Sports
6:22 am
Mon December 28, 2009

Gore leads Niners past Lions 20-6

SAN FRANCISCO – Frank Gore scored on a 1-yard run and topped the 1,000-yard mark for the fourth straight year, and the San Francisco 49ers moved within one win of avoiding a seventh
straight losing season by beating the Detroit Lions 20-6 Sunday.

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In Michigan
6:18 am
Mon December 28, 2009

Chair of Ingham County Commissioners says small pay raise needed

UNDATED – The chairperson of the Ingham County Board of Commissioners says the board should consider small pay increases for future commissioners.

Commissioner Mark Grebner has long said paying commissioners more would attract talent and retain experienced office-holders.

Debbie DeLeon chairs the board. She's reluctant to endorse higher pay, although she says in the big picture of the county's budget, it wouldn't cost much.

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In Michigan
6:03 am
Mon December 28, 2009

AP source: Man on Sunday flight posed no threat

WASHINGTON – A law enforcement official says the man removed from a Sunday flight to Detroit posed no security risk to the plane.

The official says the passenger was taken into custody after becoming verbally disruptive on landing. Subsequent interviews by investigators determined he was a businessman who became ill during the flight.

The official was not authorized to discuss the investigation and therefore spoke on condition of anonymity.

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In Michigan
6:02 am
Mon December 28, 2009

Alleged airline terrorist transferred to prison

DETROIT – An attorney for a Nigerian man charged with trying to blow up a Northwest Airlines plane near Detroit says he's been transferred to a federal prison.

Miriam Siefer says she hasn't had in-depth talk yet with Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab
since he was charged Saturday. Siefer, the chief federal defender in Detroit, called the charges serious but declined further comment.

She said Sunday he's now at a prison in Milan, about 50 miles away from Detroit, after being released from a hospital where he was treated for burns.

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In Michigan
5:47 am
Mon December 28, 2009

"Personal Curriculums" part of Race to the Top

LANSING, MI – Sophomores in Michigan's high schools will soon be able to alter their graduation requirements if they struggle to pass math courses.

The "Personal Curriculum" is a small measure not often discussed in a large package of reforms approved by the state Legislature. That's because it didn't deal with big, controversial issues such as charter schools or the drop-out age.

But state Representative Doug Geiss says he hopes "Personal Curriculum" helps raise the state's graduation rate.

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In Michigan
6:15 am
Fri December 25, 2009

Ohio asks US Supreme Court to study carp threat

COLUMBUS, OH – Ohio has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review steps taken to stop Asian carp from invading the Great Lakes.

Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray asked the court Wednesday to examine measures taken by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the state of Illinois to stop the spread of the fish.

Cordray asked the court to reopen an earlier case examining the legality of several man-made canals and waterways connecting Lake Michigan with the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers.

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In Michigan
6:13 am
Fri December 25, 2009

Detroit must reimburse Free Press for legal fees

DETROIT – A judge has ruled Detroit must reimburse the Detroit Free Press for most of the newspaper's legal fees in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit related to the text message scandal involving ex-mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.

Wayne County Circuit Judge Robert Colombo Jr. ruled Wednesday the paper prevailed in about 80 percent of its requests.

The paper sought about $666,000 in fees and costs, but Colombo said some expenses wouldn't be allowed. Free Press lawyer Herschel Fink plans to meet with the city to recalculate the bill.

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In Michigan
6:10 am
Fri December 25, 2009

Drop out age - 18 - starts with Class of 2016

LANSING, MI – Students in the Class of 2016 will be the first Michigan graduates required to stay in school until they are 18. Legislators approved a measure in the "Race To The Top" education reform package that would raise the drop-out age from 16 to 18.

Democratic state Representative Doug Geiss sponsored the measure to increase the drop-out age. He's been trying for awhile to push that legislation through, but Senate Republicans have traditionally opposed the measure.

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Sports
5:32 am
Thu December 24, 2009

Bargnani, Turkoglu lead Raptors over Pistons

AUBURN HILLS, MI – Andrea Bargnani scored 21 points, Hedo Turkoglu added 11 points and a season-best 11 assists and the Toronto Raptors beat the short-handed Detroit Pistons 94-64 on
Wednesday night.

Detroit shot 28 percent from the floor and matched the lowest point total in franchise history since the shot clock was implemented for the 1954-55 season.

Detroit, which has lost six straight, played without Ben Gordon (ankle), Richard Hamilton (hamstring) and Tayshaun Prince (back).

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Sports
5:27 am
Thu December 24, 2009

Niemi gets fourth shutout in 3-0 win over Wings

DETROIT – Antti Niemi made 33 saves for his fourth shutout of the season and his career, and Patrick Kane had a goal and an assist to lift the Chicago Blackhawks to a 3-0 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday night.

Patrick Sharp and Jonathan Toews also scored for Chicago, which also shut out Detroit 3-0 on Sunday night in Chicago behind Cristobal Huet.

Jimmy Howard stopped 28 shots for Detroit, which has gone 2 hours, 21 minutes without a goal.


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