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Quick bites under $10 in Ann Arbor

47 min ago

Have 30 minutes free and want to grab a quality lunch but don't want to break the bank? Here's a guide to some of the best quick eats Ann Arbor has to offer.

Frita Batidos

A self-described Cuban inspired street food joint, you shouldn't be surprised if you come at lunch or dinner time and there's a line out the door. Known for their fritas, traditional Cuban burgers, a single costs $8.50 and comes with their shoestring fries.

The Cuban-inspired spot offers a quick bite with lots of flavor (Photo: Meredith Bruckner)

Another popular quick bite is what they call 'The Best Snack Ever' (pictured above). Don't let its size fool you. This snack is pretty filling. At $7, It's comprised of layers of coconut ginger rice, black beans, melted Muenster cheese and cilantro lime salsa.

Where: 117 W. Washington, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

See their full menu.

For more information, visit their website.

Smoke's Poutinerie

If you're not familiar with poutine, it's a dish that originated in Quebec and is popular across Canada and some northern U.S. states. It's made of fries, cheese curds and gravy, and it's categorization as a quick bite is subjective. If you're the healthy eating type, then you may want to skip this one.

Poutine is a delicious French Canadian street food (Photo: Meredith Bruckner)

Smoke's is a Canadian chain that is trying to change the face of traditional poutine. They offer a huge variety, including Jerk Chicken, Philly Cheesesteak and Veggie Nacho. If you are stopping in for lunch, they have a special $7 meal deal 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday - Friday.

Where: 1300 S University Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

See their full menu.

For more information, visit their website.

People's Food Coop

Not only is the Coop in Kerrytown home to Cafe Verde, it also features a hot bar, a salad bar, and pre-made salads and sandwiches to go. It's overall pretty healthy, and they also have some vegan-friendly options (including cupcakes that their staff say are more popular than the ones made with real butter).

The People's Food Coop is known for its baked goods (Photo: Meredith Bruckner)

Their sandwiches and salads are super easy to grab on the go and most are under $10. On Wednesdays, Coop members get a 10 percent discount.

The Coop offers fresh, healthy quick bites at an affordable price (Photo: Meredith Bruckner)

Where: 216 N 4th Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Check out their monthly food bar menu.

Learn how to become a member here.

Read more about what the Coop is and what they do here.

No Thai!

If you're in the mood for Thai food in a pinch, this is the place for you. There are a few chains around town, and most dishes average $9.50. They serve classics Pad Thai, Pad Seeyu, and Green Curry rice. Another plus? They deliver.

No Thai! offers fast, authentic and tasty dishes from four Ann Arbor locations


2276 S. Main St., Ann Arbor, MI 48103 1300 S. University Ave. Suite 3, Ann Arbor, MI 48104 226 N. Fourth Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48104 1745 Plymouth Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48105

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For more information, visit their website.

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Michigan State Police identify trooper killed in crash on state's west side

1 hour 28 min ago

A Michigan State Police trooper died Wednesday after a motorcycle crash in Plainfield Township.

The crash happened at about 7:45 a.m. near the intersection of Wolverine Boulevard and Belding Road. Michigan State Police have identified the trooper as 28-year-old Timothy O'Neill of the Rockford Post.

"It is with a very heavy heart that I confirm the death of one of our own, Tpr. Timothy O'Neill," Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, director of Michigan State Police, said in a statement. "I ask that you please keep his family and friends in your thoughts and prayers in the difficult days ahead."

State police said O'Neill was on patrol with his department motorcycle about 7:45 a.m. Wednesday when he was involved in a crash near the intersection of Wolverine Boulevard and Belding Road in Plainfield Township. No one else was injured, and the cause of crash remains under investigation, state police said.

O'Neill enlisted with Michigan State Police in January 2014 and has served at the Rockford Post his entire career.

He is survived by his mother, father, brother, sister and fiance. He was set to be married on Oct. 7, 2017.

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19 new stores, expansions coming to Somerset Collection in Troy

1 hour 35 min ago

The Somerset Collection in Troy is announcing a slate of new stores and expansions coming within the next year.

Somerset Collection is introducing new retail to Michigan, with a total of 15 new stores opening within a year, bringing nearly 60,000 square feet of new retail investment to the state.

15 new stores coming

-- Zara - 30,882-square-foot, two-level store, opening mid-October adjacent to Macy's on Somerset North, first and second levels. This is Zara's first store in Michigan, and one of the largest stores at Somerset Collection. Zara will carry a full line of women's, men's and children's apparel and accessories.

-- Bally - 1,200 square feet, opening October on Somerset Collection South, first level. This is Bally's first store in Michigan. Bally is a Swiss luxury brand established in 1851, anchored in an exceptional heritage of shoemaking. Today, the brand offers unique and vibrant designs across footwear, accessories, ready-to-wear and eyewear.

-- Tesla - 2,220 square feet, opening this October on Somerset North, first level. This is Tesla's first gallery in Michigan, and is a showroom for the luxury electric cars and accessories.

-- Rolex - 1,261 square feet, opening in November on Somerset North, second level. Rolex presented by Tapper's, a locally-owned luxury jeweler, is adding an exclusive boutique for its Rolex watch collection, the only of its kind among their stores in Michigan.

-- J. McLaughlin - 975 square feet, opening this June on Somerset South, second level. Founded in 1977 by brothers Jay & Kevin McLaughlin, J. McLaughlin is a modern classic American sportswear and accessories brand for men and women recognized for a distinctive flair for color and signature portfolio of prints.

-- Del Toro¬ - 1191 square feet, opening this holiday season on Somerset South, first level. Del Toro is a luxury lifestyle brand based out of Miami, Florida. Originally a men's brand, Del Toro now produces shoes and accessories for both men and women. Del Toro was founded in 2005 and originally sought to fill a void in the marketplace for affordable customized velvet slippers.

-- Lovesac - 1,290 square feet, opening this fall on Somerset North, third level. Lovesac is an alternative furniture store, featuring high quality sacs, sectionals, bean bags and bean bag chairs.

-- See's Candies - 1,392 square feet, opening this holiday season on Somerset North, third level. See's Candies is a 90-year-old chocolate shop offering candy treats and gifts in their signature black-and-white-brand.

-- Sugarfina - 600 square feet, opening this holiday season on Somerset South, second level. This is Sugarfina's first store in Michigan. Sugarfina is a candy shop offering a range of high-end imported sweets from chocolate & caramel to gummies & fruit.

-- Timberland - 3,254 square feet, opening this October on Somerset North, second level. Timberland is an American outdoor designer wear, with a focus on footwear.

-- Verizon Wireless - 1,902 square feet, opening this October on Somerset North, third level. Verizon Wireless is an American telecommunications company, offering wireless products and services

Details about stores already introduced this year:
-- Altar'd State - 5,000 square feet, opened this April on Somerset North, second level. This is Altar'd State's first store in Michigan. This is the exclusive location for this women's clothing and accessories brand, known for its faith-based roots and mission.

-- Alex and Ani - 912 square feet, opened this May on Somerset North, first level. Alex and Ani is a jewelry store known for making meaningful and eco-conscious accessories.

-- A Pea in the Pod Maternity - 1,600 square feet on Somerset Collection South, third level. The luxury source for trendy maternity clothing and accessories.

-- Vans - 2,726 square feet, opened this July on Somerset North, second level. An American apparel company known for their tennis shoes and other products including casual clothing and backpacks.

-- Shinola Detroit - 2,410 square feet, opened this spring on Somerset Collection South, first level. The Detroit-based design brand is known for its dedication to thoughtful manufacturing by creating jobs and making watches, bicycles, leather goods, journals, jewelry and audio equipment of the highest quality. The Somerset Collection features their "build your own" watch bar.

5 store remodels, relocations

-- Tory Burch - will open a remodeled, 2,500-square-foot store on Somerset South, first level, in October.

-- Coach - remodeled its 2,632-square-foot store on Somerset South, second level.

-- Abercrombie + Fitch - opened its remodeled, 7,014-square-foot store in July on Somerset Collection North, first level. This is Abercrombie's first new concept store.

-- Pandora - remodeled its 1,066-square-foot store on Somerset North, first level.

-- Papyrus - moved to a 1,035-square-foot store to Somerset North, third level.

"Somerset Collection's ability to attract and introduce new retail to Michigan is signature to the history and brand of our company," said Nathan Forbes, managing partner of The Forbes Company. "We are thrilled to see global brands continue to invest and reinvest in Somerset Collection and our state."

Pedestrian killed in crash while crossing Woodward Avenue in Royal Oak

1 hour 36 min ago

A pedestrian was killed Tuesday night in a crash on Woodward Avenue in Royal Oak.

The crash happened at about 10 p.m. at the corner of Woodward and Ravena avenues.

According to police, the 37-year-old Madison Heights man was crossing Woodward Avenue when he was struck by a vehicle heading southbound.

The man was rushed to Beaumont Hospital where he died from his injuries.

Southbound Woodward Avenue was closed while officers investigated.

Authorities said the 51-year-old Oakland Township woman driving the vehicle was not under the influence of alcohol.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Sgt. Don Swiatkowski at 248-248-3528.

FAA: Flight from Detroit to Atlanta experienced engine failure; aircraft pieces found near DTW

1 hour 51 min ago

The FAA is collecting aircraft pieces found near Detroit Metro Airport after an Atlanta-bound flight experienced engine failure Monday night and had to return to the airport.

Pieces from the Spirit aircraft were thought to be contained to the airport runway but more were found by residents outside of the airfield, the FAA said in a statement Wednesday.

"The FAA is interested in collecting these pieces so we can determine if they came from an aircraft, and if so, if they came from the same aircraft," a statement from the FAA reads.

The incident is under further investigation by the FAA.

"I'm sorry to say we don't discuss open investigations. This review should take several weeks or more to complete," FAA spokeswoman Elizabeth Isham Cory wrote in an email.

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Taylor police asks for public's help identifying man who robbed two businesses at knifepoint

2 hours 36 min ago

Police are looking for help from the public in identifying a man who robbed two businesses in Taylor.

According to police, the first armed robbery happened Saturday at about 11:30 p.m. at the Donut Castle on Eureka Road. The man robbed the clerk at knifepoint and fled on foot with $150 in cash.

Two nights later, the same man tried to rob the 7-Eleven at Telegraph and Eureka roads at about 10:40 p.m., again armed with a knife.

The businesses are with three blocks of each other.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Taylor Police Department at 734-287-6611.

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Nerd Nite Ann Arbor comes to LIVE nightclub Sept. 21

2 hours 51 min ago

Want to learn about something new and have fun while doing it? That's essentially Nerd Nite Ann Arbor's motto. Its events have been compared to the Discovery Channel™... but with alcohol.

Tonight at 7 p.m. the nonprofit is holding its 48th event in Ann Arbor at LIVE nightclub on First St. At each event, guest speakers give roughly 20-minute-long presentations about various topics. Tonight, guest speakers will talk about online harassment, Gilded Age shut-ins, and the effects of architectural commentary.

On its website, it invites guests to "bring a friend, a sense of curiosity, and plenty of constructive feedback and join us as we GET CRITICAL!"

Each Nerd Nite is different, and topics can include anything from the science of "The Simpsons" to debunking beer myths.

Nerd Nite is held every month in 50 participating cities around the world, and it first came to Ann Arbor in 2013.

Learn more about tonight's event and guest lecturers here.

LIVE STREAM: Dan Gilbert's Bedrock announces plan to bring 24,000 jobs to Detroit

4 hours 39 sec ago

Dan Gilbert is making an announcement Wednesday morning about Bedrock's plans to bring 24,000 jobs to Detroit.


The announcement will be made at 10:30 a.m. at the Book Tower on Washington Boulevard.

Speakers include Dan Gilbert, founder and chairman of Bedrock, Councilman Scott Benson, Michael Aaron of Laborers' Local 1191, and George Barnes of Heritage Optical.

No other details were made available.

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Ramp from SB M-10 to EB M-8 closed due to crash

4 hours 13 min ago

The ramp from southbound M-10 to eastbound M-8 was closed Wednesday morning due to a crash.

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Homeowner killed by suspected drug dealer during shootout on Detroit's west side

4 hours 20 min ago

A 54-year-old man was shot and killed Wednesday morning during a shootout with a suspected drug dealer on Detroit's west side.

The shooting happened at about 6:30 a.m. at a home in the 8300 block of Roselawn Street.

According to police, the homeowner confronted the 22-year-old man about allegedly selling drugs out his home. An argument escalated to a shootout in the backyard and basement of the home. Both men were shot in the head.

The homeowner was killed. The suspected drug dealer is in temporary serious condition after he was hit with birdshot.

No other information was made available.

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Detroit father receives sentence for child abuse after 10-year-old son shot brother

5 hours 6 min ago

A Detroit father received a probationary sentenced Wednesday morning on child abuse charges after his 10-year-old son shot his 14-year-old son.

Kong P. Kue, 36, pleaded no contest to second-degree child abuse in August. The felony firearms violations. were dismissed.

Kue's 14-year-old boy was shot in the stomach on March 20 when he and his brother were playing with a loaded gun at a home in the 13000 block of Pfent Street on the city's east side.

ORIGINAL REPORT: 14-year-old boy shot by brother while playing with shotgun on Detroit's east side

"Though this is a probationary sentence, the public should in no way take this as a minor offense or take less care than they should with loaded guns," the prosecutor said.

Kue said that his son is doing well and is walking.

"I know what I did was wrong," Kue said. "I should have locked the gun up."

Kue was sentenced to 60 days in jail and three years probation. He will be allowed to participate in a work release program and must complete parenting and gun safety classes.

Kue said his son is doing well and is walking.

What happened

Police said 10-year-old had found his father's shotgun. The boys were playing with the gun when it discharged. The older brother was struck in the stomach.

The street was blocked off for hours as Detroit child abuse services investigated. Evidence technicians took photos in an upstairs room and removed the gun.

Police led the 10-year-old boy and his father into the back of a squad car. However, police said the young boy was not arrested for the shooting.

"I have said this before and will say it again and again, these tragedies are absolutely 100 percent preventable," Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said after the shooting.

Grandparents home at time of shooting

Kue was not home at the time of the shooting.

Police said the boys were not home alone. Two grandparents were there when the shooting happened.

It's not clear where the grandparents were exactly when the boy was shot.

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Reminder: Deadline to register to vote in Michigan for November elections is Oct. 10

5 hours 14 min ago

Michigan residents have until Tuesday, Oct. 10 to register to vote in the Nov. 7 election, in which nearly 700 communities will use the state's new election equipment, Secretary of State Ruth Johnson announced today.

"After a successful launch in the August election, we're excited to see many more communities utilizing the new voting equipment in November," Johnson said. "I encourage all eligible residents to register and then vote so that their voice can be heard in their community."

Because the customary 30-day close of registration falls on Sunday Oct. 8 and the following Monday, Oct. 9, is Columbus Day, the close of registration deadline moves forward to Tuesday, Oct. 10.

In November, 75 counties will hold elections, with 48 of those counties utilizing new election equipment. In August's election, 63 communities in 11 counties implemented the new voting equipment. Johnson reminded voters that while they may notice new ballot counting machines, they still will be marking a paper ballot as they did before. By August 2018, all cities and townships statewide will have the new equipment.

The new systems all use upgraded digital optical-scan technology, which includes notable improvements and increased ease of use for voters and election administrators. Improvements in the election management system software will save county and local clerks time and money in preparing for elections and providing election results. The options available for voters with disabilities also are improved greatly.

To register to vote, applicants must be at least 18 years old by Election Day and U.S. citizens. Applicants also must be residents of Michigan and of the city or township in which they wish to register.

Polls will be open on Election Day from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Voters may register by mail or in person at their county, city or township clerk's office or by visiting any Secretary of State office. The mail-in form is available at

First-time voters who register by mail must vote in person in their first election, unless they hand-deliver the application to their local clerk, are 60 years old or older, are disabled or are eligible to vote under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act.

To check their registration status, residents may visit the Michigan Voter Information Center at They can see their sample ballot and find their polling place. Residents also can find information on absentee voting, Michigan's voter identification requirement and how to contact their local clerk. To update their address, voters can use

Voters who qualify may choose to cast an absentee ballot. As a registered voter, you may obtain an absentee ballot if you are age 60 or older; physically unable to attend the polls without the assistance of another; expecting to be absent from the community in which you are registered for the entire time the polls will be open on Election Day; in jail awaiting arraignment or trial; unable to attend the polls due to religious reasons or will be working as an election inspector in a precinct outside of your precinct of residence.

Voters who wish to receive their absentee ballot by mail must submit their application by 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4. Absentee ballots can be obtained in person anytime through 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 6. Voters who request an absentee ballot in person on Monday, Nov. 6, must fill out the ballot in the clerk's office. Emergency absentee ballots are available under certain conditions through 4 p.m. on Election Day.

You can find a list of county elections here.

TOP STORIES Wednesday, September 20, 2017

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Here are the top stories:

4 TO KNOW: Mexico City: Death toll in earthquake rises. White Boy Rick: Wershe is now housed at Florida state prison. Detroit's West Side: Explosion destroys Street Royalty Motorcycle Club's building. Hurricane Maria: Follow the storm's path live as it travels through Puerto Rico. LOCAL: Bedrock: Watch live; Dan Gilbert's company to announce plan to bring 24,000 jobs to Detroit. White Boy Rick: Wershe is now housed at Florida state prison. Detroit's West Side: Explosion destroys Street Royalty Motorcycle Club's building. Livonia: Woman says child porn suspect requested "provocative selfies" for modeling agency. Detroit: Chicago drug fugitive arrested after 14 years on the run. Royal Oak: Person who painted racist graffiti on homes will not face charges. Northfield Township: Car collector ordered to scrap or sell his cars. FGM: Dr. Jumana Nagarwala to be released on $4.5 million bond while awaiting female genital mutilation trial. Weather: Hot, humid Wednesday. SUBMIT A NEWS TIP (click here)

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL: Mexico City: Death toll in earthquake rises. Hurricane Maria: Follow the storm's path live as it travels through Puerto Rico. Equifax: What you should do to protect yourself from massive data breach. Colorado: Cops search for poop-and-run jogger who has been dubbed "The Mad Pooper." Fiat Chrysler: Automaker recalls almost 50K minivans. Georgia Tech: Somber day after violent protests against student killing. POLITICS: Healthcare: GOP makes last ditch effort to replace Affordable Care Act. Jimmy Kimmel: Host takes on new health care bill, says senator lied "right to my face." Senate: Intel leaders send blunt message to Trump team. Melania Trump: First lady set to speak at UN luncheon. United Nations: Senator launches push to expel North Korea. Afghanistan: President Ghani praises Trump's Afghan strategy at UN. ENTERTAINMENT: Jimmy Kimmel: Host takes on new health care bill, says senator lied "right to my face." Saturday Night Live: Show is staying live coast to coast this season. McAfee: Antivirus software company releases list of most dangerous celebrity searches of 2017. Kim Kardashian: Reality star opens up about modeling, family. SPORTS: Michigan Football: Top 5 players who could replace injured WR Tarik Black. Adidas: Sales top Nike's Jordan line. Detroit Pistons: Team lost $45M last season, most in NBA, even after revenue-sharing. Lions vs. Giants: Stafford throws for 2 touchdowns to make Lions 2-0. ALL 4 PETS: Hurricanes: Pets displaced by storms looking for families in Metro Detroit.. Pet Supplies Plus: Michigan-based company sending donations to help animals affected by Hurricane Harvey. Guinness World Records: Michigan cat has world's longest tail. Exercising: Something a little different than the standard walk.

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Stephen M. Ross donates another $50 million to University of Michigan

6 hours 24 min ago

Real estate developer and alumnus Stephen M. Ross today donated an additional $50 million to the University of Michigan, bringing his total lifetime giving to $378 million.

The majority of the new gift will support career development programs for students, innovative action-based learning experiences such as student-run investment funds and new business ventures, and resources for attracting and developing junior faculty.

Ross continues to be the single largest donor to the university. He also chairs U-M's Victors for Michigan Campaign, which kicked off in fall 2013.

The campaign has raised more than $4 billion to date and, with this Ross gift, the campaign has surpassed its aggressive $1 billion goal for student support.

His previous donations have not only helped the business school become one of the best in the world, but his support has physically transformed the landscape of the university--adding the signature terra cotta look of the Ross School campus, designed to foster collaboration and action-based learning in business education, as well as the sturdy brick of the Stephen M. Ross Athletic Campus buildings, a home for all U-M student-athletes, set for completion in 2018.

"It gives me enormous joy to continue to give back to the University of Michigan, an institution that had such a profound impact on my life," Ross said. "I am extremely proud of the physical transformation we have achieved at the business school, creating modern, new facilities and places students and facility and future leaders can thrive.

"It has become a world-class center of innovation and a magnet for attracting the best and the brightest students and faculty, and these new initiatives will even further enhance those efforts."

Ross is a philanthropist and chairman and founder of Related Companies, one of the world's most prominent private real estate developers. Related Companies is best known for the development of Time Warner Center in New York City and the 28-acre Hudson Yards development on Manhattan's west side, and is also one of the largest owners of affordable housing nationally. Ross is also the owner of the Miami Dolphins.

"Stephen M. Ross continues to make a tremendous impact on the University of Michigan. His generosity and outstanding leadership have transformed the learning environment for our students," said U-M President Mark Schlissel.

"With this latest gift, he further advances our mission, pushing us past our ambitious goal of $1 billion for student support in the Victors for Michigan campaign. I am especially grateful to Steve for, once again, demonstrating his confidence in the University of Michigan and ensuring a bright future for our students and faculty."

The new gift creates:

A $16 million Student Success initiative that will help students develop career and professional skills, build a robust network of advisers and career advocates, personalize their learning journey, and access internships and career opportunities with leading companies around the globe. The Student Success initiative will help realize the vision of Michigan Ross as the most powerful career accelerator and best source of leadership talent in business education. A $16 million Stephen M. Ross Faculty Support Fund for faculty who develop academic innovations that advance the school's commitment to action-based learning, interdisciplinary education and leadership development. The fund also will support expanded mentoring and coaching for junior faculty, prestigious junior faculty professorships and additional research support--all of which will help Michigan Ross attract and retain rising stars in business education. An $8 million Stephen M. Ross Student Investment Fund for academic programs and learning experiences in asset and investment management, including venture capital, private equity, commercial real estate and publicly traded securities. The fund will enable Michigan Ross to continue developing the world's most innovative portfolio of student-run investment funds and build academic programs that accelerate student learning and career placement.

The rest, $10 million, goes toward completing and maintaining the Ross School campus.

"Now that we have a state-of-the-art, inspiring space for faculty, staff and students, our focus is on attracting great talent and creating the most action-based, transformative student experiences in business education," said Ross School Dean Scott DeRue. "To help us realize our vision, Stephen Ross is once again directing his generosity to our school.

"Steve's dedication and his unwavering commitment to excellence have greatly enhanced the reputation of our business school globally, and we are excited for the future of Michigan Ross."

In previous donations to U-M, Ross gave $200 million in 2013: $100 million for the Stephen M. Ross athletic campus for use by 900-plus student athletes in all sports, and $100 million to further develop a state-of-the-art collaborative learning environment on the Ross School campus. In 2004, Ross gave a historic $100 million gift to radically update the facilities and endow operations for the business school, which was renamed the Stephen M. Ross School of Business. The first building was completed in 2009.

In 2003, Ross gave a $5 million lead gift to create the Stephen M. Ross Academic Center, which provides academic support services and study space on the athletic campus. Additional past gifts include funding for the football stadium expansion project, scholarship support for student athletes, and the Henry Pearce Endowed Scholarship in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts.

Ross earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in accounting from the U-M Business School in 1962, a law degree from Wayne State University and a Master of Law degree in taxation from New York University. He began his career as a tax attorney at Coopers & Lybrand in Detroit.

Ross serves on the executive committee and is a trustee of Lincoln Center, as well as a trustee of the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. He is also a director of the Jackie Robinson Foundation and the World Resources Institute, and established the WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities, an innovative new initiative to integrate urban planning, sustainable transport, energy and climate change, water resources and governance.

In 2013, Ross committed to give at least half of his wealth to charity and signed the Giving Pledge, a long-term, global initiative created by Warren Buffett and Bill and Melinda Gates that aims to inspire deeper engagement in philanthropy and increase charitable giving globally.

In July, he was honored at the ESPN Sports Humanitarian Awards for his philanthropic efforts including the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality, a nonprofit organization he created, dedicated to harnessing the unifying power of sports to improve race relations and drive social progress.

LIVE STREAM: Trump meets with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas

7 hours 13 sec ago

LIVE at 10:30 a.m.: President Trump meets with President of the Palestinian National Authority Mahmoud Abbas.


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Fiat Chrysler recalls almost 50K minivans; sporty driving could disable seat belt

7 hours 4 min ago

If you drive your Chrysler minivan too fast and too furious, one of the second-row seat belts might unbuckle.

So Fiat Chrysler is recalling almost 50,000 Pacifica vans in the U.S. and Canada from the 2017 and 2018 model years. All have the eight-passenger seating option.

The automaker says in documents posted by U.S. safety regulators that during sporting driving, the center buckle could hit the release button on the left buckle and cause it to unlatch.

The company says it doesn't know of any crashes or injuries from the problem. Dealers will install a shorter second-row seat belt buckle. The recall is expected to start Oct. 20.

Until repairs are made, Chrysler is advising owners not to use the second-row center seat if other passengers are in that row.

Graham-Cassidy GOP healthcare plan: Latest updates, what to know about bill

7 hours 17 min ago

With time growing short, President Donald Trump and Republican Senate leaders are engaged in a frantic search for votes in a last-ditch effort to repeal and replace "Obamacare." The outcome is uncertain in a Capitol newly engulfed in drama over health care.

Here's what you need to know about Graham-Cassidy GOP healthcare:

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, whose failure to pass an Obamacare repeal bill in July opened a bitter public rift with Trump, is pressing hard for the newly revived effort, which had been left for dead as recently as a week or two ago. But in a sign he remained short of votes, McConnell refused on Tuesday to commit to bringing the legislation up for a vote.

As in July, much of the focus was on Arizona Sen. John McCain. Would he step back in line with fellow Republicans now that there was a bill co-written by Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, his best friend in the Senate? McCain wasn't saying. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, another crucial vote, wasn't disclosing her views, either.

Who wins, who loses in bill aimed at upending Obamacare

The GOP's last-ditch effort to repeal "Obamacare" would redistribute hundreds of billions of dollars in federal financing for insurance coverage, creating winners and losers among individual Americans and states in ways not yet fully clear.

Independent analysts say the latest Senate Republican bill is likely to leave more people uninsured than the Affordable Care Act, and allow states to make changes that raise costs for people with health problems or pre-existing medical conditions.

After closed-door meetings Tuesday, supporters seemed confident but acknowledged they're not sure if the bill can pass. There's only a narrow window for the Senate to act under special budget rules that expire at the end of the month.

The Congressional Budget Office has said it doesn't have time to complete a full analysis of the impact on coverage before the deadline.

The biggest changes would start in 2020 -- the next presidential election year. That's a political risk for Republicans, since health care changes often involve unforeseen problems.

A key feature of the legislation from Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana would put the ACA's financing for subsidized private health insurance and Medicaid expansion into a giant pot and redistribute it among states according to new formulas. States could obtain federal waivers allowing them to modify insurance market safeguards for consumers. For example, states could let insurers charge higher premiums for older adults.

The 31 states that expanded Medicaid are likely to see a funding reduction over time, as well as states, like Florida, where many residents received subsidies for private health insurance, said Larry Levitt of the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation.

"Every state has to start from scratch creating its own health insurance program, in some cases with reduced federal funding and in some cases with increased federal funding," Levitt said. "I don't think at this point anybody knows what states are going to do."

Following the framework of previous Republican bills, the new legislation would also limit overall federal financing for Medicaid, which serves more than 70 million low-income people. That feature affects the entire program, not just former President Barack Obama's expansion to cover more low-income adults. It would change the current open-ended nature of Medicaid financing, a move that prompts deep concern from hospitals, doctors, nursing homes, consumer groups, and some state officials.

"The bottom line is most states will experience a reduction in federal funding under the bill," said Caroline Pearson of the consulting firm Avalere Health. "States that expanded Medicaid are likely to see some of the biggest cuts."

Graham says his bill will allow states to take the initiative on health care, designing programs that work best under local conditions. "I believe that most Republicans like the idea of state control of health care rather than Washington, D.C., control," he said. "We've come upon an idea that is uniquely Republican."

But Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, sees problems. "It seems that it has many of the same flaws as the bill that we rejected previously," said Collins, one of three GOP senators whose opposition derailed the last Republican legislation.

Here's a look at some winners and losers under the bill:

Winners -- People who don't believe the government should require individuals to purchase a costly private service like health insurance. The bill would repeal "Obamacare's" unpopular requirements for individuals to have coverage and for larger employers to offer coverage. The trade-off is that without such a legal requirement, more people are likely to be uninsured. And an accident or unexpected illness can make that a costly decision.

Losers -- People with health problems or with pre-existing medical conditions could be charged more if the state they live in obtains a waiver from current requirements that forbid insurers from charging higher premiums based on health status. States could also seek waivers from the current requirement that insurers cover 10 basic kinds of services, such as maternity and childbirth, or mental health and substance abuse treatment.

Winners -- Medical device manufacturers. The bill would repeal an ACA tax on the industry. But it would leave in place Obama's tax increases on upper-income individuals, a feature that may cause problems among some conservatives.

Losers -- States that expanded Medicaid, including 17 with Republican governors. The more generous federal match for the expansion would be phased out, and some of the money would be redistributed to states that did not expand their programs.

Winners -- People who use tax-sheltered health savings accounts for health care expenses. Contribution limits would be raised and consumers could use their accounts to pay insurance premiums, not just out-of-pocket costs such as copays and deductibles.

A last, last chance: Republicans strain for Obamacare repeal

Republicans must act by Sept. 30 in the Senate or face the prospect of a Democratic filibuster. That blocking action is currently staved off by budget rules that will expire at the end of the month. The new legislation, by Graham and Sen. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, would undo the central pillars of former President Barack Obama's health care law, and replace them with block grants to the states so they could make their own health care coverage rules.

"Governors and state legislators of both parties would have both the opportunity and the responsibility to help make quality and affordable health care available to their citizens in a way that works for their own particular states," McConnell said on the Senate floor. "It's an intriguing idea and one that has a great deal of support."

Democrats are unanimously opposed, arguing that the legislation would result in millions of Americans losing their health insurance, decreased access to affordable care and a damaged Medicaid health program for the poor.

McConnell must win the votes of 50 of the 52 Senate Republicans. That would amount to victory in the 100-member Senate, because GOP Vice President Mike Pence would then break a tie.

Pence appeared at the Capitol on Tuesday and declared the Trump administration was "all-in" on the effort. The president himself was closely in touch with Graham and others.

If the bill does pass, Speaker Paul Ryan has committed to pushing it through the House as-is, and straight to the president's desk, according to Graham. After seven years of promises to get rid of Obama's law, Republicans would have finally succeeded. It would be a promise kept to the GOP base, yet one with uncertain and potentially devastating political consequences for the Republican Party given that millions of people would be likely to lose their health coverage and others might have skimpier care.

The bill would let states set their own coverage requirements, allow insurers to boost prices on people with serious medical conditions, end Obama's mandates that most Americans buy insurance and that companies offer coverage to workers, and cut and reshape Medicaid.

The bill's full impacts are difficult to predict because the Congressional Budget Office has not had time to assess it. But senators plan to move forward without a complete CBO "score," heightening outrage from Democrats.

By Tuesday evening the legislation remained at least one or two votes short.

The situation is nearly identical to where Republicans found themselves in July when McConnell made one last attempt to pass a stripped-down repeal bill. It failed in a tense late-night session, with McCain, newly diagnosed with brain cancer, casting the decisive "no" vote.

McCain finds himself once again at the center of the drama. But now there's a twist: His best friend in the Senate, Graham, is co-author of the bill.

McCain has been more more than willing to buck his party's leadership over the years, and to defy Trump. Undercutting Graham might be a different issue, and McCain brusquely refused to tip his hand Tuesday.

"I don't have anything to say," McCain said repeatedly, snapping at a reporter who pressed for more. "I have nothing to say, do you hear me?"

Graham made clear he was arguing the case forcefully to his longtime friend, with whom he's partnered on many policy initiatives over the years and rarely parted ways. A hearing on the legislation was scheduled for next week after McCain had complained there weren't any.

"I'm not speaking for Sen. McCain," Graham said. "I know he likes federalism, I know he wants bipartisanship, but I just don't personally see a bipartisan proposal that's got a snowball's chance in hell of doing anything other than propping up Obamacare."

Graham said: "It's either this or a march toward Bernie-care," a reference to Sen. Bernie Sanders' Medicare-for-all bill.

GOP Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky has announced his opposition to the legislation, saying it doesn't go far enough in repealing Obama's law, while moderate GOP Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, who opposed earlier repeal bills, also sounded like a "no" Tuesday. She said the Graham-Cassidy bill could be worse than earlier versions because of potential harm to people with pre-existing conditions.

In addition to McCain, the focus was on moderate Murkowski, who was the third "no" on the earlier bill along with Collins and McCain.

Murkowski kept a low profile Tuesday but in what could be a significant factor for her, Alaska's independent governor, Bill Walker, joined a bipartisan letter with other governors in opposition to the bill, asking senators to instead focus on bipartisan approaches. A pair of potent interest groups, the American Medical Association and AARP, also declared opposition.

But the prospect for any kind of bipartisanship appeared to die altogether as GOP Sen. Lamar Alexander announced he had not found consensus in his attempt for a limited fix for existing health marketplaces. His Democratic partner, Sen. Patty Murray, accused the Republican leadership of freezing their effort.

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Sen. Mitch McConnell faces a key test of his leadership as he works to pass a last-ditch bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act before a Sept. 30 deadline.

A victory would go a long way to silence his critics -- including President Donald Trump -- who charge the Senate majority leader failed to accomplish the top Republican promise to voters when the GOP-controlled Senate fell one vote shy of ditching Obamacare this summer.

It could also buffer the Kentucky Republican against grassroots detractors unhappy that Trump, in some instances, has started to go around GOP leaders on the Hill to cut deals with Democrats on fiscal matters and possibly immigration issues.

But a second loss on health care, which is very possible, could again raise doubts about McConnell's leadership and create new tension in his relationship with Trump at a time they need to join forces to advance a major tax overhaul and other legislation.

While momentum for the new repeal bill has gained sudden and unexpected momentum in the last week, it remains highly uncertain it can get the 50 votes it would need to pass, a threshold previous bills failed to reach despite months of intense negotiations. And McConnell's conference seemingly remains just as divided as before with several moderates from states that expanded Medicaid under Obamacare wary of the impact the new bill's block grant structure will have on their constituents.

"There is still a lot of work to be done," Sen. Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia said after a closed-door meeting Tuesday where McConnell, Vice President Mike Pence and other supporters of the bill pitched reluctant members to get on board.

McConnell's allies in the Senate defended the leader's handling of health care. They noted that he lived up to his reputation as a great Senate strategist when he cobbled together 49 of 52 Republican votes for the repeal bill this summer, a feat one described as "remarkable" even though it failed.

Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kansas, said he is concerned about "this whole business of overly criticizing the leadership."

But he acknowledged that it's hard to explain that to critics after the health care bill went down.

"When you're explaining, you're losing," he said.

"It's very complicated both substantively and politically," said Sen. Rob Portman, who is one of those Republicans weighing how the new bill will affect his home state of Ohio. "It falls on all of us not just Mitch McConnell."

Keenly aware that another defeat on health care could be politically disastrous and a major setback for the GOP's upcoming agenda -- including passage of the tax code overhaul -- McConnell went to great lengths to avoid promising a floor vote on the new repeal bill when he answered questions from reporters.

"If we were going to go forward we would have to act before September 30," he said. "We're in the process of discussing all of this."

Republicans took a detour from drafting the tax reform legislation last week when a fresh push to try again to repeal Obamacare grew organically from GOP rank-and-file members at a private GOP conference meeting. The bill was drafted outside of the GOP leadership and health care committee structure but McConnell and his leadership team have fully embraced it as they work to recover from their stunning defeat this summer.

GOP leaders know the stakes are high.

Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri, a member of McConnell's leadership team, said regardless of what happens with the new health care bill, passing a tax bill is "critical" to Republicans maintaining their majority.

"I think a win is important for all of us but I think what we're doing with health care shows we're continuing to do our best," Blunt told CNN. "I do think win or lose on the health care vote, the tax vote is critical for us and our majority."

'White Boy' Rick Wershe is now housed at Florida state prison

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Richard "White Boy Rick" Wershe Jr. has arrived in Florida to serve his prison sentence for a crime he pleaded guilty to while behind bars in Michigan.

He now is being housed at the Reception and Medical Center state prison in Lake Butler, Fla. The Florida Department of Corrections lists his current release date as April 20, 2021.

Wershe, who spent nearly three decades behind bars as a nonviolent drug offender, waived an extradition hearing earlier this month and was cleared to close out his 29 years behind bars in Michigan. He was released from the Oaks Correction Facility in Michigan in April and turned over to U.S. Marshals.

If Wershe serves all his time in Florida it could be a little more than three and a half years, but he will also be eligible to ask for release through clemency in as little as a few months. Wershe said he will stay positive and do everything he can to gain early release.

"I have to deal with it, and whatever it is, that's what I'm going to do," Wershe said.

Wershe was the longest-serving nonviolent juvenile offender in Michigan history. Arrested at 17 years old for drug offenses, he was locked up in Michigan until age 48.

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Why does Wershe owe time in Florida?

While he was in a Michigan prison 11 years ago, Wershe introduced his sister, Dawn, to a car salesman. It turned into a stolen car ring, and Wershe pleaded guilty to protect his sister and mother from criminal charges.

"They said, 'Listen, this is what we're going to do. If you don't take this plea, we are going to arrest your mom and your sister,'" Wershe said. "It was a forced plea. I don't agree I committed the crime that I was convicted of."

Wershe walked out of a Michigan prison and into a prison transport van. Wershe's attorney argued they are dangerous and inhumane, as Wershe has made the trip to Florida by prison van once before.

"It's hell on wheels," Wershe said. "I was on one for a week, and it's the most traumatic part of almost 30 years in prison."

Wershe's time since being paroled doesn't count for the time he still owes in Florida. That time doesn't start counting down until Florida picks him up. Even though he was dreading the transport process, Wershe said he wanted to start as soon as possible.

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Explosion at motorcycle club on Detroit's west side

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Arson investigators from the Detroit Fire Department will be sift through the debris to see what cause a building to explode on the city's west side early Wednesday morning.

The building located on Webb near Dexter was home to the motorcycle club named Street Royalty.

No injuries were reported.

Local 4 has a reporter at the scene gathering more information.

Woman says Livonia child porn suspect requested 'provocative selfies' for modeling agency

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 11:15pm

A 28-year-old Livonia man is accused of using his modeling agency to lure young girls for child pornography.

When federal agents raided Ryan Ulman's house this week on Milburn Street in Livonia, court documents reveal they found child porn images.

Ulman is the owner of Instinct Entertainment, a modeling agency he runs from his home.

Woman says Ulman asked for 'provocative selfies'

"Overall, it's sickening," Tori Nikitin said.

Nikitin is a freelance model who Ulman contacted back in May. Her image is plastered all over the agency's Facebook page.

"I've never worked with him before, because what he wanted was just absurd to me," Nikitin said.

She said Ulman didn't want head shots.

"It was really weird how he was asking for so many unprofessional photos," Nikitin said.

Ulman asked her for suggestive and provocative selfies in order to get the gig.

"He kept persisting that is the way his agency worked," Nikitin said. "His agency was a lot different from any other agency."

Officials find child porn images during raid

Federal officials said Ulman used his modeling agency to entire girls -- all under 18 years old -- to send him images of child pornography.

Agents raided the Livonia house after uncovering a child sex-trafficking operation in Flint. They said they found multiple juvenile sex-trafficking victims.

It was determined that Ulman had child porn images from the same young girls that had taken part in his modeling business.

"It concerns me what he was really looking for and what his true intentions were," Nikitin said.

She said she's thankful she never agreed to fly to Michigan, but the entire case left her perplexed.

"Why were you contacting me?" she asked. "Obviously, I'm 22, and I'm not a child. So why were you trying to get me to come out there?"

Police say Ulman admitted he has a problem

Court documents show Ulman admitted "he has a problem with child pornography" and has looked at "hundreds of images." He said he prefers girls from 13 years old and up, according to officials.

Now police are trying to figure out how long Ulman ran the so-called modeling agency. They are investigating the scale of the child-porn probe.

Ulman appeared before a federal judge Tuesday and was detained until a detention hearing, which is scheduled for Friday.

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