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Big News Near You — Novi Candidate's Email Scandal Catches Fire

A recap of regional news from the past week.

1. Novi Mayoral Candidate Email Hacking Story Catches Fire

News broke this week that a campaign volunteer for mayoral candidate Justin Fischer hacked into opponent Bob Gatt's email account and sent two emails to the editor of the Novi News, . The volunteer forwarded email conversations Gatt had with two Novi residents regarding ongoing issues in the city, according to the Novi News.

According to Novi Patch, the story was picked up by a variety of regional and national news outlets, including the Detroit News, Detroit Free Press, MSNBC and WDIV-TV Channel 4, among others.

2. Livonia Synagogue Shuts Doors

Members of Livonia's Jewish congregation Beit Kodesh — believed to be the only Conservative synagogue in western Wayne County — is closing because of increasing costs and fewer members, the Detroit News is reporting.

The synagogue held its last service Oct. 29. About 40 families will join another congregation in West Bloomfield Township, the Detroit News reported.

3. Former Michigan Player, Northville Resident Becomes Life-Saving Organ Donor

Northville resident and former Michigan walk-on Dave Knight became an organ donor this year, donating a kidney to his father, Tom, MGoBlue.com is reporting. Knight, originally from Lakeview, played with the Wolverines from 1986-1989, the report said.

4. Farmington Hills Resident Launches Ice Cream Sandwich

Farmington Hills resident Josh Charlip, owner of the Bagel Factory, a small shop in a strip mall at 12 Mile and Telegraph in Southfield that offers the "fragel" — a deep-fried bagel coated in cinnamon sugar — has created another spinoff: Eskimo Jack's ice cream sandwiches, .

The search began for the best ice cream to scoop between two of his fresh-from-scratch cookies, a task Charlip said was "a lot of fun. We settled on Ashby's Sterling brand. They have a tremendously large selection of flavors ... and it's a real premium, wholesome ice cream."

5. Investigation: Plane Crash That Killed Former Red Wings Caused by Pilot Error

A plane crash that killed an entire Russian hockey team, including former Red Wings player and assistant coach Brad McCrimmon of Northville and former Red Wing Ruslan Salei, was caused by pilot error, WXYZ-TV in Detroit is reporting. The crash killed 36 players, coaches and staff of the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl hockey team in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL), according to the report.

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