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Michigan State exhibit showcases black travelers’ green book

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A new Michigan State University exhibit is built around a 20th century guidebook that a generation of black motorists used during the segregation era to find places where they could safely sleep, eat, shop or find services while traveling.

The exhibit for “The Negro Motorists’ Green Book” runs at the East Lansing school until the end of November. It will also introduce the guide’s creator, Victor H. Green.

Green’s book listed 86 black-friendly Detroit businesses and five in Lansing from 1936 to 1966. The exhibit presents before-and-after pictures of the businesses, showing how they looked 50 to 80 years ago and today.

The historical display follows the 2018 release of “Green Book,” an Oscar-winning film highlighting the guide that African-Americans consulted when traveling in the South during the Jim Crow era.


“Up There,” movie made in Upper Peninsula, hits local screen

(Information from: The Daily News,

STEPHENSON, Mich. (AP) — A movie shot in the Upper Peninsula is having its Michigan premiere this weekend.

“Up There” is the story of a journalist who is sent to the Upper Peninsula to cover the closing of a mine. The journalist gets help from a local woman, whose personal tragedy plays a role in the plot.

“Up There” opened Friday at Tivoli Theater in Stephenson. There are showings Saturday and Sunday and on Nov. 14.

The Iron Mountain Daily News says the movie was made in Dickinson County in 2017. Locals will recognize Pat’s Foods in Norway, the Iron Mountain mine in Vulcan and the Longbranch Saloon in Faithorn.

Actress Zoe Kanters says she and the directors wanted to show the film in the community “that made it happen.” Screenings are also planned this month in Suttons Bay, Ann Arbor and Bloomfield Hills.



Kresge to award grants to improve Detroit neighborhoods

DETROIT (AP) — The Kresge Foundation is looking for Detroit-based block clubs, community development corporations and other nonprofits to share at least $1.5 million for projects that improve the quality of life in city neighborhoods.

Kresge Innovative Projects: Detroit has awarded 99 grants totaling more than $10 million since 2015.

Grants of up to $35,000 are available for planning. Up to $150,000 is available for implementing projects that engage residents and reflect their priorities. Awards of $20,000 are available for smaller organizations that want assistance to assess neighborhood needs, to brainstorm possibilities and develop materials for future applications by the program.

Detroit Program managing director Wendy Lewis says the program is one of the foundation’s “most important tools to make sure the city’s revitalization reaches neighborhoods.”

Applications are open through Dec. 6.


Michigan executes search warrant on Detroit’s IT office

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan’s attorney general has executed a search warrant on the city of Detroit’s information technology office.

A spokesman for the attorney general’s office, Dan Olsen, confirmed the search warrant Friday to the Detroit Free Press but could not say what was taken or give details about an investigation.

City Corporation Counsel Lawrence Garcia said the city is “cooperating fully with the attorney general’s investigation.”

Last month, Detroit’s inspector general said a group called Make Your Date enjoyed special treatment from City Hall and that Mayor Mike Duggan’s chief of staff Alexis Wiley ordered the deletion of emails related to the nonprofit prenatal health program.

Duggan said the order to delete emails was a “mistake in judgment” by Wiley to protect junior staffers from possible records requests by a Duggan critic.


Police to seek hazing-related charges for 3 football players

WARREN, Mich. (AP) — Suburban Detroit police say they will recommend that three Catholic high school football players accused of hazing be charged.

Warren police said Thursday that the three De La Salle Collegiate students have been suspended indefinitely.

Police Commissioner Bill Dwyer says the alleged hazing involved a broomstick but no physical penetration. He says once the police investigation is complete, those findings will be forwarded to Macomb County prosecutors with a recommendation that charges be filed.

Dwyer says he believes many boys were attacked.

He says officials at the all-boys school have cooperated in the investigation that began last week after the school, which has won two consecutive state championships, forfeited a playoff game amid the allegations .

He says 12 parents wouldn’t allow their sons to be interviewed. Four others have attorneys.


Dow agrees to $77M environmental settlement in Michigan

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Dow Chemical Co. and government officials have reached an estimated $77 million settlement to compensate for pollution by its plant in Midland, Michigan.

Federal and state officials announced the deal Friday.

The Dow plant released dioxins and other hazardous substances into rivers and their watersheds for decades after opening in 1897.

The contaminants harmed fish, invertebrates, birds and mammals. They prompted warnings about touching soil and eating wild game and fish in some areas.

Under the deal, Dow will fund fish spawning and habitat improvements; restoration of thousands of acres (hectares) of wetlands and other wildlife living spaces; and creation of public nature areas.

The settlement is separate from an ongoing Dow-funded cleanup of dioxin contamination along the Tittabawassee and Saginaw rivers and Lake Huron’s Saginaw Bay.


Detroit hospital, school losing neurosurgery training permit

(Information from: The Detroit News,

DETROIT (AP) — A neurosurgery training program at a Detroit hospital has lost its accreditation, jeopardizing the status of the health system and a university medical school.

The Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education removed credentials from the Detroit Medical Center’s program with Wayne State University this month after a September site visit.

The Detroit News reports that the accreditation is slated to end on June 30.

Wayne State University School of Medicine Dean Jack Sobel said Thursday that the program would appeal.

The accreditation loss comes as the relationship between Wayne State and the medical center has been worsening over the past several years. The conflict has put at risk the medical attention provided to many impoverished and underserved residents in one of the nation’s poorest metropolitan cities.



Indiana medical coverage lags surrounding states

(Information from: The Journal Gazette,

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — Indiana had a higher percentage of people lacking medical insurance than any neighboring state in 2018.

The U.S. Census Bureau said Thursday that 8.3% of the state’s residents were uninsured last year, while only 5.4% were not covered in Michigan and 5.6% in Kentucky.

Director of the Community Research Institute at Purdue University Fort Wayne Rachel Blakeman says Kentucky and Michigan have been aggressively expanding Medicaid programs.

The Census Bureau said 43.5% of Kentuckians had Medicare or Medicaid last year. the figure for Indiana was 33.8%.

Blakeman says a strong economy has played a big role in lowering uninsured rates as more people are working for employers that provide insurance.

The Journal Gazette reports Ohio and Illinois also had lower uninsured rates than Indiana. Ohio was at 6.5% in 2018 and Illinois was at 7%.



Michigan man charged in 2004 rape of Tennessee woman

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Prosecutors say a Michigan man has been charged in the rape of a Tennessee woman 15 years ago.

Shelby County prosecutors said Friday that 62-year-old Ferlin Scott is being held in jail after he was taken into custody last week. Scott is a former resident of Memphis, Tennessee. His last known address was in Detroit.

Investigators say that a woman who was walking in a Memphis neighborhood was abducted and raped by a man with a pocket knife in August 2004.

DNA evidence from the attack was tested in 2014. Investigators say the profile matched Scott’s DNA.

Prosecutors say the victim identified Scott from a photographic lineup.

Online records do not show if Scott has a lawyer who can speak on his behalf. An arraignment is scheduled for Dec. 13.


Deficit could force closure of some Flint public schools

(Information from: The Flint Journal,

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Auditors have told Flint Community Schools leaders that unless changes are made the district could face a nearly $5.7 million yearly operation deficit. reports Friday that representatives of an accounting firm said during a special board meeting Thursday that the district’s debt and deficit are the result of declining enrollment.

About 3,750 students attend Flint Community Schools. In 2018, enrollment was roughly 4,500 students. Flint schools had 47,000 students in 1968.

A plan presented to the board Thursday by Superintendent Derek Lopez calls for closing four of the 12 district buildings and restructuring four others. That would decrease transportation, security, maintenance, administrative and other costs.

Lopez said the district plans to present an enhanced deficit elimination plan at Wednesday’s board meeting.