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Court: Bus passenger can hit the gas on injury lawsuit

DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit-area woman who said the wheels on the bus went far too fast will get her day in court.

The Michigan appeals court said Susan Mickels can press ahead with a lawsuit against a transit agency known as SMART.

She claims the driver was negligent when she fractured her back while riding a bus in a construction zone in Detroit.

SMART said the bus was not exceeding the 35 mph speed limit on Michigan Avenue in 2016. But Mickels’ lawyer argued that the driver should have recognized the rough condition of the road and slowed down further.

Even if the posted speed limit in the construction zone wasn’t reduced, it didn’t “relieve the bus driver of her duty to operate the vehicle at a careful and prudent speed given the surface of the road and other external circumstances,” said judges Karen Fort Hood and Deborah Servitto.

SMART lawyer William Schaefer said the driver wasn’t at fault.

Pilot program will let Detroit students offer free tax help

Dozens of Detroit high school students have become certified tax preparers and are offering free help to their neighbors.

About 40 students at Southeastern and Martin Luther King Jr. high schools have become IRS-certified tax preparers, according to The Detroit News.

They'll offer the free help until April 2 with several weeknight sessions at each high school as part of a pilot program with the district, Troy-based Flagstar Bank and the Accounting Aid Society. A teacher will oversee the students’ tax work.

King student Nadia Lawrence is one of tax preparers. It took her four weeks to earn her certificate.

“There are a lot of people out here who are financially illiterate,” she said. “I’m a student and I get to teach my parents and other adults how to become financially literate. That’s a huge deal for me.”

Teachers say it not only helps the communities but can enhance student resumes.

Waiting for a driver’s license? Enjoy a Van Gogh

STERLING HEIGHTS (AP) — Some fine art with your license plate?

A dozen secretary of state offices in the Detroit area are displaying reproductions of paintings, thanks to a partnership with the Detroit Institute of Arts.

Museum director Salvador Salort-Pons said it’s an effort to bring art to where people live. Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said most people need to visit a branch office at some point.

For the last decade, the art museum has displayed reproductions outdoors. It's the first time that art is going inside.

Twenty-five pieces can be seen at 12 branch offices in Macomb, Wayne and Oakland counties. They include Henri Matisse's “The Window,” Vincent Van Gogh's “Self Portrait” and “Savoy Ballroom” by Reginald Marsh.

A list is posted online at


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