Michigan News Digest

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WASHINGTON — Republicans in Congress are engaged in a risky but calculated bet that once President Donald Trump has exhausted his legal challenges to the election, he will come to grips with his loss to President-elect Joe Biden. But the opposite is happening. As one Trump court case after another falls by the wayside, Trump is doubling down on efforts to disrupt the election outcome. Rather than accept the reality of the vote, the president is using the weight of his office to try to squash it. He summoned Michigan state lawmakers to the White House on Friday after personally reaching out to GOP officials ahead of next week’s deadline to certify election results. Others from Pennsylvania may similarly be invited in. By Lisa Masacro. SENT: 1,130 words.


NEW YORK — Almost six months after the death of George Floyd, criminal justice reform advocates are cheering the election of a handful of progressive prosecutors, the passage of ballot initiatives designed to ease mass incarceration and the decriminalization of drugs in several states. Eli Savit, who was elected prosecutor in Washtenaw County, Michigan, said he was already hard at work on the transition. In his jurisdiction, Ann Arbor voted to decriminalize psychedelic plants and fungi, including magic mushrooms. Although Savit did not know how many magic mushroom cases were currently being pursued, he said those prosecutions “will go down to zero.” By Aaron Morrison. SENT: 1,120 words.



KALAMAZOO, Mich. — A man who was a teenager when he admitted killing three young women in the 1970s has been granted parole by the Michigan Parole Board nearly a half-century after the slayings. The parole board notified relatives of the victims that Brent Koster, 64, was granted parole on Nov. 10. The Kalamazoo area man will be released from a state prison on Jan. 21 after serving 48 years, according to parole board records. UPCOMING: 250 words.


DETROIT — Detroit officials’ plan to install 200 more traffic light-mounted cameras at city intersections is facing community resistance amid privacy and racial discrimination concerns. The 200 additional cameras would build off of an initial 121-camera pilot program and bring the technology to more than 300 of Detroit’s 787 traffic lights by October 2021, Dayo Akinyemi, of the city’s Department of Public Works, said Monday during a presentation on the expansion plans. But Detroit resident Christopher Williams Shah said during that public meeting that the community wants assurances police won’t misuse the 200 extra cameras, resulting in Black men landing in jail. SENT: 500 words.


OKEMOS, Mich. — Keith Whitfield, Keaton Woods and Lonnie and Leonard Smith love shoes. Whether they are Jordan 1 Retro High Travis Scott, Kanye West’s Yeezys 350 Zebra or Nike’s classic Air Force 1 ’07, the four high schoolers trade and sell footwear at school or on streets, hoping to obtain a trendier, costlier or more fashionable sole. They are sneakerheads and, last month, they opened a store in Okemos called House of Soles to take their hobby to the next level. There, they buy, sell and trade sneakers, mostly used, some basically new but pre-owned. By Krystal R. Nurse. Lansing State Journal. SENT: 590 words.


— FOUR SHOT: A third person has died and a fourth remains in critical condition following a shooting at a home in northern Michigan’s Benzie County, police said.

— STREET RACING-WAYNE COUNTY: Street racing has been declared a public nuisance in southeastern Michigan’s Wayne County following a vote by county commissioners.



Michigan and Rutgers will try to end three-game losing streaks when they play Saturday night at SHI Stadium. Both teams have 1-3 records. By Tom Canavan. 650, photos. Kickoff scheduled for 7:30 p.m.


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