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VIRUS OUTBREAK-MICHIGAN

Report: Nearly half of western Michigan prison has COVID-19

DETROIT (AP) — Almost half of the men incarcerated at a western Michigan prison have tested positive for COVID-19. The Detroit Free Press reports 612 of 1,296 prisoners, or 47% of the population at Muskegon Correctional Facility, have tested positive. Fifteen staff members have also tested positive.   Some prisoners are blaming the facility for an inadequate response to the virus, but prison officials say they took proper safety steps. Since March, 4,620 of 37,497 state prisoners have tested positive and 68 prisoners have died. State health officials on Sunday reported 768 cases of COVID-19 and four deaths in Michigan.

FUNERAL HOME-WOMAN ALIVE

‘Dead’ woman found to be breathing at Detroit funeral home

DETROIT (AP) — Officials say a young woman who had been declared dead was discovered still alive at a Detroit funeral home. The fire department in Southfield says first responders spent 30 minutes on Sunday trying to revive the 20-year-old and determined there was no sign of life. But James H. Cole funeral home in Detroit discovered the woman was breathing when the body was transported there. Dave Fornell, deputy commissioner of the Detroit fire department, says the female had a heart rate of 80. Fornell says no one could believe it when the funeral home made the emergency call. The woman was taken to a hospital.

OPERATION LEGEND

Operation Legend puts focus on violent crime, not politics

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — President Donald Trump and his attorney general have touted Operation Legend as a much-needed answer to spiking crime. Trump claims it’s caused, at least in part, by the police reform movement and protests that have swept across the U.S. since George Floyd’s death in May. Trump also claims he’s countering rising crime in cities run by Democrats. But to the 300 federal investigators deployed to nine cities, and the local law enforcement getting help, Operation Legend isn’t about politics. It’s about reducing crime, working to solve outstanding cases and prioritizing the arrest of violent criminals. 

PRISONER-CANCER

Woman whose husband had cancer in prison loses lawsuit

ADRIAN, Mich. (AP) — A woman who blamed prison medical staff for failing to diagnose her husband’s cancer has failed to persuade an appeals court to revive her lawsuit. Jeff Barrett of Newaygo County died of lung cancer in 2015, a month after he was released on parole from a prison in Adrian. Judith Barrett claimed prison staff violated her husband’s rights by not finding the cancer in time, despite multiple appointments for breathing problems and other health woes. But a medical expert testified that the cancer could have developed after an X-ray revealed only a pulmonary disease. A federal appeals court recently affirmed a decision to dismiss Barrett’s lawsuit.

GREAT LAKES MUSEUM

First phase of Dossin museum enhancements completed

DETROIT (AP) — The first phase of a $4.9 million outdoor enhancement project at Belle Isle’s Dossin Great Lakes Museum has been completed. Sponsors and supporters of the project are scheduled to mark the occasion on Saturday with a ceremony and ribbon cutting. The museum’s outdoor maritime artifacts including the famous bow anchor from the S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald have been re-displayed and upgraded as part of the project. The freighter sank in 1975 and was immortalized by Gordon Lightfoot’s song. Belle Isle is located in the Detroit River, just northeast of downtown Detroit.

DEARBORN PRIEST

Parishioner sacraments in limbo after invalid priest baptism

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — The validity of some parishioners’ sacraments like marriage and confession are under question after a Dearborn priest learned his baptism was invalid. The Detroit Free Press reports Father Matthew Hood learned that he was not a baptized Catholic earlier this month after watching a family video of his baptism where some words were changed.  Archbishop Allen Vigneron of the Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit has acknowledged “human error has resulted in disruption to the sacramental lives of some members of the faithful” and vowed to remedy the situation for those impacted.  

ELECTION 2020-MICHIGAN

Election officials criticize Detroit primary ballot counts

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan election officials say issues with counting primary ballots in Detroit are “alarming.” The Detroit News reports that all four members of the State Board of Canvassers criticized issues with ballot counting and one questioned whether the secretary of state should step in for November. The questions came after the newspaper’s report showing 72% of absentee voting precincts in Detroit had ballot tallies that were out of balance by at least one ballot. That meant that voter tracked in precinct poll books didn’t equal the number of ballots counted. 

PARK REDEVELOPED-TORNADO

Park redeveloped after damage by tornado in 2014

WYOMING, Mich. (AP) — A western Michigan park that was damaged six years ago by a tornado has been redeveloped. WOOD-TV reports the city of Wyoming has invested more than $2.9 million in Ideal Park after the tornado nearly destroyed it in 2014. Trees downed during the storm were removed. A new playground and basketball courts have been added. Ideal Park was developed in the 1930s. The tornado tore out about 98% of the trees in and around the park and caused about $5 million in citywide damage. Redevelopment began in 2019. The city secured a $300,000 state grant to help fund the project.

HANCOCK PROMISE

UP college extends tuition break to local high school grads

HANCOCK, Mich. (AP) — A college in the Upper Peninsula is extending a significant tuition discount to students who come from a local high school. Graduates of Hancock Central will pay no more than $2,500 a year to attend Finlandia University. The agreement between the Hancock district and Finlandia began in 2009. Besides tuition, the agreement includes sharing certain properties. Finlandia is a liberal arts college affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. It was founded in 1896 by Finnish immigrants. Finlandia had more than 400 students last year.

HARBOR SPRINGS-INVENTOR’S BOAT

Group restoring 1800s steel boat for display in Michigan

HARBOR SPRINGS, Mich. (AP) — A rusted and damaged boat built in the late 1800s by a northern Michigan inventor is undergoing an extensive restoration. The goal is to put the revamped vessel on display in the Lake Michigan resort community of Harbor Springs. The Petoskey News-Review reports that the Harbor Springs Area Historical Society began restoring the Aha after city officials requested the removal of the decaying boat near the city’s Department of Public Works building. Inventor Ephraim Shay built the vessel 1891. The all-steel Aha was a rarity because most boats built during that time were made of wood.