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Court rules in favor of city allowing mosque to be built

STERLING HEIGHTS (AP) — An appeals court says a Detroit suburb violated no laws when it cleared City Council chambers during a meeting about construction of a mosque.

The Detroit News reports a three-judge panel of the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals last week found in favor of Sterling Heights.

An attorney for a group of residents opposing the American Islamic Community Center’s mosque says they’ll ask the full court to take up the issue.

A federal judge last year ruled in favor of Sterling Heights. The city denied plans for the mosque in 2015 over what it said were parking, traffic and other concerns.

The center and the U.S. Justice Department sued the city, leading to a 2017 agreement allowing construction. Lawyers for some residents then sued, saying zoning ordinances were being violated.


Memorial to victims of Boston Marathon bombing completed

BOSTON (AP) — The memorial to the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing is complete.

Three stone pillars representing the three people who died at the race's Boylston Street finish line were installed Monday, marking the final step of the $2 million project, which took four years to plan and develop.

The monument was supposed to be ready least year for the fifth anniversary of the April 15, 2013, bombing but underwent significant redesigns and other delays.

Sculptor Pablo Eduardo said before this year’s race that it was important that the final work reflect the hopes and expectations of families who lost loved ones.

The monument marks the spots where two pressure cooker bombs detonated, killing three people and wounding more than 260 others.


Meals on Wheels driver rescues woman from burning home

SPRINGFIELD, Vt. (AP) — Vermont officials say an elderly woman was rescued from her burning home by a Meals on Wheels driver.

Springfield Deputy Fire Chief Scott Richardson says the driver had stopped to deliver the meals when he saw the house was on fire Friday.

Richardson says the woman was the only occupant and was unaware of the fire.

Officials say the woman was taken to a hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation.

MyNBC5.com reports the home had a lot of smoke and heat damage.

The fire chief says that the cause of the fire remains unknown.


Manure and food scrap digester to make fuel for college

SALISBURY, Vt. (AP) — Construction is underway on a system that will turn cow manure and food scraps into renewable natural gas to help Middlebury College meet its goal of getting 100 percent of its energy from renewable sources.

The groundbreaking for the anaerobic digester was held Tuesday at the Goodrich Family Farm in Salisbury.

The digester, which is being constructed as a partnership of the college, the farm, and Vermont Gas and Vanguard Renewables, will be the largest of its kind in Vermont.

Middlebury College is planning to buy the bulk of the gas that will be produced by the digester.

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