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Man gets life in prison in retirement home deaths

DETROIT (AP) - A 67-year-old grandfather has been sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole in the killing of two women at a Detroit retirement home.

Mike Reda of Detroit was convicted this month of first-degree murder in the October shooting deaths of 59-year-old Deborah Socia and 61-year-old Maria Gonzalez.

Reda received the mandatory sentence Thursday morning in Wayne County Circuit Court.

Reda told police he had dated the same woman for several years and the two victims befriended her and frequently kept his girlfriend away from him. He said during a videotaped interrogation that he was filled with rage and alcohol when he shot them with an assault rifle.

Judge Cynthia Gray Hathaway called it a "horrible incident." Reda told her he was "sorry for what happened."


Police: Boy, 2, accidentally shot by father

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Lansing police say a 2-year-old boy is hospitalized after being accidentally shot in the chest by his father.

Police responded Wednesday night to an apartment complex on the city's south side to find the boy and his 29-year-old father wounded.

The Lansing State Journal reports Thursday that the boy's condition has been upgraded to stable condition from critical condition. The father had what authorities described as a non-life threatening wound to his hand.

Officer Robert Merritt says a preliminary investigation shows the father shot himself and his son accidentally, but police are putting together a report to submit to the Ingham County prosecutor's office for review. Names of those involved weren't immediately released.


Authorities: Drive-by shooting kills 17-year-old

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) - Authorities say a 17-year-old high school basketball player has died following a drive-by shooting in the western Michigan community of Muskegon Heights.

Police say they haven't identified a suspect in the death of Marquis Gresham. The Muskegon Chronicle reports that Gresham was a junior at Muskegon Heights Public School Academy and a starting center on the Tigers' varsity basketball team.

Muskegon Heights police Chief Lynne Gill says there was a "sort of disturbance" before the Wednesday night shooting, but it's unclear whether Gresham was the intended target of the shooting. Witnesses reported that multiple shots were fired from a moving vehicle.

The shooting is under investigation.


Couple file to run for same Michigan Senate seat

DETROIT (AP) - A Detroit couple filed to run for the same seat in the state Senate, but the husband is expected to withdraw to seek other offices.

The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press report LaMar and Georgia Lemmons both filed paperwork to run for the 2nd District seat.

LaMar Lemmons is the president of the Detroit school board.

He tells he plans to withdraw from the Senate race and support his wife, a retired Detroit teacher.

Lemmons instead will focus his attention on running for re-election to the school board and seeking a seat on the Wayne County Commission.

Georgia Lemmons will have her work cut out for her.

She's going up against two incumbent lawmakers in the Democratic primary: state Sen. Bert Johnson and state Rep. John Olumba.


Officials: Endangered mussel in way of pipeline

FLINT, Mich. (AP) - Officials say a small endangered mussel is in the way of plans for a massive water pipeline to serve parts of Michigan, including Flint.

The Karegnondi Water Authority wants to cut its way quickly through the Black River in Sanilac County as it digs the path for the Lake Huron pipeline. The Flint Journal reports, however, that the federally protected northern riffleshell lives in the river bed.

The presence of the mussel could force crews to tunnel far beneath the river, adding time and money to the project.

Genesee County Drain Commissioner Jeff Wright says the Karegnondi Water Authority is in discussions with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency about the issue.

The EPA expects the project to affect more than 30 acres of wetlands and involve 55 stream crossings.


Diego Rivera's Detroit murals get landmark status

DETROIT (AP) - Diego Rivera's murals at the Detroit Institute of Arts have been designated as one of four new national historic landmarks.

Federal officials announced the designation on Wednesday.

The Detroit Industry murals were conceived by Rivera as a tribute to the city's manufacturing base and labor force of the 1930s. The Mexican artist in 1932 and 1933 completed the murals on walls of a court in the museum and they're considered to be among his greatest works.

The largely symbolic landmark designation comes amid efforts to protect the collection of the Detroit Institute of Arts from being sold as part of the city's bankruptcy.

The National Historic Landmarks Program offers technical assistance, recognition and funding for landmarks, but doesn't shield from ownership changes.

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