2013 will soon be just a mere memory to us all. Folks are still working on putting this ice storm and the power outages it caused behind them. This may be the biggest story of the year, and it will certainly be fresh in our minds as we begin 2014. Our David Andrews takes a look back at 2013.
The year began on a deadly note in Lansing, with a New Year's Day shooting at the Sav-on Market, one person dead, the two charged with murder would find themselves sentenced to prison after an October trial.
January news drove in a more positive direction at the Detroit Auto Show when the Lansing built Cadillac ATS was named "Car of the Year." That was just the beginning of a banner year for Lansing built rides In September, the one millionth vehicle rolled off the assembly line at the Grand River Plant, a re-designed Cadillac CTS. And in November it would win motor trend magazine's car of the year honors.
In late February, murder in Meridian Township grabbed headlines. 19-year-old Okemos High School grad Conner Mcgowan was arrested for the stabbing death of his sister's boyfriend, MSU student Andrew Singler. At the end of an emotional week long trial the jury didn't believe Mcgowan's self defense claim. He's now serving 20 to 60 years in prison.
Eaton County had its own criminal trial drama when Charlotte Doctor Kassem Hallak was sentenced to 15 years behind bars for molesting several of his female patients.
2013 was a money merry-go-round for Michigan's largest city, In March, Detroit was appointed an Emergency Financial Manager, who by July asked a Federal Judge to take the Motor City into bankruptcy, which happened in early December, giving Detroit the unique distinction of being the largest city in US history to enter into bankruptcy.
Terrorist bombs at the Boston marathon on April 15th sent shock waves across the nation, with Mid-Michigan runners returning home to tell their finish line horror stories.
Lansing got a new police chief in 2013, veteran cop Mike Yankowski got the nod from Mayor Virg Bernero, who got his job renewed when Lansing voters re-elected him in November in a landslide. In Jackson, voters delivered an upset to incumbent Mayor Marty Griffin in favor of 31 year old political new comer Jason Smith.
Political upheaval at the capitol came with landmark year-ending legislation, the State's Republican majority passing a veto proof measure banning insurance companies from covering abortions unless the customer has a separate rider.
Mother nature left her mark on 2013. In late May a half dozen tornadoes tore thru the state, From Ingham to Genessee County damage was widespread. In mid-November strong winds whipped up another round of major news coverage when tens of thousands of people lost power, some for more than a week.
2013 is one for the record books for Spartan football, a 12 and 1 season capped off by a Big Ten Championship win over the Buckeyes, a victory slightly stained by a sign of shame . Couches did burn in East Lansing, as thousands poured into the streets for a rowdy post-game party. The new year will be a lot more rosey as the Spartans head to Pasadena for their first Rose Bowl appearance in 26 years.