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Berkley responds in second half to top Birmingham Seaholm, 3-1

10 April 2024 at 04:26

BIRMINGHAM – The Berkley Bears defeated the Birmingham Seaholm Maples 3-1 in Oakland Activities Association White Division play Tuesday night.

Berkley broke a 1-1 tie midway through the second half when the Bears took advantage of a turnover deep in Seaholm’s territory. Madi Bonsall quickly set up Maeve Nolan for a clean break on goal and Nolan ripped a shot past the charging goalkeeper with 20:29 to play. Barely four minutes later, the roles were reversed when Nolan slotted a ball for Bonsall, who quickly fired it into the net to make it 3-1.

Seaholm had its chances, particularly from set pieces. The Maples had eight corner kicks and put plenty of balls into the Berkley penalty area, but they were unable to create good shots off those opportunities. The Berkley defense seemed to be everywhere in those instances, blocking shots and clearing balls from the box with great regularity. Goalie Maddie Walsh turned in a solid performance in net, a big part of which was helping that back line stay organized.

Photo gallery from Berkley at Birmingham Seaholm in OAA White girls soccer action

“I think while our background may not look like a forest – they’re short-statured – we have, in my opinion, probably the fastest back line in the state. We have tremendous recovery defenders who can put out pretty much any fire," Bears head coach Zach Hobson said.

Berkley had the better of possession with Bonsall and Nolan doing most of the damage, though it was a group effort at both ends for the Bears.

Berkley dominated the early part of the game and took the lead on a goal from Nora Sleeman just over ten minutes into the game. Nolan fired a cross from the right side that found Sleeman at the back post, who bundled the ball over the goal line for an early Berkley lead.

“I think it took us a moment to trust our technical quality, but we found so far this year when we get the ball on the ground and dominate possession we can play with just about anyone,” Bears head coach Zach Hobson said. “We have an abundance of dynamic attacking midfielders and we want to play in a way in which we attack with a front five interchanging positions,” he added.

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Brimingham Seaholm's Samantha Sickinger (L) holds off Berkley's Nicole Charlton during the OAA White match-up played on Tuesday, April 9, 2024 at Seaholm High School. The Maples lost to the Bears 3-1. (KEN SWART - For MediaNews Group)

The Maples started playing better midway through the half and began creating offensive chances of their own. Their persistence was paid off with a penalty kick that Taylor Hartwig buried in the lower right corner 13:35 before halftime to tie the game.

Led by the play of Paige Green and Camryn Geller, Seaholm would create havoc in the Berkley penalty area on a handful of occasions late in the first period and at the beginning of the second period, but they could not find another goal.

“I thought we came out really strong in the second half and had two or three opportunities that would have changed the game, and we just couldn’t put the ball in the back of the net, which is credit to them (Berkley), and the goalie made a couple of great saves,” Maples head coach Manuel Rodrigues said.

With the win, Berkley improved to 3-0-2 overall and 1-0-1 in OAA White. The Bears face defending Division 2 champion Grosse Pointe North on Thursday in a non-league contest before resuming divisional play next Tuesday against Royal Oak.

“First and foremost, I just want to say fair play to Seaholm. They’re a program we have a lot of respect for, and Manny is a top, top coach,” Hobson said. “We live to fight another day in this division,” he added.

Seaholm is 1-2 on the young season and 0-1 in OAA White. The Maples are still sorting things out with a new group of players after graduating 14 players last year.

“For the most part I was pleased with the way we played,” Rodrigues said. “I’m still working on it and trying to figure out who is going to play where because this is such a new team and such a young team. I told them to keep their heads up and we fight another day on Thursday,” he added.

The Maples will face a pair of tough crossover games later this week, playing Division 1 champion Rochester Hills Stoney Creek on Thursday and Troy on Saturday.

Berkley's Maeve Nolan (12) puts the pressure on Brimingham Seaholm goalkeeper Sydney Ryan during the OAA White matchup played on Tuesday, April 9, 2024 at Seaholm High School. Nolan had the game-winning goal in the Bears' 3-1 win. (KEN SWART - For MediaNews Group)

Photo gallery from Berkley at Birmingham Seaholm in OAA White girls soccer action

By: Ken Swart
10 April 2024 at 04:16

Two second-half goals within five minutes of each other led Berkley to a 3-1 victory over host Birmingham Seaholm in OAA White action Tuesday evening.

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    The Berkley Bears defeated the Birmingham Seaholm Maples 3-1 in the OAA White matchup played on Tuesday April 9, 2024 at Seaholm High School. (KEN SWART - For MediaNews Group)

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    The Berkley Bears defeated the Birmingham Seaholm Maples 3-1 in the OAA White matchup played on Tuesday April 9, 2024 at Seaholm High School. (KEN SWART - For MediaNews Group)

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    The Berkley Bears defeated the Birmingham Seaholm Maples 3-1 in the OAA White matchup played on Tuesday April 9, 2024 at Seaholm High School. (KEN SWART - For MediaNews Group)

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    The Berkley Bears defeated the Birmingham Seaholm Maples 3-1 in the OAA White matchup played on Tuesday April 9, 2024 at Seaholm High School. (KEN SWART - For MediaNews Group)

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    The Berkley Bears defeated the Birmingham Seaholm Maples 3-1 in the OAA White matchup played on Tuesday April 9, 2024 at Seaholm High School. (KEN SWART - For MediaNews Group)

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    The Berkley Bears defeated the Birmingham Seaholm Maples 3-1 in the OAA White matchup played on Tuesday April 9, 2024 at Seaholm High School. (KEN SWART - For MediaNews Group)

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    The Berkley Bears defeated the Birmingham Seaholm Maples 3-1 in the OAA White matchup played on Tuesday April 9, 2024 at Seaholm High School. (KEN SWART - For MediaNews Group)

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    The Berkley Bears defeated the Birmingham Seaholm Maples 3-1 in the OAA White matchup played on Tuesday April 9, 2024 at Seaholm High School. (KEN SWART - For MediaNews Group)

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    The Berkley Bears defeated the Birmingham Seaholm Maples 3-1 in the OAA White matchup played on Tuesday April 9, 2024 at Seaholm High School. (KEN SWART - For MediaNews Group)

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    The Berkley Bears defeated the Birmingham Seaholm Maples 3-1 in the OAA White matchup played on Tuesday April 9, 2024 at Seaholm High School. (KEN SWART - For MediaNews Group)

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    The Berkley Bears defeated the Birmingham Seaholm Maples 3-1 in the OAA White matchup played on Tuesday April 9, 2024 at Seaholm High School. (KEN SWART - For MediaNews Group)

  • The Berkley Bears defeated the Birmingham Seaholm Maples 3-1 in...

    The Berkley Bears defeated the Birmingham Seaholm Maples 3-1 in the OAA White matchup played on Tuesday April 9, 2024 at Seaholm High School. (KEN SWART - For MediaNews Group)

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    Brimingham Seaholm's Alexa Weinburg, center, charges between Berkley's Bryn Wightman (8) and Nicole Charlton (R) during the OAA White matchup played on Tuesday, April 9, 2024 at Seaholm High School. The Maples lost to the Bears 3-1. (KEN SWART - For MediaNews Group)

  • The Berkley Bears defeated the Birmingham Seaholm Maples 3-1 in...

    The Berkley Bears defeated the Birmingham Seaholm Maples 3-1 in the OAA White matchup played on Tuesday April 9, 2024 at Seaholm High School. (KEN SWART - For MediaNews Group)

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    The Berkley Bears defeated the Birmingham Seaholm Maples 3-1 in the OAA White matchup played on Tuesday April 9, 2024 at Seaholm High School. (KEN SWART - For MediaNews Group)

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    The Berkley Bears defeated the Birmingham Seaholm Maples 3-1 in the OAA White matchup played on Tuesday April 9, 2024 at Seaholm High School. (KEN SWART - For MediaNews Group)

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    The Berkley Bears defeated the Birmingham Seaholm Maples 3-1 in the OAA White matchup played on Tuesday April 9, 2024 at Seaholm High School. (KEN SWART - For MediaNews Group)

  • The Berkley Bears defeated the Birmingham Seaholm Maples 3-1 in...

    The Berkley Bears defeated the Birmingham Seaholm Maples 3-1 in the OAA White matchup played on Tuesday April 9, 2024 at Seaholm High School. (KEN SWART - For MediaNews Group)

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    The Berkley Bears defeated the Birmingham Seaholm Maples 3-1 in the OAA White matchup played on Tuesday April 9, 2024 at Seaholm High School. (KEN SWART - For MediaNews Group)

  • The Berkley Bears defeated the Birmingham Seaholm Maples 3-1 in...

    The Berkley Bears defeated the Birmingham Seaholm Maples 3-1 in the OAA White matchup played on Tuesday April 9, 2024 at Seaholm High School. (KEN SWART - For MediaNews Group)

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    The Berkley Bears defeated the Birmingham Seaholm Maples 3-1 in the OAA White matchup played on Tuesday April 9, 2024 at Seaholm High School. (KEN SWART - For MediaNews Group)

  • The Berkley Bears defeated the Birmingham Seaholm Maples 3-1 in...

    The Berkley Bears defeated the Birmingham Seaholm Maples 3-1 in the OAA White matchup played on Tuesday April 9, 2024 at Seaholm High School. (KEN SWART - For MediaNews Group)

  • The Berkley Bears defeated the Birmingham Seaholm Maples 3-1 in...

    The Berkley Bears defeated the Birmingham Seaholm Maples 3-1 in the OAA White matchup played on Tuesday April 9, 2024 at Seaholm High School. (KEN SWART - For MediaNews Group)

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    The Berkley Bears defeated the Birmingham Seaholm Maples 3-1 in the OAA White matchup played on Tuesday April 9, 2024 at Seaholm High School. (KEN SWART - For MediaNews Group)

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    The Berkley Bears defeated the Birmingham Seaholm Maples 3-1 in the OAA White matchup played on Tuesday April 9, 2024 at Seaholm High School. (KEN SWART - For MediaNews Group)

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    The Berkley Bears defeated the Birmingham Seaholm Maples 3-1 in the OAA White matchup played on Tuesday April 9, 2024 at Seaholm High School. (KEN SWART - For MediaNews Group)

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    The Berkley Bears defeated the Birmingham Seaholm Maples 3-1 in the OAA White matchup played on Tuesday April 9, 2024 at Seaholm High School. (KEN SWART - For MediaNews Group)

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    The Berkley Bears defeated the Birmingham Seaholm Maples 3-1 in the OAA White matchup played on Tuesday April 9, 2024 at Seaholm High School. (KEN SWART - For MediaNews Group)

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    The Berkley Bears defeated the Birmingham Seaholm Maples 3-1 in the OAA White matchup played on Tuesday April 9, 2024 at Seaholm High School. (KEN SWART - For MediaNews Group)

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    The Berkley Bears defeated the Birmingham Seaholm Maples 3-1 in the OAA White matchup played on Tuesday April 9, 2024 at Seaholm High School. (KEN SWART - For MediaNews Group)

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    The Berkley Bears defeated the Birmingham Seaholm Maples 3-1 in the OAA White matchup played on Tuesday April 9, 2024 at Seaholm High School. (KEN SWART - For MediaNews Group)

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    The Berkley Bears defeated the Birmingham Seaholm Maples 3-1 in the OAA White matchup played on Tuesday April 9, 2024 at Seaholm High School. (KEN SWART - For MediaNews Group)

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    The Berkley Bears defeated the Birmingham Seaholm Maples 3-1 in the OAA White matchup played on Tuesday April 9, 2024 at Seaholm High School. (KEN SWART - For MediaNews Group)

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    The Berkley Bears defeated the Birmingham Seaholm Maples 3-1 in the OAA White matchup played on Tuesday April 9, 2024 at Seaholm High School. (KEN SWART - For MediaNews Group)

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    The Berkley Bears defeated the Birmingham Seaholm Maples 3-1 in the OAA White matchup played on Tuesday April 9, 2024 at Seaholm High School. (KEN SWART - For MediaNews Group)

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    The Berkley Bears defeated the Birmingham Seaholm Maples 3-1 in the OAA White matchup played on Tuesday April 9, 2024 at Seaholm High School. (KEN SWART - For MediaNews Group)

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    The Berkley Bears defeated the Birmingham Seaholm Maples 3-1 in the OAA White matchup played on Tuesday April 9, 2024 at Seaholm High School. (KEN SWART - For MediaNews Group)

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    The Berkley Bears defeated the Birmingham Seaholm Maples 3-1 in the OAA White matchup played on Tuesday April 9, 2024 at Seaholm High School. (KEN SWART - For MediaNews Group)

  • The Berkley Bears defeated the Birmingham Seaholm Maples 3-1 in...

    The Berkley Bears defeated the Birmingham Seaholm Maples 3-1 in the OAA White matchup played on Tuesday April 9, 2024 at Seaholm High School. (KEN SWART - For MediaNews Group)

  • The Berkley Bears defeated the Birmingham Seaholm Maples 3-1 in...

    The Berkley Bears defeated the Birmingham Seaholm Maples 3-1 in the OAA White matchup played on Tuesday April 9, 2024 at Seaholm High School. (KEN SWART - For MediaNews Group)

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    The Berkley Bears defeated the Birmingham Seaholm Maples 3-1 in the OAA White matchup played on Tuesday April 9, 2024 at Seaholm High School. (KEN SWART - For MediaNews Group)

  • The Berkley Bears defeated the Birmingham Seaholm Maples 3-1 in...

    The Berkley Bears defeated the Birmingham Seaholm Maples 3-1 in the OAA White matchup played on Tuesday April 9, 2024 at Seaholm High School. (KEN SWART - For MediaNews Group)

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    The Berkley Bears defeated the Birmingham Seaholm Maples 3-1 in the OAA White matchup played on Tuesday April 9, 2024 at Seaholm High School. (KEN SWART - For MediaNews Group)

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    The Berkley Bears defeated the Birmingham Seaholm Maples 3-1 in the OAA White matchup played on Tuesday April 9, 2024 at Seaholm High School. (KEN SWART - For MediaNews Group)

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    The Berkley Bears defeated the Birmingham Seaholm Maples 3-1 in the OAA White matchup played on Tuesday April 9, 2024 at Seaholm High School. (KEN SWART - For MediaNews Group)

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    The Berkley Bears defeated the Birmingham Seaholm Maples 3-1 in the OAA White matchup played on Tuesday April 9, 2024 at Seaholm High School. (KEN SWART - For MediaNews Group)

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    The Berkley Bears defeated the Birmingham Seaholm Maples 3-1 in the OAA White matchup played on Tuesday April 9, 2024 at Seaholm High School. (KEN SWART - For MediaNews Group)

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    The Berkley Bears defeated the Birmingham Seaholm Maples 3-1 in the OAA White matchup played on Tuesday April 9, 2024 at Seaholm High School. (KEN SWART - For MediaNews Group)

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    The Berkley Bears defeated the Birmingham Seaholm Maples 3-1 in the OAA White matchup played on Tuesday April 9, 2024 at Seaholm High School. (KEN SWART - For MediaNews Group)

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    The Berkley Bears defeated the Birmingham Seaholm Maples 3-1 in the OAA White matchup played on Tuesday April 9, 2024 at Seaholm High School. (KEN SWART - For MediaNews Group)

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    The Berkley Bears defeated the Birmingham Seaholm Maples 3-1 in the OAA White matchup played on Tuesday April 9, 2024 at Seaholm High School. (KEN SWART - For MediaNews Group)

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    The Berkley Bears defeated the Birmingham Seaholm Maples 3-1 in the OAA White matchup played on Tuesday April 9, 2024 at Seaholm High School. (KEN SWART - For MediaNews Group)

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    The Berkley Bears defeated the Birmingham Seaholm Maples 3-1 in the OAA White matchup played on Tuesday April 9, 2024 at Seaholm High School. (KEN SWART - For MediaNews Group)

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    The Berkley Bears defeated the Birmingham Seaholm Maples 3-1 in the OAA White matchup played on Tuesday April 9, 2024 at Seaholm High School. (KEN SWART - For MediaNews Group)

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    The Berkley Bears defeated the Birmingham Seaholm Maples 3-1 in the OAA White matchup played on Tuesday April 9, 2024 at Seaholm High School. (KEN SWART - For MediaNews Group)

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    The Berkley Bears defeated the Birmingham Seaholm Maples 3-1 in the OAA White matchup played on Tuesday April 9, 2024 at Seaholm High School. (KEN SWART - For MediaNews Group)

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    The Berkley Bears defeated the Birmingham Seaholm Maples 3-1 in the OAA White matchup played on Tuesday April 9, 2024 at Seaholm High School. (KEN SWART - For MediaNews Group)

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    The Berkley Bears defeated the Birmingham Seaholm Maples 3-1 in the OAA White matchup played on Tuesday April 9, 2024 at Seaholm High School. (KEN SWART - For MediaNews Group)

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    The Berkley Bears defeated the Birmingham Seaholm Maples 3-1 in the OAA White matchup played on Tuesday April 9, 2024 at Seaholm High School. (KEN SWART - For MediaNews Group)

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    The Berkley Bears defeated the Birmingham Seaholm Maples 3-1 in the OAA White matchup played on Tuesday April 9, 2024 at Seaholm High School. (KEN SWART - For MediaNews Group)

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    The Berkley Bears defeated the Birmingham Seaholm Maples 3-1 in the OAA White matchup played on Tuesday April 9, 2024 at Seaholm High School. (KEN SWART - For MediaNews Group)

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    The Berkley Bears defeated the Birmingham Seaholm Maples 3-1 in the OAA White matchup played on Tuesday April 9, 2024 at Seaholm High School. (KEN SWART - For MediaNews Group)

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    The Berkley Bears defeated the Birmingham Seaholm Maples 3-1 in the OAA White matchup played on Tuesday April 9, 2024 at Seaholm High School. (KEN SWART - For MediaNews Group)

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    The Berkley Bears defeated the Birmingham Seaholm Maples 3-1 in the OAA White matchup played on Tuesday April 9, 2024 at Seaholm High School. (KEN SWART - For MediaNews Group)

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    The Berkley Bears defeated the Birmingham Seaholm Maples 3-1 in the OAA White matchup played on Tuesday April 9, 2024 at Seaholm High School. (KEN SWART - For MediaNews Group)

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    The Berkley Bears defeated the Birmingham Seaholm Maples 3-1 in the OAA White matchup played on Tuesday April 9, 2024 at Seaholm High School. (KEN SWART - For MediaNews Group)

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    The Berkley Bears defeated the Birmingham Seaholm Maples 3-1 in the OAA White matchup played on Tuesday April 9, 2024 at Seaholm High School. (KEN SWART - For MediaNews Group)

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    The Berkley Bears defeated the Birmingham Seaholm Maples 3-1 in the OAA White matchup played on Tuesday April 9, 2024 at Seaholm High School. (KEN SWART - For MediaNews Group)

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    The Berkley Bears defeated the Birmingham Seaholm Maples 3-1 in the OAA White matchup played on Tuesday April 9, 2024 at Seaholm High School. (KEN SWART - For MediaNews Group)

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    The Berkley Bears defeated the Birmingham Seaholm Maples 3-1 in the OAA White matchup played on Tuesday April 9, 2024 at Seaholm High School. (KEN SWART - For MediaNews Group)

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    The Berkley Bears defeated the Birmingham Seaholm Maples 3-1 in the OAA White matchup played on Tuesday April 9, 2024 at Seaholm High School. (KEN SWART - For MediaNews Group)

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    The Berkley Bears defeated the Birmingham Seaholm Maples 3-1 in the OAA White matchup played on Tuesday April 9, 2024 at Seaholm High School. (KEN SWART - For MediaNews Group)

  • Berkley's Madi Bonsall (13) battles for possession with Seaholm's Keira...

    Berkley's Madi Bonsall (13) battles for possession with Seaholm's Keira Kovach during the OAA White match-up played on Tuesday, April 9, 2024 at Seaholm High School. Bonsall had a goal to help lead the Bears to a 3-1 win. (KEN SWART - For MediaNews Group)

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    Brimingham Seaholm's Samantha Sickinger (L) holds off Berkley's Nicole Charlton during the OAA White match-up played on Tuesday, April 9, 2024 at Seaholm High School. The Maples lost to the Bears 3-1. (KEN SWART - For MediaNews Group)

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    Berkley's Maeve Nolan (12) puts the pressure on Brimingham Seaholm goalkeeper Sydney Ryan during the OAA White matchup played on Tuesday, April 9, 2024 at Seaholm High School. Nolan had the game-winning goal in the Bears' 3-1 win. (KEN SWART - For MediaNews Group)

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Brimingham Seaholm's Alexa Weinburg, center, charges between Berkley's Bryn Wightman (8) and Nicole Charlton (R) during the OAA White matchup played on Tuesday, April 9, 2024 at Seaholm High School. The Maples lost to the Bears 3-1. (KEN SWART - For MediaNews Group)

Community reacts to sentencing of Oxford High School shooter's parents

10 April 2024 at 03:52

It was the culmination of a historic, precedent-setting case with both parents of the Oxford High School shooter getting 10 years to 15 years behind bars.

From the verdict to sentencing, many in metro Detroit and across the country have had eyes on this historic trial, which on Tuesday included impact statements from the families of the four students killed and others injured.

Video below: Sentencing of James and Jennifer Crumbley and impact statements James and Jennifer Crumbley sentenced to 10-15 years in Oxford case

I can feel their pain and I know they probably wish they got life, Martez Durant said.

Despite 10 years to 15 years being the maximum sentence, some who followed the case felt the parents shouldve gotten more.

To me, it's unfair for some kids to lose their life and the parents get 10 to 15 years, Durant said. "You can't replace a life, but I think the punishment should be more."

The shooter opened fire at Oxford High School on Nov. 30, 2021, killing four students Tate Myre, Hana St. Juliana, Madisyn Baldwin and Justin Shilling and injuring six other students and a teacher.

We really need to be mindful and pay more attention to our children's actions and their behavior," Paquana Jones said. "The kid to me was crying out and reaching out with the drawings and such.

Everyone who agreed to speak with 7 Action News on camera felt a maximum sentence for both parents was fair.

I think the sentence is just," Chris Gopigian said. "I think parents need to be responsible for their kids and their actions, and kids need to be responsible for themselves.

Your heart goes out to the people hurt by this and the children that lost their lives and that's obviously the first that comes to mind... At the end of the day are they (parents of shooter) victims? No, I don't think so. Does my heart go out to them? Yeah," Josh McKenna said of the shooter's parents. "They've been affected by this drastically. Their lives have been forever changed, they're losing their son forever, so there's a certain level of sympathy attached to that.

Hear from Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald following the sentencing in the video player below: Karen McDonald speaks to the media after James and Jennifer Crumbley's sentencing

While the vast majority of comments on our Facebook page also agreed with the sentence, some didn't like one person who called the sentence a slippery slope and another who said the judge went too far.

"Some people may look at it as being unfair, but it's just justice," Jones said. "You have to look at it, what if it was your child?

Justice was probably served and it's probably not the justice that the people want," McKenna said. "But I think it's closing a chapter on a very, very dark story for our area.

Related: James and Jennifer Crumbley sentenced to 10-15 years in Oxford High School shooting

Brother Rice lacrosse tops Catholic Central in a game of runs, 16-10

10 April 2024 at 03:38

NOVI – A game of runs on Tuesday saw Birmingham Brother Rice lose a five-goal lead, only to put together an eight-goal rally in the second half, in order to hold off rival Novi Detroit Catholic Central in a CHSL boys lacrosse contest.

“Our guys have a lot of heart and hustle and they responded when they were challenged,” Brother Rice coach Ajay Chawla said. “This is a team that isn’t going to give up. We have a lot of heart and hustle on this team. Sometimes we lack a little smarts, but these guys play hard every moment and that is what I love about this group.”

The victory for the Warriors (4-1) was bittersweet, as senior captain Caiden Ramos suffered a knee injury with just 3:37 to play. Brother Rice didn’t feel optimistic about the injury, fearing the midfielder could be lost for the season.

“Caiden is a hell of a player and you hate to see any kid go down. Caiden is part of the heart and soul of this team. He’s not only a really, really good player, but he’s a great teammate that plays with that heart and hustle. He means a lot to this program,” Chawla said of Ramos, who had four assists in the win.

Birmingham Brother Rice at Novi Detroit Catholic Central boys lacrosse photo gallery

Catholic Central (3-1) scored the game’s opening goal, but Brother Rice would answer with six consecutive goals.

The Warriors dictated play throughout the first and early into the second, with Cashton Papadelis scoring three goals in the rally.

Shamrock coach Dave Wilson was visibly frustrated with his team, feeling like they weren’t playing with the energy needed to go up against Brother Rice.

“You just have to play hard, because Rice is always going to play hard,” Wilson said of his early frustrations. “If you give (Rice) an inch, they are going to take a mile. They always do that. I know it never sounds classy to say that we did it to ourselves, but we were really hurting ourselves.”

Wilson managed to get through to his team, as the Shamrocks managed to tie the game at 7-7 by halftime thanks to three goals from junior Connor Lukas.

The CC run left Chawal visibly frustrated going into halftime.

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Brother Rice's Will Babinchak (16) attempts to clear the ball through three Detroit Catholic Central defenders during Tuesday's CHSL lacrosse match. The Warriors won 16-10. (DREW ELLIS - For MediaNews Group)

“You can’t lay down and you can’t stop against CC. They are not going to go away. They never have and they never will. They are a well-coached team and they have a lot of fire. I told our guys that we couldn’t break down. We had already let them back into the game, so we had to respond,” Chawla said of his halftime speech.

Catholic Central would take 8-7 and 9-8 leads over Rice in the third, but the Warriors would get back to the success they had in the first quarter.

Rice scored the final four goals of the third and then the first four of the fourth to take a commanding 16-9 lead. The run lasted nearly 16 minutes of game time.

“We just didn’t have the ball, and that is some simple things on defense that we have to clean up. We got caught sleeping a few times,” Wilson said. “We just didn’t execute in those moments, but those are things we can correct.”

Rice was led in the win by Peter Biglin and Papadelis, who each had four goals for the Warriors. The challenge ahead for Rice will be finding someone to replace the production of Ramos, who has been a big facilitator in the offense.

“We’ve faced adversity a lot in this program and everyone on the team know that it is a next-man-up mentality,” Chawla said. “You’ve got to be ready to step up and someone will step up and try and fill (Ramos’) shoes.”

Catholic Central was led by Luke Zajdel and Lukas, who each had three goals.

The Shamrocks are likely to see Brother Rice again. The two typically meet up in the CHSL Tournament final and have faced off in seven of the last nine Division 1 state finals. That includes last year’s 14-11 victory for Rice.

“Once we started handling our business, and playing hard, it became an even ballgame,” Wilson said. “We need to learn from these things and realize that you can’t take shortcuts to success.”

Birmingham Brother Rice's Peter Biglin (3) celebrates a goal with teammate Caiden Ramos (4) during the first half of Tuesday's lacrosse match with Novi Detroit Catholic Central. The Warriors prevailed 16-10 at CC. (DREW ELLIS - For MediaNews Group)

Multiple departments respond to fire at building owned by Oxford school district

10 April 2024 at 03:27

Multiple departments responded to a fire at the former Queen of the Family Retreat Center in Oxford Tuesday night.

The building is located on West Drahner Road, west of South Lapeer Road.

Crews from seven different departments responded to the scene.

Officials say the building is owned by Oxford Community Schools and was undergoing renovations to become its new administration building.

No one was inside at the time.

7 Action News is working to learn more information.

Idaho teen planned church attacks to support Islamic State group

10 April 2024 at 03:12

A teenager planned to attack churches in a northern Idaho city using a metal pipe, butane fuel, a machete and, if he could get them, his father's guns, according to federal prosecutors who charged him with attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State group.

Authorities said Alexander Scott Mercurio, 18, adopted the Muslim faith against his Christian parents' wishes and was in contact with FBI informants posing as Islamic State group supporters.

Mercurio was arrested Saturday, the day before investigators believe he planned to carry out the attack. Phone messages left for a relative and for his defense attorneys at the Federal Defenders of Eastern Washington & Idaho were not immediately returned Tuesday. Mercurio did not immediately respond to an email through a jail inmate email system.

Mercurio told one informant he intended to incapacitate his father with the pipe, handcuff him and steal his guns and a car to carry out the attack in Coeur d'Alene, according to an FBI agent's sworn statement in the case unsealed Monday in U.S. District Court.

The guns included rifles, handguns and ammunition his father kept in a locked closet, but Mercurio still planned to attack with the pipe, fire and knives if he couldn't get the firearms, alleged the sworn statement by FBI task force officer John Taylor II.

If he could get the key and access the closet, Mercurio said in an audio recording he gave the informant, "everything will be so much easier and better and I will achieve better things," according to the statement.

The recording was to accompany a photo the informant took of Mercurio in front of the IS flag holding up a knife and his index finger in a gesture commonly used by the group, the statement alleged.

After attacking the church, Mercurio told the informant he planned to attack others in town as many as 21 before being killed in an act of martyrdom, according to the statement.

Mercurio talked with confidential informants over a two-year span and at one point tried to build an explosive vest to wear during the attacks, the statement alleged.

Mercurio told a confidential informant that he first connected with IS during the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, when schools were closed, Taylor said, and investigators later found several files on his school-issued laptop detailing IS's extremist ideology. Mercurio's parents disapproved of his beliefs, he allegedly told a confidential informant posing as an IS supporter, and Mercurio eventually began to worry that he was a hypocrite for not yet carrying out an attack, according to the statement.

"I've stopped asking and praying for martyrdom because I don't feel like I want to fight and die for the sake of Allah, I just want to die and have all my problems go away," he wrote in a message to the informant, according to the statement.

On March 21, Mercurio sent a direct message to the informant again, saying he was restless, frustrated and wondered how long he could keep living "in such a humiliated and shameful state," the statement alleged.

"I have motivation for nothing but fighting ... like some time of insatiable bloodlust for the life juice of these idolators; a craving for mayhem and murder to terrorize those around me. I need some better weapons than knives," the direct message said, according to the statement.

Law enforcement moved to arrest Mercurio after he sent an audio file pledging his allegiance to the IS, the statement alleged.

"Thanks to the investigative efforts of the FBI, the defendant was taken into custody before he could act, and he is now charged with attempting to support ISIS's mission of terror and violence," Attorney General Merrick Garland wrote in a press release. "The Justice Department will continue to relentlessly pursue, disrupt, and hold accountable those who would commit acts of terrorism against the people and interests of the United States."

If convicted, Mercurio could be sentenced to up to 20 years in prison. Mercurio has not yet had an opportunity to enter a plea. He is being held in a northern Idaho jail while he awaits his first court appearance, scheduled for late Wednesday morning.

The Islamic State group took control of a large swath of territory in Syria and Iraq in 2014 and had been largely defeated on the battlefield by 2018. However, it maintains desert hideouts in both countries and its regional affiliates operate in Afghanistan, West Africa and the Far East. IS claimed responsibility for last months Moscow concert hall attack that killed 145 people, the most deadly attack in Russia in years.

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Birmingham Brother Rice at Novi Detroit Catholic Central boys lacrosse photo gallery

10 April 2024 at 02:58

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Joel Embiid scores 37 as 76ers beat Pistons 120-102 for 6th straight victory

10 April 2024 at 02:51

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Joel Embiid had 37 points and 11 rebounds and the Philadelphia 76ers extended their winning streak to six games with a 120-102 win over the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday night.

Buddy Hield scored 18 and Kelly Oubre Jr. added 17 as the 76ers (45-35) continued their push to avoid the Play-In Tournament and stayed in contention for the sixth spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

“I keep my eyes on the other games, but it doesn’t matter if we (keep winning),” Embiid said. “Play-in or not, it doesn’t really matter.”

Embiid added eight assists and played 36 minutes — his most in the four game since his return from a meniscus injury suffered on Jan. 30.

“I want to keep playing as many minutes as possible,” Embiid said. “I just want to keep building up because we don’t have many days (before the playoffs).”

Detroit Pistons' Jaden Ivey reacts after a basket against the Philadelphia 76ers during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, April 9, 2024, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Derik Hamilton)
Detroit Pistons’ Jaden Ivey reacts after a basket against the Philadelphia 76ers during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, April 9, 2024, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Derik Hamilton)

Jaden Ivey scored 25 points and Evan Fournier added 21 for the Pistons, who fell to 13-66 and inched closer to clinching the worst record in the NBA this season.

“They were aggressive in the paint and just coming right at us,” Pistons coach Monty Williams said. “It’s unbelievably hard to guard when you have guys running through your chest all night. But that’s what the NBA is right now and our guys have to adjust to that kind of basketball — especially on the defensive end.”

The Pistons, helped by four Philadelphia turnovers, used a scoring outburst by Ivey and Fournier in the third quarter to cut their deficit to 71-70. However, Embiid and the Sixers’ offense kicked into gear and Philadelphia extended its lead to 90-78 by the end of the period.

“When we had that moment when it was a one point game, their physicality took us out of our pace and we couldn’t get the movement and pace that gave us some life in the second and third quarter,” Williams said.

Embiid did have an awkward moment in the third when the left knee appeared to slip and hyperextend as he fell near the Philadelphia baseline and bench.

“It looked pretty awkwardly and it looked pretty painful,” Sixers head coach Nick Nurse said. “But he went right to his normal spot (on the bench during the timeout) and said he was good to go.”

“I’m fine,” Embiid said when asked about the play in the locker room after the game.

Philadelphia played without Tyrese Maxey, who scored a career-high 52 in a double overtime victory over Antonio on Sunday night. Maxey was scratched with left hip soreness, while fellow backcourt member Kyle Lowry missed his second straight game with left knee swelling.

Tobias Harris returned to the Philadelphia lineup after having a left knee bruise that forced him to miss all three games of the team’s road trip. He scored 15 points on 6-of-13 shooting in 28 minutes. De’Anthony Melton also returned to the Sixers’ rotation for the first time since Feb. 27, scoring five points in 16 minutes.

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Pistons: Hosts Chicago on Thursday night

76ers: Host Orlando on Friday night.

Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid, center, dribbles the ball between the defense of Detroit Pistons' Evan Fournier (31) and Jalen Duren (0) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, April 9, 2024, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Derik Hamilton)

Capitals, Ovechkin’s 30th tally deal blow to Red Wings’ playoff hopes

10 April 2024 at 02:41

DETROIT (AP) — Alex Ovechkin and Dylan Strome scored a minute apart late in the second period, Charlie Lindgren finished with 42 saves and the Washington Capitals held on to beat the Detroit Red Wings 2-1 on Tuesday night in a matchup of teams vying for a spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

“We all understand the importance of the game and importance of those points,” Ovechkin said. “We fight for playoffs.”

The Capitals moved a point past Detroit for the conference’s second wild card and snapped a season-long, six-game losing streak. The Red Wings have lost six of their last eight games, hurting their chances of ending an eight-year playoff drought.

“This one stings, but we still have some games left,” Red Wings coach coach Derek Lalonde said. “If we take care of business, I still think we are in this thing.”

Washington Capitals goaltender Charlie Lindgren (79) stops a shot as Detroit Red Wings center Robby Fabbri (14) looks for the rebound while Nic Dowd (26) defends in the second period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, April 9, 2024, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Washington Capitals goaltender Charlie Lindgren (79) stops a shot as Detroit Red Wings center Robby Fabbri (14) looks for the rebound while Nic Dowd (26) defends in the second period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, April 9, 2024, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Ovechkin became the first NHL player with at least 30 goals in 18 seasons, breaking a tie with Hall of Famer Mike Gartner.

“It’s pretty big,” the Russian superstar said. “It’s consistency. Obviously, health. And, my linemates continue to find me out there.”

Patrick Kane scored with 1.1 seconds left and Alex Lyon stopped 21 shots for the Red Wings.

Lyon was pulled during a second power play in the third period to give Detroit a two-man advantage, but it did not score until it was too late.

Washington and Detroit are among several teams with a shot to be a wild card. The Capitals also have an opportunity to secure a spot if they can finish ahead of the New York Islanders for third place in the Metropolitan Division.

Washington is aiming to avoid missing consecutive postseasons for the first time since 2006 and 2007, when Ovechkin was in his first two NHL seasons.

“To me, it felt like a do-or-die game,” Lindgren said.

The Red Wings, meanwhile, haven’t been in the playoffs since 2016 back when they played at Joe Louis Arena.

In perhaps the biggest hockey game in Little Caesars Arena, the team’s home since 2017, Detroit started strong by outshooting Washington 17-8.

“We were able to weather the storm there and settle in,” Capitals coach Spencer Carbery said. “Chucky made some massive saves.”

The Red Wings kept up the pressure in the second period with a 24-9 edge in shots before the first penalty of the game was called, putting Patrick Kane in the box for hooking.

Washington did not take advantage, getting only one shot on net with the man advantage, but began to take control late in the second period.

Strome scored from the right circle with 2:13 left in the pivotal period after Detroit turned the puck over.

The Red Wings failed to get to get the puck out of their end shortly thereafter and Ovechkin made the most of the opportunity, sending a wrist shot from the top of the left circle that got past Lyon on the short side with 7.2 seconds left in the second to make it 2-0.

“We couldn’t have been any better for the first 35 minutes,” Lalonde said.

The Capitals held on for the win after blowing late leads in their previous two games and earned at least a point against Detroit for the 18th time in 21 games.

“Yeah, it’s a big win, but we got to keep going,” Strome said. “It means nothing if we lose the next couple.”

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Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) celebrates his goal with Nick Jensen (3) as Detroit Red Wings left wing David Perron (57) skates away in the second period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, April 9, 2024, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

'Romeo & Juliet' producers slam racial abuse directed at its Juliet

10 April 2024 at 01:33

The theater company bringing "Romeo & Juliet" to London's West End is decrying the "barrage of deplorable racial abuse" one of its stars has experienced since the cast was announced.

"This must stop," The Jamie Lloyd Company said in an Instagram post. "We are working with a remarkable group of artists. We insist that they are free to create work without facing online harassment."

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The statement didn't indicate which member of its cast was receiving the hateful response, but it's assumed to be about Francesca Amewudah-Rivers. 

Less than two weeks ago, the actress was announced as the production's Juliet, starring opposite Tom Holland as Romeo. Her comments section and that of the "Romeo & Juliet" Instagram page soon became full of vicious, racist remarks, and the option to respond has since been turned off on many posts.

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It's a story we've seen before: Lin-Manuel Miranda's "Hamilton" drew questions, though it now draws praise, for casting diverse actors to play White historical figures. Halle Bailey was subject to a slew of hate when she was cast as Ariel in "The Little Mermaid." Even Holland's girlfriend, Zendaya, initially saw vitriol when she was cast as MJ opposite Holland's Peter Parker in the new "Spider-Man" films, where the two met.

As for Amewudah-Rivers' case, The Jamie Lloyd Company is making clear it will "continue to support and protect everyone in our company at all costs. Any abuse will not be tolerated and will be reported."

"Bullying and harassment have no place online, in our industry or in our wider communities," the company said in its statement. "Our rehearsal room is full of joy, compassion and kindness. We celebrate the extraordinary talent of our incredible collaborators."

This marks Holland's first stage run since he starred in "Billy Elliot: The Musical" as a child, and although this is her West End debut which is considered the Broadway of London Amewudah-Rivers has multiple other theater credits, including Shakespeare's "Macbeth" and "Othello."

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The diverse cast also includes Freema Agyeman, Michael Balogun, Tomiwa Edun, Mia Jerome, Daniel Quinn-Toye, Ray Sesay, Nima Taleghani, Joshua-Alexander Williams, Callum Heinrich and Kody Mortimer.

According to its website, the 12-week run of "Romeo & Juliet," which begins in May, has already sold out, but it says to "please keep checking. We hope to have more news for you soon." Reports have circulated that it will transfer to New York's Broadway once it finishes its London run.

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All eyes on the Fed as interest rate cuts have yet to materialize

From credit cards to mortgages, it's expensive to borrow money. The Fed has kept interest rates high to help slow the economy and lower inflation. But we've been waiting for that rate to go down since last summer, and the Fed says cutting too soon could cause inflation to spike.

And it's also possible the Fed is changing its tune on cutting interest rates.

Some economists predicted as many as six cuts starting this summer. But that hope is more uncertain now, with federal reserve chair Jerome Powell saying in a speech last Wednesday at Stanford University that the Fed "face[s] risks on both sides."

"My colleagues and I continue to believe that the policy rate is likely at its peak for this tightening cycle," said Powell. "If the economy evolves broadly, as we expect, most FOMC participants see it as likely to be appropriate to begin lowering the policy rate at some point this year."

In the Fed's eyes, the economy is strong, with the March jobs report showing growth for 39 months straight.

But inflation ticked up slightly in February, and Interest rates are currently holding steady at 5.25%-5.50%, the highest level in more than two decades.

Last week, Minneapolis Fed president Neel Kashkari sparked a frenzy after suggesting rate cuts may be off the table if there's no progress on inflation. He clarified his comments during a Q&A at the University of Montana in Missoula on Monday night.

"What I said was, my best-case scenario is that inflation will continue to fall this year and I jotted down in March that we would have two interest rate cuts over the course of this year," he said. "Then I explained if we don't see any progress on inflation and inflation moves sideways, then that would make me question, 'Why would we cut interest rates?'"

He added, "I think it's unlikely we would raise interest rates from here, but I don't want to rule it out. If inflation surprises us on the upside, that's always possible."

Kishore Kulkarni, an economist with Metro State University of Denver, says all eyes will be on Wednesday's Consumer Price Index Report, which measures inflation by tracking the overall change in the cost of goods.

"Now, if the economy is doing very well again, lowering the interest will make higher demand for loans and that will probably put pressure on inflation in the future," he told Scripps News.

The next Fed meeting is set for April 30, with six more chances for a rate cut this year.

Experts say in the meantime, work on your credit score and get ready to re-finance your mortgage, in case rates are slashed.

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Man pleads guilty to kidnapping Dunham's manager in theft of 123 guns

10 April 2024 at 00:48

A man pleaded guilty to kidnapping a Dunhams manager in a plot to steal 123 guns.

Authorities say the theft happened at Dunhams Sports in Benton Harbor on Nov. 16, 2023.

Dontrell Nance, 25, admitted he and Darnell Bishop kidnapped the stores manager from the managers residence and obtained the stores keys and alarm code, according to the U.S. Attorneys Office Western District of Michigan (DOJ).

Were told Nance confessed to staying with the manager as Bishop took 123 guns from the business, storing them in a pair of Yeti coolers.

The DOJ says all guns were recovered after the incident.

Illegal firearms flood our communities and are responsible for so much trauma and so many tears, U.S. Attorney Mark Totten said. Without the quick and careful work of law enforcement, these guns would have done more of the same. No level of violence is acceptable, and we will remain laser focused on the few who drive violence in their communities.

Meanwhile, federal attorneys say Bishop pleaded not guilty to charges of kidnapping, firearm theft, brandishing a firearm during a crime and interference with commerce by robbery.

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What is body integrity dysphoria? Why a man amputated 2 good fingers

10 April 2024 at 00:47

A 20-year-old Canadian man no longer has two of his healthy fingers after deciding to get them amputated, and body integrity identity disorder is why doctors agreed to it.

The extremely rare mental health condition also known as body integrity dysphoria describes a disconnect between a person's mental image of themselves and their physical self that manifests in believing a healthy body part doesn't belong, according to Cleveland Clinic. A desire to amputate that body part may make the patient feel more complete, but there's no way to know whether the procedure will achieve that goal, the medical center says. 

In this recent case, the ambidextrous male had been experiencing "profound distress" over his left hand's fourth and fifth fingers. After they were amputated, he experienced "immediate relief," highlighting the "unique challenges" people with BIID face and the importance of understanding the condition, Dr. Nadia Nadeau wrote in a clinical case report.

"Despite ethical concerns and limited literature on BIID, the decision to proceed with elective surgery was based on the patient's sustained desire, potential risks of self-harm and the distinct presentation involving two fingers rather than a complete limb," Nadeau said. 

The male patient reported that since childhood, he felt his fingers were "intrusive, foreign, unwanted" and didn't belong to him, "even if he knew they were indeed his own," the report says. This caused him to hide and keep them flexed, causing dexterity issues, pain and anger. Meanwhile, his traumatizing "incessant" thoughts that the fingers "encroached" upon his being caused nightmares, including that the fingers were rotting or burning.

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Like many others with BIID, the patient was hesitant to seek help and had never told his family about his overwhelming distress due to embarrassment about its "unusual nature," Nadeau wrote. These feelings can often result in self-amputation and self-harm to resolve the feelings, including for the patient.

"Working in a sawmill, he considered building a small guillotine to cut his fingers," the report states. "He was aware self-harm wasn't a safe solution and could have repercussions on his relationships, reputation and health. He couldn't imagine himself living for the years to come with those fingers."

After his brain imaging came back clear, Nadeau said the patient was first prescribed non-invasive treatments including antidepressants, antipsychotics and therapy for seven months to help his BIID symptoms, but his distress increased. 

Six months later, an orthopedic surgeon amputated the two fingers, and his emotional distress stopped immediately, per the report. Notably, Nadeau said the patient reported he could use his hand more effectively, as the two amputated fingers would often "catch onto everything" because he kept them flexed.

"He won arm-wrestling games, was able to drive his four wheels, kept working with his hands without any problem. He had constructive life plans, reduced anger, and improved well-being with family and at work," the report states. "He is now living a life free from distressing preoccupations about his fingers, with all his symptoms related to BID resolved. The amputation enabled him to live in alignment with his perceived identity."

Despite the success, Nadeau states BIID is still too under-studied to make amputation a "first-line treatment" option. 

For example, many other patients with BIID desire entire healthy limbs to be removed instead of just digits, and the doctor said that difference here made their decision to amputate easier, which could indicate selection bias. 

It's also still unclear what the exact cause of the disorder is, though some research suggests it could involve structural abnormalities in the areas of the brain that affect body perception, according to Cleveland Clinic. 

Nadeau says in any case, a successful study of amputation or treatment for BIID can help both patients and health care professionals.

"Disseminating knowledge about BID gives an opportunity to evolve and make the healthcare system more inclusive with this type of presentations by broadening the definition of health through various models," she wrote. "Recognizing and addressing the unique needs of those patients can lead to a future where they can live with more dignity, respect and optimal well-being."

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Michigan State Police trooper dies, leaves legacy of defying odds

10 April 2024 at 00:44

Dane Van Ells set out to be a trooper with the Michigan State Police. Instead of taking on his first assignments patrolling the Mitten state, he spent his tenure as a trooper pushing the boundaries for cancer patients, living years beyond what was expected.

Soon after graduating, Van Ells was diagnosed with DIPG, a rare brain cancer. What's more, it was in the worst place possible: his brain stem.

"(It) tells the heart to beat, the lungs to breathe," his mother told FOX 17, WXYZ's Grand Rapids sister station, in a January 2020 interview. Doctors had never seen the mutation in that region of the brain.

Originally, he was given 6 months to 9 months to live, but that wasn't enough time. Van Ells began getting treatment at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and underwent a risky biopsy to qualify for further treatments.

His new brothers and sisters in blue wasted no time opening their hearts to support his fight against the diagnosis, holding fundraisers to help him afford the long trek and stay at the Burzynski Clinic in Houston for an experimental treatment insurance didn't cover.

The grim prognosis didn't stop him from a life well lived, getting married in May of 2021 and soon after welcoming a daughter into the world.

He died surrounded by family on April 5, four years after his diagnosis.

A funeral service for the 27-year-old will be held at the Pewamo-Westphalia High School Fieldhouse on Saturday at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the Van Ells family is asking memorial contributions be made to a fund set up to support his daughter's future. Reach out to the Lehman Funeral Home to make arrangements.

Tornadoes, large hail, floods threaten Gulf Coast and southern regions

10 April 2024 at 00:32

Millions along the Gulf Coast and southern U.S. are bracing for severe weather this week.

The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning spanning from Texas to the Lower Mississippi Valley and across the Gulf Coast States for Wednesday. This warning forecasts the likelihood of a few tornadoes, large hail, and damaging winds.

The NWS reported that the southern Plains and lower Mississippi Valley saw significant rainfall and intense thunderstorms on Tuesday, and they anticipate further heavy rain overnight, potentially leading to flash floods from east-central Texas to portions of western Mississippi and even Alabama. 

This disruptive weather is expected to continue all through Wednesday and spread across the Southeast bringing "multiple rounds of strong thunderstorms" to the Tennessee Valley, northeast Louisiana to southwest Georgia and the Florida Panhandle.

Forecasters urge residents and visitors from east-central Louisiana to southwest Mississippi to ensure they have multiple ways to receive severe storm warnings on Wednesday, as they anticipate these storms could bring several tornadoes, some of which may be strong, along with widespread damaging winds and flooding.

The weather pattern is expected to last through Thursday, as it will move to the Northeast with thunderstorms, damaging winds, and flash flood warnings for the Carolinas, Florida, and the Ohio Valley.

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Michigan man convicted in 2018 slaying of hunter at state park

10 April 2024 at 00:09

ST. JOHNS, Mich. (AP) A mid-Michigan man who murdered a hunter at a state park near Lansing in 2018 has been sentenced to 22 to 60 years in prison, prosecutors said Tuesday.

Thomas Olson, 35, of Grand Blanc was convicted of second-degree murder and a weapons charge by a jury in February for shooting Chong Moua Yang, 68.

No jury verdict or sentencing could erase the pain felt by loved ones mourning the loss of Mr. Yang, Attorney General Dana Nessel said in a statement, though we hope today marks a significant step toward healing and a renewed assurance of justice.

Olsons sentence was handed down Monday. Nessel said Olson killed Yang and stole his headlamp, knife, backpack and shotgun.

Yang frequently went hunting at Rose Lake State Park in Bath Township, northeast of Lansing. When he didnt return home on the evening of Nov. 16, 2018, family members went looking for him and found him lying face down with an apparent gunshot wound to the head, Nessel said.

Witness testimony and a plastic bag with hunting spray that was recovered near the scene led police to Olson, the attorney general has said.

A message seeking comment was left Tuesday evening for Olsons attorney, Michael Manley.

Speaker to send Mayorkas impeachment articles to Senate next week

House Speaker Mike Johnson says he will wait until next week to send articles of impeachment against Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to the Senate. 

In a rare move, lawmakers issued two articles of impeachment earlier this year in an effort to hold the cabinet member responsible for the influx of migrants at the border, and House Republicans were set to bring their impeachment case to the Senate this week.

However, Republicans became concerned about the optics of scheduling the trial mid-week, leading to senators rushing to a quick conclusion before heading home, which seems to be what Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer wants.

To ensure the Senate has adequate time to perform its constitutional duty, the House will transmit the articles of impeachment to the Senate next week. There is no reason whatsoever for the Senate to abdicate its responsibility to hold an impeachment trial, said the speaker of the House in a statement through a spokesperson.

And other Republican lawmakers agree with the move. 

"I'm very grateful to Speaker Johnson for his bold willingness to delay this. We don't want this to come over on the eve of the moment when members might be operating under the influence of jet fume intoxication. That was precisely the plan, and it's much better for us to do this at the beginning of a legislative week rather than toward the end of one," said Sen. Mike Lee.

The big question now is: What will Schumer do with this trial? Senate Republicans believe that Schumer is going to do anything he can to make this trial go away, whether that's a motion to dismiss, a motion to refer to committee, or a motion to table to a later date. While he didn't answer any specific questions on how he plans to handle this case, he did confirm this is something they will try to solve as fast as possible. 

"We're going to try and resolve this issue as quickly as possible. Impeachment should never be used to settle policy disagreements," said Schumer.  "As I said in the past, it's absurd and there are no charges in the House complaint that rise to the level of impeachment."

Had the timing not changed, the charges would have arrived on schedule at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, when senators usually depart for the week on Thursday, meaning that there wouldn't have been a very long window in which to begin a trial.

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Ann Arbor moms worry as teacher layoffs loom across Michigan due to budget shortfall

9 April 2024 at 22:56

Moms Andrea Paola Walker, Sonia Chawla and Najla August met 7 Action News reporter Faraz Javed outside A2 Steam Elementary School in Ann Arbor to share their frustrations about their kids' school that they collectively love.

"It is not your typical school. It is, in my opinion, the best school in Ann Arbor," Walker said.

"The common cliche saying, 'It takes a village to raise a child,' so this is our village," August said.

"So, it's not just important to us as parents, it's important to our children too," Chawla said.

Their worry stems from the Ann Arbor Public Schools district exploring the option of laying off some teachers and staff members after the recent announcement of a $25 million budget shortfall, which includes a $14 million accounting error.

"We want to know what is happening and how did we get here," Walker said.

Javed reached out to the district. A spokesperson told him that the clerical error is under investigation and that: "The deficit stems from three main historical factors, a loss of student enrollment over the past few years, an increase in staff, and an increase in staffing costs for all employees."

"Why are the teachers paying for an accounting error. And something that resonated with me, I heard a quote that said 'It's not our fault,'" August said.

But the problem goes beyond Ann Arbor. According to a recent study by the Citizens Research Council of Michigan, over the next couple of years, schools could lose more than 5,000 teachers due to federal COVID-19 relief funding running out.

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"There is just a shy of a billion dollars left here in Michigan... And school districts need to spend that by September. It's a use-it-or-lose-it situation," said Thomas Morgan, a spokesperson for the Michigan Education Association.

Morgan says declining student enrollment numbers are complicating matters.

"Every school district is different. And it's important regardless of where that school district is that they are working closely with those front-line educators... to help ensure that our kids can still get a great education in our schools," Morgan said.

According to the Michigan Center for Educational Performance and Information, school districts in Detroit, Oak Park, Utica and Ann Arbor to name a few have experienced a heavy drop in enrollment since 2019.

But the power moms we spoke with say that instead of laying off educators, the focus should be on getting more kids to school.

Here more from the moms in the video player below:

Talking with Ann Arbor moms about potential layoffs in school district due to budget shortfall

"Many families have left this school in particular because there is just no after-school care. I guarantee if you hired some young college students to come take care of the kids and after-school day care... I know we can get more families in here," said Walker.

Meanwhile, Ann Arbor Public Schools hasn't made any decisions yet. But they will meet on Thursday at 7 p.m. to discuss the matter. It's open to the public, including submitting comments.

To learn more, visit the district's website.

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New Hollywood-style Detroit sign installed along I-94 ahead of NFL Draft

9 April 2024 at 22:23

Drivers along eastbound I-94 will be welcomed into Detroit with a new Hollywood-style sign.

WATCH: Detroiters sound off on the Hollywood-style sign coming to freeways ahead of the NFL Draft:

Detroiters sound off on the Hollywood-style sign coming to freeways ahead of the NFL Draft

Crews started installing the 8-foot-tall letters around 10 a.m. Tuesday morning. The city says the letters sit on 2-foot-tall cement posts, making for a total of 10 feet in height.

See the installation of the Hollywood-style sign:

See the installation of the Hollywood-style Detroit signs

"The thought is to make sure when our visitors come in to the city to visit Detroit, some for the first time, theyll be welcomed by the gateway signage," said Deputy Chief Operating Officer Jessica Parker. "We partnered with the neighbors. We wanted to make sure that they had input. We wanted to include them with this process so its not just the city doing it, its the community."

Tuesday afternoon, neighbors gathered along the service drive to watch the installation process.

Chris Hyman, who has lived in Southwest Detroit for around 40 years, was one of the first to watch the letters get installed.

"This is my neighborhood so when I come through and my kids come through, my nieces and nephews, your family they can see wow this is a good area. I wouldnt mind coming here," said Hyman. "My first, initial (time) seeing the sign was horrible, didnt like it. Im like no lets not go with that but now that Im seeing it up close and personal, I would have put the old English D myself but its beautiful."

The sign is a part of the beautification process underway ahead of the 2024 NFL Draft. The city will also be adding five smaller Detroit signs near I-75 at 8 Mile, I-96 at Telegraph, I-94 at Moross, Southfield at 8 Mile, and Southfield at Ford Rd.

"I was actually happy that they put it close in the inner city. Normally its on the outskirts. Its a couple blocks over from the house so we can come and take pictures," said Felesia Reed-Gomez who lives near the new sign. "I think its so awesome. I was just telling my son. He said 'Mom, why you so excited about the Detroit sign?' And I say 'Son the city is coming back'."

All six signs cost the city a total of around $400,000 and were done in partnership with a Detroit sign maker, Fairmont Sign Company.

"Were proud to be involved especially considering its going to be a monument for the city of Detroit with our name on it," said Nick Hanna with the sign company.

Richard Bojko, who has lived in the area for 25 years, says hes hopeful the investment will stretch beyond whats seen by visitors.

"Thought it was going to be all white letters but obviously its surprising to me that its a shade of green. It looks okay so far," said Bojko. "Hopefully it helps the neighborhoods too and not just downtown because I know downtown is thriving. It used to be the little neighborhoods like this that were thriving."

Thursday, DTE is scheduled to install the mechanisms, so the sign can illuminate at night. The city says weather permitting, the crew will install the remainder of the Detroit signs by Monday.

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