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Longtime U-D High Employee Killed in Crash

A retired U of D Jesuit High School administrator was killed in crash caused by man fleeing police. 89 year old Mary Lackamp was killed by a man fleeing Ferndale Police, who tried to pull him over  because he was speeding. The crash occurred in NW Detroit. Mary Lackamp had gone out with friends and…

Art Van Said To Consider Bankruptcy

Art Van Furniture’s private-equity owner is considering filing the company for bankruptcy. Boston-based Thomas H. Lee Partners bought Art Van in 2017 for $550 million. Soon after, founder Art Van Elslander died, the company started having financial problems, and two of Art Van’s sons left the company. The Van Elslander family reportedly might make an…

GM Leaves Aussies, Kills Local Brand

General Motors is killing off the iconic Holden brand and pulling out of Australia and New Zealand, the latest in a series of moves to shrink the US carmaker’s global presence as it ramps up investments in electric and autonomous vehicles. The company announced  that it would retire the Holden brand, which has existed in…

Chuckie O’Brien Dies

Are secrets going to the grave? Chuckie O’Brien has died. He was 86. He died in Florida. His family says he died of a heart attack. O’Brien called himself Jimmy Hoffa’s adopted son. O’Brien was thought to have driven Hoffa to his fateful meeting with mobsters at the Machus Red Fox in Bloomfield Twp. as…

Same Sex Wedding Dispute In Court

A wedding venue that refused to host a same-sex marriage ceremony is suing the state Civil Rights Agency. Rouch World, a 300-acre park in Sturgis, Michigan charges the Civil Rights Department has no authority to investigate a discrimination claim filed by Natalie Johnson and Megan Oswalt, who wanted to get married at the park. The…

Vehicle Crash Test Winners

The insurance industry is out with it’s top choices for the safest vehicles.  Asian automakers dominate the safety picks. Hyndai and Mazda led the pack for the safest vehicles in crash tests. The Insurance Institute has 64 vehicles on it’s list. Hyundai Motor Group, including the Kia and Genesis brands, has the most vehicles on…

Nissan, Ghosn Exchange Lawsuits

Nissan has sued it’s former chairman Carlos Ghosn to recover millions that the company says Ghosn took from Nissan thru misconduct and fraud. Nissan sued Carlos Ghosn in Japan ,claiming 91-million dollars in payback for what Nissan says was breach of duty and misappropriation of company funds. Ghosn jumped bail from Japan in December when…

Tucker To Be MSU Football Coach

Michigan State has found its new head football coach. The Spartans will hire University of Colorado coach Mel Tucker. Tucker, 48, is from Cleveland and began his coaching career as a grad assistant under Nick Saban at Michigan State, which also included Mark Dantonio. Later he was the defensive backs coach at Ohio State where…

Crashes Kill 3 On Freeways

3 drivers have been killed in two separate wrecks on Detroit area freeways. The first one was on EB I-94 at Merriman, where police say a vehicle was broken down in the right center lane of I-94 with hazard lights flashing, but the driver of an SUV slammed into the back of it, careened off…

Auto Merger In Works For China

Chinese automaker Geely is discussing a full merger with Volvo, which could mark the beginning of the first global Chinese car manufacturing powerhouse, a significant milestone for the auto industry. Although Geely already owns the Swedish automaker, Volvo and Geely have operated as separate companies. A full merger would create the first Chinese automaker with…

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