outside an assisted living center in western Michigan. WOOD-TV reports Yahira Zamora learned her punishment at a Tuesday hearing. She earlier pleaded no contest to second-degree vulnerable adult abuse. Authorities say she reset a door alarm without determining whether anyone was outside Crystal Springs Assisted Living Center in Kent County’s Gaines Township   Read More ...
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Democratic candidate for Michigan governor is sued over alleged fraud
The Flint water crisis promises to be a major issue in the 2018 Michigan governor's election. Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press. LANSING — A buyer filed a federal lawsuit against Democratic gubernatorial candidate Shri Thanedar, alleging the Ann Arbor businessman fraudulently inflated the value of a company before its 2016 sale. Avomeen Holdings LLC, a Delaware company located in Ann Arbor, filed the lawsuit in U   Read More ...
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Governor hopeful accused of fraud in $20M company sale
Lansing — A new federal lawsuit alleges Michigan gubernatorial candidate Shri Thanedar made “fraudulent and misleading” claims to inflate the value a company he sold last year in a deal that netted him roughly $20 million. Attorneys for Avomeen Holdings, whose parent company purchased a controlling stake in the Avomeen chemical testing business in November, sued Thanedar on Tuesday in U   Read More ...
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Attorney says state withholding info in ATV death suit
An attorney for the family of Damon Grimes, the 15-year-old ATV driver who died in a crash after a Michigan State Police crew chased him and stunned him with a Taser, claimed Tuesday the state is withholding information in a federal lawsuit. A lawyer for the Michigan Attorney General’s Office, which is representing two state troopers being sued in connection with the , countered the matter should be put on hold for 90 days to allow Wayne County prosecutors to decide whether to charge the troopers with crimes   Read More ...
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Lawsuit aims to block land swap deal to build $520M jail
Which plan for a new jail should Wayne County go with? See the details on proposals from Dan Gilbert and Walsh Construction. John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press. Nicholas Miller, who lives within three blocks of the proposed site, filed a lawsuit this morning in Wayne County Circuit Court to stop the deal. Buy Photo. A Detroit resident is seeking an emergency court injunction to block the Detroit City Council from authorizing a land swap deal between the city and Wayne County that would allow billionaire Dan Gilbert's Rock Ventures to build a $520   Read More ...
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Woman blamed for explosion at motel sentenced to prison
Cadillac, Mich. – A woman who authorities say caused an explosion and fire in a northern Michigan motel room that injured her two children has been sentenced to more than six years in prison. Authorities say Amanda Lynn Skardoutos was trying to make butane hash oil on May 17 when she was injured in the explosion at Green Mill Motel in Manton   Read More ...
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Dearborn Heights officer pleads not guilty in fatal crash
Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about. Facebook Dearborn Heights officer pleads not guilty in fatal crash Prosecutors say Dearborn Heights officer Larry Little was traveling 81 m.p.h. in a 40 m.p.h. zone when his police cruiser struck another vehicle. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed.   Read More ...
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Oakland County Jail inmate facing life sentence hangs himself, authorities say
Authorities are investigating the suicide of an Oakland County Jail inmate who was hours away from being sentenced to life in prison. Kevin Jermaine Wiley, 35, of Pontiac was found at 12:24 a.m. Monday hanging in his cell, according to a news release from Oakland County Undersheriff Mike McCabe. He did not display any unusual behavior beforehand but did leave behind a note, McCabe said   Read More ...
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Ex-drill instructor sentenced to 10 years
Marine Gunnery Sgt. Joseph A. Felix Jr. was sentenced Friday to 10 years in military prison for abusing three Muslim recruits during boot camp at Parris Island, including Raheel Siddiqui of Taylor, among other charges. The 34-year-old Iraq veteran also received a dishonorable discharge, forfeiture of his salary and a reduction in his rank to the lowest rank, private, according the U   Read More ...
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Marine Corps jury finds drill instructor guilty of mistreating Taylor recruit Siddiqui
Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about. Facebook Marine Corps jury finds drill instructor guilty of mistreating Taylor recruit Siddiqui The jury found Gunnery Sgt. Joseph Felix not guilty of abusing Raheel Siddiqui by calling him a terrorist, but found him guilty of mistreating Siddiqui for slapping him and forcing him to run laps in the barracks just before his death   Read More ...
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Ex-drill instructor found guilty of abuse
Camp Lejeune, North Carolina — A military jury has found a former drill instructor at Parris Island guilty of abusing three Muslim recruits including Raheel Siddiqui of Taylor, who fell to his death at the Parris Island boot camp last year. The jury next will consider sentencing for Gunnery Sgt. Joseph A. Felix Jr., a 34-year-old Iraq veteran, who could face time in military prison, forfeiture of pay, a reduction in rank or a dishonorable discharge   Read More ...
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Trash giant Rizzo pleads guilty to bribery
Buy Photo. Port Huron — Trash titan Chuck Rizzo faces up to 10 years in federal prison after pleading guilty Thursday, admitting he bribed Macomb County politicians and stole money from his trash-hauling company while building Rizzo Environmental Services into a regional powerhouse. Rizzo, 47, of Bloomfield Township, also will forfeit $4 million and help the government prosecute others ensnared in a wide-ranging public corruption scandal   Read More ...
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Trump voter fraud commission faces lawsuit from member
A member of President Donald Trump’s commission on voter fraud sued in federal court on Thursday, alleging that the commission is violating federal law by excluding him and others from participating in the work of the commission and refusing to provide documents available to other members. The lawsuit, filed by Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap in U.S. District Court in Washington, D   Read More ...
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Neighbor accused of attacking Sen. Rand Paul in court
Bowling Green, Ky. — A longtime neighbor accused of assaulting U.S. Sen. Rand Paul and breaking six of his ribs pleaded not guilty to assault in court in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Rene Boucher pleaded not guilty to a fourth-degree assault charge Thursday in connection with the attack as Paul mowed his lawn in the neighborhood where they both live. Boucher was wearing a suit and barely spoke in the courtroom, only saying “yes sir” to a judge   Read More ...
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Testimony ends in trial of Marine Corps instructor
Camp Lejeune, N.C. — Testimony has ended in the military trial of a Marine Corps drill instructor accused of punching, choking and kicking recruits, and particularly targeting Muslim trainees for abuse. Closing arguments were expected Wednesday in the court martial of Gunnery Sgt. Joseph Felix at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. He is charged with three counts of maltreatment toward three Muslim recruits   Read More ...
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Genesee Co. official: State didn’t take warnings seriously
Flint — A Genesee County environmental health director excoriated state health officials in court testimony Tuesday for declaring in 2015 the Legionella outbreak in the Flint region was over when more people were getting sick with the deadly disease. James Henry, the Genesee County environmental health director, testified in the preliminary exam hearing on state medical director Eden Wells that he was “aggressive” in trying to get the state to not only further investigate an uptick in Legionella cases but bring in the Centers for Disease Control — which he said state officials were slow in doing   Read More ...
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Baltimore van driver in Freddie Gray case not guilty
Baltimore — A disciplinary panel has found a Baltimore police van driver not guilty on all administrative charges related to his transportation of Freddie Gray, the black man whose death in custody sparked riots in the city. The three-member board said Tuesday that Officer Caesar Goodson did not violate any department policies the day Gray was fatally injured in police custody   Read More ...
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Cub Scout embezzler gets 10 days in jail
A woman accused of stealing from a local Cub Scout pack has been sentenced to 10 days in jail. Shannon Fox was also sentenced to a year of probation, 30 hours of community service and to pay back the money she stole. Officials said Fox, 32, of Kimball Township was treasurer of Pack 201 when she embezzled $1,998.62 from its checking account   Read More ...
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Man gets prison time for illegally harvesting Va. eels
Norfolk, Va. — A New York seafood dealer has been sentenced to 1 ½ years behind bars for illegally trafficking more than $150,000 worth of baby eels from Virginia. The Virginian-Pilot reports that 42-year-old Tommy Zhou of Brooklyn was sentenced Friday in a federal Virginia court after he pleaded guilty in April. Called elvers, baby eels are valuable because they are sold to Asian aquaculture companies so they can be raised to maturity and used as food   Read More ...
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Casey Anthony’s ex-lawyer is convicted in NY drug case
New York — A disbarred lawyer who once represented Casey Anthony has been convicted of conspiring to fly a plane filled with $13 million worth of cocaine from Ecuador to Honduras. The office of U.S. Attorney Robert L. Capers says Todd Macaluso was found guilty last Friday in Brooklyn of international cocaine distribution conspiracy. He could get 10 years to life in prison when he’s sentenced on Feb   Read More ...
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Court asked to reconsider defamation suit against Cosby
Boston — A woman who says Bill Cosby raped her decades ago wants a federal appeals court to reconsider her defamation case against the comedian. Kathrine McKee’s attorney is asking the full 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to hear her case. A three-judge panel of the court last month refused to revive her lawsuit against Cosby. The former actress said Cosby defamed her in a letter that his lawyer sent to the New York Daily News demanding a retraction of a 2014 story about McKee’s rape allegations   Read More ...
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Man found guilty of fatally shooting jogger Rebekah Bletsch in western Michigan in 2014
MUSKEGON, Mich. - Jurors on Thursday quickly convicted a man of fatally shooting a woman who was jogging in 2014, one of two murder cases filed against him in western Michigan. Jeffrey Willis denied any role in Rebekah Bletsch's death in Muskegon County's Dalton Township, but jurors determined the evidence against him was strong. The jury met for less than two hours before returning a guilty verdict   Read More ...
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Jeffrey Willis convicted in 2014 murder of jogger in Muskegon County
MUSKEGON, Mich. — Jurors quickly convicted a man Thursday of fatally shooting a woman who was jogging in 2014, one of two murder cases filed against him in Muskegon County. Jeffrey Willis denied any role in Rebekah Bletsch’s death in Dalton Township, but jurors determined the evidence against him was strong. The jury met for less than two hours before returning a guilty verdict on the charge of first-degree murder   Read More ...
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Lawyer: Disabled student suffered 'medieval-type torture' at school
Buy Photo. A 26-year-old disabled student suffered "medieval-type torture" for years at the hands of people who were supposed to protect and educate her, the student's attorney, Jonathan Marko, told reporters Thursday. Sitting with the student and her parents, Marko detailed the alleged abuse at the heart of the federal lawsuit filed a day earlier against a teacher, her supervisor and the Washtenaw Intermediate School District   Read More ...
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Nurses sue Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital over staffing
Buy Photo. The Michigan Nurses Association filed a lawsuit against Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital in Oakland County Circuit Court Thursday saying a staff shortage is placing nurses and patients at risk. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of seven nurses at the 158-bed hospital in Commerce Township, which is part of the seven-hospital Detroit Medical Center health system. The hospital’s 350 nurses unionized with the Michigan Nurses Association in March 2016 and are currently negotiating their first union contract   Read More ...
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Dem lawmakers sue over Trump administration secrecy
Washington — Democratic members of the House oversight committee filed a lawsuit in federal court Thursday over the Trump administration’s refusal to turn over information about the Trump family’s lease of the Trump Hotel in Washington. The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on behalf of 17 Democratic members of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform   Read More ...
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Feds armed with secret video, wiretaps in tow scandal
Detroit — Federal corruption prosecutors are armed with secret video recordings, a “significant number” of wiretaps, text messages and other evidence against a former deputy Detroit Police chief accused of pocketing bribes. Prosecutors described the types of evidence against Celia Washington in a court filing Thursday, explaining her defense lawyer needs additional time to review extensive discovery materials collected during a complex criminal case   Read More ...
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