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Detroit emergency manager spokesman Bill Nowling walks away from bad wreck

freep.com — Detroit emergency manager spokesman Bill Nowling said he was grateful to walk away from a wreck Thursday morning about a mile from his home near Brighton. He was on his way to work and hit a parked delivery truck. His 2011 Hyundai Sonata was totaled. / Photos supplied by Bill Nowling.

isportsweb: Princess Lacey memorial was beautiful, hard on the emotions

freep.com — Pictures of Lacey smiling and laughing have been replaced by pictures of her struggling, trying to walk again. The hospital room. The losing of her hair. The pain. A bald Lacey in a wheelchair. Now dancing with her walker. Still smiling. She's beautiful. I'm bawling. My chest heaving.
RT @isportsDave: It was the MSU basketball team's turn to watch Lacey Thursday night. Thru watery eyes... on the video screens... http://t.…

Michigan House leader ups ante in Detroit bankruptcy: Unions put up cash, or no money from state

freep.com — LANSING - Unions representing city of Detroit employees must put up some cash toward the Detroit bankruptcy settlement before the Legislature will vote on a proposed $350-million state contribution toward settling the case, House Speaker Jase Bolger said through a spokesman on Friday.
RT @freep: #Michigan House leader @JaseBolger ups ante in #Detroit bankruptcy: Unions put up cash, or no money from state http://t.co/JEJmm…

Young Guns chefs schedule 4th dinner in Southfield

freep.com — The Young Guns chefs will take over the kitchen at Bacco Ristorante in Southfield July 13 for the fourth in a series of dinners designed to showcase the skills of metro Detroit's and Michigan's next generation of chefs.
Young Guns chefs plan next dinner at Bacco in July. Tix go on sale April 28. #detroit #restaurants #foodie on.freep.com/1jRdec6

Columnist: Jon Horford's decision to leave Michigan not easy, but educated

freep.com — 'I haven't played my game yet, the way that I can play, the way that I do play. And that's not a negative thing at all (about Michigan). It just, it is what it is.' What it is is Beilein's read-and-react system built for guards. 'Big men can have success,' Horford said.
Columnist: Jon Horford's decision to leave Michigan not easy, but educated freep.com/article/201404… via @freep

Farmington man sentenced to life in prison in mutilation murder case

freep.com — A Farmington man apologized this morning for strangling his girlfriend, then cutting her up in several pieces and storing her body parts in different rooms of her house. "I'd like to say I'm sorry to the friends and family of Kaitlin," William Dhondt, 29, said as he stood shackled, in orange jail garb, awaiting sentencing on first-degree murder charges in Oakland County Circuit Court.
Victim's dad in grisly mutilation murder: "She was not a piece of salmon. She was not a pot roast." freep.com/article/201404… via @freep

Aiyana Stanley-Jones' dad to spend 40 years in prison in murder case

freep.com — The father of a 7-year-old girl killed in a Detroit police raid was sentenced today to at least 40 years in prison in a killing that authorities said led to the fateful raid in 2010. Charles Jones, the father of Aiyana Stanley-Jones, was accused of providing the gun that Chauncey Owens used to kill 17-year-old Je'Rean Blake in 2010.

Memorial at Michigan State a celebration of Lacey Holsworth's life

freep.com — EAST LANSING - "Love Like Lacey," read the sign outside Harrison Roadhouse, a well-known letter jumble that often tells the story of the day at Michigan State - whether it be a football win or a tuition increase. On Thursday, it was 8-year-old Lacey Joy Elizabeth Holsworth of St.
RT @joerexrode: Celebration of Lacey is stirring, uplifting, heart-wrenching in front of 2,500 at Breslin Center. freep.com/article/201404…
RT @Mark__Snyder: Memorial at Michigan State a celebration of Lacey Holsworth's life, eloquently shared by @joerexrode http://t.co/3hFyiXd2…

Schools too quick to kick students out? March against zero-tolerance planned

freep.com — Dozens will march from Detroit to Lansing Monday to Wednesday to draw attention to their concerns and to urge schools to adopt policies that limit lengthy expulsions and suspensions to the most serious offenses, create alternatives to such disciplinary action and eliminate suspensions for uniform and truancy violations
RT @LoriAHiggins: Schools too quick to kick students out? March against zero-tolerance planned freep.com/article/201404… via @freep

Nancy Kaffer: The State of Michigan's absolute bonehead move on Belle Isle

freep.com — For more than a year, we've assured Detroiters that leasing Belle Isle to the state would be a change for the better, that folks' worst fears about outside appropriation of city assets were ill-founded at best, conspiracy theories at worst. As for the idea that state management meant Detroiters could be kept off the island, well, that just seemed ridiculous.
RT @TomHenderson2: My blog blows up on the state. belle isle closing gets rescinded. nancy kaffer writes great followup in Freep. http://t…
RT @nancykaffer: I'm glad the state's not closing #belleisle during a conference this fall. But it should never have been an option. http:/…
My blog blows up on the state. belle isle closing gets rescinded. nancy kaffer writes great followup in Freep. freep.com/article/201404…
I'm glad the state's not closing #belleisle during a conference this fall. But it should never have been an option. on.freep.com/1ne5PXU

Judge wants Mayor Duggan, City Council to support restructuring plan and testify at trial

freep.com — Judge Steven Rhodes today signaled he won't allow Detroit's bankruptcy restructuring plan to proceed unless the city's elected political leaders are committed to implementing the roadmap. Detroit bankruptcy attorneys told Rhodes that Mayor Mike Duggan is expected to testify during a massive plan confirmation trial starting in late July; a proceeding that will determine the fact of the restructuring plan.
Fed judge says he wants #Detroit @MayorMikeDuggan, City Council involved, supportive of city's bankruptcy exit plan ow.ly/vUmkb
Judge Rhodes wants assurance Mayor Mike Duggan, City Council will carry out Detroit bankruptcy restructuring plan: on.freep.com/1l9yvRP

Jennifer Gratz challenges black student to debate over U-M admissions

freep.com — A long-time opponent of the use of affirmative action in college admissions is challenging a black Detroit student to a public debate. Jennifer Gratz, who sued the University of Michigan and helped lead a successful drive to get Michigan voters to ban the use of the affirmative action, in a news release Thursday issued the challenge to University Preparatory Academy senior Brooke Kimbrough.
UPDATED: We're polar opposites': Jennifer Gratz @jengratz challenges black student to debate over #UMICH admissions freep.com/article/201404…
Jennifer Gratz challenges black student to debate over@UMich admissions freep.com/article/201404… via @freep

Holy Thursday foot-washing ritual to include women in Detroit

freep.com — Detroit-area Catholic parishes have long included women in the foot-washing ritual that marks Holy Thursday services. Pope Francis included included women in the ritual, which commemorates Jesus washing the feet of his 12 male disciples at the Last Supper, at a service earlier today in Rome.