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Michigan State News              Updated 12/19/14


(Capitol-Road Deal)
A tired Michigan Legislature had to meet all night and into the morning, until it gave approval to a proposal asking voters to increase the state sales tax by a penny to pay for better roads.
Under the package, most of the revenue would come from a one percent increase in the Michigan sales tax.
Other revenue would come from a registration fee increase that would bring in 45 (m) million dollars and heavy-truck fees that would bring in 50 (m) million dollars.
The bill package also swaps the sales tax on gas for a tax on the wholesale price of gasoline.
The proposal would be on the statewide ballot in May.
Democrats also negotiated restoration of a 20 percent Earned Income Tax Credit, and also a guarantee that School Aid Money would be protected from legislative raids.
As a result, School Aid revenue would increase by a half-(b) billion dollars, according to the Lansing-based Gongwer News Service.

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(Capitol-Religious Freedom Restoration)
Gay rights groups and others are applauding the Michigan Legislature for effectively killing a bill that allows people to be exempt from laws in certain situations, if the law goes against their "sincerely held religious beliefs."
Gay rights groups believe the proposal was effectively a license to discriminate against them.
But the Michigan Senate adjourned for the year on Friday morning, meaning the proposal must start from scratch in the legislative hopper next year, if sponsors want it approved.
Opponents say the "Religious Freedom Restoration Act" proposal also would have allowed a man to claim that domestic and child abuse laws don’t apply to him because his religion teaches that a husband has the right to discipline his family as he sees fit.
Supporters disagree, saying there would be narrow interpretation of such a law.

The Michigan House has given final legislative approval to a new effort to curb cyber-bullying among young people.
The measure requires K-12 school districts and charter schools to include cyber bullying in their existing bullying policies and report bullying data to the state Department of Education.
Supporters of the legislation say bullying done through social media, texting and instant messaging is probably more prevalent now than physical bullying.
Under the measure, confidentiality is required for students reporting cyber bullying.
The legislation now goes to Governor Snyder for his signature.

(Capitol-Internet Tax)
The Michigan legislature passed legislation early this morning (Fri) to require the state sales tax be added to online purchases made by consumers through certain retailers.
Under the bills, retailers with an established location in Michigan are required to charge the tax at the time of internet purchase.
"Brick and mortar" retailers in Michigan have been pushing the bills for more than a decade, saying online retailers who don't charge a state sales tax have an advantage over internet sellers.
Existing law requires Michigan taxpayers to voluntarily report such purchases on their annual tax form, but few do it, resulting in the loss of hundreds of (m) millions of dollars in state tax revenue over the years.
The bills now head to the governor.

(Capitol-Bad Doctors Bills)
The Michigan Senate has passed the final bill of a four bill package designed to protect patients from medical professionals who intentionally harm patients for financial gain.
The patient-centered bill package changes the Michigan Public Health Code and would give the Board of Medicine's Disciplinary Subcommittee the authority to permanently revoke the license of corrupt medical practitioners.
Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette praised yesterday's (Thu) passage of the bill saying it ensures medical professionals who take advantage of Michigan patients for monetary gain, will never be allowed to practice in this state ever again.
The bill now heads to Governor Snyder's desk.

(St. Joseph Co-ATV Fatality)
A St. Joseph County boy died Thursday after he was involved in an accident with an all-terrain vehicle Wednesday.
Dakota Yoder was driving the four-wheeler around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday on private property in Nottawa (NAH-tuh-wuh) Township.
Investigators said the ATV flipped and landed on top of the boy. It is not known if the victim was wearing a helmet.
Speed is suspected to have been a factor in the incident.
Yoder was a student at Nottawa Christian School.
(WLKM, Three Rivers)

(Hamtramck-Financial Emergency Over)
The State Department of Treasury says Hamtramck has resolved its financial emergency.
The city was placed under the control of emergency manager Cathy Square in June 2013 when there was a two-million-dollar deficit in the city budget.
Square has enacted a two-year budget for the city and Thursday issued her final order as Emergency Manager. The order outlines responsibilities of elected officials and their collaboration and cooperation with a Receivership Transition Advisory Board.
Hamtramck's move back to local control comes a week after Detroit shed its emergency manager.

(MI-Immigration Effects)
Up to 150-thousand residents in the state of Michigan are directly affected by President Obama's executive order which temporarily removes the threat of deportation for nearly five (m) million undocumented immigrants.
In the meantime, the idea is being challenged in court, and there are Congressional proposals to undo the order.
But supporters of the order say it's good for the economy and does not hurt current U-S workers.
Professor Thomas Weiskopff of the University of Michigan says immigrant workers usually are not in competition with US workers for US jobs, since many of the jobs in question are farm worker positions that many farms have had trouble filling.
Critics argue however that the President overstepped his authority in issuing the order.
And a federal judge in Pennsylvania also ruled this week that the President's order was unconstitutional.

(MI-Cities-Bad Financial Shape)
Ten Michigan cities are in bad financial shape with "hidden debt."
That's according to the non-profit group Truth in Accounting, which says the ten cities have debts ranging from seven-billion-dollars for Detroit to 14-million-dollars for Kalamazoo.
The group says the cities have un-funded pension and other liabilities they can't pay for, but accounting practices let governments hide their true financial condition.
Other cities on the list with what TIA calls their true debts are: Lansing, $612 million; Flint, $539 million; Saginaw, $318 million; Grand Rapids, $278 million; Midland, $114 million; Battle Creek, $110 million; Jackson, $101 million; and Holland, $43 million.
(24/7 News Source)

(Grand Traverse Co-Whooping Cough)
The Grand Traverse County Health Department is reporting there are now 70 confirmed cases of whooping cough in the county.
According to media reports, the health department says there are now 19 schools in Grand Traverse County with students who have whooping cough, also known as Pertussis.
The Kingsley Schools says there are five confirmed cases of Pertussis in their school district. There are two confirmed cases in Antrim County and one case in Otsego County.
The whooping cough outbreak started about a month ago at Grand Traverse Academy when 12 students contracted the virus. It then spread to Traverse City Area Public Schools where two students have been diagnosed.
Health officials blame the outbreak on the large number of Michigan residents who opt-out of vaccinating their children.

(Oakland Co-Mental Exam)
An Oakland County woman accused of killing her son and infant granddaughter will undergo a mental exam to determine whether she’s competent to stand trial.
65-year old Sylvia Majewska of Addison Township faces two counts of first-degree murder in the killings which occurred last month.
Her son, Daryne Gailey, and his seven-month old daughter, Charley Hendrick, were found dead in his Oxford Township home on November 23, after Gailey failed to return the child to her mother as scheduled. The man’s throat was cut, according to authorities, and the baby had been beaten to death.
When Oakland County Sheriff’s deputies arrived, they found Majewska sitting on the couch, bloodied by knife wounds to her arms which authorities believe were self-inflicted.
Majewska is due back in court in early March.
(WWJ, Detroit)

(Schoolcraft Co-Stabbing Suspect)
A 58-year-old Manistique man could spend the rest of his life in prison for allegedly slitting a woman's throat last summer.
Thomas Becks, Jr. has been ordered to stand trial next year on charges of attempted murder, assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder and assault with a dangerous weapon.
He's accused of stabbing 31-year-old Theresa Gorney of Manistique on July 28 when a conversation between the two eventually shifted to sexual favors, and later, violence.
Becks is being held in the Schoolcraft County Jail. His trial is set to begin April 27. A status conference is scheduled for January 22.

(MI-Disease Outbreak Preparation)
Michigan is not up to par when it comes to being ready for infectious disease outbreaks.
A report by the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation says Michigan only met five out of ten major indicators tied to preventing, detecting, diagnosing and responding to Ebola, Enterovirus or antibiotic-resistant superbugs.
The report says Michigan fell short with meeting goals for childhood and season flu vaccines, as well as having a plan to adjust to climate change.
(24/7 News Source)

(VanBuren Co-Missing Teen Located)
Police in southwest Michigan say they've located a runaway teenager.
The Van Buren County Sheriff's Department got a call on Thursday morning from the father of 15-year old Patricia McDonald, who told them he woke up in the middle of the night and found his daughter was gone. She had left a note indicating that she'd run away from their home in Paw Paw.
Later in the day, the Sheriffs Department determined that the teen was in Kent County, and the people she was with convinced her to turn herself in to police in Byron Center.
(WSJM, St. Joseph/Benton Harbor)

(Ottawa Co-Under-sheriff Retires)
After 36 years in law enforcement, Ottawa County Under-sheriff Greg Steigenga (STAY-gen-guh) is retiring.
Steigenga, who began in law enforcement in 1978, joined the Sheriff’s Department in 1986 and became under-sheriff in 2004. Sheriff Gary Rosema told MLive that Steigenga is (quote) "one of the finest leaders that our organization and law enforcement in Western Michigan has had the opportunity to know."
Steigenga’s retirement is effective January 16.



(MI-Gas Prices)
Gas prices have dropped below $2 a gallon in Michigan.
The Detroit News reports several gas stations around metro Detroit were all selling unleaded fuel for $1.99 a gallon or less this morning (Thursday).
While prices continue to drop across the state, the city with the lowest of the low prices is Ypsilanti, where motorists saw a cash-only price of $1.94 per gallon.
According to AAA Michigan's Thursday fuel gauge report, the statewide average cost of a gallon of regular is $2.34 compared to the national average of $2.44 per gallon.
But prices at individual stations continue to drop across the state.
The current average cost per gallon in Detroit is $2.36 for regular compared to $2.95 a month ago and $3.13 for the same time in 2013.
It's much the same in Grand Rapids where the average cost on Thursday was $2.22 per gallon versus $3.03 a month ago and $3.04 a year ago. In Saginaw/Bay City, the prices are $2.32, $2.97 and $3.06 respectively.

(Capitol-Road Deal)
A tentative agreement has been reached in Lansing between legislative leaders and Governor Rick Snyder, to ask voters to raise one-point-three (b) billion dollars in new funding for roads.
Most of the revenue would come from a one percent increase in the Michigan sales tax.
Other revenue would come from a registration fee increase that would bring in 45 (m) million dollars and heavy-truck fees that would bring in 50 (m) million dollars..
Further, the plan is linked with approval of the "Main Street Fairness Act" which would increase revenue from internet purchases by consumers.
The plan to ask for voter approval must be approved by the legislature, which is meeting today (Thurs) in Lansing.
The proposal would be on the statewide ballot in May.
Democrats also negotiated restoration of a 20 percent Earned Income Tax Credit, and also a guarantee that School Aid Money would be protected from legislative raids.
As a result, School Aid revenue would increase by a half-(b) billion dollars, according to the Lansing-based Gongwer News Service.

(MI-Lottery Sales Record)
Strong player support pushed sales of Michigan Lottery tickets to a record of nearly $2.6 billion in the 2014 fiscal year, the 10th straight year of $2 billion-plus sales.
Lottery officials say sales this year eclipsed by 4.8 percent the previous record of just under $2.48 billion set in 2013.
The record sales were due primarily to a 10.5 percent increase in instant games, the Lottery’s top-selling category of games. Instant game sales were bolstered by the introduction of the Lottery’s first $30 instant game, $2,000,000 CA$H, in February.
The record sales also led to record commissions for the Lottery’s nearly 11,000 retailers. Retailer commissions totaled $188.6 million, a 5.7 percent increase from the previous record of $178.4 million set in 2013.
Prizes awarded to players also set a new record, $1.59 billion, a 6.5 percent increase from the previous record of $1.49 billion set in 2013.
Lottery officials say nearly a fifth of the $100 million increase in total prizes awarded to players came from a July Daily 4 drawing when 1-1-1-1 was drawn for the first time in more than nine years. About 3,700 Daily 4 players each won a top prize of $5,000 for a total of some $18.4 million. The number of winners and the prize total for the drawing were both nearly 25 times that of a typical Daily 4 drawing.
Officials say the Lottery also contributed almost $743 million to the state School Aid Fund in the 2014 fiscal year, which ended on September 30. That was 1.2 percent higher than the 2013 contribution of just over $734 million.

(Kent Co-Murder Suspect)
A Grand Rapids man already in prison on perjury charges has now been charged with open murder.
Kent County prosecutors say 19-year old Jamal Bennett shot and killed 30-year old Derecko Martin in an apartment on the city's southeast side in March of last year.
Investigators say the two of them were gathered with others when an argument broke out. They say Bennett pulled a gun and shot Martin in the head, neck and stomach.
Bennett was sentenced in September to eight to 20 years in prison for perjury, accessory after the fact to a felony and lying to a police officer in a violent crime investigation -- charges that authorities said resulted from an 18-month investigation into Martin's death.
He will be back in court on December 31 for a probable cause hearing. Bennett is also charged with felony firearm.
(WOOD, Grand Rapids)

(Wayne Co-Bashara Guilty)
A Wayne County jury has convicted a Grosse Pointe Park man of arranging his wife’s murder.
57-year old Bob Bashara was found guilty on all counts in the death of his wife: first degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder, solicitation to commit murder, witness intimidation and obstruction of justice.
The former Grosse Pointe Park businessman was accused of forcing handyman Joe Gentz to strangle Jane Bashara at the couple’s Grosse Pointe Park home in January of 2012. Her body was found in her SUV in Detroit.
Bashara is already in prison for trying to have Gentz killed in jail in 2012. Gentz chose not to testify during the trial.
(Marie Osborne, WWJ, Detroit)

(Iron Co-Missing Person Dead)
An elderly western Upper Peninsula man who was reported missing Tuesday night has been found dead.
The Iron County Sheriff Office says family members of 87-year old Albert Melchiori of Iron River reported that they had not had contact with him since Monday evening when he had ventured out ice fishing on Chicagon Lake.
Melchiori's truck was found parked at a camp along the shoreline where he accessed his ice shack by ORV. Melchiori and the ORV were not at his ice shack.
A search began late Tuesday evening and resumed Wednesday morning with assistance from a United States Coast Guard helicopter.
After a short flight over the lake the chopper spotted Melchiori’s ORV which had fallen through the ice along the northwest shoreline of the lake about a quarter mile from his truck. A short time later the Coast Guard located Melchiori's body on the ice about 150 yards from his ORV.
Officials believe Melchiori became disoriented on the ice due to heavy fog and drove his ORV onto unsafe ice along the shoreline.
(Aaron Harper, WJNR/WOBE/WHTO. Iron Mountain)

(Van Buren Co-Missing Teen)
Police in southwest Michigan are looking for a runaway teenager.
The Van Buren County Sheriffs Department says it got a call from the father of 15-year old Patricia McDonald, who told them he woke up around 1:30 AM this morning (Thursday) to find his daughter was gone. She had left a note indicating that she'd run away from their home in Paw Paw.
McDonald would have left sometime between 8:30 Wednesday night and 1:30 this morning, and police have no description of what she was wearing. Otherwise, Patty is described as having strawberry blonde hair and being about five foot seven inches tall and about 140 pounds.
Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to contact the Van Buren County Sheriffs Department.
(WSJM, St. Joseph/Benton Harbor)

(MI/WS-Robbery Suspects Captured)
Police in Wisconsin have captured two Michigan men who were wanted by police for the burglaries of homes in the Upper Peninsula.
Michigan State Police identified the suspects as Derrick and Christopher Whitmore.
The Marinette County Sheriff's Office says deputies learned the pair were staying at a hotel near Green Bay and officers spotted their vehicle just north of Crivitz Wednesday night.
Deputies tried to pull the car over, but the men fired shots at them and sped off. The two men then led police on a car chase before crashing. Both suspects fled on foot into the woods but were captured about three hours later. reports that the Marinette County sheriff says they also arrested Harley Whitmore and Kendra Krueger who are believed to be involved in the burglaries but using a different vehicle.
(Help from: Aaron Harper, WJNR/WOBE/WHTO, Iron Mountain)

(Snyder-New Department)
Michigan government is getting a new department.
Governor Rick Snyder today (Thurs) announced an executive order creating the Department of Talent and Economic Development.
It's aimed at enhancing emphasis on skilled trades.
For some time, the governor has lamented that there have been many high paying but unfilled positions in Michigan, including those that may require only a two year post-secondary degree.
The governor says the goal is to "make Michigan a national leader in talent development by focusing on workforce training for the jobs of today and tomorrow.
The Governor says under the executive order, the Michigan State Housing and Development Authority will be under the new department, along with the Michigan Strategic Fund and any associated programs. The executive order authorizes the director of the Talent and Economic Development Department to become the MEDC CEO if the MEDC executive committee makes that determination.
The Talent Investment Agency will coordinate all programs across the executive branch of government involving jobs preparedness, career-based education, skilled trades training, incumbent worker training, employment assistance, STEM training programs and programs targeted at the structurally unemployed.

(Dearborn-Ford Airbag Recall)
Ford Motor Company is expanding its recall of vehicles with driver-side air bags made by Takata.
Nearly 450-thousand additional vehicles are part of the new recall which the Dearborn automaker implemented because the airbags could explode without provocation and potentially send shrapnel into people in the vehicles.
This expanded recall includes 2005 through 2008 Ford Mustangs and 2004 through 2007 Ford GTs.
Honda has already agreed to recall two-point-six-million vehicles and Mazda is recalling 250-thousand, all at the request of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
In newspapers across the country today (Thursday), Takata ran full-page ads saying while they understand people's concerns and take them seriously, there is no scientific basis to expand the recall. NHTSA, in the meantime, says they are willing to go to court to force Takata's hand.
(24/7 News Source)

(St. Clair Shores-Fatal Shooting)
A 40-year-old man is in police custody after a fatal shooting at a home in St. Clair Shores.
Police responded to the home around 7:20 p.m. Thursday after receiving a report about shots fired and arrived to find a 30-year-old Eastpointe man suffering from two gunshot wounds to the chest.
The man, whose name was not released, was rushed to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.
Police say the suspect is a St. Clair Shores man who knew the victim, although they did not discuss a possible motive.
The case is expected to be handed over to the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office for review.
(WWJ, Detroit)

(Bay City-Krugerrand-Red Kettle)
There's a mystery Santa somewhere in Bay City.
Salvation Army Major Mike Myers is very thankful. He says a second, gold South African Krugerrand, was found in the Red Kettle at the Kroger store in Bangor Township, north of Bay City.
With an approximate value of $1,200 the two coins mean about $2,500 to support programs offered by the Bay City Citadel.
This year's campaign goal is $100,000 and as of Tuesday night, about $72,000 had been collected. The money will pay for sending children to camp, soup kitchens, food pantries and other social service programs.
This year's two coins match one Krugerrand dropped in a Red Kettle last year.
(Bill Hewitt, WSGW, Saginaw)

(Ottawa Co-Pickaxe Attack)
A social media argument on Facebook escalated quickly for a 21-year-old Holland Township man.
The Ottawa County Sheriff's Department says the victim was attacked by two men armed with a baseball bat and a pickaxe following a fight on Facebook over a woman. The man, who is not being identified, suffered face and head injuries, but was in good condition Wednesday afternoon at Holland Hospital.
The attack happened just after 2:30 a.m. yesterday morning at a Holland Township home.
(24/7 News Source)

(Baraga Co-UP Drug Bust)
17 people have been arrested on federal, state and tribal warrants following a drug bust in the Upper Peninsula.
The Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team says the warrants include a total of 48 counts related to the sale and distribution of narcotics in Baraga County.
UPSET says the arrests are the result of a year-long joint investigation with the FBI’s Upper Peninsula Safe Trails Task Force and an agent from the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Twelve suspects are free on bond. However their arraignments in state court will not be done until January 6, 2015. Their names will not be officially released until then. Reports are five persons were arrested on federal warrants. They were arraigned in federal court on Wednesday. Their names also are being withheld.
UPSET says the investigation is ongoing.
(Help from: WCCY/WOLV, Houghton)

(Detroit-Russia Auto Sales Suspended)
General Motors is suspending sales in Russia indefinitely.
The automaker joins Jaguar Land Rover in announcing this week that they are halting sales in light of the ruble's collapse. The Russian ruble has tumbled nearly 50-percent against the dollar this year due to Western sanctions imposed because of Russia's interference in Ukraine.
Audi and Volkswagen AG have also temporary halted Russian sales. To decrease its potential financial hit, BMW started moving vehicles to other markets early in the summer.
(24/7 News Source)

(Grand Rapids-Robbery Fraud Charges)
A Grand Rapids-area contractor who took money from customers and used it to do work for other people could be headed to prtison for a long time.
Jeffrey TenElshoff II has plead guilty to two counts of larceny as a third time offender. He will be sentenced today (Thursday). But he was also charged with new crimes on Tuesday and now repeat offender charges could get him life in prison. The most recent charges allege he stole roofing supplies last month.
(WOOD, Grand Rapids)



(Alpena Co-Fatal Fire)
One person is dead following a house fire in northeast lower Michigan.
Fire officials say flames were coming from a front window of the house in Ossineke (AH-sin-eek) when crews arrived on the scene around 3:30 Tuesday afternoon.
The victim has been identified as 63-year old Randy Stark who was alone at the time of the fire.
Sanborn Township Fire Chief Dale Hart said the living room and kitchen were extensively damaged and the rest of the house sustained heavy smoke damage.
Cause of the blaze has not yet been determined. A State Fire Marshal will be on the scene today (Wednesday) to investigate.
(WATZ, Alpena)

(Capitol-Road Funding)
Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville says there is progress being made in the negotiations with the House and Governor Snyder on a road funding solution.
The Monroe Republican would not divulge the details from Tuesday's closed-door sessions, but said he believes the negotiators have "lit a fire" in the talks.
Governor Snyder is seeking one-point-two billion dollars a year for the next decade to fix Michigan's roads, and he is favoring a Senate plan to roughly double gasoline and diesel taxes to do it. Richardville noted talks have centered around combining that plan with a House proposal to dedicate already-collected tax revenue for the roads.
If the two sides cannot reach an agreement today (Wednesday), that surely means an especially frantic Thursday, the final scheduled voting session of the term. That will make the process of finding the 20 votes in the Senate, and especially the 56 votes in the House, a rush job.
(Help from: 24/7 News Source)

(Macomb Co-Bashara Trial Hold)
The trial of a Grosse Pointe Park man charged with arranging his wife’s murder has been put on indefinite hold.
Authorities have determined 57-year old Bob Bashara is “not medically competent” to continue his trial.
Jurors were dismissed Monday, three days into deliberations, because Bashara was experiencing an “undisclosed medical issue” that prevented him from being present in court. He’s required to attend court for any jury questions or a verdict.
The jury will now have to wait until Bashara is cleared by doctors to continue their deliberations.
Bashara is charged with first-degree murder, conspiracy and solicitation of murder in the January 2012 death of his wife Jane, whose body was found in her SUV in Detroit. Authorities say she was beaten and strangled in the couple’s home.
(WWJ, Detroit)

(Kalamazoo-Baylo Accomplice)
The man that provided child pornography to a former West Michigan Christian radio host sentenced last week for sexually assaulting a 12-year old boy in Kalamazoo will learn his sentence today (Wednesday).
42-year old Ronald Moser pled guilty in federal court to possessing child pornography and sexual exploitation of children.
Moser said he took pornographic images of a 12-year-old boy at his Battle Creek home on June 5, the same day he was arrested by federal Homeland Security agents. His cell phone contained 40 images of boys in various stages of undress and in bondage.
Moser could get up to 40 years in a federal prison.
35-year old John Balyo of Caledonia was sentenced last week to 40 years in a federal prison for child pornography and sexually exploiting boys. He plead guilty to charges of sexual exploitation of a child and possession of child pornography.
The former WCSG radio host was sentenced earlier to 25 to 50 years in a state prison.
(Help from: WOOD, Grand Rapids)

(Dearborn Heights-Ethnic Discrimination)
A Dearborn Heights family has filed a suit against the city's police department alleging ethnic and religious discrimination.
The Khaled (kah - LED) family claims the department refused to investigate assaults against two of their daughters. The family says they contacted police after their 14-and-eight-year-old daughters were thrown to the ground by a neighbor who was upset over some garbage in their yard.
The suit claims that the neighbor used disparaging language and called the girls "Arab scarfies."
The Khaled family says that police, instead of thoroughly investigating the incident, ticketed them for putting out their trash a day earlier than the scheduled pickup and were overheard making anti-Arab comments.
(24/7 News Source)

(Kalamazoo-Psych Hospital Employees Back)
The Michigan Department of Community Health has reinstated just under half of the employees suspended from the Kalamazoo Psychiatric Hospital in October.
Thirteen of the 28 employees who were suspended with pay are now back at work.
State officials are looking into claims that the rights of a patient were violated earlier this year. No new patients are being accepted because of the suspensions and investigation.
(24/7 News Source)

(Dickinson Co-Meth Lab Plea)
A western Upper Peninsula man could spend up to 30 years in prison after pleading guilty to meth-related charges.
41-year-old Dennis Schuirmann of Kingsford pleaded guilty to manufacture of meth and possession of meth in Dickinson County Circuit Court Monday.
The charges stem from a suspected meth lab found by police in Iron Mountain in October.
Schuirmann will be sentenced February 3.
(WCCY/WOLV, Houghton)

(GVSU-Invasive Species Found)
As lawmakers continue to debate what to do about the threat of Asian carp in the Great Lakes, scientists say the invasive faucet snail from Europe carries parasites fatal to some aquatic birds is spreading across the five lake region.
According to officials at Grand Valley State University's Annis Water Resources Institute in Muskegon the discovery was made during recent monitoring of the condition of Great Lakes wetlands.
(WGHN, Grand Haven)

(MI-Driving Fines)
Nearly 170-thousand motorists in Michigan are being sent letters this month stating they are eligible to perform community service in place of paying certain Driver Responsibility fees.
Secretary of State Ruth Johnson and State Treasurer Kevin Clinton say about 168,000 residents meet the criteria for the Driver Responsibility Fee Community Service program. The new law, which was passed earlier this year, requires individuals to complete 10 hours of community service for each qualifying Driver Responsibility assessment.
Officials say it will take a couple of weeks to complete the mailing to the 168,000 recipients.
The fees that can be erased by community service are for no proof of insurance, no insurance, driving without proper license/endorsement/vehicle group designator, driving while license is expired and driving while unlicensed or with an invalid license.
The new law goes into effect January 1st.

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(Kent Co-Former Tutor Rejected Plea)
A former Catholic schools tutor in Grand Rapids did not take advantage of an offer to face less time behind bars for her sexual relationship with a teen boy.
Officials say 35-year-old Abigail Simon is now facing a decade or longer in state prison for her conviction on three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a 15-year-old boy when she's sentenced next month.
The chief assistant Kent County prosecutor had offered Simon a chance to plead guilty to second-degree criminal sexual conduct, and she would have been offered a sentence cap of one year in jail. Simon, while a tutor with Grand Rapids Catholic high schools, was arrested for having sex with the teenage Catholic Central High student.
Simon’s sentencing has been moved from December 23 to January 14 due to Christmas scheduling.
(24/7 News Source)

(Capitol-Convict Employment Bills)
Governor Rick Snyder has signed into law legislation designed to improve the employment prospects of former prisoners.
Under the bill package, signed yesterday (Tue), the Department of Corrections would provide a released prisoner with a certificate of employability to the prisoner within 30 days of release if the prisoner met several conditions.
The DOC would also furnish the former prisoner with a record of his or her institutional history including misconduct, completed programs and whether they obtained a GED or other educational degrees.
Another bill provides protection for companies from negligence suits if they hired a former prisoner who had the employability certificate.
Snyder says finding employment is a key to successful re-entry into the community following incarceration, adding (quote) "it helps parolees become productive members of society and it saves taxpayers money."

(Detroit-Tiger Stadium Redevelopment)
The Detroit Economic Development Corporation has approved a redevelopment plan for the site of the old Tiger Stadium.
The plan includes retail space and housing, as well as a new Detroit Police Athletic League headquarters and preservation of the stadium’s baseball field footprint for use as a youth sports facility.
The private $33 million plan by Larson Realty Group of Bloomfield Hills was given the green light Tuesday.
U.S. Senator Carl Levin praised the approval saying it's terrific news for everyone who sought to preserve the Tiger Stadium diamond as a magnet for youth sports, and for redevelopment of the site as a magnet for economic activity that will boost the surrounding neighborhood and the city.
In 2009, Levin secured $3.8 million in federal historic preservation funding to aid redevelopment of the site.

(Berrien Co-Shooting Range)
No Berrien County officials will be going to jail over the legal battles involving a shooting range used by the Sheriff's Department.
Berrien County Judge John Dewane entered a judgment last Thursday finding the group that sued the county over the use of the range in Coloma failed to prove any officials were guilty of criminal contempt and issued an acquittal.
Dewane notes he put forth an Permanent Injunctive Order in November 2008 banning the sheriff's department from using the range for training, but says he found it was never served to the County's attorneys or anyone else by the plaintiffs after it was entered. Therefore, the County was unaware of the ban when a new range building was built in Coloma in the summer of 2013.
The shooting stopped on November 14, 2013 as soon as Sheriff Paul Bailey became aware of the order from five years before.
Dewane says he believes all who testified that they did not know about the original ruling and paraphrased Winston Churchill to say "never was so little known by so many."
(Michael Arney, WSJM, St. Joseph/Benton Harbor)

(Ann Arbor-Home Invasions)
Several people arrested earlier this month in Texas are believed to be responsible for a series of home invasions over the week of Thanksgiving in Wayne and Washtenaw counties.
Detectives from Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County traveled to Texas to assist in the arrests.
The Detroit News reports Houston residents 39-year-old Chaka Castro, 34-year-old Juan Fernando Olaya, 22-year-old Octavius Scott and 19-year-old Johnisha Williams were charged with a series of counts stemming from five home invasions in New Jersey from Oct. 20 to Nov. 29.
(Help from: 24/7 News Source)

(Auburn Hills-Chrysler New Name)
There's a new name for Chrysler in the U.S. effective immediately.
The former name of Chrysler Group LLC is being replaced with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles US. The move is designed to align the name with parent company Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV.
FCA US will keep its headquarters in Auburn Hills, Michigan and the name change will not affect any brand names or management with the former Chrysler Group.
(24/7 News Source)

(Kalamazoo-Drunken Golf Cart)
A 23-year-old Kalamazoo woman is facing charges following her arrest for driving a stolen golf cart while drunk.
The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety says an officer spotted a female driving a golf cart down a city street around 8 a.m. Tuesday morning. The officer approached and spoke with the woman, who claimed a friend had given her the cart to drive, but the officer quickly found evidence suggesting it belonged to a nearby apartment complex.
MLive reports the woman was taken to Kalamazoo Public Safety Headquarters for booking where she failed a series of sobriety tests.
The woman also had two valid warrants out for her arrest.



(Berrien Co-Election Fraud Sentencing)
A political activist in southwest Michigan is going to prison for between two-and-a-half and ten years after being convicted of five counts of election fraud.
Edward Pinkney of Benton Township was sentenced Monday for changing the dates on petitions in a failed recall of Benton Harbor Mayor James Hightower. Judge Sterling Schrock noted Pinkney has a history of convictions related to elections, with nine of his 12 felony convictions coming for such issues.
Pinkney will serve all of the sentences at the same time. Restitution to Mayor Hightower will be determined at a later date
After the sentencing, a group of supporters gathered in the parking lot of the Berrien County Courthouse to wave signs and chant for the Pinkney's release. Others tried to compare his sentence to the deaths of black men at the hands of white police officers in Ferguson, Missouri, New York City and Milwaukee.
(Michael Arney, WSJM, St. Joseph/Benton Harbor)

State Department of Community Health officials say the influenza season has started early in Michigan this year, and are urging residents to get vaccinated.
Jennifer Smith, of the Community Health Department, says as influenza activity starts to build across the state, the current vaccine is still the best protection against the virus, despite reports it may be less effective this
year. She says H-3-N-2 is the virus officials are finding the most prevalent so far, but even if the vaccination isn't an exact match it can make your symptoms less severe should you contract influenza.
Officials say that influenza is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death - especially for infants and the elderly, and they urge anyone six-months-of-age-and-older to get vaccinated.
Smith also encourages getting vaccinated as soon as possible since it takes about two weeks to produce an immunity.
During the 2013-2014 flu season there were three influenza-associated pediatric deaths in Michigan.
Flu shots are available at your doctor’s office, many drug stores and grocery stores.
The peak of seasonal flu typically comes between January and April in Michigan.

(Alpena Co-Death Overdose Sentence)
The first of two men convicted in the death of a young mother on Christmas morning in Northeast Lower Michigan almost two years ago was sentenced Monday in Alpena County Circuit Court.
30-year-old Michael Matthew Clegg of Alpena pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit delivery of controlled substance causing death and was sentenced to life in prison.
The 27-year-old victim was taken to the Alpena Regional Medical Center emergency room by her former boyfriend on Christmas morning of 2012 and pronounced dead shortly after her arrival.
An autopsy later determined the cause of death to be an overdose of methadone and had been sexually assaulted.
Police said Clegg fled to Mount Pleasant immediately after the victim’s death and then to Arizona.
The case against the second suspect, also from Alpena, will go to trial in early 2015.
(WATZ, Alpena)

(Mich Tech-E-Cigarettes Ban)
E-cigarettes are now banned from the Michigan Tech campus in Houghton.
Student government bodies recently conducted surveys and after the results were reviewed by the Tobacco-Free Task Force and the Executive Team, President Glenn Mroz announced a total ban of all tobacco and smoking-like products, including e-cigarettes.
Mroz adds the action is part of an ongoing effort to make MTU a more welcoming and healthy campus.
The ban will go into effect on January 12, 2015, the first day of the spring semester. New signage will inform people that Michigan Tech is a tobacco-free campus, including e-cigarettes.
(WCCY/WOLV, Houghton)

(Battle Creek-Shooting Suspect)
A man is under police guard at a Battle Creek hospital after authorities say he tried to kill his estranged wife and ended up being shot himself.
Officers responded to a report of gunfire at an apartment complex in Battle Creek at around 9 last night. The victim said her husband tried to shoot her and then ran away.
Investigators say they found evidence of more than one gun being fired and tracked down the suspect where he was found with a gunshot wound to the chest. He is currently in stable condition.
Police are still searching for a third person involved in the shooting.
(Robert Nelson, WBCK, Battle Creek)

(Detroit-Chicken Wings Crash)
A stretch of I-75 in southwest Detroit has reopened after an early morning accident that sent boxes of frozen chicken wings scattered across the freeway.
The accident happened around 1:30 a.m. this morning (Tuesday) on northbound I-75 just past the I-96 interchange. All but the far left lane of the freeway were reopened to traffic by 6 a.m.
The semi-truck, loaded with hundreds of cases of frozen chicken wings, apparently lost control and crashed into the median wall. When the trailer crashed, boxes of chicken wings went flying across the freeway.
Authorities say it took so long to clean up the crash because crews had to offload the chicken wings before the vehicle could be removed from the scene.
(Ron Dewey, WWJ, Detroit)

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(Muskegon-Young Relative Raped)
A 22-year-old Muskegon man is being held on a three-quarters-of-a-million dollar bond in the Muskegon County Jail.
Prosecutors accuse Roy Roger Sokolowski of sexually assaulting a seven-year-old male relative several times between January and August.
Sokolowski faces a sentence of 25 years to life behind bars if he's convicted. He is due back in court for a probable cause hearing on December 23.
(24/7 News Source)

(Detroit-Auto Contract Talks)
As new UAW President Dennis Williams heads into the 2015 contract talks, he plans to push hard for a wage increase for GM, Ford and Chrysler workers.
Williams told reporters in an end-of-year roundtable session that "it’s time for our membership to have a reward.”
While workers have received thousands of dollars in profit sharing checks in recent years, Williams points out that veteran workers-those who get the higher tier pay-haven’t had an hourly raise since 2007.
Car companies prefer to pay bonuses, because they don’t add to fixed costs, and it’s easier to link pay to the company’s overall performance.
Williams says that was fine as a temporary measure during the recession. And while the UAW wants to make sure the companies remain profitable, he says it can’t always be off the back of workers.
Williams pointed out that there are no guarantees in negotiations.   The UAW is surveying members to find out their bargaining priorities. One is likely to be an end to the two tier wage scale.
While Williams said that it’s the union’s position that all workers doing the same job should get the same pay, he outlined the goal as moving workers at the lower pay scale closer to the scale that veteran workers earn.
Talks on the 2015 auto contracts will begin in mid-summer. But, Williams says they’ve been talking with the auto companies continuously already.   They will be working toward a mid-December strike deadline.
(Jeff Gilbert, WWJ, Detroit)

(Capitol-Satanic Temple Display)
The Michigan Capitol Commission in Lansing has granted approval to the Satanic Temple which wants to place a holiday display on the Capitol lawn this year.
The Temple says the request was made in reaction to an effort to place a nativity scene at the Capitol Building.
The Satanic Temple says its mission is to facilitate "the communication and mobilization of politically aware Satanists, secularists and advocates for individual liberty," and promote its belief in a strong separation of Church and State.
Spokesperson Jex Blackmore of Detroit says their effort, in part, is due to their interest in ensuring that the government is remaining neutral, respecting a diversity of religious views, with preference for, and exclusion of none.
A request made in November by an out-of-state individual to place a nativity scene on the Capitol lawn was not approved because no one was available to put it up or take it down. However, House Republican Rick Jones of Grand Ledge told Gongwer News Service he has volunteered for the job.
Under Capitol rules, religious displays can be in place only between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m., when it must be taken down for the day.

(MI-AAA Roads Survey)
Most Michiganders want more funding to improve the state's roads, according to a recent AAA Michigan survey.
As state lawmakers continue to work on a transportation package to generate more funding for Michigan's roads, a AAA Michigan poll of registered voters shows 64-percent support some form of increased funding. It also found that "pavement conditions" is the motorist's top concern not related to driver behavior.
AAA Michigan President, Steve Wagner, says the improvements will come at a cost, but the resulting benefit - a safer, more efficient and functional roadway system - will represent a solid return on investment, in addition to helping protect and preserve our current roadway infrastructure.
With the end of the legislative year in sight, state lawmakers are yet to agree on a road funding package. A Senate-passed plan would double the tax on gasoline over time. While a House-passed plan that does not include a tax increase would raise some new revenue, but not enough according to the governor.   

(MI-Recreation Passport Grants)
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says 21 communities across the state will share $877,500 in Recreation Passport grants.
The funding is derived from the sale of the Recreation Passport, which is needed for vehicle entry at Michigan state parks and recreation areas.
The DNR says those receiving grants demonstrated projects designed to increase public access to quality outdoor recreation opportunities. The selected projects were chosen from a field of 60 grant applicants seeking some $2.3 million in funding.

(Detroit-Priest Theft)
A Metro Detroit Priest is going to jail on charges stemming from the theft of about $131,000 from a charity for the poor.
The Reverend Timothy Kane was sentenced yesterday (Mon) in Wayne County Circuit Court to 12 months in jail to be served over five years.
The Detroit News reports Kane was convicted in October on embezzlement, conspiracy and other related charges for stealing the money from a charity fund through a scam using "straw" applicants to request $1,500 grants for the needy and then receiving kickbacks on some of the money paid out.
The 58-year-old priest will serve his sentence over a five-year period in June and December each year, with two extra months to be determined. He was also ordered to pay $131,400 in restitution and will be on probation for five years.
Kane is the former associate pastor of St. Moses the Black Parish in Detroit.

(Ann Arbor-Rosser Protest)
More than 200 protesters gathered outside Ann Arbor's Justice Center next to city hall and marched through the streets of downtown Monday decrying last month's shooting of 40-year-old Aura Rosser by an Ann Arbor police officer.
Rosser, an African American, was shot on November 6 after police, who were responding to a domestic disturbance call, say she confronted officers with a knife, prompting a white police officer, David Ried, to shoot her.
Organizers told MLive the goal of the protest was to demand justice for Rosser and an end to what they called (quote) "racist policing."
Protesters also wore black to show solidarity with Ferguson, Missouri, where an unarmed 18-year-old black man was fatally shot by a white police officer earlier this year.

(Grand Rapids-City Clerk Lawsuit)
A former Grand Rapids city clerk has filed a $1 (b) billion job discrimination lawsuit against the city.
According to a docket for the civil case file yesterday (Mon) in U.S. District Court, Lauri Parks, who is African American, is suing Mayor George Heartwell and the city in federal court.
MLive reports Parks served as city clerk from 2008 until she was fired in October 2013 after city commissioners voted not to renew her one-year contract. The commissioners said the dismissal was prompted by negative feedback about her job performance and that she failed to make improvements in teamwork, judgment and leadership.
Parks' attorney at the time of her firing alleged discrimination and claimed there was no basis for the termination.
Parks is the granddaughter of Grand Rapids' first African-American mayor, the late Reverend Lyman S. Parks.



(Capitol-Internet Tax)
Michigan retailers have been trying for more than a decade for legislation requiring state sales tax to be added to online purchases made by consumers through certain retailers, and this week it could become a reality.
Senate-passed bills are before the State house this week to require retailers with an established location in Michigan to charge the state's six-percent sales tax at the time of an internet purchase
Jim Hallan, President and C-E-O of the Michigan Retailers Association, says the onus of declaring that sales tax has been left up to consumers to pay, voluntarily, but these bills would change that.
Hallan also calls it an "enforcement" and "fairness" issue, but it is not a new tax on consumers. He claims retailers have lost hundreds of (M) millions of dollars in state tax revenue over the years.

(Macomb Co-Milsap Murder)
A text, a shoe and a video could be key pieces of evidence against a St. Clair County man accused of murdering and attempting to rape a 14-year old Macomb County girl.
32-year old James Van Callis of Wales Township will be in a Macomb County court this (Monday) morning facing a preliminary examination on charges of first-degree premeditated murder and felony murder, as well as sexual assault.
If the judge finds there is enough evidence to support the charges, VanCallis will be bound over for trial in the death of
April Millsap of Armada (ahr-MEY-duh). She was killed on July 24 while walking her dog along the Macomb Orchard Trail, a paved hike and bike trail that runs 24 miles from Shelby Township to Richmond.
Less than a month later, police named VanCallis as a person of interest in Millsap’s death. He was arrested alongside his father on drug charges after a search connected to the murder revealed an alleged marijuana growing operation at their home.
Millsap died of blunt head trauma and asphyxia due to neck compression, according to a medical examiner’s report.
(WWJ, Detroit)

(Capitol-Satanic Temple Display)
The Michigan Capitol Commission in Lansing has granted approval to the Satanic Temple which wants to place a holiday display on the Capitol lawn this year.
The Temple says the request was made in reaction to an effort to place a nativity scene at the Capitol Building.
The Satanic Temple says its mission is to facilitate "the communication and mobilization of politically aware Satanists, secularists and advocates for individual liberty," and promote its believe in a strong separation of Church and State.
Spokesperson Jex Blackmore of Detroit says their effort in, part due to their interest in ensuring that the Government is remaining neutral, respecting a diversity of religious views, with preference for, and exclusion of none."
Under Capitol rules, religious displays can be in place only between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m., when it must be taken down for the day.

(MI-Amtrak Adding Trains)
Another 12 trains will be running on Amtrak's Wolverine Service starting after Christmas.
One extra route each way will be on the schedule between Chicago and Ann Arbor from December 26 through January 4 to accommodate holiday travelers.
An additional 35-thousand passengers took advantage of the extra Amtrak trains in Michigan over Thanksgiving, prompting the addition just after Christmas.
(24/7 News Source)

(Berrien Co-Election Fraud Sentencing)
A political activist in southwest Michigan will learn his fate today (Monday).
Edward Pinkney of Benton Township was convicted this fall on five felony election fraud charges for changing the dates on petitions seeking to recall Benton Harbor Mayor James Hightower.
Pinkney has prior convictions for similar election crimes, and the Berrien County Prosecutor's Office is asking a judge to give him a harsher sentence than the five-year term called for in sentencing guidelines.
Pinkney has complained that Prosecutor Mike Sepic had no direct evidence linking him to the date changes, while the jury found him guilty on circumstantial evidence.
(Michael Arney, WSJM, St. Joseph/Benton Harbor)

(Detroit-Iconic Newsman Dies)
Detroit broadcasting legend Bill Bonds has died at the age of 82.
Bonds died after suffering a heart attack on Saturday. He spent decades anchoring the news at WXYZ-TV Channel 7, starting in 1963 and retiring in 1995, though he left the station from 1968 to 1971.
Bonds was also called upon by ABC News to anchor broadcasts in New York City and Los Angeles at times. He was inducted in 2010 into the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame.
Visitation is Thursday at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home in Clawson. A funeral Mass is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday at Holy Name Catholic Church in Birmingham.
(Help from: 24/7 News Source)

(Grand Rapids-Car Shot Up)
Grand Rapids police say a car full of people was shot up Sunday morning.
Police found five bullet holes in the vehicle on the city's southeast side. No one was hurt.
The people who had been in the car left it at the intersection and called police from Rockford about an hour later.
An investigation is underway to find who shot up the car.
(WOOD, Grand Rapids/24/7 News Source)

(MI-Speed Limit-Snyder)
A proposal in Lansing would open the door to speed limits on rural freeways to rise to 80 miles per hour.
It's supported by several lawmakers along with a motorist organization.
But don't expect much interest from Governor Rick Snyder.
He told the Michigan Radio Network that even considering the idea is not a priority because (quote) "it's a safety issue...our roads generally were not designed for those kinds of speeds."

(AAA-Gas Report)
Gas prices dropped about 19 cents from last week, AAA Michigan reports.
Michigan’s current statewide average is about $2.48 per gallon, about 19 cents less than last week’s average and about 68 cents less than this same time last year.
This is the fifth week in a row that statewide average weekly gas prices have dropped. State-wide average gas prices haven’t been this low in over five years.
The current Metro Detroit average is $2.50 per gallon, down about 18 cents from last week and about 67 cents less than this same time last year.
This is the fifteenth week in a row that Metro Detroit average weekly gas prices have dropped. Metro Detroit average gas prices haven’t been this low in nearly four years.
Of the cities surveyed by AAA , the cheapest price for self-serve unleaded fuel can be found in the Flint area, where it’s about $2.37 a gallon. The highest average is in the Marquette area at about $2.68 a gallon.

(MI-Credit Forecasts)
Credit reporting agency TransUnion is predicting a decline in mortgage delinquency rates in 2015, with Michigan among thirty-three states expected to fare better than the national average.
TransUnion's annual forecast projects the national mortgage loan delinquency rate, currently at 3.36 percent, will fall to 2.51 percent by the end of 2015, the lowest since 2007.
Steve Chaouki (CHOKE-ee) of TransUnion says in Michigan they expect the mortgage delinquency rate to fall to 1.25 percent by the end of next year.
Chaouki says he believes the falling delinquency rate is a good indicator that the economy continues to improve. He says it shows people are able to pay, which means they are employed and have enough money to make payments.

(MI/Wash-CIA Report)
The outgoing chairman of the House Intelligence Committee is worried about the long-term effects the CIA torture report could have on America and its allies.
On CBS's "Face the Nation," Congressman Mike Rogers questioned the Senate Democrats' decision to release the report last week, given that the techniques described in it have since been banned. The Michigan Republican also says the risk is real and overtime we'll see the consequences of releasing the report.
Rogers says foreign intelligence services believe the release of the report would insight violence in their countries, including attacks on U.S. Embassies and personnel.
Rogers also shot down critics who say the enhanced interrogation program was ineffective.
(Help from: 24/7 News Source)

(MI/Wash-Dingell Hospitalized)
Outgoing U.S. Congressman John Dingell is recovering after being hospitalized Friday with a hip fracture.
The Dearborn Democrat, who is the longest-serving member of Congress in history, was admitted to George Washington University hospital with a hairline hip fracture he suffered from a fall he took last week.
Dingell's wife, Debbie, says no surgery is needed, but her 88-year-old husband needs time to heal and won't be able to travel for a few weeks.
The Detroit News reports Dingell was hospitalized for four days at Henry Ford Hospital in September after suffering an infection.
Debbie Dingell was elected last month to fill her husband's seat in Congress.

(MSU-Science Communication)
A Michigan State University professor is the recipient of a $310,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to study how scientists can become better communicators.
John Besley, associate professor and Ellis N. Brandt Chair in the Department of Advertising and Public Relations, will study how scientists both view and communicate with the public.
The project will seek out academics in the natural, physical and social sciences.
The research team will interview and survey the scientists to better understand how these communities are currently thinking about their fellow citizens.
Besley says the goal is to make scientists better communicators.

(Lansing-Xmas Tree Safety)
With all of the holiday decorations and Christmas trees this time of year, there is a high chance of a fire breaking out.
According to the U.S. Fire Administration, one of every three home Christmas tree fires are caused by electrical problems and one in six are caused by a heat source too close to the tree.
State Fire Marshal Rich Miller has some fire safety advice if you have a live Christmas tree. He says make sure it’s a fresh-cut tree, keep it properly watered, cut the tree stump at the bottom at an angle and the pot of water at the bottom is always checked daily. Miller also says to check your holiday lights and make sure they are not frayed or broken and place the tree near an electrical outlet so cords don’t have to run long distances.
If you decorate your home with candles during the holidays, never leave them burning when unattended. Miller also says to make sure your home has working smoke alarms.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, in 2005-2009 - on average - one of every 18 reported home Christmas tree fires resulted in a death, compared to an average of one death per 141 total home fires.
(Help from: WWJ, Detroit)

The University of Michigan has announced that beginning in January, an entrepreneurial education will be available to all students at the school.
The new 15-credit minor in entrepreneurship aims to attract students from diverse areas of study.
The minor expands on the nine-credit program in entrepreneurship currently offered and adds to the growing number of entrepreneurship programs and activities available for U-M students, including entrepreneurship centers, startup accelerators, countless competitions and more than 18 entrepreneurial student groups.
Two hundred students are expected to enroll once the minor is launched.
The minor will be based in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, and is the signature program of Innovate Blue, U-M's campus-wide initiative on entrepreneurship and innovation.

(Holland-Campfire Ice Cream)
The winner of the annual Hudsonville Ice Cream Pure Michigan Limited Edition flavor contest is now on store shelves.
Winter Campfire was announced as the winner of the annual Hudsonville Ice Cream Pure Michigan Limited Edition flavor contest in July. MLive reports it's one of four seasonal flavors the Holland ice cream maker is introducing for the winter season. The others are Peppermint Stick, Chicago Caramel Popcorn and Pumpkin Pie.
The flavors are available for a limited time this winter at grocery stores in Michigan, Indiana, Ohio and Illinois.
Previous winners of the flavor contest include Double Berry Pie in 2013 and Michigan Caramel Apple in 2012.




December 20, 2014

Stevie Wonder's 19th Annual House Full of Toys Benefit Concert Featuring Stevie Wonder & Friends, annual music event benefiting the We Are You Foundation for which guests are requested to bring a toy that can be donated to a needy child. Wonder performs his classic album 'Songs In The Key Of Life' in full.

The Homeless Vigil, marking National Homeless Persons' Memorial Day (21 Dec), to bring attention to 'the tragedy of homelessness' and to remember 'homeless friends who have paid the ultimate price'.

U.S. Postal Service recommends sending Priority Mail for Christmas delivery no later than today.

15th anniversary of the Vermont Supreme Court giving homosexual couples the same rights as married couples.

December 21, 2014

Anniversary of the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 when a Pan Am Boeing 747-121 named Clipper Maid of the Seas crashed onto the Scottish town, killing 270 people from 21 countries, including 11 people on the ground. Abdelbaset Ali Al Megrahi, the only man convicted for the atrocity, was released early on compassionate grounds from a 27-year life sentence on 20 Aug 2009 following his diagnosis with terminal prostate cancer and having been given only three months to live. He died in Libya on May 20,  2012 - nearly three years after his release.

NFL games: Minnesota Vikings at the Miami Dolphins; Baltimore Ravens at the Houston Texans; Detroit Lions at the Chicago Bears; Cleveland Browns at the Carolina Panthers; Atlanta Falcons at the New Orleans Saints; Green Bay Packers at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers; Kansas City Chiefs at the Pittsburgh Steelers; New England Patriots at the New York Jets; New York Giants at the St. Louis Rams; Buffalo Bills at the Oakland Raiders; Indianapolis Colts at the Dallas Cowboys; Seattle Seahawks at the Arizona Cardinals.

Winter Solstice - shortest day of the year and first day of winter. Pagan festival of Yule also begins in Northern Hemisphere.

December 22, 2014

El Gordo (aka 'Fat One') Christmas lotto drawn in Spain - world's biggest lottery, which has no single jackpot but rather a complex share-the-wealth system in which thousands of five-digit numbers running from 00000 to 84999 win at least something from the estimated €2.3 billion ($3 billion) prize fund. Open to entrants worldwide via the internet.

NFL Monday Night Football: Denver Broncos at the Cincinnati Bengals.

30th anniversary of self-employed electronics repair man Bernhard Goetz shooting four African-American men who were demanding $5 from him on a New York subway train. All four survived and Goetz served eight months in prison - but he was dubbed the 'Subway Vigilante' by the New York press and became a symbol of the public need to fight back against the high New York crime rates of the 1980s.

December 23, 2014

U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis publishes its final GDP data for the third quarter of 2014, after last month's revised data, Q3.

Pro Bowl players announced live on NFL Network, with votes from fans, players, and coaches each counting one-third toward selection of the 88 players who will be eligible for the teams * Radical change to format of the annual NFL all-star game - introduced last year - eliminated the AFC vs. NFC match-up that had been in place since 1971, replacing it with a fantasy-football-style All-Star game with no reference to conference. Top two players selected in voting will be joined by alumni team captains Pro Football Hall of Famers Cris Carter and Michael Irvin and two fantasy football champions in drafting teams from the selected players Jan. 20-21 Jan, ahead of the January 25 game.

December 24, 2014

Christmas Eve.

NORAD Tracks Santa - North American Aerospace Defense Command tracks Santa's flight on Christmas Eve, online or via phone at the NORAD Tracks Santa Operations Center. Tradition began in 1955 when an advertisement in Colorado for children to call Santa misprinted the telephone number, instead giving the operations 'hotline' for the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) Operations Center. Director of Operations Col. Harry Shoup had his staff check the radar for indications of Santa making his way south from the North Pole, and gave updates on the location to children who called.

Palestinian Territories: Christian pilgrims gather for the traditional Christmas Eve midnight mass at the Church of the Nativity on Manger Square in the West Bank town of Bethlehem - the believed scene of Christ's birth.

Midnight Mass and Christmas Eve Angelus with Pope Francis. In St Peter's Square, a Christmas tree is traditionally lit to continue the tradition begun by the late Pope John Paul II in 1982 of accepting a tree from a different European country or region of Italy.

Washington National Cathedral Christmas services, including Holy Eucharist (12:00 PM EST), Carols by Candlelight (6:00 PM EST), and Festival Holy Eucharist (10:00 PM EST).

December 25, 2014

Christmas Day.

'Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade', 31st annual holiday TV special.

Vatican City: Christmas Day Urbi et Orbi message and blessing by Pope Francis in 50 languages in St Peter's Square. The Latin phrase 'urbi et orbi' literally means 'to the city (of Rome) and to the world'.

Washington National Cathedral Christmas services, including Festival Holy Eucharist, Christmas Day Service of Lessons and Carols, and Christmas Day Organ Recital.

December 26, 2014

Boxing Day.

10th anniversary of 2004 tsunami which killed 230,000 people in Indonesia, Thailand, Sri Lanka, India and Indian Ocean islands.

Post-Christmas sales rush begins, with shoppers across U.S. heading to stores.

8th annual Zillow Celebrity Neighbor Survey results published, naming U.S. residents' most and least desirable potential celebrity neighbors. Last year's most desirable neighbor was late-night TV host Jimmy Fallon, while the least desirable were Kim Kardashian and Kanye West.

3rd anniversary of the Arab League beginning its monitoring mission in Syria, amid widespread reports of a violent government crackdown on protesters who had been demanding the resignation of President Bashar al-Assad and the overthrow of the government since March 2011.

U.S. Weekly Export Sales Report, including Weekly Corn Export Sales, Weekly Soybeans Export Sales, and Weekly Wheat Export Sales.

December 27, 2014

'Dancing with the Stars: Live!' tour launches in Niagara Falls, NY, live production produced by Faculty Productions in association with BBC Worldwide featuring some of the show's most popular competitors including Mark Ballas and Witney Carson.

'WWE Tribute To The Troops', annual holiday special following WWE Superstars as they perform for the troops serving in the U.S. military.

College football: 2014 Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman benefiting the USO.

December 28, 2014

Final day of NFL regular season: Carolina Panthers at the Atlanta Falcons; Cleveland Browns at the Baltimore Ravens; Dallas Cowboys at the Washington Redskins; Indianapolis Colts at the Tennessee Titans; Detroit Lions at the Green Bay Packers; Jacksonville Jaguars at the Houston Texans; San Diego Chargers at the Kansas City Chiefs; New York Jets at the Miami Dolphins; Chicago Bears at the Minnesota Vikings; Buffalo Bills at the New England Patriots; Philadelphia Eagles at the New York Giants; Cincinnati Bengals at the Pittsburgh Steelers; New Orleans Saints at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers; Oakland Raiders at the Denver Broncos; Arizona Cardinals  at the San Francisco 49ers; St. Louis Rams at the Seattle Seahawks.

December 29, 2014

87th Academy Awards (The Oscars) nominations voting begins.

1st anniversary of Peyton Manning surpassing Drew Brees' NFL record of 5,476 total yards passing in a single season. The Denver Broncos quarterback threw for 266 yards against the Oakland Raiders, taking his total to 5,477.

December 30, 2014

8th anniversary of former Iraq dictator Saddam Hussein hanged at the 'Camp Justice' army base in Kadhimiya, north-east Baghdad, following his conviction for the killing of 148 people in Dujail after a failed assassination attempt in 1982. Hussein came to power in 1979 and was deposed in 2003 following the U.S.-led coalition's invasion of Iraq.

Law Enforcement Officer Fatality Research Bulletin released by NLEOMF, providing preliminary officer fatality data for 2014.

New regulations come into effect aiming to streamline U.S. export controls on certain military electronics, by moving less-sensitive equipment, parts, and components from Category XI of the State Department's U.S. Munitions List to the Department of Commerce's Commerce Control List, in order to 'enhance national security by increasing interoperability with close allies and partners'.

December 31, 2014

New Year’s Eve.

Key security responsibilities in Afghanistan due to be transferred to the country's government by today - the target date for the withdrawal of all foreign combat forces . Mandate for the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan - NATO-led security mission established by the United Nations Security Council following the 2001 U.S.-led invasion - expires today, unless extended, and the mission transitions to an advise and assist operation.

New Year's Eve celebrations in Times Square. Organizers announced their first ever official charitable partnership with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in October, with representatives of the charity acting as the special guests chosen to lead the 60-second countdown to signal the lowering of the Ball.

'Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2015', broadcast live on ABC from Times Square in New York hosted by Ryan Seacrest, with live music from Taylor Swift. Gavin DeGraw and Lady Antebellum perform live from Nashville.

Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas hosts annual New Year's Eve concert, headlined by Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga performing together for the first time since the September release of their collaborative jazz album 'Cheek To Cheek'. The show is broadcast to the public on the hotel's 65-foot outdoor screen overlooking the Strip.

College football: Capital One Orange Bowl. Under new College Football Playoff system, the semi-finals will rotate between six different bowls (Rose, Sugar, Cotton, Peach, Orange, and Fiesta), with the Orange Bowl not one of the chosen games this year.

College football: Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.  Under new College Football Playoff system, the semi-finals will rotate between six different bowls (Rose, Sugar, Cotton, Peach, Orange, and Fiesta), with the Fiesta Bowl not one of the chosen games this year.

College football: Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. Under new College Football Playoff system, the semi-finals will rotate between six different bowls (Rose, Sugar, Cotton, Peach, Orange, and Fiesta), with the Peach Bowl not one of the chosen games this year.







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