BC-MI–Michigan News Digest 1:30 pm, MI

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TOP STORIES:

RAMADAN FOR ALL

DEARBORN HEIGHTS, Mich. _ Shortly before midnight, a buzzing crowd stood patiently in a line that bent around the corner of a community center and stretched far back into the night. After a countdown, the throng streamed into the fairway of food trucks and other vendors, then pressed forward to the cadence of a banging bass drum. It was suhoor time. The informal gala — in full swing after midnight, illuminated with string lights and resplendent with the scents of Middle Eastern and other cuisine — has been staged on weekends throughout May in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn Heights. But the Ramadan Suhoor Festival has a specific purpose beyond the carnival atmosphere and bountiful buffet: It’s a chance to gather during the Muslim holy month in which worshippers fast daily from dawn through dusk. Despite its religious underpinnings, and in accordance with Muslim faith, festival organizers also have made one thing clear: Non-Muslims are welcome. By Jeff Karoub. SENT: 1,100 words; photos and video.

AROUND THE STATE:

FLINT MURALS

FLINT, Mich. _ Artists from Michigan and around the world are painting 50 murals in Flint to refocus the city’s image on art rather than the lead-tainted water crisis. The Flint Public Art Project’s Director Joe Schipani tells The Flint Journal that they aim to create 100 murals in the city by fall 2020. Schipani says Flint’s image has been muddied by the events in 2014 that led to the city’s drinking water becoming contaminated, and a Netflix series, “Flint Town,” about crime in the area. He hopes bringing international artists to town will encourage visitors to notice Flint for other reasons. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ DETROIT DEMOLITIONS-INVESTIGATION: A newspaper reports Detroit’s land bank had more than $500,000 in legal expenses amid a federal investigation into the city’s multimillion-dollar demolition program.

_ SAGINAW FIRE: A man who authorities say set a fire in Michigan that killed his mother and sister has been sentenced to 39 to 75 years in prison.

_ CAB DRIVER SLAIN: A 35-year-old man has been charged with murder in the fatal shooting of a cab driver during an apparent robbery in Detroit.

_ TRUCK CRASH-TRAIN: Authorities say a dump truck hauling an excavator crashed into the side of a freight train in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, causing some of the train’s cars to derail. The crash happened Thursday in Delta County’s Wells Township.

SPORTS:

BBO–TIGERS-BRAVES

ATLANTA _ The Detroit Tigers begin the final leg of a road trip with the start of a three-game series against the Atlanta Braves. Game starts at 7:20 p.m. ET.

BKC–NBA PLAYERS-COLLEGE COACHES

Michigan hired Juwan Howard to replace John Beilein despite having no previous head coaching experience. His hiring follows a recent trend of college programs hiring former NBA stars. By Basketball Writer John Marshall. UPCOMING: 700 words by 5 p.m.

BBC–NCAA-CENTRAL MICHIGAN-MIAMI

STARKVILLE, Miss. _ Central Michigan faces Miami in the opening round of the Starkville Regional on Friday. UPCOMING: 150 words from 7 p.m. CT first pitch.

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