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7 arrests, 4 police injured in skirmish in homeless camp
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) – Seven protesters were arrested and four police officers were injured in a skirmish at a homeless camp in Kalamazoo. The clash came two days after police removed people from the camp and signs were posted warning that enforcement of trespassing measures would begin at noon and noon on Friday. Activists were present when agents from the Kalamazoo Public Security Department arrived and told everyone to leave. According to the police, the activists clashed violently with the officers. Three were cited for trespassing and seven others were jailed and charged with trespassing, resisting arrest and obstructing justice. A person also faces a felony charge of assaulting an officer.
FEEDING VETO BIRDS
Whitmer veto bill to ease bird feeding restrictions
GAYLORD, Mich. (AP) – Governor Gretchen Whitmer has vetoed a bill that would have relaxed restrictions on bird feeding in areas where deer and elk roam. Whitmer says the bill clashes with state efforts to prevent certain animals from congregating and spreading disease. Feeding birds is not illegal. But it is illegal to take out food that may attract or attract deer. Representative Ken Borton’s bill would have explicitly allowed people to place or spread food within 300 feet of their homes. The Department of Natural Resources and the Michigan Farm Bureau opposed the bill. Years ago, Borton was accused of not doing enough to keep deer from feeding in Otsego County. He said the case was dismissed.
Judge: man accused of shooting soldier will remain in jail
FINDLAY, Ohio (AP) – A Michigan man charged with causing a shooting that seriously injured an Ohio State soldier during a traffic stop will remain jailed without bail. A judge rendered his ruling on Friday during the initial appearance of Robert Tramaine Hathorn. The 42-year-old Muskegon man is charged with aggravated theft with a deadly weapon. It is not known whether he retained the services of a lawyer. Authorities say Private Josef Brobst stopped Hathorn’s car for speeding Wednesday night on Interstate 75 near Findlay, and Brobst asked Hathorn to get out of the vehicle because it smelled of marijuana. Authorities said the pair were standing behind the patrol cruiser when they began to struggle for the soldier’s service weapon and Brobst was shot in the lower body.
SALARIES IN FORCE
Whitmer Reinstates Wages On State Projects
LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has said Michigan will pay higher “in force” wages on state building projects, three years after Republican lawmakers repealed a long-standing law that demanded a better salary. The Democratic governor said Thursday that overturning the law did not prevent him from implementing an existing wage policy for state contracts. She calls it “good policy” and one that benefits workers and government. The announcement drew criticism from conservative groups and an association of non-union entrepreneurs which funded a ballot initiative that allowed lawmakers to repeal the law. They say Whitmer’s decision is illegal. A trial seems likely.
VIRUS-WMU SPORTS OUTBREAK
WMU loses appeal over athletes and demand for virus vaccine
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) – A federal appeals court has ruled in favor of Western Michigan University athletes. They sued to play sports without getting the COVID-19 vaccine, citing religious reasons. The appeals court refused to freeze a ruling from a judge who said the WMU’s vaccine policy likely violated the constitutional right to follow a religion. The appeals court said at least 16 athletes requested religious exemption but were ignored or denied. WMU may require that they wear a mask or be regularly tested for COVID-19, under an injunction from a Grand Rapids judge. In their lawsuit, the athletes say they are “steadfast Christians” who believe the Bible and their faith prevent them from getting the COVID-19 vaccine.
Detroit-area homecoming game striped; no ref
MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. (AP) – The suburban Detroit school football game has been called off due to a lack of referees. Mount Clemens was scheduled to play Friday night against Potterville, a school southwest of Lansing. Homecoming games are a big date on any school’s calendar, along with community events and other traditions. Mount Clemens coach Marcus Cribbs said his players were disappointed, especially the seniors. The school plans to host a reunion ball on Saturday and other events next week. The high school and college were closed on Friday due to a threat.
Whitmer proposes $ 6.3 million to reduce backlog of crime cases
LANSING, Michigan (AP) – Governor Gretchen Whitmer has proposed spending $ 6.3 million in federal bailout funding to reduce the backlog of criminal cases in Michigan courts that has been caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The governor’s office says there are more than 6,200 cases, the most common being gun cases, which have been pending trial for about five months or more. The funding, if approved by the legislature, would be used to create “virtual backlog reduction files” – working with judges, prosecutors, defense lawyers, clerks, probation officers and other staff.
COMPLAINT TO THE POLICE
ACLU: Federal government must investigate police in suburban Detroit
TAYLOR, Mich. (AP) – The American Civil Liberties Union is calling on the federal government to investigate the use of force by a police department in suburban Detroit, particularly incidents involving black people. The ACLU says Taylor’s officers have injured people and created an “atmosphere of fear and intimidation.” The ACLU referred to 20 cases of suspected or documented excessive force. A white officer was recently charged with assaulting a black motorist in 2020. The town of Taylor has issued a statement saying it “has been made aware of the complaint filed by the ACLU and will cooperate as requested by the Department of Justice, as we always do “. “
UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN-PRESIDENT
Schlissel says he can still teach after UM presidency
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) – The president of the University of Michigan has said he will return to teaching and research “if nothing more interesting comes along.” Mark Schlissel spoke on Thursday, two days after announcing he would step down as president in 2023 after nine years. He noted that he is a permanent member of the faculty of the university. Schlissel described himself as “just an old professor of biology” before his career took him to the head of the university. Schlissel is paid $ 927,000 per year. He will receive his presidential salary for up to two years after June 2023, under an agreement with the Council of Regents. The university will also provide a laboratory and $ 2 million to operate it.
Smart robots do all the work at Nissan’s ‘smart’ factory
KAMINO KAWA, Japan (AP) – Nissan’s “smart factory” has virtually no human workers. The robots do the work, including welding and assembly. They don’t just do the paint job; they also inspect their own paint job. The assembly line of the Ariya sport utility vehicle at Nissan’s Tochigi plant, which is expected to be operational by April, is designed so that all three types of models: electric; e-Power, with both an engine and an engine, and ordinary combustion engines – can be built on the same line. Nissan says robots can also help make up for the lack of workers in aging Japan.
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