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Legally blind ex-prisoner turns into a landscaper in Detroit

Nov. 17, 2019 1:05 AM EST

DETROIT (AP) — When Leonard Fantroy began going blind in prison in November 2014, he initially thought the sharp pain in his eyes was a migraine. Then he stepped outside and saw what looked like a thick fog enveloping the prison yard — but other inmates couldn't see it. After a series of...

Lions sign Scarbrough to active roster, release Perkins

Nov. 16, 2019 5:43 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Lions have signed running back Bo Scarbrough to the active roster from the practice squad and released running back Paul Perkins. The team also announced Saturday that it has signed punter Matt Wile to the practice squad. Scarbrough joined the Lions last week after spending time...

United Auto Workers approve new 4-year contract with Ford

Nov. 15, 2019 9:58 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Members of the United Auto Workers union at Ford Motor Co. voted Friday to approve a new contract with the company. The union said in a statement that 56.3% of workers who voted were in favor of the deal. The four-year agreement reached Oct. 31 gives workers a mix of pay raises and lump-sum...

Oakland County health officials confirm rabies in pet cat

Nov. 15, 2019 3:43 PM EST

BIRMINGHAM, Mich. (AP) — Health officials in suburban Detroit have confirmed rabies in a pet cat. The confirmation in Birmingham Friday follows verification so far this year of the disease in four bats and 11 skunks in Oakland County. Officials said last month that a dead skunk found in nearby West...

Court denies ex-Detroit mayor’s motion to get out of prison

Nov. 15, 2019 3:03 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — A federal appeals court in Cincinnati has denied ex-Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick’s latest effort to get out of prison. The order was filed Friday on Kilpatrick’s motion arguing, among other things, that U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds was biased and should have recused...

Cowboys clicking on offense heading into matchup with Lions

Nov. 15, 2019 12:36 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys ’ offense is having a great year — statistically at least. Dallas is leading the league in total yards for a fourth straight week and has a chance to close the season as the NFL’s top-ranked offense for the first time in 42 years. “It’s...

2 more Republicans enter race to challenge Democrat Slotkin

Nov. 14, 2019 11:53 PM EST

BRIGHTON, Mich. (AP) — Two more Republicans are entering the race to challenge Democratic U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin, whose districts stretches between Lansing and the northern Detroit suburbs. Paul Junge, who worked as an immigration official in the Trump administration, an East Lansing lawyer Kristina Lyke...

Michigan woman sues over priest who criticized son's death

Nov. 14, 2019 5:31 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — The mother of a Michigan teenager who killed himself is suing the Archdiocese of Detroit for the alleged harm she suffered during his funeral when a priest questioned whether her son would go to heaven. The lawsuit filed Thursday in Wayne County on behalf of the teen’s mother, Linda...

Man, 63, charged after woman found suffering burns

Nov. 14, 2019 4:33 PM EST

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. (AP) — A suburban Detroit man has been charged with assault with intent to murder after a 62-year-old woman was set on fire. The Wayne County prosecutor’s office says 63-year-old William Helmer of Farmington Hills also is charged with aggravated assault. He was arraigned...

Michigan man sentenced in fatal W Virginia hit and run crash

Nov. 14, 2019 3:53 AM EST

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A man accused of killing a West Virginia woman in a hit and run has pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of a fatal crash. The Herald-Dispatch reports 30-year-old Jermaine Demeurs Baird, of Detroit, Michigan, entered his plea in Cabell County this week. Circuit Judge Christopher D....