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LOCAL NEWS for FRI 16FEB18

THE 2018 FREE FISHING WEEKEND WILL BE HELD THIS SATURDAY AND SUNDAY. A LICENSE IS NOT REQUIRED TO FISH THIS WEEKEND BUT ALL OTHER FISHING REGULATIONS APPLY. THERE ARE MANY EVENTS ORGANIZED THROUGHOUT THE STATE INCLUDING CASEVILLE'S 26TH ANNUAL SHANTY DAYS ICE FISHING CONTEST FROM 7AM TIL 5PM EACH DAY. THE DNR RECREATION PASSPORT IS NOT REQUIRED FOR ENTRY INTO STATE PARKS AND RECREATION AREAS. MICHIGAN HAS BEEN CELEBRATING THE WINTER FREE FISHING WEEKEND ANNUALLY SINCE 1994. FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT MICHIGAN DOT GOV SLASH FREE FISHING.

A nearly $4 million dollar project to rehabilitate the pier at Tawas City Shoreline Park  will have to be scaled back.  The city will need to scale back in order to receive the funding to assist with the endeavor. According to the Iosco County News Herald, Tawas City Manager Annge Horning reported to council members during their February 5th meeting that the Michigan Economic Development Corporation would like to see plans for a project which is closer to $2 million dollars. Foth Infrastructure & Environment of Wisconsin has been working with city officials on the development and submittal of a grant application for repairs to the pier. If everything falls into place, the city may receive from MEDC up to 90 percent of the necessary funds to complete the work. Furthermore, Foth representatives have expressed that the city will likely qualify for and receive other grants to help make up the required local contribution.

STATE REPRESENTATIVE SUE ALLOR WILL HOLD OFFICE HOURS ON MONDAY. ALLOR, OF WOLVERINE, WILL BE AT MISTER JACK'SS SPORTS BAR AND GRILL IN DOWNTOWN EAST TAWAS FROM 4-5PM. ALLOR SAID SHE ENCOURAGES EVERYONE TO ATTEND AND TO SHARE THEIR IDEAS AND CONCERNS ABOUT STATE GOVERNMENT. FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT ALLOR'S LANSING OFFICE AT 517-373-0833.

THE CITY OF CASEVILLE RECENTLY FINALIZED ITS MAIN STREET LIGHTING PROJECT.  At this month’s meeting, the city council finalized its Main Street lighting project by approving an amendment to increase the streetlight budget by $30,000 dollars. According to the Huron Daily tribune,  Clerk Jamie Learman said the adjustment was necessary due to the project popping up at the last minute and it not being budgeted for. Last July, Caseville council approved a contract with DTE Energy to convert the city's current streetlights along Main Street to LED lighting. A total of 57 lights were replaced at a cost of $26,250 dollars. For completing the project, the city will receive a $2,929 dollar rebate for switching to LED. Additionally, the move will save the city $6,830 dollars per year, which will help recoup its investment in less than three and a half years.

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LOCAL NEWS for THU 15FEB18

STATE REPRESENTATIVE SUE ALLOR, OF WOLVERINE, VOTED TO SUPPORT LEGISLATION PROVIDING BROAD INCOME TAX RELIEF TO NORTHERN MICHIGAN FAMILIES. THE BILLS CONTINUE AND INCREASE PERSONAL EXEMPTIONS FOR MICHIGAN TAXPAYERS AND THEIR DEPENDENTS ON STATE INCOME TAXES, POTENTIALLY SAVING FAMILIES HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS OVERALL. THE LEGISLATION ALSO ALLOWS TAXPAYERS IN MICHIGAN CITIES WITH AN INCOME TAX TO CONTINUE TO CLAIM EXEMPTIONS. ALLOR SAID FAMILIES IN NORTHERN MICHIGAN DESERVE TAX RELIEF BEYOND WHAT THE FEDERAL REFORMS PROVIDE AND THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT THIS LEGISLATION DELIVERS. HELPING FAMILIES KEEP MORE OF THEIR MONEY WILL IMPROVE THE ECONOMY AND QUALITY OF LIFE. THE BILLS NOW HEAD TO THE GOVERNOR FOR CONSIDERATION.

AT THEIR MEETING MONDAY NIGHT, THE OSCODA TOWNSHIP BOARD OF TRUSTEES HAD A RESIGNATION AND A FIRING.  OSCODA TOWNSHIP SUPERINTENDENT ROBERT STALKER ANNOUNCED HIS RESIGNATION AT THE MEETING MONDAY. ACCORDING TO THE OSCODA PRESS, AFTER NEARLY THIRTY YEARS OF SERVICE, STALKER ANNOUNCED THAT HIS LAST DAY ON THE JOB WOULD BE JUNE 8TH OF THIS YEAR. STALKER SAID HE INTENDS TO ESTABLISH A MUNICIPAL MANAGEMENT CONSULTING PRACTICE. FOLLOWING THE ANNOUNCEMENT, TOWNSHIP SUPERVISOR AARON WEED MOVED TO TERMINATE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR ANN RICHARDS. AFTER A LENGTHY DISCUSSION, RICHARDS WAS TERMINATED BY A VOTE OF 4 to 3.

UP NORTH PREVENTION RECENTLY RECEIVED GRANT MONEY.  UP NORTH PREVENTION WAS ONE OF NINE COMMUNITY COALITIONS TO RECEIVE FUNDING IN MICHIGAN. ACCORDING TO THE OGEMAW COUNTY HERALD, UP NORTH PREVENTION PHYSICIAN AND COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP OPERATES IN ALCONA, ALPENA, IOSCO, MONTMORENCY, OGEMAW, OSCODA AND PRESQUE ISLE COUNTIES. THE PARTNERSHIP RECEIVED A GRANT OF $70,000 DOLLARS TO BEGIN NEW PROJECTS OR TO EXPAND EXISTING PROJECTS AIMED AT REDUCING OPIOID AND PRESCRIPTION DRUG ABUSE. THE ONE TIME GRANT WAS MADE AVAILABLE THROUGH THE "TAKING ACTION ON OPIOID AND PRESCRIPTION DRUG ABUSE IN MICHIGAN BY SUPPORTING COMMUNITY RESPONSES" INITIATIVE

LOCAL SPORTS

BOYS BASKETBALL:
GLADWIN 68  OGEMAW HEIGHTS 58
LAKER 68  MEMPHIS 38
PECK 61  CARSONVILLE PORT SANILAC 35
REESE 78  BAD AXE 37
BROWN CITY 52  UBLY 45
UNIONVILLE SEBAWAING 68  HARBOR BEACH 47

GIRLS BASKETBALL:
TAWAS 60  MIO AUSABLE 45
POSEN 43  AUGRES SIMS 24
GAYLORD 52  OGEMAW HEIGHTS 50 OT
CASEVILLE 49  AKRON FAIRGROVE 31

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LOCAL NEWS for WED 14FEB18

a man was arrested in Alpena County on home invasion charges. According to Up North Live, on Friday, the Alpena County Sheriff's Office RECEIVED a call about smoke coming from a chimney of a summer home in the 10,000 block of Lake Street in Sanborn Township. The house is not being lived in right now and deputies said when they arrived it was clear someone had BROKE IN and lit a fire in the fireplace. Saturday, deputies returned to the home and footprints were found in the snow and they led to a home in the 2700 block of Beebe Boulevard. Deputies reported the second home had been burglarized and property taken. Deputies then said they found the name of a potential suspect. Sunday deputies arrested a 21-year-old Detroit man in connection with the break-ins. He was arrested on charges of home invasion and receiving and concealing stolen property. All the stolen items were found and returned.


MELANIE BARNES OF IOSCO COUNTY WAS RECENTLY HONORED WITH THE 4-H EXCELLENCE IN AGRICULTURE AWARD AT MICHIGAN FARM BUREAU’S VOICE OF AGRICULTURE CONFERENCE IN GRAND RAPIDS. BARNES, OF RENO TOWNSHIP, WAS THE RECIPIENT OF A $1,000 DOLLAR GRANT TO DESIGNATE TO A 4-H AGRICULTURAL PROGRAM OF HER CHOICE FOR VOLUNTEER TRAINING, SUPPLIES OR CURRICULA TO ENHANCE 4-H PROGRAMMING LOCALLY. BARNES WORKED WITH THE 4-H HORSE PROGRAM TO ESTABLISH A LOCAL 4-H EDUCATIONAL CAMP TO ALLOW MEMBERS TO EXPAND THEIR HORSEMANSHIP AND SHOWMANSHIP SKILLS AS WELL AS LEADERSHIP AND TEAMWORK SKILLS. BARNES HAS BEEN A PART OF THE 4-H PROGRAM IN IOSCO COUNTY SINCE 2006.

LOCAL SPORTS 

BOYS BASKETBALL:
HALE 69  TAWAS 51
HILLMAN 63  OSCODA 50
WHITTEMORE PRESCOTT 61 ALCONA 58
MIO AUSABLE 58  ROGERS CITY 44
POSEN 57  AUGRES SIMS 40
STANDISH STERLING 62  PINCONNING 41
LEROY PINE RIVER 48  ROSCOMMON 46
MANTON 56  BEAVERTON 38
CARSONVILLE - SANILAC 55  OWENDALE GAGETOWN 32
BAY CITY ALL SAINTS 49  CASEVILLE 31
DECKERVILLE 53  KINDE NORTH HURON 40 

GIRLS BASKETBALL:
ALPENA 53  TAWAS 47
UBLY 67  BAD AXE 36
BAY CITY ALL SAINTS 37  CASEVILLE 23
HARBOR BEACH 74  VASSAR 24
MCBAIN NORTHRN MI CHRISTIAN 56  HOUGHTON LK 50
INDIAN RVR INLAND LAKES 41  JO-BURG LEWISTON 22
SANDUSKY 47  LAKER 36
SHEPHERD 51  GLADWIN 49

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LOCAL NEWS for TUE 13FEB18

ON SATURDAY AT AROUND 4PM, TROOPERS FROM THE MICHIGAN STATE POLICE ALPENA POST WERE DISPATCHED TO A TWO CAR ACCIDENT ON HINCKLEY BOULEVARD, NEAR PINE ROAD, IN ALPENA TOWNSHIP. UPON ARRIVAL, TROOPERS FOUND A CHEVROLET TRAVERSE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE INTERSECTION AND A FORD RANGER IN THE DITCH. BOTH DRIVERS WERE UNINJURED. TROOPERS DETECTED THE ODOR OF INTOXICANTS ON THE DRIVER OF THE TRAVERSE, A 34 YEAR OLD ALPENA MAN, WHO ALSO HAD HIS FOUR MONTH OLD SON IN THE VEHICLE. HE WAS ALSO FOUND TO BE AT FAULT IN THE ACCIDENT. HE WAS ARRESTED AND LODGED IN THE ALPENA COUNTY JAIL ON CHARGES OF OPERATING WITH A HIGH BLOOD ALCOHOL CONTENT, OPERATING WHILE INTOXICATED WITH AN OCCUPANT LESS THAN SIXTEEN AND OPERATING A VEHICLE WITHOUT A LICENSE. HE WAS ALSO ARRESTED ON TWO OUTSTANDING WARRANTS FROM ARENAC COUNTY. 

AN IOSCO COUNTY TOWNSHIP HAS TWO VACANCIES TO FILL.  THE TWO VACANCIES ARE BOTH ON THE AUSABLE TOWNSHIP PLANNING COMMISSION. ACCORDING TO THE IOSCO COUNTY NEWS HERALD ONE OF THE OPENINGS IS DUE TO THE RETIREMENT OF FORMER CHAIRMAN, ROBERT RAC, AND THE SECOND DUE TO THE RELOCATION OF COMMISSIONER STEVE SCHUETZ. AUSABLE TOWNSHIP SUPERINTENDENT, LEISA SUTTON, SAID LETTERS OF INTEREST ARE CURRENTLY BEING ACCEPTED TO FILL THE TWO VACANCIES. SHE SAID PLANNING COMMISSION MEETINGS ARE HELD MONTHLY ON THE THIRD WEDNESDAY AND AS NEEDED. LETTERS CAN BE MAILED TO 311 FIFTH STREET, OSCODA, MICHIGAN 48750 OR BY EMAIL TO SUPERINTENDENT AT AUSABLE TOWNSHIP DOT NET.

THERE WAS ONLY ONE CANDIDATE TO FILE FOR THE VACANT AUGRES CITY COUNCIL SET.  INCUMBENT COUNCILMAN KEITH EDMONDS WAS THE ONLY CANDIDATE TO FILE FOR THE AUGRES CITY COUNCIL ELECTION. ACCORDING TO THE ARENAC COUNTY INDEPENDENT, EDMONDS SEAT IS THE ONLY COUNCIL POSITION UP FOR ELECTION THIS YEAR. CITY CLERK LAVONNE PRITCHARD SAID THERE IS STILL TIME FOR WRITE-IN CANDIDATES TO RUN FOR THE POSITION. WRITE-IN CANDIDATES MUST FULFILL PAPERWORK WITH THE CITY BY APRIL 27TH AT 4PM. PRITCHARD SAID THE CITY COUNCIL ELECTION IS THE ONLY ITEM SCHEDULED TO APPEAR ON THE BALLOT IN AUGRES TUESDAY, MAY 8TH. FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL AUGRES CITY HALL AT 989-876-8811.

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LOCAL NEWS for MON 12FEB18

THE WEST BRANCH CITY COUNCIL HAS A NEW MEMBER.  THE COUNCIL VOTED UNANIMOUSLY TO APPOINT MIKE JACKSON TO FILL AN OPEN COUNCIL SEAT. ACCORDING TO THE OGEMAW COUNTY HERALD, JACKSON HAS RUN FOR THE SEAT ON THE CITY COUNCIL UNSUCCESSFULLY AND HAS ALSO APPLIED FOR APPOINTMENT IN THE PAST. JACKSON HAD BEEN THE CHAIRMAN OF THE WEST BRANCH PLANNING COMMISSION, BUT WILL STEP DOWN FROM THAT POSITION, DUE TO RULES ADOPTED BY THE COUNCIL. JACKSON, THOUGH,  WILL CONTINUE TO SERVE ON THAT BOARD. JACKSON HAS BEEN A CITY RESIDENT FOR OVER TWENTY YEARS AND WAS ONE OF TWO APPLICANTS FOR THE COUNCIL OPENING.

THE CITY OF OMER IS CURRENTLY SEEKING BIDS FOR PARK IMPROVEMENTS.  BIDS ARE BEING ACCEPTED FOR A NEW BUILDING TO HOUSE RESTROOM FACILITIES AT THE OMER CITY PARK. ACCORDING TO THE ARENAC COUNTY INDEPENDENT, MAYOR CLARK SANFORD SAID THE CITY WOULD LIKE TO HAVE ITS PARK BE A TRAILHEAD FOR A LOCAL PORTION OF THE IRON BELLE TRAIL. SANFORD SAID THEY HAVE NOT PUT AN ESTIMATE ON WHAT THE CITY WOULD LIKE TO SPEND ON THE FACILITY AND WILL LIKELY PURSUE GRANTS FROM THE SAGINAW CHIPPEWA INDIAN TRIBE TO HELP PAY FOR IT AFTER THE BIDS COME IN. OMER OFFICIALS WILL ACCEPT BIDS UNTIL FEBRUARY 27TH AND HOPE THE BATHROOM FACILITY CAN BE BUILT AND FUNCTIONAL BY THE FOURTH OF JULY.

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LOCAL NEWS for FRI 09FEB18


A West Branch man received only minor injuries in an accident Tuesday.  24 YEAR OLD Nicolaus EGAN, of West Branch, was traveling northbound on M-33 near Scribner Road ON TUESDAY when his vehicle hit the shoulder of the road. According to the Ogemaw County Herald, The Michigan State Police report that Egan steered back onto the roadway but was unable to maintain control and his vehicle eventually re-exited the roadway on the east side of the road. After leaving the roadway, Egan’s vehicle crashed into trees in the ditch, leaving it badly damaged and disabled. Troopers said Egan sustained only minor injuries in the crash. (photo Ogemaw CO. Herald)

The Iosco County Board of Commissioners is on a search to fill a vacant commissioner seat.  The vacancy comes after the resignation of Commissioner Jeffrey Johnston from the board last week. According to the Iosco County News Herald, Johnston was originally appointed to replace former Commissioner Jeff Matthews, who vacated the seat in 2015. Johnston ran for the elected seat in 2016, winning the spot. This winter fellow commissioners voiced concern with Johnston’s decision to be absent from the board for an extended period of time to vacation in the south with his family during the winter months. Chairman Rob Huebel was informed Johnston had tendered his resignation effective February 28th. Huebel said during the search for an appointee, the workload once held by Johnston would have to be shared.

STATE REPRESENTATIVE SUE ALLOR WILL HOLD OFFICE HOURS ON MONDAY. ALLOR WILL BE IN THE ALPENA COMMUNITY COLLEGE DONALD NEWPORT CENTER ROOM CTR 106, JOHNSON STREET, ALPENA FROM 10:30-11:30AM, AT KARSTEN’S RESTAURANT WEST THIRD STREET,  ROGERS CITY FROM 1-2PM AND AT THE MIKADO BRANCH LIBRARY, F-41, MIKADO FROM 4-5PM. ALLOR SAID SHE ENCOURAGES EVERYONE TO ATTEND AND SHARE THEIR IDEAS AND CONCERNS ABOUT STATE GOVERNMENT.

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LOCAL NEWS for THU 08FEB18

An Alpena man was arrested after police say he broke into an elderly man's house. According to Up North Live, The Michigan State Police were called to Geronimo Road in Alpena County for a reported disorderly man walking down the road. While troopers were on their way another report was called in from Geronimo Road, a 76-year-old man said someone was in his home. The 76-year-old man was standing in his home when a man came in. Troopers said they saw the man rummaging through the 76-year-old's medications and yelling incoherently. The man was arrested and troopers identified him as Donald Tovey. Tovey was arraigned on first degree home invasion.

HURON COUNTY OFFICIALS WILL BE HIRING A NEW REGISTRAR OF DEEDS TO FILL A VACANCY.  THE HURON COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS RECENTLY ACCEPTED THE RETIREMENT OF REGISTRAR OF DEEDS SHERI STANTON. ACCORDING T THE HURON DAILY TRIBUNE, Stanton, a 32 year employee of the office, announced her retirement last week, citing numerous changes in her life. The position will be advertised with a deadline of February 16TH. The committee will then look over resumes and conduct interviews. The person appointed by the committee will serve until the November 6TH general election. If the committee has not appointed anyone by February 28TH,  Stanton’s last day, Chief Deputy Register of Deeds Sarah Durr will step into the role until a replacement can be found.

25 YEAR OLD CHRISTOPHER RYAN GRINNELL OF HALE RECEIVED HIS SENTENCE ON MONDAY.  23RD Circuit Judge David C. Riffel sentenced Grinnell to the Michigan Department of Corrections for a period of 22 and a half to 40 years, with credit for 179 days served. According to the Iosco County News Herald, police report that Grinnell partnered with Daniel James Olar, 20, OF Pontiac, to brutally murder Roger Lee Knickerbocker the second, 72, at his Snyder Trail residence in Plainfield Township on August 3RD, 2017. Grinnell originally faced charges of conspiracy to commit homicide-open murder and accessory after the fact to a felony. However, under a plea agreement, these charges were dismissed and he instead faced one count of 2nd-degree murder. He pleaded guilty to the amended charge in December. Olar was recently bound over for trial as charged. He is facing a count of homicide-open murder and remains jailed. If convicted, he could face life in prison.

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STATE NEWS for FRI 16FEB18

GOVERNOR RICK SNYDER SIGNING LEGISLATION TO RENAME A PORTION OF I-94 AFTER FORMER
COMSTOCK TOWNSHIP FIRE CHIEF EDWARD SWITALSKI.  SWITALSKI DIED IN JUNE 2017 WHEN HE WAS STRUCK AND KILLED BY A VEHICLE WHILE HE WAS RESPONDING TO AN ACCIDENT. LAST WEEK, A MAN WHO PLEADED GUILTY TO RECKLESS DRIVING IN CONNECTION WITH SWITALSKI'S DEATH WAS SENTENCED TO 3 TO 15 YEARS IN PRISON. POLICE SAID HE WAS DISTRACTED BY HIS CELL PHONE.
THE STRETCH OF I-94 THAT'S BEING NAMED FOR SWITALSKI IS BETWEEN EXIT 80 AND MILE MARKER 86. SWITALSKI BECAME THE FIRE CHIEF IN COMSTOCK TOWNSHIP IN 2013.

THE 12TH ANNUAL LABATT BLUE UP POND HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIP KICKS OFF TODAY IN MORAN BAY ON LAKE HURON.  OVER 325 GAMES ARE SCHEDULED TO BE PLAYED OVER THIS WEEKEND. MORE THAN 1,400 PLAYERS FROM OVER 200 DIFFERENT TEAMS WILL COMPETE ON 30 RINKS CARVED ONTO LAKE HURON.  THE TOURNAMENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. TEAMS FROM 10 STATES INCLUDING FLORIDA, TEXAS, NEW YORK, KENTUCKY, MISSOURI AND PENNSYLVANIA WILL BE TAKING PART THE THIS YEAR'S COMPETITION.

THE ESCANABA CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSING A POTENTIAL MILLAGE REQUEST FOR ROAD REPAIRS DURING A THURSDAY NIGHT MEETING. THE COUNCIL DISCUSSED PLACING THE ONE-AND-A-HALF OR TWO MILLS PROPOSAL ON AN UPCOMING BALLOT.  COUNCIL MEMBERS AGREE THAT REPAIRS ARE NEEDED, ALTHOUGH THERE IS ONGOING DEBATE ON WHICH PLAN SHOULD BE IMPLEMENTED.  THE COUNCIL HAS SCHEDULED A PUBLIC FORUM TO FURTHER DISCUSS THE ISSUE DURING A MARCH 1ST MEETING. MAYOR MARC TALL AND COUNCIL MEMBERS SAY THEY WANT TO GET PUBLIC INPUT ON BEFORE PROCEEDING WITH ROAD REPAIR PROJECTS.

THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN ANNOUNCING THAT IS HAS RECEIVED AN OVER 4-MILLION-DOLLAR GIFT FROM GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS AND COMMUNITY LEADERS MIKE AND SUE JANDERNOA. THE MONEY WILL BE USED TO HELP IMPROVE MATHEMATICS PROFICIENCY OF MICHIGAN SCHOOLCHILDREN. THE UNIVERSITY SAYS THAT FUNDING WILL BE DIRECTED TO THE SCHOOL OF EDUCATION'S "TEACHINGWORKS" ORGANIZATION, ESTABLISH A NEED-BASED SCHOLARSHIP AT THE STEPHEN M. ROSS SCHOOL OF BUSINESS AND EXPAND FELLOWSHIPS AT THE GERALD R. FORD SCHOOL OF PUBLIC POLICY.  MIKE JANDERNOA, THE FORMER CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD AND CEO OF PERRIGO COMPANY AND GRADUATED FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN IN 1972.

LANSING MAYOR ANDY SCHOR IS REQUESTING MORE INFORMATION FROM FOUR DEVELOPERS
INVOLVED IN PROPOSALS TO BUILD A NEW CITY HALL.  IN JUNE 2017, FORMER MAYOR VIRG BERNERO PUT OUT A REQUEST FOR REDEVELOPMENT PROPOSALS. BEITLER REAL ESTATE SERVICES WAS SELECTED TO MAKE THE CURRENT CITY HALL INTO A HOTEL, AND TO REDEVELOP THE FORMER LANSING STATE JOURNAL BUILDING INTO THE NEW CITY
HALL.  THE CITY IS NOW RE-OPENING THE APPLICATION PROCESS TO FOR THE NEW CITY HALL TO THE FOUR DEVELOPERS WHO ORIGINALLY PRESENTED REDEVELOPMENT PLANS -- AFTER CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS INDICATED THAT THERE WAS A LACK OF DETAILS IN THE PROPOSALS.

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STATE NEWS for THU 15FEB18

HOME SALES DIPPED SLIGHTLY ACROSS SOUTHEAST MICHIGAN DURING JANUARY COMPARED TO LAST YEAR AT THIS TIME--LESS THAN 2 PERCENT-- WHILE PRICES ARE UP BETWEEN 8 AND 9 PERCENT. ANALYSTS SAYS THERE'S STILL ENOUGH OF A DEMAND TO DRIVE PRICES UP ACROSS THE COUNTRY WITH LOW MORTGAGE RATES, IMPROVING WAGES AND NEW CONSTRUCTION. DOUBLE-DIGIT INCREASE IN SALES ARE BEING FOUND IN ST. CLAIR COUNTY, UP 15-PT-5 PERCENT, ALONG WITH A 12-PT-5 PERCENT JUMP IN THE GROSSE POINTE AREAS, AND NEARLY AN 11 PERCENT HIKE IN SALES OF HOMES IN THE CITY OF DETROIT.

A NORTHERN MICHIGAN MAN , WHO ADMITTED HAVING SEXUAL CONTACT WITH CHILDREN, HAS BEEN SENTENCED TO 4 TO 15 YEARS IN PRISON. 9 AND 10 NEWS REPORTS IAN ABRAMS WILL ALSO REMAIN ON ELECTRONIC MONITORING FOR THE REST OF HIS LIFE. THE PROSECUTOR SAYS ABRAMS GAINED THE TRUST OF PARENTS TO PROVIDE CHILDCARE AND USED THAT TO PREY ON CHILDREN.

SENTENCING TODAY FOR MARQUIS CROMER, WHO IS CHARGED IN THE 2016 MURDER OF DETROIT POLICE OFFICER KENNETH STEIL. CROMER PLEADED NO CONTEST TO SECOND DEGREE MURDER, CARJACKING AND RELATED CHARGES. CROMER WAS CHARGED WITH SHOOTING THE 20-YR POLICE VETERAN WHO WAS IN PURSUIT OF CROMER. HE WAS WANTED FOR SHOOTING HIS FATHER AT HIS HOME A DAY EARLIER. CROMER'S ATTORNEY HAD ARGUED HE HAD NO INTENT OF KILLING A POLICE OFFICER. POLICE SAID CROMER SUFFERED FROM SCHIZOPHRENIA AND A BIPOLAR DISORDER. HE NOW FACES 38 TO 75 YEARS IN PRISON.

THE MECOSTA COUNTY HAIR HARVEST IS UNDERWAY TO HELP KIDS WITH CANCER. IT'S SPONSORED BY FERRIS STATE UNIVERSITY'S CIRCLE K AND WAS STARTED BY RON KIANTZ BACK IN 2001 TO HELP KIDS GOING THROUGH CHEMOTHERAPY. HIS NEPHEW DIED OF CANCER. ANYONE CAN GO TO 25 DIFFERENT SALONS THIS MONTH IN MECOSTA COUNTY TO DONATE YOUR HAIR.

LOTS OF EXCITEMENT AND MAYBE SOME BARKING IN THE U-P THIS WEEKEND AS THE U-P 200 SLED DOG RACE WILL BE HELD. PRESIDENT OF THE U.P. SLED DOG ASSOCIATION, DARLENE WALCH, SAYS THE U-P 200 IS 230 MILES LONG. WALCH SAYS THERE'S ALSO ANOTHER DOG RACE FRIDAY NIGHT, THE MIDNIGHT RUN AND ON SATURDAY, THE JACK PINE 30. SHE SAYS THE U-P 200 IS AN IDITAROD QUALIFIER.

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STATE NEWS for WED 14FEB18

KASEY KASEM'S DAUGHTER TESTIFIED TO A STATE SENATE COMMITTEE IN FAVOR OF A BILL IN LANSING TO ALLOW PEOPLE TO PETITION THE COURT FOR VISITATION RIGHTS TO ADULTS. KERRI KASEM AND HER SIBLINGS WERE DENIED VISITATION TO THE LATE RADIO PERSONALITY BY HIS SPOUSE AS HIS HEALTH WAS DETERIORATING. THE DETROIT NATIVE AND HOST OF "AMERICAN TOP 40" DIED IN 2014. THE BILL THAT WILL NOW BE CONSIDERED BY THE FULL SENATE WOULD HELP FAMILIES IN  MICHIGAN TO AVOID A SIMILAR SITUATION.

THE FAMILY OF A MURDERED GRAND RAPIDS GIRL ,WHO WAS SET TO TESTIFY IN A RAPE TRIAL, WANTS ANSWERS AS TO WHY THE SUSPECT, QUINN JAMES, WAS EVER HIRED BY THE KENTWOOD PUBLIC SCHOOLS WHEN HE HAD A CRIMINAL RECORD. WOOD TV REPORTS THE FAMILY IS NOT MAKING ASSUMPTIONS ABOUT WHO MURDERED 16-YEAR-OLD MUJAY DUMBUYA (MOO-JAY DOOM-BOOYA), BUT BELIEVE JAMES DID RAPE THE GIRL. THE FAMILY ASKS WHAT THE DISTRICT WILL DO TO MAKE SURE THIS DOESN'T HAPPEN TO ANOTHER GIRL. THE DISTRICT FIRED JAMES WHEN THE ALLEGATIONS WERE MADE.

A MAN, WHO AUTHORITIES SAY HAD HUNDREDS OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY IMAGES AND VIDEOS AT
HIS HOME, HAS BEEN ARRAIGNED ON MULTIPLE CHARGES. 27-YEAR OLD NICHOLAS BELKIEWICZ OF PORT HURON TOWNSHIP IS ALSO ACCUSED OF SEXUAL ABUSE OF CHILDREN, ALL UNDER THE AGE OF 13, SOME AS YOUNG AS 4-MONTHS. ST. CLAIR COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPUTIES DISCOVERED THE IMAGES EARLIER THIS MONTH AFTER SOMEONE AT HIS HOME SAW THE IMAGES THEN TIPPED-OFF POLICE. INVESTIGATORS BELIEVE BELKIEWICZ HAD BEEN CONDUCTING THIS ABUSE FOR OVER A YEAR AND THEY ALLEGE HIS VICTIMS WERE RELATIVES OR CHILDREN OF FRIENDS.  HE IS BEHIND BARS ON A ONE-MILLION DOLLAR BOND AS HE FACES MULTIPLE CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CHARGES AND SEXUAL ASSAULT CHARGES.

SOME RESIDENTS OF PERE MARQUETTE TOWNSHIP WANT TO SAVE THE FATHER MARQUETTE MEMORIAL, WHICH HAS BEEN ON PUBLIC LAND FOR MORE THAN 50 YEARS. 9 AND 10 NEWS REPORTS THERE WERE COMPLAINTS TO THE TOWNSHIP WHEN IT DECIDED TO CLEAN IT UP THREE YEARS AGO AND LARGER ORGANIZATIONS HAVE DEMANDED THE REMOVAL OF THE CROSS. THE PERE MARQUETTE MEMORIAL FOUNDATION HAS PROPOSED BUYING THE LAND AS A PRIVATE OWNER, WHICH WOULD PROTECT THE TOWNSHIP FROM FUTURE LIABILITY.

POLICE SAY LAB RESULTS SHOW AN 81-YEAR-OLD MAN AND HIS 55-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER WHOSE FROZEN BODIES WERE FOUND INSIDE THEIR SOUTHWESTERN MICHIGAN HOME BOTH DIED OF HYPOTHERMIA.  POLICE SAY ALBERT AND PATRICIA BIVINS "WERE FOUND IN A FROZEN STATE" BACK ON JANUARY 3RD IN NILES, MICHIGAN. THE TEMPERATURE INSIDE THEIR HOME WAS BELOW FREEZING. THEIR DEATHS
HAVE BEEN RULED ACCIDENTAL.  ABOUT A WEEK BEFORE THEIR BODIES WERE FOUND, THE TWO HAD SOUGHT HELP TO GET THEIR FURNACE FIXED.

IF YOU LOVE ICE CLIMBING OR JUST WANT TO TRY IT, THIS IS THE WEEK FOR YOU IN THE U-P.
MICHIGAN ICE FEST IS BEING HELD IN MUNISING TODAY THROUGH SUNDAY.  ICE FEST ORGANIZER TODD KING SAYS CLASSES ARE FULL, BUT THERE ARE DEMONSTRATIONS ALL WEEK. HE SAYS A FAMOUS ICE CLIMBER SAID THAT MUNISING IS THE BEST ICE CLIMBING THAT NO
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STATE NEWS for TUE 13FEB18

MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY'S FACULTY SENATE EXPECTED TODAY TO HOLD A VOTE OF NO
CONFIDENCE IN THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES FOR THEIR RECENT APPOINTMENT OF FORMER GOVERNOR JOHN ENGLER AS INTERIM UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT. LAST WEEK, NEARLY 70 PERCENT OF FULL-TIME FACULTY MEMBERS AT MSU VOTED IN FAVOR OF THE VOTE. THE FACULTY WANTED SOMEONE WITH
EXPERIENCE NOT ONLY IN ACADEMIA, BUT ALSO EXPERIENCE IN DEALING WITH SEXUAL HARASSMENT AND ABUSE ISSUES. A VOTE OF NO CONFIDENCE WOULD LEAD TO A CALL FOR THE
MSU BOARD OF TRUSTEES TO RESIGN.

DETROIT TIGERS' SLUGGER MIGUEL CABRERA IN AN ORLANDO COURTROOM MONDAY OVER CHILD
SUPPORT PAYMENTS TO A FORMER GIRLFRIEND. BELKIS MARIELA RODRIGUEZ WANTS $12-THOUSAND DOLLARS A MONTH THAT CABRERA HAD BEEN PAYING HER AND HIS TWO SONS. RODRIGUEZ TOOK
CABRERA TO COURT LAST SUMMER AFTER THE PAYMENTS WERE REDUCED. NEITHER SIDE IS
COMMENTING ON THE CASE, WHICH HAS BEEN CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC AND MEDIA COVERAGE.
CABRERA REPORTS TO SPRING TRAINING NEXT WEEK WITH THE REST OF THE TEAM IN LAKELAND.

A RECONFIGURATION PLAN HAS BEEN PASSED BY THE SAULT SAINTE MARIE SCHOOL BOARD. 9 AND 10 NEWS REPORTS SAYS SOME PARENTS SPOKE OUT AGAINST THE PLAN AND SOME PLAN TO PETITION FOR A RECALL AGAINST THE SCHOOL BOARD BECAUSE OF THE VOTE. THE PLAN HAS KINDERGARTEN AND FIRST GRADE IN ONE SCHOOL WITH SECOND THROUGH FOURTH GRADE IN ANOTHER SCHOOL. FIFTH THROUGH 8TH GRADES WILL BE IN THE MIDDLE SCHOOL AND MALCOLM HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS WILL BE MOVED TO SOO TOWNSHIP.

ZACHARY PATTEN HAS BEEN FOUND GUILTY IN A FIRST TRIAL FOR THE MURDER OF GRACIELA PORTILLOESPARZA LAST JULY IN SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN. HE ALSO FACES TRIAL FOR KILLING HIS EX-WIFE'S HUSBAND IN ST. JOSEPH COUNTY AFTER HE DROVE 30 MILES AFTER THE FIRST MURDER. PATTEN WAS ARRESTED IN INDIANA AFTER SURRENDERING TO POLICE. 

PARENTS IN THE KENTWOOD PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT EXPRESSED ANGER AT A BOARD MEETING LAST NIGHT THAT A MAN WITH A CRIMINAL RECORD, QUINN JAMES, WAS HIRED TO WORK FOR THE DISTRICT. HE HAS SINCE BEEN CHARGED WITH RAPING A STUDENT WHO WAS LATER KILLED. WOOD TV REPORTS JAMES HAD A RECORD FOR ARMED ROBBERY AND WEAPON POSSESSION WHEN HE WAS HIRED BY THE DISTRICT AS A MAINTENANCE WORKER IN 2011. HE WAS FIRED BY THE DISTRICT WHEN HE WAS CHARGED WITH RAPING EAST KENTWOOD HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT MUJEY DUMBUYA, WHO WAS SET TO TESTIFY AGAINST HIM. SHE WAS FOUND MURDERED LAST MONTH.

FORMER GOVERNOR JOHN ENGLER (NOW INTERIM PRESIDENT AT MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY) HAS BROUGHT ANOTHER FORMER GOVERNOR ON BOARD TO REPRESENT THE UNIVERSITY IN THE LARRY NASSAR FALLOUT. THE LAW FIRM DLA PIPER, WHERE FORMER GOVERNOR JIM BLANCHARD IS A
PARTNER, WILL LEAD MSU'S RESPONSE TO CONGRESSIONAL INQUIRIES REGARDING THE FORMER MSU SPORTS DOCTOR.  ENGLER HAS ALREADY BROUGHT IN COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALISTS THAT WORKED UNDER HIM AND BLANCHARD.

PART OF A METEORITE THAT CRASHED INTO LIVINGSTON COUNTY LAST MONTH IS ON THE AUCTION BLOCK. THE OUT-OF-THIS-WORLD SOUVENIR WILL BE PART OF A LARGER DISPLAY AT ROCKEFELLER CENTER AS PART OF AN ONLINE AUCTION BY CHRISTIE'S APRIL 10TH THROUGH 17TH. THE MICHIGAN METEORITE THAT LANDED IN JANUARY WAS FOUND BY ASHLEY MORTIZ OF ROYAL OAK. THE METEORITES IN CHRISTIE'S COLLECTION ARE EXPECTED TO BE WORTH UP TO A QUARTER-MILLION DOLLARS.

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STATE NEWS for MON 12FEB18

A REED CITY MAN FACES ARRAIGNMENT TODAY AFTER ALLEGEDLY THREATENING STAFF MEMBERS AT
A HOSPITAL. 9 AND 10 NEWS REPORTS THE MAN , A PATIENT AT SPECTRUM HEALTH REED CITY
HOSPITAL, ALLEGEDLY EXPOSED HIMSELF TO STAFF BEFORE THREATENING A DOCTOR AND TWO OTHER STAFF MEMBERS WITH A POCKET KNIFE. HE RAN FROM THE HOSPITAL AFTER TAKING OFF HIS IV AND OTHER MEDICAL EQUIPMENT AND WAS CAUGHT BY STATE POLICE. THE MAN WAS BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN ON METHAMPHETAMINE WHEN THIS HAPPENED SUNDAY.

A FAMILY OF SEVEN IS HOMELESS AFTER THEIR MUSKEGON HEIGHTS FIRE BURNED DOWN ON
SUNDAY. M-LIVE REPORTS THE FIRE BEGAN WHEN THE RESIDENTS LEFT SOMETHING UNATTENDED ON THE STOVE. THE RED CROSS IS HELPING THE FAMILY SINCE THEIR HOME WAS LOST AND THEY DIDN'T HAVE INSURANCE.


A KENT COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT RESERVE DEPUTY PLANS TO RUN ACROSS MICHIGAN TO HONOR FALLEN LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS. WOOD TV REPORTS DEPUTY MATT GARBARINO WILL CARRY THE THIN BLUE LINE AMERICAN FLAG TO HONOR THOSE WHO HAVE DIED IN THE LINE OF
DUTY. HE'LL RUN THIS SUMMER TO HONOR THE 590 MICHIGAN OFFICERS WHO HAVE BEEN KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY. 

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STATE NEWS for FRI 09FEB18

SOUTHERN MICHIGAN IS UNDER A WINTER WEATHER WARNING THROUGHOUT TODAY. FORECASTERS EXPECTING THE HEAVIEST SNOW TO FALL BETWEEN 7AM AND 2PM TODAY. ADDITIONAL MODERATE SNOW WILL CONTINUE FROM I-94 AND SOUTHWARD INTO THIS EVENING.  SNOW ACCUMULATIONS ARE PREDICTED TO BE 1 TO 2 INCHES IN THE SAGINAW/BAY CITY AREA ALONG WITH MUSKEGON; 2 TO 4 INCHES IN GRAND RAPIDS AND FLINT, 4 TO 8 INCHES IN LANSING; 6 TO 9 INCHES IN JACKSON AND ANN ARBOR; AND 5 TO 8 INCHES IN DETROIT.

HURLEY MEDICAL CENTER IN FLINT REVEALING A NEW PEDIATRIC UNIT ON ITS 11TH FLOOR ON
THURSDAY. THE UNIT OFFERS 14 PRIVATE ROOMS, A NEW CHILDREN'S PLAYROOM, TEEN GAME ROOM, NUTRITION CENTER AND A MEETING SPACE FOR STAFF AND FAMILIES.  THE 11TH FLOOR EXPANSION WAS A TWO-YEAR, 1.4-MILLION-DOLLAR PROJECT FUNDED BY DONATIONS THROUGH THE HURLEY FOUNDATION. SOME SEMI-PRIVATE ROOMS WILL CONTINUE TO EXIST AS NEEDED IN THEIR CURRENT SPACE.  HURLEY'S PEDIATRIC INTENSIVE CARE UNIT WILL STILL BE LOCATED ON THE SECOND FLOOR ALONG WITH THE EXISTING PEDIATRIC UNIT. HOSPITAL OFFICIALS SAY BOTH THE SECOND AND THE 11TH FLOORS
OFFER THE SAME LEVEL OF CARE FOR ALL PEDIATRIC PATIENTS.

THE CITY OF DETROIT HAS BEGUN ISSUING COMPLIANCE REQUESTS TO STOP PEOPLE FROM RENTING THEIR HOMES THROUGH ONLINE SERVICES LIKE AIRBNB.  AN ORDINANCE PASSED BY THE CITY LAST YEAR IS NOW IN EFFECT - IT RESTRICTS HOMEOWNERS IN CERTAIN DISTRICTS FROM RENTING THEIR HOUSES TO OVERNIGHT GUESTS. LAST YEAR, DETROIT WAS THE MOST VISITED AIRBNB CITY IN THE STATE OF MICHIGAN WITH 47,000 GUEST ARRIVALS FOR EARNINGS OF $5.21 MILLION.

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STATE NEWS for THU 08FEB18

A SPECTRUM HEALTH DOCTOR IS SUING THE HEALTH CARE COMPANY, CLAIMING SHE WAS FIRED WHILE SHE WAS ON LEAVE FOR BREAST CANCER. WOOD TV REPORTS 53-YEAR-OLD DR. SUSAN DAY CLAIMS IN THE SUIT THAT SHE WAS FIRED BECAUSE OF HER CONCERNS ABOUT BILLING AND THAT SHE WAS THE VICTIM OF SEXUAL DISCRIMINATION AND AGEISM. DAY WANTS HER JOB BACK, LOST WAGES AND PUNITIVE DAMAGES. SPECTRUM HEALTH DENIES THE ALLEGATIONS.

NEW STATE LEGISLATION IS IN THE WORKS THAT MANDATES THE REMOVAL OF YOUNG SEX OFFENDERS AT THE SAME SCHOOL ATTENDED BY THE VICTIMS OF THOSE CRIMES. THE BI-PARTISAN HOUSE BILL 5530 AND 5531 WAS INSPIRED BY THE RECENT UPROAR IN BRIGHTON WHEN A 16-YR-OLD BOY CONVICTED OF RAPING SEVERAL GIRLS WAS SENTENCED TO 45 DAYS IN A DETENTION CENTER, AND COULD HAVE BEEN ALLOWED BACK IN THE SAME SCHOOL ATTENDED BY THE VICTIMS. UNDER THE PROPOSED BILL, SCHOOLS WOULD BE REQUIRED TO KICK OFFENDERS OUT. THE BILL MAKES PROVISIONS FOR THE OFFENDERS TO FIND CONTINUING EDUCATION IN MICHIGAN APPROVED "SAFE SCHOOL" ENVIRONMENTS IF EXPELLED AND THE OFFENDER CANNOT APPEAL THE EXPULSION DECISION BY THE SCHOOL THEY ATTENDED.  THE PROPOSED LEGISLATION  ALSO INCLUDES JUVENILES WHO THREATEN WITH A FIREARM WHILE AT SCHOOL.

A DEATH IN NORTHERN MICHIGAN IS TOUTED AS SUSPICIOUS. 9 AND 10 NEWS REPORTS THE BODY OF 62-YEAR-OLD MARC RUBEN , OF FARMINGTON HILLS, WAS FOUND NEAR A BOAT LAUNCH IN GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY TUESDAY NIGHT. AN AUTOPSY FOUND NO SIGNS OF TRAUMA, BUT STATE POLICE SAY DRUGS APPEAR TO BE INVOLVED AND THEY ARE AWAITING TOXICOLOGY RESULTS.  DEPUTIES THEN RESPONDED TO A MEDICAL EMERGENCY AT A NEARBY HOME AND FOUND A POSSIBLE CONNECTION TO A WOMAN THERE AND RUBEN. THE WOMAN WAS ARRESTED ON UNRELATED CHARGES.

MORE THAN A DOZEN MICHIGAN ATHLETES ARE TAKING PART IN THE 2018 WINTER OLYMPICS IN
SOUTH KOREA. THEY INCLUDE:  JESSICA SMITH-KOOREMAN OF MELVINDALE - SHORT TRACK SPEED SKATING; MEGAN KELLER OF FARMINGTON - ICE HOCKEY; CHAD BILLINS OF MARYSVILLE - ICE HOCKEY; EVAN BATES OF NORTHVILLE - ICE DANCING AND HIS SKATING PARTNER MADISON CHOCK OF NOVI; MADISON HUBBELL OF OKEMOS - ICE DANCING AND HER SKATING PARTNER ZACH DONOHUE - BOTH ARE WITH THE LANSING SKATING CLUB

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16th, 2018

Munich Security Conference
Worldwide security policy conference bringing together senior figures from around the world to discuss current and future security challenges. Attendees at the three-day event are expected to include Secretary of Defense James Mattis, National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster, CIA Director Mike Pompeo, UK Prime Minister Theresa May, Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, Rwandan President Paul Kagame, and ministers from Iran, Saudi Arabia, Russia, Turkey, Poland, Italy, Spain, and Australia.
 
Congress Breaks for Presidents Day District Work Period (February 16 - February 26)
 
PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics Continue - Medal events in the men's 15km cross-country skiing, women's aerials freestyle skiing, men's skeleton, women's snowboard cross, and women's 5000m speed skating. In men's hockey, Team USA plays Slovakia.
 
Toy of the Year Awards Ceremony (New York, NY 6pm ET)
Toy of the Year Awards and Hall of Fame induction ceremony, ahead of the American International Toy Fair, which opens tomorrow.
 
Chinese New Year - Lunar New Year and the start of the Year of the Dog.
 
2018 NBA All-Star Weekend Begins (Los Angeles)
Events today include NBA All-Star Celebrity Game, and Mountain Dew Kickstart Rising Stars game.
 
National Cheerleading & Dance Championship (Atlanta, GA)
 
30th Anniversary of 'Hairspray' Film Premiere in Baltimore - Anniversary of the 'Hairspray' premiere in Baltimore, where the film is set.
 
Cast Attends 40th Anniversary Screening of 'Animal House' (Newark, NJ 8pm ET)
40th anniversary screening of John Landis' classic comedy 'National Lampoon's Animal House', attended by cast members Tim Matheson, Karen Allen and Peter Reigert, who participate in a post-screening Q&A, moderated by film critic Peter Travers. The 40th anniversary of the movie's New York premiere is July 27th.
 
Marvel's 'Black Panther' Film Released in Theaters
'Black Panther', first black superhero-led movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe released in theaters.

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 17th, 2018

Special Display of the Emancipation Proclamation - (10am ET, Washington, DC) - National Archives holds free special display of the original Emancipation Proclamation, to celebrate Black History Month and the 155th anniversary of the Proclamation.
 
Dallas County Republican Party Reagan Day Dinner (6pm ET, Dallas, TX)
Keynote speaker Vice President Mike Pence.
 
American International Toy Fair (February 17th – February 20th, New York, NY)
The largest international toy trade show in the Western Hemisphere.
 
Munich Security Conference Continues (Munich, Germany) - Worldwide security policy conference bringing together senior figures from around the world to discuss current and future security challenges. U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis attends.
 
UK Prime Minister Theresa May Gives Brexit Speech (Munich, Germany) - UK Prime Minister Theresa May gives a speech on Brexit at the Munich Security Conference.
 
7th Anniversary of Moammar Gadhafi Overthrown in Libya - 7th anniversary of Libyan leader Col. Moammar Gadhafi overthrown, two days after street protests began in the country's second largest city, Benghazi.  Gadhafi would be killed in October.
 
PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics Continue - Medal events in the women's Super-G alpine skiing, women's 12.5k biathlon, women's cross-country skiing 4x5km relay, men's single free figure skating, and women's ski slopestyle.  Finals in the women's 1500m, and men's 1000m short track speed skating, women's skeleton, and men's large hill ski jumping. In hockey, Team USA men play last preliminary round game against Olympic Athlete from Russia (OAR), and the women's quarterfinals begin.
 
2018 NBA All-Star Saturday Night (Los Angeles, CA) - Events today include Hall of Fame Announcement, media availability with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, followed by the State Farm All-Star Saturday Night at the STAPLES Center, featuring the Taco Bell Skills Challenge, JBL Three-Point Contest, and Verizon Slam Dunk contest.
 
Basketball Hall of Fame Finalists Announced (STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA) - Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2018 finalists announced at NBA All-Star weekend.  The entire class will be unveiled during the NCAA Final Four in San Antonio.
 
Random Acts of Kindness Day
Encouraging the spreading of kindness.

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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 19th, 2018

Munich Security Conference Concludes (Munich, Germany) - Worldwide security policy conference bringing together senior figures from around the world to discuss current and future security challenges concludes.
 
PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics Continue - Medal events in the men's alpine skiing giant slalom, men's 15k biathlon, and men's cross-country skiing 4x10km relay.  Finals in men's freestyle skiing in the slopestyle and aerials discipline, and women's 500m speed skating.
 
Molly Ringwald Celebrates 50th Birthday
50th birthday of American actress and ‘80’s star Molly Ringwald, best known for her roles in Pretty in Pink, Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club.
 
Yoko Ono Celebrates 85th Birthday
 
Daytona 500 (2:30pm ET, Daytona Beach, FL) - 60th running of 'The Great American Race'.  Dale Earnhardt Jr. will serve as the Grand Marshall.  Rascal Flatts performs at the pre-race show.  Expected to be final race in Danica Patrick’s NASCAR career.
 
NBA All-Star Game (11pm ET, STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA)
 
20th Anniversary of Harry Caray's Death
20th anniversary of legendary Chicago Cubs sportscaster Harry Caray's death.

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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 19th, 2017

Presidents Day / Washington's Birthday

Financial markets closed
 
Mount Vernon Celebrates Washington's Birthday (Mount Vernon, VA)
Mount Vernon celebrates George Washington's 286th birthday with wreath-laying at his tomb, patriotic music and military performances.  Washington’s actual birthday is February 22nd.
 
House of Representatives on Recess February 16th – February 26th
 
Senate on Recess from February 16th – February 26th
 
10th Anniversary of Fidel Castro Announcing Retirement - 10th anniversary of Cuban President Fidel Castro announcing in a letter to the state newspaper that he would not be seeking a further term when the National Assembly met to declare the next council of state on February 24th, 2008.
 
Iwo Jima Day - Commemorating the U.S. Marines raising the Stars and Stripes on Mount Suribachi, Iwo Jima, Japan, in 1945.
 
PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics Continue - Medal events in the 2-man bobsleigh, men's team ski jumping, and men's 500m speed skating. Also the semi-finals in women’s hockey.

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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 20th, 2018

15th Anniversary of Deadly Nightclub Fire in Rhode Island - 15th anniversary of a fire breaking out at The Station nightclub in Rhode Island during a performance by rock band Great White, leading to the death of 100 people.  The fire was caused by the band's pyrotechnics which ignited foam soundproofing in the ceiling.
 
Court Hearing for Kansas Men Charged in Alleged Terror Plot (9:30am ET, Wichita KS)
Hearing for three Kansas men accused of planning to detonate bombs at a pair of apartment buildings where a number of Somali refugees live.
 
House of Representatives on Recess February 16th – February 26th
 
Senate on Recess from February 16th – February 26th
 
PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics Continue - Medal's decided in the women's biathlon relay, free dance figure skating, women's half-pipe skiing, men's Nordic combined 10km, and women's 3000m relay short track speed skating. Other events today include the women's bobsleigh heats, which sees the Jamaican team participating for the first time, 30 years after their male counterparts made their debut.
 
20th Anniversary of Youngest Figure Skating Gold Medal Winner - 20th anniversary of American Tara Lipinski becoming the youngest gold medalist in figure skating history at the Winter Olympics by winning the ladies' title at Nagano, Japan at age 15.
 
8th Anniversary of Apolo Ohno Becoming Most Decorated U.S. Winter Olympian
8th anniversary of Apolo Ohno becoming the most decorated American Winter Olympic athlete of all time by winning the bronze medal in the men's 1000m Short Track at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.  It was his seventh Winter Olympic medal.  Days later Ohno won his eighth medal, a bronze with the U.S. national team for the men's 5000m Short Track Relay.
 
Rihanna Celebrates 30th Birthday
 
World Day of Social Justice

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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21st, 2018

President Trump Holds Rally in Pennsylvania (7pm ET) - Attendees expected to include Pennsylvania State Rep. Rick Saccone, who is running for Congress and is participating in a special election next month against Democrat Conor Lamb, for the seat vacated by the resignation of Republican Rep. Tim Murphy.
 
Court Hearing for Kansas Men Charged in Alleged Terror Plot (9:30am ET, Wichita, KS)
Hearing for three Kansas men accused of planning to detonate bombs at a pair of apartment buildings where a number of Somali refugees live.
 
Court Hearing for Rapper Kidd Creole on Murder Charges in New York - Hearing for Nathaniel Glover, also known as Kidd Creole of Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, charged with second-degree murder for allegedly stabbing a homeless man to death.

House of Representatives on Recess February 16th – February 26th
 
Senate on Recess from February 16th – February 26th
 
PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics Continue - Medals decided in the women's downhill alpine skiing, women's bobsleigh, cross country skiing team sprint, men's ski cross, and team pursuit speed skating. In hockey, the men quarterfinals and the women's bronze medal match takes place.
 
60th Anniversary of the Peace Symbol
60th anniversary of professional designer and artist Gerald Holtom unveiling his design for a protest against Britain's production of the atom bomb, now universally recognized as the peace sign.
 
Prince Michael 'Blanket' Jackson II Celebrates 16th birthday
16th birthday of Prince Michael 'Blanket' Jackson II, the third child of music artist Michael Jackson. In 2015, he changed his name to Bigi Jackson.

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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22nd, 2018

Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC, 7am ET, National Harbor, MD)
Speakers include President Donald Trump, Republicans Sen. Ted Cruz and Reps. Mark Walker and Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai, Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, Maine Governor Paul LePage, Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin, FOX News Channel hosts Sean Hannity and Jeanine Pirro, National Rifle Association of America Executive Vice President and CEO Wayne LaPierre, former U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations John Bolton, Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton, UK politician Nigel Farage, former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson, and West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey.
 
House of Representatives on Recess February 16th – February 26th
 
Senate on Recess from February 16th – February 26th
 
PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics Continue - Medals decided today in the men's alpine skiing slalom, women's 4x6km biathlon, men's half-pipe skiing, men's 4x5km Nordic combined, and short track speed skating events. In hockey, the women's gold medal match takes place.
 
National Margarita Day
Annual tribute to the drink formed of tequila, triple sec, and lime.
 
Digital Learning Day - A national awareness campaign designed to 'celebrate innovative teachers and highlight instructional practices that strengthen teaching and personalize learning for all students.'
 
National Recreational Sports and Fitness Day

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 23rd, 2018

President Trump Welcomes Australian PM Turnbull to the White House
 
Court Hearing for Parents of 13 Children Held Captive in California Home - Court hearing for David and Louise Turpin, charged with 12 counts of torture for allegedly holding their 13 children captive in their Southern Californian home.  The children range in age from two to 29 and were found after one of the children jumped out of a window and called 911, reporting her parents were holding her siblings hostage.
 
National Governors Association Winter Meeting (7:15am ET, Washington, DC) - Agenda today includes lunch hosted by Vice President Mike Pence for governors and their spouses, roundtables on 'The Intersection of Innovation and International Partnership', and reception honoring the governors.
 
Republican Governors Association Winter Meeting (February 23rd - February 26th, Washington, DC)
 
House of Representatives on Recess February 16th – February 26th
 
Senate on Recess from February 16th – February 26th
 
PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics Continue - Medals will be decided today in the women's alpine skiing combined event, men's 4x7.5km biathlon, women's single free figure skating, women's ski cross, women's big air snowboarding, and men's 1000m speed skating. Semifinal game in men’s hockey.
 
MLB “Cactus League” Gets Underway
Spring Training games begin for the 15 MLB teams hosted in Arizona.
 
National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend
Girls Scouts across the country will be selling cookies at booths, door to door, and through Digital Cookie. Every year Girl Scouts sell about 200 million boxes of cookies, valued at approximately $800 million, with the money invested into troop activities and projects.
 
Great American Spit Out
Annual nationwide observance challenging smokeless tobacco users to quit for good by committing to a quit date.

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