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Heart attack sidelines DPS chief – Detroit Free Press



John Telford, the superintendent for Detroit Public Schools, was recuperating in a hospital Friday after suffering a heart attack.

Telford, 76, said doctors at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak inserted a stent to improve a blocked artery.

After three years of powerlessness, the school board gained control over DPS’s academic functions in August, when the courts decided that the emergency manager law would be placed on the Nov. 6 ballot so that voters could decide whether to keep it.

Since then, Telford has had a role — albeit limited — in DPS operations, visiting schools and meeting with school officials to ascertain what’s working and what’s not. Karen Ridgeway, who was selected by DPS’s emergency financial manager to run academic operations, has retained much of the control over day-to-day operations.


Man gets prison, restitution in Ponzi scheme

A man accused of bilking investors out of more than $2 million was sentenced Thursday in federal court to nearly five years in prison, according to a news release Friday.

Ahmed Alabadi, a 45-year-old man with dual citizenship in Iraq and the U.S., pleaded guilty in June to wire fraud. Officials say he promised investors in his company, Fedek Group, substantial returns and said their money would be used to support rebuilding efforts in Iraq and to fulfill contracts his company had with the United Nations and foreign countries.

But Alabadi really used the money to pay earlier investors as part of a Ponzi scheme, according to the office of U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade.

Along with being sentenced to 57 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release, Alabadi was ordered to pay $2.3 million in restitution to his victims.


Woman’s condition improves after carjacking

A Roseville woman injured Thursday morning when two carjackers hit her with her own vehicle during a carjacking in her driveway has been upgraded to stable condition, police said Friday.

The 31-year-old woman, who has not been named, was loading her children, ages 7 and 8, into a 2009 Jeep Cherokee to go to school when she left the car running and went inside to retrieve a forgotten item from her house in the 26000 block of Collingwood, police said.

She came back to find two young men in her SUV, with her children in their seats. In trying to stop them from driving off, police said, she was run over and suffered injuries to her head and legs.

Police said the two young men drove less than a mile, when they lost control of the car in the 18000 block of Marquette Street and hit a telephone pole. They were picked up immediately by another man driving a dark-colored SUV or minivan. Anyone with information is asked to call Roseville Police at 586-447-4483.


Parents warned of men exposing themselves

Police are warning parents in the Plymouth-Canton school district to be on alert after a series of reports — including one Wednesday — of a man or men approaching or exposing themselves to children.

The descriptions of the suspect in the incidents, although not identical, are consistent in that the man was white and, in more than one case, he was in his 40s or 50s and had a beard, which could indicate it was the same person.

In Wednesday’s incident, a man in a dark gray or black four-door car with tinted windows approached a student near Discovery Middle School at 45083 Hanford Road about 3:12 p.m., rolled down his window and motioned the student toward the car, according to a Canton Public Safety Department news release Thursday. The release said that witnesses saw a black, four-door car with tinted windows playing loud music in the area Tuesday.

In an incident Tuesday, a silver, four-door vehicle followed and then pulled in front of a student near Central Middle School on Church Street in Plymouth. The vehicle’s windows were down and the driver exposed himself. When the student pulled out a cell phone, the driver, who did not speak, left, the release said. Anyone with information is asked to call Canton Police at 734-394-5400.


NFL Foundation to fund breast cancer testing

Low-income metro Detroit women who never have been screened for breast cancer will be eligible for home visits and exams under a $50,000 grant from the National Football League Foundation, the sponsor of the program, A Crucial Catch: Annual Screening Saves Lives.

The award is part of a larger $1-million grant to support the American Cancer Society’s efforts to boost breast cancer awareness in underserved communities across the U.S. The grant will be used in contracts with ACCESS, a community-based health and mental health center in Dearborn, and American Indian Health and Family Services, a nonprofit health center serving southeastern Michigan. In addition to home visits, the funds will be used to boost screening rates at the two clinics.


Black journalists group to roast Henderson

The Detroit Chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists (DC-NABJ) will roast radio personality and minister Angelo B. Henderson at 7 p.m. today at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center.

Henderson won the Pulitzer Prize for his work in the Detroit bureau of the Wall Street Journal and worked for the Detroit News before hosting his show on WCHB-AM (1200). He is a pastor at Triumph Church in Detroit and is a founder of the Detroit 300, a group of community activists that patrols city neighborhoods and has assisted the Detroit Police Department in tracking and arresting criminals.

Tickets for the dinner and roast are $75 and may be purchased at www.detroitnabj.org.


County exec to launch business retention plan

Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel is to announce an initiative to retain businesses Tuesday at Fori Automation.

He and the county’s Planning and Economic Development Department are launching the initiative to expand services available for nearly 18,000 businesses that drive the county’s economy.