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POLICE SHOOTING-MICHIGAN

Detroit-area officers kill man who fatally shot police dog

ST. CLAIR SHORES, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say officers shot and killed a man who fatally shot a police dog near a banquet hall in suburban Detroit.

St. Clair Shores police responded Sunday night to a report of a man with a rifle outside of Lakeland Manor, where a gathering with about 70 people was taking place.

Police say the man allegedly ignored officers’ instructions and fled. K-9 officer Axe was sent to track the man and police say the man shot the dog with a handgun. Police say officers then fired, striking the man. The man and the police dog were taken for treatment and later pronounced dead.

The man’s name wasn’t immediately released.

Axe had been with the police department since 2016. The Macomb County sheriff’s office is investigating the circumstances of the shooting.

MICHIGAN INVESTMENT BOARD

New board to oversee Michigan’s $70B public retirement fund

(Information from: Lansing State Journal, http://www.lansingstatejournal.com)

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A newly created investment board will oversee Michigan’s $70 billion public retirement fund system.

Gov. Rick Snyder created the State of Michigan Investment Board to oversee the retirement system’s investments. Michigan’s retirement system funds pensions and retirement payments for about 570,000 retired and current public school employees, state employees, state police employees, judges and military members.

The Lansing State Journal reports that State Treasurer Nick Khouri was previously the sole fiduciary of the investment, with the help of an advisory committee.

Khouri will now chair a new five-member investment board that also includes the state budget director and three gubernatorial appointees. Snyder’s appointees were all members of the previous investment advisory committee.

Khouri says he doesn’t believe the change will have any short-term impacts on retirees or the fund.

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AP-MI-WWI-EXHIBIT-UNIVERSITY-OF-MICHIGAN

Library exhibit features letters written by WWI soldiers

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Firsthand accounts of World War I from American soldiers are part of a new exhibition at the University of Michigan’s William L. Clements Library in Ann Arbor.

Handwritten letters, death reports, postcards and photographs are on display in the library’s Avenir Foundation Reading Room until April 26, 2019.

The school says “‘Over There’ With the American Expeditionary Forces in France During the Great War” provides glimpses of the day-to-day lives, longings and horrific realities of war the soldiers experienced on the Western Front.

Clements archivist and exhibition curator Louis Miller says about two million men and women served with the American Expeditionary Forces overseas during World War I. More than 53,000 died from combat.

LAKE MACATAWA-BODY FOUND

Body found in W. Michigan lake believed to be missing man

(Information from: The Grand Rapids Press:MLive.com, http://www.mlive.com)

HOLLAND, Mich. (AP) — Police say a body found in western Michigan’s Lake Macatawa is believed to be that of a 25-year-old man who vanished in mid-October.

MLive.com reports that the body was found Saturday afternoon along the lake’s shoreline near the Holland State Park campground.

Ottawa County sheriff’s deputies say they believe the body is that of Demetrius McKnight, a Park Township man who was last seen by family members on Oct. 19.

Relatives found his car in a parking lot about four days after he went missing.

Police had conducted several searches, including searching on the lake, since McKnight was reported missing.

Authorities are urging anyone with information about McKnight to call Silent Observer at 1-877-88-SILENT.

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CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL OF MICHIGAN

Children’s Hospital completes $155M new hospital facilities

DETROIT (AP) — Children’s Hospital of Michigan has completed its new hospital facilities after nearly three years of construction.

The six-story, $155 million Detroit facility includes a family-friendly main entrance, a ground-level emergency department, as well as expanded neonatal, pediatric and cardiac intensive care units with private rooms. Included in the construction is an updated surgery department and renovated operating rooms.

Luanne Thomas Ewald, CEO of Children’s Hospital of Michigan, says in a statement that it’s a “brand new healing environment to support kids and their families.”

The existing hospital building to which the new critical care tower and lobby are attached was constructed in 1971 and was considered a state-of-the-art hospital for children.

The hospital is part of the Detroit Medical Center .

ARAB MUSEUM-EXHIBIT-AWARDS

US Arab museum launches exhibit, honors book award winners

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — The Arab American National Museum is launching an exhibition on themes of displacement and survival as it honors its annual book award winners.

The museum in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn holds the event Friday evening. It includes a gallery stroll through the exhibit entitled “The Far Shore: Navigating Homelands,” readings by poets featured in the exhibit and a presentation of the 2018 Arab American Book Awards.

Museum officials say the exhibit features five visual artists and five poets who are Arab immigrants or descendants of immigrants.

The exhibit, which features paintings, textiles and photography responding to poetry, runs through April 7.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for students and $10 for museum members.

DETROIT CHRISTMAS TREE

Norway spruce to serve as annual Detroit Christmas tree

DETROIT (AP) — A 60-foot-tall Norway spruce is coming to downtown Detroit to help kick off the Christmas holiday period.

The Downtown Detroit Partnership says the tree is expected to arrive Monday at Campus Martius Park. An event will be held from noon to 12:30 p.m.

Lineups for the annual tree lighting at Campus Martius Park and Light Up Beacon Park also will be announced. The lighting ceremonies will be held at later dates.

Students from 15 Detroit schools also have been selected to decorate and hang ornaments from a specialty tree that will be displayed at Campus Martius.

DEPORTATION SANCTUARY

Man takes refuge in Ann Arbor church to avoid deportation

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A West African man with a genetic kidney disease has taken refuge in an Ann Arbor church to avoid deportation.

Mohamed Soumah will die without regular dialysis treatments. His native Guinea lacks adequate equipment and training for proper treatment.

The 44-year-old University of Michigan employee has lived in the U.S. for 15 years, married an American woman and has two native-born children.

But they separated. And for seven years he’s had to apply for yearly work visas, which were all approved — until recently.

He was going to be deported last month, but ended up in the hospital instead.

Now he’s taken sanctuary at Ann Arbor Friends Meeting House, which is a Quaker church.

Immigrations and Customs Enforcement has a policy that generally forbids removing people from “places of worship.”

TALLER TRAVERSE CITY

Traverse City voters to decide on 100-foot-tall condo

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Traverse City voters will consider a proposal to build a 100-foot-tall condominium, following debate on how taller buildings could affect the character of the popular northern Michigan tourist destination.

Voters gained the ability in 2016 to approve or reject construction over 60 feet tall. The first project voters will consider this November is 326 Land Company’s proposed Peninsula Place.

Resident John McDonald says he feels the area’s character is being threatened and development is making the city “no longer livable.”

Company managing member Tom McIntyre says the project will be located in an area that’s allowed tall building for nearly half a century. He says Peninsula Place will be designed in a similar style to the nearby Park Place Hotel.

City Commissioners have final approval on the proposal.