Black Friday sales kick off amid pandemic woes; Detroit man home for holidays following 26 years in prison

Business begins Black Friday, but the pandemic problems remain

Retailers are expected to usher in the unofficial start of the Christmas shopping season on Friday with larger crowds than last year to get closer to normal. But the aftermath of the pandemic continues to weigh on the minds of businesses and buyers.

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Detroit man at home on vacation after serving 25 years in prison

A recently exonerated Detroit man says he’s especially grateful this Christmas season as he’s finally home after more than 25 years behind bars.

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EXPLANATORS: What is this new variant of COVID in South Africa?

South African scientists this week identified a new version of the coronavirus that they say is behind a recent surge in COVID-19 infections in Gauteng, the country’s most populous province. It’s unclear where the new variant actually originated, but it was first discovered by scientists in South Africa and has also been seen in travelers to Belgium, Botswana, Hong Kong and Israel.


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Son of person of interest charged with the murder of Detroit mother’s shooting

A Wixom man is accused of fatally shot and killed a Detroit woman in the driveway in front of her home after she took her children to school.

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Lions are finding new ways to self-destruct when they lose bears

By the time the Detroit Lions battled the Chicago Bears at 8:30 a.m., quarterback Jared Goff was already planning what his offense would do next. It ended up being a waste of time.

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Weather forecast: Cold Friday before weekend snow

Here is the weather forecast for Metro Detroit.

COVID in Michigan

Michigan reported 17,003 new cases of COVID-19 and 280 virus-related deaths on Wednesday – an average of 8,501.5 cases over two days. Of the 280 deaths announced on Wednesday, 143 were identified during a record review.


Note: The state will not be releasing new COVID data on Friday November 26th due to the Thanksgiving holiday. The next data update is expected on Monday, November 29th.

Wednesday’s update brings the total confirmed COVID cases in Michigan to 1,276,264, including 23,595 deaths. Those numbers are up from 1,259,261 cases and 23,315 deaths on Monday.

Read the current COVID report here.

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