BC-MI--Michigan News Digest 1:30 pm, MI
Sep. 04, 2018
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USA GYMNASTICS-PERRY QUITS
Kerry Perry resigned under pressure as USA Gymnastics president Tuesday, the move coming days after the U.S. Olympic Committee questioned her ability to lead a path forward for an organization rocked by scandal. Perry spent nine months on the job and repeatedly came under scrutiny by athletes who felt she was mishandling the fallout from the tumult surrounding disgraced former team doctor Larry Nassar. By Will Graves. SENT: 700 words, photos.
LANSING, Mich. — USA Gymnastics president Kerry Perry is the latest person to resign in the wake of the sexual abuse scandal surrounding former sports doctor Larry Nassar. Perry late last year replaced Steve Penn, who also had resigned after the Nassar case broke. Numerous other people have been criminally charged, fired or forced out of their jobs during the investigations into the once-renowned gymnastics doctor. SENT: 900 words, photos.
GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:
LANSING, Mich. — Organizers of a ballot initiative that would raise Michigan's minimum wage to $12 an hour say they will sue if the Republican-led Legislature adopts the proposal but then weakens it later in the year. One Fair Wage lawyer Mark Brewer said Tuesday at a Capitol news conference that the move would be unconstitutional. He says lawmakers can only adopt the measure — making it law — or reject it, in which case it would go on the November ballot. Legislators also could propose an alternative to appear on the ballot alongside the proposal. By David Eggert. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words
AROUND THE STATE:
DETROIT — Thousands of Detroit public schools students are being told to drink from district-supplied water coolers or bottled water on the first day of classes. Superintendent Nikolai Vitti said last week that all fountains would be shut down at the start of the school year after elevated levels of lead or copper were found in some fixtures in 34 schools. Test results are pending for other schools. By Mike Householder and Corey Williams. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: 300 words.
DETROIT OFFICER DIES
DETROIT — A judge has dismissed a second-degree murder charge against a motorist in the hit-and-run death of a Detroit police officer. The Wayne County prosecutor's office says Tuesday that 19-year-old Jonathan Cole was ordered to stand trial on reckless driving causing death and failure to stop at the scene of an accident. Officer Fadi Shukur was hit Aug. 4 while helping disperse a crowd after a party. He later died of his injuries. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words.
NEW YORK — The late Aretha Franklin's family said Monday that it found an Atlanta pastor's eulogy delivered at the Queen of Soul's funeral last week to be offensive and distasteful. The eulogist, the Rev. Jasper Williams Jr., was criticized for a political address that described children being in a home without a father as "abortion after birth" and said black lives do not matter unless blacks stop killing each other. Franklin's funeral was on Friday. By David Bauder. SENT: 350 words, photos. Moved late Monday and available for use.
— With ARETHA FRANKLIN-PARK: The Detroit City Council is moving swiftly to rename a park for Aretha Franklin. SENT: 100 words.
SUTTONS BAY, Mich. — The Michigan Department of Transportation plans to place hundreds of bright white reflectors along a popular road in the Traverse City region. The $300,000 project includes placing more than 1,300 roadside reflectors along 76 miles of M-22. Transportation Department spokesman James Lake says the reflectors are meant to stop drivers from going off the road. He says most of the area's fatal crashes are caused by drivers leaving their lane. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words.
— PLANE CRASH-PROSECUTOR: The pilot who died in a weekend plane crash in Michigan has been identified as a Wisconsin man who was a Milwaukee-area prosecutor. Ronald Dague was the only person aboard a plane that crashed in Lake Huron.
— GAS PRICES-MICHIGAN: AAA Michigan says average gas prices statewide are down about 8 cents in the past week to about $2.85 per gallon. The Dearborn-based auto club says the average price for self-serve regular unleaded gasoline is about 23 cents more than at the same point last year.
— LAKE DROWNING: Sheriff's officials say a teenager who drowned in a northeastern Minnesota lake was from Detroit, Michigan.
— SAGINAW SMOKE ALARMS: The federal government is helping to put 2,000 smoke detectors in Saginaw homes. U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee says the Saginaw Fire Department is getting roughly $23,000 from the Department of Homeland Security.
CHICAGO — Lucas Giolito looks to build on probably his best start of the season as the Chicago White Sox and the Detroit Tigers continue their series. Giolito held Boston to one run and two hits in 61/3 innings. Francisco Liriano pitches for Detroit. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 8:10 p.m. ET.
FBC--T25-MICHIGAN ST-HEYWARD STEPS UP
EAST LANSING, Mich. — Connor Heyward scored two touchdowns in Michigan State's season opener, and the sophomore may be the answer to any concerns the Spartans had about giving LJ Scott some help in the backfield. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.
FBC--ARIZONA ST-HERM'S DEBUT
TEMPE, Ariz. — Arizona State rolled in its first game under coach Herm Edwards, jumping on UTSA early in a rout. Now that the first game is over, the Sun Devils have to put that behind them and get ready for a tough game against Michigan State. By John Marshall. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.
FBC--T25-AP TOP 25 HEAT CHECK
The worst part of college football's week one overreactions, as compared to the NFL's, is that they linger. Texas, Michigan, Miami and Florida State fans will be seething their team's opening losses for weeks because victories against lesser opponents won't ease the pain. By Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos
FBC--T25-NOTRE DAME-DEFENSIVE LINE
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Notre Dame junior Khalid Kareem found himself lost in the defensive line shuffle for most of his first two seasons with the Irish. Always buried on the depth chart, the Detroit native just wanted a chance to prove that he could become a regular contributor, and perhaps even a starter. And at least through one win last Saturday over Michigan, he's making good on his opportunity. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.
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