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Detroit: Gilmour named WSU president on permanent basis
DETROIT (AP) — Wayne State University has named ex-Ford Motor Co. executive Allan Gilmour as its permanent president.

Gilmour was unanimously elected president by the Detroit university’s governing board Tuesday. His contract runs through the 2012-13 academic year.

Gilmour had served as the university’s interim president since Aug. 30. He replaces Jay Noren, who resigned this summer.

Gilmour is a Harvard University and University of Michigan graduate and retired in 1995 as Ford’s vice chairman and chief financial officer. He rejoined the automaker from 2002-05 in various leadership roles.

Gilmour serves on DTE Energy Co.’s board and formerly served on the boards of Dow Chemical Co., Whirlpool Corp. and other corporations.

He is Wayne State’s 11th president.

Detroit: Lake Orion dentist pleads guilty to defrauding IRS
DETROIT (AP) — An Oakland County dentist has pleaded guilty to setting up a sham trust that helped him avoid paying taxes on more than $1 million in income.

U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade said Tuesday in a release that 59-year-old Michael Hennessy of Lake Orion pleaded guilty to one count of tax evasion.
Hennessy owned Clarkston Family Dentistry in Clarkston, about 30 miles north-northwest of Detroit.

Court records indicate that in 2000 Hennessy set up a bank account in the name of Plus One Enterprises, which was a trust that helped him evade taxes.

Authorities say in 2002 Hennessy falsely told IRS agents that he had no control over the trust account. They say Hennessy failed to report more than $1.1 million in taxable income between 2000 and 2003.

Livonia: Funeral Friday for slain Livonia police officer
LIVONIA, Mich. (AP) — A funeral is scheduled Friday for a Livonia police officer who died in a shootout with a burglary suspect.

Livonia police say the funeral for Officer Larry Nehasil will be held at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church in Plymouth.

Visitation is noon-8 p.m. Thursday at Harry J. Will Funeral Home in Livonia.

Nehasil’s family issued a statement Tuesday saying the 48-year-old “died doing the job he loved, serving the city in which he grew up as a child with pride and honor.”

The family says his killing Monday “reminds us of the dangers that all police officers face daily.”

His survivors include wife Linda, sons Adam and Aaron and mother Monica Nehasil.

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