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'Killology' speaker defends views after talk to metro Detroit police chiefs is canceled

Over the years, David Grossman has spoken hundreds of times to law enforcement across the U.S. But earlier this week, the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police canceled his planned talk set for late May in an evangelical church in Novi after the group and the church said they received angry complaints concerned about some of his previous remarks. Grossman, a retired Army Lt. Col. who founded the Killology Research Group, is now speaking out about the cancellation, telling the Free Press that some of his past remarks that have gone viral online were distorted by video clips he said were sele...

Ford's new racial equity director, Angela Henderson, tackles 'elephant in the room'

Angela Henderson is a product of Detroit who has traveled the world, and she understands racial differences and the importance of helping people feel safe at work. Sometimes sensitive conversations create controversy and misunderstanding, she said. Her job is to change the landscape as racial equity director at Ford Motor Co. "I'm Black all day," Henderson told the Free Press. "I can't turn my blackness off because I'm at work. Issues affecting people in my community affect me in one way, shape or form. If no one is acknowledging I may be distracted by those things, I can't show up and do my w...

GM to offer electric vehicle drivers access to 60,000 plugs in US, Canada

General Motors wants to make America's transition to electric vehicles as seamless as possible. So the automaker on Wednesday announced several steps it is taking to making charging EVs easy. First, GM said it signed agreements to partner with seven charging networks to offer customers access to 60,000 plugs in the U.S. and Canada. GM is already partnered with charging network EVgo and as part of that the two are launching the first Ultium-ready fast chargers.. About 500 fast charging stalls will go live the by end of this year, GM said. Finally, GM is introducing Ultium Charge 360, what GM is...

There's a new, extra-potent meth invading metro Detroit — and it's more deadly

DETROIT — A new, extra-potent methamphetamine is growing increasingly popular in Michigan and — unlike past iterations of the highly addictive stimulant — more of it's showing up in urban areas including metro Detroit, law enforcement officials said. Adding to the level of danger associated with the drug: evidence it's being laced with fentanyl, the ultra-deadly synthetic opioid that's involved in most of the nation's overdose deaths. “Because the opioid epidemic has required so much of our attention and focus ... I think people have assumed that meth has kind of gone away," said Keith Martin,...

Tesla's Elon Musk claps back at Jim Farley, Ford with 'Tommy Boy' clip on Twitter

Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Ford CEO Jim Farley have just exchanged smackdown tweets over the past 24 hours that thousands of people have characterized as Twitter gold. At issue: Hands-free driving. The competition for dominance is under scrutiny by consumers, industry analysts and shareholders. Billions of dollars are at stake. Tesla has been a technology leader and other companies are rushing to catch up, including Ford. Yet Tesla has also been in the news lately for federal crash investigations in Michigan and Florida to determine the role of driver-assist technology. On Wednesday, Ford unveile...

Michigan congressman goes public on PTSD from US Capitol attack

DETROIT — U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee has been seeing a therapist to help him with PTSD resulting from the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, the Michigan congressman told MSNBC. Kildee's decision to go public about his experience drew plaudits from those who see it as a huge step forward in removing stigma from mental health issues. Kildee, a Democrat, was trapped inside the House chamber as a pro-Trump mob tried to force its way inside the chamber while Capitol police barricaded the doors and took other steps to try to prevent such a breach. One police officer and one rioter were killed in the atta...

Alarming spike in Great Lakes drownings tied to COVID-19: study

DETROIT — An alarming spike in the number of drownings across several of the Great Lakes last year may have been linked to the COVID-19 pandemic, a new research study finds. The drownings, particularly on Lakes Michigan, Ontario and Huron, appeared to correlate to times when government restrictions on movement were relaxed amid the pandemic. As community swimming pools, water parks and other options for cooling off in the summer remained closed, more people apparently chose to visit local beaches on the Great Lakes. At many of those beaches, COVID-19 contributed to local governments not provid...

Legal observers file complaint citing use of excessive force by Detroit police last spring and summer

DETROIT —Legal observers filed a complaint in U.S. District Court on Friday against Mayor Mike Duggan, the city of Detroit, Detroit Police Chief James Craig and Detroit officers, citing the use of excessive force during protests downtown following the May 2020 death of George Floyd. The complaint cited alleged incidents on or around several dates last spring and summer. Detroit police used tear gas on Emma Howland-Bolton, tackled her and placed handcuffs tight enough to cause bruising while there was no “probable cause for arrest,” according to the complaint. Howland-Bolton was criminally char...

Not as many Americans eligible for third stimulus check: Here's what you need to know

The third — and maybe the last — stimulus payments may indeed start showing up soon. But here's an early warning: If you don't get a stimulus check this time around, it could be because you're never going to get one. Roughly 6.5 million households that received money in the past now won't be able to bank on receiving either the full $1,400 payment or even a partial payment when it comes to the latest Economic Impact Payments, according to estimates by the nonprofit, non-partisan Tax Foundation. The rules relating to who qualifies and who doesn't based on income changed this round. Singles earn...

Confidential FBI informant testifies about plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Whitmer

JACKSON, Mich. — A confidential FBI informant is testifying Friday in a Jackson County courthouse about being embedded for months alongside leaders of a group accused of plotting to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. The informant’s identity is being concealed in court for his safety. Introduced only as “Dan,” an online video feed of Friday's hearing was cut off during his testimony so court observers only could hear him. Dan described learning of the group — known as the Wolverine Watchmen — through a Facebook algorithm that he believed made the suggestion based on his interactions with o...

Sidney Powell team doubles down on debunked election claims in attempt to avoid sanctions

DETROIT — A court should not sanction Sidney Powell and other attorneys involved in filing a Michigan election lawsuit filled with conspiracies and unfounded allegations because, among other reasons, they say in their response that the allegations are provable. Powell and her team have not provided any credible evidence to support any of their incorrect claims that the Michigan election results were fraudulent, instead presenting false reports that rely on conjecture, inaccurate information or misleading testimony. In the pleading filed in a Detroit federal court on Friday though, the attorney...

Cardiologists say components in iPhone 12 can disable pacemakers and defibrillators

Magnets and other components inside iPhone 12 devices could disable pacemakers or implanted cardiac defibrillators, tech giant Apple has warned, potentially putting millions of people at risk for dangerous heart complications. The problem was identified by cardiologists at the Henry Ford Heart & Vascular Institute, who discovered that the batteries inside iPhone 12 devices and MagSafe chargers emit electromagnetic fields that can disable or interfere with implanted defibrillators and pacemakers, the health system announced late Wednesday. Dr. Gurjit Singh was among the doctors who wrote about ...

Whitmer: GOP threat to withhold school COVID-19 funds is 'cruel and reckless'

LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer spoke of unity and common ground and looked past conflicts with the Legislature in her State of the State address Wednesday, but she hit back at recent actions by GOP lawmakers in a Thursday morning news conference. Whitmer called Republican threats to withhold school funding over disagreements about her response to the coronavirus pandemic "cruel and reckless," and said the Legislature continues to complain about her exercise of powers that were in fact granted to the executive branch by the Legislature. "The executive has to be nimble and quick when liv...

Michigan GOP plans to take school funds hostage unless Gov. Whitmer gives up pandemic power

Michigan House Republicans unveiled their own COVID-19 recovery plan on Wednesday, using the proposal to blast Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and threaten to withhold billions in federal funds unless the administration gives up pandemic powers. Specifically, the House wants the governor and state health department to give up the authority to ban in-person school or sports in response to a health emergency, transferring that power to local health departments. Although Whitmer and the state health department issued orders through authority granted to the executive by previous legislatures, lawmakers cont...

Tax refunds won't come as quickly this year -- here's why

Anyone who is looking to pay bills and get a tax refund in early February is out of luck. Expect some significant delays. The Internal Revenue Service announced Friday that it is going to only begin processing 2020 income tax returns as of Feb. 12. The official kickoff for tax season will be about twor or three weeks later than the usual kickoff for the tax season, which often begins in late January. The tax season was likely to be delayed, given the latest stimulus rollout and tax rule changes that took place in late December. Such a delay will impact those who depend on the Earned Income Tax...

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