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Staff Left in 'Absolute Disbelief' at Patron's Tip

Customer left $10K gratuity on a $32 tab at Michigan restaurant in honor of friend who'd died

(Newser) - A 20% tip on a $32 restaurant tab would come out to about $6.40; a more generous tip of 25% would be closer to $8. One server in a Michigan eatery, however, received a tip that went right off the charts: $10,000, or about 30,835% of the...

Lawmaker Hit for Backing Racist Conspiracy Theory

Michigan State Rep. Josh Schriver, who tweeted about great replacement theory, loses staff

(Newser) - A Republican state lawmaker in Michigan lost his committee assignment and staff Monday, days after posting an image of a racist ideology on social media, per the AP . House Speaker Joe Tate, a Democrat who's Black, said he won't allow the House to be a forum for "...

Jury Begins Deliberations in Unique School Shooter Trial

Jennifer Crumbley, mother of teen gunman, faces prison if convicted of involuntary manslaughter

(Newser) - A Michigan jury began deliberations Monday in a novel trial against a school shooter's mother who could go to prison if convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the deaths of four students in 2021. "You must not let sympathy, bias, or prejudice influence your decision," Oakland County Judge...

Michigan City Boosts Police Presence After WSJ Op-Ed

Column by Steven Stalinsky called Dearborn, Michigan, 'America's jihad capital'

(Newser) - Op-eds are known to occasionally provoke, but after a weekend column in the Wall Street Journal, a Michigan city now says it needs law enforcement to step in. The mayor of Dearborn, Abdullah Hammoud, announced in a Saturday social media post that police would be upping their presence at "...

School Shooter's Mom: I Wish He 'Killed Us Instead'

Jennifer Crumbley takes the stand at her trial

(Newser) - The mother of the Michigan school shooter who killed four of his fellow students at Oxford High School in 2021 took the stand Thursday in her own trial on charges of involuntary manslaughter in those students' deaths. Asked if she wished the mass shooting had never taken place, Jennifer Crumbley...

Mom of School Shooter Sobs at Footage in Court

Jennifer Crumbley is first US parent to be charged, tried in a mass school shooting

(Newser) - Jennifer Crumbley, mother of the then-15-year-old who killed four teens and injured seven other people at Michigan's Oxford High School in a November 2021 mass shooting, sobbed in court Thursday at her trial for involuntary manslaughter. USA Today reports Crumbley started "weeping loudly" during testimony from an assistant...

Tickets for College Football Final Are Up in the Stratosphere

Average ticket price for a seat at the game in Houston on Monday is $2,845, per SeatGeek

(Newser) - The Michigan Wolverines and Washington Huskies face off Monday night in the College Football Playoff National Championship, but fans who want to watch the matchup in person will pay a pretty penny to attend. Citing SeatGeek numbers, Axios reports that you'll need at least $1,302 to even get...

Michigan GOP Votes to Remove Leader, Who Refuses to Leave

Kristina Karamo climbed the ranks while championing conspiracy theories

(Newser) - Michigan Republicans have voted to remove state GOP Chairwoman Kristina Karamo during a meeting Saturday after many of the party's leaders called for her resignation following a year of leadership plagued by debt and infighting. A large majority of those present voted to oust Karamo, said Bree Moeggenberg, District...

House Explosion Killed 4 Members of Family on Holiday Visit

Arkansas family identified as victims in Michigan tragedy

(Newser) - Four people from an Arkansas family were publicly identified Tuesday as the victims of a fatal house explosion in Michigan over the weekend, the AP reports. Authorities said the explosion Saturday was likely caused by flammable fuel in the air and not a result of foul play. The dead were...

Cops: Dad Dropped Off Gifts for Kids, Shot Ex's Boyfriend

23-year-old Detroit man being held on $1M bond after allegedly shooting man in back twice

(Newser) - A Detroit man is being held on $1 million bond after his attempt to deliver Christmas presents to his kids turned violent. Police say Deandre Lawrence, 23, got in a fight with his ex-girlfriend's new boyfriend when he went to a home in Macomb County on Christmas Day with...

Michigan Supreme Court: Trump Stays on the Ballot

It declined to hear an appeal of a lower court's ruling

(Newser) - Michigan's Supreme Court did not go the way of Colorado's . On Wednesday it said it would not rule on whether former President Trump should be disqualified from the state's primary ballot under the 14th Amendment's Insurrection Clause. The court said in its order that it was...

Stranger Charged With Killing Detroit Synagogue Leader

Officials say the suspect didn't seem to know Samantha Woll, dismiss hate crime possibility

(Newser) - The man held as a person of interest in the slaying of Samantha Woll, a Detroit synagogue leader, was charged with murder on Wednesday. Michael Jackson-Bolanos, 28, did not appear to know the victim, officials said. He faces murder, home invasion, and lying to police charges, the AP reports. Despite...

After Hearing Victims&#39; Pain, High School Killer Is Sentenced
High School Killer Gets Life

High School Killer Gets Life

Families describe the agony caused by the 2021 Michigan attack

(Newser) - A judge sentenced a Michigan teenager to life in prison Friday for killing four students and terrorizing others at Oxford High School, after listening to hours of gripping anguish from parents and wounded survivors. Judge Kwame Rowe rejected pleas from defense lawyers for a shorter sentence and ensured that Ethan...

Cops Chasing Stolen Forklift Find Surprise Driver

Boy, 12, arrested after pursuit by Michigan police through Ann Arbor and beyond

(Newser) - A Michigan tween has been arrested after cops say they chased him on a stolen forklift through the streets of Ann Arbor. Local officers say they were called to Forsythe Middle School around 6:45pm local time on Saturday over a report of a stolen construction vehicle, and just minutes...

Man With Esteemed Classic-Car Collection Was 'Blinded by Greed'

Businessman Najeeb Khan, who orchestrated $180M check-kiting scheme, gets 8 years in prison

(Newser) - A businessman who orchestrated a $180 million check-kiting scheme and used the proceeds to live a lavish lifestyle and amass one of the world's most revered classic-car collections has been sentenced to more than eight years in prison, per the AP . Najeeb Khan, 70, of Edwardsburg, Michigan, told a...

Strike a 'Victory for Autoworkers,' Not Necessarily for Consumers

Car prices could jump more than $1K to pay for new labor costs, one auto expert says

(Newser) - General Motors, the final holdout in the United Auto Workers strike, finally caved this week, reaching a tentative agreement with workers that would bring to an end six weeks of strikes that targeted GM, Ford, and Stellantis—the so-called Big Three of Detroit. Details for all of the automakers' agreements...

Women Sue After Airbnb Turns Into 'House of Horror'

Suit against rental site, Michigan homeowners comes after women say they were attacked by bats

(Newser) - According to its Airbnb listing, the "Castle House" in Alpena, Michigan, is an "incredible historic home" that's "bursting with charm." According to a group of eight women who rented the abode earlier this year, the place is actually like a "horror movie," complete...

School Shooter's Parents Lose Appeal, Will Stand Trial

Jennifer and James Crumbley face charges of involuntary manslaughter

(Newser) - The Michigan Supreme Court turned down an appeal Tuesday, clearing the way for the parents of a teenager who killed four fellow students in a shooting at Oxford High School to face trial on involuntary manslaughter charges. James and Jennifer Crumbley are accused of making a gun available to Ethan...

United Auto Workers Strike Just Got Bigger

7K more workers will target Ford plant in Chicago, GM factory near Lansing, Michigan

(Newser) - The United Auto Workers union says its two-week strike against Detroit automakers will spread to 7,000 more workers at a Ford plant in Chicago and a General Motors assembly factory near Lansing, Michigan, reports the AP . Union President Shawn Fain told workers on a video appearance Friday that negotiations...

3 Boys 'Paid the Ultimate Price' for Mom's Addiction

Leticia Gonzales of Michigan to serve up to 5 years for DUI crash that killed her young sons

(Newser) - A western Michigan woman was sentenced to up to five years in prison Monday for a crash in which her three young sons drowned after her SUV plunged into an ice-covered pond, per the AP . Leticia Gonzales, 31, had pleaded no contest in August to operating while intoxicated causing serious...

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