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LAS VEGAS — A 23-year-old poker professional from Clarkston, Michigan won the World Series of Poker main event late Tuesday, lasting roughly 3 1/2 hours in a dramatic card session to push past his last opponent for the $8.4 million title.

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LANSING (AP) – Michigan will receive $100 million from the federal government to tear down thousands of vacant houses and clean up struggling neighborhoods in Detroit and four other cities.

The pilot program to address blight was approved Thursday by the U.S. Treasury Department, according to Gov. Rick Snyder.

The money comes from the Hardest Hit Fund and will be used in Detroit, Flint, Grand Rapids, Pontiac and Saginaw. The fund was created in 2010 to help states struggling through the economic and mortgage crisis.

It isn’t clear how much money each city will receive.
Flint had more than 5,800 vacant homes and Grand Rapids over 2,700, according to estimates in the 2010 U.S. Census. Detroit has more than 30,000 vacant and abandoned houses.

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Gumbo Fam “Detroit Newz”

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Congratulations to Michigan’s Trey Burke for winning the AP Player Of The Year Award. Burke is now the second player in Michigan history to win this award, the other was Cazzie Russell in 1966.

Burke averaged 19.2 ppg, 3.1 rpg, and 6.7 apg all while shooting 40% from three-point land. Burke has also won the Big Ten player of the year award and is now the favorite to win the Naismith Award. Michigan will take on Syracuse in the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament this Saturday night.

 

Brent Darby, who led River Rouge high school (Michigan) to Class B basketball titles in 1998 and ’99, died today in a Detroit hospital. He was 30 years young.

Darby had experienced problems from blood clots for more than a year, and they were the cause of his death.

Darby graduated from River Rouge in 1999 and played four seasons at Ohio State before graduating in 2003. He played professionally in Spain and Italy before returning to Michigan. His last season in Italy was 2009.

R.I.P. Brent Darby.  This is horrible news. Our prayers go out to the Darby family. #TheGoodDieYoung

Darby isn’t the 1st Michigan standout basketball player to pass this year.  The city of Detroit lost former NBA player Robert “Tractor” Traylor earlier this year to a heart attack in Puerto Rico.  Traylor was a former McDonald’s All American and University of Michigan star who passed on May 11,2011 while talking to his wife on the phone.

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