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BROWNFIELD GRANT-OAK PARK

Brownfield grant to help revitalize vacant broadcast station

OAK PARK, Mich. (AP) — A grant will allow a vacant suburban Detroit building to be redeveloped as a restaurant.

Michigan’s Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) says Oak Park was awarded the $600,000 brownfield redevelopment grant for work on the former WWJ Broadcast Station.

The state says a transformer in the basement exploded during a flood and power outage in 2014. Basement concrete was contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyls, also called PCBs. Water pumped outside the building also contaminated some surrounding soil.

Contaminated materials in and around the 83-year-old building will be removed.

The owners of two Detroit-area restaurants are planning to repurpose the building while retaining its Art Deco features. The $4 million redevelopment is expected to create 100 new jobs.

EGLE grants and loans pay for environmental investigation and brownfields cleanup.

MIRACLE HOUSE

‘Miracle house’ in Ohio draws pilgrims amid sainthood push

CANTON, Ohio (AP) — Eighty years after Rhoda Wise first claimed she was a receiver of Christian miracles, people are still visiting her Ohio home to see for themselves.

Busloads of the faithful and curious come to Wise’s home in Canton, Ohio, to see the room where it is believed she was cured of a terminal illness and regularly was visited by Jesus Christ.

The small wood-frame house is an unlikely Roman Catholic shrine nestled in a frayed neighborhood next to a nine-hole golf course. But every year it attracts visitors from all over the world.

Visitor numbers are getting a boost this summer thanks to the local Roman Catholic diocese formally petitioning the Vatican to have Wise declared a saint.

Wise died in 1948 at age 60.

SEAPLANE HITS BOATS

Seaplane on Detroit-area lake his boats

WEST BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A seaplane has hit two boats at a lake in the Detroit area, though no serious injuries were reported.

The Detroit News reports that a single-engine Piper PA-18 had just touched down on Orchard Lake late Saturday afternoon when it struck the boats.

The Oakland County Sheriff’s Office says two people were aboard the plane as it landed on the lake in West Bloomfield Township.

The Detroit News says the West Bloomfield Police Department declined to provide additional details on Sunday. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating.

LAWRENCE TECH-ESPORTS

Lawrence Tech turns former meeting room into esports arena

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (AP) — A university in suburban Detroit has turned a former meeting room into a high-tech haven for video game players.

Lawrence Technological University says the new LTU eSports arena in Southfield features 12 computers with monitors; a coach’s station; and a large TV for spectators to watch and for players to go over replays after a competition.

The school’s arena was developed by the Southfield school and Yellow Flag Productions, a Southfield-based media company that produces shows including a weekly program on Michigan high school sports. Lawrence Tech also hosts an annual esports tournament for high school teams.

Dean of Students Kevin Finn says in a statement that esports offer “an opportunity for a student to represent their university, wear the school colors and compete in high-level competitions.”

DRIVER-NARCAN SHOTS

Driver revived after 4 overdose-reversal shots

(Information from: Detroit Free Press, http://www.freep.com)

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan State Police say troopers had to give a driver in the Detroit area four doses of an overdose-reversal drug to revive him after he purportedly ingested heroin on his way home.

The Detroit Free Press cites state police as saying troopers responded to calls of a wrong-way driver and possible accident in Taylor on Saturday afternoon.

The report says troopers found the man slumped over in the driver’s seat after an apparent overdose. He took a gasp of air after a third shot of Narcan and awoke after the fourth.

The report says that the driver, who wasn’t identified, later explained that he’d bought four packets of heroin and consumed one. The report didn’t say if the man was facing possible charges.

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PREGNANT WOMAN-PRISON

No more prison time for woman who gave birth in custody

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A northern Michigan woman who was sentenced to prison because a judge believed she would use drugs while pregnant won’t face additional time behind bars.

Samantha Hughes appeared in court Friday for a new sentence for a probation violation, weeks after the state appeals court released her from prison. The court said Grand Traverse County Judge Thomas Power showed “extreme bias” in locking her up last December.

Power said he was concerned that Hughes would use drugs while pregnant. She gave birth while in custody in July.

The Traverse City Record-Eagle reports that a different judge, Kevin Elsenheimer, sentenced Hughes to time served. He also waived many fines so she could support her children.

Hughes says she’s grateful to be back with them.

DENTISTS OR THERAPISTS

Backers of rural dental care find something to smile about

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Dozens of countries use dental therapists to bring basic dental care to remote areas, often tribal reservations.

But in the U.S., dentists and their powerful lobby have battled legislatures for years on the drive to allow therapists, who perform basic procedures and leave the more complex work to dentists.

The tide is starting to turn, though.

Several states have recently passed laws authorizing dental therapists. Among them are Vermont and Connecticut.

Some states won the support of dentists after bills required higher levels of education that are still less than what a dentist requires.

But the states looking to allow therapists must also find ways to train them. Only two states, Alaska and Minnesota, have educational programs.

Some lawmakers in Maine are optimistic about Vermont’s efforts to set up a dental therapy program with distance-learning options.

SKYDIVING ACCIDENT-MICHIGAN

Skydiver dies in Michigan from accident during landing

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a 33-year-old skydiver has been killed in Michigan when he abruptly fell after trying to avoid colliding with another jumper near the landing.

The unidentified man was jumping Saturday afternoon during the “Dink Dink Boogie” event at Grand Haven Memorial Airpark.

A witness said the skydiver appeared to make a sudden turn to avoid another jumper and fell. Scott Braginton told mlive.com he knew the injuries would be severe because “he hit the ground hard.”

Grand Haven Department of Public Safety Sgt. Lee Adams told the Grand Haven Tribune that police were interviewing witnesses to determine exactly what happened.

The event through Sunday drew more than 200 skydivers and was expected to resume after police complete their investigation.

Grand Haven is 34 miles (55 kilometers) west of Grand Rapids along Lake Michigan.

COMMENCEMENT FLAP

U of M-Dearborn reverses self on no winter commencement

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — The University of Michigan-Dearborn has reversed its decision to cancel its December commencement this year after students protested.

Provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs Catherine Davy announced the cancellation Friday in favor of a single spring ceremony but reversed herself Saturday after emails and social media posts protesting the move by some of the campus’s 7,000 students.

Davy apologized in a Facebook post for waiting too long to make the single-commencement announcement. She said, “Some students shared stories of hardships related to timing of the decision to eliminate the December commencement.”

Davy now says the winter ceremony will be eliminated starting in 2021. She says the combined commencement will be held at the Crisler Center in Ann Arbor to accommodate the size of the graduating class and family members.

BEACHES CLOSED-SPILL

Steel mill sorry for spill that killed fish, closed beaches

PORTAGE, Ind. (AP) — A steel company has apologized for a spill of cyanide and ammonia that led to a fish kill and prompted the closure of beaches along Lake Michigan.

ArcelorMittal issued a statement Friday night saying it “apologizes and accepts responsibility for the incident from the Burns Harbor facility.”

The National Park Service closed the Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk beach areas at Indiana Dunes National Park. The nearby city of Ogden Dunes also closed its beach. The fish kill occurred near a yacht club and marina in Portage, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) east of Chicago

ArcelorMittal said the spill resulted after its Burns Harbor mill “experienced a failure at the blast furnace water recirculation system.” It said, “The recirculating system has been repaired and normal operations have resumed.”