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Settlement reached in NMU discrimination complaint
MARQUETTE, Mich. (AP) — Northern Michigan University has reached a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice after a student with a disability filed a complaint alleging discrimination.
The Mining Journal reports that the complaint filed in 2013 with the department’s Civil Rights Division says the student told another student of her mental health struggles. The complaint alleges the university violated the Americans with Disabilities Act when it threatened to “dis-enroll” the student, require her to undergo a psychological assessment and sign a behavioral agreement.
WLUC-TV reports that the Justice Department found three current or former university students with similar allegations of discrimination.
The university must draft an ADA/Non-Discrimination Policy, modify a portion of the dean of students web page and develop a training program for faculty and staff within 60 days.
SEXUAL ASSAULT SENTENCING
Lansing-area man sentenced for assault of 9-year-old girl
(Information from: Lansing State Journal, http://www.lansingstatejournal.com)
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Lansing-area man has been sentenced to at least 72 years in prison for sexually assaulting a 9-year-old girl he was taking care of at the time.
The sentencing of 51-year-old Anthony Bonner came after an Ingham County jury convicted him of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and other counts for the May 2017 assault.
The Lansing State Journal reports Bonner maintained he was innocent, but Judge Rosemarie Aquilina said she was believed he was someone who shouldn’t be released from prison.
Bonner was arrested after the girl told her mother that “Uncle Anthony” had assaulted her and threatened to hurt her if she told anyone.
Bonner has a Michigan criminal record dating back to 1986 that includes convictions for arson, drug charges and assault with a dangerous weapon.
Michigan’s Upper Peninsula hit with season’s 1st big snow
MARQUETTE, Mich. (AP) — Parts of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula have received more than a foot of snow in the first major snowfall of the season.
The National Weather Service measured nearly 10 inches of snowfall Saturday morning in Marquette since Friday morning. The weather service received reports of 17 inches of snow at Ironwood, with nearly 12 inches at the community of Munising.
Snow totals varied widely across the Upper Peninsula from what the weather service said was lake-enhanced snow. State police reported poor visibility on Upper Peninsula roads from high winds blowing snow around.
Snowfalls of 3-6 inches were reported in northern parts of the Lower Peninsula.
More snow was forecast through the weekend in those same areas.
CHEMICAL MANUFACTURER EXPANSION-MICHIGAN
Chemical manufacturer to expand in southeastern Michigan
PITTSFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A specialty chemical manufacturer is expanding operations in southeastern Michigan’s Pittsfield Township.
The Michigan Economic Development Corp. says a project by Pacific Industrial Development Corp. is expected to generate more than $17 million in private investment and create 50 jobs .
The company says it wants to continue increasing its research and development capabilities. It has been awarded a $400,000 performance-based grant.
Pacific Industrial Development chief executive Wei Wu said it will be the company’s third location in Pittsfield Township, west of Detroit.
Michigan was chosen over a site in South Carolina for the expansion.
The Michigan Economic Development Corp. is the state’s chief marketing and business attraction arm.
FLINT AIRPORT STABBING
Victim of Michigan airport attack: ‘You never forget’
FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A police officer who was stabbed at a Michigan airport in an alleged act of terrorism says he fought the urge to lie down as he bled from the neck because he feared he might not get up.
Lt. Jeff Neville recalled the attack during testimony Friday in the trial of Amor Ftouhi (ah-MOOR’ fuh-TOO’-ee), who is charged with terrorism and other crimes at the Flint airport.
Ftouhi is a Tunisian who was living in Montreal. He drove into the U.S. at Champlain, New York, and traveled to Flint in June 2017. The government says his plan was to stab Neville, get the cop’s gun and shoot others.
Neville says he lost feeling in his face because of the stabbing. He says the attack is “something … you never forget.”
LOST MARINERS CEREMONY
Detroit museum plans annual ceremony for Lost Mariners
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Historical Society is holding its annual program to remember all sailors who have died on the Great Lakes.
The 19th annual Lost Mariners Remembrance ceremony is scheduled for Saturday evening at the Dossin Great Lakes Museum on Belle Isle.
Highlights include a presentation about the Great Storm of October 1893. It sank many vessels and claimed the lives of more than 50 people from Lake Superior to Lake Ontario.
Also planned are a performance by Great Lakes balladeer Lee Murdock and a lantern vigil at the Edmund Fitzgerald anchor. Tickets are sold out, but the public can watch the Honor Flotilla of Great Lakes vessels from the Detroit River bank for free.
Snyder calls for civility, doesn’t mention Flint in address
DETROIT (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder has given another pitch for civility in government and politics.
Snyder spoke Friday at the Detroit Economic Club, taking friendly questions about his two terms from the head of DTE Energy. The Republican says a lack of civility is the “greatest threat” to the country.
Snyder says the focus should be on solving problems, not insulting people. He says he’s most proud of keeping young people in the state and Detroit’s turnaround, which began with a bankruptcy filing that he authorized. He says “enough was enough” in Detroit, after years of mismanagement and poor services.
Snyder didn’t mention the Flint water crisis while on stage. Later, he said there were failures at all levels of government.
He doesn’t plan to pursue another elective office in Michigan.
School bus driver drives over injured deer to end suffering
DEXTER, Mich. (AP) — Officials say a school bus driver intentionally drove over an injured deer to end its suffering while some students watched.
The Dexter school district in Washtenaw County reported the incident to families Friday. The district says the driver’s actions in front of children was “absolutely not a course of action we condone,” even if the driver was acting out of compassion for a seriously wounded deer.
The school district calls it a “very human mistake.”
The deer apparently had been hit by a vehicle before entering a student drop-off zone. The school maintenance staff got rid of the dead deer.
Officials urge vaccination after 15 Michigan measles cases
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Health officials are urging people to get vaccinated and take other precautions after confirming 15 cases of measles in Michigan this year.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services gave an update Friday, saying it’s the highest level the state has seen since 1994 when 26 cases were reported.
Earlier this week, the Oakland County Health Division said two Oakland County residents with the disease arrived on a flight at Detroit Metropolitan Airport in Romulus the evening of Oct. 23.
Health officials note measles is a highly contagious illness and vaccinations are an effective way to prevent it. Measles typically will start with a high fever, red eyes, runny nose, sensitivity to light, and eventually rashes on the face and head that progresses to other parts of the body.
Safety group: 2018 has been deadly year on Great Lakes
HOLLAND, Mich. (AP) — A water safety nonprofit group says 2018 has been a deadly year on the Great Lakes, with at least 110 drownings recorded.
The Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project , which has tracked drowning deaths since 2010, says this is the first year that it’s recorded more than 100 drownings. The Holland Sentinel reports the hot summer may have been a factor in the increase. The deaths include 39 in Lake Michigan and 35 in Lake Erie.
The deaths have prompted efforts to increase safety along Great Lakes beaches. Among those who died was 20-year-old Brandon Schmidt, who drowned in Lake Michigan in August off of western Michigan. WOOD-TV reports his mother Brandi Donley notes that warning signs, safety equipment, education and training are needed.
Donley says: “It can happen to anyone.”