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Detroit ceremony memorializes Great Lakes sailors who died

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Historical Society is holding its annual program to remember sailors who have died on the Great Lakes — particularly a deadly event on Lake Erie that’s marking its 175th anniversary.

The 20th annual Lost Mariners Remembrance Ceremony is scheduled for Sunday evening at the Dossin Great Lakes Museum on Belle Isle.

Highlights include a presentation about the 1844 catastrophe in Buffalo, New York, when tidal wave-like conditions on Lake Erie flooded the harbor and city. More than 75 lives were lost on land and in the water.

Also planned are a performance by Great Lakes balladeer Lee Murdock, lantern vigil and memorial wreath ceremony. Tickets are sold out, but the public can watch the Honor Flotilla of Great Lakes vessels from the Detroit River bank for free.


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 man uses battle ax to fight off intruder

OSHTEMO TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan man whose hobbies include ritualized combat with replica weapons from the Middle Ages says he wielded a battle ax he calls “my baby” to fend off an intruder.

Thirty-six-year-old Ben Ball tells WOOD-TV he was playing video games at his apartment in Oshtemo Township, about 130 miles (209 kilometers) west of Detroit, late Wednesday when someone who once dated his ex-roommate kicked in his door. He believed the attacker might be armed.

Ball tells the station he grabbed the ax, took two steps forward and struck the intruder in the torso. After the two grappled, the attacker fled. Police deployed a K-9 unit to track a trail of blood leading to 33-year-old Alex Lavell Rawls.

Kalamazoo County officials say Rawls spent the night at hospital before going to jail. WOOD-TV reports Rawls faces a home-invasion charges.


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.