BC-MI–Michigan News Digest, MI

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DEARBORN HEIGHTS, Mich. _ As Islam has grown in the United States, some communities are dealing with a Muslim clergy shortage. The Trump administration also has restricted travel from several Muslim majority nations. A Detroit-area mosque is working to solve those problems by operating a seminary. It’s one of several such schools in North America who are distinguishing themselves by offering English-only classes in-person and online. The Al-Hujjah Islamic Seminary has grown from about three dozen in 2017 to about 400 today. By Jeff Karoub and Noreen Nasir. SENT: 1,300 words, photos, video.



DETROIT _ Former President Bill Clinton has told a crowd of people at the funeral for former Congressman John Conyers that he not only represented people in his district, but those around the country and “even around the world on the things we should all care about.” Clinton was among the speakers at Monday’s services at Greater Grace Temple in Detroit. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words, photos.


MONTREAL — Hundreds of thousands of Canadians have been unwittingly exposed to high levels of lead in their drinking water, with contamination in several cities consistently higher than they ever were in Flint, Michigan, according to an investigation that tested drinking water in hundreds of homes and reviewed thousands more previously undisclosed results. Residents in some homes in Montreal, a cosmopolitan city an hour north of the U.S.-Canada border, and Regina, in the flat western prairies, are among those drinking and cooking with tap water with lead levels that exceed Canada’s federal guidelines. The investigation found some schools and day care centers had lead levels so high that researchers noted it could impact children’s health. Exacerbating the problem, many water providers aren’t testing at all. By Martha Mendoza. SENT: 1,800 words, photos.


_ MEDICAL MARIJUANA FEES: The state of Michigan is lowering or eliminating fees assessed on people who register to use marijuana for medical reasons.

_ JAIL DEATH-MICHIGAN: A police officer blamed for the drug-related death of a man in a Detroit-area jail has been cleared of misconduct in office.



Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the IndyCar Series were sold to Penske Entertainment Corp. in a stunning move Monday that relinquishes control of the iconic speedway from the Hulman family after 74 years. Tony Hulman bought the dilapidated speedway in 1945 and brought racing back to the corner of 16th St. and Georgetown Ave. after a four-year absence following World War II. Roger Penske will become just the fourth owner of the 110-year-old speedway. By Jenna Fryer. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.


WASHINGTON _ The Washington Wizards are 1-4 and playing little-to-no defense heading into Monday night’s game against Andre Drummond and the Detroit Pistons. By Howard Fendrich. Starts at 7 p.m. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos.


DETROIT _ After just one win in its last 10 games, Detroit won’t have much of a reprieve with Nashville up next on the schedule. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.


Virginia starred in the ultimate redemption story last season, rolling to a national championship a year after being the first top seed to get knocked off by a No. 16. Seven long months later, college basketball is finally back. The 2019-20 season charges out of the starting blocks with a blueblood doubleheader this week and a nonconference slate full of must-see games. By John Marshall. SENT: 700 words, photos.


RALEIGH, N.C. _ The nation’s top teams won’t have to wait long to find out what they do well and what they don’t. The answers will come quickly for No. 1 Michigan State, No. 2 Kentucky, No. 3 Kansas and No. 4 Duke in the Champions Classic doubleheader that is the marquee event of college basketball’s opening week. The Jayhawks and Blue Devils play Tuesday’s first game in New York, followed by the Spartans and Wildcats in the 42nd meeting of the top two teams in the AP Top 25. By Aaron Beard. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.


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