Some rare farm animals were stolen from a Detroit nonprofit Thursday morning.
It happened at Pingree Farms on the city’s east side about 3 a.m.
The farm’s founder, Jimmy Mack, was on the premises and noticed animals running free inside the compound.
When he did a head count, he said a specially-trained sheep, bull, and rare goat were missing.
The 15-acre farm teaches children about agriculture.
Since 2010 the farm has taken some animals on the road to teach about agriculture and husbandry. The three stolen animals were very specific to that mission, Mack said.
The theft was captured on surveillance video.
“You can see Little Bully, a miniature angus bull being led off and then Angel the sheep, and a Nubian goat,” Mack said.
He said at least three men and three vehicles were seen on video.
Two of the vehicles were a dark-colored GMC Envoy and a black Ford Expedition with a trailer. A third vehicle was spotted off in the distance, Mack said.
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Lions re-sign K Michael Badgley
Allen Park, Mich.— The Detroit Lions announced today that they have re-signed K Michael Badgley. Contract terms were not disclosed.
Badgley returns for his third season in Detroit after converting four-of-four field goals (100.0%) and 13-of-15 extra points (86.7%) for 25 points scored in 2023. In the Wild Card Round vs. the Los Angeles Rams, Badgley tied a postseason franchise record by converting a 54-yard field goal.
Originally entering the NFL in 2018 with the Indianapolis Colts as an undrafted free agent out of Miami (Fla.), Badgley has appeared in games for the Los Angeles Chargers, Tennessee Titans, Colts, Chicago Bears and Lions over his six seasons. In 64-career games, he is 98-of-119 on field goal attempts (82.4%) and 168-of-175 on extra point attempts (96.0%) for 462 points scored.
Freep Film Festival to open with documentary on storied River Rouge basketball team
A group of youths striving to uphold the triumphant legacy of a storied high school basketball program in an unassuming Detroit suburb will be the subject of the opening movie at this year’s Freep Film Festival.
The annual documentary-focused festival will begin April 10 at the Detroit Film Theatre, inside the Detroit Institute of Arts, organizers announced Thursday.
In keeping with the tradition of opening the festival with a local production, “Rouge,” filmed entirely in Michigan and led by a filmmaking team from metro Detroit, will kick off the five-day series of screenings and discussions.
“Rouge” makes its Michigan debut as a coming-of-age story set in the downriver community of River Rouge. The film follows the lives of four Black student-athletes at a school with the most state basketball championships in Michigan history, situated in one of the state’s most economically and environmentally challenged communities.
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“The selection of ‘Rouge’ for this year’s premier slot is just another example of how rich and important Michigan stories are to the festival — and to our audiences,” said Kathy Kieliszewski, the festival’s artistic director.
“We are thrilled to be hosting the Michigan premiere of this Michigan-made story that captures the heart of River Rouge and its beloved basketball team.”
Past festival openers such as “12th and Clairmount,” “The Russian Five” and “Boblo Boats: A Detroit Ferry Tale” drew thousands for their local debuts.
“Rouge” director and producer Hamoody Jaafar, a Detroit native and Wayne State University graduate, described premiering the film in metro Detroit as “magical.”
“My hopes are that the community feels it was an authentic, honest, truthful and noteworthy representation of the city and school district’s historic basketball program and achievements both on and off the court,” said Jaafar. “The community was overly welcoming of us from day one, and they deserve all the credit and recognition in the world. I just hope they are proud of what we created.”
In the 1950s, legendary high school basketball coach Lofton Greene led the racially integrated River Rouge High School Panthers to a record number of state championships in a league of otherwise segregated schools. Now, almost 70 years later, LaMonta Stone, a former Panther himself, has returned to the struggling industrial town to help the Panthers chase the school’s 15th state championship.
Jaafar’s previous films include “Detroit Diamond” (2018) and “Enter the Cavaliers” (2020).
“Rouge” producer Razi Jafri, another Detroit-based filmmaker, has previous credits that include “Hamtramck, USA” and “Three Chaplains.”
In addition to its primary characters, the film features appearances by Michigan State Basketball Head Coach Tom Izzo, Detroit Pistons announcer George Blaha and longtime Free Press high school sports writer Mick McCabe, among others.
The April 10 screening will launch the 11th annual Freep Film Festival, which will feature about 40 events (in-person and virtual), including screenings, parties, filmmaking gatherings and more, spanning five days, April 10-14.
Tickets for opening night are $15 and can be purchased at freepfilmfestival.com. Early purchases are recommended as Freep Film Festival screenings often sell out. If tickets are still available, they will be sold at the DIA on the evening of the show. Doors will open at 6 p.m. The program will begin at 7 p.m.
Reservations to watch the at-home stream of the movie are also available, with streaming April 11-16.
Brendel Hightower is an assistant editor at the Detroit Free Press. Contact her at email@example.com. Support local journalism: Subscribe to the Detroit Free Press.
Detroiters welcome Beyoncé to country radio
(CBS DETROIT) – Beyoncé’s new song “Texas Hold ‘Em” is finding its place on country radio. This as she becomes the.
“Anytime a new song comes out, I don’t care who the artist is. Not every station jumps on it immediately. Some are more conservative and just want to see what happens,” said Tim Roberts, the vice president of programming for WYCD, Detroit’s country music station.
Roberts said they’ve been playing the song since Beyonce released it just over a week ago.
“It got off to a huge start on the sales side and went to number one on Billboard, which is amazing. But it shows the popularity of Beyonce just as an artist and universally worldwide. The question is are they country consumers, are they pop consumers, and time will tell.”
Beyonce has made history as the first Black female artist to have a Billboard No. 1 country song.
“I think it’s the boost country music needs,” said Heath Craig, the owner of Solo Records.
Craig said it’s clear that Beyonce is exposing more people to country music as a whole.
“People who are straightforward pop or R&B fans are now buying Johnny Cash and Marty Robbins records.”
Roberts said artists of all genres like making country music because it’s lyric-based and stripped down. He said you can’t fake country music.
“They want to be seen as real musicians. I think it’s an interesting format to dabble into. I mean, we’ve had artists like the Rolling Stones that cut a country record years ago, and Steven Tyler tried it. So, there’s a lot of people who are just putting their toe in the water and are just checking it out because it’s interesting to them as creative forces. And we embrace that, we love it.”
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