BC-MI–Michigan News Digest, MI

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DETROIT _ Regardless of her reputation as a performer, Aretha Franklin’s cancer doctors say she was no diva as a patient. Two oncologists who treated the Queen of Soul say she handled her diagnosis and treatment with grace _ and the grit to keep performing for years. Franklin, who died in Detroit on Aug. 16, 2018, at 76, had pancreatic neuroendocrine cancer. It’s a rare disease that differs from the more common, aggressive type of pancreatic cancer known as adenocarcinoma. By Jeff Karoub. SENT: 900 words, photos.



JERUSALEM _ Israel said Thursday that it will bar two Democratic congresswomen from entering the country ahead of a planned visit over their support for a Palestinian-led boycott movement, a decision announced shortly after President Donald Trump tweeted that it would “show great weakness” to allow them in. The move to bar Reps. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota from visiting the close American ally appeared to be unprecedented, and marked a deep foray by Israel into America’s bitterly polarized politics. It is also a sharp escalation of Israel’s campaign against the international boycott movement. By Ilan Ben Zion. SENT: 800 words, photos.




LANSING, Mich. _ Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Wednesday that the state’s civil rights director should resign or be fired after he made inappropriate, offensive comments about women. Whitmer, who does not have the power to dismiss Agustin Arbulu, said she will no longer let him attend Cabinet meetings and will direct her administration to not directly engage him except to the extent required by law. The Civil Rights Commission on July 29 reprimanded Arbulu for a May 29 incident outside a suburban Detroit middle school but kept him on the job. By David Eggert. SENT: 550 words, photos. Moved Wednesday and available for use.


_ INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENT-MICHIGAN: A suburban Detroit manufacturing facility has been fined after the death of an employee who fell into vat of sulfuric acid.

_ JUVENILE LIFERS-MICHIGAN: A newspaper reports more than half of Michigan inmates who are eligible for resentencing following a 2016 U.S. Supreme Court ruling on so-called juvenile lifers still are waiting to learn their fate.

_ AUTO UNION-CORRUPTION: Federal authorities investigating corruption involving the United Auto Workers union say a former official received nearly $2 million in kickbacks from union vendors.

_ UNEMPLOYMENT-MICHIGAN: Michigan’s unemployment rate has edged higher in July to 4.3% from 4.2% a month earlier.

_ BELLE ISLE-CONSERVATORY: A reopening celebration is scheduled at the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory on Detroit’s Belle Isle island park.

_ OFF-ROAD VEHICLE WEEKEND: Off-road vehicle enthusiasts can explore Michigan’s 3,700 miles of trails and five “scramble” areas that are open to them for no charge this weekend.

_ US ATTORNEY-GRAND RAPIDS: Former Michigan House Speaker Tom Leonard will be nominated by President Donald Trump to serve as the top federal prosecutor in Grand Rapids.



DETROIT _ Seattle wraps up a series Detroit in a matchup of two of the AL’s worst teams. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 1:10 p.m.


HOUSTON _ The Detroit Lions and Houston Texans hold a joint training camp practice. Developing.


DETROIT _ Ohio coach Frank Solich is expected to become the Mid-American Conference’s all-time winning coach this season. The former Nebraska coach has won 106 games with the Bobcats over 15 years since Nebraska fired him following a nine-win season. By Larry Lage. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos.


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