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Lizzie Purbrick, a former champion equestrian, admitted in a British court that she scrawled rude messages inside her lover's house in pig's blood as revenge for an affair.

She said she discovered her partner, conservative member of Parliament David Prior, was sleeping with another woman. So in May, she let herself into his South London home, armed with the blood.

Purbrick turned herself into police quickly, and confessed to the crime in court on Tuesday. She called the blood-spraying act "cathartic."

She has been sentenced to 120 hours of community service.

Nelson Mandela, who died in 2013, would have been 100 years old on Wednesday. A new book is out to mark the occasion, The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela.

These deeply personal letters, many to his wife, his children and his closest friends, have never previously been published.

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Several Michigan members of Congress are sending a letter to the Trump administration. They're requesting stronger safeguards for dangerous chemicals in drinking water.

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Michigan is the only state in the U.S. that needs intervention for its special education programs in its schools, according to the US Department of Education.

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Michigan and Canadian officials broke ground Wednesday on the US port of entry site for the Gordie Howe International Bridge.

Help still needed for flood-damaged Houghton County

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Officials are hoping to get help from the federal government, as cleanup continues in Houghton County.

County Administrator Eric Forsberg says with total damage estimated at $100 million, he’s hoping FEMA will declare the region a disaster area and send money. But Forsberg says the county likely won’t get as much as it really needs.

“FEMA will only fund 75% of that, and when they came in they looked at all the entities’ estimates of damage assessment and they did their best to try and knock that down.”

MSU approves Bill Beekman as Athletic Director

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Michigan State University has formally approved Bill Beekman as its new athletic director.

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Michiganders might have the hottest summer days behind them, with forecasts for the rest of July and August showing somewhat cooler temperatures.

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Business backed organizations say two initiatives waiting for approval from the Board of State Canvassers should not be on the November ballot. They’re challenging the initiatives to raise the state’s minimum wage and to require earned sick time for employees.

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A new report raises questions about the relationship between Enbridge Energy and the state of Michigan

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Grand Prix officials and activists are clashing over the location of the annual race in Detroit.

Bill Beekman announced as MSU's permanent athletic director

Jul 16, 2018
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Bill Beekman will be MSU's permanent athletic director.