Micah Walker Detroit Free Press Published 6:01 AM EDT Mar 16, 2019 Warrior Inside started life as a winner. A Kentucky thoroughbred, the chestnut brown bay gelding racehorse trained at Churchill Downs in Louisville. In his debut last March in New Orleans, he placed second in a field of 63. But his fourth race at Churchill Downs was his last, coming in eighth. He'd developed career-ending bone chips in both front knees. Life after racing for most horses usually ends in one of two ways. Animals with good genes are used for stud service in hopes of producing superior stock. Others are sent to slaughter at rendering plants in Canada and Mexico. Furniture store chain IKEA made headlines in 2013 when traces of horse meat were found in the store's famous Swedish meatballs, which were sent out to several countries across Europe. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) estimates that 80,000 horses annually get processed … [Read more...] about Michigan horse rescue keeps racehorses from the slaughterhouse
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The owner of Micawber’s Books said Monday that he is closing his popular St. Anthony Park neighborhood bookstore. Tom Bielenberg, who has owned the bookstore since 2003, was seriously injured March 3 when he slipped on ice while walking back to his car after a University of Minnesota women’s basketball game in Minneapolis. His shop, known for its large and varied inventory in a relatively small space, will be open limited hours this week and during the first two weekends in April. It will close permanently April 14. Bielenberg, 67, of Eagan, broke his pelvis and two ribs and dislocated several vertebrae following the Gophers’ win over the Michigan State Spartans, 81-63. “I consciously remember looking for black ice,” he said during a phone interview from his hospital bed at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. “I stepped off the curb and went down. I fell on my side.” Because of the complexity of his injuries, doctors have decided not … [Read more...] about Micawber’s Books closing after owner’s injury. It has been a popular St. Anthony Park store.
Kristen Jordan Shamus Detroit Free Press Published 9:03 AM EST Dec 19, 2018 Teenage rebellion turned deadly, and Melissa Chapman paid the price. She was 18 when she was arrested on Christmas Eve 1987 along with her abusive boyfriend. She hasn't tasted freedom since that day. Now 49, Melissa has lived in prison longer than she's lived anywhere else. It's because of what happened one afternoon in mid-December 1987, when she and her boyfriend, Robert Goodyear, went to a Genesee County Meijer store with Michael Keith Gaines, Goodyear's friend, to set up a drug deal. Gaines was flirting with Melissa, who sat between the two men on the bench seat of his pickup truck, court records show. In a jealous rage, Goodyear pushed Melissa out of the way and pointed a gun at Gaines' head. He pulled the trigger, twice. Goodyear then turned the gun on Melissa and … [Read more...] about 5 Michigan women lifers seek clemency from Gov. Rick Snyder
Michael Gerstein Special to The Detroit News Published 11:29 PM EST Nov 15, 2018 Franklin — Residents and state officials here are scrambling for answers after the discovery of a spike in potentially dangerous indoor vapors despite a large-scale cleanup effort. In October, inspectors found chemical vapors for trichloroethylene, or TCE, and a common dry-cleaning agent called perchloroethylene, or perc, above state health standards in the Franklin Village Plaza's five shops. They were initially puzzled because they already had installed a system that sucks up air contaminated by decades-old pollution in the plaza's historic building less than a half-mile from the Franklin Cider Mill. There had been a mandatory evacuation of the shops in March for nearly three weeks. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency classified TCE as a human carcinogen in 2011. In high enough doses over an extended period of time, perc causes central nervous system issues and … [Read more...] about Vapor contamination plagues Franklin shops despite state clean-up
By Alyssa Pereira, SFGATE Published 3:08 pm PST, Monday, November 12, 2018 Draymond Green (23) is high fived after the Golden State Warriors defeated the New Orleans Pelicans 131-121 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Wednesday, October 31, 2018. Draymond Green (23) is high fived after the Golden State Warriors defeated the New Orleans Pelicans 131-121 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Wednesday, October 31, 2018. Photo: Carlos Avila Gonzalez / The Chronicle Buy photo It wouldn't be an NBA game without rapper Drake on the sidelines. After all, he's best friends with [insert player's name here]. It wouldn't be an NBA game without rapper Drake on the sidelines. After all, he's best friends with [insert player's name here]. Photo: Ezra Shaw, Getty Images Who on earth was that flip flop-wearing guy shouting at Steph Curry? It's Eddy Cue, … [Read more...] about Golden State Warriors’ newest ticket deal: $100 monthly pass — but no view of the court