Corrections & Clarifications 2021

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The following corrections and clarifications have been published in 2021:

December 2021

News: A 2017 state law changed rules for school expulsions, amending it to make them mandatory only for possessing a dangerous weapon, arson or criminal sexual conduct. That information was incorrect in a Thursday, Dec. 23 story on zero-tolerance policies at schools.

News: Imran Syed is co-director of the Michigan Innocence Project. His first name was misspelled in a Thursday, Dec. 16 story on Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald.

Entertainment: Kevin Dietz is a news anchor who will have a new talk show on WJR-AM. His last name was misspelled in a Friday, Dec. 10 story.

November 2021

News: A Troy man is charged in a shooting Thursday that killed his mother, Sonya Harry, and wounded a person nearby. The day of the shooting was wrong in stories that appeared Friday, Nov. 26 and Monday, Nov. 29.

News: Katie MacFarland is 39 and works as a supervisor in purchasing. That information was incorrect in a Tuesday, Nov. 23 story on parents' involvement in school boards and divisive issues.

News: The state voter participation numbers for the November 2020 election were incorrect in a Monday, Nov. 1 story

October 2021

News: Shirley Woodson, a 2021 Michiganian of the Year, was married to Edsel B. Reid. Her late husband's first name was wrong in a Friday, Oct. 29 story.

News: A former Sterling Heights City Council candidate got into an argument with the mayor’s wife. The status of the council candidate was incorrect in a Saturday, Oct. 23 story on the Sterling Heights mayor’s race.

News: The water taken from a well near Evart in Osceola County is moved by pipeline to a production site in Evart and then trucked to a bottling facility in Mecosta County. The distribution process was incorrect in a story Saturday, Oct. 23.

News: A Tuesday, Oct. 12 story about founding father Alexander Hamilton incorrectly featured a photo of Alexander Hamilton Stephens, vice president of the Confederate States from 1861 to 1865.

News: The state recommends bottled water for cooking, drinking and brushing teeth; tap water may be used for showering or bathing, for washing hands, dishes and clothing, and for cleaning. A story Wednesday, Oct. 6 incorrectly identified the type of water acceptable for these uses.

News: A.C. Dumas is a longtime Flint resident concerned about crime. His name was incorrect in a Tuesday, Oct. 5 story about crime rates.

September 2021

News: City Manager Pete Augur argued with Attorney General Dana Nessel about the format of a town hall over power outages this summer in a Monday, Sept. 20 story. The story misrepresented the context of the argument.

Business: The first name of Matthew Lamontagne, whose father founded Leo & Sons Auto Repair in Lawrence, Massachusetts, was incorrect in a Sept. 13, 2021 story on auto techs and trade schools.

News: The misspelling of Stephani LaBelle's name has been corrected in a Sept. 13 story on Detroit's Project Clean Slate. Also, Clean Slate officials clarified the total number of attorneys involved in the program.

News: Dr. Hayley Murphy's age has been corrected in a Sunday, Sept. 12 story about her recent selection as director of The Detroit Zoo. 

News: Reginald Turner Sr.'s name has been corrected in a Wednesday, Sept. 8 story about his son leading the American Bar Association.

August 2021

News: The country that Richard Ernest was referring to in his quotes for a story published Saturday, Aug. 14 about the traveling Wall that Heals has been corrected.

News: The number of years that former UDM president the Rev. Gerard Stockhausen served as the school's leader has been corrected in a Monday, Aug. 16 story

News: Viridian Bay provided the photo of the candelabra in a Smart Solutions story published Thursday, Aug. 12.

News: Michelle Abboud's name has been corrected on a photo that appeared on a Thursday, July 31, story about the dog agility course in Northville Township.

News: The spelling of parent Betsy Steinert’s last name has been corrected in a Tuesday, Aug. 10 story about the Grosse Pointe Public School System Board of Education meeting.

July 2021

News: A Sunday, Aug. 1 story has been updated to remove a photo of Torch Lake in Antrim County. The accident occurred at Torch Lake in the Upper Peninsula's Houghton County.

News:  Gov. Gretchen Whitmer vetoed $155 million in reading scholarships that were to be administered by Grand Valley State University from the budget. A Tuesday, July 13 story has been updated to say the scholarships weren't included. 

Sports: Adinso Reyes is the 19-year-old Tigers infield prospect. A Monday, July 19 story about the team's minor league prospects misspelled his name. 

Opinion: A July 14 editorial on endorsements for Detroit City Council in the August primary has been corrected to list among the District 4 candidates Virgil C. Smith, retired circuit judge, chief judge and state lawmaker.

June 2021

News: Michigan State University Police Lt. Andrea Munford's name was misspelled in a July 13 story

News: U.S. Attorney Saima Mohsin's office announced the sentencing of former Detroit officer Deonne Dotson. A story Tuesday, July 13 attributed the announcement to the wrong office.

News: U.S. Magistrate Judge Sally Berens serves in the Western District. Her title was wrong in a Tuesday, July 13 story.

News: Judge Yasmine Poles' last name was misspelled in a July 8 story.

News: The first name of Lt. Sam Marzban of the Oakland County Sheriff's Office was incorrect in a Wednesday, July 7 story.

News: Detroit police Sgt. Stephen Geelhood was not a member of the crew of former Detroit drug cop Michael Mosley. A Monday, June 28 story on a federal judge’s ruling that the city of Detroit can be held liable in a lawsuit involving a 2012 Detroit police drug raid incorrectly stated Geelhood’s role within the department.

Business: The Wayne County Airport Authority was misidentified in a story and photo caption published Sunday, June 20.

News: Detroit strip clubs Bouzouki and Legends are located in Bricktown. A Friday, June 18 story incorrectly stated they were in Greektown. 

News: Cheboygan County Commissioner Ron Williams voted against the audit of the county's election results. A Tuesday, June 22 story incorrectly indicated the opposite. 

News: One University began lobbying the University of Michigan to invest more funding in the Dearborn and Flint campuses in December 2018. The year was wrong in a story Wednesday, June 18.

News: A stabbing Sunday, June 13 happened in the Bricktown district of Detroit. A story Monday, June 14 misidentified the neighborhood.

News: The name of former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick's son Jonas was misspelled in a Sunday, June 13 story

Features: Jaymar manufactures seating with lighted cup holders. A Thursday, June 10 story misstated the manufacturer. 

News: Christine Turner’s attorney says her client wasn’t counseled by employers on use of inappropriate language in the workplace before she was fired from her job at Green Dot Stables. A Monday, June 7 story misquoted the attorney.

May 2021

News: U.S. Rep. Lisa McClain has not voted by proxy. A Friday, May 21 story incorrectly said she voted by proxy in February.

News: The Oakland County Sheriff Cold Case Unit tipline is (248) 858-7155. A Saturday, May 22 story about the cold case murder of Anne Marie Doroghazi incorrectly stated the phone number. 

News: Captain LaShonna Potts is the founder of the Fallen and Critically Injured Officer Board. A Tuesday, May 18 story incorrectly identified the founder

News: Detroit teacher Regina Ross is not the sister of Motown singer Diana Ross. A Monday, May 17 story incorrectly said the two were related. 

News: Montieth Illingworth is the public relations counsel to Guidepost Solutions. A Saturday, May 15 story incorrectly stated he was CEO to Guidepost.

News: Sgt. Rasheen McClain was killed in November 2019. A Friday, May 7 story incorrectly stated the year of his death. 

April 2021

News: The daily tallies for COVID-19 cases and deaths were incorrect in the headlines of a story published online April 24, 2021.

Opinion: An item that originally appeared in the "Nolan Out Loud" newsletter regarding Ted Nugent and Kid Rock was based on information from a satirical website and is not true.

News: The current owner of Geraldine McKissick's former home in Detroit bought it from Wayne County during a tax auction. The seller was incorrect in a story published April 10, 2021.

News: Michigan State Police ran Robert Williams' photo through facial recognition software, and a Detroit Police official who was demoted after Williams' wrongful arrest was dropped from captain to lieutenant. The agency that used the software on the photo and the police official's past and present ranks were incorrect in a story published Tuesday, April 13.

March 2021

News: In a story published online March 27, the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office on Saturday said two Detroit parents were charged with two counts each of felony firearm in the nonfatal shooting of their 3-year-old son on March 9. The Prosecutor's Office on Sunday corrected the charging information to indicated they each were charged with one count of felony firearm.

News: In a story published March 24, state Rep. Abdullah Hammoud said the health care reform legislation put insurers, pharmaceutical companies and distributors on notice. The story incorrectly identified the lawmaker.

News: In a story published January 9, the Associated Press, based on information provided by a source, erroneously reported then-President Donald Trump pressed a lead Georgia elections investigator to “find the fraud” and said it would make the investigator a national hero. A recording of the call made public two months later revealed that Trump did not say either. 

News: Anthony Funderburg Jr. was arrested in a woman's shooting death the week after completing the terms of his parole. His parole violation was incorrect in a story published Monday, March 8.

Business: Construction of a 16-story mixed-use building at Gratiot, Brush and Macomb, called The Exchange​, is expected to begin within weeks and be completed within 15 months. The construction schedule was incorrect in a story published Thursday, March 4.

February 2021

News: Detroit's deputy finance chief Tanya Stoudemire wrote in a memo to council that proposed charter revisions would increase city spending by well over $800 million annually. The amount was incorrect in a Saturday, Feb. 27 story.

News: Marjorie Sorge, 2021 inductee to the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame, was a former Detroit News reporter. She had been omitted from a reference to former News journalists among the inductees in a Friday, Feb. 20 story.

Dining: The founder of Portillo’s restaurants is Dick Portillo. His first name was incorrect in a Thursday, Feb. 18 story.

News: Karen McDonald defeated Jessica Cooper in the Oakland County prosecutor's race in the August 2020 primary. A story Tuesday, Feb. 16 cited the wrong election.

News: MDOT will fund $700 million of the $2 billion needed for the road plan from their own budget over the next four years. The wrong proportion of funds was reported in a Friday, Feb. 12 story.

News: Michigan Medicine is receiving about 4,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine each week. Because of incorrect information supplied to The Detroit News, the number was incorrect in a Thursday, Feb. 11 story.

Business: Of the 14.1 million passengers who flew at the Detroit Metro Airport in 2020, 5.3 million — or 38% — flew in January and February 2020. A Monday, Feb. 8 story misstated how many passengers flew in January and February.

News: The Michigan Department of Natural Resources annually stocks salmon. A Friday, Feb. 5 story on commercial fishers misstated this information. 

Eats & Drinks: SugarBuzz vegan bakery's name was misspelled in a Thursday, Feb. 11 story on Paczki Day offerings in the area.

News: The suspect in a Flint shooting at a traffic light was misidentified in a Thursday, Feb. 4 story

News: A word was incorrect in a quotation by Macomb Community College professor Chris Gilliard in a Saturday, Feb. 6 story about privacy advocates who are concerned about police using doorbell cameras.

News: A suspect in a fatal Flint shooting was misidentified in a Thursday, Feb. 4 story

News: Virgil K. Smith is the son of and an adviser to retired Judge Virgil C. Smith. The younger Smith's name was incorrect in a Monday, Feb. 2 story about Virgil C. Smith's plans to run for Detroit City Council.

January 2021

News: Detroit City Council approved spending $200,000 to defend against lawsuits, including a federal complaint filed against the city by Detroit Will Breathe. The city's response to the complaint and the purpose of the spending were incorrect in a Tuesday, Jan. 26 story

News: The last name of Martha MacFarlane-Faes, deputy state historic preservation officer, was misspelled in a Monday, January 26 story about the state's 2020 additions to the National Register of Historic Places.

Personal finance: The Associated Press – in an article supplied by the personal finance website NerdWallet – erroneously reported some requirements for direct contributions to a Roth IRA in a story published January 4, 2021. The ability to contribute ends at modified adjusted gross income of $140,000 for singles and $208,000 for married filing jointly, rather than starts to phase out at those amounts.

News: Gina Escurel is a teacher at Thurston High School in the South Redford School District. The name of the high school was incorrect in a Monday, January 11 story

Life + Home: A MI Dream Home in Orchard Lake Village is listed with KW Domain Luxury Realty. The listing agent was incorrect in a story published Friday, Jan. 1.

Entertainment: A new Eminem song and music video was incorrectly called "Fighter." The correct name of the song is "Higher." The story was published Friday, Jan. 22.

Autos: A recall affecting airbags in Ford Edge vehicles from the 2006-2012 model years. The model years was incorrectly published in a story published Thursday, Jan, 21.