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Visitation for Ilitch set for Wednesday at Fox Theatre, noon to 8 p.m.

DETROIT (AP) — Mike Ilitch will lie in repose for a public visitation Wednesday at Fox Theatre in Detroit.

Ilitch, the billionaire businessman who founded the Little Caesars pizza empire and bought the Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Tigers, died Friday. He was 87.

Ilitch Holdings Inc. announced information Sunday night on how the public could pay respects. Events this week include the visitation from noon to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, and a public memorial display at Comerica Park beginning at 1 p.m. on Monday.

Ilitch’s family released a statement saying the “condolences and kind wishes” have been overwhelming.

“We know that he would’ve been touched by the outpouring of support, especially from this community that he so loved,” the statement said.


Commission proposes standards for lawyers defending poor clients

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan agency is seeking public comment on a proposed set of minimum standards for providing legal defense to people who can’t afford attorneys.

The standards involve matters such as education and training for attorneys, the initial client interview, retaining experts and investigators, and the first appearance before a judge.

The Michigan Indigent Defense Commission has submitted the proposals to the state Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs. After the comment period, department Director Shelly Edgerton will review the information and decide whether to approve the standards.

The Michigan Supreme Court conditionally approved them last year.

Every local system that provides attorneys for indigent defendants in Michigan is required to submit a plan for complying with the standards and a cost analysis to the commission.


Cemetery unable to locate man’s body

SUPERIOR TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Two women have filed a lawsuit against a Detroit cemetery organization after they were unable to locate their brother’s remains at the cemetery where they say he was laid to rest.

The Ann Arbor News reports 37-year-old Isaac Dixon died in 2001. Dixon’s family says they buried him at Westlawn West Cemetery in Superior Township.

But when Dixon’s family was unable to locate his headstone at the cemetery last August, his sisters Diane Brown and Rebecca Thomas filed a lawsuit against the defunct Westlawn Cemetery Association of Detroit, claiming breach of contract and unjust enrichment.

The defendant was no longer in charge of the cemetery after 2002, but current owner Covenant Cemetery Services says they’re working to help the family locate Dixon. Covenant manager Michael Butts says there’s no evidence Dixon was ever buried at that cemetery.