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Michigan Attorney General Announces First Arrests in Catholic Clergy Abuse Investigation

Michigan law enforcement officials made their first arrests in a statewide investigation into Roman Catholic clergy sexual abuse, the state’s attorney general announced on Friday. Five former Catholic priests have been charged with criminal sexual conduct, Attorney General Dana Nessel said at a news conference. But hundreds, or even thousands, of alleged victims could still […]

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Michigan to Pay $860,000 in Lawsuit Over Prison Guards Who Bet on a Woman Inmate’s Suicide

Photo: iStock How much is an incarcerated person’s life worth? At one Michigan jail, about the cost of a Subway sandwich. That’s what corrections officers wagered in response to a suicidal inmate, 25-year-old Janika Edmond, who threatened to kill herself—and requested help from guards—before eventually hanging herself in a prison shower. Advertisement The Michigan Department […]

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How Hippies Turned a College Town into ‘The Dope Capital of the Midwest’

John Sinclair in 1968. Photo by Leni Sinclair. The series of events that would lead to the radical reform of Michigan’s cannabis laws, and the transformation of a college town into the most 420-friendly place in the country, began with two hippies, Louis and Peg, who turned out not to be hippies at all. For […]

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Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin May Have Left Behind a Will After All

Aretha Franklin in 2008Photo: Associated Press It seems the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, had a will after all — maybe even three. The personal representative for her estate found three handwritten wills inside the singer’s home earlier this month, CNN reports. The documents are dated June 21, 2010, October 20, 2010, and March 31, […]

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Impeachment Appeal Pushes Justin Amash From G.O.P. Gadfly to Insurgent

WASHINGTON — Representative Justin Amash, Republican of Michigan, has made a political career of going it alone. But he has never been this alone. On Saturday, Mr. Amash, a libertarian with a contrarian streak that earned him the nickname “Mr. No” when he served in the state legislature, became the first — and thus far […]

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Breaking With Party, G.O.P. Lawmaker Says Trump’s Conduct Reaches ‘Threshold of Impeachment’

WASHINGTON — Representative Justin Amash, an iconoclastic Republican of Michigan who has considered a run against President Trump in 2020, became the first member of his party serving in Congress to publicly suggest that the president’s conduct had reached the “threshold of impeachment.” Mr. Amash, 39, used Mr. Trump’s favorite medium — Twitter — to […]

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Michigan’s Upper Peninsula Is An Untamed Retreat Full Of Stunning Scenery

Nathalie Linge “I don’t think a lot of people know how cool Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is,” adventure photographer Nathalie Linge says. “It was really unexpected for me.” Acting on a whim, Linge visited the U.P. last summer, along with her boyfriend Louis and their dog, Parker. They were headed to Canada to see friends, trailing […]

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How Gerrymandering Leads to Radical Abortion Laws

Stacey Abrams still hasn’t conceded that she lost to Brian Kemp in last year’s gubernatorial race in Georgia, and perhaps justifiably so. Kemp, formerly the secretary of state there, administered his own election, shuttered precincts in black communities, and presided over a last-minute voting roll purge that targeted predominantly minority voters. Despite all that help, […]

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Biden Thinks Trump Is the Problem, Not All Republicans. Other Democrats Disagree.

DUBUQUE, Iowa — As Joseph R. Biden Jr. made his way across Iowa on his first trip as a 2020 presidential candidate, the former vice president repeatedly returned to one term — aberration — when he referred to the Trump presidency. “Limit it to four years,” Mr. Biden pleaded with a ballroom crowd of 600 […]

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Parents of Babies Too Young to Vaccinate Feel Trapped by Measles Outbreak

TROY, Mich. — Roberta Traini gritted her teeth through the small talk at the Barnes & Noble checkout, grabbed her purchases and hustled her 5-month-old daughter, Gretha, into the chilly April air, where it was safer to breathe. “I was freaking out in there,” Ms. Traini said, jabbing her finger at the store. “I needed […]

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A Michigan Town Wants the Cops to Crack Down on the #BBQBeckys of the World — and We’re Here for It

Barbecuing while black in Oakland, Calif.Screenshot: KRON-TV You may remember #BBQBecky, the white woman who decided to call 911 on a group of black people who were simply barbecuing on a summer day in Oakland, Calif.? Or maybe you’ll recall #PoolPatrolPaula, the white woman who threatened to call 911 on three black teens for simply […]

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Judges Rule Michigan’s Congressional Districts Are Unconstitutionally Gerrymandered, Order Them Redrawn

WASHINGTON — A panel of three federal judges ruled on Thursday that 34 congressional and state legislative districts in Michigan are partisan gerrymanders and unconstitutional. The judges ordered state lawmakers to redraw maps in time for the 2020 elections. The panel wrote that it was joining “the growing chorus of federal courts” that have held […]

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Michigan State Discouraged Reporting of Rape Allegation Against Athletes, Woman Says

Robin and David Kowalski barely recognized their daughter Bailey when she was visiting home in White Lake, Mich., in the spring of 2015. Their perennially positive daughter, who was about to finish her freshman year at Michigan State, was sullen. She had suddenly decided to abandon her long-held dream of being a sports journalist, and […]

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The American Curriculum: Is the U.S. a Democracy? A Social Studies Battle Turns on the Nation’s Values

LANSING, Mich. — Bruising political fights are usual business in Becky Debowski’s eighth-grade social studies classroom. From a model Constitutional Convention to a bare-knuckle debate in Congress over slavery, she regularly has students assume roles of partisans throughout American history, like Abraham Lincoln and John C. Calhoun. After the exercises, the class comes back together […]

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Fact Check: Trump’s Inaccurate Claims on Mueller, Health Care and the Great Lakes

What Mr. Trump Said “By the way, we’re bringing a lot of those car companies back.” This is exaggerated. Mr. Trump’s claims of a “decimated” automobile industry before he took office and its revitalization since are not rooted in fact. Employment in the auto industry declined during the Great Recession, but has been steadily increasing […]

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Trump to Speak in Michigan at First Rally Since Mueller Report

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — President Trump, fresh off what he claims was vindication in the special counsel’s Russia investigation, will offer a first glimpse on Thursday night of how he plans to use the findings to demonize his enemies and galvanize his political base. In his first rally since the end of the 22-month investigation, […]

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Michigan vs Texas Tech Betting Line: March Madness Predictions & Picks

Getty DES MOINES, IOWA – MARCH 23: Isaiah Livers #4 of the Michigan Wolverines celebrates with his teammates against the Florida Gators during the second half in the second round game of the 2019 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Wells Fargo Arena on March 23, 2019 in Des Moines, Iowa. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) […]

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