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Court: Sealed records at campus library are public

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A court decision could force the University of Michigan to open the records of a doctor who is considered by critics to be an influential voice in anti-immigration matters.

Dr. John Tanton of Petoskey donated 25 boxes of papers to the university, but 11 boxes were to remain closed until 2035. The Michigan appeals court says the closed records are public documents under the Freedom of Information Act because they’re being held by a campus library as an “official function,” a key phrase in state law.

The appeals court on June 20 overturned a decision by the Michigan Court of Claims. The university says it’s considering its options. It could ask the state Supreme Court to take the case.

The lawsuit was filed by Hassan Ahmad, an attorney in McLean, Virginia.


J.C. Penney ends nearly a century in SW Michigan community

(Information from: The Herald-Palladium,

BENTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A J.C. Penney store has closed after more than 90 years at two locations in southwestern Michigan’s Berrien County.

Display racks and shelves were sold Friday to mark the last day at Orchards Mall near Benton Harbor. The Herald-Palladium reports that the retailer was at the mall for 40 years after about 55 years in downtown Benton Harbor.

A longtime customer, Rose Thomas, says she “wanted to cry” when she saw the closing sign. She says, “It’s really sad to see it go.”

J.C. Penney and Sears once were the main anchor stores at Orchards Mall in Benton Township. Sears closed in 2009.



2 dead at Detroit-area home after standoff with police ends

ST. CLAIR SHORES, Mich. (AP) — Police say two people are dead in suburban Detroit after a 28-hour standoff that began when a man was upset about fireworks in his neighborhood.

The police chief in St. Clair Shores tells TV station WXYZ that a 58-year-old man fatally shot a 60-year-old woman and himself. The bodies were discovered about 2:30 a.m. EDT Saturday when officers got inside.

Police on Friday pumped water into the house and used a robotic battering ram to knock down the front door and try to end the standoff. The incident began Thursday night when a man tried to disrupt the use of fireworks on his street and shot and injured two people.

Deputy Chief Gary Crandall says the man refused to surrender and occasionally took shots at police and the robots.


Stevie Wonder says he’s getting a kidney transplant in fall

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Stevie Wonder says he will be receiving a kidney transplant this fall.

The 69-year-old music legend made the announcement to concertgoers in England on Saturday.

Wonder said he’ll do three more shows and then undergo the surgery in September.

He said he has a donor, adding, “it’s all good,” drawing cheers from the audience.

He didn’t want his fans to hear rumors, Wonder said. There had been a recent report that he was facing a serious health issue.

Wonder was performing as part of a summer concert in London’s Hyde Park. He told the audience he was there to share his love and to thank them for theirs.


Flint museum’s $26M overhaul aims to better engage children

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A science-and-history museum in Flint is undergoing a roughly $26 million renovation to create more hands-on activities for children.

The project is expanding the Sloan Museum of Discovery to better engage visitors with interactive exhibits. The plans include a new science center, early childhood exhibit and an automotive gallery.

The museum’s executive director, Todd Slisher, says the goal is to get children excited about science, history and technology. He says Flint needs stronger educational opportunities for children.

Officials say the project is almost fully funded. They still need to raise about $4 million to cover the renovation costs.

The museum held a groundbreaking ceremony in June. Officials expect the museum to reopen in 2021.


Groups receive $1.7M from Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Legacy Funds

DETROIT (AP) — The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan has awarded nearly $1.7 million in grants to 64 organizations through Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Legacy Funds.

The Downtown Detroit Partnership Bike Share is getting $40,000 for an adaptive bike program that provides cycling options for riders of all abilities. Trinity Health will get $50,000 to build pathways connecting the hospital campus to Chelsea locations.

Friends of the Rouge will receive $49,000 for Lower Rouge River Water Trail site plans. Another $25,000 will go to Team GUTS for turf improvements to increase safety and an expanded play area for youth with special needs.

The Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation is named after the founder of the Buffalo Bills. Ralph Wilson was 95 when he died at his Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan, home in 2014.


Don Was leads Detroit revue celebrating Motown milestone

DETROIT (AP) — Don Was is bringing his bass back to Detroit to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Motown Records with a stage full of friends.

The Detroit-raised performer and producer leads the 12th Don Was Detroit All-Star Revue on July 13 at the Detroit Institute of Arts. It will feature classic Motown artists, including Martha Reeves, Carolyn Crawford and the Velvelettes, as well as members of Was’ own born-in-Detroit band, Was (Not Was).

Was says his appreciation for the “Motown Sound” grows every year. His goal is to inhabit the songs, not do “Motown karaoke.”

The revue is part of the 27th annual Concert of Colors , a free, multi-day festival showcasing Detroit’s musical and ethnic diversity.


Michigan seeks to educate about possible home lead sources

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan health officials have launched a new statewide awareness campaign to educate people about possible sources of lead at their homes.

The state Department of Health and Human Services says the goal of the campaign is to educate people about potential hazards in paint, dust, water and soil at older homes, as well as and how to mitigate, reduce or eliminate lead exposure. The campaign includes ads on social media and other places online.

A new website includes information and community resources.

The campaign comes as Michigan officials are raising public awareness of tougher sampling rules they expect to result in more drinking water systems exceeding limits for lead, a byproduct of new regulations enacted after Flint’s water crisis . The toxic metal leached into Flint taps in 2014 and 2015.


3 men charged with involuntary manslaughter in fatal beating

WARREN, Mich. (AP) — Three men have been charged in the July 4 fatal beating of a 24-year-old man in a parking lot several miles north of Detroit.

Christopher Twarowski, Nathan Domagalski and Christopher Zehnpfennig were arraigned Friday on involuntary manslaughter charges.

The victim was found lying on a road in Warren. He suffered a fractured skull and other injuries and was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Warren police Commissioner Bill Dwyer says the attack was caught on surveillance cameras. Dwyer said the victim met the other three men at a house party in Troy, also north of Detroit. As they were driving to Warren a fight started.

Twarowski, Domagalski and Zehnpfennig were ordered jailed. Their next hearing date is July 16.

The Associated Press was unable to determine Friday if they had attorneys.


Anti-ICE graffiti spray-painted on Michigan Capitol

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Authorities are investigating anti-U.S. government vandalism to the Michigan Capitol.

The Detroit News reports someone spray-painted “STOP ICE” on the 140-year-old building early Thursday. It follows similar graffiti directed against the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement twice found last month on the Michigan Republican Party headquarters.

The graffiti comes amid debate over a possible nationwide immigration sweep to deport people living in the country illegally.

Michigan State Police officials say security cameras monitor the Capitol but they are pointed away from the building and didn’t provide enough detail to identify anybody involved.

Former Lt. Gov. Brian Calley called the vandalism “pointless,” noting on Twitter that state government has nothing to do with national immigration policy.