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Willie Horton photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

On July 23rd, 1967, tensions in Detroit boiled over into what came to be known as the Detroit riots. By the time the unrest ended several days later, 43 people were dead, more than a thousand were injured, and two-thousand buildings were destroyed.

The Detroit Tigers were hosting the New York Yankees on that first day, and one young African-American Tigers star who had grown up in Detroit tried to bring calm to the chaos at the intersection of 12th and Clairmount, the epicenter of the riot, while still in uniform.

Willie Horton tells his story of July 23rd, 1967.


house and street sign
Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

In the early 1960’s, Detroit had one of the highest standards of living in the country. 

But not everyone shared in the wealth. 

In 1967, Detroit’s undercurrent of unrest burst to the surface.  The riot that began on July 23 was the start of the worst civil disturbance in American history. 

 


Kathie Dunbar photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

Kathie Dunbar is running for re-election to the at-large seat she has held on the Lansing city council since late 2005. She says she wants another term because “there’s never enough time to finish what’s going on.”

Jeremy Garza photo
Courtesy photo

An 18-year plumber in Lansing hopes that union support will help him win the second ward city council seat this year. Jeremy Garza is a safety director with the Plumbers and Pipefitters Union who serves on Lansing’s Plumbing Board.


Dave McCollom photo with pieces of the MSU basketball practice court
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

The MSU Surplus Store was the place to be for Spartan basketball fans today. Pieces of the practice court floor removed from the Breslin Center went up for sale this morning.


Larry Nassar
Associated Press

UPDATED THURSDAY, JULY 13, 11:05 A.M. - Federal Judge Janet Neff has scheduled Nassar's sentencing for 11 a.m. on Monday, November 27 in U.S. District Court in Grand Rapids.

In federal court on Tuesday, former Michigan sports doctor Larry Nassar pleaded guilty to having child pornography.

Amanda Bernés photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

Social worker Amanda Bernés is running for the 4th ward seat on the Lansing city council up for grabs this year. Incumbent Jessica Yorko decided not to run for re-election.


political candidates
Skyler Ashley / WKAR-MSU

Four candidates vying to become the next mayor of Lansing fielded questions on city issues at a public forum Thursday night.

 


city skyline
WKAR File Photo

Four of the five candidates for Lansing mayor will talk about their visions for the city at a public forum tonight.


robertson photo
Courtesy / Allen County (IN) Sheriff's Office

Former MSU football player Auston Robertson has been arraigned in Ingham County circuit court.   Robertson faces two charges of third degree criminal sexual conduct. 


Evelyn Pech-Vasquez photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

A member of Lansing’s Southside Community Center Board is running for Lansing city council at-large. Evelyn Pech-Vasquez says she’s been active in the community for 13 years and has worked as a guest teacher in Lansing schools.


man in courtroom
WKAR File Photo

An Eaton County judge has ordered former MSU sports physician Larry Nassar to stand trial on charges of sexual assault. 


soybean field
flickr/Ken

The Michigan Agri-Business Association is assessing crop damage in five counties hardest hit by last week’s flooding. 

 


Eugene Wanger photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

Michigan is the only state that includes a prohibition on the death penalty in its constitution. Eugene Wanger was a young Republican delegate to the constitutional convention in the early 1960’s, and he drafted the capital punishment clause approved by state voters in 1963.


man with mural
Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

What was once a dark highway overpass will soon be awash in colorful light.

On Tuesday night, civic leaders will formally turn on the lights at the U.S. 127 bridge over Michigan Avenue.  That’s the spot many people in mid-Michigan view as a symbolic gateway linking Lansing and East Lansing.

 

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