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MSU suspends fraternity after student’s death

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The death of a Michigan State University student has prompted officials to suspend the school’s chapter of a fraternity that the student was involved with. The Lansing State Journal reports that the university and the Pi Alpha Phi national organization have prohibited the chapter of the fraternity from hosting any events on campus, recruit students or take part in any campus events as a fraternity. Twenty-one-year-old Phat Nguyen was found unresponsive early Saturday off campus. Police have said the death may have been alcohol-related and the fraternity posted on its Facebook page that Nguyen had just joined the fraternity. 


From serious to scurrilous, some Jimmy Hoffa theories

DETROIT (AP) — The FBI’s confirmation last week that it was looking at a spot next to a New Jersey landfill as a possible burial site for former Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa is the latest chapter in a search that began when he disappeared in 1975. Many of the theories about what happened to Hoffa that have been floated over the years have been tied to book releases. Others were put forth by fame-seekers. The most well-known theory is probably the claim that Hoffa was buried under the former Giants Stadium in northern New Jersey. The FBI has looked into several proposed burial sites in Michigan, but to no avail.


New maps spark debate over majority-minority districts

DETROIT (AP) — Lawmakers in several states are debating precisely how many Black voters are needed in a legislative district to ensure they can elect the representative they want. It may sound like an esoteric question, but it could have major ramifications in Congress and state legislatures. That’s because Black voters — and sometimes other minorities — have traditionally been crammed into single districts to ensure they get to exercise their right to choose a representative under federal law. But that makes surrounding areas whiter and, often, more Republican. Now some Democrats and redistricting groups want to scatter African American voters more widely.


Ohio, Michigan governors wager sweet treats on ‘Big Game’

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Buckeye candies and Michigan-made cherry products are among the sweet treats on the line in a friendly wager between the governors of Ohio and Michigan ahead of Saturday’s game between their flagship universities. Ohio Republican Gov. Mike DeWine is wagering an assortment of Ohio-made sweets on the “Big Game” between Ohio State and the University of Michigan. They include Schmidt’s cream puffs, Graeter’s black raspberry chip ice cream and chocolate-covered pretzels from Malley’s in Cleveland. Michigan Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has bet a gift package of famous Michigan-made cherry sweets and treats from Cherry Republic in Glen Arbor.


Detroit Thanksgiving day parade to see stepped-up security

DETROIT (AP) — The 95th America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in Detroit will step off Thursday morning with beefed up security in place along the route. Police say major intersections along Woodward Avenue will see heavier police protection following the deaths of six people and injuries to more than 60 others when an SUV plowed into marchers and spectators during a weekend parade in Wisconsin. There also will be limited to no access from side streets and main arteries directly into Woodward. Police vehicles, heavy machinery from the city’s Public Works department and heavy barriers will be placed strategically along the route to prevent breeches. The parade is scheduled to start about 8:45 a.m. near Wayne State University.


Military to help Michigan cope with COVID-19 patient surge

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The federal government is sending 44 military medical staffers to Michigan to help beleaguered hospitals treat COVID-19 patients amid a fourth surge that is the worst in the country. It also will open beds at the Veterans Affairs hospital in Detroit for transfers. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer sought the assistance. The two teams of 22 physicians, nurses and respiratory therapists will arrive next week and care for patients for 30 days at Beaumont Hospital in Dearborn and Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids. As of Wednesday, more than 4,000 people were hospitalized with confirmed or suspected coronavirus cases – near peak levels.


Army officer who reported prisoner abuses dies at age 42

NEWBERRY, Mich. (AP) — A former Army officer and Detroit native who reported in 2005 that military prisoners in the Middle East were being beaten and abused by U.S. soldiers has died. A funeral home says Major Ian Fishback of Newberry, Michigan, died suddenly Friday. He was 42. No cause of death was listed. The New York Times reports Tuesday that Fishback’s family says he died in an adult foster care facility in Michigan. Fishback was a member of the 82nd Airborne Division in Afghanistan and Iraq. According to the newspaper, he wrote about the abuses in a letter to members of the Senate Armed Services Committee. The allegations eventually led the U.S. Senate to approve anti-torture legislation in 2005.


Man charged in slaying of longtime Detroit DJ John O’Leary

DETROIT (AP) — A 38-year-old man has been charged in the stabbing death of longtime Detroit rock radio personality John O’Leary. Authorities say Sean Lamoureux appeared in court where he was formerly charged with open murder and larceny. The body of the 67-year-old O’Leary was found hidden beneath shingles, sheets and a wheelbarrow at the house in Highland Park where he and Lamoureux were housemates. O’Leary spent decades on rock stations in Detroit before he left WCSX-FM in 2013..


Whitmer seeks federal funds to convert I-375 to boulevard

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is asking the Biden administration for funding to replace Interstate 375, a 1-mile depressed freeway in Detroit that was built by demolishing Black neighborhoods 60 years ago. The state wants to convert the highway to a six-lane boulevard at street level. The $1 trillion U.S. infrastructure law enacted last week includes $1 billion to reconnect communities that were divided to make room for freeways. Black Bottom and Paradise Valley, two predominantly African American neighborhoods, were razed in the late 1950s and early 1960s to build I-375. Whitmer has invited Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg to tour the area.


Kellogg’s and its striking workers to resume talks next week

Kellogg’s and its 1,400 striking cereal workers agreed to return to the bargaining table a day after the company threatened to start permanently replacing some of the workers. Contract talks are set to resume next Tuesday between the Battle Creek, Michigan-based company and the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union. The two sides met for one day earlier this week, but didn’t make much progress toward ending the strike that began Oct. 5. The strike includes four plants in Battle Creek; Omaha, Nebraska; Lancaster, Pennsylvania; and Memphis, Tennessee that make all of Kellogg’s brands of cereal, including Frosted Flakes and Rice Krispies.

The Associated Press

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