News on the Go: Nov. 7, 2013

Carrie Blazina

As health care marketplaces continued to experience glitches Wednesday more than a month after implementation, hundreds of thousands of people with pre-existing conditions are becoming concerned their coverage will expire before the end of the year. They are supposed to be guaranteed regular coverage under the Affordable Care Act, but if they cannot sign up online, they might go without coverage for months. Federal officials have said the websites should be working by the end of November.

A pretaped interview aired Wednesday on the “Dr. Phil” show with Michelle Knight, one of the three women held captive in a Cleveland home by Ariel Castro for 10 years. She said Castro took the “coward’s way out” when he died in prison about a month into his sentence in what was later ruled a suicide. Knight talked in the interview about being abused emotionally and sexually and being forced to miscarry more than five times while in captivity.

An autopsy Wednesday found no foul play in the death of renowned chef Charlie Trotter, who died at the age of 54 on Tuesday at a Chicago hospital. Medical officials said it could be as many as two months before they will know the cause of death for Trotter, who owned an award-winning restaurant in Chicago and won many awards himself. After his namesake restaurant closed last year, celebrity chefs who remembered him Wednesday said they had been looking forward to seeing what he would do next and now are sad to lose that opportunity.

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, who was elected Tuesday, will be the city’s first white mayor in 40 years when he takes office in January. The financially troubled city could officially be bankrupt by the time he takes the oath, but experts hope he will end the period of racial divide that has dogged the city in the past. Citizens have said among Duggan’s problems to solve are lowering the city’s violent crime rate, increasing the response to 911 calls and improving public transportation.

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