FOX 17 Web Producer
May 13, 2009
DETROIT - Chrysler appears to be gearing up to get rid of 800 dealerships nationwide, and the process could begin as early as tomorrow.
An insider listening to a conference call leaked the news as Chrysler's bankruptcy filing proceeds. The informant said there are lawyers ready to represent disenfranchised dealers in a breach of contract suit, but that may be difficult during the company's bankruptcy.
STIMULUS MONEY TO HELP PRESERVE MICHIGAN FORESTS
LANSING (AP) - Michigan is getting $9.5 million in federal stimulus money to help preserve habitat and undertake other projects in forests.
Some of the money will be used to train and hire Michigan crews to fight wildfires. Other crews will be assembled to survey land and remove trees from crowded forests to decrease the risk of fire.
The project also is expected to improve the Michigan habitat used by the Kirtland's warbler. The tiny songbirds were found in a dozen Lower Peninsula counties during a 2008 survey.
The stimulus announcement was posted on Michigan's recovery act web page Tuesday.
MICHIGAN WOMAN IS "BIGGEST LOSER"
DETROIT (AP) - A 48-year-old Detroit-area woman is the "The Biggest Loser: Couples."
Helen Phillips from Sterling Heights lost the greatest percentage of weight among the three finalists to win the televised weight-loss competition. She took home the $250,000 grand prize.
She has bested 19-year-old Mike Morelli of South Lyon, Mich.
Phillips tells The Associated Press Tuesday night that her husband, Russell, is in danger of losing his job when Chrysler LLC closes its Sterling Heights assembly plant in 2010, and the money will give the family "a nice cushion"
New York City resident Tara Costa placed third. Morelli's 55-year-old father, Ron, finished fourth.
FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT HOME IN G.R. MARKS 100 YEARS
GRAND RAPIDS - The Meyer May House doesn't necessarily fit in with the other houses on the block.
The home looks like a classic Frankl Lloyd Wright design plunked in the middle of the much older-looking styles common in Heritage Hill in Grand Rapids.
That's because it IS a Frank Lloyd Wright design.
The Meyer May House celebrates its 100th birthday today. A private celebration will include dinner and tours. But the home is open for free tours to the public three days a week: Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays.
Steelcase bought the landmark at 450 Madison Avenue SE in 1980 and gave it a major restoration that was not complete until 1987.
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