Morning Briefing Dec. 25, 2021: Science angle in ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’; Body cam footage of Downriver councilman’s arrest

Merry Christmas! Here are this morning’s top stories

Check out this neat fact about 'It's a Wonderful Life'

Check out this really cool science fact about classic Christmas film ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’

An annual NBC tradition is airing “It’s a Wonderful Life” on Christmas Eve -- but there’s a super cool science angle early in the movie that you might want to know about.

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Prosecutor: Parents of suspected Oxford school shooter knew son was a threat

Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald argued in a court filing Thursday that bond should not be lowered for the parents of the suspected Oxford High School shooter. McDonald said James and Jennifer Crumbley knew their son was a threat and still bought him a gun.

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Body camera video shows arrest of newly-elected Riverview city councilman

Riverview city councilman-elect David Robbins, 34, was charged in connection with a single-car crash that occurred on Nov. 4, just hours after he was elected. Robbins is accused of driving drunk and recklessly.

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Doctors said she wouldn’t wake from a coma for 30 years and she proved them wrong

Doctors told the parents of then 17-year-old Heather Campbell that their daughter would be in a coma for at least 30 years after a devastating car crash. Her injuries were so severe that doctors told her family that she would not be able to open her eyes for at least three decades.

She proved them wrong.

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Space telescope launched on daring quest to behold 1st stars

The world’s largest and most powerful space telescope rocketed away Saturday on a high-stakes quest to behold light from the first stars and galaxies and scour the universe for hints of life.

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Weather forecast: Cooling back down on Christmas

Radar of SE Michigan at 6:40 a.m. on Dec. 25, 201 (WDIV)

COVID in Michigan 🦠

Michigan reported 13,686 new cases of COVID-19 and 392 virus-related deaths Wednesday -- an average of 6,843 cases over a two-day period. Of the 392 deaths announced Wednesday, 250 were identified during a review of records.

Wednesday’s update brings the total number of confirmed COVID cases in Michigan to 1,448,523, including 26,376 deaths. These numbers are up from 1,434,837 cases and 25,984 deaths, as of Monday.

Because of the holiday, the state did not provide a COVID-19 update on Friday. The next update is expected Monday.

Read the latest COVID report here.

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Cassidy Johncox is a senior digital news editor covering stories across the spectrum, with a special focus on politics and community issues.