November 12, 2013 |
Michigan prosecutors were weighing Tuesday whether to charge a homeowner in the killing of a woman on his porch in a case that has raised comparisons to the shooting death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin last year. Renisha McBride, 19, was killed in Dearborn Heights on Nov. 2 when she sought help after a car accident, her family said. The results of an autopsy, released Monday, showed she died of a shotgun blast to the face. Maria Miller, a prosecutor's spokeswoman, said her office was awaiting material from the Dearborn Heights Police Department before deciding whether to charge the man, whose name has not been released.
October 31, 2013 |
Kentucky and its roster full of high school All-Americans is the narrow choice over Michigan State in the Associated Press' preseason college basketball poll. The Wildcats, who finished last season with an NIT opening-round loss at Robert Morris, received 27 first-place votes and 1,546 points from the 65-member national media panel. The Spartans, who return four starters from the team that lost to Duke in the NCAA tournament's round of 16, snared 22 first-place votes and 1,543 points.
October 16, 2013 |
A federal judge in Michigan who had been expected to rule on the state's ban on same-sex marriage decided instead to hold a trial on the issue. U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman said Wednesday he would not make a decision without hearing testimony. He set a trial for Feb. 25. "I'm in the middle. I have to decide this as a matter of law. I intend to do so," Friedman told the parties at a hearing in Detroit, according to a live blog of the court proceedings published by the Detroit Free Press.
October 15, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court's conservative justices signaled Tuesday that they were inclined to uphold California and Michigan ballot measures that forbid state universities from granting "preferential treatment" to applicants based on race. Oral arguments on affirmative action turned into a debate over the meaning of equal treatment under the law, with the justices sounding split along the usual ideological lines. The conservatives, agreeing with Michigan's state lawyers, said removing race as a factor led to equal treatment as required under the 14th Amendment to the Constitution.
September 14, 2013 |
It may not have been as shocking as the 2007 loss to Appalachian State, but it would have been close. No. 17 Michigan held off Akron, 28-24, on Saturday when the Zips' chance to pull off the huge upset fell short on an incomplete pass into the end zone on the game's final play. Michigan Coach Brady Hoke improved his record at Michigan Stadium to 17-0, but this is not a victory he'll cherish. "You play like that you can't win championships," Hoke told the Big Ten Network after the game.
September 5, 2013 |
A Michigan State University professor has lost his teaching duties after telling his students in a video lecture that Republicans "raped this country," among other derogatory remarks. William Penn -- a professor in the university's creative writing program -- was featured in a YouTube video (see above) in which he told students "if you go to the Republican convention in Florida, you see all of the old Republicans with the dead skin cells washing off them. " "They are cheap.