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Detroit attorney Reed honored with NAACP award for Obama book

Detroit attorney Gregory J. Reed became the first practicing attorney in the U.S to receive the NAACP Image Award committee’s  highest honor for Outstanding Literary Work - Youth Teens in the award program’s 44-year history. Reed received the award for his book “Obama Talks Back: Global Lessons — A Dialogue with America’s Young Leaders,” a compilation of students’ letters to President Obama and his responses. Reed previously won an Image Award for his book “Rosa Parks: Dear Mrs Parks — A Dialogue with Today's Youth.” Reed is a graduate of Michigan State University and Wayne State Law School.

AG Schuette warns of flood-damaged used car scams from Sandy

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette is warning residents to be on the lookout for potential used car buying scams.
Schuette’s office issued a consumer alert Monday warning Michigan residents of dealers trying to sell refurbished cars without mentioning flood damage caused by Superstorm Sandy. The attorney general’s office says many flood damaged cars have begun to re-enter the country's auto market since the October storm.
Schuette suggests residents take a few steps before buying a used car to avoid being scammed. His tips include getting an inspection independent of the seller and looking up the car's history online. Schuette also recommends being aware of signs in the car indicating prior flood damage, like a mold smell or residue in the trunk.