Michigan News

A tough sell in Michigan

Grades for schools: Debate not over?By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — The debate over publicizing A-to-F grades for every public school in Michigan is not entirely over, despite a surprise decision by top education officials to back away from the proposed system that proponents say ...

City OKs first Trails Master Plan

By MARY WARDELL Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — Perspectives clashed at a recent city commission meeting over how off-road vehicles should play into the city’s new Trails Master Plan ahead of a public survey. The Marquette City Commission approved the plan 4-3 Monday after Commissioner ...

POW WOW PRIDE

At left, Miss Keweenaw Bay Hanna Harvala dances counterclockwise around the drum circle, which is described as “the heartbeat of Mother Earth,” during Northern Michigan University's “Learning to Walk Together” Traditional Pow Wow Saturday afternoon at Vandament Arena. At top, right, ...

Detroit marijuana shops face strict rules

DETROIT (AP) — Detroit’s medical marijuana centers are finding difficulty in fulfilling the city’s list of strict requirements and regulations. New figures released this week by the city reveal that only two prospective Medical Marijuana Caregiver Centers out of more than 260 applicants ...

Michigan man publishes obituary while still alive

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan man has published his own obituary and scheduled his own memorial service after stopping cancer treatment. Bob Eleveld, 80, announced this week that he will host a “celebration of life” open house today in lieu of a funeral. Eleveld also published an ...

DNR closes footbridge at Black River Falls

MARQUETTE — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has closed a footbridge leading to Black River Falls on the Gwinn Forest Management Unit in Marquette County. The wooden bridge crosses a small, deep gorge in the rocks that channels water from the river during flooding. The waterfalls ...

Loss of EAS funds could hurt rural areas

U.P. official discusses proposed budget By JONATHAN LEMIRE and JOSH BOAK Associated Press WASHINGTON — The closure of a regional airport could force residents of a small town in upper Michigan to drive eight hours to catch a flight. The elimination of funding to keep the Great Lakes ...

CALL CENTER UPGRADES

By RYAN JARVI Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — Marquette County Central Dispatch recently completed a reconfiguration of its emergency call center and installation of new furniture and equipment. “We have three work stations, and the old furniture that we had was about 15 years old, and ...

Sadowksi found not guilty on all counts

By RYAN JARVI Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — Jason David Sadowski was acquitted of all seven counts following a lengthy jury deliberation Friday, and will be released from prison, court officials said. He was charged with one count of solicitation to commit murder, two counts of torture, ...

Detroit Zoo’s own Dr. Ruth encourages amorous amphibians

By MIKE HOUSEHOLDER Associated Press ROYAL OAK, Mich. — Dr. Ruth is bringing her sex-pertise to the Detroit Zoo. Not to be confused with famed human sex therapist Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Dr. Ruth Marcec is the new director of the zoo’s National Amphibian Conservation Center. She is tasked ...

U of M getting new turbine

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The University of Michigan will install a new combustion turbine at the school’s Central Power Plant in Ann Arbor. Regents approved the $80 million project at Thursday’s board meeting.

Legion hall wins appeal

ONSTED, Mich. (AP) — An American Legion Hall in Lenawee County is off the hook in a dispute involving beer and a man who was injured when he was pushed over barstools. The Legion Hall in Onsted, known as Post 550, was sued and accused of serving beer to a drunken member. But the Michigan ...

Michigan governor will drop lead limit below federal cap

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING, Mich. — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder said Thursday his administration will enact the country’s toughest lead limit for water in the wake of the lead contamination in Flint, following up on a proposal he first unveiled nearly a year ago. Snyder said ...

Michigan students recite pi, sling pie at teachers

HAMTRAMCK, Mich. (AP) — Students at a Detroit-area school celebrated pi by throwing a pie in the face of their favorite teacher. Tuesday was March 14, or 3.14, which is the first three digits of pi. The infinitely long non-repeating number represents the ratio of a circle’s circumference ...

Man dies before sentencing

PETOSKEY, Mich. (AP) — A man who pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the death of a bicyclist in northern Michigan has died before he could receive his sentence. The Petoskey News-Review said a court hearing scheduled for today has been canceled. Frank Veraldi had pleaded guilty in ...

Snow, icy roads hamper power restoration

DETROIT (AP) — Snow and icy road conditions impeded efforts Tuesday to restore electrical service to several thousand customers still without power following last week’s high winds, according to a Detroit-based utility. About 4,000 DTE Energy customers affected by March 8’s winds ...

Judge facing suspension

DETROIT (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court seemed to struggle Wednesday over whether a Detroit-area judge should be punished for sending three kids to juvenile detention for failing to see their father during a contentious divorce. The Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission, which acts as a ...

Agribusiness summit convenes

NOVI, Mich. (AP) — Growers, processors, grocers and institutional buyers are expected to attend the Pure Michigan Agribusiness Summit. The business matchmaking event will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, northwest of Detroit. Gov. Rick ...

Environmental justice discussed

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Environmental and social justice officials are gathering in Flint as the city works to recover from its lead-contaminated drinking water crisis. City officials say the two-day Environmental Justice Summit kicks off today at Grace Emmanuel Baptist Church. Organizers say ...

Repairs from Michigan sinkhole could take until Thanksgiving

By ROGER SCHNEIDER Associated Press FRASER, Mich. — It likely will take until Thanksgiving to repair damage from a broken sewer line that caused a football field-sized sinkhole on Christmas Eve north of Detroit, a public works official said Wednesday. “Certainly, by the end of the ...