LANSING, MI – Former Lansing city councilmember Lucile Belen has died at 97. Belen served on the council from 1956 to 1993. Belen's family started Belen's Flowers in Lansing in 1936. Lucile Belen was inducted into the Michigan Floral Foundation earlier this year. She was inducted in to the Michigan Women's Hall of fame in 2001.
DETROIT – Nicklas Lidstrom has signed a one-year contract, returning to the Detroit Red Wings instead of retiring.
The team announced the deal Tuesday.
Lidstrom had been contemplating calling it a career. He's spent all his 18 seasons in the NHL with the Red Wings. The 40-year-old Swede had nine goals and 40 assists this season, playing in all 82 games.
San Jose eliminated the Red Wings in Game 5 of their second-round series.
DETROIT – Russell Branyan and Shin-Soo Choo hit homers, lifting the Cleveland Indians to a 3-2 win over the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday night.
Jake Westbrook (3-3) gave up a run on five hits and a walk over 7 2-3 innings.
Chris Perez stranded two runners in the eighth by getting Magglio Ordonez to pop up. Kerry Wood gave up an unearned run on Alex Avila's RBI single after Branyan's two-out error, letting the Tigers pull within a run before earning his third save in four chances.
LANSING, MI – Political and business leaders are heading to northern Michigan's Mackinac Island for the annual Detroit Regional Chamber policy conference.
The three-day conference starts Wednesday and will feature speeches by U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Chrysler Group LLC CEO Sergio Marchionne, Gov. Jennifer Granholm, ex-House Speaker Newt Gingrich and ex-Turin, Italy, mayor Valentino Castellani.
The five Republican and two Democratic gubernatorial candidates will join for a Thursday debate.