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2 men charged in armed robbery, wounding of trans woman

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1 dead in shooting at Water Station in Detroit

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Free holiday dessert demonstrations offered at ABC Warehouse

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Chobani expands in Idaho despite refugee turmoil

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Suspect arrested in auto parts store fatal shooting

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Ex-Mich. couple among Texas church shooting victims

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Northern Michigan couple killed in Texas church shooting

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Column: Anti-Zionism is the new anti-Semitism
Is the ACLU actually attempting to sway congressional debate against Israel? The red flags are alarming, including this recent by Jamil Dakwar, director of the ACLU’s Human Rights Program: “Israeli leaders exploit horrible acts of anti-Semitism to encourage Jews to move to Israel. Judaism ≠ Zionism; Anti-Zionism ≠ Anti-Semitism.” Dakwar is wrong, and his tweet is anti-Semitic. Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, at a symposium held at the United Nations, “Racism in all forms is intolerable   Read More ...
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University of Michigan president releases statement on white supremacist request to speak on campus
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - University of Michigan President Mark S. Schlissel released a statement Tuesday about a white supremacist's request to speak publicly on campus. The University of Michigan Board of Regents scheduled a meeting for 7 p.m. Tuesday to make a public comment about Richard Spencer's request. University spokesman Rick Fitzgerald said last month the university would pay "close attention to the safety and security of our community" in considering Spencer's request   Read More ...
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University of Michigan takes step towards letting white supremacist Richard Spencer speak
The National Policy Institute, led by white supremacist Richard Spencer, has asked for space in September on Michigan State University's campus David Jesse, Detroit Free Press. Buy Photo. The University of Michigan took the first step towards letting Richard Spencer — who supporters describe as an alt-right leader and opponents describe as a white supremacist — speak on its campus. The move came Tuesday night at a rare special public meeting of the Board of Regents on the topic   Read More ...
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U of Michigan to decide on white supremacist speaker
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The University of Michigan Board of Regents will make an announcement on white supremacist Richard Spencer's request to speak on campus. University spokesman Rick Fitzgerald says the regents scheduled a 7 p.m. Tuesday meeting during which they'll also take public comment. Fitzgerald said last month the university would pay "close attention to the safety and security of our community" in considering Spencer's request   Read More ...
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White supremacist at U-M? University to discuss speaking request tonight
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's Board of Regents will hold a rare special public meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday to discuss a request from Richard Spencer to speak on campus. The university is facing the threat of a lawsuit if it doesn't decide by Friday whether to give Spencer a place to speak   Read More ...
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Michigan residents split over controversial fountain
The Fountain of the Pioneers in Kalamazoo features a European settler with a weapon in his hand towering over a Native American. Some residents say the piece is racist, while others argue that it’s a work of art that can teach people about history. Kalamazoo City Commission saw a presentation from city staff Monday about the Bronson Park fountain’s history. The commission didn’t have a vote scheduled on the issue and will revisit the topic in 90 days   Read More ...
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Police: Man shot in chest after argument on east side
A 30-year-old man is in critical condition after being shot in his chest and left elbow late Monday night on Detroit's east side. The shooting took place about 11:35 p.m. on Somerset, near East Warren, said Officer Dan Donakowski, a Detroit Police Department spokesman. The victim was "at an unknown address," standing outside, when he and the suspect began arguing. Police describe the suspect as a black male, age 24 to 30, 6-feet-1 inch tall, with a short afro, "kinky hair," dark skin, a goatee, and a handgun   Read More ...
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Suspect arrested in Pennsylvania cop shooting
New Kensington, Pa. — The man accused of fatally shooting a rookie police officer in western Pennsylvania was taken into custody Tuesday, the state police said. Details of the arrest of 29-year-old Rahmael Sal Holt were not immediately released. A news conference was planned for later Tuesday. Holt is accused of killing New Kensington Officer Brian Shaw during a traffic stop Friday night   Read More ...
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Two men charged in shooting of a Detroit transgender woman
When Corey told her mom she's transgender, her mom did everything to support her. Then Corey's mom got the courage to live his truth, as a transgender man. Humankind. Two men accused of robbing and shooting a transgender woman in the Palmer Park neighborhood of Detroit last week are expected to be arraigned today in 36th District Court. Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy, with the assistance of the Fair Michigan Justice Project, filed charges against 21-year-old Charles Marion Brown and 19-year-old Jujuan Alexon Williams   Read More ...
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2 arraigned in shooting, robbing of trans woman
Detroit — Two Detroit men accused of shooting and robbing a transgender woman Friday were formally charged with the crime in court. Charles Marion Brown, 21, and Julian Alexon Williams, 19, were arraigned Monday on several charges in 36th District Court in Detroit via video. A judge ordered each of the two men held on $1.5-million bond and scheduled their next court date for Nov   Read More ...
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Man fatally shot in Indiana hunting accident
Elizabeth, Ind. — Authorities say a man has died after being shot in an accident while hunting deer in southern Indiana. Indiana Conservation Officers say 58-year-old Thomas Zimmerman of Borden was hunting on private property in Harrison County near Elizabeth when he was found unresponsive Sunday by other members of his hunting group in an elevated ladder-type tree stand. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement division says he died due to a close range gunshot wound to the head   Read More ...
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2 men charged in armed robbery, wounding of trans woman
Detroit Police are hoping to locating two male suspects wanted in connection to a non-fatal shooting that occurred on the city’s west side. Detroit— Two Detroit men have been charged in connection with the armed robbery of a transgender woman early Friday on the city’s west side. The shooting, which left the 36-year-old victim seriously wounded, police said, came just days before Transgender Day of Rememberance   Read More ...
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Abby: Thanksgiving peace prayer to bring world together
Dear Abby: Our organization, No Greater Love, is a nonprofit humanitarian organization that honors America’s fallen and their families, and promotes peace. I am reaching out to you and your millions of readers about an important event we are planning. NGL invites you and your readers to become links in our Chain of Prayer for Peace. As you gather together at Thanksgiving, please consider adding a special prayer for peace   Read More ...
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FBI report on black ‘extremists’ raises new fears
Washington – An FBI report on the rise of black “extremists” is stirring fears of a return to practices used during the civil rights movement, when the bureau spied on activist groups without evidence they had broken any laws. The FBI said it doesn’t target specific groups, and the report is one of many its intelligence analysts produce to make law enforcement aware of what they see as emerging trends   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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Rescue mission seeks probe of homeless funding
The president of Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries called for an investigation Thursday into how federal funds for providing emergency shelter are distributed, saying the city’s homeless population is unfairly served by an “unethical” funding process. The issue involves millions of dollars received annually from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development that are distributed among 27 agencies providing help for the homeless in Detroit   Read More ...
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Warren officials offer mass shooting training for church leaders
See how First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas, has turned its sanctuary into a moving memorial to church family members killed in the shooting. USA TODAY. In the wake of a shooting at a Texas church that left more than two dozen people dead, Warren officials are holding a seminar to help local religious leaders protect their flocks. Police personnel will offer advice on how to prevent and respond to mass shootings at 1 p   Read More ...
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Column: Immigrants are key to reviving working class
Buy Photo. Compelling new research documents how immigrants are undeniably part of the solution to start reversing the job loss and wage stagnation impacting Michigan’s working-class. Released by the New American Economy, a coalition of mayors and corporate CEOs led by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and the Great Lakes Metro Chambers Coalition, a group of 38 local chambers of commerce from across the Rust Belt, the report provides detailed and exhaustive evidence that immigrants are a critical part of the solution to the Rust Belt’s working-class economic concerns   Read More ...
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Grand Rapids immigration policy doesn’t cover police
Grand Rapids, Mich. – Officials in Grand Rapids have adopted a new policy that bars most city workers and staff from asking residents about their immigration status, with the exception being police. The Grand Rapids City Commission adopted the policy Tuesday, the Grand Rapids Press reported . The ordinance was drafted over the last year by the Community Relations Commission, the city’s diversity and inclusion manager, local police and the city’s lawyers   Read More ...
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California gunman who killed 4 was out on bail
Rancho Tehama Reserve, Calif. – The gunman behind a rampage in Northern California was out on bail charged with stabbing a neighbor, others had complained about him firing hundreds of rounds from his house, and he had been the subject of a domestic violence call the day before the attack. Yet Kevin Neal was free and able to use a semiautomatic rifle and two handguns Tuesday to shoot 14 people, killing four, in seven different locations across his rural community, including an elementary school, before he died in a shootout with police   Read More ...
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Family funeral for Texas church shooting victims
Sutherland Springs, Texas – One of the survivors of a mass shooting at a small Texas church will hold a funeral Wednesday for his pregnant wife and three of her children, his parents, a brother and a toddler niece. John Holcombe has arranged a public funeral for his family at an event center in Floresville, Texas, about 12 miles from the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, where the shooting occurred   Read More ...
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Act on data to curb gun violence
It is long past time to have a serious conversation about gun violence in this country. That said, a “serious conversation” isn’t enough. We need action. Growing up in the city of Detroit, going to middle school in the Cass Corridor, my experience around guns wasn’t a positive one. Gangs, gun runners and the drug trade were my associations with the gun issue   Read More ...
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1 dead in shooting at Water Station in Detroit
Detroit police are working to find two people connected with a shooting at a popular business on the city’s north side Tuesday that left one person dead. The pair entered the Water Station in the 18700 block of Woodward at Goldengate at about 7 p.m. with a handgun and in ski masks and approached a man inside, said Sgt. Nicole Kirkwood, a spokeswoman for the Detroit Police Department   Read More ...
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Poland strongly condemns racism, defends weekend march
Warsaw, Poland — Poland’s Foreign Ministry said Monday that it strongly condemns racist, anti-Semitic and xenophobic ideas, but insisted that a large weekend march by nationalists in Warsaw was largely an expression of patriotic feeling. The ministry said that the march Saturday on the Independence Day holiday was “a great celebration of Poles, differing in their views, but united around the common values of freedom and loyalty to an independent homeland   Read More ...
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Free holiday dessert demonstrations offered at ABC Warehouse
Looking for some new ideas for holiday desserts? Starting today, ABC Warehouse will offer cooking demonstrations at several metro Detroit locations. Local culinary instructor Mary Spencer of Taste: A Cook’s Place will lead the demonstrations with ideas and recipes for holiday desserts, including Chocolate Caramel Fudge Trifle, Cranberry Cake and Peppermint Cheesecake. The demonstrations are scheduled for 6:30-8:30 p.m. at these ABC Warehouse locations: today at 30280 Plymouth Road, Livonia; Tuesday at 637 John R Rd   Read More ...
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Domestic violence victims get protections under bills in House, Senate
Domestic violence survivor Nicole Beverly of Ypsilanti Township plans to disappear with her children when her ex-husband gets out of prison in two months. He has been threatening to kill their children in front of her and then torture her to death. Junfu Han/Detroit Free Press. Buy Photo. LANSING – Victims of domestic violence would get protections under bills introduced last week by Democrats in the House of Representatives and Republicans in the Senate   Read More ...
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Police: Man shot outside market on Michigan Ave.
A 34-year-old man is in critical condition after being shot outside of a market on Michigan Avenue, police said. The shooting took place about 9 p.m. Sunday, on the 8000 block of Michigan Ave., said Officer Dan Donakowski, a Detroit Police Department spokeswoman. A witness reported hearing five shots, then seeing the victim slumped over behind the wheel of his dark-colored Chevy Impala, before calling 911   Read More ...
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Violent neighborhoods plague generations in Detroit
Ask David Williams about his dreams and he gushes optimism: “I want to be the best NBA player in the world.” Neviah Lewis, 18, and David Williams, 12, talk about how crime in their Detroit neighborhood and schools has affected them, while taking a break from the S.A.Y. Detroit activity center. When discussing his reality, the 12-year-old paints a gloomier picture   Read More ...
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Texas town begins to heal after church mass shooting
Sutherland Springs, Texas — Hundreds of people gathered in the tiny town of Sutherland Springs for the first Sunday service since a gunman stormed the First Baptist Church and killed more than two-dozen people in the worst mass shooting in Texas history. Pastor Frank Pomeroy led an emotional sermon that called on mourners to worship in the face of evil. “Rather than choose darkness as that young man did that day, we choose life,” said Pomeroy, whose 14-year-old daughter was among those killed in the Nov   Read More ...
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US conducts drone strikes against extremists in Somalia
Mogadishu, Somalia — The U.S. military command in Africa says it carried out three drone strikes against Islamic extremists in Somalia within 24 hours, stepping up their campaign against al-Shabab and the Islamic State group. A spokeswoman for the U.S. Africa command told The Associated Press Sunday that the attacks by unmanned drones killed several extremist fighters. She said that with these three attacks, the U   Read More ...
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Woman shot at Marysville play center
Marysville, Mich. — Authorities say two people have died after connected shootings in St. Clair County, including one at a busy indoor play center. Police say a woman was shot Saturday evening at Jump N Jam in Marysville and died later at a hospital. The man described by investigators as a suspect in the shooting was found dead from they believe to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound at a home in nearby Kimball Township   Read More ...
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Reports: Woman shot at Marysville play center
A woman was shot Saturday evening at a children’s indoor play place in Marysville, according to media reports. reported the shooting occurred at the Jump N Jam in the 3100 block of Gratiot. The victim's condition was not known. quoted witnesses who said several children and parents were inside the venue at the time of the shooting. The suspect had been on the run, according to the news station, but by 11 p   Read More ...
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Texas church shooting victims honored, funeral held
Sutherland Springs, Texas — Two white hearses carrying the bodies of a couple killed in last weekend’s Texas church shooting were followed by a long procession of vehicles Saturday evening that avoided passing the church, where more than two dozen people were fatally shot. Mourners instead drove around the tiny community of Sutherland Springs before reaching a small cemetery on the edge of town, where dozens more vehicles waited along a rural road for the private burial of Therese and Richard Rodriguez   Read More ...
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60,000 in far-right march on Poland’s Independence Day
Warsaw, Poland — Tens of thousands of nationalists marched in a demonstration organized by far-right groups in Warsaw Saturday, as Poles celebrated their country’s Independence Day. The far-right march was one of many events marking Poland’s rebirth as a nation in 1918 after being wiped off the map for 123 years. Earlier in the day, President Andrzej Duda presided over state ceremonies also attended by European Union president Donald Tusk, a former Polish prime minister   Read More ...
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Bills would protect Michigan domestic violence victims
Lansing — Eight years after leaving her physically abusive husband, Nicole Beverly still fears for her life but also considers herself lucky. When she was being stalked and fled to Canada for two weeks, she did not lose her job. She was allowed to take time off for court hearings. Family and friends helped house her and her two sons. And when her husband located their new address through a utility, a landlord let her out of the lease early   Read More ...
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Protests look to preserve ultra-Orthodox lifestyle
Jerusalem — A string of protests by ultra-Orthodox Jewish activists against Israel's compulsory military service has paralyzed Jerusalem in recent weeks in what their leaders had hoped would be a show of strength by the traditionally insular society. Instead, the demonstrations reflect a desperate attempt by members of a vocal minority trying to preserve a lifestyle that is rapidly changing around them   Read More ...
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Residents of Texas town feel helpless after shooting
Sutherland Springs, Texas — Volunteers donated blood at a community hall and others stocked the refrigerator and laid out loaves of bread at a food pantry as the stunned community of Sutherland Springs struggled to recover from the shooting at a Baptist church that left more than two dozen dead. Law enforcement officials reopened the intersection Thursday where the First Baptist Church sits, but black mesh material was tied to the chain-link fence surrounding it   Read More ...
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Review: Tragedy of refugees explored in ‘Human Flow’
“Human Flow” takes an abstract tragedy — the fact that some 65 million people worldwide are refugees — and make it tangible, real, unavoidable. It does not browbeat or preach, it simply shows, and what it shows is overwhelming. Directed by, and often featuring, the acclaimed Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei, this documentary travels the world looking at the plight of refugees, many of whom are wandering without fixed plans, simply fleeing oppressive regimes, war, poverty or climate changes that have made life untenable   Read More ...
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Chobani expands in Idaho despite refugee turmoil
Twin Falls, Idaho — The founder and CEO of Chobani has no regrets about moving his Greek yogurt company to south-central Idaho, a region embroiled in the national debate over refugee resettlement that spread to company boycotts by far-right bloggers and conspiracy theorists. “I hear the conversations here and there, but it’s a peaceful community that we all love,” said Hamdi Ulukaya, a Turkish immigrant   Read More ...
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Family: Woman killed in shooting shielded grandson
Dallas — One of the people killed when a gunman opened fire at a small-town Texas church was a 56-year-old Sunday school teacher who relatives say threw herself in front of her 18-year-old grandson. And after Peggy Warden was fatally shot, her grandson turned and helped shield a small child who’d been hiding under a pew. Warden’s brother Jimmy Stevens says the grandson, Zach Poston, described what happened from the hospital   Read More ...
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