Sports
5:47 am
Thu March 4, 2010

Bonderman sharp for Tigers over two innings

DUNEDIN, FL – Jeremy Bonderman pitched two shutout innings after missing most of last season with circulatory problems in his right shoulder and Mike Rabelo hit a tiebreaking single in a three-run the ninth to lead the Detroit Tigers to a 7-6 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.

Bonderman allowed one hit and struck out three, including Adam Lind and Vernon Wells after putting Toronto's first two runners on in the first inning. Tigers third baseman Brent Dlugach homered off Ricky Romero in the second inning.

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Sports
5:46 am
Thu March 4, 2010

Knicks hand Pistons 5th straight loss, 128-104

NEW YORK – Bill Walker was one of four Knicks with 20-plus points, scoring a career-high 22 in his first career start, and New York handed the Detroit Pistons their fifth straight loss with a 128-104 victory Wednesday night.

Al Harrington scored 26 for the Knicks, who won for just the second time in 12 games and clinched the season series for the first time since the 2000-01 season. Humiliated while trailing by as much as 49 points in a loss at Cleveland on Monday, New York was the team having fun this time.

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Sports
5:44 am
Thu March 4, 2010

Canucks beat Red Wings

DETROIT – U.S. Olympian Ryan Kesler scored twice, and gold-medal winning Canadian goalie Roberto Luongo made 28 saves to help the Vancouver Canucks beat the Detroit Red Wings 6-3 on Wednesday night.

Alex Burrows, Kyle Wellwood, Sami Salo and Mikael Samuelsson also scored, and Henrik and Daniel Sedin each had three assists.

Jason Williams, Henrik Zetterberg and Johan Franzen scored for Detroit. Jimmy Howard made 17 saves before being pulled in favor of Chris Osgood midway through the second period. Osgood stopped 10 shots.

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In Michigan
6:31 pm
Wed March 3, 2010

Detroit auto icon to retire

DETROIT –

General Motors Vice Chairman Bob Lutz is retiring. The longtime auto industry executive who has led a near-complete overhaul of GM's lineup confirms his retirement in an e-mail to The Associated Press.

He says his proudest achievement is the Chevrolet Volt, the gas-electric sedan that can go up to 40 miles on battery-power alone.

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In Michigan
5:13 pm
Wed March 3, 2010

Benton Harbor college bans convicted sex offenders

BENTON HARBOR, MI –

A community college based in Benton Harbor is banning people convicted of sex crimes against children from attending classes on its four campuses.

The Herald-Palladium newspaper in St. Joseph reports that Lake Michigan College officials made the decision in February after a registered sex offender tried signing up for classes.

The school says three students have been suspended under the new policy. They and other sex offenders will be allowed to take online courses.

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In Michigan
5:09 pm
Wed March 3, 2010

Legislature gets offshore wind farm rules proposal

LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm's administration has sent its proposed standards to the Legislature for where to locate wind turbines in the Great Lakes. Critics say the proposed rules don't do enough to protect the shoreline from a glut of unsightly windmills.

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In Michigan
4:41 pm
Wed March 3, 2010

MI Senate rejects a measure to freeze state employee pay

LANSING, MI –

The Republican-led state Senate failed to block a 3% pay raise for state employees. The measure would save the state nearly $50 million.

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Nearly all of the Senate Republicans voted to freeze state worker salaries at current levels. But the GOP needed a two-thirds majority to pass the measure. All but one Democrat opposed the Republican proposal.

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In Michigan
3:20 pm
Wed March 3, 2010

MSU profs revise lead risk assessment

EAST LANSING, MI –

Michigan State University researchers says they've devised a formula that better targets potential victims of lead poisoning.

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Right now, health officials aim to test entire ZIP codes if they're classified as high risk. MSU social scientist Stan Kaplowitz points out that East Lansing's 48823 is 'high risk' because of small pockets of older housing. He says his method uses census data to identify these smaller areas that are most at risk.

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In Michigan
10:56 am
Wed March 3, 2010

Huckabee endorses Mike Cox for Michigan governor

LIVONIA, MI – Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike Cox has picked up an endorsement from Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor who ran for president in 2008.

In a statement released Wednesday by Cox's campaign, Huckabee describes the Michigan attorney general as a "pro-life, pro-gun candidate."

Huckabee says Cox is an innovative, strong leader who opposes "runaway tax and spend policies."

Huckabee was Arkansas governor from 1996-2007 and unsuccessfully sought the GOP presidential nomination two years ago.

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In Michigan
10:48 am
Wed March 3, 2010

Schwarz to explore independent run for MI governor

LANSING, MI – Former U.S. Rep. Joe Schwarz is taking his possible independent bid for Michigan governor one step further by forming an exploratory committee.

The Battle Creek physician and former Republican state senator said Tuesday he has received "uniformly positive" responses from Democrats, Republicans and independents so far.

He wants to start raising money and poll voters to see where he stands in the race. Five Republicans and four Democrats already are working to replace outgoing Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm.

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