Sports
7:03 am
Thu October 8, 2009

Gordon's 24 lead Pistons over Bucks, 113-104

AUBURN HILLS, MI – Ben Gordon scored 24 points to lead the Detroit Pistons to a 113-104 pre-season victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night.

Reserve Will Bynum scored 23 for Detroit (2-0), while rookie Brandon Jennings led the Bucks (0-2) with 18.

The game was tied at 55 after a foul-filled first half, but Detroit outscored the Bucks 28-16 in the third and won going away.

The officials called 68 fouls and ejected Carlos Delfino and Austin Daye for fighting in the final minute.

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Sports
6:48 am
Thu October 8, 2009

Lions QB Stafford misses practice with knee injury

ALLEN PARK, MI – Matthew Stafford was held out of practice Wednesday by the Detroit Lions because of his injured right knee.

The Lions chose to not say anything more than that.

Detroit coach Jim Schwartz replied, 'We'll see on Sunday,' when told the Pittsburgh Steelers said they expected to face Stafford.

Daunte Culpepper took snaps with the first-string offense while Stafford watched, wearing a red No. 9 jersey, a Tigers cap, black shorts and shoes.

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Sports
6:44 am
Thu October 8, 2009

Tigers' Leyland says 'shame on us' for not winning

DETROIT – Jim Leyland says the Detroit Tigers have no one to blame but themselves for losing a three-game lead in the AL Central with four scheduled games left.

That doesn't change how Detroit's manager felt Wednesday about a key moment in the 163rd game of the season.

Brandon Inge's jersey was grazed by a pitch with the bases loaded in the 12th inning at Minnesota, but the umpire didn't put him on first to force home a go-ahead run.

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In Michigan
6:19 pm
Wed October 7, 2009

Thousands mob Detroit center in hopes of free cash

DETROIT, MI – Police say authorities had to break up scuffles after thousands of Detroit residents tried to apply for free federal money.

Long lines snaked into a downtown center Wednesday morning, but applications ran out quickly on the final day to get paperwork for a homelessness prevention program.

Police say fights broke out as people pushed and shoved for spots in line. Several people have been treated for fainting and exhaustion.

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In Michigan
6:15 pm
Wed October 7, 2009

ACLU: Breath tests ordered by MI deputies are illegal

SUTTONS BAY, MI – A northern Michigan sheriff says his office will investigate allegations that deputies have illegally entered homes and forced young people to take a breath test for alcohol.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan sent a letter to Leelanau County Sheriff Mike Oltersdorf asking him to stop the practice. The letter mentions two Breathalyzer incidents during summer.

In a third incident in August, the ACLU says deputies entered a home and asked for everyone's identification.

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In Michigan
5:43 pm
Wed October 7, 2009

Granholm wants to use veto power to shape budget

DETROIT, MI – Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm wants the Republican-led state Senate to send her budget measures that already have been passed so she can use her veto power to shape the final spending plan.

The Democratic governor told reporters after a Midwestern Governors Association event Wednesday in Detroit that some budget measures "are not satisfactory."

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In Michigan
5:14 pm
Wed October 7, 2009

MI Legislature considers physicians tax

LANSING, MI – A tax on physicians' earnings approved by the state House may have come to a standstill in the Senate. Democrats approved the bill in an effort to fill cuts made to Medicaid in the budget last week.

Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop says he does not think his fellow Republican senators would vote for any new taxes. But Democratic House Speaker Andy Dillon says he thinks he can find some Republican support.

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In Michigan
4:43 pm
Wed October 7, 2009

Michigan K-12 deal stalls again

LANSING, MI – A school budget deal fell apart Wednesday at the state Capitol. The state will be without a school aid budget for a full week Thursday because lawmakers are at an impasse.

State Representative Terry Brown chairs the House schools budget subcommittee. He says it's tough for lawmakers to force big spending rollbacks on K-12 education.

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Arts & Culture
7:03 am
Wed October 7, 2009

Detroit's Sphinx orchestra again playing NYC's Carnegie Hall

DETROIT – Some of the best up-and-coming string players in the U.S. will take the stage at Carnegie Hall for their annual stop at the prestigious New York venue.

The Sphinx Chamber Orchestra is made up of top alumni of the Sphinx Competition for young black and Latino players.

Started better than a decade ago in the Detroit area, the Sphinx Organization strives to increase the participation of minorities in music schools, as professional musicians and as members of classical music audiences.

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Sports
6:57 am
Wed October 7, 2009

Spartans hope win a springboard for season

EAST LANSING, MI – Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio is talking about his team's biggest game. As always, it is the next one.

After a 26-20 overtime win against Michigan, the Spartans (2-3, 1-1 Big Ten) will try to reach .500 with their first road win in three tries when they visit Illinois (1-3, 0-2) this Saturday.

Dantonio says Michigan State needs to use its last game as a springboard for the rest of the season. Otherwise, it is just a win for state bragging rights.

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