Traverse City Record-Eagle

November 13, 2012

Michigan in Brief: 11/13/2012


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Eastern Mich. will use recycled robes

YPSILANTI — Eastern Michigan University graduates are going "environmentally" green for commencement.

About 2,000 students will participate in the Dec. 16 ceremony wearing gowns fashioned from recycled plastic bottles. Each gown is made from 23 bottles.

School officials say the fabric feels like soft polyester.

Graduation caps are made from the same plastic-based fabric and recycled cardboard. The gowns and caps can be recycled after the ceremony at the school in Ypsilanti, west of Detroit.

Motive behind police HQ shooting unclear

SOUTHFIELD — A 64-year-old man who was killed after walking into a suburban Detroit police station and opening fire on officers without saying a word was a military veteran who had health issues, authorities said Monday.

Officers fatally shot Harold Joseph Collins on Sunday afternoon in the lobby of the police headquarters in Southfield, and a 50-year-old sergeant was hurt in the exchange of fire.

Authorities were investigating what might have prompted the shootout, which happened on Veterans Day. A preliminary investigation indicates Collins had medical problems, but it is not clear if that had any bearing on his actions, Southfield Police Chief Eric Hawkins told reporters.

Hawkins did not specify the nature of Collins' health issues, but a family member told The Detroit News that Collins had throat cancer and was unable to speak. A neighbor of Collins also told The Associated Press that he had trouble speaking.