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  • 1. ‘The Gates’ Mackinac skipper at has bite home on Great Lakes ON SCREEN, 1C Friday, July 16, 2010 Metro Edition SPORTS, 1B After 85 days, BP plugs oil leak Officials keep watch Ironic FIRES DEVASTATE FAMILIES while Gulf residents twist of cautiously exhale fate for BY COLLEEN LONG AND HARRY R. WEBER Associated Press Kilpatrick New Orleans — The oil has stopped. For now. After 85 days and up to 184 million gallons, BP finally gained control over one of America’s biggest environmental catastrophes Thursday Once a cheater, now by placing a carefully fitted cap over a runaway geyser that has been gushing crude into the Gulf he’s in trouble for of Mexico since early spring. Though a temporary fix, the accomplishment showing wife was greeted with hope, high expectations — and, in many cases along the beleaguered coastline, affection in prison disbelief. “It’s a beautiful thing that it’s shut off,” trum- M aybe between hus- peter Shamarr Allen said as he stood on the side- band and wife, a walk in the Musicians’ Village in New Orleans’ touch of the breast Upper Ninth Ward. “But there’s still a lot of years in a public room after a long of cleaning. There’s going to be a lot of no fishing separation is a charming still. It’s only the beginning of a long road that move. we have to travel. It’s only the first step.” Maybe the former mayor, If the cap holds, if the sea floor doesn’t crack who is serving a state prison and if the relief wells being prepared are com- sentence while fighting feder- pleted successfully, this could be the beginning al charges, didn’t violate the of the end for the spill. But that’s a lot of ifs, and letter of the no public-dis- no one was declaring any sort of victory beyond play-of-affection prison rules the moment. so much as their spirit. The The oil stopped flowing at 3:25 p.m. when the video sur- last of three valves in the 75-ton cap was slowly veillance throttled shut. That set off a 48-hour watch peri- tape said to od in which — much like the hours immediately have cap- after a surgery — the patient was in stable, tured the guarded condition and being watched closely delicate for complications. moment in “It’s a great sight,” said BP Chief Operating question is Officer Doug Suttles, who immediately urged not avail- LAURA Two fires. Two wood-frame homes on the west side, three miles caution. The flow, he said, could resume. “It’s far able for BERMAN from the finish line. ... It’s not the time to cele- public apart. One produced a hero; the other heartbreak. The hero, inspection. With luck, that right, was a neighbor who jumped into a smoke-choked home Please see Oil leak, Page 11A will always be the case. and plucked out an 8-year-old girl. The heartbreak was a 95- But if Kwame Kilpatrick year-old great-great-great grandmother whose home was so has demonstrated anything over these past long years of cluttered it hindered firefighters’ attempts to reach her. Senate approves scandal and recrimination, it’s that his MO is flouting TODAY’S FOCUS, 12A Photos by David Coates / The Detroit News financial overhaul rules, not following them. In this latest installment, Washington — Nearly two years after the former Detroit mayor was written up by a prison guard for sexual misconduct, after Obama: Electric technology will lift state a financial crisis triggered the worst recession since the Great Depression, the Senate approved bold and controversial the guard allegedly caught legislation aimed at preventing a repeat Kilpatrick touching his wife BY ROBERT SNELL saying a deeper economic crisis was — and set the stage for a showdown over during a July 4 visit to the The Detroit News avoided, and emphasized that his ad- the issue in this fall’s midterm elections. Oaks Correctional Facility Holland — Standing in a field at the ministration’s $5 billion bet on electri- NATION & WORLD, 8A near Manistee. edge of this Lake Michigan shore town, cal vehicle production is reaping re- There is no Independence President Barack Obama said Thursday wards. Day in prison. that the battery plant to be built here “Our goal has never been to create a Conviction in Stamos case “Our policy says prisoners symbolizes the promise of electric vehi- government program,” Obama said, Marquette — Dozens of fans waited to can do one embrace and a cles to help revive Michigan’s battered “but to unleash private sector growth congratulate former “ER” and “Full kiss at the start of the visiting economy. and we are seeing results.” House” star John Stamos on Thursday session. At the end of the The president’s visit was one stop on He came to Michigan because the after a Michigan couple was convicted of visit, other than holding a nationwide promotion of electric ve- state was “hit harder than anywhere trying to extort $680,000 from him by hands, no touching is al- hicle developments this week by mem- else,” and because the Holland site is threatening to sell alleged photos of him lowed,” Michigan Depart- bers of his administration. It coincided prepped to become a $303 million with strippers and cocaine. ment of Corrections spokes- with the release of a Department of En- plant that will produce lithium-ion bat- METRO, 4A man Russell Marlan said. “On ergy report outlining how federal stim- teries for advanced-technology vehicles the video you can see him Steve Perez / The Detroit News ulus funds have helped quickly develop such as the Chevrolet Volt and the elec- reach across and grab her President Barack Obama, with Gov. viable battery and electric vehicle man- tric Ford Focus. U.S. brands rise in appeal breast.” Jennifer Granholm and Holland Mayor ufacturing processes. The plant will serve as the western- Detroit — Cars and trucks from the Kurt Dykstra, said his $5 billion bet on Obama defended investing billions Detroit Three outperformed foreign Please see Berman, Page 10A electric vehicles is reaping rewards. of tax dollars in Detroit’s auto industry, Please see Obama, Page 10A brands for the first time since 1997 in a widely followed survey of how appealing vehicles are. The rise is largely driven by revamped or new models from Ford and $1.00 Contact us Delivery questions: Today’s weather Index • Advice...........................7C Homestyle.....................1H On Screen ....................1C General Motors, J.D. 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