EAST LANSING, MI – One Friday each month on Morning Edition from WKAR, author Lev Raphael joins WKAR's Melissa Ingells to discuss a book that might have slipped past the notice of other book reviewers.
Nationally-known author and reviewer Lev Raphael lives and writes in mid-Michigan. Raphael likes to feature books that may not receive a lot of publicity elsewhere, and his choices have ranged from a history of the Roman Republic, to a biography of Napoleon's sister, to a mass market paperback based on a TV series about spies.
AUBURN HILLS, MI – Detroit Pistons executive Joe Dumars says he wants to name a replacement for fired coach Michael Curry in time for next week's developmental league opening in Las Vegas.
The Pistons' president for basketball operations announced Curry's dismissal Tuesday. The first-year coach led the Pistons to a 39-43 regular-season record and a four-straight-game loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the opening round of the NBA playoffs.
MIDLAND, MI – The scheduled Wednesday night game between the Lansing Lugnuts and the Great Lakes Loons was rained out. It will be made up as part of a doubleheader at 6:05 p. m. tonight. The rainout is Lansing's 10th of 2009, leading into the club's ninth doubleheader of the year.
OAKLAND, CA – Jason Giambi and Jack Cust broke out of funks with two-run homers, Dallas Braden ended a four-start winless stretch and the Oakland Athletics beat the Detroit Tigers 5-1 Wednesday.
Giambi's drive in the sixth off Justin Verlander (8-4) was home run No. 407, tying him with Duke Snider for 43rd place. Giambi, who has been dealing with sore legs and entered the game with an American League-low .197 batting average, was in a 2-for-28 stretch before the homer after striking out in his first two at-bats.
EAST LANSING, MI – General Motors on Wednesday said June vehicle sales in the United States fell 33% compared to year-ago numbers. But Lansing-made crossover vehicles fared better, all posting sales gains.
Sales of the Buick Enclave were up 26%. The GMC Acadia posted a 10% gain. And the Saturn Outlook climbed by 6%. All are assembled at GM's Lansing Delta Township plant.
LANSING, MI – The Lansing Public Safety Committee today is expected to review the details of a recent sex sting operation at Fenner Nature Center. City officials had been withholding information about the incident.
EAST LANSING, MI – Attorney General Mike Cox is opposing Blue Cross-Blue Shield's request for a rate hike on customers who pay for their own coverage. Blue Cross is planning a temporary rate hike while it waits for permission to permanently boost its premiums.
OAKLAND, CA – Armando Galarraga pitched two-hit ball into the seventh inning, and Placido Polanco homered and drove in three runs in the Detroit Tigers' 5-3 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday night.
Ryan Raburn went 3 for 3 with a run-scoring single for the AL Central-leading Tigers, who have won nine of their last 12 games.
EAST LANSING, MI – The Lansing Public Safety committee Wednesday is expected to review the details of a recent sex sting operation at Fenner Nature Center. City officials have refused to release information about the incident.
AUDIO: In May, Lansing police arrested two men at the nature center for soliciting sex and issued a warrant for a third. No charges have been brought against any of the men.
DETROIT, MI – Authorities say gunmen in a minivan opened fire on a group of teenagers waiting at a bus stop near a Detroit school Tuesday afternoon. At least seven of the teens were wounded, including two who are in critical condition.
Detroit Public Schools Police Chief Roderick Grimes says at least five of the teens had just gotten out of summer classes at Cody Ninth Grade Academy when they were shot at the nearby bus stop.
EAST LANSING, MI – Grey wolves in the Great Lakes region were removed from the federal endangered species list earlier this year. But now, they're back on the list as part of an out-of-court settlement between the Humane Society and the U-S Fish and Wildlife Service.
OAKLAND, CA – Mark Ellis hit a two-run homer in his second game back from a two-month injury absence, and Ryan Sweeney homered and drove in two runs in the Oakland Athletics' 7-1 win over the Detroit Tigers on Monday night.
Kurt Suzuki had a run-scoring double for the last-place A's, who snapped a five-game losing streak with a rare 11-hit effort from a club that's last in the AL in batting average, hits, total bases and homers.
LANSING, MI – The percentage of babies born out of wedlock in Michigan has gone up almost ten percent in the past 15 years. That's according to a new study released by Michigan League for Human Services.
LANSING, MI – Governor Granholme is offering to lease prison space to California to help relieve a prison crowding crisis.
Two high-security facilities in Standish and Muskegon are among the prisons the state plans to close this summer. The state is reducing the number of people it incarcerates as part of Governor Granholm's plan to save money on corrections costs.
East Lansing, MI – More than two dozen East Lansing city employees will take voluntary furloughs over the next year. Their unpaid time off is in anticipation of possible state budget cuts.
AUDIO: The city of East Lansing begins its next fiscal year on Wednesday with a balanced budget. But officials say they're expecting big cuts in state revenue sharing so all nine of the city's department heads and 18 other employees will take five furlough days.