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NEW YORK — Aretha Franklin never saw herself as a feminist heroine. That, she quipped, was Gloria Steinem's role. But she leaves a legacy of indelible anthems that resonated deeply with women by celebrating their strength and individuality — and demanding, well, just a little respect. "I don't think I was a catalyst for the women's movement," she told Rolling Stone in 2014. "Sorry. But if I were? So much the better!" By Jocelyn Noveck. SENT: 900 words, photos, video.


NEW YORK — When Ken Ehrlich, the longtime producer of the Grammys and other awards shows, worked with the Obama administration on a concert honoring women at the White House, first lady Michelle Obama laid down one rule. "You aren't doing a tribute to women in my house without Aretha Franklin," Ehrlich recalls Obama telling him. And so Franklin — a longtime friend of Ehrlich — was added to the 2014 "Women of Soul" bill, which included Patti LaBelle, Ariana Grande, Janelle Monae and Tessanne Chin. Despite those illustrious names and subsequent rousing performances, it was Franklin who of course stole the show.. By Nekesa Mumbi Moody. SENT: 650 words, photos.



DETROIT — A black Detroit lawmaker has apologized for using racial slurs against an Asian-American opponent for state Senate. Rep. Bettie Cook Scott issued an apology Thursday after accountability group Progress Michigan revealed Scott used racial slurs to refer to state Rep. Stephanie Chang. Progress Michigan also revealed this week that Scott told voters during the Aug. 7 primary that she was disgusted to see the black community support Chang and not "their own people." SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.



What do you do when your CEO confesses that he's cracking under the stress of his job? That's the question that the nine board members of electric car and solar panel maker Tesla Inc. must answer after Elon Musk, the company's impulsive leader, admitted to The New York Times that work is rattling his nerves in what he described as the most "difficult and painful year of my career." By Tom Krisher. SENT: 900 words, photos.


— CAFE OWNER DEPORTATION: The federal government is appealing a ruling that a southwestern Michigan restaurant owner from Turkey who has been facing deportation for more than a decade will be allowed to stay in the United States.

— CONTAMINATED WATER-MICHIGAN: Officials are expanding an investigation into toxic chemicals in drinking water from private wells in part of southwestern Michigan. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality tested 25 residential wells in Kalamazoo County's Richland Township.

— TRUCK CRASH-WATERMELONS: Crews had a hefty cleanup job after a crash involving a truck hauling watermelons in mid-Michigan. The Ingham County sheriff's office says the truck on Friday morning hit another truck carrying plastic products that was stopped with a flat tire along the shoulder of westbound Interstate 96.

— DETROIT OFFICER DIES-FLAGS: Flags will be lowered to half-staff Monday in honor of a Detroit police officer who died after being struck by a speeding SUV while assisting with crowd and traffic control at a neighborhood event.

— EDUCATORS CHARGED-CHILD ABUSE: A former Michigan special education teacher's assistant has been sentenced to a year of probation after being convicted of assault and battery in connection with alleged student abuse.

— GREAT LAKES-RUNOFF: The Great Lakes Commission says it will divide nearly $900,000 among seven local organizations to help cut runoff of sediment, nutrients and other water pollutants. Runoff feeds harmful algae blooms and oxygen-starved "dead zones" where fish can't survive.



MINNEAPOLIS — Kyle Gibson takes the mound for Minnesota in the latest start of his resurgent season for the Twins, who take on Detroit in the second game of a four-game series. Matthew Boyd pitches for the Tigers. By Brian Hall. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game time 8:10 p.m. EDT.


DETROIT — Matt Patricia makes his Ford Field debut as coach of the Detroit Lions in a preseason game against the New York Giants, who likely will rest banged-up rookie running back Saquon Barkley. By Larry Lage. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 7 p.m. ET.


Jim Harbaugh has struggled to win the biggest games in his three years at Michigan, so this season's opener at Notre Dame takes on added significance. Other games to watch this upcoming season include Chip Kelly's return to Oregon as the coach of UCLA, and another clash between Auburn and Georgia. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.


DETROIT — Frank Solich has accomplished a lot as Ohio's coach, but one triumph that has eluded him is a Mid-American Conference title. The Bobcats are among the favorites this year. By Noah Trister. 800 words, photos.


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