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Health experts: Stay vigilant despite dip in Michigan's weekly virus cases

Health experts: Stay vigilant despite dip in Michigan's weekly virus cases

The Detroit News After six consecutive weeks of record COVID-19 cases, Michigan saw a slight retreat this week, posting 47,316 confirmed cases.Despite the decrease in cases, epidemiologists are cautioning people to not get comfortable and continue to practice social distancing, mask-wearing and good hygiene and stay inside their household bubble. They are expecting another surge after families and friends gathered for Thanksgiving and are likely to do so heading into Christmas."The numbers are lagging," said Teena Chopra, professor of infectious diseases at Wayne State University. "We're...

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Pa. lawmaker gets news of positive COVID test while meeting with Trump at White House

Pa. lawmaker gets news of positive COVID test while meeting with Trump at White House

Mark ScolforoAssociated Press Harrisburg, Pa.  — A Pennsylvania state senator abruptly left a West Wing meeting with President Donald Trump after being informed he had tested positive for the coronavirus, a person with direct knowledge of the meeting told The Associated Press on Sunday.Republican state Sen. Doug Mastriano had gone to the White House last Wednesday with like-minded Republican state lawmakers shortly after a four-hour-plus public meeting that Mastriano helped host in Gettysburg — maskless — to discuss efforts to overturn president-elect Joe Biden’s victory in the state.Trump...

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After three disastrous seasons, Lions fire GM Bob Quinn, coach Matt Patricia

After three disastrous seasons, Lions fire GM Bob Quinn, coach Matt Patricia

The Detroit News The hiring of Matt Patricia was supposed to get the Lions off the hamster wheel of mediocrity and elevate the team to a perennial contender. Instead, it proved to be a disastrous marriage that has sent the franchise tumbling back to its all-to-familiar residence at the bottom of the NFL standings. On Saturday, the Lions finally pulled the plug, firing Patricia along with the man who hired him, general manager Bob Quinn. Any honest reflection will tell you Patricia's tenure couldn’t have gone much worse. From the nationally televised blowout at the hands of the equally...

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Suit asks Supreme Court to take custody of all election materials for investigation

Suit asks Supreme Court to take custody of all election materials for investigation

The Detroit News A conservative legal group has asked the Michigan Supreme Court to take custody of all Nov. 3 election materials to give the Michigan Legislature time to audit the results, investigate all claims of ballot irregularities and fraud, and "finish its constitutionally-mandated work to pick Michigan's electors."The lawsuit filed Thursday seeking the collection of ballots, pollbooks and ballot boxes also asks the court to stop the Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson and the Board of State Canvassers from giving final certification to the state's election results until a special...

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Citing conspiracy theories, Michigan GOP electors ask court to name Trump winner

Citing conspiracy theories, Michigan GOP electors ask court to name Trump winner

The Detroit News Lansing — A new lawsuit brought by a group of Michigan Republicans asks a federal judge to overturn President-elect Joe Biden's win in the state based on a bevy of conspiracy theories and claims contradicted by election experts.Six Republicans — three who would be Electoral College electors for President Donald Trump and three local GOP officials — filed the suit in federal court Wednesday night, two days after .Among their attorneys is Sidney Powell, who appeared at a press conference with Trump's legal representatives last week..Her new Michigan suit relies heavily on...

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US Rhodes Scholars for 2021 include UM student

US Rhodes Scholars for 2021 include UM student

Kim Kozlowski and Jasmin BarmoreThe Detroit News During her four years as an undergraduate student at the University of Michigan, Amytess Girgis has worked on campus parity issues , community organizing and legal advocacy in immigrant communities in between her studies.Next year, she will be among the 32 Americans named Rhodes Scholars for 2021.The oldest and prestigious international award comes with a scholarship to attend the University of Oxford in England, ranked the No. 1 university in the world in some global rankings. The award brings together leaders from around the globe "who are...

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Michigan, national GOP seek to delay certification of election results

Michigan, national GOP seek to delay certification of election results

The Detroit News The Michigan and national Republican parties have asked the Board of State Canvassers to delay certification of the state's election results in a bid to investigate "anomalies and irregularities" alleged to have occurred in Michigan's Nov. 3 election. Michigan Republican Party Chairwoman Laura Cox and Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDanielon Saturday asked the state to conduct a "full, transparent audit" before certification, noting other states like Georgia "have taken discretionary steps" in determining their results.The Board of State Canvassers...

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Judge denies restaurants' request to quash latest indoor dining ban

Judge denies restaurants' request to quash latest indoor dining ban

The Detroit News A Grand Rapids federal judge denied Friday a restaurant advocacy group's request to immediately stop the Whitmer administration's ban on indoor dining. The Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association and a Metro Detroit restaurant chain sued state health director Robert Gordon earlier this week, asking the court to halt that went into effect on Wednesday. The same order also shuttered high school and college classrooms, indoor bars, movie theaters, group fitness classes, bowling alleys and casinos.The order will last three weeks and expire Dec. 9, but restaurants and critics...

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Trump campaign announces Michigan House hearing that's not happening

Trump campaign announces Michigan House hearing that's not happening

The Detroit News Lansing — President Donald Trump's campaign announced Tuesday that the Michigan Legislature would hold a hearing on election integrity Dec. 1, but the event won't occur, a key GOP state lawmaker said.Trump's campaign said Michigan was one of three states where lawmakers will "hold public hearings on the election" in the coming days. There were discussions about having Rudy Giuliani, the president's personal lawyer, testify, state House Oversight Committee Chairman Matt Hall, R-Marshall, told The Detroit News."We’ve just determined that logistically it’s not something we’re...

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John James concedes, congratulates U.S. Sen. Gary Peters

John James concedes, congratulates U.S. Sen. Gary Peters

The Detroit News Republican John James conceded Tuesday night, congratulating U.S. Sen. Gary Peters and saying there was Scotch whisky "coming" the Democrat's way."Michigan, the 2020 battle for this Senate seat is over, but the battle for the future of this great country will never be over, and I will never retire from that battlefield, ever, and neither should you," said James, a military veteran."There are too many people hurting," he added. "There is too much work to do. There is too much left to give."Peters, D-Bloomfield Township, defeated James 50%-48% or by more than 92,000 votes....

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Girl handcuffed by police 3 years ago, sparking controversy, dies of COVID, family says

Girl handcuffed by police 3 years ago, sparking controversy, dies of COVID, family says

The Detroit News A 14-year-old girl who was handcuffed by Grand Rapids police three years ago and spurred the department to examine how it interacted with children during searches has died from COVID-19, her grandmother said Sunday.Honestie Hodges was hospitalized on Nov. 9, her 14th birthday, at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital and sent home, according to a. Later that night she was rushed back to the hospital.“We understand that there is a story to be told regarding COVID and what is happening with these children, but right now we are just not ready," said Honestie's grandmother, Alisa...

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Michigan board certifies Nov. 3 election, cementing Biden victory

Michigan board certifies Nov. 3 election, cementing Biden victory

The Detroit News Lansing — The Michigan board in charge of certifying election results cast a pivotal vote Monday to validate the state's tallies, cementing Democratic President-elect Joe Biden's victory despite unproven claims of fraud levied by Republican President Donald Trump.The Board of State Canvassers voted 3-0 to certify the results after taking about three hours of public comment. Republican board member Aaron Van Langevelde crossed over to join the two Democratic board members in supporting certification,which is traditionally viewed as an administrative step but had drawn the...

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Biden to name longtime aide Blinken as Secretary of State

Biden to name longtime aide Blinken as Secretary of State

Tyler Pager, Jennifer Epstein and Saleha MohsinBloomberg President-elect Joe Biden intends to name his longtime adviser Antony Blinken as secretary of State, according to three people familiar with the matter, setting out to assemble his cabinet even before Donald Trump concedes defeat.In addition, Jake Sullivan, formerly one of Hillary Clinton’s closest aides, is likely to be named Biden’s national security adviser, according to two people familiar with the matter. An announcement is expected Tuesday, the people said.Biden’s incoming White House chief of staff Ron Klain said Sunday the...

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Michigan House speaker floats possibility of 'constitutional crisis'

Michigan House speaker floats possibility of 'constitutional crisis'

The Detroit News Lansing — Michigan House Speaker Lee Chatfield referenced the possibility of a "constitutional crisis" during an interview on Fox News Sunday morning, two days after he huddled with President Donald Trump at the White House.The Board of State Canvassers meets Monday to consider certifying Michigan's statewide election results, including President-elect Joe Biden's 154,000-vote victory. But "anomalies and irregularities" they claimoccurred on Nov. 3.The board features two Republicans and two Democrats. Many legal experts believe the panel has a duty, under Michigan law, to...

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Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon in hospital with COVID-19; daughter says he's doing better

Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon in hospital with COVID-19; daughter says he's doing better

George HunterThe Detroit News Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon has been hospitalized with low oxygen levels after testing positive for COVID but is making improvements, his daughter said Saturday."Nurses reported improvements in my dad’s condition from early morning to early afternoon,"  Tiffani Jackson said Saturday night on her father's Facebook page. "It was said that he’d made a 'huge improvement!''Jackson said earlier in the day that Napoleon was not on a ventilator and was awake but had low oxygen levels."All the other symptoms have subsided," she said.The sheriff's office...

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Whitmer impeachment resolution introduced, but key Republicans oppose

Whitmer impeachment resolution introduced, but key Republicans oppose

The Detroit News Lansing — Michigan's Republican legislative leaders threw water this week on the idea of trying to impeach Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.The opposition Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, and House Speaker Lee Chatfield, R-Levering, came as Rep. Beau LaFave, R-Iron Mountain, on Wednesday introduced ."With the current set of facts that we're living under right now, the current impeachment resolution will not have any proceeding on the House floor," Chatfield said Wednesday afternoon.Shirkey said Tuesday: "I have not signed on to any notion of impeachment...

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Trump maintains unproven 'massive' fraud claim after meeting with Michigan lawmakers

Trump maintains unproven 'massive' fraud claim after meeting with Michigan lawmakers

The Detroit News Washington — President Donald Trump reiterated his unproven claim that there was "massive voter fraud" in Michigan's election on Saturday, a day after he met with Republican lawmakers from the state at the White House.In tweets Saturday morningas multiple Michigan lawmakers departed the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C.. Their Friday statement suggested the lawmakers used the meeting to focus on COVID-19 relief and not the certification of Michigan's election results.Chatfield and Shirkey said they have "not yet been made aware of any information that would...

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Michigan hits No. 5 in nation for COVID-19 deaths, No. 6 for cases, ICU patients

Michigan hits No. 5 in nation for COVID-19 deaths, No. 6 for cases, ICU patients

The Detroit News State health officials painted a grim picture of Michigan's COVID-19 crisis Wednesday during a media briefing by the state's top epidemiologist.The state has the sixth highest number of COVID-19 cases in the nation and the fifth highest number of deaths, said Sarah Lyon-Callo, director of the Bureau of Epidemiology at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. The state's average daily case rates are approaching those experienced during last spring's surge in southeast Michigan and are continuing to increase at a fast pace, she said. Michigan reported 7,458 new...

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Ford unveils Michigan Central site plan for Corktown

Ford unveils Michigan Central site plan for Corktown

The Detroit News Ford Motor Co. on Tuesday unveiled its site plan for Michigan Central, the project to transform the area around the historic former train depot in the city's Corktown neighborhood into a campus focused on the mobility and transportation methods that will define the future of the automotive industry.At a virtual community meeting, the Dearborn automaker revealed its vision for the four-building, 30-acre campus, which it is in the midst of redeveloping via a $740 million project that aims to connect to the surrounding neighborhood. Ford described the planned campus as an...

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James asks state board to delay election certification, do audit

James asks state board to delay election certification, do audit

The Detroit News Republican U.S. Senate candidate John James continues to deny the results of the Nov. 3 election and has requested the Michigan Board of State Canvassers delay the statewide certification of votes to do an audit.James asked the state board not to certify the statewide election results and take two more weeks or until Dec. 7 to audit the results. Democratic U.S. Sen. Gary Peters defeated James 50%-48% or by more than 92,000 votes under the unofficial certified votes from Michigan's 83 counties.“I submit this request because I am interested in the truth and protecting the...

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Michigan GOP leaders after White House meeting: 'We will follow the law'

Michigan GOP leaders after White House meeting: 'We will follow the law'

The Detroit News Washington — Michigan’s top two legislative leaders vowed that the presidential candidate with the most votes will win the state's electoral votes after departing a Friday meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House.With the eyes of the nation on them and criticisms flying from Democrats, seven Michigan lawmakers traveled to meet with Trump for about an hour. The visit came as supporters of the president have moved in recent days to overturn the results of the state's election, which Democratic President-elect Joe Biden won by more than 154,000 votes in...

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Opinion: It's time to stand behind election results and move on

Opinion: It's time to stand behind election results and move on

Elissa Slotkin and Paul Mitchell The two of us, Republican and Democrat, disagree on many issues. But we agree — and we think most Americans agree — on a bedrock principle of democracy: that in our system, the will of the people prevails.Joe Biden won Michigan by about , according to the current unofficial results. He won enough states to clearly prevail in the Electoral College. President Donald Trump should accept those facts and allow the rest of the country to move forward. And, most importantly — the reason we are writing this joint piece: Elected leaders must recognize their role in...

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Finley: Here's Trump's game plan for invalidating election, holding presidency

Finley: Here's Trump's game plan for invalidating election, holding presidency

NOLAN FINLEYThe Detroit News Beneath the frivolous lawsuits, the distorted claims of voter fraud and the desperate denials of reality, there's a calculated strategy the Trump camp is pursuing to steal the presidential election from Joe Biden.There's a method to the madness we've been living through since Election Day, and it's as convoluted as it is dastardly.The goal is not, as Democrats suspect, to convert the Electoral College electors in Michigan and other states to switch their votes from Biden to Donald Trump.That theory was supercharged with the summoning to the White House of...

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Top GOP state lawmakers set to visit White House amid election fight

Top GOP state lawmakers set to visit White House amid election fight

The Detroit News Lansing — The top two leaders in the Republican-controlled Michigan Legislature are expected to visit the White House Friday, according to a source with knowledge of the plans.The visits by Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, and House Speaker Lee Chatfield, R-Levering, will come as a legal fight plays out in the battleground state with President Donald Trump attempting to challenge the results of the Nov. 3 election.Democrats and at least one Republican voiced frustration after news of the planned trip broke, citing concerns that it could be part of an effort...

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75-year-old hunter goes missing near Sleeping Bear Dunes; agencies find him stuck in mud

75-year-old hunter goes missing near Sleeping Bear Dunes; agencies find him stuck in mud

The Detroit News The Michigan Department of Natural Resources led an effort Sunday to rescue a North Carolina hunter who went missing near Sleeping Bear Dunes during the first day of the firearm deer season, officials said.The 75-year-old man had been at deer camp with friends and family, hunting the same spot in Benzie County for the last 20 years, but after the group decided not to hunt due to the cold and windy conditions, they couldn't find him, the department said in a statement.DNR Conservation Officer Amanda McCurdy met two Benzie County Sheriff’s deputies at the scene near Boekeloo...

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