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APNEWSALERT

Roman Catholic Masses in Detroit, southeastern Michigan suspended until April 6

DETROIT (AP) — Roman Catholic Masses in Detroit, southeastern Michigan suspended until April 6.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-MICHIGAN

Michigan governor bans gatherings of more than 250

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has ordered the cancellation or postponement of all events and assemblies of more than 250 people to combat the spread of the coronavirus. The order is set to take effect at 5 p.m. Friday and end April 5. It exempts industrial work, mass transit and the purchase of groceries or consumer goods. Michigan also ceased in-person visits to state prisoners. The University of Michigan canceled all spring commencement activities. All public and private K-12 schools will be closed for three weeks starting Monday. Michigan has 16 cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-SCHOOL MEALS

Schools scramble to feed students after coronavirus closures

ELK GROVE, Calif. (AP) — Millions of students across the U.S. may go without free lunches and breakfasts they receive at schools, as more districts decide to close due to the coronavirus. Many schools are rushing to arrange grab-and-go lunch bags or set up delivery routes so America’s poorest children don’t go hungry while classes are out of session. The outbreak has already temporarily closed schools in states including Ohio, Maryland, Michigan, Virginia, Oregon and New Mexico. Cities including Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Houston, Seattle, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., also announced public schools would shut down. Meanwhile, Congress may take action to waive regulations nationwide to make it easier for school meals to be distributed at more sites.

APNEWSALERT

University of Michigan cancels all spring graduation activities to curb spread of virus

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — University of Michigan cancels all spring graduation activities to curb spread of virus.

LONG DISTANCE DOG

Simba’s going home: Florida dog found way up in Michigan

MOUNT MORRIS TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A dog from Florida that was missing for more than two months has been found 1,400 miles away in Michigan. Kris Gibson discovered Simba last week standing at her fence in Mount Morris Township, north of Flint. She lured him with a snack and took him to an animal clinic, which confirmed the dog’s identity through his microchip. Kassidy Gruno, a veterinary assistant at Mayfair Animal Hospital, believes the dog may have been abducted with the intent of selling him. Simba is a Canary mastiff from Miami. It’s a valuable breed.

SUPREME COURT-POLICE IMMUNITY

Supreme Court petitioned on police officers’ legal immunity

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — A public interest law firm is asking the Supreme Court to consider whether police officers and other government agents should have broad immunity from civil lawsuits. The court is expected to decide as soon as this month whether to take the cases. In one, a college student was restricted from suing officers who beat him up in a case of mistaken identity. Another involves a woman whose home was destroyed by agents looking for her ex-boyfriend. The Arlington, Virginia-based Institute for Justice says officers are hiding behind a doctrine called “qualified immunity” that allows them to violate citizens’ rights without penalty.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-MICHIGAN

Gov. Whitmer closes all Michigan schools amid COVID-19 scare

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has announced that, effective Monday, all of Michigan’s public and private schools will closed through April 5 to combat the spread of a rising number of coronavirus cases. The announcement Thursday night came as officials said 10 more cases have been confirmed in Michigan, raising the tally to 12. Officials say all the new cases are adults — three in Kent County; two in Oakland County; two from Washtenaw County; and one each from Ingham, St. Clair and Montcalm counties. Michigan’s chief medical executive says she’s concerned with the federal government’s ability to provide enough COVID-19 tests.

LEELANAU BODY

Man sentenced in slaying of woman at Michigan motel

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A northern Michigan man has been sentenced in the slaying of a woman whose body was found in a wooded area. WPBN-TV reports that a judge in Traverse City on Thursday handed down a sentence of 30 to 50 years in prison to 50-year-old Frank Supal. Supal pleaded guilty in February to second-degree murder. He and Wanda Lyons had been drinking Dec. 10 when she was killed at a Traverse City motel. Someone following drag marks on the ground found Lyons’ body the next day in a ravine near Maple City in Leelanau County, northwest of Traverse City. An autopsy revealed she was beaten, stabbed and strangled.

NCAA LAWSUIT

Ex-track athletes detail alleged sex abuse by college coach

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Three former student-athletes say they were sexually abused by a track coach and are suing the NCAA, its board of governors and a coach. They allege the NCAA didn’t do enough to protect its athletes. Erin Aldrich, Londa Bevins and Jessica Johnson are seeking class action status for the federal lawsuit filed Wednesday in California. The women say they were sexually abused by John Rembao while he worked at Texas and Arizona. They want the suit to include any NCAA student-athlete at any member school since 1992 who say they were put at risk by the inaction of the NCAA.