• Khristi Zimmeth, Detroit News writer

    Sometimes trash really is treasure, as James Boyd of Redford Township recently discovered. "I'm a metal recycler and I almost scrapped this," he told Robert DuMouchelle, who recently took a look at his item during a recent appraisal day at DuMouchelle Art Galleries in downtown Detroit.

    "I almost pitched it into the pile, but then something caught my eye and I told the guy to separate it from everything else. I look through everything, but I'm really glad I didn't miss this one," Boyd said.

    Weighing in at 40-50 pounds, the large steel plaque has a face on it and, upon closer inspection, revealed writing on it that says Daniel Boone, something that originally caught Boyd's attention.

    According to www.virginia.org and the auction site www.worthpoint.org, which has similar items in their possession, the piece is one of a few remaining of the more than 300 cast iron markers that once marked the Boone Trail Highway, which stretched from

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  • Matt Charboneau, The Detroit News

    Only days after suffering an unspeakable tragedy, the Fennville boys basketball team has decided to play on.

    After practicing Saturday and meeting with the family of Wes Leonard, who collapsed and died after a postgame celebration Thursday, it was announced Fennville would, indeed, play in Monday's state playoff game.

    The game was scheduled to played at Lawrence, but will be moved to Hope College's DeVos Fieldhouse, which seats 3,300.

    "We would like to offer our deepest thanks to Lawrence Public Schools," Fennville superintendent Dirk Weeldreyer said in a statement. "They have been more than gracious and accommodating in making this decision. By doing so, they are relinquishing home-court advantage. It is a display of the utmost sportsmanship.

    "We also recognize that Lawrence has been cast in an unenviable position and must feel as if the world will be rooting against them. Rather than focusing on the outcome of Monday's game, our joint

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  • Mark Hicks, Detroit News staff writer

    Some NAACP supporters plan to boycott the Detroit arm's annual fundraiser over an honor for Kid Rock they say doesn't mesh with the civil rights group's goals.

    The rocker is set to receive the Detroit branch's Great Expectations Award at the annual dinner, which typically attracts about 10,000 people, on May 1 at Cobo Center.

    But Adolph Mongo, a longtime political consultant and head of Detroiters for Progress, said he and others will sit out over Kid Rock's use of the controversial Confederate flag during performances.

    "It's a slap in the face for anyone who fought for civil rights in this country," Mongo said Thursday. "It's a symbol of hatred and bigotry."

    NAACP officials defended the honor.

    "Kid Rock ... has consistently lifted up the Great Expectations of many persons … concerning the future of the city," Donnell R. White, interim executive director of the Detroit Branch NAACP, said in a statement.

    Kid Rock and his representatives

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    Indonesian rescuers Tuesday expanded their search for two Spanish men still missing after a tourist boat sank at the weekend, forcing survivors to swim hours to dry land and drink their own urine.

  • Debt collectors are now preying on other debt collectors
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    The debt collections industry in the U.S. is so under-regulated that even debt collectors are getting scammed by debt collectors. Here's how to respond when debt collectors call.

  • Russia vows to strengthen navy to ward off NATO
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    Russia announced plans Tuesday to bolster its navy with more advanced weapons in response to NATO's vow to halt the Kremlin's push into Ukraine and feared expansion into eastern Europe. Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu told a general security meeting that he expected to hear a detailed report from Russia's navy commander about how this could be achieved efficiently over the coming six years. "These proposals must ensure that our forces are reequipped with modern weapons and military equipment," Russian news agencies quoted Shoigu as saying. NATO and the United States have both stepped up air defences of former Soviet satellites that are growing increasingly wary of Russia's military ambitions and see President Vladimir Putin as a fast-emerging threat.

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