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Collaboration key to assembling Native American photo trove

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A University of Michigan library has acquired a trove of roughly 1,000 images of Native Americans from the 19th through the early 20th century from a longtime collector. They represent some 80 groups and run the gamut from the iconic, such as Sitting Bull, to the commonplace, such as a woman hoeing potatoes in a Michigan garden. Archivists say even the everyday images are compelling because they reveal life in hard times and the spirit of perseverance as they struggled for survival. Curation efforts also have involved tribal experts throughout the process, something that historically wasn’t done.


Body found on Michigan property where woman went missing

HONOR, Mich. (AP) — A body has been found near a cabin in northwestern Michigan where a 47-year-old Detroit-area woman reportedly went missing in October. The Traverse City Record-Eagle reports that the family of Adrienne Quintal called Benzie County authorities about 1:30 p.m. Saturday to report finding the body in a flooded area on the family’s property near Honor. An autopsy is planned to identify the body and determine a cause of death. Quintal called a friend Oct. 17 and said she had been in a shootout with two men near the family’s cabin. Authorities found the Southfield woman’s vehicle, purse, cellphone and a gun.


Governor: Update on Flint water crisis probe to come in 2020

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says an update is expected at the start of 2020 regarding a criminal investigation into the Flint water crisis that was one of the worst man-made environmental disasters in U.S. history. Whitmer said Tuesday that she trusts Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel “to do the right thing” in the city’s water crisis probe. Flint faced a health emergency after lead from old pipes leached into drinking water in 2014 and 2015. It was due to a lack of corrosion-control treatment following a change in the water source while the financially strapped city was under state emergency management. 


Wayne County closes on sale of former horse racing site

HURON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Wayne County has closed on the sale of a former horse racing track southwest of Detroit for $4.9 million. The county says plans for the Pinnacle Aeropark property in Huron Township call for two warehouse or storage-type buildings that will total more than 600,000 square feet. The Wayne County Commission approved the sale Oct. 3. HS Commerce 275 has agreed to invest $40 million into the property within five years. The site includes the foreclosed 300-acre race course site and 350 acres of county-owned land.


Grant to help upgrade technology in Detroit’s public schools

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Public Schools Community District is receiving a $5.9 million grant to help upgrade outdated or non-existent technology infrastructure. The district says the grant from the philanthropic Ballmer Group will support the continued development of a data system designed to make student performance information available to school building leaders, teachers, parents and students. Users will have online access to instructional materials and data. Staff, district partners and outside mentors seeking to access student data must be cleared for privacy protections. The 50,000-student district says staff will use the system for professional development and workflow to improve department and school level systems and processes.


Cleanup continues after chemical leaks onto freeway

MADISON HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) — Environmental crews continued cleanup efforts around a suburban Detroit freeway and in a shuttered industrial firm after a chemical seeped onto the roadway. The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy said Saturday workers finished vacuuming sewers and working inside Madison Heights-based Electro-Plating Services. The chemical oozed from the building’s basement on Friday, entered an Interstate 696 storm sewer and a sewer clean-out between the business and the freeway’s service drive. Officials say the liquid was identified as water contaminated with a chemical used in textile dyes and other products. They add it poses public danger. Last month, the company was fined $1.5 million and its owner received one year in prison for illegally storing hazardous waste.


Michigan lawmakers propose protections for whistleblowers

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan lawmakers across the aisle want to pass more protections for whistleblowers who risk losing their jobs for reporting wrongdoing. Their efforts, however, could face pushback from the state’s Democratic governor who has argued similar proposals are unconstitutional. The Detroit News reports Democratic state Sen. Jeff Irwin and Republican state Sen. Tom Barrett sponsored bills that would offer extra protections for whistleblowers. Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer vetoed similar measures this year, saying they were unconstitutional. Barrett has noted a separate law can resolve the constitutional concerns. 


License suspended for ex-judge who pleaded guilty to perjury

The law license of a former southeastern Michigan judge who pleaded guilty to lying under oath has been suspended. The Detroit News reports Friday the Attorney Discipline Board says the suspension of ex-Livingston County judge Theresa Brennan was effective Dec. 3. That’s the day she was convicted of perjury. Brennan was a judge for 14 years before she was removed in June by the Michigan Supreme Court. Brennan was accused of lying during a deposition about erasing data from her iPhone shortly after her husband filed for divorce in 2016. She will get her sentence on Jan. 17. 


Federal Judge Avern Cohn hanging up robe after 40 years

DETROIT (AP) — A 95-year-old Detroit federal judge will stop hearing cases after 40 years on the bench. Avern Cohn says he doesn’t believe in mandatory retirement, but he says he knows when it’s time to let the work “be borne by younger persons.” Cohn won’t be in a courtroom, but he’ll still be around the courthouse in downtown Detroit. He was a lawyer in private practice when President Jimmy Carter appointed him to federal court in 1979.


Lansing nonprofit spiffs up, gives away nearly used 50 bikes

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Lansing nonprofit has distributed nearly 50 bicycles to children after a dozen volunteers spent several weeks cleaning and repairing them. The Lansing Bike Co-op gave away the bikes last weekend on a first-come, first-served basis. The Lansing State Journal reports there were no eligibility requirements but the co-op teaches cyclists, many financially struggling, how to keep bikes in good working order. Jennifer Carson came for four bikes for her children, ranging from 2 to 13. She says three of them had bikes stolen a couple years ago, and these will be the first since then. Co-op President Aaron Fields says a bike is “an essential part of childhood.”