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Oakland County officers remember deputy slain 100 years ago

(Information from: The Detroit News,

FERNDALE, Mich. (AP) — An Oakland County sheriff’s deputy whose shooting death remains unsolved 100 years later was remembered during a memorial service.

The Oakland County Sheriff’s Office and Ferndale police remembered Deputy Albert Anderson of Ferndale on Saturday. He was on his way home from a shift on Aug. 12, 1917 when he stopped to check on a suspicious person. The Detroit News reports that the suspect had stolen $3.80 in pennies from a store and broke free and ran from Anderson. The suspect fired a single shot with a .38-caliber bullet striking Anderson in the abdomen when Anderson chased after him. Anderson died a few days later at age 47, leaving behind a wife and ten children.

Two of Anderson’s grandchildren and two of his great-grandchildren were at Saturday’s 100-year memorial.



Officials investigating oil spill in suburban Detroit ditch

(Information from: The Detroit News,

CLINTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Environmental officials are investigating an oil spill that fouled a suburban Detroit drainage ditch and left residents complaining of a petroleum smell.

Ryan Schwarb of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality says the spill reported Wednesday traveled about 1,000 feet down the Teske Drain in Clinton Township. Absorbent booms were placed in the waterway to collect the oil.

The Detroit News reports that officials with the Environmental Protection Agency said Friday that the type, size and source remained uncertain. The agency’s employees were overseeing the cleanup.

Schwarb says the City of Fraser’s Department of Public Works is reviewing its storm sewer system and is trying to track the discharge source.

Residents were advised not to pump surface water for lawn irrigation or other uses until the cleanup is complete.



Experts: Michigan apple harvest may be early this year

(Information from: The Flint Journal,

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State University extension experts say they think this year’s Michigan apple harvest is ahead of schedule.

MLive reports that MSU extension says data collected from around the state suggest the apple harvest will be significantly early for certain varieties in some parts of the state. The data show that predicted peak harvest dates will fall anywhere from a few days to an entire week ahead of normal.

For example, MacIntosh apples are ten to 11 days ahead of normal in parts of Michigan and a few days ahead of 2016. Peak harvest for Red Delicious apples is predicted one to eight days ahead of normal, depending on what region they’re in.



Bruno Mars donates $1M from concert to Flint water crisis

NEW YORK (AP) — Bruno Mars is donating $1 million from his Michigan concert to aid those affected by the Flint water crisis.

Mars told the audience Saturday at his show in Auburn Hills that he and tour promoter Live Nation are redirecting funds from the concert to The Community Foundation of Greater Flint, a charity.

In 2014, Flint switched water sources and failed to add corrosion-reducing phosphates, allowing lead from old pipes to leach into the water.

Mars says in a statement that “as people, especially as Americans, we need to stand together to make sure something like this never happens in any community ever again.”

Mars is performing at the Palace of Auburn Hills during his 24K Magic World Tour. His latest album, “24K Magic,” recently achieved double platinum status.


St. Marys River reopened after freighter ran aground

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard says the St. Marys River has reopened after it was closed to commercial vessel traffic when a 629-foot Great Lakes freighter ran aground.

Coast Guard officials say the cargo vessel Calumet was re-floated Friday at about 8:50 p.m. and sailed under its own power to anchor near Lake Nickolet in Michigan. The river reopened about 9:30 p.m. Friday after it was closed to commercial vessel traffic from the Soo Locks to Six Mile Point after the Calumet grounded.

The Army Corps of Engineers says no debris is obstructing the channel and Coast Guard officials say they didn’t find any impact to the environment.

The Calumet left a steel facility in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, and was heading to its next port when it ran aground late Wednesday. The cause is under investigation, and no injuries were reported.


Little Miss Flint raises money for 1K backpacks to students

(Information from: The Flint Journal,

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A 10-year-old girl known as “Little Miss Flint” helped gather and distribute more than 1,000 backpacks to Flint students after raising more than $10,000 in two weeks.

The Flint Journal reports that Amariyanna “Mari” Copeny partnered with nonprofit Pack Your Back to pass out free backpacks and supplies at the Mott Community College Event Center on Aug. 6.

Mari first attempted the #PackYourBackChallenge on Twitter last year by gathering 100 backpacks. Central Michigan University student Galen Miller says he founded Pack Your Back after he brought a semi-truck filled with bottled water to Flint in March 2016, and witnessed a need based on how the water crisis affected Flint residents.

Mari says providing backpacks is a way to continue to build Flint back after the water crisis.



Oakland University creates school of music, theatre, dance

ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Oakland University in suburban Detroit is creating a new School of Music, Theatre and Dance .

The school’s Board of Trustees voted this month on the plans after seeing the Department of Music, Theatre and Dance expand its programs over the last three decades. The school will be within the College of Arts and Sciences and led by professor Jackie Wiggins.

Oakland University’s Music Department was established in 1959 and Varner Hall opened in 1970 as the university’s home of performing arts education. Theatre and dance began as extra-curricular programs. In 1985, they joined the music department as the Department of Music, Theatre and Dance.

Oakland University’s campus spans more than 1,400 acres (567 hectares) in the Oakland County cities of Auburn Hills and Rochester Hills.


Businesses dealing with flood damage to get help with loans

MIDLAND, Mich. (AP) — A business recovery center is coming to mid-Michigan to help firms affected by severe summer storms and flooding.

The U.S. Small Business Administration says the center is opening Monday at the United Way of Midland to help answer questions and give information about disaster loans.

Staff also will help businesses complete Small Business Administration loan applications.

The late June storms caused flooding that closed numerous roads. Disaster declarations were made by the state for Midland and Isabella counties.

Preliminary assessments showed damage to be in the tens of millions of dollars.

The Small Business Administration offers economic injury disaster loans to help small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations meet working capital needs caused by the disaster.


After 6 months on job, education chief still highly divisive

WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s been six months since her bruising Senate confirmation battle, and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos (dih-VAHS’) remains a highly divisive figure.

Critics see DeVos as hostile to public education because of her impassioned push for school choice. They say she’s indifferent to civil rights, and they cite her repeal of some protections for LGBT students.

The department’s budget requests are stalled in Congress and no tangible choice plan has emerged. Conservative allies wish she’d been less polarizing and more effective in pushing her agenda.

DeVos says in an Associated Press interview she wants to focus on the success of individual students.

She says Washington should “set a tone” and encourage states to adopt school choice programs without “a big new federal program that’s going to require a lot of administration.”


Yoga on the River in Detroit to benefit Forgotten Harvest

DETROIT (AP) — An outdoor yoga session is scheduled in downtown Detroit to benefit an organization that collects food to fight hunger.

Yoga on the River will be held Wednesday on Cobo Square. A $10 donation will go to Forgotten Harvest.

The one-hour class will be hosted by Forgotten Harvest’s Emerging Leaders Council, a group that connects young professionals to the mission and efforts of Forgotten Harvest.

Registration starts at 5 p.m. followed by the class at 6 p.m. Refreshments and a social hour begin at 7 p.m.

The yoga session will take place in the Cobo Center atrium if there is inclement weather.

Oak Park-based Forgotten Harvest collects surplus food from grocery stores, markets, restaurants and other locations and distributes it to emergency food providers in the Detroit area.