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Swimmer to go alone hauling 2,000 pounds of bricks

ALGONAC, Mich. (AP) — A long-distance swimmer says he'll go it alone when swimming 22 miles across Lake St. Clair while hauling dinghies filled with 2,000 pounds of bricks.

Jim Dreyer had planned for a support boat. He says in a statement Tuesday that logistical issues made the new plan simpler and it will "raise the bar a little higher."

Dreyer has made direct crossings of each of the five Great Lakes. He plans to begin his swim Aug. 5 from the Clinton River Boat Club near Algonac, and the event is to raise money and awareness for Habitat for Humanity. The swim is expected to take 30 hours and end Aug. 6 at Detroit's Belle Isle.

Dreyer has partnered with Habitat for Humanity of Michigan to help support building projects.

Online: Cornerstone Strength

Information from: The Grand Rapids Press, http://www.mlive.com/grand-rapids

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Detroit suburb celebrating prominent pig sculpture

GARDEN CITY, Mich. (AP) — A Detroit suburb is getting ready to go hog wild to celebrate the return of a prominent, plump pig sculpture to its downtown.

The Garden City Downtown Development Authority says a Friday celebration will mark the return of "Willy the Pig." A community art fundraiser will feature pork sliders and a pig-calling contest. A showing of the talking-pig movie "Babe" is on the agenda.

The centerpiece of activities is to be a 7 p.m. unveiling of the newly casted sculpture.

A shiny, red sculpture titled "Cochon Rouge" by artist Sophie Marie was stolen last year from Garden City. Also known as "Willie," it was found missing three hooves and a snout along a bike trail in Livingston County's Green Oak Township, about 35 miles northwest of Detroit.

Online: Garden City

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Ohio woman's sentence includes Christmases in jail

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A central Ohio judge has ordered a woman to spend the next five Christmases in jail as part of her sentence for issuing state ID cards and driver's licenses to immigrants who entered the country illegally.

Prosecutors say 44-year-old Betina Young — a former license agency employee — accepted payments from applicants to falsify records showing they had verified their immigration status. She has pleaded guilty.

The Columbus Dispatch reports that Judge Michael Holbrook put Young on probation Monday for five years — ordering that she spend a minimum of three days in jail each Christmas while on probation.

If she violates probation, she could go to prison for 15 years.

Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

 

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