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Pro poker player’s burned body found in Michigan park
WHITE LAKE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Police in southeastern Michigan are investigating the death of a professional poker player whose burned body was found in a recreation area a month after she returned from Los Angeles to live with family. Susie Zhao was 33 years old and known to other players as Susie Q. Police say her death could be related to her travels on the poker circuit. Zhao’s body was discovered July 13 at the Pontiac Lake Recreation Area in Oakland County, Michigan. Investigators have declined to go into detail about how she was killed. On her Twitter page, Zhao said she plays “high stakes poker for a living.” She had earnings of at least $187,441, according to the World Series of Poker website.
Organizers cancel Oct. 18 marathon, half marathon in Detroit
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Free Press/TCF Bank Marathon in Detroit is joining other large cities in canceling its fall event because of the coronavirus. It would have been the event’s 43rd year. It offers a 26.2-mile race that takes runners over the Ambassador Bridge to Windsor, Ontario, and back to the U.S. through a Detroit River tunnel. There are also two half marathons. Runners who had registered can participate in a virtual event, roll over their registration to 2021 or 2022 at no cost or get a 50% refund. Details on the virtual races will be announced July 30.
MSU football suspends workouts due to virus infections
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan State University football team has suspended workouts and its players will quarantine for 14 days after a second staff member and a player tested positive for the coronavirus. Meanwhile, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has extended a ban on family visitors at nursing homes and congregate care sites through Aug. 31. There’s an exception for people who want to see someone in serious or critical condition or in hospice care. Facilities must make “best efforts” to help residents communicate with people by phone or electronic devices. The state health department reported 594 new cases and three additional deaths Friday. About 3.7% of tests have been positive this week.
VIRUS OUTBREAK-DETROIT SCHOOLS
2 Detroit students have virus after judge orders tests
DETROIT (AP) — Officials say at least two Detroit students attending summer school have tested positive for the coronavirus after a judge ordered tests as a condition for attendance in the voluntary classes. The students were told to self-quarantine with their families. So far, more than 250 students have been tested since federal Judge Arthur Tarnow’s order Tuesday. The Detroit district has said more than 600 students have been attending in-person classes since July 13. There’s also an online option. The testing order followed a lawsuit by activists who are opposed to in-person instruction. The district requires students and staff to wear masks, and the number of students in each classroom is limited.
CAR EXPLOSION-VIDEO-WOMAN ARRESTED
Video shows explosion after woman sets car interior on fire
A suburban Detroit woman has been arraigned on charges alleging that she set fire to an acquaintance’s SUV in an act that was apparently caught on video and posted online. The video shows a woman get blown backward after setting fire to a liquid she had poured through the vehicle’s rear window. Sydney Parham, of Fraser, was formally charged Friday in a Clinton Township court on one count of third-degree arson in Wednesday’s fire outside of an apartment complex in Harrison Township. The 26-year-old was released on a $20,000 personal bond. Her lawyer says she should be presumed innocent.
26 deaths in 3 US convents, as nuns confront the pandemic
LIVONIA, Michigan (AP) — At a convent near Detroit, 13 nuns have died of COVID-19. The toll is seven at a center for Maryknoll sisters in New York, and six at a Wisconsin convent that serves nuns with fading memories. Each community perseveres, though strict social-distancing rules have made communal solidarity a challenge as the losses are mourned. Only small, private funeral services were permitted as the death toll mounted in April and May at the Felician Sisters convent in Livonia, Michigan. For weeks the nuns went without Mass and dined in shifts, one per table. Those restrictions have eased in recent weeks as regular activities slowly resume.
Black aging researcher Detroit to head UNLV
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada university regents have hired a university administrator and African American families researcher from Detroit as the new president at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Keith Whitfield was a psychology professor and provost at Wayne State University in Michigan. Regents noted he’ll be the first Black president in UNLV’s 63-year history. He begins Aug. 24, and will replace acting university President Marta Meana. Nevada university Chancellor Thom Reilly credits Whitfield with boosting student success at Wayne State, where officials say student diversity is similar to UNLV.
Detroit would welcome federal help to combat gun crimes
DETROIT (AP) — Detroit officials say the federal government wants to help the city fight violent crime, not patrol streets in search of protesters. Mayor Mike Duggan says he and police Chief James Craig “are comfortable” that any agents coming to the city will not be under the Department of Homeland Security. Duggan says there are too many illegal guns on the streets. The mayor says seizing guns would be a “welcome contribution.” President Donald Trump spoke only of plans in Chicago and Albuquerque, New Mexico. But the White House later said in a statement that the program would be expanded to Detroit. Attorney General William Barr says additional agents will focus on “classic crime fighting.”
Enbridge contractor vessels may have bumped pipeline support
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Enbridge says damage that prompted the temporary shutdown of its underwater oil pipelines in a Great Lakes channel may have been done by vessels working for the company. The Canadian company this week submitted to government agencies the results of its investigation into “disturbances” that were discovered during inspections of dual pipelines that run across Michigan’s Straits of Mackinac. They are part of Line 5, which carries oil and liquids used in propane. The report says a number of vessels that had been operating in the area were Enbridge contractors. But the company remains uncertain whether any were responsible. Enbridge says both pipelines are safe to operate.
Wrongly convicted lose key case in bid for more money
DETROIT (AP) — People who are compensated by the state for being wrongly convicted aren’t entitled to collect cash for time spent in jail before trial. That’s the decision of the Michigan Supreme Court. Since the compensation program began in 2017, lower courts have rejected requests for money for pretrial detention, saying the law doesn’t mention it. The Supreme Court agreed. The case centered on Davontae Sanford, whose murder convictions in Wayne County were thrown out. He was paid $408,000 for his time in prison, but he was also seeking $27,000 for about 200 days spent in a detention center for teens.