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City sued over struggle to open a mosque

TROY (AP) — A Muslim group that wants to turn a commercial building into a mosque is suing a Detroit suburb over rejection of the plan.

The lawsuit accuses Troy of violating a federal law that is intended to accommodate religious groups. The Adam Community Center says zoning officials have repeatedly rejected requests for variances on the building.

Amy Doukoure, an attorney with the Council on American-Islamic Relations, says Troy is "apparently guided by Islamophobia."

Troy's attorney says the city will vigorously defend its decisions in court. Lori Grigg Bluhm says Troy has offered many reasons why a community center and mosque doesn't fit an area near residential neighborhoods.

Sterling Heights was sued over its denial of a mosque. A settlement allowed the mosque to be built.


University removes fraternity for hazing, forced drinking

ANN ARBOR (AP) — A University of Michigan fraternity has been removed from the school and student-run Interfraternity Council for at least five years following allegations of violent hazing and forced alcohol consumption.

The Ann Arbor News reports Thursday that evidence of hazing was found during Alpha Sigma Phi's new member process.

Last year, the council suspended social events following allegations of hazing and sexual misconduct involving fraternity members at the Ann Arbor school. Some social activities have since resumed.

Zeta Beta Tau International Fraternity announced in January that it had revoked its University of Michigan chapter’s charter after determining policies prohibiting hazing were violated.


Man wins lottery prize by picking Red Sox jersey numbers

BRAINTREE, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts great-grandfather has won a $100,000 lottery prize by picking the jersey numbers of five members of the World Series-winning Boston Red Sox.

The lottery said in a statement that 84-year-old Jim Aylward Jr., of Templeton, won the prize in Monday's Mass Cash drawing using the numbers 11-16-19-22-25. He claimed his prize Wednesday.

Those are the jersey numbers of Red Sox players Rafael Devers, Andrew Benintendi, Jackie Bradley Jr., Rick Porcello, and World Series MVP Steve Pearce.

The numbers represent “two young stars, a dazzling outfielder, a starting pitcher and the series MVP,” the lottery said in a release.

Aylward has five children, nine grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.


Traffic jam stymies robbery suspect who fled in police car

BREEZEWOOD, Pa. (AP) — An Indiana woman who allegedly robbed a store and fled in a stolen police vehicle was stymied by a traffic jam on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

Police say the woman recently robbed a Sheetz convenience store in Breezewood and was able to slip out of handcuffs and steal a state police vehicle.

She fled westbound at speeds of up to 100 mph but encountered a traffic backlog from a fiery crash that killed a truck driver.

Police tell the Tribune-Review the woman struck three vehicles and tried to hit two troopers who were outside their vehicles. She was arrested and charged with robbery and other offenses.
 

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