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Groom killed while helping motorist in snow
Written by Associated Press   
Monday, 16 December 2013 07:32

CHICAGO (AP) — A man married less than seven hours was killed along with a stranded motorist he stopped to help in the snow when they were struck by several vehicles, authorities say.

The man was on the way back from his wedding reception to a hotel when the accident happened.

William "Riley" Knight, 49, of Crown Point, Ind., was driving with his wife, Nikki, about 11:45 p.m. Saturday when they saw a woman who had slid off the road in the snow near Crown Point.

"He said, 'We've got to stop, it's late and they need help,'" Nikki Knight told the Chicago Sun-Times (http://bit.ly/INP0kU ) on Sunday.

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Blast at U.S. Steel plant near Detroit kills worker
Written by Associated Press   
Monday, 16 December 2013 07:30

ECORSE, Mich. (AP) — An explosion Sunday at a steel plant near Detroit killed one worker and injured two others, United States Steel Corp. said. Operations were halted at the plant while an investigation began.

The accident happened overnight at U.S. Steel Great Lakes Works in Ecorse, said company spokeswoman Courtney Boone. The plant is about 10 miles south-southwest of downtown Detroit and primarily supplies the auto industry.

"There was an explosion at the facility's steel shop," Boone said in a statement. She said the blast killed a remote control locomotive operator, whom she identified as Antonino Palazzolo, 32.

He worked for U.S. Steel for about two years and lived in the Detroit suburb of Rockwood.

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Man in wheelchair fatally injured in NW Ohio crash
Written by Associated Press   
Monday, 16 December 2013 07:26

PERKINS TOWNSHIP, Ohio (AP) — Police say a man in a motorized wheelchair has been fatally injured in a crash in Perkins Township.

Authorities say 67-year-old Harry L. Kimberlin of Sandusky was struck Sunday when he entered an intersection and was hit by a car driven by 73-year-old Donald Hibbard of Sandusky. Hibbard had a green light.

Kimberlin was taken to a local hospital and then airlifted to St. Vincent's Medical Center in Toledo, where he died around 10:30 p.m. Hibbard was not injured.


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Detroit awaits direction on options to art sale
Written by COREY WILLIAMS, Associated Press   
Monday, 16 December 2013 07:28

DETROIT (AP) — Detroit may have to rely on the generosity of strangers to keep its impressive art collection that was amassed with taxpayer dollars in better times.

The bankrupt city is expected to learn this week the value of roughly 2,800 of its pieces at the Detroit Institute of Arts when New York auction house Christie's delivers its final report to Kevin Orr, the state-appointed emergency manager who currently runs the Motor City's finances.

Christie's, which has been poring over the collection for months, said it will include recommendations for how Detroit might make money while maintaining ownership of some of its most valuable pieces — including Degas' "Dancers in the Green Room," Pisano's "The Path" and Renoir's "Graziella." But the city may have to sell off works many consider integral to the cultural soul of the city in order to help repay creditors, including retired public workers whose pensions could take a huge hit.

Orr had warned museum officials of the works' potential fate, creating an outcry in the art community here and elsewhere.

"I think it's so important that we can't let it fail," said 68-year-old philanthropist A. Paul Schaap.

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$100M Navy charity scammer to be sentenced in Ohio
Written by THOMAS J. SHEERAN, Associated Press   
Monday, 16 December 2013 07:18

CLEVELAND (AP) — A determined fundraiser who rubbed elbows with powerful politicians while masterminding a $100 million, cross-country Navy veterans charity fraud could face the rest of his life in prison.

The defendant, who identifies himself as 67-year-old Bobby Thompson but who authorities say is Harvard-trained attorney John Donald Cody, was scheduled to be sentenced Monday.

The Ohio attorney general's office, which handled his trial, asked the judge in a filing last week to sentence him to 41 years in prison. In addition, the prosecution recommended a $6.3 million fine.

The defense has asked for a new trial.

The fraud occurred in 41 states, according to trial testimony, and Ohio took the lead, indicting Thompson in 2010. He disappeared for nearly two years and was arrested last year in Portland, Ore.

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