Video shows man walking kangaroo down Detroit street

It’s not everyday you see something like this around Detroit.

A video posted to Twitter Monday night appears to show a man running down Birchcrest Drive in Detroit with a kangaroo on a leash.

The 7-second video, shot on Snapchat with the Detroit geotag filter, shows the kangaroo hopping away after being let down to the ground.

There isn’t anything specific in Michigan law that bans ownership of kangaroo, but it would likely require a permit or license. More on that here. We’ve reached out to the DNR for more on this. 

Check out the video below:

G how he get a kangaroo in Detroit 😂😭

— $now ❄️ (@BrionnaLondon) March 28, 2017

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Students greeted with positive, handwritten messages on first day of FSA testing

It is the first day of Florida Standards Assessment testing at Dr. Manuel C. Barreiro Elementary  School and the pressure can be nerve-wracking for students.

Jennifer Caram, who part of the third-grade team at the southwest  Miami-Dade school, and other teachers came up with a unique visual way to let the kids know that they were going to rock the FSA.

The teachers wrote individualized inspirational messages to each student on their desk.

It’s the first thing the kids saw when they walked in Tuesday and it melted the stress away.

Diego Menendez beamed at what they wrote on his desk.

“It said that my teachers knew I can do good on the test, that I was a very smart student,” Diego said.

Justin Martinez said the message on his desk made him smile.

“It said to believe in yourself and be confident,” he said.

Alyssa Lopez said the message gave her extra confidence.

“Mine said focus on the test and you will do a great job,” she said.

The third-grader teachers spent most of the last teacher workday coming up with ideas for their students and making sure each message was personal.

“As a teacher you get to know about your children and a lot of the messages were  specifically for them,” Caram said.

Alyssa said the effort meant a lot to her.

“The teachers that I have teach me and believe in me and I know they want me to have a good education,” she said. 

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Woman faces murder charge after stabbing fiance on his birthday

Clifford Cease was planning to celebrate his 33rd birthday with a Sunday house party, but his fiance ended up stabbing him that night, according to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. He died on Monday. 

When Heather Evans took too long shopping for the party, Cease was upset with her. Cease’s parents, Diane and Gary Burden, said the couple argued. They were leaving when they said they saw Evans punch him in the face.

Her future mother-in-law rushed to intervene, when she said Evans attacked her too. Burden said Evans grabbed her hair and shoved her. Her forehead hit the corner of a living room table. She required medical attention, so they left. 

Hours later after the birthday party was canceled, there was more blood.

Evans, 26, called 911. She told police she had stabbed Cease, because he was holding her down and choking her. Deputy Austin Hopp responded to the home where both Evans and Cease had lived together at 1250 Key Deer Blvd. 

Hopp reported finding Evans outside of the house, after she had tried to get rid of the knife in the woods. Cease was inside in the kitchen. He was unresponsive and had suffered a knife wound. Hopp reported there was “an extremely large amount of blood.” 

Monroe County authorities rushed Cease to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center, where he died. Evans, who was held at Stock Island Jail without bond, faced charges of second-degree murder and commission of a first-degree felony offense with a weapon. She was also charged with tampering with evidence.


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Congress just killed your Internet privacy protections

The future of online privacy is now in President Donald Trump’s hands.

The House of Representatives voted Tuesday to repeal Internet privacy protections that were approved by the Federal Communications Commission in the final days of the Obama administration.

The Senate voted along party lines to undo the rules last week. The resolution now goes to Trump’s desk. The White House said Tuesday it “strongly supports” the repeal.

The rules, which had not yet gone into effect, would have required Internet service providers to get your permission before collecting and sharing your data. The providers have data on your web browsing history, app usage and geo-location.

Providers would also have been required to notify customers about the types of information collected and shared.

The privacy rules were intended to give consumers extra control over their personal data online at a time when everything from smartphones to refrigerators can be connected to the Internet.

Opponents of the privacy rules argued it would place an undue burden on broadband providers while leaving large Internet companies like Facebook and Google free to collect user data without asking permission.

Representative Michael Burgess, a Republican, described the rules as “duplicative regulation” on the House floor and said the repeal would “level the playing field for an increasingly anti-competitive market.”

But rather than apply similar protections to more businesses, the Republican-controlled Congress voted to scrap the rules entirely.

Democrats and privacy advocates have argued this approach effectively hands over the customer’s personal information to the highest bidder.

“It totally wipes out privacy protections for consumers on the Internet,” Democratic Representative Anna Eshoo said on the floor. “I don’t want anyone to take my information and sell it to someone and make a ton of money off of it just because they can get their mitts on it.”

Michael Capuano, a Democratic Representative, took it one step further. “Just last week, I bought underwear on the internet,” he said. “Why should you know what size I take, or the color, or any of that information?

Many broadband providers already share some of their customers’ browsing behavior with advertisers. Providers typically offer the choice to opt out, but consumers may not even be aware of this data collection — let alone how to get out of it.

With Facebook and Google, weary users may choose to limit their activity on the sites or switch to rival services. But switching providers is often difficult, as is hiding your Internet activity from your Internet provider.

“Most people can’t simply walk away from their Internet service provider,” says Neema Singh Guliani, legislative counsel at the ACLU. “They need the Internet and they may not have another option.”

A virtual private network, or VPN, is one option to protect your online activity. One service, NordVPN, says it has seen a “sharp increase” in consumer interest in the days since the Senate vote.

The repeal is a big win for large providers like AT&T and Verizon. They have bet billions on content, including AT&T’s pending acquisition of Time Warner, the parent company of CNN.

This content can potentially be paired with subscriber data to build up lucrative targeted advertising businesses that compete with Google and Facebook.

“I don’t think of it as game over,” says Guliani, who predicts Republicans will face pushback from their constituents for the privacy vote. “I think of it as a setback.”

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