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Woman strip-searched at Detroit airport settles lawsuit


DETROIT (AP) — An Arab-Jewish woman who was strip-searched at a Detroit-area airport has reached a settlement in a lawsuit filed on her behalf.

The American Civil Liberties Union said Tuesday that the federal government will give Shoshana Hebshi $40,000 as compensation for being humiliated.
Frontier Airlines and the Transportation Security Administration were named in the federal lawsuit.

The ACLU says Frontier also agreed to amend its employee handbook to more clearly state its zero-tolerance policy on discrimination. The Associated Press left a message seeking comment from Frontier.

Hebshi of Sylvania, Ohio, was removed from a plane after it landed at Detroit Metropolitan Airport on Sept. 11, 2011. The crew had reported suspicious behavior by two Indian-American men sitting near her.

Hebshi believes she was ethnically profiled based on her dark complexion.


Police overtime investigation includes Bob Bashara case


DETROIT (AP) — Detroit police are investigating whether officers wrongfully logged court time during the lengthy trial of a man who ended up sentenced to life in prison for arranging his wife's killing.

The Detroit News reports the investigation includes reports that officers involved in the case of Bob Bashara wrote false subpoenas to appear in court so they could collect overtime. Jane Bashara's body was dumped in Detroit, miles from the couple's home in Grosse Pointe Park, an upper class suburb.

An investigation into allegations of widespread overtime abuse began in November. Police Chief James Craig says the investigation later widened to include several other units.

Detroit police Capt. Eric Decker, commanding officer of the Homicide Section, says court time for homicide investigators has dropped 52 percent amid the investigation.

$325,000 to help renovate  athletic facilities on Belle Isle


DETROIT (AP) — The federal government says Belle Isle is getting $325,000 to help renovate athletic facilities at the island park in the Detroit River.
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis announced the funding Tuesday as part of $3 million for projects around the country.

The grant will help the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and private partners renovate and revitalize more than 50 acres of athletic facilities. The work seeks to improve fields for baseball, softball, soccer, lacrosse and cricket, as well as tennis and basketball courts.

Playground equipment and sidewalks also will be improved.

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