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Catholic school sues Michigan to drop its ‘unreasonable’ mask mandate in schools

Catholic school sues Michigan to drop its ‘unreasonable’ mask mandate in schools

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy EDIT: This story has been edited to reflect that the judge hasn’t made a decision about the temporary restraining order yet.Michigan’s mask mandate in schools prevents students from getting a Catholic education, a Lansing elementary school argues in a new lawsuit against the state.Resurrection School – a Catholic school in Lansing – is suing Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Director Robert Gordon for his mandate requiring mask wearing in schools all day because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Parents of students at Resurrection are also plaintiffs in...

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Ford, General Motors knew about harm of transportation emissions for decades, investigation finds

Ford, General Motors knew about harm of transportation emissions for decades, investigation finds

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy Two major Michigan based car manufacturers knew for decades about the harmful impacts vehicle emissions have on the environment, a new investigation from E&E News revealed.The says researchers at Ford Motor Company and General Motors revealed “strong evidence in the 1960s and 1970s that human activity was warming the Earth."The findings are “disturbing as a Michigander," said Kate Madigan, director of the Michigan Climate Action Network.'“To see this evidence that what we suspected is true, that our car manufacturers have known about climate change for 50...

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Ann Arbor SPARK to host ‘Tech Homecoming’ virtual job fair

Ann Arbor SPARK to host ‘Tech Homecoming’ virtual job fair

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy ANN ARBOR, MI -- An event for job seekers and growing companies in the Ann Arbor area is kicking off virtually this year.Ann Arbor SPARK’s Tech Homecoming event will run from 3-7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 24 with nearly 20 companies hiring. The event is free but job seekers will be required to through Ann Arbor SPARK.“Originally conceived as a way to kick off the long Thanksgiving weekend, Tech Homecoming is a chance to show off the abundant career opportunities Ann Arbor has to offer,” said Jenn Cornell Queen, Ann Arbor SPARK senior vice president of marketing,...

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53,000 ballots have been spoiled in Michigan so far – but most aren’t from voters changing their minds

53,000 ballots have been spoiled in Michigan so far – but most aren’t from voters changing their minds

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy Michigan voters can still change their minds about who they vote for, even if they’ve already submitted their absentee ballot.State law allows people to “spoil” their ballot for any reason. To do so by mail, the deadline is 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 30. Voters can also spoil their ballot in person at their local clerk’s office anytime before 10 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 2.President Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday morning about people changing their votes, saying many people are spoiling their ballots for Joe Biden to vote for Trump instead.“Strongly Trending (Google)...

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No, the increase in Michigan coronavirus cases is not driven by more testing

No, the increase in Michigan coronavirus cases is not driven by more testing

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy As coronavirus case numbers rise in Michigan and across the country, President Donald Trump and many of his supporters are shrugging it off as a result of increase in testing.“Media is doing everything possible to create fear prior to November 3rd,” Trump said Saturday morning on Twitter. “The Cases are up because TESTING is way up, by far the most, and best, in the world. Mortality rate is DOWN 85% plus!”Trump’s tweet came the same day that Michigan reported 3,338 new cases, blowing past the previous one-day record of 2,015 cases reported on Friday, Oct....

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Trump attacks Whitmer and Biden, says election is about ‘economic survival for Michigan’

Trump attacks Whitmer and Biden, says election is about ‘economic survival for Michigan’

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy LANSING, MI -- President Donald Trump attacked political rivals Joe Biden and Michigan Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer while making his pitch to voters at a Lansing rally one week before the Nov. 3 election.Trump was met by an estimated 10,000 supporters who waited hours in 37-degree weather and persistent rain at the Capitol Region International Airport in Lansing, one of three rallies he held in battleground states Tuesday. The president said this election is a “matter of economic survival for Michigan," arguing his policies will result in new investment in...

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Judge strikes down Election Day open carry ban at Michigan polls

Judge strikes down Election Day open carry ban at Michigan polls

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy Voters can openly carry firearms at most polling places on Tuesday, Nov. 3, a Michigan Court of Claims judge has ruled – although the state plans to appeal.Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson issued a directive Oct. 16 instructing local clerks to ban the open carry of guns at all polling places on Election Day, but a group of Michigan gun groups sued to invalidate it. Chief Judge Christopher Murray granted a preliminary injunction Tuesday, Oct. 27 that gets rid of the ban for next week’s election.Benson and Attorney General Dana Nessel – also a defendant – plan...

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Alleged cannibal Latunski told police his victim asked to be killed

Alleged cannibal Latunski told police his victim asked to be killed

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy SHIAWASSEE COUNTY, MI -- The man accused of killing a Swartz Creek man and cannibalizing part of his body told a Michigan State Police detective his victim asked to be killed before he stabbed him and then slashed his throat.MSP Detective James Moore testified Friday, Oct. 23, in Shiawassee District Court that Mark D. Latunski of Bennington Townhip, just north of Morrice, confessed to stabbing and mutilating the body of 25-year-old Kevin Bacon on Dec. 28, 2019.Latunski, who earlier this month was found mentally fit to stand trial for Bacon’s murder and the...

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U.P. city sets 2 new snow records in one day

U.P. city sets 2 new snow records in one day

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy MARQUETTE, MI - Winter is coming in strong and taking names in the Upper Peninsula this year, where the National Weather Service in Marquette announced that its snowfall totals had broken not just one but two records on Sunday.The first new record is for the Oct. 25 daily snowfall total, which was previously set with 3.1 inches of snow back in 1976. Marquette blew past that in a big way on Sunday, recording 8.3 inches of snow.That pushed October’s total snowfall into record-breaking territory, too.“This recent snowfall also established a new monthly snowfall...

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Michigan woman identified as U.S. Navy pilot killed in aircraft training crash

Michigan woman identified as U.S. Navy pilot killed in aircraft training crash

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy A U.S. Navy instructor pilot who died in a training incident that also killed a Coast Guard student Friday was identified as a Michigan woman.According to a release from the Navy, a 30-year-old Wixom native Lt. Rhiannon Ross and Ensign Morgan Garrett, a 24-year-old North Carolina native, were killed when their training aircraft crashed into a residential area near Foley Alabama. No civilians were injured in the crash.Ross, an instructor pilot, and Garrett, a student aviator, took off from Naval Air Station Whiting Field, in Florida, on a routine training flight...

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Michigan man accidentally buys extra lotto ticket, wins pair of $1M prizes

Michigan man accidentally buys extra lotto ticket, wins pair of $1M prizes

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy LANSING, MI -- Winning a $1 million prize would make any lottery player happy, but winning two in one drawing because you made a mistake? For a Dearborn Heights man, what started as a mistake led to him winning an extra $1 million after he matched all five white numbers drawn for the Mega Millions drawing held on June 9. Samir Mazahem, 56, bought his winning tickets on the Michigan Lottery website, but not without a bit of confusion. “I went online and bought a ticket using numbers that are family birthdays,” said Mazahem. "I forgot to save the numbers as...

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Michigan’s 1,670 coronavirus cases per day sets new pandemic high

Michigan’s 1,670 coronavirus cases per day sets new pandemic high

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy Michigan health officials reported 1,586 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, Oct. 20, as the seven-day average for cases per day climbed to a new high.Health experts recommend looking at seven-day moving averages to assess trends throughout the coronavirus pandemic. Over the last seven days, Michigan has averaged 1,670 new cases per day, which surpasses the prior record of 1,626 set April 7 during the peak of the first wave.The Department of Health and Human Services also reported 22 new deaths on Tuesday, of which one was discovered during a vital records...

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Tim Hortons offering free doughnuts to anyone who visits in costume on Halloween

Tim Hortons offering free doughnuts to anyone who visits in costume on Halloween

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy Tim Hortons is offering up a sweet treat for free this Halloween.Many favorite Halloween activities and traditions, including trick-or-treating, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. That’s led several companies to get creative to pass out treats.On Oct. 31, guests can trick-or-treat at their local Tim Hortons restaurant by visiting a Tim Hortons U.S. drive-thru in costume to receive a free Halloween doughnut.RELATED: “We know that Halloween will look different for so many families this year, and we want to be a place where guests can celebrate their favorite...

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West Michigan superintendents warn schools may be forced to close if coronavirus cases don’t slow down

West Michigan superintendents warn schools may be forced to close if coronavirus cases don’t slow down

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy West Michigan superintendents warn that schools may be forced to switch to remote learning or cancel extracurricular activities like sports if coronavirus cases continue to surge in the region.School leaders across Kent, Muskegon and Ottawa counties urged their communities to follow safety protocols like social distancing and mask-wearing to slow the spread of COVID-19, warning the future of K-12 schools is at stake, according to a letter signed by 46 area superintendents Tuesday.“To mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our communities and to keep schools open,...

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3 takeaways from U.S. Rep. Fred Upton and state Rep. Jon Hoadley debate

3 takeaways from U.S. Rep. Fred Upton and state Rep. Jon Hoadley debate

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy KALAMAZOO, MI -- Sixth congressional district candidates U.S. Rep. Fred Upton and state Rep. Jon Hoadley debated for the first time Monday morning on local radio station WKZO.The district has long been a Republican stronghold. Upton is seeking his 18th consecutive term in the November general election. Democrat Hoadley is considered the front-runner .Libertarian Jeff Depoy and Green Party candidate John Lawrence are also on the ballot facing Upton. Depoy and Lawrence were not part of Monday’s debate.Upton led the debate Monday with opening statements about how...

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21 years ago this month, a man said he fell off a freighter in Lake Superior, swam 4 miles to shore

21 years ago this month, a man said he fell off a freighter in Lake Superior, swam 4 miles to shore

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy EAGLE HARBOR, MI – As Great Lakes stories go, this one might sound like it ranks right up there with a “big fish” tale or a mermaid sighting. But it’s got a survivor who gave his harrowing account to authorities 21 years ago this month.A 698-foot iron ore carrier was crossing Lake Superior on the night of Oct. 10, 1999 when a young crewman said he lost his footing while securing some barrels on the deck. His fall overboard went unnoticed. Hours later, , according to the Associated Press. He’d swum 4.5 miles to reach land. He’d done it in 46-degree water, in an...

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Gun groups sue Michigan Secretary of State for banning open carry at polls on Election Day

Gun groups sue Michigan Secretary of State for banning open carry at polls on Election Day

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy A trio of Michigan gun rights groups are suing Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson over her directive for local clerks to prohibit the open carry of firearms at the polls on Election Day.While Benson argues the ban is within her powers to make elections safe, the lawsuit in the Michigan Court of Claims argues it forces people to choose between their right to vote and their right to bear arms.“One must choose one right or the other, but not both," plaintiffs argue in the lawsuit, if the ban stands.Related: Michigan Open Carry, Michigan Gun Owners,...

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Violators of COVID-19 orders in Washtenaw County now face fines up to $1,000

Violators of COVID-19 orders in Washtenaw County now face fines up to $1,000

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy ANN ARBOR, MI — Violators of COVID-19 emergency orders issued by the Washtenaw County Health Department now can face steep monetary penalties.County commissioners voted unanimously Wednesday night, Oct. 21, to approve a penalty fine schedule presented by Health Officer Jimena Loveluck.It applies to both local orders in place, including and a for University of Michigan undergraduate students that runs through Nov. 3.The fines range from $500 to $1,000 for each violation or day that a violation continues.Violators of the two orders are subject to a $500 citation,...

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Man out on bond for robbery of Ann Arbor pharmacy arrested for trying to rob same pharmacy again

Man out on bond for robbery of Ann Arbor pharmacy arrested for trying to rob same pharmacy again

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy ANN ARBOR, MI – A man accused of robbing an Ann Arbor pharmacy in June and still awaiting trial for that crime was arrested again after trying to rob the same pharmacy while on bond, police said.Devon Gaza-Harris Nelson, 19, of Ann Arbor, was arraigned Wednesday, Oct. 21, on one felony count of assault with intent to rob while armed a day after he was arrested attempting to rob a pharmacy in the 2400 block of E. Stadium Boulevard, according to the Ann Arbor Police department.Witnesses told police Nelson, armed with a crowbar, entered the pharmacy at about 1:30...

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How to report a violation of 2-week stay-in-place order for University of Michigan students

How to report a violation of 2-week stay-in-place order for University of Michigan students

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy ANN ARBOR, MI — University of Michigan undergraduate students cannot leave their residences, except for a few exceptions, under a two-week issued Tuesday, Oct. 20, in an effort to curb the rise in COVID-19 cases in Washtenaw County.To enforce the order, the Washtenaw County Health Department and UM Division of Public Safety and Security are taking an “education first” approach rather than penalties and fines.“If that doesn’t work, then there’s an escalation process that can be used in terms of warnings or then more severe penalties, whether they be monetary or...

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‘Not this again:’ University of Michigan students react to stay-in-place order

‘Not this again:’ University of Michigan students react to stay-in-place order

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy ANN ARBOR, MI — “Oh no, not this again.”That’s Ryan Fisher’s reaction to the Washtenaw County Health Department’s current stay-in-place order for University of Michigan undergraduate students.While the Ann Arbor campus hasn’t been as crowded or active as it was pre-pandemic, it was even quieter Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 21, a day after the order was issued.Only a few dozen people passed through the Diag on their way to allowed in-person classes over the course of about 15 minutes. The feeling on campus now , some students said, is similar to that of late March,...

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Matthew Stafford faces ‘good buddy’ Matt Ryan in first game back in Georgia since college

Matthew Stafford faces ‘good buddy’ Matt Ryan in first game back in Georgia since college

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy ALLEN PARK -- While most remain fixated on Matthew Stafford’s with Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw as the World Series unfolds, the Detroit Lions quarterback will face one of his best friends in Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan this weekend.This matchup also represents Stafford’s first game back in Georgia since he was leading the Bulldogs more than a decade ago. The Lions quarterback spoke with reporters via Zoom on Wednesday, detailing his “unique and special” relationship with Ryan. The two have vacationed together, won a church league basketball in Atlanta and...

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Duncan Robinson says Lakers called him ‘Jimmy Neutron’ during NBA Finals

Duncan Robinson says Lakers called him ‘Jimmy Neutron’ during NBA Finals

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy Basketball Reference doesn’t provide any official nicknames for Duncan Robinson.But apparently, the Los Angeles Lakers took it upon themselves to give the former Michigan star one during their NBA Finals series with the Miami Heat.“Jimmy Neutron.”Robinson, who started all 21 playoff games for the Eastern Conference champions, revealed the nugget during a conversation with FOX’s Mark Titus and Tate Frazier on Tuesday. It came after the hosts told Robinson several people on Twitter had said he looked like the boy genius' best friend, Sheen.“I’m ok with it,”...

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Betsy DeVos pushes for school choice in pro-family speech during Michigan visit

Betsy DeVos pushes for school choice in pro-family speech during Michigan visit

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy HILLSDALE, MI - U.S. Education Secretary and Michigan native Betsy DeVos on Monday pushed for parental choice in a pro-family speech that took aim at the federal education department she leads.DeVos’ message Oct. 19 at conservative Hillsdale College focused on school choice policies, during a time when many parents are dealing with obstacles in the education of their children amid the COVID-19 pandemic.“Across America there’s massive unmet demand, especially right now,” said DeVos, who has been vocal about schools “The COVID crisis has laid bare a lot about...

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400-ton historic pavilion being moved away from Lake Michigan amid worsening erosion

400-ton historic pavilion being moved away from Lake Michigan amid worsening erosion

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy MANISTEE, MI – A historic 400-ton limestone and timber pavilion will be moved away from an eroding Lake Michigan bluff in December.The 80-year-old structure offers spectacular views of the big lake from atop a crumbling bluff at Orchard Beach State Park in Manistee Township. Fortifications at the bluff’s base are only a stop-gap against the relentlessness of Mother Nature, which officials say would eventually claim the building.“It’s hard to fight Mother Nature,” park superintendent Doug Barry told MLive. “The best way to save that building is to move it away...

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