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VIRUS OUTBREAK-MICHIGAN

Michigan reports no new COVID-19 deaths but adds 1,041 cases

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan public health officials are reporting no new coronavirus deaths but adding 1,041 new confirmed cases. The state’s Department of Health and Human Services says Sunday’s case count is higher because there’s been a delay in processing laboratory results. Overall, the state has reported 78,019 COVID-19 cases and 6,149 deaths. The death count is lower than Friday’s count of 6,151. That’s because state officials acknowledged a handful of manual data entry errors that led to a decrease of 16 deaths. Then on Saturday, 14 more deaths were reported, eight of which were discovered during a review of death certificates. 

BROTHERS ELECTROCUTED

Police: 2 brothers electrocuted when sailboat hit power line

CASSOPOLIS, Mich. (AP) — Police in southwestern Michigan say two brothers were electrocuted when the mast of the sailboat they were moving hit a power line. Cass County Sheriff Richard Behnke said Sunday that the brothers were transported to a hospital in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and were reported in stable condition. Authorities say the men, ages 31 and 19, were accidentally electrocuted while moving a sailboat in LaGrnage Township when the mast struck a power line running to a house. They were transported by ambulance and helicopter to the hospital. Police say the incident remains under investigation.

RESTAURANT SHOOTING-FLINT TOWNSHIP

4 people injured in eastern Michigan restaurant shooting

FLINT TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Police say four people have been injured in an early morning shooting at a Flint Township restaurant. Police officers responded around 4 a.m. Sunday to a report of a shooting at Mega Classic Diner. Authorities said a 25-year-old woman, a 31-year-old man and two 26-year-old men were shot. MLive.com reports they were all hospitalized, but their conditions were not immediately available. Flint Township Police Lt. Brad Wangler says it appeared the victims all knew each other. One male suspect was taken into custody. Police are investigating what prompted the shooting. 

PRISON ESCAPE-CAPTURED

2 Virginia juvenile prison escapees captured in Michigan

RICHMOND, Va, (AP) — Federal authorities say two inmates who escaped from a Virginia juvenile prison two weeks ago have been captured in Michigan. The U.S. Marshals Service announced that a fugitive task force arrested Rashad E. Williams and Jabar Ali Taylor late Saturday afternoon at a hotel in Battle Creek, Michigan. Virginia officials have said Taylor and Williams escaped from Bon Air Juvenile Correctional Center on July 13 through a hole that was cut in the perimeter fence. A center worker was later charged with helping the inmates escape. The marshals pursued leads in several states, and information showed the escapees had initially fled to Pennsylvania.

LATINAS WELDING GUILD

Group founded by a Latina welder aims to empower other women

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indianapolis nonprofit founded by a Latina welder is using training workshops to help other Latinas to venture into the welding industry, a field where women have long been underrepresented. Thirty-one-year-old Consuelo Poland was the only woman and the only woman of color in her class when she got a welding certificate seven years ago in Michigan. According to the Indianapolis Star, she founded the Latinas Welding Guild in 2017, a nonprofit organization in Indianapolis aiming to empower Latinas and all women personally, creatively and economically through welding. 

HOMELESS-HEALTH CARE

Medical clinic to serve homeless people in Grand Rapids area

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Six organizations in the Grand Rapids area are teaming up to provide free medical services for homeless people. They’ll operate a clinic at the downtown location of Mel Trotter Ministries, one of the participants. The others are Grand Valley State University’s Kirkhof College of Nursing; Mercy Health Saint Mary’s; Metro Health–University of Michigan; Michigan State University–College of Human Medicine; and Spectrum Health. Community Partners Medical Clinic at Mel Trotter will be open Monday through Thursday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Walk-ins are accepted. Patients are also encouraged to make an appointment by calling (616) 588-8791 Monday through Thursday.

INDOOR DOG PARK

Dog park with drinks for owners in works near Grand Rapids

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A cold one while Max chases his buddies? An indoor dog park is in the works near Grand Rapids. While pets get exercise, their owners might be able to get a drink. The Plainfield Township Board recently voted to give a liquor license to The Pack Indoor Dog Park. The recommendation now goes to the Michigan Liquor Control Commission. The 10,000-square-foot facility will have a bar overlooking a play area where dogs will be grouped by personality. The business could open by October after construction delays. Co-owner Raechel Macqueen says, “There’s been a ton of interest.”

AP-US-VIRUS-OUTBREAK-BOAT-SALES

Crush of boat buyers seek recreation, safety during pandemic

YARMOUTH, Maine (AP) — Large numbers of people seeking to escape the coronavirus are finding solace on the open water. And that’s good news for the boat industry. Matt Gruhn of the Marine Retailers Association of America says a recent survey showed more than 70% of boat dealers were either completely out of boats or had low inventory. The trend stands to reason: People are looking for something to do, and a safe place to go, at a time when the coronavirus pandemic raised safety concerns and limited recreational opportunities.

TIGERS-REDS

Tigers celebrate Cabrera milestones, rally 6-4 over Reds

CINCINNATI (AP) — Miguel Cabrera passed two superstars with a homer, and JaCoby Jones hit a two-run shot in the ninth off Raisel Iglesias, rallying the Detroit Tigers to a 6-4 victory over the Cincinnati Reds. Jones snapped a 4-4 tie with his homer into the Reds’ bullpen in center field off Raisel Iglesias, who set a Reds record for a reliever with 12 losses last year. Cabrera salvaged his four-strikeout day with a seventh-inning, two-run home run that lifted Detroit to a brief 4-3 lead and ended a tie with Adrian Beltre for 30th place on the career home run list. 

HOT PRISONS-AIR CONDITIONING

Michigan inmates, advocates raise concerns over high temps

DETROIT (AP) — Inmates at Michigan’s state prisons and prisoner rights advocates are raising concerns regarding the heat behind bars because most of the state’s 29 prisons don’t have air conditioning. Advocates say the heat is made worse by precautions set in place to control the coronavirus spread as prisoners are required to always wear reusable masks made of thick cloth that makes it hard to breath through in the heat. A state prison system spokesman says it started distributing lighter-weight masks after receiving several complaints, but prisoners say that is not enough.