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College student in Michigan hit, killed by train

ALBION, Mich. (AP) — A Chicago-bound passenger train has struck and killed a 19-year-old college student in central Michigan.

Authorities in Albion say the collision with the westbound Amtrak train occurred Saturday at a pedestrian crossing around 8:30 p.m. The Albion Department of Public Safety didn’t immediately release the name of the Albion College student.

Amtrak spokeswoman Kimberly D. Woods told the Detroit Free Press that the Albion Police Department is investigating. She says 65 passengers were aboard the Amtrak 355 Wolverine Train at the time.


Michigan hunters use branch saw to free entangled bucks

(Information from: WOOD-TV,

BOWNE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Quick-thinking hunters in central Michigan have rescued two deer who literally became locked in battle.

WOOD-TV reports that insurance agent Mark Johnson spotted the rutting bucks in a field with their antlers entangled. He figured the eight-point bucks would die from exhaustion or starvation if they stayed stuck.

Video of Wednesday’s rescue on WOOD-TV’s website shows Johnson’s friend, Brad Lyons, eventually deploying a specialized branch saw to cut part of an antler. That enabled the bucks to pull away and run off.

The rescue came a week before firearms deer season. Johnson, Lyons and another acquaintance who showed up to help are all hunters and in other circumstances the bucks would have been prized trophies.

What they got from the encounter instead was a good story to tell and a chunk of sawed-off antler.



Michigan teachers honor veterans who are former students

(Information from: WOOD-TV,

ADA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Two history teachers at a Michigan high school have created a Veterans Wall of Honor.

Forest Hills Central High School teachers Steve Labenz and Brad Anderson want to pay tribute to former students who have served their country.

One part of the wall has dog tags representing alumni in every military branch. Another part includes pictures honoring those who were killed.

The wall also features an interactive program, where students can look up photos and details of the graduates’ lives and experiences.

WOOD-TV reports that the memorial will provide a lesson on service that students can’t get from reading a textbook.

Anderson says it’s a great opportunity for students to interview community members and learn more about their stories and history.

The memorial will be dedicated on Veterans Day.



Pittsburgh official says she’s confident she’ll be cleared

PITTSBURGH (AP) — An elected official from Pittsburgh scheduled for trial Tuesday in Michigan says she is confident she will be cleared of wrongdoing in an altercation at a Detroit hotel earlier this year.

Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner, who was overwhelmingly re-elected to a third term last week, faces felony resisting and obstructing police and misdemeanor disorderly conduct counts in Wayne County Court in the March incident.

Prosecutors allege Wagner interfered with Detroit police while they prepared to remove her husband, Khari Mosley, from the Westin Book Cadillac hotel on March 6. They were in Detroit for a concert.

Wagner and Mosley maintain they were the victims of hotel staff and police who acted improperly. Mosley was acquitted in July of disorderly conduct and disturbing the peace counts.


Educator to speak about ‘leading while Muslim’ in Dearborn

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — A longtime New York City educator, administrator and diversity expert will speak at University of Michigan-Dearborn about challenges facing Muslim leaders.

The theme of Debbie Almontaser’s scheduled Monday morning talk is “Leading While Muslim.” She wrote a book with the same title that examines the experiences of U.S. Muslim principals in a post-9/11 environment.

Almontaser is board president of the Muslim Community Network. She was the founding principal of the Khalil Gibran International Academy in Brooklyn and frequently lectures or leads workshops on Arab culture, Islam, conflict resolution and interfaith coalition building.

The speech is hosted by several of the university’s colleges or programs, including the Center for Arab American Studies.


Michigan liquor distributor told to fix delivery woes

(Information from: Detroit Free Press,

DETROIT (AP) — The Michigan Liquor Control Commission is telling one of the state’s three authorized distribution agents to fix problems with deliveries.

The Detroit Free Press reports Republic National Distributing Co., recently moved into a new warehouse in Livonia and the company said software problems there are delaying deliveries.

The commission met a few days ago with bars, restaurants, and retailers that have complained.

Commission Chairman Pat Gagliardi said in a statement Friday the agency is holding Republic accountable and it wants “to ensure our licenses have their shelves stocked for the public, especially in advance of the holiday season.”

Beverage manager Pam Stigall of Ale Mary’s Beer Hall in Royal Oak said the “availability of product is so unpredictable.”

Republic said it’s doing everything in its power to correct the situation.



Michigan State exhibit showcases black travelers’ green book

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A new Michigan State University exhibit is built around a 20th century guidebook that a generation of black motorists used during the segregation era to find places where they could safely sleep, eat, shop or find services while traveling.

The exhibit for “The Negro Motorists’ Green Book” runs at the East Lansing school until the end of November. It will also introduce the guide’s creator, Victor H. Green.

Green’s book listed 86 black-friendly Detroit businesses and five in Lansing from 1936 to 1966. The exhibit presents before-and-after pictures of the businesses, showing how they looked 50 to 80 years ago and today.

The historical display follows the 2018 release of “Green Book,” an Oscar-winning film highlighting the guide that African-Americans consulted when traveling in the South during the Jim Crow era.


“Up There,” movie made in Upper Peninsula, hits local screen

(Information from: The Daily News,

STEPHENSON, Mich. (AP) — A movie shot in the Upper Peninsula is having its Michigan premiere this weekend.

“Up There” is the story of a journalist who is sent to the Upper Peninsula to cover the closing of a mine. The journalist gets help from a local woman, whose personal tragedy plays a role in the plot.

“Up There” opened Friday at Tivoli Theater in Stephenson. There are showings Saturday and Sunday and on Nov. 14.

The Iron Mountain Daily News says the movie was made in Dickinson County in 2017. Locals will recognize Pat’s Foods in Norway, the Iron Mountain mine in Vulcan and the Longbranch Saloon in Faithorn.

Actress Zoe Kanters says she and the directors wanted to show the film in the community “that made it happen.” Screenings are also planned this month in Suttons Bay, Ann Arbor and Bloomfield Hills.



Kresge to award grants to improve Detroit neighborhoods

DETROIT (AP) — The Kresge Foundation is looking for Detroit-based block clubs, community development corporations and other nonprofits to share at least $1.5 million for projects that improve the quality of life in city neighborhoods.

Kresge Innovative Projects: Detroit has awarded 99 grants totaling more than $10 million since 2015.

Grants of up to $35,000 are available for planning. Up to $150,000 is available for implementing projects that engage residents and reflect their priorities. Awards of $20,000 are available for smaller organizations that want assistance to assess neighborhood needs, to brainstorm possibilities and develop materials for future applications by the program.

Detroit Program managing director Wendy Lewis says the program is one of the foundation’s “most important tools to make sure the city’s revitalization reaches neighborhoods.”

Applications are open through Dec. 6.


W. Michigan downs Milwaukee 115-110 in triple overtime

MILWAUKEE (AP) — William Boyer-Richard scored seven points in the third overtime, including a go-ahead free throw, and Western Michigan beat Milwaukee 115-110 on Saturday night.

The Broncos’ Michael Flowers notched career highs with 34 points and seven 3-pointers and hit 3s with seconds remaining to tie the game at 76 at the end of regulation, at 85 in the first overtime and at 102 in 2OT.

Brandon Johnson scored 21 points and grabbed 15 rebounds for the Broncos (2-0) and Jason Whitens added 15 points with nine boards.

Darius Roy scored a career-high 29 points and Te’Jon Lucas added a career-high 21 for the Panthers (1-1), who were up 76-73 with 6 seconds left in regulation when Flowers tied it with a 3.

Threes by Flowers with 7 seconds to go tied it at 85 in OT, and at 102 with 4 seconds left in 2OT.

Boyer-Richard’s go-ahead free throw and layup off a steal put the Broncos up 106-103 with 2:55 left in the third overtime and the Panthers got no closer from there.

Both teams play again Tuesday, with Western Michigan against Mississippi Valley State and Milwaukee facing Wisconsin Lutheran.