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Baby Alligator And Tortoise Might Be The Best Partners In Crime

(0) Comments | Posted July 24, 2014 | 12:23 PM

Here's an animal story that gives us paws: Carlos is a young alligator, about 12 inches long, who normally lives at the Garlyn Zoo in the small Michigan town of Naubinway. Earlier this week, however, the little guy escaped -- and he might have had some help from...

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Opening Statements Reveal Shooter's State Of Mind In Renisha McBride Case

(47) Comments | Posted July 23, 2014 | 4:56 PM

DETROIT -- As a prosecutor showed a jury photos of Renisha McBride, her father rushed out of the court room. The photos of the 19-year-old -- first smiling, and then lying lifeless on a porch -- were shown in quick succession at the beginning of one of the most highly...

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GOP Official Dave Agema Says 'Sexual Perversion' Is Ruining America

(120) Comments | Posted July 18, 2014 | 2:56 PM

Republican National Committeeman Dave Agema's remarks about gay people may be routine, but a recent comment suggesting homosexuality is perverse and ruining America shows they're no less offensive.

In a Facebook post Friday, the former Michigan state Representative wrote, "Families are the most important element in a...

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Black-Owned Businesses Are Quietly Powering Detroit's Resurgence, But No One's Talking About It

(47) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 2:06 PM

Detroit will mark the first anniversary of its bankruptcy filing this Friday, and across the country, people are watching the city to see how it has survived the upheaval.

Despite pending cuts for pensioners, as well as widespread poverty, sobering health...

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10 Beaches That Will Make You Want To Plan A Trip To The Great Lakes Immediately

(151) Comments | Posted July 13, 2014 | 8:00 AM

Here's a problem we love to have: too many stunning beaches to choose from.

That's the constant conundrum with the Great Lakes, where you could spend an entire summer adventuring, swimming and sunning at a new spot each day and still not see most of the shoreline.

Though...

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This Is How An Enbridge Pipeline Spill Could Cause Disaster For The Great Lakes

(2) Comments | Posted July 11, 2014 | 5:13 PM

A pipeline beneath an environmentally sensitive shipping channel would have disastrous consequences for the Great Lakes if it ruptured, according to a new report.

Canadian oil transport company Enbridge Energy Partners LP's sprawling pipeline network stretches across the United States. Line 5 in the Lakehead System runs...

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Ellen's Bond With A Group Of Singing And Dancing Kids Is The Best Kind Of Friendship

(0) Comments | Posted July 9, 2014 | 2:51 PM

What's better than Ellen DeGeneres dancing? Ellen dancing with a whole chorus of seriously adorable kids.

For a promo for the upcoming season of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," the host met up with some of her most enthusiastic guests this year: the Detroit Academy of Arts and...

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Activist Fights With Reporter On Air, Says He Doesn't Know 'What The Hell He's Talking About'

(151) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 2:31 PM

A Detroit activist and a TV reporter got into a shouting match on MSNBC Tuesday as they discussed how thousands of the city's residents have been left with no water.

In March, the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department announced plans to stop water service for customers who were behind on...

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This 'Human Firecracker' Has Lit 600,000 Fireworks Off His Body

(1) Comments | Posted July 7, 2014 | 10:20 AM

In small-town Michigan, an aging rocker with a pyro streak has a shtick that almost makes Johnny Knoxville look tame. He goes by "Ghengis [sic] John the Human Firecracker," and he says he's lit more than 600,000 fireworks off his body in years of performances.

A a biker rally last...

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27 Reasons The Great Lakes Are Truly The Greatest (PHOTOS)

(42) Comments | Posted July 5, 2014 | 8:15 AM

Lake Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie and Superior. To some, those names might not mean much. What's a lake when you have the ocean, someone from California might say. They can't be much compared to the Gulf Coast, a Floridian might sneer.

But anyone who calls the Great Lakes home...

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Americans Are Slaves To Sports And Porn, Says Republican Who Doesn't Seem To Get Slavery

(209) Comments | Posted June 27, 2014 | 12:41 PM

Americans are slaves to sports and pornography, a Michigan congressman recently said, equating elective entertainment with the horrific American institution that allowed millions of men, women and children to be considered the property of others.

U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg (R) made the comments at a conference of pastors last...

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United Nations Says Turning Off Poor Detroiters' Water Violates Human Rights

(72) Comments | Posted June 26, 2014 | 12:37 PM

Detroit's been shutting off water to customers who reportedly can't afford to pay their bills, and United Nations experts said Wednesday it's a violation of human rights.

The UN responded after a coalition of activist groups submitted a report to its Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner last week,...

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Cloud Proves What Michiganders Have Known All Along: The Mitten State Is One Of A Kind

(0) Comments | Posted June 24, 2014 | 4:30 PM

If someone were looking for a sign of Michigan's indisputable awesomeness, this might be it.

Imagine looking at the sky to see rays of sunlight illuminating a majestic cloud shaped exactly like your home. That's what happened to Sara Edwards, a woman who lives near Atlanta but grew...

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Activists Beg United Nations For Help After Detroit Shuts Off Water For Thousands

(124) Comments | Posted June 24, 2014 | 4:00 PM

After Detroit turned off water for thousands of residents, activists are calling on the United Nations for help in what they've called a "massive human rights atrocity."

The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department said in March that they would begin shutting off service to more than 150,000 customers...

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Rick Ross Cancels Detroit Performance Over Threat By Local Rapper

(5) Comments | Posted June 23, 2014 | 1:34 PM

Rick Ross' performance in Detroit this weekend was abruptly canceled after an incident caused him to be "in fear of his life," according to concert organizers.

The Miami rapper was scheduled to headline the Summer Jamz concert at Chene Park Saturday. According to venue manager The Right Productions, more than...

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This Awesome Skydiving Granny Has The Best Life Motto

(0) Comments | Posted June 19, 2014 | 4:39 PM

For more than seven decades, Pat Leitner has gone in search of new experiences and new adventures. Her 77th birthday was no different: she celebrated by jumping out of a plane thousands of feet above the ground and soaring through the air.

"It was exhilarating... I wasn't nervous at all,"...

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Republicans Destroy Republican Arguments Against Gay Marriage

(64) Comments | Posted June 19, 2014 | 11:55 AM

A group of Republicans took a position on Michigan's same-sex marriage ban this week, saying gay marriage promotes conservative values of stability, mutual support and mutual obligation, despite the party's stance against it.

More than two dozen amicus briefs were filed Monday in Michigan's gay marriage case,...

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This Tattoo Proves Lions Fans Never Give Up Hope (And Are Entirely Delusional)

(0) Comments | Posted June 16, 2014 | 2:51 PM

If the Detroit Lions win the Super Bowl next year, this guy is going to be a statewide hero. But more likely than not, he's just going to be the overly optimistic fan with a really embarrassing tattoo.

On Friday, Michigan resident David Morian got inked with a...

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GOP Lawmaker's Bill Would Outlaw Abortion Before Some Women Know They're Pregnant

(12) Comments | Posted June 13, 2014 | 5:59 PM

A package of bills introduced in Michigan's legislature would drastically restrict women's access to abortion -- and may be unconstitutional.

Introduced in the state House this week by Rep. Thomas Hooker (R-Byron Center) and more than a dozen cosponsors, HB 5643, 5644 and

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Teen With Autism Had Trouble Connecting With His Classmates. Then He Became Their Mascot.

(0) Comments | Posted June 13, 2014 | 8:34 AM

For 13-year-old Andrese Duke, who has autism, making friends with his peers was a challenge. At least until he put on a mask.

Duke attends Grand Blanc West Middle School in Grand Blanc, Mich. where he has secretly taken on the identity of school mascot Victor E....

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