Detroit swears in new mayor; Northeast prepares for snow storm

January 1
MICHIGAN
Detroit’s new mayor goes straight to work

Mike Duggan was sworn in as the new mayor of Detroit, and despite the holiday and his limited powers, held initial staff meetings at City Hall after the brief morning ceremony.

Celebrations were muted. “We’re broke. There is no money. Streetlights are still not on. Cops do not come on time,” said former Detroit Councilwoman Sheila Cockrel. “When you’re in the middle of a bankruptcy, how much celebrating should you be doing?”

The city’s emergency manager, Kevyn Orr, has control over Detroit’s finances.

— Associated Press

GEORGIA
Photographer dies after football game

Dave Martin, a longtime Associated Press photographer based in Montgomery, Ala., died after collapsing on the Georgia Dome field after the Chick-fil-A Bowl on Tuesday night.


New Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan takes the oath of office. (Steve Perez/AP)

Martin, 59, ran onto the field following Texas A&M’s 52-48 win over Duke and took photos before collapsing. Martin suffered an apparent heart attack and was administered CPR on the field, according to a statement from the Georgia Dome. He was taken to Emory Hospital Midtown where he died Wednesday morning, the statement said.

— Associated Press

NEW YORK
Preparations start for strong winter storm

Residents in New England and parts of New York began preparing for a winter storm that will bring snow and frigid temperatures across much of the region.

A foot of snow or more is forecast for some areas overnight Thursday into Friday, and temperatures are expected to plummet, with some areas seeing highs just above zero. Near blizzard conditions are forecast for areas along the coast.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo urged downstate commuters to leave their cars home in case major highways are closed for Thursday’s evening rush hours.

— Associated Press

Same-sex wedding occurs on Rose Parade float: The first same-sex wedding in the history of the Tournament of Roses Parade went off without a hitch — except for the planned one — despite threats of protests and days of opposition on social media. Spectators clapped their hands as grooms Danny Leclair, 45, and Aubrey Loots, 42, faced each other and recited their vows before the Rev. Alfreda “Freda” Lanoix on the wedding-cake-shaped float sponsored by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation. White doves were released into the bright blue sky afterward. The vows took place near the end of the two-hour telecast of the 125th annual Rose Parade.

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