Latest Michigan news, sports, business and entertainment at 9:20 p.m. EDT

MICHIGAN UNEMPLOYMENT-FEDERAL BENEFIT

Michigan bill to end extra unemployment benefit faces veto

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Republican lawmakers have voted to stop a $300 weekly federal supplement that is added to unemployed workers’ benefits in Michigan, though the measure is expected to be vetoed when it reaches Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. The GOP-led Legislature passed the bill on party lines Thursday. Supporters say the $300 pandemic benefit, which is on top of the maximum state benefit of $362 a week, discourages people from rejoining the workforce. It is due to end Sept. 4 under federal law. Democrats say money should not be taken from people struggling to find work.

MALL DEMOLITION

Eastland mall in Detroit area to be demolished, redeveloped

HARPER WOODS, Mich. (AP) — One of the oldest malls in the Detroit area will be demolished and replaced by warehouse and industrial space. Eastland Center in Harper Woods has been limping for years after losing major anchor tenants. NorthPoint Development, based in Missouri, says the site is close to Interstate 94 and ripe for development. The 640,000-square-foot shopping center and a former Target store are part of the demolition. The project could be completed by spring 2023. Harper Woods Mayor Valerie Kindle says it’s sad to see the mall go, but she understands market conditions. Eastland opened in 1957. Tenants such as Sears, Burlington Coat Factory and Macy’s all have departed.

NINE-YEAR-OLD SHOT

9-yar-old boy fatally shot in Kalamazoo; details unclear

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a 9-year-old boy has died after being shot in Kalamazoo. Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety Chief Vernon Coakley says the child was pronounced dead at a Kalamazoo hospital on Thursday afternoon. The child’s name and the circumstances leading to the shooting haven’t been released. the Kalamazoo Gazette reports representatives from the NAACP, Pastors on Patrol and the Northside Ministerial Alliance were at the scene of the shooting, speaking to community members and encouraging people to help bring an end to the gun violence in the southwestern Michigan city. 

WRONGLY CONVICTED

SW Michigan man convicted of 3 murders likely to be cleared

BENTON HARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A judge will be asked to throw out the murder convictions of a southwestern Michigan man who is serving a life sentence for three slayings in 2005. Corey McCall’s hearing in Berrien County court is scheduled for Friday. Three people, including a 12-year-old boy, were shot in the head during a home invasion in Benton Harbor. McCall was not accused of being the shooter. But he was identified as someone who was armed and in the house. McCall told police that he was at a store. The attorney general’s office says its conviction integrity unit took a fresh look at McCall’s case. He is expected to be released from a state prison in Ionia.

AP-US-BLACKHAWKS-SEXUAL-ASSAULT-LAWSUIT

Ex-Blackhawk sues team, alleging sexual assault by assistant

CHICAGO (AP) — An unidentified former Chicago Blackhawks player says in a lawsuit against the team that a then-assistant coach sexually assaulted him in 2010 during a playoff run to a Stanley Cup title and that the team did nothing after he informed a now-retired employee. Chicago’s WBEZ reported that former assistant coach Bradley Aldrich was convicted in 2013 in Michigan of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct involving a student. The former player’s attorney says inaction by the Blackhawks helped enable Aldrich to go on and assault the Michigan student, and possibly others. An attorney for Aldrich told WBEZ his client denied the allegations in the lawsuit. The team has said the allegations directed at it were groundless.   

ART RECOVERED

Stolen art worth more than $100K returned to woman’s family

GROSSE POINTE, Mich. (AP) — Authorities have returned six pieces of contemporary art worth more than $100,000 that were stolen from a suburban Detroit home in 2017. The screen prints and lithographs were taken from Anne Spivak of Grosse Pointe while she was bedridden. Spivak died months later at age 86. No arrests have been made. Investigators are asking the public for help to identify the thieves. The pieces were consigned to various individuals and a New York gallery when they were recovered by the FBI. The art has been returned to Spivak’s estate. Son Pete Spivak says the thieves seemed to know what they were taking.

POLICE-FATAL CRASH

Detroit cop charged in high-speed crash that killed lawyer

DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit police officer has been charged with involuntary manslaughter for a crash that killed a lawyer in February. Teaira Funderburg is accused of disregarding a red light while rushing to help another officer at 1 a.m. That’s when her patrol vehicle smashed into a car driven by Cliff Woodards. Woodards was a defense attorney who regularly had cases in Wayne County courts. After the crash, then-police Chief James Craig said he found the incident “troubling,” noting the high speed of the patrol vehicle. Funderburg’s attorney declined to comment on the charges.

AP-US-MICHIGAN-PIPELINE

Army Corps plans extensive review of Great Lakes tunnel plan

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it will conduct an extensive review of Enbridge Energy’s plan to build an oil pipeline tunnel beneath a Great Lakes waterway in Michigan. The Canadian company wants the tunnel to house an underwater section of its Line 5 pipeline that runs beneath the Straits of Mackinac linking Lake Huron and Lake Michigan. Permits from several agencies including the Army Corps is needed. The Corps says Wednesday the project will require an environmental impact statement, which involves a lengthy study of the plans and potential alternatives.

FILM-STEVEN SODERBERGH-DON CHEADLE

Soderbergh, Cheadle return to Detroit in ‘No Sudden Move’

NEW YORK (AP) — At a time when much of Hollywood is going through profound change, director Steven Soderbergh has seized an uncertain moment. During the pandemic, Soderbergh has shot two feature films, released a pair of movies, written a sequel to his first film, 1989′s “Sex, Lies and Videotape,” re-edited some of his older movies and co-produced the Academy Awards. His latest is the crime drama “No Sudden Move.” The movie returns Soderbergh to Detroit, a prominent setting of his beloved 1998 caper “Out of Sight.” It also reteams him with a cast member of that film, Don Cheadle. “No Sudden Move” debuts July 1 on HBO Max.  

AP-US-ELECTION-2020-MICHIGAN

Michigan Senate GOP probe: No systemic fraud in election

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Senate Republicans who investigated the state’s presidential election say there was no widespread or systemic fraud. In a report released Wednesday, they also urge the state attorney general to consider investigating people who have made false allegations about results in Antrim County to raise money or publicity “for their own ends.” The GOP-led state Senate Oversight Committee says citizens should be confident the outcome represents the “true results.” Joe Biden defeated Donald Trump by about 155,000 votes, or 2.8 percentage points, in the battleground state. Trump and his allies have pushed debunked conspiracy theories and false information about voter fraud.