Rasmieh Odeh, a former Michigan resident whose case drew national attention as a flashpoint in the Arab-Israeli dispute, pled guilty today to lying on immigration and naturalization forms about her conviction in Israel for a terror attack that killed two people.
The sun glints off the dust of a crushed town as Mike Kobeissi takes one last look. Three months ago in this village, his wife and three children were trapped for six days in a cramped hotel basement while bombs exploded around them. At one point, they were convinced they were going to die. Kobeissi of Bloomfield Hills snaps photos of the hotel building. It somehow escaped a direct hit, while the homes around it are crumbled heaps of concrete and metal. And he moves on.
Mario Hernandez-Delacruz, 44, an undocumented immigrant living in Detroit whose case has been supported by community advocates, was deported today to Mexico. Speaking to the Free Press by phone from Mexico, Hernandez-Delacruz said he arrived in Cancun and will be living with his sister temporarily. He said he missed his family back in southwest Detroit, where he lived with his wife and three daughters.
First Place SPJ-Detroit for a profile of the first American to die in Syria's civil war.
Judges’ comments: "What an interesting topic. And such a challenging reporting job, given the circumstances of
Mansfield's death. I'm sure many reporters in Detroit wish they'd written this piece. Nice detail throughout. Great sources,
some of whom surely weren't eager to talk. Some of the father's quotes stuck with me long after I'd finished reading."