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BC-MI--Michigan News Digest 1:30 pm, MI

May 5, 2019

Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up today in Michigan. Questions about today’s coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP-Detroit bureau at 800-642-4125 or 313-259-0650 or apmichigan@ap.org. For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

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HAMTRAMCK, Mich. _ A federal judge who worked until his recent death at age 96 left a historic trail of groundbreaking legal opinions. But one case outlived Damon Keith: the longest-running housing discrimination lawsuit in the United States. Keith declared in 1971 that Hamtramck, a tiny Detroit-area city long known for Polish culture, had intentionally forced out blacks or cut them off from the community to make room for Interstate 75 and so-called urban renewal projects in the 1950s and ’60s. By Ed White. SENT: 700 words, photos.


UNDATED _ When President Donald Trump visits a school, it’s usually for a campaign rally, not a classroom tour. At his latest State of the Union address, he mentioned education just once. On Twitter, he has used the word “education” six times while in office, compared with 500 uses of the word “border.” Education, it’s safe to say, is not his top priority. Instead, Trump entrusts that realm to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, who after two years has emerged as one of the most polarizing figures in his Cabinet yet also one of its most enduring members. While chiefs of a dozen other agencies have quit or been fired, DeVos has survived and shows no intention of leaving. By Collin Binkley. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.


NEW YORK _ Madonna, a pioneer for gay rights, accepted the Advocate for Change Award at the 2019 GLAAD Media Awards with a rousing speech that went from playful to emotional, bringing the audience to its feet. The 60-year-old pop icon turned heads as she walked to her table at the Hilton Midtown in New York on Saturday night, before taking the stage to celebrate her three decades of advocacy work in the LGBTQ community. Madonna went on to say that her first visit to a gay club, in Detroit, changed her life. By Mesfin Fekadu. SENT: 760 words, photos.



IONIA, Mich. _ A state police squad based in a mid-Michigan city has moved out of a deteriorating former prison that had served as its home for more than a decade. The Ionia detachment of the Michigan State Police relocated last month to a new building in the city, the Daily News of Greenville reported. A dozen state police officers will now work under the same roof as the Ionia County Central Dispatch, the agency responsible for answering all emergency and non-emergency calls in the area. SENT: 290 words.


DETROIT _ Having spent more than 20 years as a musician, Audra Kubat and her partners are working to transform an abandoned home in the city’s Northwest Goldberg neighborhood into a music sanctuary. Kubat, an indie folk artist from Rosedale Park on Detroit’s west side, launched the Detroit House of Music project that aims to bring artists from around the area to teach music to kids in the neighborhood, house traveling artists and serve as a small place for shows. Kubat, known for giving back and teaching music in Detroit schools, launched the project while working on her seventh album. By Sarah Rahal. The Detroit News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 757 words.


KALKASKA, Mich. _ A trio of Kalkaska boys collected nearly $3,000 in returnable bottles and cans — that’s 30,000 — and used the money to buy a dozen pairs of glasses designed to help colorblind students better see the world’s complete rainbow of shades. Brent partnered with classmates John Buck, 14, and Nolan Ferguson, 14, and the three eighth-graders raised the money to purchase the special glasses from California company EnChroma as their community project. They went door-to-door to collect returnable bottles and cans during the depths of winter and traded the loot for cash at area grocery stores. By Sheri Mcwhirter, Traverse City Record-Eagle. SENT IN ADVANCE: 496 words.


_ CHURCH VANDALIZED-PLEA: A man has pleaded guilty to spray-painting graffiti on a Roman Catholic church in southeastern Michigan earlier this year.

_ DETROIT WINERY: A winery that opened last week in an old Stroh’s building in Detroit has become the city’s first winery in 60 years.

_ SOCIAL INJUSTICE-THEATER: A nonprofit professional theatre and an Alpena high school are collaborating with Central Michigan University’s theater department on a series dealing with social injustice issues.

_ CHAMBER SOCIETY-DETROIT CONCERT: The world premiere of a piece for 16 strings will be featured in the Chamber Music Society of Detroit’s 75th anniversary season finale.



DETROIT _ Spencer Turnbull starts for the Tigers against Kansas City’s Brad Keller in the finale of this three-game series. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 1:10 p.m ET.


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