Imagine spending nine years behind bars for a crime you didn't commit. Now imagine barely being a teen when they put you away. That's what happened to Davontae Sanford after he was wrongfully convicted in 2007 of a quadruple homicide.
Adjusting to freedom hasn’t been easy for Davontae Sanford, but he says mentoring young people has helped him navigate life without bars.
“Yeah, I’ve got an interesting story, doing nine years in prison for a crime I didn’t commit," he said. "But wouldn’t it be even more interesting if I got out and made something of myself, and gave back to the community?”
Today is Monday, February 1, 2017, and here's what we're covering today:
New logo, new life?
Detroit Lions team president Rod Wood last year suggested everything was on the table when it came to the team’s uniforms, logo and even the color scheme. While it wasn’t a dramatic change, the Lions quietly unveiled an altered logo on the team’s official website and its social media on Wednesday. Now the question is, will it be enough to, oh we don't know, finally secure a playoff win? Or something like that...
- It’s National Signing Day today, the annual gaudy gala that’s new-age and old-school at the same time. Follow along for live updates throughout the day.
- If you love it, that’s fine, don’t be ashamed, says Bob Wojnowski. It doesn’t determine championships, but it certainly helps, whether you’re an established power (Alabama and Ohio State 1-2 in the 247Sports composite recruiting rankings), a revamping power (Michigan No. 4), or a steady power (Michigan State No. 31). If you loathe it and prefer programs be judged solely on, you know, actual victories, good news. This might be the last time we see a Signing Day quite like this, with all the signatures gathered on the first Wednesday in February.
Fallout from the ban
- Abubaker Hassan was supposed to reunite with his wife and baby daughter this week after three months apart. Now, separated by an ocean — and President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration — the couple communicates mainly via phone and FaceTime, anxious about what’s next.
- It's just one story out of many. More than six dozen Michigan-bound Muslim refugees had their plans abruptly canceled Friday when President Trump signed his controversial travel ban, according to local resettlement organizations. A handful of Christian refugees remain cleared for travel.
- What's next? Yesterday, the American Arab Civil Rights League filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Trump’s executive order on immigration and demanding lawful permanent residents be permitted to return to the United States.
Is it entrapment?
- A Detroit man accused of plotting to use grenades to kill people and wage violent jihad on behalf of the Islamic State was entrapped by the FBI, his lawyer said late Tuesday. A four-count indictment against Sebastian Gregerson, aka Abdurrahman Bin Mikaayl, 30, should be dismissed, his lawyer argued.
The next Supreme Court justice?
- As President Donald Trump’s pick to replace Justice Antonin Scalia on the high court, Judge Neil M. Gorsuch is seen by many on the right as a fitting replacement for the iconic jurist. Gorsuch also evokes the qualities of Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, for whom Gorsuch worked as a law clerk.
- Which way Gorsuch skews could be pivotal for the future of the court. Conservatives hope he’ll be more like Scalia than Kennedy, a centrist swing vote who has joined liberals on issues such as gay marriage and abortion. Some conservatives have even expressed hope that Gorsuch’s personal history with Kennedy might enable him to draw the Reagan-appointee back toward the right.
Auto sales disappointment
- Ford Motor Co. and General Motors Co. reported slight declines in U.S. sales of 0.6 percent and 3.8 percent, respectively, to begin 2017, while Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV experienced an 11.1 percent decline. All three automakers were supported by sales of pickups and utility vehicles offsetting losses in passenger cars.
Women on the board
The number of women sitting at the table in corporate boardrooms across the country is rising very slowly, but it’s rising. Just over 15 percent of all director seats at publicly traded U.S. companies were held by women as of Dec. 31, according to a study by Equilar, a corporate research firm. That’s up from 14 percent a year earlier and from 12 percent in 2013.
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