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    No disciplinary action for Florida cop who shot protester in face with rubber bullet Lady Gaga’s grandma ‘praying’ for dog walker shot trying to stop dognapping of singer’s French bulldogs: ‘It’s a cruel world we’re living in’ © USA TODAY NETWORK Southeast Michigan High School Sports Awards MONROE, Mich. -- November 15, 2020 – The Southeast Michigan High School Sports Awards is a nine-month student athlete recognition program that culminates in a star-studded, on-demand broadcast show, featuring the biggest names in professional sports and the top student athletes from the Southeast Michigan region. Honorees for 28 state sanctioned sports will be announced throughout the year in the Monroe News and The Daily Telegram and on the event website at sportsawards.usatoday.com/southeastmichigan.   During the on-demand broadcast, top professional athletes and sportscasters will present these honorees, along with the top three finalists and the athlete of the year for each sport. The...
    The library at the University of Michigan was briefly closed last month after staff discovered venomous spiders in a storage facility.  The three Mediterranean recluse spiders were found late last month in the Shapiro Undergraduate Library, the Associated Press reported, and the building was treated this week for spiders.  The school told the outlet the arachnids did not enter any public spaces and the facility was only closed on Sunday and Monday as a precautionary measure. "We apologize for the inconvenience to the university community," a spokesperson for the school said.  Mediterranean recluse spiders have a poisonous bite and gravitate toward dark areas like caves and boiler rooms. They have been found around the world.  “You’re really unlikely to be in any kind of danger unless you have to be in close contact,” professor Anne Danielson-Francois said according to the Detroit Free Press. “But if you’re the plumber crawling through a crawl space that has a...
    Republicans of Cass County, Michigan, censured Republican Rep. Fred Upton Tuesday for his vote to remove Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia from the House Education Committee. Upton voted to remove Greene from the committee for spreading QAnon conspiracy theories and for comments on school shootings, Upton said in a tweet. Republicans from his district condemned Upton’s decision calling his vote a “betrayal.” “We believe Congressman Upton’s vote is a betrayal to his oath of office and core values of the Cass County Republican Party,” said the Cass County Republicans in the resolution, according to Detroit News. Upton openly criticized the members of his district’s GOP for believing that Greene’s comments are acceptable. “She taunted a Parkland school shooting survivor, argued that California wildfires were started by a Jewish space laser, accused Democratic politicians of running a pedophile ring out of a pizza parlor, and questioned whether 9/11 really happened,”...
              Saugatuck Public Schools will no longer use the nickname “Indians,” after an 11-year saga culminated into the changing of the school system’s mascot over concerns of racial insensitivity. According to Tuesday reports, the school will now use the nickname “Trailblazers,” following the trend of professional and other sports teams changing their nicknames from anything related to Native American culture. The final straw for Saugatuck Public Schools came last summer, when racial strife permeated the country in the wake of George Floyd’s death in police custody in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The school first met about changing the school’s nickname in 2009. But finally, after 11 years, it commissioned a committee of students and community members to come up with a new nickname. “The Saugatuck Public Schools’ board of education and administration strive to promote a learning culture that values diversity, equity, and inclusion,” the school...
    FLINT (WNEM) — It was a chilly February morning at Hamady High School in Flint when Jason Hightower waited in line. “Certain stuff we don’t get,” Hightower said. “And with the pandemic, it’s a lot that we don’t get out as much and it helps a lot at least. And with the milk and stuff, well my kids drink a lot of milk.” READ MORE: Oakland County Warns Of COVID-19 Related Phone Scam Hightower was one of dozens picking up bags of food. The food giveaway he participated in is only one part of the food relief at Westwood Heights Schools. The other part is a pantry–the main staple of the Best Food Forward Program. Though it’s mostly empty now, before the pandemic, it was filled with food students could take home to their families. According to Westwood Heights Superintendent Peter Toal, 80 to 90 percent of the student body...
    (CBS DETROIT) – The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reported there are new coronavirus outbreaks in 20 Michigan schools. On Monday, Feb. 22, the data released by state health officials shows majority of the outbreaks are between two to six cases. READ MORE: Police: 3 Dead After Shooting On Detroit Freeway The state reported 13 cases among students at Michigan Technological University in Houghton County. READ MORE: Dog Missing For 43 Days Reunites With His Family After Being Rescued From A Grain Silo In St. Joseph County, there were eight cases reported among both students and staff at Andrews Elementary School. At Lutheran Westland High School in Wayne County, there were six cases reported among both students and staff. School-related outbreak reporting is updated on Mondays by 3 p.m. For more information visit here. MORE NEWS: Alpena Woman, Margaret Suszek, Celebrates 100th and Recovery From COVID-19 ©...
    (CBS DETROIT) – Paul Robeson Malcom X Academy is a pre-K through 8 school.  Part of the curriculum teaches the contributions African people made in the United States and Diaspora. READ MORE: Michigan Reports 888 New COVID-19 Cases, 85 Deaths Thursday Every morning students start the day with the Black National Anthem and calm classroom exercises that includes relaxation by stretching and breathing before getting into their studies. Students are also encouraged to practice two of the seven principles of Kwanza daily.  READ MORE: Biden Postponing Michigan Trip Due To Weather HARAMBE which means “unity” and UJIMA meaning “collective work and responsibility.” © 2021 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. MORE NEWS: County Board Votes Down Resolution Recognizing US Rep’s Work   Related
    Ann Arbor Public Schools declared a “Virtual Snow Day” before a Monday night storm despite already operating virtually. Jeanice Swift, superintendent of the Michigan district, sent a notice to parents canceling online classes Tuesday, well before the first flake fell: I am sure that you are aware of the significant snow event coming to southeast Michigan overnight. With a snow storm arriving, and the forecast calling for snow, high winds, slick roads, and potential power outages, this would typically be the time when we would make an inclement weather day announcement. … As this COVID pandemic continues, stress is high and wellness is more important than ever. Snow days are opportunities for children, young people, and adults to play in the snow, read books, take a break, and enjoy the winter season. These days are unexpected opportunities to make memories, to have fun and to celebrate community. We don’t want...
    (CBS DETROIT) – The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reported there are new coronavirus outbreaks in 22 Michigan schools. On Monday, Feb. 15, the data released by state health officials shows majority of the outbreaks are between two to five cases. RELATED: Michigan Mother Uses Daily Game Of Dress-Up To Teach 5-Year-Old About Black History The state reported 24 cases among students and staff at Forest Hills Central which is in Kent County and is the highest number of cases this week. RELATED: Former Detroit TV Anchor Dies One Day After Taking COVID Vaccine In Detroit, there were five cases reported among staff at Barack Obama Leadership Academy; two cases reported among students at Jalen Rose Leadership Academy and two cases reported among students at the College of Creative Studies. Lawrence Tech University in Southfield reported eight cases among students and in Dearborn at Divine Child Elementary...
    LANSING Ill. (WLS) -- For some school administrators, remote learning has added mileage to their cars as they personally deliver what students need to learn from home.At Thornton Fractional South High School in Lansing, this month's deliveries to students mark a milestone.One cold morning's deliveries included a t-shirt dropped off a Janee Compton's house. The senior at TF South had no idea her principal and administrators would turn up at her front door."What schools did you get accepted to?" asked Mr. Richardson."I got accepted to Bradley, and I got accepted to Bell State, and I got accepted to Iowa Wesleyan University and others... I can't remembered," she answered.Later, during AP English class, Janee announced her pick, declaring "I'm going to Mizzou." She said it hasn't been a tough school year; E-learning just takes will power."I wouldn't say it's tough because it's more like self-motivation," Compton said.From there it was onto...
    The Michigan High School Athletics Association has issued contradictory mask rules ahead of the state allowing school winter sports to return. The new rules require most athletes to wear masks even while playing. The mandate includes mask-wearing for basketball players, cheerleaders, hockey players, football players, and others, OutKick reported. However, wrestlers won’t be required to wear masks, even though wrestlers are required to get closer to their opponents than nearly any other athlete. In the latter case, wrestlers will not have to wear masks if they test negative for the coronavirus ahead of every match. Still, other athletes will be required to wear masks whether they test negative or not. Basketball players, for one, must wear masks at all times, even on the court. And they will have to wear masks even if they test negative fr the virus. The state will also require disabled athletes to have a doctor’s...
    Southfield (CW50) – There is no doubt that the people of Detroit love the city they live in, but what kind of impact does the city of Detroit make on the people who grow up here and move away to pursue careers outside of the city? Karinda L. Washington grew up in Detroit, eventually choosing a career path in the medical field. She began as a pre-med student at Eastern Michigan University, but after her junior year, she decided that the path she had chosen wasn’t right for her. Her father pushed her to choose a path in which she’d be happy doing something for free. This led her to change her major in her final year and complete graduate school with a degree in public relations. Washington would go on to spend nearly a decade at the nonprofit Michigan Legal Services, helping people in low-income communities. RELATED: Wayne County Executive...
            by Scott McClallen  An online survey of 22,500 Michigan Education Association (MEA) members, the largest teachers union in the state, showed that half had received their first shot. Of the responding group, approximately 90% responded they want the vaccine. According to the survey: 50% have received their first shot Another 6.4% have received both doses of the vaccine 36.9% were not yet vaccinated or scheduled to do so 6.9% of responding school employees don’t plan to get the vaccine, with another 6.3% unsure. “Our members see the vaccine as a critical component to reopening classrooms across the state, along with continued mitigation measures like masks, social distancing and sanitization,” MEA President Paula Herbart said in a statement. “They are following the science and are embracing the vaccines’ potential for protecting their health and safety, as well as that of their students. While thousands...
    Parents in Mason, Michigan, are organizing to demand students return to classrooms full time as coronavirus-related school closures drag on. Students in the Mason School District currently go in-person two days a week and virtually the other three. “I feel the options don’t work for everyone,” parent Amber Rodriguez, who was one of 514 parents to sign the petition, told WILX. “These kids’ mental health is struggling a lot. Especially a lot of the older kids. They need to be in school. They need to have their sports,” she said, referring Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s (D) ban on winter contact sports that was recently lifted after parents put pressure on the governor. Neighboring districts have already shifted to fully in-person, proving “that option is safe,” parents said. “I’m not understanding why my child can go only two days a week to learn but then the school is unlocked and he’s able...
    (CBS DETROIT) – The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reported there are new coronavirus outbreaks in more 30 Michigan schools. On Monday, Feb. 8, the data released by state health officials shows majority of the outbreaks are between two to four cases. RELATED: Mary Wilson, A Founding Member Of The Supremes, Has Died However in Detroit, there were 14 cases reported among students at the University of Detroit Jesuit Highschool and Academy and five cases reported among staff at Barack Obama Leadership Academy. In Macomb County, at both Anchor Bay North Middle School and Armada High School, there were two cases reported among students. At Pine Knob Elementary, Oxford High School and Notre Dame Prep Academy there were two cases reported among students. However at Seaholm High School there were two cases reported among both staff and students. In Wayne County, at St. Frances Cabrini Middle School, there...
    (CBS DETROIT) – Michigan high school student athletes are back meeting for matchups for the first time following a ban on winter contact sports by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. “Girls and boys basketball, ice hockey, competitive cheer and wrestling. They had been allowed to do non-contact activities going back to Jan. 16 when the non-contact sports started but this is the first day where they can have full activity again,” said MHSAA Communications Director Geoff Kimmerly. RELATED: Nearly A Week Later, Ice Cutters On St. Clair River As Residents/Businesses Remain Under Flood Warning Michigan High School Athletic Association tournaments were scheduled for the end of March but dates have been extended to early April to accommodate teams effected by the pause. “There shouldn’t be a ton of effect aside from the fact that we’re trying to really play a lot of games in a shorter amount of...
    More On: michigan Michigan’s education chief calls for longer school year due to COVID Stoppage of school sports contributed to teen’s death, parents say Nine nuns die from COVID-19 outbreak in Michigan Suspect in plot to kidnap Michigan governor will cooperate with authorities A 26-year-old man died from injuries sustained by a malfunctioning cannon at a Michigan baby shower on Saturday, a report said. Evan Silva was struck by metal shrapnel when the cannon — meant to celebrate the occasion — exploded at the home in Gaines Township at about 7:30 p.m., MLive.com reported, citing state police. Silva, who was standing about 10 feet from the device, was the only baby shower attendee struck by the shrapnel. He was taken to a hospital in Flint, but could not be saved, the report said. Investigators suspect gunpowder that was loaded into the cannon caused it to blow up. When fired...
            by Scott McClallen  The Michigan House on Thursday approved a $3.5 billion bill that would make $2.1 billion in federal education funding contingent on Gov. Gretchen Whitmer relinquishing her power to shut down schools to local health departments. The Republican’s COVID-19 recovery plan includes $33 million for vaccine distribution and $144 million for COVID-19 testing, allocated quarterly. The $3.5 billion plan is $2.1 billion less than Whitmer’s proposed plan, and is divided as follows: $415 million would flow to restaurants and other businesses targeted by Whitmer’s shutdown orders $38.5 million would reimburse liquor license and health department fees $150 million deposit into the unemployment trust fund to ensure benefits for unemployed workers $55 million to help Michigan job providers currently facing higher unemployment $22 million to assist job providers facing penalties and interest on 2020 summer or winter property taxes $165 million to help...
    EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State said Thursday that former Spartans basketball player Mat Ishbia has committed to donating a record $32 million to the athletic department. Ishbia was a walk-on guard for the Spartans for their 2000 national championship team under coach Tom Izzo. He graduated from Michigan State’s Eli Broad College of Business in 2003. “This donation is not about me,” Ishbia said. “This is to give credit to and thank coach Tom Izzo, the business school and Michigan State University for the incredible impact they have had on my life.” Ishbia is the chairman, president and CEO of United Wholesale Mortgage. He is committing $20 million to improve the football training facility and has requested its expansion along with naming the school’s basketball court after Izzo. Ishbia is also contributing $2 million to a fund set up to assist the basketball program, giving Izzo the discretion...
    The Michigan House on Thursday approved a $3.5 billion bill that would make $2.1 billion in federal education funding contingent on Gov. Gretchen Whitmer relinquishing her power to shut down schools to local health departments. The Republican’s COVID-19 recovery plan includes $33 million for vaccine distribution and $144 million for COVID-19 testing, allocated quarterly. The $3.5 billion plan is $2.1 billion less than Whitmer’s proposed plan, and is divided as follows: $415 million would flow to restaurants and other businesses targeted by Whitmer’s shutdown orders $38.5 million would reimburse liquor license and health department fees $150 million deposit into the unemployment trust fund to ensure benefits for unemployed workers $55 million to help Michigan job providers currently facing higher unemployment $22 million to assist job providers facing penalties and interest on 2020 summer or winter property taxes $165 million to help families with rent and...
    More On: education Biden needs to stand with kids and get schools open as he promised Kenya school gives second chance to teen mums forced out of classes Principal called ‘BLM Marxist’ for saying education rooted in ‘white supremacy’ Biden’s would-be education secretary pioneered classroom race theory Michigan’s education czar is proposing extending the school year next year to make up for the disruption in learning thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. Michael Rice, the superintendent of schools in Michigan, hasn’t said how many extra days he wants to tack on. “The current number of days, 180, was too low before the pandemic and isn’t close to that of high-performing nations,” Rice told UpNorthLive.com on Thursday. “We need to pivot to a new better normal, not simply back to where we were pre-pandemic.” Millions of students across the nation have been forced to learn under a mix of remote and...
    Organized students and parents scored a victory over Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) when she backed down Wednesday and authorized winter school sports to begin. Whitmer changed course after pushing back the start date to “at least” February 21 triggered weeks of protest by students, parents, and sports organizers. “Our numbers are now in place where we can allow our kids to get back in the game with their coaches and teammates,” the governor claimed during a midday press conference. Basketball, hockey, wrestling and competitive cheer may begin Monday, February 8, the new order said, and lasts through March 29, Fox 2 reported. Whitmer will require athletes to wear masks during competition and when masks cannot be worn, “participants must be regularly tested for COVID-19 (coronavirus) consistent with guidelines issued” by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, according to the Detroit News. The governor’s announcement comes just two...
    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A high school sports advocacy group, hockey league and parents of athletes sued Michigan’s health director on Tuesday, seeking a reversal of a 2 1/2-month state ban on contact sports that was issued to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Let Them Play Michigan, a group of student-athletes, parents, coaches and school administrators who rallied at the Capitol over the weekend, is among the plaintiffs that filed suit in the state Court of Claims. The complaint contends that the pandemic order, which was recently extended through Feb. 21, “arbitrarily and irrationally singles out and deprives” athletes of their constitutional rights and freedoms. Competition could resume safely with precautions, according to the lawsuit. “Unfortunately, there is no other place for citizens to appeal a decision that restricts the parents’ and the student-athletes’ ability to pursue a key component of their public education,” said lawyer Peter Ruddell. “The ban on...
    (CBS DETROIT) — Good paying jobs usually requires good training and you are typically paid based on your skin set. To get more money into more pockets Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is announcing a plan to get adults the training they need for free. “Regardless of whether you’re a democrat or republican, we can all agree on the importance of making sure every michigander  has a path to a good paying job in our state,” said Whitmer. It’s never too late to start over again and the Michigan Reconnect Program is giving residents of age a chance to do just that. The program pays the tuition costs for eligible adults to get an associates degree from their in-district community college or learn a new skills at participating centers. “I had some thoughts about going to Lansing Community College to obtain an associates degree but i couldn’t afford the pay and costs...
    Thousands of Michigan parents and students rallied Saturday in Lansing, Michigan, as Democrat Gov. Gretchen Whitmer once again postponed the state’s school sports programs. Gov. Whitmer scotched the Feb. 1 start date for winter sports, pushing it off about a month until Feb. 28. This is the second time the state has pushed off school sports. The policy makes Michigan the only state in the nation that has still not restarted school sports. The protest at the state capitol was organized by Let Them Play, a group started in 2020 by Monroe, Michigan, businesswoman Jayme McElvany on behalf of her high school athlete son, MLive reported. Saturday’s event, which saw at least 2,000 students, parents, coaches, and others in attendance, is the third event of its kind during the coronavirus crisis. “The crowd was incredible, and the kids who got up and spoke really showcased the emotions that everyone is...
            by Benjamin Zeisloft  Over the past five years, nearly 1,200 Michigan State University students and staff members reported racial discrimination incidents. Only eight instances, however, truly violated the school’s bias and discrimination policies. According to data provided to the Lansing State Journal by Michigan State’s Office of Institutional Equity, affiliates reported 1,187 instances of race-based bias and discrimination between 2015 and September 2020. Of those instances, 76 revealed issues with conduct, and of those 76 issues, eight instances — less than 1 percent of all reported — constituted violations of the school’s policies. Campus Reform independently confirmed this data with Michigan State University Office of Institutional Equity spokesperson Christian Chapman. Nevertheless, Tanya Jachimiak — the head of the Office of Institutional Equity — told the Lansing State Journal that a committee is currently “looking at how and where our policy is able to address and be part of the solution...
    A Michigan family says they believe their son died from depression because politicians canceled school hockey due to fears over the coronavirus. Brian and Rona Dethloff say that their son, Brennan, a senior at Mona Shores High School in Muskegon, Michigan, suffered from severe depression brought on in-part by Michigan’s coronavirus restrictions. “You could see it in his face and his body language and his demeanor that it just took it out of him. We both noticed it and did what we could, and … ultimately that night, something set him off,” the teen’s father told MLive.com. “You know, unfortunately, he chose to do what he did.” Michigan authorities didn’t just postpone the high school hockey season once, but twice. After its first rescheduling, the high school hockey season was supposed to have started on February 1 this year, but the state pushed that off again until February 21. The...
    More On: michigan Nine nuns die from COVID-19 outbreak in Michigan Suspect in plot to kidnap Michigan governor will cooperate with authorities Michigan couple, infant son found dead on remote snowmobile track Matthew Stafford lists Detroit mansion for $6.5M with Lions exit imminent A Michigan teen who died in a car crash was struggling with depression after COVID-19 stopped high school hockey, according to his heartbroken parents who said it could have led to their son’s death. Brennan Dethloff, an 18-year-old senior defenseman at Mona Shores High School, died on Jan. 18 from injuries sustained in the accident two days earlier, the team announced last month. But two coronavirus-linked delays in his team’s hockey season, coupled with Brennan’s ongoing mental health issues, was becoming too much for the teen prior to his tragic death, his parents said. “You could see it in his face and his body language and...
    A growing movement demanding high schoolers be allowed to play sports will be protesting Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s lockdown orders on Saturday. “Let Them Play” has thousands of followers and wants a full return to prep sports, MLive reported. “People have been hoping and crossing their fingers,” organizer Jayme McElvany said. “But now kids are at a breaking point, so instead of just hoping, parents are saying ‘This is enough. We can’t be pushed back again because we can’t go back any further.’” The high school football championships were just held — several weeks after their original expected conclusion. Now, Whitmer has delayed the start of winter contact sports, including basketball, hockey, wrestling, and competitive cheer “until at least February 21.” Traditionally, finals for those sports are held in late March. Many organizers, parents, and students have become fed up with Whitmer’s delays. Carter Dethloff, a Mona Shores High School...
    Students at The University of Michigan are being asked to stay home for ten days in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, including the B.1.1.7 variant that was first discovered in the U.K. The Washtenaw County Health Department is recommending students living on or near the campus in Ann Arbor to stay in place, through Feb. 7, the school said in a statement Wednesday. Students can leave their residence to participate in activities like in-person classes, work or research that cannot be done remotely, or getting food or medical care. According to the statement, 175 cases of COVID-19 have been identified since the winter term began on Jan. 19, of which 14 were determined to be the B.1.1.7 variant. “This recommendation is intended to slow any possible spread and give us a better understanding of the extent of the presence of B.1.1.7 variant on campus...
            by Scott McClallen  A week after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer pitched a $5.6 billion COVID-19 recovery plan, House Republicans countered with their own plan — with a significantly smaller price tag. House Appropriations Chair Thomas Albert, R-Lowell, announced the $3.5 billion plan that would use federal and state funds to help struggling job providers and families, return kids to school and sports, and boost the vaccine distribution program. More than a dozen school districts haven’t had in-person classes in nearly a year, Albert said. “The goal here is to provide much-needed hope for job providers in danger of closing their doors forever, families struggling to stay above water, and school kids suffering academically and emotionally,” Albert said in a statement. The $3.5 billion, $2.1 billion less than the governor’s proposed plan, is divided as follows: $415 million would flow to restaurants and other businesses targeted by...
    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan requested on Monday that standardized testing be waived for the 2020-2021 school year, after a school year marked with instruction inconsistency and difficulty due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Michigan Department of Education submitted the request to the U.S. Department of Education to allow schools to prioritize beginning and end of year benchmark assessments to ensure students are on track with their education and pause federally mandated testing. Michigan can’t safely and uniformly administer a fair standardized test, state Superintendent Michael Rice said in the request. Inconsistent internet connection and distracted home environments make online test-taking unfair and accommodations for those with language barriers or disabilities are more difficult to provide during the pandemic. Last March, as virus cases grew and schools moved online, then-U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos allowed Michigan to waive standardized testing for the 2019-2020 school year. Near the end of her tenure,...
    (CBS DETROIT) – The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reported there are new coronavirus outbreaks in more than 25 Michigan schools. On Monday, Jan. 25 the data released by state health officials shows majority of the outbreaks are between two to four cases. However, in Washtenaw County, there were eight cases reported among students and staff at St. Paul Lutheran School. At Dryden High School in Lapeer County, there were five cases reported among students and staff. Divine Child Catholic High School in Wayne County reported three cases among students and staff as well. For more information on outbreaks in the state, visit here. MORE FROM CBS DETROIT: Missed Gov. Whitmer’s Press Conference? Here’s Her Update On The State’s Response To COVID-19 MORE FROM CBS DETROIT: Stimulus Check Latest: Parents Could Receive Monthly Payments With Expanded Child Tax Credit MORE FROM CBS DETROIT: Stimulus Check Update: When...
    SUTTONS BAY, Mich. (AP) —  To celebrate five years in business, an auto repair shop has tuned up the lunch accounts at a northern Michigan school district. The owners of Mr. Hoxie’s Garage wrote a check for $2,033.99 to cover unpaid student lunch debts in Suttons Bay, near Traverse City, the Record-Eagle reported. “We know what a trying year this has been for so many, especially for the kids, so we wanted to find a way to help relieve some of the stress that comes with attending school on a daily basis,” Grant Hoxie said. Kris Hoxie said the couple usually supports school arts and sports, but COVID-19 disrupted those programs. “We all need a break right now, and this generous gesture will certainly help us to spread some joy to Suttons Bay families this year,” Superintendent Casey Petz said. Kris Hoxie said she has talked to other business owners...
    A University of Michigan freshman track star zoomed past her opponents and brought her team to victory in an incredible comeback with a 51.79 split in a 4x400 relay race at her first-ever college meet. Freshman Ziyah Holman was the star of the team's Simmons-Harvey Invitational race in Ann Arbor on Saturday where she made a jaw-dropping sprint and helped her team win by half a second.   Video of her incredible run has gone viral, showing the moment she received the baton for the final leg of the 4x400 relay while the team was down by four seconds and she was 25 meters behind her closest competitor. She sped along the track and passed an Ohio State runner and one lap later, close to the finish line, she pushed past a runner from Indiana State University, winning the race for Michigan by half a second.   Incredible comback: University of...
    More On: michigan wolverines Maryland in for rude awakening vs. this Big Ten foe There will be plenty of offense in this Big Ten matchup Take the over in Big Ten college hoops battle Century-old college rivalry game canceled because of COVID-19 This is how you make a debut. Michigan freshman Ziyah Holman raced past her competition on Saturday in the 4×400 replay in her first-ever college meet and is now a viral sensation. Holman made up a supposed-to-be-insurmountable four-second deficit with a 51.79 split at the Simmons-Harvey Invitational. “Just go test them, honestly,” Holman told Michigan Daily. “Just go get them, see how far you can get. As the race keeps going, you see yourself getting closer. Like oh my god, I’m actually getting closer. Why would I try so hard and not try to win?” Holman, according to the Wolverines website, was one of the most decorated...
    The 25 best political comedies The Answers to Top Questions During Tax Season Division III school mourns the sudden death of 20-year-old golfer Lauren Yankee Lauren Yankee bought a motorcycle during the pandemic lockdown. Mom said she got that bug from her father, and she worried every time Lauren left the house. Looking back now, Cari Yankee’s heart swells at the memory of how happy that bike made her eldest daughter, how she’d come back beaming from a long ride in the Michigan countryside. © Provided by Golfweek Lauren always did have an adventurous, fearless spirit. She loved to rock climb and ride dirt bikes and hike with friends. On Dec. 29, while on a trip down to Florida with her high school sweetheart, Lauren stopped breathing in a Valdosta, Georgia, hotel room. Boyfriend Travis Durant called 9-1-1 and started doing chest compressions. Doctors say it was a sudden...
    EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Members of Michigan State’s women’s swimming and diving team are seeking an injunction to prevent the school from dropping the program. Attorney Jill Zwagerman said a request for preliminary injunction was filed Friday. The motion filed in U.S. District Court in Michigan names Michigan State, the school’s Board of Trustees, MSU President Samuel Stanley Jr. and athletic director Bill Beekman as defendants. The filing seeks to restrain the school from eliminating the women’s varsity swimming and diving team — or any other women’s teams or athletic participation opportunities. In an accompanying brief, the plaintiffs said Michigan State is in violation of Title IX and has a history of failing to comply with Title IX’s athletic participation opportunity requirements. Michigan State announced in October it was dropping swimming and diving teams for men and women after the 2020-21 season, citing a financial crisis. Plaintiffs are requesting...
    Loading the player... Tech giant Apple has chosen Detroit as the site of its first U.S. Apple Developer Academy, designed to support coding and tech education as part of its racial equity initiatives.  The courses — which will be free to all, and no previous experience is required — are slated to be offered in collaboration with Michigan State University. The program is open to all Michigan residents and expects to serve at least 1,000 students per year.  Tim Cook, chief executive officer of Apple, is shown in July testifying remotely during the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law hearing on Online Platforms and Market Power. (Photo by Graeme Jennings-Pool/Getty Images) The academy will feature two programs. The first is a 30-day introduction to understanding what it means to be an app developer. The second, a full academy, will contain 10 to 12 months of intense study...
    (CBS DETROIT) – Apple CEO Tim Cook announced plans to open a tech development school in Detroit this year. Apple’s Developer Academy is in partnership with Michigan State University and HBCUs across the country. The program aims to train Black and brown business owners, coders and students. It is part of a $100 million racial equality initiative following the death of George Floyd last summer. MORE FROM CBS DETROIT: Police Seek Suspect, 3 Others After Deadly Shooting Inside Detroit Coney Island MORE FROM CBS DETROIT: Lansing Mayor Calls For National Guard Protection Ahead Of Capitol Protests MORE FROM CBS DETROIT: Unemployment Benefits: $300 Weekly Payments Begin For Unemployed Michigan Workers © 2021 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Related
    (CBS DETROIT) – Michigan high school students returned to in-person instruction on Monday after being virtual since Nov. 18 due to a spike statewide in COVID-19 cases. This comes as part of Michigan’s revised COVID-19 order that was issued on Dec. 18, 2020, which will be in effect until Jan. 15. While many districts were on holiday break, on Dec. 21, 2020 high school classes were able to return to school buildings. As for colleges and universities, students were able to return to campus for the winter semester, but was asked by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to delay in-person classes from starting until Jan. 19 and move-until Jan. 16. MORE FROM CBS DETROIT: Stimulus Package Update: When Will The Checks Start Arriving? MORE FROM CBS DETROIT: Missed Gov. Whitmer’s Press Conference? Here’s Her Update On The State’s Response To COVID-19 MORE FROM CBS DETROIT: Federal Unemployment Benefits Delayed © 2021 CBS...
    PORT HURON, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has turned down a request to release a man who insists he was wrongly convicted of murder in a college parking lot in Port Huron in 1986, his supporters said Monday. Whitmer's staff notified Temujin Kensu's lawyer last week. Separately, Kensu's case still is being reviewed by the attorney general's office, said David Sanders, vice president of Proving Innocence, a Detroit-area group that works for people who argue they were wrongly convicted. Kensu, 57, also known as Fred Freeman, has been serving a life sentence since 1987. He insists he was 400 miles away in the Upper Peninsula when Scott Macklem was killed. Alibi witnesses backed him up, but St. Clair County prosecutor Robert Cleland — now a federal judge — summoned a pilot to suggest Kensu could have committed the murder and then dashed back to Escanaba by private plane in...
    By The Associated Press Detroit News. Dec. 23, 2020. Editorial: Start planning on summer school now The pandemic has wreaked havoc in many aspects of our lives, but one of the greatest disruptions it’s caused is in the realm of education. Children across Michigan have lost months of learning this year, and it’s on our state’s school leaders to help them catch up. That should include some form of robust summer school option for students. As a local control state, it’s largely up to individual school districts to set their schedules and learning plans. More than ever, however, guidance is needed from the Michigan Department of Education, as well as transparent statewide data on how schools are handling the crisis. The reality is that online instruction doesn’t work for many students, especially those coming from low-income families or those with special needs. Mary Grech, chief of staff at the Education...
    Kate Boozer, a Lake Orion, Michigan, Spanish teacher, allegedly sexually abused her 16-year-old student more than 100 times, the Daily Star reports. The student, Ryan Crue, has come forward years later and publicly accused Kate Boozer, saying she began sexually preying upon him when she was a 28-year-old teacher in 2014. The alleged abuse took place at Lake Orion High School. The local sheriff’s department has thoroughly investigated the matter, however, and decided not to press charges against the teacher Crue, now a young man, told Fox 2 Detroit that Kate Boozer’s campaign of sexual abuse began when the teacher instigated a “physical interaction that was incredibly inappropriate” after school one afternoon. Boozer allegedly bought Mr Crue presents and would occasionally have sex with him in the classroom. Teacher ‘had sex with student, 16, over 100 times and covered up class windows’ Allegedly abusive teacher Kate Boozer made certain...
    By The Associated Press The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh says his team had a lot of “energy and enthusiasm” when it was cleared to practice for the first time since a COVID-19 outbreak broke out within the program. Harbaugh says the Wolverines practiced on Sunday and would again on Monday before taking a break for final exams on Tuesday. He says practice will continue later in the week to prepare to play at No. 18 Iowa on Saturday night. Harbaugh declines to say how many players will be unavailable to compete against the Hawkeyes, citing privacy. Michigan’s previous two games were canceled due to 16 people within the program testing positive for the coronavirus, according to a person familiar with the situation who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the school was...
    The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh says his team had a lot of “energy and enthusiasm” when it was cleared to practice for the first time since a COVID-19 outbreak broke out within the program. Harbaugh says the Wolverines practiced on Sunday and would again on Monday before taking a break for final exams on Tuesday. He says practice will continue later in the week to prepare to play at No. 18 Iowa on Saturday night. Harbaugh declines to say how many players will be unavailable to compete against the Hawkeyes, citing privacy. Michigan’s previous two games were canceled due to 16 people within the program testing positive for the coronavirus, according to a person familiar with the situation who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the school was not releasing details of...
    Parents and student-athletes are preparing to march Friday on the Michigan state capitol in Lansing to protest the state’s coronavirus ban on school athletics programs. Michigan’s Democrat Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced on Monday that school sports will remain shuttered at least until Dec. 20 as a response to the coronavirus pandemic. Though, thousands of parents and students oppose the shutdowns. Organizers of the rally say the march is “being held to encourage Governor Gretchen Whitmer and the MDHHS to get kids back to school and back in sports/activities because their mental health matters!” WXYZ Detroit reported. The event is set to be held today from 3-5 p.m. on the front lawn of the capitol. “The #LetThemPlay organization started as a Facebook group called ‘Let Michigan High School Football Play.’ They rallied back in August – bringing out a crowd of nearly 800 supporters – after high school sports were put...
    Worldwide distribution of Covid-19 vaccines is crucial for the economy, Melinda Gates says Supreme Court rules that states can regulate pharmacy benefit managers South Central Michigan High School Sports Awards launches © USA TODAY NETWORK South Central Michigan Sports Awards HILLSDALE, Mich. -- November 15, 2020 – The South Central Michigan High School Sports Awards is a nine-month student athlete recognition program that culminates in a star-studded, on-demand broadcast show, featuring the biggest names in professional sports and the top student athletes from Branch, Hillsdale and St. Joseph Counties.  Honorees for 23 state sanctioned sports will be announced throughout the year in The Daily Reporter, Hillsdale Daily News and Sturgis Journal and on the event website at sportsawards.usatoday.com/southcentralmichigan.   During the on-demand broadcast, top professional athletes and sportscasters will present these honorees, along with the top three finalists and the athlete of the year for each sport. The awards showcase...
            by Bruce Walker  Remarks made by Michigan State Board of Education Vice President Pamela Pugh last month provoked fiery responses Tuesday from the state’s charter school community. In her controversial comments, made Nov. 23 before the Michigan Civil Rights Commission, Pugh advocated cutting state funds for Michigan’s charter schools by 25%. The recommended cut also is included in the MCRC’s “Education Equity in Michigan” report issued on Sept. 30. Pugh also repeated several inaccuracies contained within the MCRC report, including a claim that charter schools are not bound by the same rules and regulations as traditional public schools. She also incorrectly asserted charter schools only skim the best and brightest students from traditional public schools while rejecting students with special needs. “It’s not OK for a member of the State Board of Education to tell lies about charter schools, and it’s even more of an outrage that she’s...
    Mario Tama/Getty Images The family of a 17-year-old girl at Bloomfield Hills High School in Michigan requested not to take an in-person SAT exam with her classmates in September over fears of contracting COVID-19. The school denied her request, saying taking the exam was required by the state for graduation, even though Michigan does not have such a requirement. The teen tested positive for COVID-19 days after taking the exam, and had to isolate from her high-risk mother for nearly two months over fears of passing on COVID-19. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. A senior at a Michigan high school who had requested to be excused from taking the SAT exam in person over COVID-19 concerns tested positive for the virus after taking the test when administrators told her it was required. The family of a Bloomfield Hills High School senior, who has not been publicly...
    Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced on Monday state restrictions on indoor dining and in-person classes scheduled to end on Dec. 9 will last for another 12 days to help contain the spread of the coronavirus. The extension, opposed by Republicans, follows a Thanksgiving season during which many people traveled. It presents yet another challenge to families and businesses already struggling with the economic and personal costs of shutdowns this year. Whitmer said the state would soon proceed on to a "pathway to cautious reengagement," according to Fox 2 of Detroit. The Democratic governor also pointed out the increasing occupation of hospital beds as a reason for the expansion, saying, unlike early in the pandemic, healthcare workers from other states are not able to help Michigan. "Unfortunately, that is not the case right now because hospitals across Michigan are all filling up. Hospitals across the country are all filling up,"...
    COVID-19 dealt a devastating blow to this New Jersey household, yet holiday prompts gratitude Bidens outspoken nominee to run budget office deletes 1,000 tweets Northern Michigan High School Sports Awards launches © USA TODAY NETWORK Northern Michigan High School Sports Awards PETOSKEY, Mich. -- December 1, 2020 – The Northern Michigan High School Sports Awards is a nine-month student athlete recognition program that culminates in a star-studded, on-demand broadcast show, featuring the biggest names in professional sports and the top student athletes from the Northern Michigan area.  Honorees for 27 state sanctioned sports will be announced throughout the year in the Petoskey News Review, Charlevoix Courier, Gaylord Herald Times, Sault Evening News and Cheboygan Daily Tribune and on the event website at sportsawards.usatoday.com/northernmichigan.   During the on-demand broadcast, top professional athletes and sportscasters will present these honorees, along with the top three finalists and the athlete of the year for...
    (CBS DETROIT) – The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reported there are new coronavirus outbreaks in 35 Michigan schools. On Monday, the data released by state health officials shows majority of the outbreaks are between two to four cases. However, in Marquette at Northern Michigan University, there have been 10 cases reported among students on the hockey team. Two schools in Detroit, Order of the Fishermen Head Start Chapel Hill and Bunche Prepatory Academy, reported cases among staff on Monday. Rochester University in Oakland County reported three cases among students. North Farmington High School, also in Oakland County, reported three cases among staff. In Macomb County, cases were reported in Sterling Heights, Roseville and Richmond.The only cases among students were reported at Richmond High School. Sterling Heights and Roseville cases were among staff. In Wayne County, cases among both students and staff were reported at Plymouth High...
    (CBS Detroit) – Starting Wednesday, Michigan will be under a new epidemic order by Governor Gretchen Whitmer. Here are the following Restrictions. Individuals are asked to visit no more than two households at a time. High School and Colleges will switch to virtual learning. High School sports will be postponed. College and Professional Sports can continue but without spectators. Indoor dining at restaurants and bars is prohibited. Gyms will be open for individual exercise only. These restrictions will last until December 8th. © 2020 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Related
    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The majority of educators in Michigan have safety concerns and don’t believe they’ll be able to return to in-person learning in January, according to a study from the state teachers’ union. The survey by the Michigan Education Association found 74% of the responding educators prefer some level of virtual learning now. More than 47,000 educators responded to the survey this month. The union has about 120,000 members. Of those responding, 84% reported safety concerns over a return to full in-person learning and 68% reported that they weren’t confident that schools will be able to return to in-person instruction in January. But 41% of educators reported that remote learning has been somewhat ineffective or not effective at all. Teachers want to be back in school because working alongside students is best, MEA President Paula Herbart said Tuesday in a media conference. However, when it comes to decisions...
    LANSING (AP/ CBS) – Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s administration on Sunday ordered high schools and colleges to stop in-person classes, closed restaurants to indoor dining, and stopped organized sports — including the football playoffs — in a bid to curb Michigan’s spiking coronavirus cases. The restrictions will begin Wednesday and last three weeks. They are not nearly as sweeping as when the governor issued a stay-at-home order last spring, but they are extensive. An order was written by the state health department also limits indoor residential gatherings to no more than two households, restricts outdoor gatherings to 25 people, and closes entertainment facilities such as theaters, bowling alleys, and indoor water parks. Gyms and pools can stay open for individual exercise but not group classes. The move came as the state faces surging COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. In the spring, we listened to public health experts and saved thousands...
    The U.S. state of Michigan will ban indoor dining and in-person high school and college for three weeks starting on Wednesday amid a rising number of coronavirus cases, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer said on Sunday. "We are in the worst moment of this pandemic to date," Whitmer told a televised news conference announcing the dramatic steps. "The situation has never been more dire. We are at the precipice and we need to take some action." Whitmer also said she was temporarily banning all events in indoor entertainment venues, concert halls, movie theaters, sporting venues, casinos, bingo halls and skating rinks, warning that without action the state could lose 1,000 residents a week from the COVID-19 pandemic, which would be about twice the current rate. She is also halting all organized sports except professional sports during the three-week period. Michigan hit a new daily record for reported cases on Friday with...
    By David Eggert | Associated Press LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s administration on Sunday ordered high schools and colleges to stop in-person classes, closed restaurants to indoor dining and stopped organized sports — including the football playoffs — in a bid to curb Michigan’s spiking coronavirus cases. The restrictions will begin Wednesday and last three weeks. They are not nearly as sweeping as when the governor issued a stay-at-home order last spring, but they are extensive. An order written by the state health department also limits indoor residential gatherings to no more than two households, restricts outdoor gatherings to 25 people and closes entertainment facilities such as theaters, bowling alleys and indoor water parks. Gyms and pools can stay open for individual exercise but not group classes. The move came as the state faces surging COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. “If we don’t act now, thousands more will die, and...
    SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (AP) — Is there a word or phrase that really bugs you? A peeve, pique or provocation? Lake Superior State University is accepting candidates for its 46th annual tongue-in-cheek list of words that should be banished. “It’s our tradition to publish the world-famous banished words list on Dec. 31 so that people don’t begin the new year by putting their foot in their mouth,” LSSU President Rodney Hanley said. “No-brainer — which also made our list in the past.” The deadline to submit online entries is 8 a.m. EST on Nov. 30. More than a dozen words or phrases were added last year, including “artisanal,” “influencer,” “living my best life” and “chirp.” There are more than 1,000 banned words or phrases in the Lake Superior State archive. The late W.T. Rabe, who was public relations director, and faculty came up with the first list at a...
    SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) — The campus of Saginaw Valley State University in Michigan was closed Friday due to an ongoing public safety situation, the school said. The school near Saginaw, about 85 miles (137 kilometers) northwest of Detroit, had warned people Thursday night to avoid its Science West building until further notice, but didn't provide details. Early Friday, the school tweeted that the campus would be closed for the day. It said: "Police continue to be on campus, responding to an individual in distress" and that no students "have been involved." The school, which has about 9,000 students, also asked people to avoid several other areas of campus, including the Science East building and a library. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Michigan, Associated Press
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    Michigan State men’s basketball coach Tom Izzo tested positive for COVID-19, the school announced Monday. Izzo, according to the school, had a presumptive positive test during Monday’s round of daily antigen testing in accordance with Big Ten Conference protocols. The positive was later confirmed by a PCR test. The earliest Izzo could return to the team in person, according to Big Ten guidelines, is Tuesday, Nov. 17, the school said. Izzo experienced the onset of symptoms on Saturday. In the interim, associate head coach Dwayne Stephens will conduct the Spartans’ practices. According to Michigan State, no other members of the basketball program have tested positive since the Big Ten daily antigen testing began on Oct. 26. “Although I have some minor symptoms, I remain in good health,” Izzo said in a statement released by the school. “I’ve been extremely diligent for many months now, wearing my mask in public...
    Michigan State men’s basketball coach Tom Izzo tested positive for COVID-19, the school announced Monday. Izzo, according to the school, had a presumptive positive test during Monday’s round of daily antigen testing in accordance with Big Ten Conference protocols. The positive was later confirmed by a PCR test. The earliest Izzo could return to the team in person, according to Big Ten guidelines, is Tuesday, Nov. 17, the school said. Izzo experienced the onset of symptoms on Saturday. In the interim, associate head coach Dwayne Stephens will conduct the Spartans’ practices. According to Michigan State, no other members of the basketball program have tested positive since the Big Ten daily antigen testing began on Oct. 26. “Although I have some minor symptoms, I remain in good health,” Izzo said in a statement released by the school. “I’ve been extremely diligent for many months now, wearing my mask in public and...
    Michigan State's legendary basketball coach Tom Izzo tested positive for the coronavirus, the school announced Monday. Izzo’s positive test was revealed during the Big Ten Conference’s daily antigen testing and was confirmed through a PCR test, the school said. The 65-year-old must spend 10 days in isolation and will be able to return to the basketball team on Nov. 17 at the earliest. NO. 1 ZAGS: GONZAGA BEGINS SEASON ATOP TOP 25 FOR FIRST TIME “This morning I tested positive for COVID-19," Izzo said in a statement through the school. "Although I have some minor symptoms, I remain in good health. I've been extremely diligent for many months now, wearing my mask in public and around the office, while adhering to social distancing guidelines. I've been racking my brain, trying to figure out if there was a time where I let my guard down for just an instance. And while I haven't...
    The Church of the Resurrection School, an elementary school in Michigan, sued the state's Department of Health and Human Services this week over its mandate that students wear masks at all times in school.  "The general consensus among staff and parents regarding [the mask mandate], however, is that it is overly burdensome to young children, is detrimental to their health, negatively impacts their education, and has little grounding in science as regards containing the COVID-19 pandemic," the Rev. Steven M. Mattson and Principal Jacob Allstott wrote in a letter to families this week explaining the lawsuit. MASK MANDATES LEAD TO LOWER RATES OF CORONAVIRUS HOSPITALIZATIONS, VANDERBILT RESEARCHERS FIND The state's Department of Health issued an emergency order Oct. 5 requiring people to wear masks in businesses, government buildings and schools.  That order came days after the state's Supreme Court invalidated the law underpinning Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's previous mask mandates.  The school argues that masks...
    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A former music professor at the University of Michigan was indicted on charges that he transported a minor across state lines to engage in sexual conduct. Stephen Shipps, 67, was expected to be arraigned via video Thursday in federal court, according to the U.S. attorney's office in Detroit. Shipps, of Ann Arbor, was arrested Thursday morning. The indictment alleges that on several occasions in 2002 a girl younger than 18 was transported across state lines for sexual activity. The girl was born in 1985, according to the indictment. The case remains under investigation. The Associated Press was unable Thursday morning to determine if Shipps had an attorney. Shipps had “close interactions with many young girls who were gifted musicians,” U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider said in a release. Authorities said Shipps was violin instructor from 1989 to 2019 at the university’s School of Music, Theatre and...
    CBS Detroit – Teachers and support staff in Michigan can get state money for working through the Coronavirus pandemic as part of a school budget deal reached by the legislature and Governor Whitmer. According to MLive, teachers who work at public and non-profit-non-public schools are eligible for an extra $500. While public school support staff can get $250. How and when they get the funds it is reported that they should talk to their respective districts, but the funds are expected to be handed out by the state treasury in February of 2021. In a press release, Governor Gretchen Whitmer said, “Our teachers and support staff have made incredible sacrifices this year to ensure our kids can get a great education while Michigan fights the COVID-19 pandemic,”. She added, “They deserve all of the support we can give.” This money comes after the governor and the legislature worked out a...
    A religious school is suing the state of Michigan to stop the enforcement of a mandate requiring students to wear masks in the classroom, saying it violates the Constitution and their religious beliefs. “Mask mandates across the state and in Ingham County violate the families’ rights to freedom of religious exercise, freedom of speech, freedom of association, due process and equal protection,” the lawsuit from Resurrection School reads. “In accordance with the teachings of the Catholic faith, Resurrection School believes that every human has dignity and is made in God’s image and likeness,” the lawsuit says. “Unfortunately, a mask shields our humanity. And because God created us in His image, we are masking that image.” “The mask mandate forces every Michigander, including Plaintiffs, to become the government’s patient without the citizen’s consent,” the lawsuit continues. Two parents have joined the lawsuit, filed by the Great Lakes Justice...
            by Scott McClallen  Seven days before the 2020 election, President Donald Trump visited Lansing — the capital of a major battleground state and the home turf of Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. Hundreds of Michiganders lined up at the Capital Region International Airport starting about 8 a.m. Tuesday waiting in 32-degree weather and rain for seven hours until Trump started talking about 3 p.m. In 2016, Trump won the state by a mere 10,704 votes. Former First Lady, U.S. Senator and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton won eight out of 83 counties: Genesee, Ingham, Kalamazoo, Marquette, Muskegon, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne. A Trump campaign official estimated a crowd of 10,000 in and outside the event. Before Trump took the stage, Republican U.S. Senate candidate John James touted himself over incumbent opponent Sen. Gary Peters. “In seven days, Michigan will choose a combat veteran instead of a...
    (CBS DETROIT) – The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services updated the number of school coronavirus outbreaks. Woodhaven-Brownstone school district is reporting at least 50 students in quarantine after one teacher and two students tested positive for Covid-19. At least 14 school outbreaks are being reported in Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties. Michigan State University is still on the list for ongoing school outbreaks. MORE FROM CBS DETROIT: Police Seek Suspect In Connection To Fatal Shooting On Detroit’s East Side MORE FROM CBS DETROIT: United Airlines Rolls Out Digital Health Passport MORE FROM CBS DETROIT: Missed Gov. Whitmer’s Press Conference? Here’s Her Update On The State’s Response To COVID-19 © 2020 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Related
    The Libertas Christian School, a “Bible-based” institution that local officials say is grappling with an “ongoing” coronavirus “outbreak,” has had enough of Michigan’s COVID-19 guidelines. In a lawsuit filed in federal court last week against top state officials—including Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, the Michigan attorney general, and the director of the Department of Health and Human services—the school alleges the state government has made “repeated, unreasonable demands” since it re-opened last month, including requiring all 265 students to wear masks. “It is inappropriate, unwise, and unconstitutional to try to fit the State’s current designs of how an industrialized state-run school should operate to this Bible-based association,” the lawsuit alleges. The school accuses Michigan officials of “violating the constitutional rights of Libertas, its students, their families, and their teachers through a pattern of threats and intimidation.” Over the last several weeks, Ottawa County officials have been at war with the educational institution—which...
    Students at the University of Michigan have received a stay-in-place order from local authorities after coronavirus infections skyrocketed at the Ann Arbor campus. The order will be in effect until Nov. 3 and undergraduate students at the college will be forced to stay in their residence halls unless they are going to class, eating at a dining hall or doing work that can’t be done remotely, the Washtenaw County Health Department said in a statement. COVID-19 infections among University of Michigan students account for 60 percent of local cases, according to the statement. “The situation locally has become critical, and this order is necessary to reverse the current increase in cases,” county health officer Jimena Loveluck said in a statement. “We must continue to do what we can to minimize the impact on the broader community and to ensure we have the public health capacity to fully investigate cases...
    Students at the University of Michigan have received a stay-in-place order from local authorities after coronavirus infections skyrocketed at the Ann Arbor campus. The order will be in effect until Nov. 3 and undergraduate students at the college will be forced to stay in their residence halls unless they are going to class, eating at a dining hall or doing work that can’t be done remotely, the Washtenaw County Health Department said in a statement. COVID-19 infections among University of Michigan students account for 60 percent of local cases, according to the statement. “The situation locally has become critical, and this order is necessary to reverse the current increase in cases,” county health officer Jimena Loveluck said in a statement. “We must continue to do what we can to minimize the impact on the broader community and to ensure we have the public health capacity to fully investigate cases and...
    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Usually, college football coaches at major programs have many years on their contract that helps them persuade recruits to sign with the school. Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh enters his sixth season as coach with just two years left on his deal that pays him about $7 million per season, adding another layer of interest to the 18th-ranked Wolverines as they kick off the season this week at No. 21 Minnesota. Harbaugh said in July that he was closing in on a contract extension earlier this year before dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic became a top priority for him and the school. Harbaugh was on a Zoom call with reporters on Monday, for the first time in three-plus months, and said there was no update on contract talks. “Other fish — bigger fish — to fry,” he said. What his message to recruits, who may hear...
    (CBS DETROIT) – Libertas Christian School, a pre-K through 12th Grade Christian school serving 265 students in Hudsonville, Michigan, has filed a lawsuit with the U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan, to stop threats of imprisonment and promises by Governor Whitmer’s Administration to shut down the school. Motions were also filed by the school seeking a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction against the State of Michigan. Through the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the Ottawa County Health Department, the Whitmer Administration has made repeated demands on the school since September 4, including that kindergarteners always wear masks while in school, including during chapel and outdoor recess. There has also been a pattern of threats of civil and criminal penalties delivered by officials. “This violates the First Amendment rights of assembly and religion for the school’s 265 students, as well as parents and staff. It is a shocking and audacious...
    By Alaa Elassar, CNN (CNN) — A first-grade teacher at a Michigan elementary school is being hailed as a hero after alerting the school principal that her online student’s grandmother was having a stroke. Julia Koch was teaching her virtual learning class at Edgewood Elementary School on September 22 when she received a call from a grandparent who was having technical difficulties. When Koch spoke to Cynthia Phillips, who was having trouble charging her granddaughter’s school tablet, the teacher noticed something was off in the grandmother’s voice. “It was clear there was something very wrong. Her words were so jumbled, and I couldn’t understand what she was trying to say,” Koch told CNN. “She didn’t sound like herself.” Worried that Phillips might be in danger, Koch immediately called Charlie Lovelady, the principal of the school in Muskegon Heights, who then got a staff member to call 911 while he spoke...
    (CNN)A first-grade teacher at a Michigan elementary school is being hailed as a hero after alerting the school principal that her online student's grandmother was having a stroke.Julia Koch was teaching her virtual learning class at Edgewood Elementary School on September 22 when she received a call from a grandparent who was having technical difficulties.When Koch spoke to Cynthia Phillips, who was having trouble charging her granddaughter's school tablet, the teacher noticed something was off in the grandmother's voice."It was clear there was something very wrong. Her words were so jumbled, and I couldn't understand what she was trying to say," Koch told CNN. "She didn't sound like herself."Two Florida teachers turned their students desks into little Jeeps to make social distancing less scaryWorried that Phillips might be in danger, Koch immediately called Charlie Lovelady, the principal of the school in Muskegon Heights, who then got a staff member to...
    CBS Detroit – Many parents feel a private-school education is worth the extra cost for their children. Whether they feel the local schools do not have quality teachers or resources, or they want a specialized curriculum that shares their family’s values when it comes to religion or other matters, or they just want their child to be best prepared for college. Niche is a website that rates schools across the country on a variety of criteria. In their recent list, they analyzed and came back with a list of the best private high schools in Michigan based on millions of reviews from students and parents, as well as data from the U.S. Department of Education, test scores, college readiness, graduation rates, SAT/ACT scores, teacher quality, and local high school ratings. Here are the top private high schools in Michigan: Cranbrook Schools – Bloomfield Hills Detroit Country Day...
    CBS Detroit – Niche is a website that rates schools across the country on a variety of criteria. In their recent list, they analyzed and came back with a list of the best high schools in Michigan based on millions of reviews from students and parents, as well as data from the U.S. Department of Education, test scores, college readiness, graduation rates, SAT/ACT scores, teacher quality, and local high school ratings. Here are the top high schools in Michigan: International Academy – Bloomfield Hills Troy High School – Troy Novi High School – Novi Washtenaw International High School – Ypsilanti Northville High School – Northville Pioneer High School – Ann Arbor Huron High School – Ann Arbor International Academy of Macomb – Clinton Twp. Ernest W. Seaholm High School – Birmingham ...
    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Snow days may no longer be needed for school districts across Michigan as many students are learning online amid the coronavirus pandemic. Many people wonder if virtual instruction will take the place of snow days since schools are already offering classes online, MLive.com reported. Bill DiSessa, spokesman for the Michigan Department of Education, said the state’s guidance on snow days remains the same for students attending classes in-person. But students learning remotely won't be as lucky because he said the department does not expect requests for snow days for online classes. Jackson Public Schools Superintendent Jeff Beal said administrators can plan for students to finish schoolwork at home with enough notice. “If we know in advance that a storm is coming, we will probably plan for a virtual day," Beal said. "But in the event that the road conditions are unexpectedly dangerous in the morning, we...
    (CBS DETROIT) – At least 24 new school Covid-19 outbreaks are being reported in Michigan, including two in Detroit. Holy Redeemer Grade School in Detroit is reporting 11 coronavirus cases. Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is also reporting four cases at Lutheran Westland High school in Metro Detroit. Several universities and colleges remain the biggest institutions for coronavirus outbreaks. © 2020 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Related
            by Scott McClallen  A former Democratic lawmaker disagrees with recommendations from the “Education Equity in Michigan,” report the Michigan Civil Rights Commission (MCRC) adopted Wednesday. The report was issued after the MCRC held statewide public hearings in 2018 and 2019. Buzz Thomas was the Democratic Leader of the Michigan House and the Democratic Floor Leader of the Michigan Senate in the late 1990s and the early 2000s and is the board chair of Michigan Association of Public School Academies (MAPSA), the state charter school association. Although most of the report contains positive recommendations, Thomas disagreed with “inaccurate and insulting” descriptions of charter schools and the advice to cut charter school funding. Thomas sent a letter Friday explaining his concerns to the MCRC and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, neither of which responded to a request for comment by the time of publishing. The MCRC recommended Proposal A of the Michigan Constitution...
    During a normal September, I’m obviously not covering the NBA Finals. I’m in Detroit welcoming students to a new school year at the public charter school that I founded: the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy. Just an exit off the Lodge Parkway from where I grew up, the high school is one of my great passions. We converted an abandoned elementary school into JRLA and opened our doors officially in 2011 with 120 students. We graduated our first class in 2015 and now have 420 “scholars” enrolled. It’s been such a thrill to see it grow. Every September, I stand on the sidewalk and greet the kids and parents. This year, because of the pandemic, we’ve gone to a remote learning model, so there is no one to physically greet. The scholars are at home working on the school-provided laptops and home Wi-Fi. Jalen at the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy.Courtesy of...
    Duncan Robinson could always shoot the basketball. It just didn’t always seem like he was destined to display his best skill in the NBA Finals — certainly not when he walked onto the Division III Williams College campus in the fall of 2013. But seven years later, Robinson has exceeded any and all expectations — not only making it to the NBA Finals, but also starting. The Heat will rely on their sharpshooter as they attempt to upset LeBron James and the Lakers. But Robinson’s path isn’t as simple as “Division III player-turned-NBA marksman.” A stop at Michigan helped Robinson hone his game. And yet he remains one of the unlikelier players to start an NBA Finals game in recent memory. NBA FINALS: Preview, Predictions for Heat-Lakers Duncan Robinson at Williams College Robinson didn’t garner Division I interest out of high school, taking a post-graduate year before eventually enrolling...
    VIDEO7:0907:09What it's like to return to college during a pandemicWork The possibility of more campus closures has sparked a sudden interest in withdrawing from college before it's too late. "All of us are counting down to the tuition deadline," said Carla Voight, 20, a junior at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, referring to the last day students are eligible for some reimbursement if they leave school. She worries that after that point, her classmates will be hard-pressed to get any money back, even if the campus closes and they are sent home.  Depending on when a student withdraws during a semester, a school's refund policy may reimburse a significant amount — specifically, if it's within the first month or so of the semester, although it varies by school. More from Personal Finance:Students argue distance learning should cost lessColleges pass Covid-related expenses on to studentsWill the pandemic force your...
    The Mona Shores, Michigan, school board has rescinded its support for the Black Lives Matter movement after a resolution backing it drew the ire of many in the community. “The intent of the [Black Lives Matter] resolution was to unify, and it was becoming divisive instead,” Superintendent Bill O’Brien told MLive Tuesday after recommending the resolution be suspended. “This is not, and must not, be an issue of politics. It is an issue of human rights, including equality, inclusion, acceptance, and equity.” O’Brien said the school district will form a committee to prepare recommendations concerning race and inclusiveness that the “entire community can get behind,” the MLive report said. As Breitbart News reported, in June the Mona Shores Public Schools Board of Education, of Norton Shores, voted to approve the resolution that states its community is “a primarily white school district” that “occurred as a result of endemic racist housing policies, restrictive covenants,...
    (CNN) – A controversial Michigan school superintendent was terminated Monday because of remarks he made about George Floyd. His attorney argues that the grand ledge school board is violating his first amendment rights. The-CNN-Wire™ & © 2020 Cable News Network, Inc., a WarnerMedia Company. All rights reserved. Related
    YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) — Eastern Michigan University will test campus wastewater for the COVID-19 virus and other signs of infectious diseases. The testing, part of the school’s return-to-campus plan, is intended to track the presence of the coronavirus in wastewater flowing from residence halls and apartment complexes. The monitoring might provide early detection of asymptomatic cases of the virus, according to the school. “The results of the tests will help us pinpoint any concerning trends and expand individual testing among specific populations as necessary,” EMU President James Smith said. Researchers and health officials have said they can track the course of a community outbreak of the coronavirus by studying the waste flushed from its bathrooms. Tests have shown that wastewater contains infectious biomarkers that can signal the growth or reduction of the virus in a community or around a university campus. EMU in Ypsilanti is working with Michigan-based Aquasight on...
    University of Michigan students say the school’s testing and quarantine protocols are seriously lacking — and they’re taking to TikTok to prove it. “I’m making a video to share with you what it’s like up here,” junior Sam Burnstein, 20, says in a video he filmed after testing positive for COVID-19 and moving into one of the empty apartments the university has designated for those who contract the coronavirus. “We were given almost no supplies. We were given no food, no masks, no gloves, no microwave, no bed sheets, no soap, no cleaning supplies, nothing — except we were given one roll of toilet paper, single-ply. Oh, and did I mention there’s a roach infestation as well?” He concludes the video by challenging the university’s president to spend a single night in one of the apartments and “let us know what you think.” Throughout the ordeal, he says in the...
    University of Michigan students say the school’s testing and quarantine protocols are seriously lacking — and they’re taking to TikTok to prove it. “I’m making a video to share with you what it’s like up here,” junior Sam Burnstein, 20, says in a video he filmed after testing positive for COVID-19 and moving into one of the empty apartments the university has designated for those who contract the coronavirus. “We were given almost no supplies. We were given no food, no masks, no gloves, no microwave, no bed sheets, no soap, no cleaning supplies, nothing — except we were given one roll of toilet paper, single-ply. Oh, and did I mention there’s a roach infestation as well?” He concludes the video by challenging the university’s president to spend a single night in one of the apartments and “let us know what you think.” Throughout the ordeal, he says in the...
              The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has begun publishing coronavirus outbreak information broken down by school building. The state had previously been confirming regions in which outbreaks were taking place at schools, but not identifying the individual schools or school districts. Information now published by the state includes the school name, school address, county and city in which the school is located, the grades it serves, the cumulative number of cases and whether cases are among staff, students or both. The state tracks cases both at schools that are K-12 and post-secondary. There are currently 27 schools that are seeing outbreaks — defined as two or more cases of COVID-19 — in Michigan. Grand Valley State University currently has the most number of cases, with 438 confirmed cases of the coronavirus on its campus, all among students. Luce Road Elementary...
    (CBS DETROIT) – Michigan is reporting at least 11 K-12 schools with Covid-19 outbreaks. Including districts in Alma, Auburn Hills, Birmingham and Saginaw. None were reported in Metro Detroit. Five outbreaks are considered new and six are ongoing. Michigan Department of Health and Human Services will report the names of schools and the number of cases online every Monday. © 2020 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.   Related
    JACKSON, Mich. (AP) — A former Catholic school teacher in Michigan faces sex abuse allegations stretching back more than four decades. Charges against Joseph Comperchio are part of the state's ongoing investigation into clergy abuse, Attorney General Dana Nessel's office announced Monday. Comperchio, 66, was arrested Monday in Fort Myers, Florida. He was expected to be arraigned Tuesday in Florida on two counts of first-degree and four counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct. Two people have told authorities they were between 9 and 11 years old when abused between 1974 and 1977, Nessel's office said. At the time, Comperchio taught drama and music at St. John Catholic School in Jackson, 80 miles (128 kilometers) west of Detroit. As part of a broader investigation into the Catholic dioceses in Michigan, about 1.5 million paper documents and 3.5 million electronic documents have been seized through search warrants executed in October 2018, Nessel’s...
    American universities are threatening strong punishments for students who violate coronavirus guidelines as alarming images of on-campus house parties and crowded college bars continue to surface.  College around the country that chose to reopen for the fall semester with in-person classes have struggled to prevent coronavirus outbreaks as students throw caution to the wind and defy safety restrictions to keep their social calendars packed.   Over the weekend a video of students at the University of Kansas throwing a wild party went viral as school administrators warned that 'super-spreader' events would no longer be tolerated.   On Monday, officials announced that 23 fraternity and sorority houses near Michigan State University had been placed under mandatory quarantine due to a surge in coronavirus cases.  Last week, the president of Arizona State University sent a letter to the state health department alleging that multiple bars near the school's campus in Tempe were violating coronavirus...
    ADDISON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A private school in Michigan has decided to have classes outside in an effort to give students more space and lower chances of transmitting the coronavirus. Officials at Upland Hills School in Addison Township also have indicated that they want to continue classes outdoors throughout the year using sturdy, temperature-controlled tents when needed, The Detroit News reported. After schools closed in March to curb the spread of the virus, school officials have been determined to have in-person classes. Supplies for outdoor learning were ordered, including bug spray and sunscreen. “Our kids have been isolated since March 12. We all just dropped our books and left school and never came back until now," said Rob Himburg, Upland Hills director. “We just knew our kids needed to be back here with their friends as safe as we can make it, and we want them to feel safe."...
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