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‘Bring it on.’ No. 1 Michigan welcomes CFP semifinal vs. Alabama
INDIANAPOLIS — The downtown hotel ballroom here roared Sunday afternoon as Michigan learned of its College Football Playoff fate. Players, coaches and staff members alike celebrated as the 13-member committee unveiled the Wolverines, 13-0 and Big Ten champions for a third straight year, as the No. 1 seed. It’s the first time Michigan has claimed the top spot in the playoff era.
Overturned semi truck blocks northbound U.S. 23 traffic near Ann Arbor
PITTSFIELD TOWNSHIP, MI — Motorists planning a trip northbound on U.S. 23 near Ann Arbor will need to seek an alternate route for at least the early afternoon hours of Sunday, Dec. 3, officials said. Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office officials reported a traffic incident near Washtenaw Ave. at about...
Man called 911 to report he shot someone, police say
OAKLAND COUNTY, MI – An altercation between two men turned deadly when one man shot and killed the other man, Auburn Hills police said. The suspect, a 24-year-old Pontiac man, and the victim, a 47-year-old Auburn Hills man, had known each other prior to the reported shooting. Officers responded...
College Football Playoff: Michigan draws No. 1 seed, Alabama in Rose Bowl
INDIANAPOLIS — The College Football Playoff pairings are in … and Michigan’s headed out west. The Wolverines were assigned the No. 1 seed and will play in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1 (5:45 p.m. ET, ESPN), where they’ll meet No. 4 Alabama. It’s the first...
Detroit Lions avoid disaster for 33-28 road win over Saints: Live updates recap
Here comes the run. Ben Johnson had other plans, second-and-8 pass hits the ground, putting them in a hole and giving the Saints a free timeout. Sam LaPorta to the rescue, with the first-down catch over the middle. Two-minute warning. Not over yet. But getting there. Third-and-9, Saints use another...
‘I just love it.’ Ann Arbor mayor takes up e-bike commuting, urges others to try it
ANN ARBOR, MI — At age 56, Ann Arbor Mayor Christopher Taylor has found a new passion: bike commuting. “I just love it,” the Burns Park-area resident and attorney said Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 29, before hopping on his new Gazelle Ultimate electric bike for the ride home after leaving his downtown law office.
Michigan defensive back brings the magic, again, in Big Ten championship
INDIANAPOLIS – Midway through the second quarter in Saturday’s Big Ten championship, Iowa had a chance to get back into the game after a shanked Michigan punt gave the Hawkeyes starting field position at the Wolverines’ 38-yard line. Trailing 10-0, it appeared Iowa was going to pick...
11 road closures on tap this week in Michigan
It might be December, but Michigan still has ongoing construction projects requiring lane and road closures. For the week of Sunday, Dec. 3, through Saturday, Dec. 9, the state has 44 construction-, maintenance-, or special event-related closures scheduled, according to the Department of Transportation. If you purchase a product or...
5 great places to sip on holiday-themed drinks in Ann Arbor
ANN ARBOR, MI -- December is here, which means the holiday season is in full swing. As we head into one of the busiest times of the year, some people already might be trying to figure out where they can get their peppermint mochas. Some Ann Arbor coffee shops are...
Green energy and election changes: Your guide to Michigan politics
Happy Sunday! 👋 Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s signing spree continued in full force this week. Here’s a look at the laws she signed, plus other big news to know. Only 12% of Michigan’s energy comes from renewable sources. By 2035, it must be 60%. Oh, and by...
December stargazing: Major meteor shower, ancient asteroid, Christmas full moon
Mother Nature is bringing some festive sparkle to the night skies this month, just in time for the holiday season. Stargazing highlights in December 2023 include the year’s strongest meteor shower, a big, bright moon on Christmas, and even a visible asteroid. According to NASA’s monthly “What’s Up” stargazing...
Detroit Lions at New Orleans Saints: 3 burning questions ahead of kickoff
ALLEN PARK -- The Detroit Lions (8-3) are staring down a road-heavy schedule to end the regular season. The Lions are on the road for four of their next five games in December, with a date in New Orleans against the Saints (5-6) up next in Week 13 action. We’ll...
Old Mission Peninsula and its wineries still can’t agree on weddings, music, grapes
Overheard outside Michigan’s locker room: Turning the worm and a lost wallet
INDIANAPOLIS – Michigan’s football team finished 2-4 in 2020 – a crossroads in head coach Jim Harbaugh’s career. On Saturday, the second-ranked Wolverines became the first Big Ten team to win three straight outright conference titles by beating No. 16 Iowa 26-0 in Indianapolis. Harbaugh’s team improved to 13-0 and secured a third consecutive playoff berth.
Michigan basks in Big Ten glory, knowing it’s just the next step
INDIANAPOLIS — There was a time three years ago when getting here — to this game, this town — seemed out of reach. Michigan was lagging behind in just about everything. Quarterback development was lacking. Recruiting had taken a hit. Even the defensive cache built up — the program’s calling card through the disappointing parts of 2017, ‘18 and ‘19 — had fallen off.
Ask Amy: Betrayed wife could move on by moving on
Dear Amy: My husband let me know that he and our two daughters will be traveling 2,000 miles to celebrate his brother’s 70th birthday, which is two days before my 70th birthday. I am so angry and disappointed that he would do this. His brother and wife have never...
Dear Abby: Son needs help with controlling wife and MIL
DEAR ABBY: My youngest son married and moved across the country to the West Coast. They did this because his wife is very controlling -- her mother lives there and she pressured him into it. They then had three children, who, because we live on the East Coast, we unfortunately rarely see.
Dear Abby: Friend concerned about woman’s homeless plight
DEAR ABBY: A good friend of 20 years has been homeless for several months. After a short stint of staying in various Airbnbs, she is now mostly living in her car. She has a good-quality, FREE living option available to her. But it would require her to move five hours away, and she doesn’t want to leave her job here. Meanwhile, I have a guest room.
Dear Annie: ‘Perfect’ Marriage Has Some Secrets
Dear Annie: My husband died in February 2020, just a few weeks after our 25th wedding anniversary. He was 12 years older than me, and this was a second marriage for both of us. Our sex life started out amazing but came to a screeching halt about 13 years in,...
Ask Amy: SIL claims misunderstanding when confronted
Dear Amy: Many years ago, while I was at work, my sister-in-law asked my 3-year-old daughter (who is very mature) if she would like her to be her godmother. I found out later when my daughter asked me, “Auntie asked me if I wanted her to be my godmother. What is that?”
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