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State retracts plan to restrict Belle Isle in Sept., says public will have access

detroitnews.com — After saying Belle Isle would be closed to the public for several days in September during a private event showcasing driverless vehicles, state officials promised Tuesday to provide some public access to the island. It was never the intent to shut the island off to the public, said Michigan Department of Transportation spokesman Rob Morosi.
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Branden Dawson will return to Michigan State for senior season

detroitnews.com — East Lansing A day after Michigan State sophomore Gary Harris announced he was leaving for the NBA, the Spartans received some good news when junior Branden Dawson said he would be back for his senior year.

Detroit mob beating victim slowly getting better

detroitnews.com — Detroit Steve Utash is taking baby steps toward recovery. The victim of a brutal April 2 mob beating who was in a medically-induced coma for more than a week, has walked a short distance in his hospital room, although hes still floating in and out of consciousness, his brother-in-law said Tuesday.
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Senators ask Delphi to answer questions about recalled GM ignition switches

detroitnews.com — Four senators asked Delphi CEO Rodney ONeal on Tuesday to answer detailed questions about the auto suppliers production of ignition switches that are at the heart of the recall of 2.6 million cars linked to 13 deaths.
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Breaking: 4 senators write @Delphi CEO Rodney O'Neal Tuesday seeking more answers about @GM ignition switch recall detroitnews.com/article/201404…

Ex-Detroit library official pleads guilty in $1.4M bribery scheme

detroitnews.com — A former top Detroit Public Library official accused of pocketing $1.4 million in kickbacks pleaded guilty Tuesday. Timothy Cromer, 47, of West Bloomfield Township was the librarys chief administrative and technology officer from 2006 to 2013 until he was fired from the $145,323 a year job.

Nik Stauskas, Glenn Robinson III leaving Michigan for NBA

detroitnews.com — For the second straight season, Michigan is losing two of its top players and maybe more to the NBA draft. A year after Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. left early and became first-round draft picks, Nik Stauskas and Glenn Robinson III are forgoing their final two years, they announced Tuesday.

Barra: New GM unit to focus on safety, quality, customer service

detroitnews.com — General Motors Co. CEO Mary Barra said Tuesday that GM has worked to change its culture over the past five years and that it no longer is fighting for survival but is 'more focused on quality and doing what is right for the customer that at any time in my 33 years with the company.'

Convicted ex-Wayne Co. aide says feds' sentencing recommendation too harsh

detroitnews.com — The attorney for a former top aide to the Wayne County executive convicted of heading a public corruption scheme said Tuesday that federal prosecutors sentencing recommendations are too harsh. Attorney William Swor said his client, Michael Grundy, aformer political lieutenant for Ficano, should not receive a 17 year term in federal prison when he is sentenced May 8.
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Detroit closes in on pension fund deal

detroitnews.com — Detroit Bankruptcy negotiators appeared to be close to a deal Monday with at least one of Detroits pension funds, while the city began to abandon the idea of a cash-generating regional water authority in the face of suburban opposition.

Ear surgery for Michigan girl mauled by raccoon called success

detroitnews.com — Royal Oak A surgeon plans to perform a procedure that will begin the process of creating a new ear for a western Michigan girl whose face was mauled by a pet raccoon when she was a baby. The surgery for Charlotte Ponce is scheduled for Tuesday at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak.
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46 House members urge Great Lakes cleanup fund cuts reversed

detroitnews.com — Washington A bipartisan group of 46 House lawmakers, including six from Michigan, want Congress to reject proposed cuts by the White House to a Great Lakes cleanup fund. Last month, the Obama administration proposed cutting the budget for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, which cleans up pollution and restores fish and wildlife habitats, from $300 million to $275 million, a 9 percent cut.

Exec: Ford could replace troublesome MyFord Touch

detroitnews.com — New York Ford Motor Co.s Americas chief Joe Hinrichs said Tuesday that the automaker is working to improve its MyFord Touch infotainment system the focus of many consumer complaints and suggested Ford could unveil a system to eventually replace it.
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