Traverse City Record-Eagle


August 8, 2013

Michigan in Brief: 08/08/2013

Man swims 22 miles while hauling bricks

DETROIT — Nearly 51 hours after jumping into a lake near the Michigan-Canada border, a long-distance swimmer who calls himself “The Shark” finished his 22-mile journey to Detroit while hauling hundreds of pounds of bricks.

Jim Dreyer had been pulling two dinghies bearing 334 bricks weighing more than 2,000 pounds behind him when he departed Monday for the swim across Lake St. Clair. But by Wednesday morning, after moving more slowly than expected, he was only hauling one during the swim’s final stretch.

“It is so good to be in Detroit,” the 49-year-old said after landing on the beach and kneeling. “Sorry I’m late.”

Snyder likes outcome of Detroit primary

TRAVERSE CITY — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder said Mike Duggan’s success as a write-in candidate in Detroit’s mayoral primary shows that city residents are engaged in setting the city’s future.

The Republican governor said Wednesday he probably won’t endorse a candidate for Detroit mayor, but said he’d like to work with the winner to make sure the city follows best practices to run its government after emerging from bankruptcy protection.

Duggan and popular Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon had clear leads over the rest of the field in the race to lead the largest U.S. city in history to file for bankruptcy.

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