Fire destroys another Heidelberg house in Detroit
DETROIT (AP) - A fire has destroyed another house that's part of the Heidelberg Project interactive outdoor art installation in Detroit.
Arson investigator Lt. Joseph Crandall says crews responded at 3 a.m. Friday to the blaze that ultimately burned the house to the ground. It was known as the "Party Animal" house or "Doll House" because it was covered in stuffed animals and dolls.
No injuries were reported in the fire. An adjacent home was damaged.
The Heidelberg Project has been the target of at least eight suspicious fires since May. There have been no arrests, but local and federal officials are investigating.
Tyree Guyton founded the project in 1986 as a response to urban decay. The sculpture park mixes vacant houses and empty yards with artistic themes.
Michigan trial on gay-marriage ban enters last leg
DETROIT (AP) - An attorney representing two Detroit-area nurses challenging Michigan's gay-marriage ban is focusing part of his closing arguments on expert testimony presented throughout the trial.
Ken Mogill calls the state's witnesses "part of a fringe fighting desperately for inequality" and says "what makes for good parenting has nothing to do with the sexual orientation of the parents."
Detroit federal Judge Bernard Friedman is not expected to make a decision Friday.
Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage was approved by voters in 2004.
State's attorney Kristin Heyse said Friday the case is about science and data and "what's best for the children of the state of Michigan."
Jayne Rowse and April DeBoer are raising three adopted children who have special needs, but they can't jointly adopt each other's kids because they're not married.
Judge reschedules trial on Detroit bankruptcy plan
DETROIT (AP) - A judge has pushed back the trial date on Detroit's plan to emerge from bankruptcy by one month.
U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes set an updated series of deadlines Thursday, including a July 16 trial date. The trial previously had been set for June 16, and the new schedule offers more time for all sides to negotiate and resolve disputes before then.
The blueprint from state-appointed emergency manager Kevyn Orr for Detroit's restructuring and debt removal calls for the city to spend $1.5 billion over 10 years to remove blighted properties, upgrade public-safety equipment and technology and make other improvements.
Meanwhile, the Detroit Free Press reports that the city on Thursday reached a new deal with Barclays to borrow $120 million to speed the restructuring and invest in services.
Truck hauling sugar beets crashes in Bay County
MONITOR TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - A crash involving a truck hauling sugar beets left a big mess outside a video store in the Bay City area.
Patrick Fader tells The Bay City Times he was driving the truck when it tipped over Friday morning, spilling part of its load outside a Family Video store in Bay County's Monitor Township, about 90 miles northwest of Detroit.
Fader says he's "come around that corner a hundred times" in the past without tipping.
Fader says he bumped his head and is shaken up, but he's not seriously injured. The truck was heading to a Michigan Sugar Co. plant.
Michigan ballpark to get more hydrants after fire
PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - A minor league ballpark in western Michigan is expected to get more fire hydrants after a January blaze that destroyed part of the stadium.
The fire department in Kent County's Plainfield Township tells WOOD-TV that Fifth Third Ballpark will have at least five hydrants, up from two. The station says the ballpark near Grand Rapids also is adding valves where fire crews can hook up hoses.
Fire investigators have said that a trash container placed next to a space heater caused the fire. Multiple suites were destroyed and part of the roof collapsed. No one was injured.
This season's home opener is April 8. The park is home to the West Michigan Whitecaps, a single-A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers.
DETROIT CITY CLOCKS
Shinola donates clocks for display in Detroit
DETROIT (AP) - A company that makes handcrafted wristwatches in Detroit is donating four clocks for display in the city.
Shinola on Friday unveiled one of the Shinola City Clocks at Cobo Center. They'll also be at Eastern Market, Midtown and the College for Creative Studies.
The clocks are inspired by city clocks that became popular fixtures on sidewalks of American cities in the 1800s. The Shinola City Clocks are mounted on poles or walls, and they're designed in the style of a pocket watch.
Shinola partnered with the Detroit Regional Convention Facility Authority to install the clock outside of downtown's Cobo Center. Currently at the corner of Washington Boulevard and West Larned Street, the clock will be moved to Cobo Square this fall.
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