MICHIGAN VIRUS OUTBREAK
More Michigan counties fall under higher risk viral threat
LANSING, Michigan (AP) – Almost half of Michigan residents live in counties where the federal government is urging even fully vaccinated people to wear masks in indoor public places because transmission of the coronavirus is “high” or ” substantial ”. The directions touched 33 counties on Monday, including large ones like Oakland, Macomb and Ingham. This is an increase from the 10, mostly small, rural counties when the recommendations were released last week. The counties are home to over 4.5 million people. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has no plans to reinstate a mask requirement, but has urged people to get vaccinated and to be masked within and between groups.
VIRUS OUTBREAK – CENTER OF MICHIGAN
Central Michigan orders masks at least until September
MOUNT PLEASANT, Michigan (AP) – Central Michigan University has joined the ranks of schools in demanding that people on campus wear masks when students return to campus this fall. In a letter to students on Monday, CMU President Bob Davies said students, faculty and staff must wear masks in class at least until the end of September. The letter, the school president announced on Monday. CMU is one of many universities and colleges in the state taking action to slow the spread of COVID-19 as the virus is spreading rapidly in some areas. CMU stopped before ordering the students to be vaccinated.
Chief: “Looks bad” video shows Detroit cop punching man
DETROIT (AP) – The Detroit Police Chief said he had “serious concerns” after seeing video of an officer beating a man in the popular nightlife district of Greektown. A 45-second video posted to social media shows a man falling to the ground after being punched in the face. There seemed to be some commotion at the time with many officers patrolling Greektown on foot and on horseback. James White, acting Detroit Police Chief, said the video “looked bad.” He says the ministry is investigating. The incident apparently happened over the weekend. The officer and the man are black.
As evictions resume, tenants scramble for help
BOSTON (AP) – Landlords and tenants are rushing to court and lawyers brace for a wave of evictions after the federal moratorium ends this weekend. Most advocates expect evictions to slowly escalate over the coming weeks and months as the bureaucracy of removing people from their homes resumes on Monday. The Biden administration announced Thursday that it would allow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s moratorium to expire. He claimed his hands were tied after the Supreme Court signaled the action needed to end. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has called for the moratorium to be extended.
Freed canadian truck driver claims to be victim of marijuana scam
DETROIT (AP) – Federal prosecutors have dropped charges, at least for now, against a Canadian trucker who was arrested at the US border early last month with more than a ton of marijuana in his rig . Tasbir Singh’s lawyer, Ellen Michaels, argued to prosecutors that Singh was an unwitting victim of the drug trafficking scheme. The 32-year-old from Windsor, Ont., Was arrested on July 7 after border officials in Detroit found more than 2,200 pounds of marijuana in his truck. The U.S. Attorney’s Office filed a request with the court on July 22 to have the criminal complaint against Singh dismissed without prejudice, meaning prosecutors could re-file the charges at a later date.
VIRUS EPIDEMIC BONUS
Michigan County official abandons post in COVID aid stream
CORUNNA, Mich. (AP) – An official has resigned as chairman of a Michigan County board of directors following the latest fallout from his decision to give himself a $ 25,000 bonus with the help federal COVID-19 and to reward other members of the community. Jeremy Root will remain one of the seven commissioners of Shiawassee County but will no longer lead the board of directors. More than 200 people came for a rare Sunday meeting. Root did not attend the meeting, but his resignation letter was read to the public. In July, Republican county commissioners voted to give themselves $ 65,000 in COVID-19 “risk bonus”. They changed course after the controversy erupted.
RACIAL INJUSTICE-POLICE CANDIDATES
Police officers become candidates as police debate rages on
LAS VEGAS (AP) – About half a dozen police chiefs and senior law enforcement officials are running for senior positions more than a year after George Floyd’s murder sparked reform debate of the police and on the advisability of reducing the funding of the police. The candidates are white, black and Latino and a mix of Republicans and Democrats. Their political views turn mainly to the center, but sometimes challenge traditional party lines. As violence escalates in cities across the country, the outcome of these elections could send a strong signal about changing attitudes toward police and crime in America.
GIRL WALNUT-LAC HURON
Michigan girl, 8, drowns in Lake Huron, second rescued
EAST TAWAS, Mich. (AP) – Officials say an 8-year-old girl from Saginaw drowned in Lake Huron over the weekend after she began to struggle while swimming with parents near the park. Tawas Point State. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources said the girl was at the park on Saturday with her family and they were swimming with a group when witnesses saw her with a second girl in distress in the water. Witnesses managed to bring one of the girls back to shore, but the second went below the surface of the water and never resurfaced. The Detroit Free Press reports that the deceased girl was located about 90 minutes later by a dive team about 50 yards offshore.
DETROIT CANAL DEATH
Authorities: teenager died while swimming in Detroit canal
DETROIT (AP) – Authorities say a 15-year-old boy died while swimming in a Detroit canal. Detroit Police said officers were called on Saturday night and the department’s dive team, Detroit Fire Department and the Coast Guard assisted in the search for the boy. The teenager’s body was found and he was pronounced dead due to accidental drowning. Witnesses told police the teenager was visiting people he knew and helping with gardening when asked if he could go swimming. Detroit Police spokesman Rudy Harper said the boy went swimming but did not resurface.
DETROIT GREENWAY-DENNIS ARCHER
Detroit Green Lane named after former Mayor Archer
DETROIT (AP) – A 1.2-mile recreational biking and walking trail connecting parts of eastern Detroit to the city’s riverfront has been named in honor of former Mayor Dennis Archer. The city said work on Mayor Dennis W. Archer Greenway is expected to be completed later this year. It will link the popular Detroit Riverwalk north to Vernor Highway. Parts of the $ 4.9 million greenway were opened to the public last year. Construction began in October on the final phase. Federal grants and highway bonds pay for the work. A lawyer, Archer was mayor of Detroit from 1994 to 2001 and served on the Michigan Supreme Court from 1986 to 1990.