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Updated 05/24/16

FRI 20MAY16

The Department of Natural Resources elevated the fire danger from High to Very High. According to the DNR, No burn permits are being allowed due to the very high fire danger across northern Michigan. The elevated risk is expected to last until at least next week. With wildfire season well underway the ability to start and even spread a wildfire is easier than usual. With most of Michigan under a high or very high fire danger, firefighters say the most important thing everyone can do right now is be aware of the conditions in their area.
 

CONSUMERS ENERGY IS TAKING PART IN HELPING TO IMPROVE TROUT HABITAT ON THE AUSABLE RIVER. ACCORDING TO UP NORTH LIVE, THE MASON GRIFFITH FOUNDERS CHAPTER OF TROUT UNLIMITED WAS AWARDED A TWO YEAR GRANT FROM THE HABITAT IMPROVEMENT ACCOUNT THAT IS FUNDED BY CONSUMERS ENERGY AND ADMINISTERED BY MICHIGAN’S DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES. IT’S PART OF CONSUMERS ENERGY’S AGREEMENT WITH THE FEDERAL ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION TO OPERATE ITS ELEVEN HYDRO GENERATING FACILITIES ON THE AUSABLE, MANISTEE AND MUSKEGON RIVERS. AMONG THE PROJECTS THAT WILL BE DONE IS BOAT LAUNCH UPGRADES AT OLD ORCHARD PARK IN OSCODA TOWNSHIP.

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THU 19MAY16

STATE REPRESENTATIVE BRUCE RENDON, OF LAKE CITY, WILL HOLD OFFICE HOURS TOMORROW. RENDON WILL BE AT THE DOWNTOWN CAFÉ ON WEST HOUGHTON AVENUE IN WEST BRANCH FROM 9-10AM. FROM NOON TIL 1PM HE WILL BE AT THE ROSCOMMON TOWNSHIP HALL ON KNAPP RAD IN HOUGHTON LAKE AND THEN AT KELLEY’S PIZZA AND GRILL ON MAPLE STREET IN MISSAUKEE FROM 3-4PM. NO APPOINTMENTS ARE NECESSARY. FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL 517-373-3817.

 

 

The Roscommon County Sheriff's Office is welcoming their newest K9 member! According to Up North live, The Sheriff's Office says that since K9 Yeff is nearing retirement, Sheriff Stern has been planning to appoint a new K9 officer. Deputy Dakota Darsow has been chosen as the newest K9 officer and K9 Ghost will be joining the K9 team. Ghost is certified in tracking, both for criminal apprehension and locating lost or missing persons. He is also certified in narcotics detection, article searches and violent criminal apprehension. After Ghost's first day of certification training, he successfully tracked and found a domestic violence suspect who had fled from the scene and was hiding in a wooded area.

 

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WED 18MAY16

THE MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION HAS SCHEDULED A SERIES OF PUBLIC MEETINGS TO DISCUSS THE DEPARTMENT’S 2016 CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS AND THE FIVE YEAR TRANSPORTATION PROGRAM. THE MEETINGS ARE OPEN TO TRANSPORTATION SERVICE CENTER STAFF, INTERESTED RESIDENTS AND BUSINESS OWNERS. THE FIRST MEETING IS SCHEDULED FOR WEDNESDAY, MAY 25TH AT MDOT GAYLORD TSC, IN GAYLORD, FOR RESIDENTS OF GAYLORD, EMMET, CHEBOYGAN, CHARLEVOIX, OTSEGO, ANTRIM, CRAWFOR AND ROSCOMMON COUNTIES. THE SECOND WITH BE HELD THURSDAY, MAY 26TH, AT THE THUNDER BAY MARINE SANCTUARY IN ALPENA FOR PRESQUE ISLE, MONTMORENCY, ALPENA, OSCODA, ALCONA, OGEMAW AND IOSCO COUNTIES. EACH OF THE MEETINGS WILL BE HELD FROM 5-7PM.

ORGANIZATIONS THAT SPONSOR VANITY PLATES IN MICHIGAN MAY SOON HAVE TO PAY THE COST TO PRODUCE THOSE PLATES. 106TH STATE HOUSE REPUBLICAN, PETER PETTALIA OF PRESQUE ISLE, HAS INTRODUCED A BILL THAT WOULD NOT ONLY FORCE THE ORGANIZATIONS TO PAY FOR THE PLATES, BUT TO CAP THE NUMBER OF SPECIALTY PLATES AT TEN AS WELL AS INTRODUCE SALES QUOTAS. PETTALIA SAID THE STARTUP COSTS FOR THE STATE ARE AROUND $180 THOUSAND DOLLARS PER PLATE AND THE STATE RECOUPS ONLY ABOUT $15,000 OF THAT IN FEES. PETTALIA CALLS IT AN UNFAIR BURDEN ON THE STATE. UNDER HIS PROPOSED BILL, VETERANS PLATES AND UNIVERSITY PLATES WOULD NOT BE AFFECTED.

STATE REPRESENTATIVE BRUCE RENDON, OF LAKE CITY, WILL HOLD OFFICE HOURS TOMORROW. RENDON WILL BE AT THE DOWNTOWN CAFÉ ON WEST HOUGHTON AVENUE IN WEST BRANCH FROM 9-10AM. FROM NOON TIL 1PM HE WILL BE AT THE ROSCOMMON TOWNSHIP HALL ON KNAPP RAD IN HOUGHTON LAKE AND THEN AT KELLEY’S PIZZA AND GRILL ON MAPLE STREET IN MISSAUKEE FROM 3-4PM. NO APPOINTMENTS ARE NECESSARY. FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL 517-373-3817.

 

 

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TUE 17MAY16

With the addition of eight new drop boxes for the Safe Place “Cell Phone for Safety” recycling fundraiser, every community in the Thumb has a drop-box location.   The Safe Place Auxiliary has partnered with Thumb Cellular since 2013 for the ongoing fundraiser. According to the Huron Daily Tribune, The auxiliary collects the recyclable items, and Thumb Cellular recycles them through The Wireless Alliance, an environmentally friendly recycling company. The auxiliary invites you to search through drawers and purses gathering your antiquated, broken, or otherwise unused cell phones, batteries, chargers and other accessories. Bring them to any of the 28 recycling boxes. For a complete list, please go to huron county safe place.org.  

After a decade of service, K9 Yeff with the Roscommon County Sheriff's Office will be retiring. According to Up North Live, Due to Yeff's age and deteriorating health, Sheriff Stern announced that as of Wednesday, May 25th, Yeff will be retired from service. The Sheriff's Office says K9 Yeff began training with his handler, deputy Edward Stern in May of 2006. The Sheriff's Office says Yeff is still mentally driven to perform his duties; however, his physical body is not always willing. The canine program will continue with younger dogs and younger handlers.  
 

Bradford Quick, Pennie Quick, Noralea Quick, and Danielle Quick were sentenced in 23rd Circuit Court yesterday. According to the Oscoda County Herald, The four Mio residents who pleaded guilty to two counts of abandonment or cruelty to 10 or more animals were sentenced to a combined eight years of probation, more than 750 hours of community service and were ordered not to possess or own any animals for varying lengths of time. The Oscoda County Sheriff Department, in conjunction with Oscoda County Animal Control and the ASPCA, conducted an on-site investigation on December 14th, 2015, of a Comins Township residence that was allegedly housing about 50 dogs in substandard conditions.

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MON 16MAY16

ON FRIDAY THE IOSCO COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE RECEIVED INFORMATION ON THE WHEREABOUTS OF ROBERT LEE JONES, WHO HAD VIOLATED A COURT ORDER BY NOT ATTENDING A MEDICAL APPOINTMENT THAT HE WAS RELEASED FROM JAIL FOR ON WEDNESDAY THE 11TH. AFTER NOT ATTENDING THE APPOINTMENT AND FAILING TO RETURN TO JAIL, A VIOLATION OF A COURT ORDER WARRANT WAS ISSUED BY 81ST DISTRICT COURT. JONES WAS LOCATED IN ALPENA AND WAS TAKEN IN TO CUSTODY WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF THE MICHIGAN STATE POLICE IN ALPENA. JONES WAS BROUGHT BACK TO THE IOSCO COUNTY JAIL AND LODGED ON THE BENCH WARRANT AND OTHER PENDING CHARGES.

ON SUNDAY, THE ALCONA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE, HARRISVILLE AND LINCOLN FIRE DEPARTMENTS AND THE IOSCO AND ALCONA COUNTY EMS RESPONDED TO A TWO CAR PERSONAL INJURY ACCIDENT AT THE CORNER OF POORFARM AND WALKER ROADS IN HARRISVILLE TOWNSHIP. GLORIA BLANDFORD, 86, OF LINCOLN WAS TRANSPORTED BY ALCONA COUNTY EMS TO MID MICHIGAN MEDICAL CENTER IN ALPENA FOR INJURIES. JOHN TERRY, 73, OF HARRISVILLE WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE. IT APPEARS BLANDFORD WAS WESTBOUND ON WALKER ROAD WHEN SHE FAILED TO STOP AT THE STOP SIGN AT POORFARM ROAD. HER CAR HIT TERRY’S CAR WHICH WAS SOUTHBOUND ON POORFARM ROAD. THE CRASH CAUSED BOTH CARS TO OVERTURN INTO THE DITCH. ALPENA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE ASSISTED IN THE ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION WHICH REMAINS ONGOING.

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FRI 13MAY16

THE SOUTH BRANCH TRAIL CAMP ON THE HURON SHORES RANGER STATION OF THE HURON MANISTEE NATIONAL FOREST IS CURRENTLY CLOSED. IT WILL REMAIN CLOSED WHILE DEAD AND DYING TREES ARE REMOVED. THE OAK WILT INFECTED TREES CREATE A SAFETY HAZARD TO CAMPERS AND FOREST VISITORS. THE FOREST SERVICE ANTICIPATES RE-OPENING SOUTH BRANCH TRAIL CAMP LATER THIS MONTH. FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CONTACT THE HURON SHOERS RANGER STATION AT 739-0728.

The Montmorency County Sheriff's Office says 47-year-old Lisa Herbert has been found. According to Up north live, The sheriff's office says Herbert was found around 12:14pm  Thursday and is currently being treated for minor injuries. The investigation continues to figure out where she has been the past three days. If you have any information or have seen Herbert the past three days, contact the Montmorency County Sheriff's Department at 989-785-4238.

 

ORGANIZATIONS THAT SPONSOR VANITY PLATES IN MICHIGAN MAY SOON HAVE TO PAY THE COST TO PRODUCE THOSE PLATES. 106TH STATE HOUSE REPUBLICAN, PETER PETTALIA OF PRESQUE ISLE, HAS INTRODUCED A BILL THAT WOULD NOT ONLY FORCE THE ORGANIZATIONS TO PAY FOR THE PLATES, BUT TO CAP THE NUMBER OF SPECIALTY PLATES AT TEN AS WELL AS INTRODUCE SALES QUOTAS. PETTALIA SAID THE STARTUP COSTS FOR THE STATE ARE AROUND $180 THOUSAND DOLLARS PER PLATE AND THE STATE RECOUPS ONLY ABOUT $15,000 OF THAT IN FEES. PETTALIA CALLS IT AN UNFAIR BURDEN ON THE STATE. UNDER HIS PROPOSED BILL, VETERANS PLATES AND UNIVERSITY PLATES WOULD NOT BE AFFECTED.

LOCAL SPORTS
 

GIRLS SOCCER 

The Oscoda Lady Owls soccer team traveled to Pinconning yesterday to face off with the Spartans. Pinconning led at the half 1-0. Oscoda evened the match in the when Cassidy Cleary took a pass from Jenna Koenig and scored. The game was made official, at the 60th minute, after a short delay with the final, 1-1. Taylor Johnson made 12 saves for the Owls. The Lady Owls defense was led by sweeper Kaleigh Vollmers who posted 3 steals and 7 intercepts.  Brooke Nowiski posted 3 steals and 3 intercepts. Oscoda is now 5-4-3 and will host a tournament Saturday. Games are at 11:00 am, 12:20 pm and 3:00 pm.

Other teams attending are Royal Oak Shrine, Hazel Park and Standish
Sterling.
 

MCBAIN NORTHERN MICHIGAN CHRISTIAN 4  ROSCOMMON 1 

GIRLS SOFTBALL 

CASS CITY 13  HARBOR BEACH 1

CASS CITY 12  HARBOR BEACH 7
 

 BOYS BASEBALL 

HARBOR BEACH 7  CASS CITY 6

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THU 12MAY16

The Montmorency County Sheriff's Office continues to ask for the public's help in finding a missing woman. According to Up North Live, the sheriff's office reports 47-year-old Lisa Herbert who was last seen on May 9th at her house on County Road 459 in Hillman remains missing. Lisa is 5'4'' with blonde hair and brown eyes, possibly wearing a green flannel zip-up style hoodie, blue jeans and white Sketcher brand tennis shoes. The Montmorency County Sheriff's said a detective was out all day yesterday working on the case. Anyone with information regarding Lisa and her current location is asked to contact the Montmorency County Sheriff's Department at 989-785-4238.

several Northern Michigan communities are set to celebrate the returning of the rare songbird, Kirtland's Warbler. According to a FOREST SERVICE press release, Starting next week, tours AND informational sessions will be taking place in Grayling, Mio and Oscoda. Tours will be led by THE United States Forest Service daily in Mio starting at 7:30am during the month of May. And during the month of June, tours in Oscoda will take place Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays starting at 8:00am.


ORGANIZATIONS THAT SPONSOR VANITY PLATES IN MICHIGAN MAY SOON HAVE TO PAY THE COST TO PRODUCE THOSE PLATES. 106TH STATE HOUSE REPUBLICAN, PETER PETTALIA OF PRESQUE ISLE, HAS INTRODUCED A BILL THAT WOULD NOT ONLY FORCE THE ORGANIZATIONS TO PAY FOR THE PLATES, BUT TO CAP THE NUMBER OF SPECIALTY PLATES AT TEN AS WELL AS INTRODUCE SALES QUOTAS. PETTALIA SAID THE STARTUP COSTS FOR THE STATE ARE AROUND $180 THOUSAND DOLLARS PER PLATE AND THE STATE RECOUPS ONLY ABOUT $15,000 OF THAT IN FEES. PETTALIA CALLS IT AN UNFAIR BURDEN ON THE STATE. UNDER HIS PROPOSED BILL, VETERANS PLATES AND UNIVERSITY PLATES WOULD NOT BE AFFECTED.

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WED 11MAY16

The Montmorency County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in finding a missing woman. According to Up North Live, the sheriff's office reports that 47 year old Lisa Herbert was last seen on May 9th at her house on County Road 459 in Hillman. Lisa is 5'4'' with blonde hair and brown eyes. She is possibly wearing a green flannel zip-up style hoodie, blue jeans and white Sketcher brand tennis shoes. Anyone with information regarding Lisa and her current location is asked to contact the Montmorency County Sheriff's Department at 989-785-4238.


THE PRESQUE ISLE ELECTRIC AND GAS CO-OP COMMUNITIES FIRST FUND BOARD OF DIRECTORS RECENTLY AWARDED ONE THOUSAND DOLLAR SCHOLARSHIPS TO SEVERAL AREA HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES. THEY INCLUDE HALEY BICKHARDT OF ATLANTA, ALAINA ABLEIDINGER OF HILLMAN, DELANEY WHITLOW OF ALPENA AND LAUREN AND LINDSEY ROMEL OF POSEN. THE $500 DOLLAR A. BARKLEY TRAVIS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP WAS AWARDED TO JOLENE REESE OF POSEN. MEMBER CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE COMMUNITIES FIRST FUND PROVIDES RESOURCES FOR GRANTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS FOR USE IN THE LOCAL COMMUNITIES.

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TUE 10MAY16

THE FRIENDS OF MSU EXTENSION OF IOSCO COUNTY WILL HOLD AN ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING THURSDAY, MAY 12TH AT 6PM IN THE LOWER LEVEL OF THE COUNTY ANNEX BUILDING IN TAWAS CITY. FRIENDS OF MSU EXTENSION OF IOSCO COUNTY WAS FORMED TO EDUCATE AND ADVOCATE FOR THE SUPPORT OF A “YES” VOTE FOR THE MSU EXTENSION AND IOSCO COUNTY 4-H PROGRAMS MILLAGE PROPOSAL ON THE AUGUST 2ND BALLOT.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has highlighted potentially new "hot spots" for trout fishing in Michigan. According to Up North Live, A second round of quality trout streams and lakes accessible to anglers had been added to the DNR's online Trout Trails application. The Trout Trails is a comprehensive map featuring fisheries biologist-verified trout waters that are often lesser known, but are considered outstanding destination points. The DNR says this is the second phase of Trout Trails locations revealed, with more than 60 additional sites added to the application, bringing the total locations highlighted close to 200. The DNR says each of the nearly 200 destinations feature extensive information, including trout species available, regulations, presence of stocked or naturally reproducing fish, driving directions, area lodging, restaurants, and noteworthy information.

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MON 09MAY16

ON SUNDAY MORNING AT APPROXIMATELY 2:10AM, TROOPERS WITH THE MICHIGAN STATE POLICE ALPENA POST WERE DISPATCHED TO A RESIDENTIAL FIRE IN LONG RAPIDS TOWNSHIP. UPON ARRIVAL THE HOUSE WAS FILLED WITH SMOKE. TROOPERS WERE UNABLE TO GAIN ACCESS TO THE INTERIOR OF THE RESIDENCE DUE TO THE THICK SMOKE AND FLAMES, A MICHIGAN STATE POLICE FIRE INVESTIGATOR WAS CALLED TO THE SCENE TO INVESTIGATE. A SIXTY YEAR OLD ALPENA MAN WAS DISCOVERED DECEASED WITHIN THE RESIDENCE. THE INVESTIGATION INTO THE DETAILS AND CAUSE OF THE FIRE IS ONGOING.

THE REGULAR MEETING OF THE TAWAS AREA BOARD OF EDUCATION WILL BE HELD TONIGHT. ON THE AGENDA IS DISCUSSION ON THE IRESA BUDGET RESOLUTION, ALONG WITH A RESOLUTION TO PARTICIPATE IN SCHOOLS OF CHOICE FOR THE 2016-2017 SCHOOL YEAR, A COMPUTER PURCHASE AND A CONSTRUCTION UPDATE. BOARD MEMBERS WILL ALSO AWARD THE CLARA BLOEN PARKING LOT BID. THE MEETING WILL BE HELD AT 7PM IN THE BOARDROOM AT THE ADMINISTRATION OFFICE IN TAWAS CITY.

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FRI 06MAY16

STATE SENATOR JIM STAMAS HAS INTRODUCED A BILL DEALING WITH THE WATER SAFETY ISSUE IN OSCODA. STAMAS SAYS HIS BILL WOULD REQUIRE THE MILITARY TO CONNECT HOMEOWNERS NEAR A BASE TO A SAFE WATER SYSTEM, IF THE STATE HEALTH DEPARTMENT ISSUES A DRINKING WATER ADVISORY FOR ANY AREA NEAR AN ACTIVE OR INACTIVE BASE. EARLIER THIS YEAR, THE U.S. AIR FORCE AND MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY SENT SOME HOMEOWNERS NEAR THE FORMER WURTSMITH AIR FORCE BASE IN OSCODA LETTERS THAT INDICATED THERE MAY BE CHEMICALS IN THEIR WELL WATER. UNDER STAMAS'S BILL, THE U.S.AIR FORCE WOULD BE REQUIRED TO FIX THE WATER SAFETY PROBLEM IN OSCODA.  

A student artist from Pinconning Area High School was chosen as the winner of the Congressional Art Competition for Michigan's 5th District. According to M-Live, Pinconning senior Dedrianna Goretcki was announced as the competition's winner Tuesday, during a ceremony at the Saginaw Art Museum. A panel of community judges selected Goretcki as this year's winner for her pencil drawing titled "Best Friends Eye." Goretcki's artwork will go on display inside the Cannon Tunnel to the U.S. Capitol alongside winners from congressional districts from across the country. Goretcki will also have the opportunity to visit Washington, D.C., next month with other winning student artists for a reception and ribbon cutting hosted by the Congressional Art Caucus

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Thursday, May 19th
 
Memorial Day Travel
AAA is out with its travel forecast for Memorial Day
 
VP Biden Speaks to National Urban League -7:30am
National Urban League 13th Annual Legislative Policy Conference 'Save Our Cities: Education, Jobs and Justice'. Final day includes remarks from Vice President Joe Biden, who is also presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award
 
NRA Annual Meeting – 5pm EDT
Events include National NRA Foundation Banquet at Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville
 
Apple Opens First US Store – 15 years ago
 
Dem Sen. Elizabeth Warren keynotes New America Annual Conference

New America 2016 Annual Conference, featuring keynote addresses by Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren, National Geographic Society Chairman and Case Foundation CEO Jean Case, and The New York Times author and columnist Thomas Friedman


Friday, May 20th

 
Suspected Uber Shooter
A man accused of killing six people in the Kalamazoo area has been found competent to understand the murder charges against him and assist his attorney, a judge said Friday.  The criminal case against Jason Dalton has been on hold for weeks while experts determine whether he can assist his lawyer. Michigan State Police earlier said he's been found competent.
The judge set the date for Dalton to appear in court for Friday, May 20.
 
Subway Pitchman Appeal
Attorneys for former Subway pitchman Jared Fogle will try to appeal his sentence in Chicago.  The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago will hear arguments May 20th over Jared Fogle's sentence. Fogle's attorneys say a federal judge abused her authority last year when she sentenced the former Subway pitchman to 15 years behind bars for child sex abuse and pornography. The sentence was three years longer than the maximum sentence agreed to in the plea deal.  Prosecutors say the judge acted properly. 
 
White House Die In – 6pm
DCMJ, the organization that spearheaded Ballot Initiative 71, which legalized marijuana in the nation’s capital—along with the veterans organization Weed for Warriors Project,will gather along Pennsylvania Avenue NW, directly north of the White House to demand that President Obama use his authority to immediately deschedule cannabis.  At 6pm activists will lie on the ground near the gate of the White House in a mass die-in.  Many will refuse to move and will likely be arrested unless the White House agrees to dialogue with marijuana reformers.  The hashtag #Harrys520 is being used for the protest on social media.
  
G7 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meeting
G7 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meeting, attended by ministers from the U.S, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the UK.
 
'Ferris Bueller's Day Off' 30th anniversary celebrations in Chicago
Ferris Fest, one-off weekend event celebrating the 30th anniversary of the release of cult comedy 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off'  taking place in Northbrook, Lake Forest, and Chicago, IL, where the characters of Ferris, Sloan and Cameron took their 'day off' in 1986. 

Cher celebrates 70th birthday
70th birthday of Cher, American singer, actress and entertainer whose career has spanned six decades. S
'Good Morning America' Summer Concert Series launches
ABC News' 'Good Morning America' 2015 Summer Concert Series launches, continuing every Friday throughout the summer with performances from various artists
 
Documentary about disgraced U.S. politician Anthony Weiner released in theaters
'Weiner', documentary directed by Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg released in theaters. Movie depicts former U.S. congressman Anthony Weiner and his bid to become Mayor of New York City following a 2011 scandal which exposed him for sending elicit photos to various women. Documentary won the U.S. Grand Jury Prize at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival

 
Saturday, May 21st
 
POTUS to Vietnam
The President will travel to Vietnam and Japan May 21-28, on what will be his tenth trip to Asia. This trip will highlight the President’s ongoing commitment to the U.S. Rebalance to Asia and the Pacific, designed to increase U.S. diplomatic, economic, and security engagement with the countries and peoples of the region.  The President will first visit Vietnam, where he will hold official meetings with Vietnam's leadership to discuss ways for the U.S.-Vietnam Comprehensive Partnership to advance cooperation across a wide range of areas, including economic, people-to-people, security, human rights, and global and regional issues. In Hanoi, the President will deliver a speech on U.S.-Vietnam relations. During meetings and events in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, the President will discuss the importance of approving the Trans-Pacific Partnership this year. The President also will meet with members of civil society, the Young Southeast Asian Leadership Initiative, entrepreneurs, and the business community.
 
Horse racing's Preakness Stakes
The second horse race in annual Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing.  The Kentucky Derby was held May 7th and won by Nyquist.  The Belmont Stakes will be held June 11th.  The Triple Crown has been won only 12 times, including last year by American Pharoah
 
Armed Forces Day
Presidential Proclamation directs the secretaries of defense and homeland security to plan for appropriate observances, invites governors to provide for observance of the day in an appropriate manner designed to increase public understanding and appreciation of the Armed Forces, invites national and local veterans, civic, and other organizations to join in the observance, and calls on all Americans to display the U.S. flag and to learn more about military service by attending and participating in local observances
 
The Great Wall Marathon in China
The Great Wall Marathon, climbing 5,164 steps of the largest human-made structure in the world from Beijing to Huangyaguen


Sunday, May 22nd
 
Billboard Music Awards
With help from the show hosts hip-hop artist and actor Ludacris and international music sensation Ciara, dick clark productions and ABC announced the finalists for the “2016 Billboard Music Awards,” honoring the year’s most successful artists in 43 categories.  The “2016 Billboard Music Awards” will broadcast LIVE from Vegas on Sunday, May 22 at 8:00 p.m. ET on ABC. This year’s show will showcase big performances, unexpected collaborations and much-discussed pop culture moments.  The “2016 Billboard Music Awards” is produced by dick clark productions.  
Adele is a finalist in eight categories and is a contender to earn the most BBMA wins of any artist in history, a record currently held by Taylor Swift, with 20 wins.   Justin Bieber is a finalist in 11 categories and could surpass Garth Brooks, who currently is the highest winning male with 19 wins, if he takes home six or more BBMA trophies.
 
French Open 2016 tennis begins
French Open 2016 tennis begins with first round matches. Defending champions are Stan Wawrinka and Serena Williams

 
Monday, May 23rd
 
United State of Women
White House Summit themed 'Today, we change tomorrow' and co-hosted by the White House Council on Women and Girls, Departments of State and Labor, Aspen Institute, and Civic Nation. Marks 'the significant progress we made on behalf of women and girls both domestically and internationally over the course of the administration' and discusses solutions to the challenges they still face, with business leaders, academics, activists, nonprofit leaders, elected officials, and others focusing on 'Educational Opportunity', 'Health and Wellness', 'Economic Prosperity', 'Violence Against Women', 'Civic Engagement, Leadership and Visibility', and 'Entrepreneurship and Innovation'
 
Forbes Global 2000
Forbes Magazine publishes its annual Global 2000 of the largest, most powerful publicly listed companies in the world, as measured by revenues, profits, assets and market value

Bill Clinton campaigns in California for wife Hillary
Former President Bill Clinton campaigns in California on behalf of his wife, 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, ahead of the 7 Jun primary
 
New season of 'The Bachelorette' begins on ABC
'The Bachelorette', season premiere for the 12th edition of the dating show, featuring 25-year-old JoJo Fletcher, who was the runner up on season 20 of 'The Bachelor'. In the first episode, she mets her 26 potential suitors ahead of the first rose ceremony. Hosted by Chris Harrison

 
Tuesday, May 24th
 
Washington state GOP primary
 
Bill Clinton campaigns in New Mexico for wife Hillary
Former President Bill Clinton campaigns in New Mexico on behalf of his wife, 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, ahead of the 7 Jun primary. Agenda today and tomorrow includes public events in Espanola and Albuquerque
 
Cosby in Court
A date has been set for a preliminary hearing in the criminal sex assault case against Bill Cosby. The married comedian will appear May 24 in a Pennsylvania courthouse to face charges over a 2004 encounter at his home with a then-Temple University employee. The woman says she was drugged and molested. Cosby says they engaged in consensual sex acts. Tuesday's hearing announcement comes a day after an appeals court rejected Cosby's attempt to throw out his case because of what he called a decade-old deal not to prosecute him. A former prosecutor has said he promised to never prosecute Cosby and urged him to testify in the woman's lawsuit. The release of that testimony last year led a new prosecutor to arrest him.

40th anniversary of first trans-Atlantic Concorde services to Washington, DC
40th anniversary of Britain and France opening the first trans-Atlantic Concorde services to Washington, DC
 
Oprah Winfrey returns to scripted television in new original series 'Greenleaf' on OWN
In her first recurring scripted television role for over two decades, launches with a two-night premiere on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. The show centers on the journey of estranged daughter and disillusioned preacher Grace Greenleaf, who has returned home after 20 years on the occasion of the mysterious death of her sister. As she reenters the world of Calvary Fellowship World Ministries, the Memphis megachurch run by her powerful parents, it becomes evident that things are not as virtuous as they seem and that the family's outward display of faith hides sin and misdeeds. Cast also includes Merle Dandridge, Keith David, Lynn Whitfield and Desiree Ross * Part two airs tomorrow night at 10:00 PM EDT/PDT, and the show will regularly air Wednesdays at 10:00 PM EDT/PDT
 
Bob Dylan celebrates 75th birthday
75th birthday of Bob Dylan, American singer-songwriter and folk musician best known and hits including 'Blowin' in the Wind' and 'The Times They Are a-Changin' which became anthems for the American civil rights and anti-war movements. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988 and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama in 2012
 
25th anniversary of 'Thelma & Louise' opening in the U.S.
25th anniversary of 'Thelma & Louise' opening in the U.S. The crime drama is directed by Ridley Scott and stars Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon. It was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Actress nods for both of its stars, and won for Best Original Screenplay for Callie Khouri

 
Wednesday, May 25th 

Fleet Week!
Five U.S. Navy ships, four U.S. Naval Academy (USNA) Yard Patrol boats (YPs), two U.S. Coast Guard cutters (USCGC), and four Royal Canadian Navy ships will participate during the 2016 Fleet Week New York (FWNY), May 25-31.  It is anticipated that nearly 4,500 Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen will participate this year. 

National Geographic Bee national finals
National Geographic Bee national finals and championship round, with student winners from state level competitions competing for first prize of a $50,000 college scholarship, a lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society and an all-expenses-paid trip to the Galapagos Islands. Second and third placed finishers receive $25,000 and $10,000 college scholarships respectively. Contest is designed to encourage teachers to incl geography in the classroom, spark student interest in the subject, and increase public awareness about geography
 
First '365 by Whole Foods Market' store opens
First '365 by Whole Foods Market' store opens, a new chain featuring product selections from Whole Foods Market's 365 Everyday Value brand and a curated mix of products from 'Friends of 365' Allegro Coffee Company, teaBOT and by CHLOE, and partners Loomstate and Instacart * Two additional '365 by Whole Foods Market' locations are expected to open this year in Bellevue, WA, and Portland, OR, and up to 10 stores are expected to open in 2017
 
Fleet Week in New York
Fleet Week in New York, incl annual 'Parade of Ships' ceremony. Thousands of sailors, marines and Coast Guardsmen from the U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard as well as from international navy ships attend the celebrations with the main event taking place on Memorial Day itself
 
Bill Clinton campaigns in New Mexico for wife Hillary
Former President Bill Clinton campaigns in New Mexico on behalf of his wife, 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, ahead of the 7 Jun primary. Agenda today and tomorrow includes public events in Espanola and Albuquerque
 
Global Finals 
Destination Imagination (DI), a non-profit organization dedicated to teaching students the creative process through hands-on science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM), as well as through social entrepreneurship challenges, is pleased to announce that Ford Motor Company will be the Innovative Technology Sponsor for the Global Finals 2016 event, taking place May 25-28 at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. The sponsorship includes Global Finals transportation, exclusive interactive technology exhibits and workshops, as well as the first ever Try Destination Imagination event – an opportunity for the Knoxville community to take on a challenge and experience firsthand what DI and the Global Finals experience is all about. 


Thursday, May 26th
 
G7 Summit in Japan, with President Obama among attendees
Attended by President Barack Obama and the leaders of the other G7 member nations - British Prime Minister David Cameron, Canadian PM Justin Trudeau, French President Francois Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Italian PM Matteo Renzi, and Japanese PM Shinzo Abe. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and European Council President Donald Tusk also attend * The European Union is represented within the G7 but cannot host or chair summits * Russia was a member of the G8 until 2014, when other members suspended their activities with the country over the situation in Ukraine
 
Scripps National Spelling Bee Championship Finals
The event is broadcast live on ESPN
 
CDC Director Frieden discusses the Zika virus at NPC
NPC Luncheon with CDC Director Dr Tom Frieden discussing the Zika virus, including the latest research and forecasts
 
Michelle Obama delivers Santa Fe Indian School commencement address
Santa Fe Indian School Class of 2016 commencement address delivered by First Lady Michelle Obama, as part of the White House Generation Indigenous (Gen-I) Initiative
 
Steven Spielberg delivers Harvard commencement address
Filmmaker Steven Spielberg delivers graduation address at the Afternoon Program of Harvard University's 365th Commencement, which also serves as the annual meeting of the Harvard Alumni Association * Past speakers include former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, former U.S. Army Chief of Staff George Marshall, Microsoft chairman Bill Gates, broadcaster Oprah Winfrey, and 'Harry Potter' author J.K. Rowling
 
French state of emergency due to expire, unless extended
State of emergency in France due to expire, after politicians voted in February to extend the extraordinary measures by three months from an initial cut-off of 26 Feb. French President Francois Hollande declared a state of emergency on 14 Nov, a day after the Paris attacks which left 130 people dead, with the aim to empower police to conduct house searches without judicial warrants and arrest suspects

 
Friday, May 27th
 
Hurricane Outlook
NOAA will issue its initial outlook for the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season during a news conference at the NOAA Satellite Operations Facility in Suitland, Maryland.   In addition to the seasonal prediction, NOAA experts will highlight exciting upgrades and new tools that will contribute to more precise hurricane track and intensity forecasts this year. These important upgrades will improve NOAA’s ability to communicate risk from tropical systems to the public and emergency managers. FEMA will also be on hand to discuss the importance of personal preparedness. The Atlantic hurricane season officially begins June 1.
Dial in:  conference call: 1-800-475-8402; Verbal passcode: HURRICANE; International callers: 1-212-287-1860.
 
Obama Visits Hiroshima
The US president, Barack Obama, is to visit to Hiroshima with the Japanese prime minister, Shinzo Abe. It comes during the G7 summit, which is hosted by Japan. Mr Obama will be the first serving US president to travel to the Japanese city since it was hit by a US nuclear bomb in 1945. The Hiroshima bombing on 6 August 1945 killed 140,000 people. A statement from the White House said the visit will "highlight his continued commitment to pursuing peace and security in a world without nuclear weapons."
 
G7 Summit
G7 Summit concludes, attended by President Barack Obama and the leaders of the other G7 member nations - British Prime Minister David Cameron, Canadian PM Justin Trudeau, French President Francois Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Italian PM Matteo Renzi, and Japanese PM Shinzo Abe. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and European Council President Donald Tusk also attend * The European Union is represented within the G7, but cannot host or chair summits * Russia was a member of the G8 until 2014, when other members suspended their activities with the country over the situation in Ukraine
 
Don’t Fry Day
Designated by the Environmental Protection Agency, National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention, Food and Drug Administration, and CDC to encourage Americans to take a few simple steps to protect their health and prevent skin cancer throughout the summer
 
The Monkees release first new album in 20 years
'Good Times!', will feature all three surviving band members - Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, and Peter Tork. The voice of the late Davy Jones also features on one song. Like much of their early output, the album features tracks written specifically for the band. To celebrate their 50th anniversary, the album also features songs originally recorded and written for the group during the 60s.
 
2016 Libertarian Party National Presidential Nominating Convention
Themed 'Legalize Freedom', to select the 2016 Libertarian presidential candidate. Candidates include former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson and McAfee Virus Scan creator John McAfee. Today's events include a vice-presidential debate, with a presidential debate taking place tomorrow.
 
Flo Rida appears on 'Good Morning America' for the Summer Concert Series
 


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