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Updated 12/09/16

FRI 09DEC16

During annual testing for Bovine Tuberculosis it was discovered in two large herds in Alpena County and Montmorency County. According to Up North Live, The Michigan Department of Agriculture says Bovine Tuberculosis was recently confirmed in a large dairy herd in Alpena County and a large beef heard in Montmorency County during annual testing. Both herds are within an area where testing is required to prevent the spread of the disease. An informational meeting for cattle producers is being held in those counties in January.

The Michigan Senate has passed a bill in lame-duck session that would allow state wildlife mangers to open a hunting season on gray wolves if federal endangered species protections for the animals are dropped. Wolves are presently listed as endangered in Michigan and cannot be killed except in the defense of human life. According to M-Live, The Senate Bill introduced  by Senator Tom Casperson of Escanaba, passed the chamber on Thursday. The bill would need to pass the House before the end of the year and get a signature from Governor Snyder to become law.

LOCAL SPORTS 

BOYS BASKETBALL: 

FAIRVIEW 42  MIO AUSABLE 36
BAD AXE 38  KINGSTON 33
NEWBERRY 66  CHEBOYGAN 55

GIRLS BASKETBALL: 

OGEMAW HEIGHTS 48  GRAYLING 32
HARBOR BEACH 52  UNIONVILLE SEBAWAING 35
GLADWIN 58  HARRISON 28
ROGERS CITY 81  POSEN 36
BEAVERTON 49  FARWELL 40
BAY CITY ALL SAINTS 55  MAYVILLE 29
LAKER 49  MEMPHIS 21

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THU 08DEC16

A 51-year-old man charged with arson after two destructive fires at businesses in downtown Gaylord has been sentenced. According to Up North Live, Eric Jackson was sentenced Wednesday to 40 months to five years in prison. Jackson plead no contest on November 19th to fourth degree arson.  Back in July, firefighters spotted Jackson running away from the Extreme Power Sports store.  That's where two Polaris Ranger UTV's were set on fire.  Jackson is also accused of stacking wood pallets up against the Fireworks Depot and setting those on fire.

IN CASES OF EXTREME EMERGENCY, THE MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES WILL SOON BE ABLE TO CALL ON THEIR RETIRED FIREFIGHTERS, THANKS TO LEGISLATION PASSED YESTERDAY BY THE MICHIGAN LEGISLATURE. THE HOUSE BILL, SPONSORED BY 103RD STATE REPRESENTATIVE BRUCE RENDON, ALLOWS RETIRED DNR FIREFIGHTERS TO ASSIST PART TIME DURING PEAK FIRE SEASON WITHOUT RISKING THEIR PENSION BENEFITS. RENDON, OF LAKE CITY, SAID WHEN A FOREST FIRE BREAKS OUT, IT’S ALL HANDS ON DECK AND EXPERIENCED HELP IS CRUCIAL IN CONTAINING FIRES. RENDON ADDED THAT WE MUST PROTECT, NOT ONLY OUR FOREST LANDS BUT THE FAMILIES THAT LIVE IN THOSE AREAS. THE BILL NOW HEADS TO GOVERNOR SNYDER’S DESK FOR HIS CONSIDERATION.

LOCAL SPORTS 

BOYS BASKETBALL:

WHITTEMORE PRESCOTT 52  GLADWIN 49
STANDISH STERLING 43  PINCONNING 38
ROSCOMMON 62  LAKE CITY 54
CAPAC 56  SANDUSKY 35
CASS CITY 50  MAYVILLE 26

GIRLS BASKETBALL:

ALPENA 53  ALCONA 32
BOYNE CITY 61  JOHANNESBURG LEWISTON 47
GAYLORD ST. MARY 65  MANCELONA 28
INDIAN RIVER INLAND LAKES 61  ONAWAY 29

STATE NEWS:

A BODY HAS BEEN DISCOVERED IN CHARLEVOIX COUNTY. A NEIGHBOR FOUND THE BODY IN A YARD NEXT DOOR IN BOYNE CITY. THE VICTIM REPORTEDLY APPEARED TO HAVE A HEAD INJURY AND HAD NO SHIRT OR SHOES ON . AN AUTOPSY IS BEING CONDUCTED TO DETERMINE HOW HE DIED.

A BATTLE CREEK MAN HAS BEEN ARRESTED FOR ALLEGEDLY FIRING A GUN DURING A ROAD RAGE INCIDENT. POLICE SAY IT HAPPENED ON I-94 AS TWO VEHICLES GOT OFF THE FREEWAY AND ONE APPROACHED THE OTHER. WOOD TV REPORTS THE DRIVER OF ONE VEHICLE ALLEGEDLY FIRED THEIR GUN AND LEFT. THE FIRST DRIVER FOLLOWED UNTIL THEY SAW A POLICE OFFICER AND STOPPED THEM.  NO ONE WAS HURT.

AN F-B-I AGENT WHO ALLEGEDLY FIRED SHOTS AT A GRAND RAPIDS POLICE OFFICER THIS WEEK OUTSIDE A PLANET FITNESS...FELT PARANOID AT THE TIME. WOOD TV REPORTS THAT'S ACCORDING TO THE ATTORNEY FOR 35-YEAR-OLD RUBEN HERNANDEZ, WHO'S BEEN CHARGED WITH ASSAULT WITH INTENT TO DO GREAT BODILY HARM, AND BRANDISHING A WEAPON IN PUBLIC. THE MARRIED FATHER OF TWO AND HIS PARTNER HAD GONE TO GRAND RAPIDS FROM LAS VEGAS TO CONDUCT INTERVIEWS ON A CASE. THEY WENT OUT FOR DINNER AND TO SHOWGIRLS NIGHTCLUB BEFORE THE INCIDENT. HIS ATTORNEY SAYS HERNANDEZ SAYS HE FELT THAT PEOPLE WERE GETTING HIM AND THAT'S WHEN HE PULLED HIS GUN AND FIRED SHOTS. HE'S BEING HELD ON 70-THOUSAND DOLLARS BOND.

THIS IS AN ISSUE IS MANY COMMUNITIES AROUND THE NATION....TEAMS WITH NAMES OF NATIVE AMERICANS LIKE THE INDIANS OR THE REDSKINS. WOOD TV REPORTS THERE WAS A DEBATE AT THE PAW PAW SCHOOL BOARD MEETING LAST NIGHT ABOUT THE REDSKINS MASCOT. MONICA PADULA, OF NATIVE AMERICAN DESCENT, WANTS THE NAME CHANGED, SAYING WHEN CEREMONIAL HEADDRESS & PAINT USED FOR SPORTS ARE INAPPROPRIATE AND DISRESPECTFUL.  OTHERS WANT TO KEEP THE NAME. A VOTE IS EXPECTED IN FEBRUARY.

A NORTHERN MICHIGAN MAN HAS BEEN SENTENCED FOR SETTING TWO GAYLORD BUSINESSES ON FIRE IN JULY. 9AND10 NEWS REPORT ERIC JACKSON HAS BEEN SENTENCED TO THREE TO FIVE YEARS IN PRISON FOR SETTING FIRES AT THE FIREWORKS DEPOT AND AT EXTREME POWER SPORTS. THE OTSEGO COUNTY PROSECUTOR SAYS JACKSON ADMITTED THAT HE WAS DRUNK THAT NIGHT.

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WED 07DEC16

THE MICHIGAN HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED LEGISLATION SPONSORED BY 103RD DISTRICT STATE REPRESENTATIVE BRUCE RENDON ENSURING THAT NATIONAL GUARD TUITION ASSISTANCE IN MICHIGAN IS BEING USED AS INTENDED.  RENDON, OF LAKE CITY, SAID UNDER CURRENT PRACTICE, FUNDS AWARDED THROUGH MICHIGAN’S NATIONAL GUARD TUITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM ARE DISTRIBUTED DIRECT TO THE APPLICANT. THIS LEGISLATION ENSURES THAT FUNDING IS BEING USED AS INTENDED BY ALLOWING FUNDS TO BE DISTRIBUTED DIRECTLY TO THE FINANCIAL INSTITUTION RATHER THAN THE INDIVIDUAL.  THE HOUSE BILL ALSO ALLOWS THE PROGRAM TO TAKE INTO CONSIDERATION ANY OTHER FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE THE APPLICANT IS RECEIVING TO BETTER ENSURE THAT INDIVIDUALS WITH THE GREATEST NEED RECEIVE FUNDING. THE BILL NOW HEADS TO THE SENATE FOR CONSIDERATION.

A sealed-bid auction of surplus state-owned land got underway Tuesday. According to Up North Live, The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says the sale will continue until January 10th and feature 58 parcels located primarily in the central and northern Lower Peninsula and in the Upper Peninsula. Properties range in size from less than an acre to 77 acres.  They are isolated from other public lands that the DNR manages. The agency says several are forested and have riverside or lake frontage that officials say makes them better suited for private ownership. Minimum bid prices, property descriptions and other information is available at michigan.gov/land for sale. Proceeds from the sales will help provide more outdoor recreation opportunities.

LOCAL SPORTS: 

BOYS BASKETBALL: 

ALPENA 48  TAWAS AREA 44
BEAVERTON 67  COLEMAN 20
HILLMAN 68  CEDARVILLE 51
CROSWELL LEXINGTON 58  HARBOR BEACH 56
ESSEXVILLE GARBER 50  PINCONNING 35

GIRLS BASKETBALL: 

FAIRVIEW 47  OSCODA 24
ROGERS CITY 70  HALE 32
OGEMAW HEIGHTS 43  ROSCOMMON 25
GAYLORD 48  GRAYLING 35
FRANKENMUTH 47  UNIONVILLE SEBAWAING 44
AKRON FAIRGROVE 50 CARSONVILLE PORT SANILAC 38
EAST JORDAN 42  CHEBOYGAN 36
HARBOR BEACH 59  LAKER 29

STATE NEWS:

A 94-YEAR-OLD JACKSON MAN, HERB ELFRING, IS IN PEARL HARBOR TO COMMEMORATE THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE JAPANESE BOMBING OF PEARL HARBOR. HE WAS A 19-YEAR-OLD WITH THE NATIONAL GUARD THERE AT THE TIME OF THE ATTACK. HE SAYS HE WAS BARELY MISSED IN THE ATTACK. MORE THAN 24-HUNDRED AMERICANS WERE KILLED AND 11-HUNDRED WERE INJURED AND THE U-S WAS DRAWN INTO WORLD WAR TWO.

A STABBING LAST NIGHT IN KENT COUNTY'S SPARTA TOWNSHIP. THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE SAYS TWO MEN GOT INTO AN ARGUMENT THAT ESCALATED INTO A PHYSICAL FIGHT. THEY SAY A 25-YEAR-OLD SPARTA TOWNSHIP MAN STABBED A 23-YEAR-OLD MAN AN UNKNOWN NUMBER OF TIMES AT THE RIVERVIEW TRAILER PARK. THE VICTIM WAS TAKEN TO A HOSPITAL WHILE THE SUSPECT LEFT IN A VEHICLE.

THE HOUSE DEMOCRAT DETROIT CAUCUS IS CALLING FOR AN INVESTIGATION ABOUT WHY VOTES IN 392 PRECINCTS IN METRO DETROIT HAVE BEEN INVALIDATED. INITIATION OF THE STATEWIDE RECOUNT LED TO THE DISCOVERY THAT FAULTY MACHINERY LED TO THOUSANDS OF BALLOTS BECOMING INELIGIBLE FOR THE PROCESS . STATE REPRESENTATIVE BRIAN BANKS SAYS VOTER DISENFRANCHISEMENT IS AN ISSUE THEY FIGHT AGAINST DAILY AS DEMOCRATIC MEMBERS.

A FLASHING LIGHT HAS BEEN ADDED TO A DANGEROUS AND BUSY INTERSECTION IN GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY. 9AND10 NEWS REPORTS IT'S GOOD NEWS TO THE FAMILY OF KELSEY PURCHASE, WHO WAS KILLED IN AN ACCIDENT AT THE INTERSECTION OF M-37 AND BLAIR TOWN HALL ROAD. HER MOTHER, JULIE, SAYS KELSEY WAS BEAUTIFUL, ENERGETIC, AND LOVED HER FRIENDS AND FAMILY. SHE DOESN'T KNOW IF A BLINKING LIGHT IS ENOUGH , BUT SAYS SHE DOESN'T WANT ANYBODY ELSE TO HAVE TO GO THROUGH LOSING A CHILD IN AN ACCIDENT THAT COULD BE
PREVENTED.

A 28-YEAR-OLD WOMAN SUSPECTED OF KILLING HER FATHER'S LIFE MONDAY NIGHT IN MIDLAND COUNTY, APPARENTLY TOOK HER OWN LIFE. 9 AND 10 NEWS REPORTS MIDLAND POLICE SAY THEY FOUND STEPHANIE NIES DEAD INSIDE HER VEHICLE TUESDAY MORNING. THEY BELIEVE SHE SHOT HERSELF WITH THE SAME GUN USED TO KILL HER 67-YEAR-OLD FATHER IN JEROME TOWNSHIP.

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TUE 06DEC16

ON SUNDAY, TROOPERS FROM THE MICHIGAN STATE ALPENA POST WERE DISPATCHED TO AN ADDRESS IN ALPENA TOWNSHIP FOR A DOMESTIC VIOLENCE COMPLAINT. UPON ARRIVAL THE TROOPERS CONDUCTED AN INVESTIGATION AND DETERMINED THAT THE FEMALE IN THE SITUATION, A 29 YEAR OLD ALPENA WOMAN, WAS ASSAULTED BY HER 33 YEAR OLD HUSBAND, ALSO OF ALPENA. THE MAN WAS LODGED IN THE ALPENA COUNTY JAIL ON CHARGES OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, INTERFERING WITH ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS AND ASSAULT BY STRANGULATION. FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT THE MICHIGAN STATE POLICE ALPENA POST AT 354-4101.
 

LOCAL SPORTS 

BOYS BASKETBALL: 

BAY CITY ALL SAINTS 48  BAD AXE 40 OT
BOYNE CITY 73  JOHANNESBURG LEWISTON 42
CHEBOYGAN 52  OGEMAW HEIGHTS 40
DECKERVILLE 63  UBLY 50
GRAYLING 64  GAYLORD 54
ALCONA 48  ATLANTA 30
AUGRES SIMS 53  MIO AUSABLE 49 

GIRLS BASKETBALL: 

TAWAS AREA 63  PINCONNING 39
ALCONA 70  ATLANTA 11

STATE NEWS:

AN ALERT GOING OUT THIS MORNING NEAR THE CAMPUS OF MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY IN EAST LANSING. POLICE SAY THERE WAS AN ATTEMPTED HOME INVASION BY THREE SUSPECTS AND AT LEAST ONE OF THEM WAS ARMED. THIS HAPPENED JUST NORTHWEST OF MICHIGAN STATE'S CAMPUS, OFF US-127.

JACKSON POLICE HAVE RELEASED TWO PHOTOGRAPHS OF A SUSPECT IN THE MURDER OF PARTY STORE CLERK MEHMAN SINGH. M-LIVE REPORTS THE 31-YEAR-OLD SING WAS SHOT AND KILLED AS HE WORKED AT TED KEYES LOG CABIN PARTY STORE LAST MONTH. POLICE SAY TWO ARMED SUSPECTS WHEN INTO THE STORE AND ONE WAITED OUTSIDE. SINGH HAD ONLY MOVED TO THE U.S. TWO YEARS AGO. A MEMORIAL SERVICE WILL BE HELD FOR HIM TOMORROW. A 25-HUNDRED DOLLAR REWARD IS BEING OFFERED IN THE CASE.

AN AUTOPSY WILL BE CONDUCTED TODAY ON THE BODY OF A MAN FOUND IN A VEHICLE IN TRAVERSE CITY SUNDAY. 9 AND 10 NEWS REPORTS POLICE CALL THE DEATH OF NATHANIEL CLARK SUSPICIOUS ALTHOUGH THERE WERE NO DRUGS IN THE CAR. POLICE ARE ASKING ANYONE WITH INFORMATION TO CALL THEM.

A BALDWIN MAN WAS KILLED AFTER HIS TRUCK ROLLED OVER HIM. STATE POLICE SAY JAMES MERBS WAS HAVING SOME ENGINE PROBLEMS. HE WAS STANDING BY THE TRUCK WITH THE HOOD OPEN AND HIS TRUCK ROLLED OVER HIM.

THE VOTES ARE BEING RE-COUNTED IN MICHIGAN, BUT PRESIDENT-ELECT DONALD TRUMP IS BRINGING HIS THANK YOU TOUR TO MICHIGAN. TRUMP WILL BE IN GRAND RAPIDS FRIDAY AT THE DELTA-PLEX ARENA FOR AN EVENING EVENT. IT WILL BE HIS FIRST STOP IN MICHIGAN SINCE HE WON THE ELECTION.

A FAKE LOAN AND A LOT OF NERVE HELPED AN ILLINOIS MAN STEAL A MASERATI FROM A TROY AUTO DEALER.  POLICE SAY THE MAN BOUGHT THE $82-THOUSAND DOLLAR SPORTS CAR FROM SUBURBAN MASERATI WITH A BANK OF AMERICAN LOAN OBTAINED WITH A STOLEN IDENTITY.  THE SUSPECT WENT SO FAR AS TO HAVE THE CAR SHIPPED TO ILLINOIS AT A WALMART PARKING LOT, SAYING HIS NEIGHBORHOOD STREET WAS TOO SMALL FOR THE DELIVERY TRUCK.

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MON 05DEC16

A recent, routine drug sweep of Huron County high schools turned up un-prescribed pills and marijuana paraphernalia. According to M-Live, The sweep using a drug dog took place at seven of the eight Huron County high schools. The Huron County Sheriff's Office reports that the students who had pills and the other who had drug paraphernalia and items with marijuana residue are not facing legal charges but are facing suspensions. The drug dog, which was from the St. Clair County Sheriff's Office, also located lockers with items that, at one time or another, had been in contact with marijuana.

THE TAWAS AREA SCHOOLS BOARD OF EDUCATION WILL MEET TONIGHT. ON THE AGENDA IS THE FIRST READING OF THE NEW AND REVISED BOARD POLICIES, REPORTS FROM THE CONSTRUCTION AND SINKING FUND COMMITTEES AND A LEGISLATIVE REPORT.  THE BOARD WILL ALSO DISCUSS THE SUMMER TAX RESOLUTION, A RESOLUTION TO AMEND THE 2016-17 GENERAL FUND BUDGET AND THE 2017 CONSTRUCTION PROJECT MANAGEMENT CONTRACT. THE BOARD WILL ALSO MEET IN EXECUTIVE SESSION FOR A STUDENT DISCIPLINE HEARING.  THE TAWAS SCHOOL BOARD MEETING WILL BE HELD AT 7PM TONIGHT IN THE BOARDROOM AT THE ADMINISTRATION OFFICE IN TAWAS CITY

FRI 02DEC16

A DISTRICT JUDGE HAS RETIRED.  81ST DISTRICT COURT JUDGE ALLEN C. YENIOR RETIRED AS OF NOVEMBER 30TH. ACCORDING TO THE IOSCO COUNTY NEWS HERALD, YENIOR, A LIFELONG RESIDENT OF ARENAC COUNTY, HAS SERVED AS DISTRICT JUDGE SINCE 1997. WITH HIS RETIREMENT, YENIOR WILL NOT BE REPLACED, THE JUDGESHIP ENDS, THE RESULT OF LEGISLATION ENACTED IN 2012. THE 81ST DISTRICT, THE LARGEST IN THE STATE, IS COMPOSED OF ALCONA, ARENAC, IOSCO AND OSCODA COUNTIES. YENIOR'S CASELOAD WILL SHIFT TO THE ELECTED PROBATE JUDGES OF EACH COUNTY SERVED BY THE 81ST DISTRICT.

A MEETING WAS HELD TUESDAY ON A PROPOSED RESTRUCTURING PLAN FOR THE STANDISH STERLING SCHOOL DISTRICT.  PARENTS AT THE MEETING VOICED THEIR CONCERNS REGARDING THE RESTRUCTURING PLAN. ACCORDING TO THE ARENAC COUNTY INDEPENDENT, THE PLAN WOULD SEE STANDISH AND STERLING ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS CONSOLIDATED INTO ONE KINDERGARTEN THROUGH SIXTH GRADE. THE DISTRICT'S CURRENT MIDDLE SCHOOL WOULD BE THE KINDERGARTEN THROUGH SIXTH GRADE BUILDING AND SEVENTH AND EIGHTH GRADE STUDENTS WOULD BE MOVED TO THE CURRENT HIGH SCHOOL, WHICH WOULD BECOME A SEVENTH THROUGH TWELFTH GRADE BUILDING. STERLING ELEMENTARY WOULD REMAIN OPEN TO HOUSE EARLY CHILDHOOD CLASSES AND STANDISH ELEMENTARY WOULD BE CLOSED. SUPERINTENDENT DARREN KROCZALESKI SAID HE EXPECTED THE SCHOOL BOARD TO VOTE ON THE CONSOLIDATION PLAN DURING ITS MEETING MONDAY, DECEMBER 12TH BEGINNING AT 5PM

STATE NEWS:

A 23-YEAR-OLD GRAND RAPIDS MAN, JACOB HOLTZLANDER, HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH ETHNIC INTIMIDATION AND ASSAULT & BATTERY FOR ALLEGEDLY ASSAULTING A TAXI DRIVER OF AFRICAN DESCENT AND YELLING THE WORD "TRUMP" LAST MONTH. POLICE SAY HOLTZLANDER MADE DISCRIMINATORY COMMENTS ABOUT THE DRIVER'S RACE AFTER HE WAS ARRESTED. POLICE WANT TO TALK WITH FIVE FEMALES WHO WERE IN THE CAB AS WELL.

A NORTHERN MICHIGAN MAN IS BEING HELD ON ONE MILLION DOLLARS BOND FOR ALLEGEDLY ROBBING THE HUNTINGTON BANK IN EMPIRE. 9 AND 10 NEWS REPORTS WILLIAM MINORE IS ALSO CHARGED WITH STEALING A CAR THE SAME DAY. POLICE SAY SURVEILLANCE VIDEO AND VOICE ANALYSIS ON 911 CALLS CONNECT HIM TO THE ROBBERY, BUT HIS ATTORNEY SAYS IT'S CIRCUMSTANTIAL AND THEY DON'T HAVE ANY HARD EVIDENCE.

A 38-YEAR-OLD CHICAGO MAN HAS BEEN ARRESTED IN HOUGHTON ON SEVERAL DRUG COUNTY BY THE U-P SUBSTANCE ENFORCEMENT TEAM. THEY WERE TIPPED OFF TO POSSIBLE DRUG ACTIVITY AT A HOTEL IN HOUGHTON. THEY OBTAINED A SEARCH WARRANT AND FOUND MORE THAN EIGHT GRAMS OF SUSPECTED HEROIN, EVIDENCE OF DRUG DISTRIBUTION, PRESCRIPTION NARCOTICS AND MONEY.  YOU CAN CONSIDER THIS THE START FOR A PUSH OF LEGALIZED POT USE IN MICHIGAN--VIA THE 2018 BALLOT. MORE THAN 300 PEOPLE WILL BE AT THE LANSING RADISSON ON SUNDAY FOR THE 'CAPITAL CONFERENCE'. BUT ORGANIZER RICK THOMPSON SAYS THE FIRST ORDER OF BUSINESS IS TO HELP MEDICAL MARIJUANA BUSINESSES NAVIGATE THE LATEST RULES CHANGES AT THE STATE AND LOCAL
LEVELS.

THE INGHAM COUNTY "SHOP WITH A COP" TAKES PLACE SATURDAY MORNING IN LANSING. NOW IN IT'S 13TH YEAR, ROUGHLY 100 CHILDREN WITH 100 AREA POLICE OFFICERS HEAD TO THE WALMART IN LANSING TO SPEND $100 (DOLLARS) ON GIFTS.

SOMEONE'S PLANNING A BIG PARTY-- ABOUT 13-THOUSAND DOLLARS WORTH OF PICKLES WERE STOLEN FROM A DETROIT WAREHOUSE-- ALONG WITH DOZENS OF CASES OF SNACK CHIPS AND ABOUT 500-BUCKS WORTH OF BLOODY MARY MIX. COPS SAY THE HOT PICKLES MAY HAVE TURNED UP AT PARTY STORES NEARBY THE ST. AUBIN STREET FACILITY ON THE EAST SIDE-- COMPANY OFFICIALS NOTE THAT THE STORES WHERE THE CURIOUS CUKES TURNED UP DIDN'T GET DELIVERIES FROM MCCLURES-- THAT MEANS THE STORES IN QUESTION COULD BE GETTING SOME UNWANTED POLICE ATTENTION.

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Friday December 9th, 2016
 
Government Shutdown?
Funding for the federal government is due to expire, unless extended, following the passage of 'H.R.5325' - a short-term continuing resolution - in September
 
Hot Air Balloon Hearing
National Transportation Safety Board holds investigative hearing as part of its investigation of a July 30th hot air balloon accident, in which the pilot and 15 passengers of a Balony Kubicek BB85Z died when the balloon crashed into a field after striking high voltage power lines near Lockhart, TX
 
Steve’s Toys!
Stevie Wonder hosts the 20th anniversary 'House Full of Toys' benefit concert, presented by A Wonder Winter's Night, with performances from John Legend and Lionel Richie. Concertgoers are asked to bring a toy or gift, which is donated to the We Are You Foundation
 
Vatican Christmas Tree
Christmas tree lit and Nativity scene opened for view in the Vatican's St Peter's Square, with the annual occasion focusing on the environment, migrants, and those with health problems. 25-meter-high spruce comes from Trentino, northern Italy
 
Green Festival Portland
Celebrating what's working in the community for people, businesses, and the environment

 
Saturday December 10th, 2016

2016 Army-Navy football game
NCAA football: 2016 Army-Navy Game.  This will be the 117th match. The games began in 1890.
 
U.S. Senate runoff election in Louisiana
Democrat Foster Campbell vs. Republican John Kennedy.  Louisiana uses a jungle Primary system, where all candidates appear on the ballot regardless of party affiliation. Out of 24 candidates, Campbell and Kennedy received the most votes, but neither reached a 50% majority, meaning a runoff election was required
 
Run Santa Run!
"Running of the Santas Philadelphia", annual race and bar tour which sees patrons dressed up as Santa to raise money for charity.   The event originated in 1998 on the streets of Philadelphia, and has since expanded to over 20 host cities across the nation. This year's other events staged in Baltimore, Boston, and Chicago (3 Dec) and New Orleans (17 Dec)
 
Dream World theme park in Australia re-opens for first time since October deaths
Four people died in a ride malfunction on October 25th with the 'Open Hearts - Open Doors' Charity Weekend, raising funds to help those affected by the tragedy. All attractions open this weekend have undertaken extensive safety reviews since October, with the remaining rides to open progressively as they are signed off by the safety review process.  October's tragedy was Dreamworld's first fatal accident since opening in 1981. A coroner's investigation into the deaths is currently ongoing
 
António Guterres sworn in as the next UN secretary-general
A public ceremony on the UN Charter will take place at 10:00 in the General Assembly Hall, with representatives of the 193 member states in attendance. Guterres takes over from Ban Ki-moon, and his five-year term begins on January 1st.  Mr Guterres, aged 67, was prime minister of Portugal from 1995 to 2002, and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees from June 2005 to December 2015.

 
Sunday December 11th, 2016

Critics' Choice movie and TV awards
22nd Annual Critics' Choice Awards, hosted by T.J. Miller, combining the Broadcast Film Critics Association and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association's annual ceremonies. Damien Chazelle's musical 'La La Land' leads the nominations with 12, while Denis Villeneuve's sci-fi drama 'Arrival' and Barry Jenkins' 'Moonlight' receive 10 nominations apiece.
 
75th anniversary of Hitler declaring war on U.S.
This took place four days after the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor during World War II, saying in a speech that 'Germany, Italy and Japan will wage the common war forced upon them by the USA and England with all the means of power at their disposal, to a victorious conclusion'
 
Angry Birds Day
Marking the 6th anniversary of the popular app game's release, when fans are invited to gather and host themed flashmob events worldwide. It is one of the most popular iPhone apps ever, with over 10 million downloads, and has since been expanded to other touch screen smart phones. A movie adaptation of the game was released earlier this year

 
Monday December 12th, 2016

Golden Globes nominees announced
The awards honor achievements in film and TV and are seen as an indicator for the Oscars. 74th annual ceremony held in Beverly Hills 8 Jan 2017
 
2016 Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year celebration
Presented by SI and Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment (BSE), honoring the 2016 SI Sportsperson of the Year winner, the Muhammad Ali Legacy Award recipient, the SI Kids Sports Kid of the Year selection, and other top names and moments from the year in sports. Event includes special awards dinner and ceremony, live musical performances, and VIP red carpet entrance
 
Green Monday
One of the biggest days for online sales. The name was coined by eBay in 2007 to describe its best sales day in December, traditionally the second Monday of the month.   Some also refer to today as Manic Monday as consumers purchase online goods with delivery scheduled in time for Christmas

 
Tuesday December 13th, 2016
 
Trump Tower Climber
Stephen Rogata scheduled to appear in Manhattan Supreme Court.  The man who climbed Trump Tower using suction cups has been charged with reckless endangerment and trespassing. He says he wanted ‘an audience’ with the president elect.  He used four suction cups and a series of ropes to attempt to climb Donald Trump’s 58-story building in midtown Manhattan. The incident was live-streamed around the world as police inflated large crash pads and shut down the street in an attempt to get him down. He was eventually apprehended through the window of the building on the 21st floor.
 
Smith & Wesson stockholders vote on name change
Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation holds a special meeting of shareholders to vote on proposal to change its corporate name to American Outdoor Brands Corporation. If approved, then the name change would be effective on or about 1 Jan 2017. The company has said that the name change from that of the famous U.S. gun maker would reflect its 'expanding strategic focus on the growing markets for shooting, hunting, and rugged outdoor enthusiasts'
 
Merriam-Webster Word of the Year announced
Last year's Word of the Year was the suffix 'ism' – the list compiled by analyzing the top searches on the dictionary publisher's website and focusing on words that showed the greatest increase in interest.

 
Wednesday December 14th, 2016
 
Interest rate decision – 2:30pm EDT
Federal Open Market Committee decision on interest rates at conclusion of two-day meeting, followed by quarterly press briefing with Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen presenting the FOMC's current economic projections and providing additional context for the FOMC's policy decisions
 
4th anniversary of 26 killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School
Gunman Adam Lanza, 20, shot dead 20 students, mostly aged six or seven, and six adults before turning the gun on himself. He had earlier shot dead his mother. Speaking through tears in the White House press room, President Barack Obama called for 'meaningful action' to prevent such shootings in the future 'regardless of the politics', adding that 'our hearts are broken today'
 
Fans expected to start queuing for 'Star Wars' spin-off 'Rogue One' ahead of previews
The first movie in a series of spin-offs based around the core saga is released worldwide from Friday. Directed by Gareth Edwards ('Godzilla') and set between Episodes III and IV, the film follows a rogue band of resistance fighters as they attempt to steal the plans to the Death Star and stars Felicity Jones, Mads Mikkelsen, Ben Mendelsohn, Alan Tudyk, Donnie Yen, Riz Ahmed, Diego Luna and Forest Whitaker
 
Sports Illustrated announces 2016 Sportsman of the Year
 
 
Thursday December 15th, 2016
 
Donald Trump holds major news conference
The US president-elect, Donald Trump, a real estate magnate who owns hotels and golf resorts from Panama to Scotland, said he would hold a news conference where he will spell out how he will separate himself "in total" from his worldwide business holdings. These include a winery, modeling agency and a range of other businesses.
 
'Star Wars' spin-off 'Rogue One' previews in theaters ahead of worldwide release
'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story', the first movie in a series of spin-offs based around the core 'Star Wars' saga previews in theaters nationwide ahead of tomorrow's worldwide release. Directed by Gareth Edwards ('Godzilla') and set between Episodes III and IV, the movie follows a rogue band of resistance fighters as they attempt to steal the plans to the Death Star. Stars Felicity Jones, Mads Mikkelsen, Ben Mendelsohn, Alan Tudyk, Donnie Yen, Riz Ahmed, Diego Luna and Forest Whitaker * A Han Solo origins film will be released 25 May 2018, with Rian Johnson's 'Episode VIII' and Colin Trevorrow's 'Episode IX' continuing the core saga in 2017 and 2019 respectively
 
Nintendo's first Mario mobile game launches on the App Store
Super Mario Run game launches on Apple's iPhone and iPad devices, the first time that Mario, Nintendo's iconic Italian plumber, has appeared in a mobile game. It is the first Super Mario Bros. game developed specifically for mobile devices and the game can be downloaded for free from the App Store, with some elements available to try, although there will be a one-time payment for unlimited access to the full game
 
50th anniversary of the death of Walt Disney
Despite rumors that he was cryogenically frozen after his death he was, in fact, cremated and his ashes interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, CA
 
 
Friday December 16th, 2016
 
First Family begin Christmas break in Hawaii
President Barack Obama and family travel to Honolulu for the Christmas and New Year holiday period * No public events scheduled for the trip
 
First 'Star Wars' spin-off movie released in theaters worldwide
Directed by Gareth Edwards ('Godzilla') and starring Felicity Jones, Mads Mikkelsen, Ben Mendelsohn, Alan Tudyk, Donnie Yen, Riz Ahmed, Diego Luna and Forest Whitaker. Set between Episodes III and IV, the movie follows a rogue band of resistance fighters as they attempt to steal the plans to the Death Star

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