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Reports: Michigan professor sexually harassed students

(Information from: Lansing State Journal,

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Investigations conducted by Michigan State University and the University of Michigan found that a political science professor sexually harassed graduate students.

The Lansing State Journal reports that Michigan State hired a consulting firm last year to investigate allegations against William Jacoby.

One former student alleged he propositioned her to start an affair, while another told investigators Jacoby asked for sexual favors in return for academic guidance on her research. Michigan State’s report says the evidence shows a “distinct pattern of behavior.”

The University of Michigan’s report also concluded that Jacoby violated the university’s sexual harassment policy.

Jacoby has denied the allegations. He says the University of Michigan’s report is biased and incomplete. He says he’s looking into appealing the Michigan State report.

Jacoby retired from Michigan State on Jan. 1.



Top auto awards go to Hyundai and Ram

DETROIT (AP) — The Hyundai Genesis G70, Hyundai Kona and the Ram pickup have received North American car, sport utility and truck of the year awards.

The awards were announced Monday at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

This year’s car finalists also included the Honda Insight and Volvo S60/V60. Truck finalists included the Chevrolet Silverado 1500, GMC Sierra 1500.

SUV finalists also included the Acura RDX and the Jaguar I-Pace.

Last year’s winners were the Honda Accord, Lincoln Navigator and the Volvo XC60.

About 55 automotive journalists serve as judges. Eligible vehicles must be new or substantially changed.

Organizers accept no advertising, though automakers try to capitalize on the marketing value of the awards, which are now in their 25th year.


Report: Enrollment at Michigan public universities declines

(Information from: The Grand Rapids,

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Figures show enrollment at Michigan’s public universities has declined for the seventh consecutive year. reports the collective headcount at the 15 institutions totaled 286,854 in the fall off 2018, down 3,884 or nearly 1.4 percent from the fall of 2017. Enrollment peaked in the fall 2011 at 301,919. It’s declined largely because of a shrinking number of college-age students in Michigan and nationwide.

The Michigan Association of State Universities ‘ 2018 enrollment report notes that freshman enrollment was a bright spot, with the schools having 41,452 first-time freshman in fall 2018, up 1.5 percent in fall 2017.

Currently, about 60 percent of Michigan students enroll in college the fall after they graduate high school. About 34 percent of Michigan adults age 25 to 34 have at least a bachelor’s degree.



Chain replaces name of its ‘Crack Fries’ with ‘Cosmik Fries’

(Information from: The Grand Rapids,

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan-based bar and restaurant chain says it’s changing the name of its “Crack Fries” to “Cosmik Fries” to distance itself from a word associated with the drug epidemic.

HopCat’s founder Mark Sellers tells for a story Monday that the new name is a nod to the song “Cosmik Debris” by Frank Zappa, one of his favorite artists.

BarFly Ventures CEO Mark Gray announced in a December post on HopCat’s website that the “Crack Fries” name was being scrapped but the recipe and ingredients of its seasoned fries would stay the same.

Gray has said HopCat picked the “Crack Fries” name more than a decade ago as a reference to the addictive quality of the fries and their cracked pepper seasoning, without consideration for those the drug negatively affected.



Students getting clear bags after boy brings gun to school

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Students at a Michigan charter school are getting clear book bags after a 10-year-old boy allegedly took a loaded handgun to school.

Eagle’s Nest Academy in Flint planned to distribute the bags Monday. Parents are encouraged to check their children’s belongings.

Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton has said the boy is charged with two felonies, carrying a concealed weapon and felonious assault, and a misdemeanor charge of having a weapon in a weapons-free zone. Leyton says the gun was stolen, but it’s unclear where he got it.

Police say the boy made fellow students at the school about 50 miles (80 kilometers) northwest of Detroit aware that he had the gun Thursday morning, and one of them took it to administrators in the school’s office. No one was injured.


AAA: Michigan gas prices rise 6 cents to $2.15 per gallon

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — AAA Michigan says average gas prices statewide are up about 6 cents in the past week to about $2.15 per gallon.

The Dearborn-based auto club says Monday the average price for self-serve regular unleaded is about 57 cents less than a year ago.

The state’s highest average was about $2.22 a gallon in the Jackson and Lansing areas. The lowest average was about $2.07 in the Traverse City area.

Prices in the Detroit area were about $2.09 per gallon, up about 7 cents from a week ago.

AAA Michigan surveys daily fuel prices at 2,800 gas stations across the state.




Aretha Franklin honored with star-studded tribute concert

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Alicia Keys, Patti LaBelle, Celine Dion and more took the stage to relive some of the late Aretha Franklin’s biggest hits in a tribute concert.

The star-studded musical lineup that also included Jennifer Hudson, John Legend and Common honored Franklin’s life and career at the “Aretha! A GRAMMY Celebration For The Queen Of Soul” on Sunday in Los Angeles. The tribute hosted by Tyler Perry will air March 10 on CBS.

Franklin died of pancreatic cancer in her Detroit apartment last year. She was 76.

Smokey Robinson shared some of his special moments with Franklin who he called his “little sister.” A montage of Franklin was shown throughout the show including one with onscreen quotes paying homage to her from former President Barack Obama, Barbra Streisand and Tony Bennett.


Water line breaks as Detroit auto show gets ready to open

DETROIT (AP) — A boil-water advisory has been issued for downtown Detroit after a water main break.

The area includes hotels and Cobo Center, where the annual auto show is opening this week for news media from around the world. Drinking fountains at the convention hall were turned off Sunday.

Ford Motor spokesman Mark Truby says, “The show goes on.”

No one should lose water service, but pressure could be low. In addition, people should boil water before drinking it or use bottled water. Gary Brown of the Detroit water department says the repair won’t take long, but the boil-water advisory could last until Thursday.

Brown says the water line belongs to the Great Lakes Water Authority, a regional water agency. The break occurred in a parking lot near King High School.


Consumers Energy: $10M contributed to energy bills program

JACKSON, Mich. (AP) — Consumers Energy says it has contributed $10 million to help customers in need to pay their energy bills.

The Jackson-based utility says the contribution is part of efforts to help Michigan residents stay safe and warm this winter.

Consumers Energy says it provided $2 million to help eligible customers with energy bills in October and $8 million in December.

The funding is expected to help up to 7,000 households enter Consumers Energy’s CARE program or facilitate them receiving additional aid to pay energy bills. The CARE program allows customers to get on a path to self-sufficiency by providing an affordable payment plan with monthly credits and gradual forgiveness of past-due balances to reward on-time payments.

Participants also qualify for energy-saving tools, including free in-home energy efficiency upgrades.


Man critically injured after stray bullet enters house

INKSTER, Mich. (AP) — State police say a Detroit-area man is in critical condition after being hit in the head by a stray bullet fired from more than a half-block away.

The 28-year-old man was in an upstairs bedroom in Inkster when he was hit Saturday night. He was at home with his mother and sister.

Family members and neighbors say they heard at least four shots before two vehicles drove away. Anyone with information is urged to call police at (734) 287-5000.