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White principal sues for $5M, alleges racial discrimination

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A white elementary school principal is suing a Michigan school district for $5 million, alleging racial discrimination and a conspiracy to favor black administrators.

A recently filed complaint in U.S. District Court says 39-year-old Shannon Blick served as principal at Lawton Elementary School in Ann Arbor since 2013, but was stripped of her duties in part because a black person wanted her job.

She was put on paid administrative leave in April and barred from school events.

Ann Arbor Public Schools says it doesn’t comment on pending litigation or personnel matters.

Blick’s attorneys allege the district and its board have a history of “harboring, and acting on, racial animus towards Caucasians and non-minority individuals.” She wants to serve as principal, as well as get compensation for lost wages and distress.


Michigan OKs local incentives  for new auto plant in Detroit

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan officials have signed off on nearly $93 million in tax incentives to help Fiat Chrysler open the first assembly plant in Detroit in decades.

The Michigan Strategic Fund Board approved the city’s request Tuesday to capture state and local taxes starting in 2022 and going for 30 years. The money would pay for site preparation, the purchase of land and other expenses.

The move follows the approval of $223 million in state incentives in May for the project.

As part of a plan to add nearly 5,000 jobs in Detroit, Fiat Chrysler will reopen a long-idled plant and convert an existing factory into a full assembly facility. It also will retool and upgrade a separate assembly plant in the city.


Man under watch by federal agents pleads guilty to lying

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A young western Michigan man whose mental health and interest in guns led authorities to place a tracking device on his car has pleaded guilty to lying to federal agents.

Aaron Fein of Grand Rapids Township appeared in federal court Friday. He’s been in custody since his arrest in May.

The 24-year-old got the attention of authorities last August when Canada turned him away at a border crossing because of a lack of documents. During a screening on the U.S. side, agents found items related to jihad and making bombs.

The government says Fein, a University of Michigan engineering graduate, had a notebook at home with chemical equations and a list of bomb supplies. In May, agents discovered electronic components that could have been used to make explosives.


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