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Associations to co-host Presidents Dinner

The Wolverine Bar Association, D. Augustus Straker Bar Association, and the Association of Black Judges of Michigan will host the 2018 Presidents Dinner on Wednesday, June 27 at the Detroit Athletic Club.

The event is scheduled from 5:30-8:30 p.m. The DAC is located at 241 Madison in downtown Detroit.

This year’s keynote speaker will be Terry Wiley, vice president of the National Bar Association.  Outgoing presidents being honored are Alex Simpson, Wolverine; Vassal Johnson, Straker; and the Judge Michael Wagner, ABJM.

The cost for advance tickets is $35 for dues-paid members and $40 for non-members. At the door price is $40 for dues-paid members and $45 for non-members.

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Ex-Detroit mayor wants out of prison, seeks Trump’s help

DETROIT (AP) — Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is ready to leave federal prison and is seeking a little help from President Donald Trump.

The request is part of a Facebook blog called “The Freedom and Justice Trust.” The writer identified himself in the post as Kwame M. Kilpatrick.

He writes that he’s received a pardon from God and prays to receive “the opportunity for Pardon/Clemency from the President of the United States as well.”

Trump recently commuted the life sentence of a woman convicted of drug trafficking. He also posthumously pardoned boxing's first black heavyweight champion, Jack Johnson, who was convicted in 1913 by an all-white jury of violating the Mann Act for traveling with his white girlfriend.

Kilpatrick, 47, was sentenced in 2013 to 28 years in prison for corruption.


‘Roof, roof!’ Dog rescued from overhang roof at his home

SPRING LAKE PARK, Minn. (AP) — "Roof! Roof!" He was practically begging to be rescued.

Firefighters in the Minneapolis suburb of Spring Lake Park managed to help a 180-pound Saint Bernard named Whiskey who had gotten stuck on the small roof of the overhang at a side door of his home.

The homeowner's mother was housesitting when Whiskey pushed out a window screen and jumped onto the second-story overhang.

She and police tried to coax him back inside with dog treats, but to no avail, so firefighters with a ladder truck were summoned. One firefighter on a ladder and two inside eventually managed to pull Whiskey safely into the house.


Exhaust-ing ordeal: Woman gets head stuck in tailpipe

WINSTEAD, Minn. (AP) — A young woman endured an exhaust-ing ordeal when she got her head stuck in a truck's oversized tailpipe at a Minnesota music festival.

Firefighters used a power saw to free the woman from her predicament at last weekend's Winstock Music Festival in Winsted, about 40 miles west of Minneapolis. Video of the rescue was posted on Facebook.

KARE-TV reports that it's unknown how she ended up with her head in the tailpipe, but alcohol may have been a factor: The McLeod County Sheriff's Office says she was cited for underage drinking and escorted out.


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