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Boy, 3, critical after drive-by shooting in Detroit

DETROIT (AP) — A 3-year-old boy remains in critical condition after being shot while in the backseat of a moving vehicle on Detroit’s west side.

Michigan State Police First Lt. Michael Shaw says the child’s mother was driving on the northbound Southfield Freeway near Joy Road just before 7:30 p.m. Thursday when a bullet pierced the side her vehicle. The mother was not injured.

Authorities say the boy remained in critical condition early Friday after being revived at Sinai Grace Hospital.

Shaw said it’s unclear whether the vehicle was targeted. He said the incident does not appear to be related to road rage.

Authorities temporarily closed the freeway to search for evidence. Investigators have not yet identified a suspect.

No further information was immediately available.


Police ID Michigan parents who died from carbon monoxide

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) — Police have identified the couple who died after carbon monoxide apparently filled a house from a generator and portable heater while their 5-month-old son survived.

Battle Creek Det. Sgt. Todd Elliott said Thursday that 20-year-old Brandon Bull of Bronson and 19-year-old Cylie Jo Canniff of Coldwater had been using a gas-powered generator to operate a kerosene heater inside the house.

The house did not have electricity, heat or water. Elliott says the couple was helping a contractor remodel the home but was not supposed to be staying in the house at night. The contractor found them Wednesday.

Elliott says the couple spent the night on an air mattress with the child. He says the boy was taken to a Kalamazoo hospital for treatment and is recovering.


Curtain Closed: Illness cancels play at small-town theater

(Information from: The Alpena News,

ALPENA, Mich. (AP) — The show won’t go on.

A theater in northern Michigan has canceled a production of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” It has nothing to do with ticket sales. The small cast simply has been too ill to perform.

The Tony Award-winning play by Edward Albee was supposed to open on Jan. 10 for eight days at Alpena Civic Theatre. The Alpena News reports that the date was changed twice before organizers decided to scratch the show this week.

The play has only four cast members. One actor had pneumonia. His stand-in also became ill. Then an actress couldn’t speak loud enough because of illness.

“Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” might hit the Alpena stage later this year. Alpena Civic Theatre has been entertaining audiences since 1956.



Exhibition of modified US postcards portray beauty, chaos

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — An exhibition aims to portray America’s beauty alongside its environmental degradation and political polarization through an array of artistically altered postcards.

“David Opdyke: Paved with Good Intentions” holds its opening reception Friday at University of Michigan Institute for the Humanities. The piece features 528 vintage U.S. postcards that have been assembled into a mural that incorporates fires, tornadoes, intrusive pipelines, provocative messages, locust swarms and ravenous crows.

The entropic display comes apart at the base.

Curator Amanda Krugliak says in a release the work is a “wake-up call” that also “speaks to commitment and perseverance.”

The monthlong exhibition, which is free and open to the public, also features animation partly inspired by the work of Monty Python member Terry Gilliam.

The event includes a conversation with Opdyke, Krugliak and others.


Deep freeze, wind chills of minus 50 coming to Upper Midwest

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Upper Midwest is about to plunge into a deep freeze.

The National Weather Service says the wind chill factor could dip to 40 to 50 degrees below zero (40 to 45 below zero, Celsius) in parts of Wisconsin and Minnesota and to 30 to 35 below (34 to 37 below, Celsius) in the Dakotas starting Thursday night.

Such wind chills, which describe the combined effect of wind and cold temperatures on exposed skin, could cause frostbite within minutes.

The deep freeze caused organizers of the Winter Carnival in Minnesota to cancel several events, including Thursday night’s parade through downtown St. Paul.

Sioux Falls, South Dakota, has closed its six outdoor skating rinks because of the cold weather.

Forecasters say the frigid weather is expected to stick around into next week.


Detroit man sentenced in daughter’s crash-related death

DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit man whose 7-year-old daughter was struck and killed when she went for help after he crashed a stolen van has been sentenced.

A Wayne County Circuit Court judge on Thursday ordered 48-year-old Wilburt Dion Thomas to serve 4½ to 15 years in prison.

Thomas crashed July 15 into an abandoned vehicle along Interstate 94 in Romulus, southwest of Detroit. DeSandra Thomas was struck and killed by another vehicle as she left the van to seek help.

Thomas pleaded guilty earlier this month to manslaughter, second-degree child abuse and operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated with an occupant younger than 16.


Judge orders 30-month prison term for corrupt Troy manager

TROY, Mich. (AP) — A man who ran local government in Oakland County’s largest city has been sentenced to 30 months in prison for corruption.

Prosecutors say Brian Kischnick treated the pockets of contractors “as his own” when he was Troy city manager as he sought bribes, meals, booze and housing. It added up to more than $50,000.

Kischnick told a judge on Thursday that he had led a “morally bankrupt life.” He apologized for choosing a “dark and unhealthy path.”

The 30-month sentence ordered by Judge Nancy Edmunds was less than what prosecutors recommended. Kischnick’s attorney says his judgment was clouded by alcohol and prescription drugs. Anjali Prasad says Kischnick wasn’t “some mastermind in a pay-for-play scheme.”

But prosecutor Dawn Ison says Kischnick never intended to serve Troy with honor.


2 Fort Bliss soldiers killed in training crash identified

OTERO COUNTY, N.M. (AP) — Authorities have released the names of two soldiers from Texas’ Fort Bliss who died when two military training vehicles crashed in southern New Mexico.

Officials at the Army base in El Paso say 24-year-old Cpl. Cole Trevor Wixom and 21-year-old Pfc. Jamie R. Riley were fatally injured in Tuesday night’s collision between two Stryker vehicles at New Mexico’s McGregor Range.

They say seven other soldiers still are being treated for their injuries and the cause of the crash remains under investigation.

Fort Bliss officials say Wixom was from Bloomingdale, Michigan, and served as an infantryman.

They say Riley served as a cavalry scout and was from Fair Haven, New Jersey.

Wixom joined the Army in August 2016 and Riley enlisted in January 2018.


Woman sentenced in death of infant in hot Michigan home

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A 23-year-old western Michigan woman charged in the death of her 6-month-old son who was left in a car seat in a sweltering home will serve at least 20 years in prison.

Lovily Johnson of Wyoming, Michigan, was sentenced Thursday in Kent County Circuit Court in Grand Rapids.

Johnson pleaded guilty in November to second-degree murder.

Police have said Noah Johnson was ignored for parts of three days in 2017 in an attic bedroom that was 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32 degrees Celsius).

Johnson’s attorney has said she was overwhelmed by being a young mother and caring for other children.


New AG wants to settle lawsuit over same-sex adoption

DETROIT (AP) — Under new leadership, the Michigan attorney general’s office is in talks to settle a lawsuit by same-sex couples who say their rights have been violated by faith-based adoption agencies that don’t want to work with gays and lesbians.

A federal judge granted a 30-day timeout Thursday for negotiations between the American Civil Liberties Union and Attorney General Dana Nessel.

During the fall campaign, Nessel told The Associated Press there’s “no viable defense” to a 2015 law signed by then-Gov. Rick Snyder. The law says faith-based groups can refuse to provide certain services if they conflict with their beliefs and still get tax dollars.

Nessel, who is a lesbian, said the only purpose is discrimination.

Groups such as Catholic Charities and Bethany Christian Services are paid by the state to place children from troubled families with new families.