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Man charged in Flint airport stabbing wants trial moved

FLINT (AP) — A man accused of stabbing a police officer at a Flint airport wants his trial moved to Detroit.

A motion filed last week by Amor Ftouhi’s attorney in federal court argues that publicity about the case and the smaller size of the Flint jury pool would prevent him from receiving a fair trial.

Ftouhi, a Tunisia native who was living in Montreal, is charged with committing an act of violence and interfering with security for allegedly stabbing Lt. Jeff Neville at Flint’s Bishop International Airport on June 21, 2017.

His trial is scheduled for Nov. 5.


City OKs $225,000 settlement with former public works director

HAMTRAMCK (AP) — The Detroit enclave of Hamtramck has approved $225,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by a former public works director who alleged racial discrimination and retaliation after he said he uncovered city corruption.

The Detroit Free Press reports the settlement approved last week by the Hamtramck City Council is the city’s second settlement of lawsuits filed by Steven Shaya, who is Chaldean, or Iraqi Christian.

Shaya said he reported alleged misconduct including that minority-owned businesses were selectively targeted for signage ordinance violations; and that minority residents were denied public services such as tree-trimming and sidewalk repair.

Shaya was fired in 2014.

City documents say Hamtramck settled the latest lawsuit without admitting liability to avoid further litigation.


Grant to expand historic district around Ossian Sweet home

DETROIT (AP) — A $500,000 National Park Service grant has been awarded to Detroit to expand a historic district around a home central to the fight against housing segregation and discrimination.

The city says the funds also will help preserve two houses adjacent to the former home of Dr. Ossian Sweet to foster public education about racial discrimination in housing.

Sweet was a black obstetrician who was arrested in 1925 along with his wife, his brother and others after a mob began throwing rocks at his home in a white neighborhood. A white man was shot to death.

Sweets’ trial ended in a deadlocked jury, and his brother was acquitted. Defense attorney Clarence Darrow argued that Sweet had a right to protect his home from the mob.


City tweaks sign for Paul Manafort Drive amid son’s trial

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut city has tweaked its sign for Paul Manafort Drive because the name agitated some residents.

The Hartford Courant reports workers put up a new sign to make clear the street in New Britain is named after ex-Mayor Paul Manafort, not his son who worked for Donald Trump.

The sign says Paul Manafort Sr. Drive.

The younger Manafort was Trump's presidential campaign chairman and was indicted. Some residents then pushed for the street alongside Central Connecticut State University to be renamed.

Jurors in Alexandria, Virginia, began deliberating in the younger Manafort's financial fraud trial late last week.
 

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