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VIRUS OUTBREAK-MICHIGAN STATE

Michigan State says most classes will be online in the fall

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State University’s president says the school is going online for the fall and is encouraging students to stay home as schools across the nation struggle to control coronavirus outbreaks. Remote learning for students is scheduled to begin Sept. 2. President Samuel L. Stanley said in a news release Tuesday that the measures are necessary because “it is unlikely we can prevent widespread transmission of COVID-19 between students if our undergraduates return to campus.” The school says plans for the colleges of Law, Human Medicine, Nursing, Osteopathic Medicine, Veterinary Medicine and all graduate programs will be announced later.

POSTAL SERVICE-LAWSUIT

Michigan joining lawsuit to challenge post office changes

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The state of Michigan is joining other states in suing the U.S. Postal Service over service changes. Attorney General Dana Nessel says a lawsuit was is the works Tuesday in federal court in Washington state. But Postmaster General Louis DeJoy also says he’s suspending certain changes until after the fall election. DeJoy is pledging to deliver election mail on time. Nessel and attorneys general in other states say significant changes must face a public comment period and go to the Postal Regulatory Commission.

LANSING FIRE CHIEF-RESIGNATION

Lansing fire chief resigns after racial discrimination suit

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Lansing’s fire chief has resigned after 16 months in the position and just days after a racial discrimination lawsuit was filed by multiple current and former Black city employees. According to the Lansing State Journal, Michael Mackey formally gave his notice via email on Friday and said his resignation was unrelated to the lawsuit that was filed last week Wednesday. In his resignation email provided by the city, Mackey says he is leaving for personal reasons and to pursue other professional opportunities. The city has not yet released information about who might lead the department on an interim basis until a permanent replacement is found. 

AP-US-HANDCUFFED CHILD

Flint, business group settle lawsuit over boy’s handcuffing

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan city and a business group have agreed to pay $40,000 to settle a lawsuit over the handcuffing of a 7-year-old boy at an after-school program. The Flint boy, who has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, had kicked a cart and was running on bleachers when police were called. His hands were cuffed behind his back and remained that way for more than an hour because the officer didn’t have a key. The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan, which sued on behalf of the boy and his mother, said Tuesday that going forward, physical restraints will be used only as a last resort and that Flint police officers will be encouraged to not get involved in school disciplinary issues.

OBIT-BASHARA

‘Master Bob’ Bashara dies; convicted in wife’s 2012 death

WHITMORE LAKE, Mich. (AP) — Robert Bashara, a Detroit-area man known as “Master Bob,” has died. Bashara was a former Rotary Club president in suburban Detroit who was convicted of arranging his wife’s murder in 2012. The 62-year-old was serving a life sentence. The Corrections Department says Bashara died Monday at a hospital. No other details were revealed. Bashara was accused of hiring a handyman to kill Jane Bashara so he could devote more time to cavorting with other women who shared his desire for sexual bondage and domination. Jane Bashara was strangled in their garage in Grosse Pointe Park.

FOOTBALL-HOME SCHOOL TEAM

Michigan home-schooled football team will play fall ball

GRANDVILLE, Mich. (AP) — The football season still is alive for a group of home-schooled teenagers in western Michigan. The Grand Valley Christian Patriots will open the season in Franklin, Ohio, on Aug. 29. The team isn’t part of the Michigan High School Athletic Association, which stopped the fall season because of the coronavirus. The team has 32 home-schooled players who live in the Grand Rapids region. The Patriots play home games at Grandville Middle School. Their opponents are in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Washtenaw County. Patriots coach Brian Shafer says the team regularly performs health screening. 

STOLEN GUNS

Man arrested in theft of guns from outdoors sports shop

BROWN CITY, Mich. (AP) — A man has been arrested in connection with the theft of more than 24 firearms from a Lapeer County outdoors sports shop. The man’s name was not released. The Lapeer County sheriff’s office says he faces federal charges. Detectives believe three men broke into the store late last week in Brown City, 73 miles north of Detroit. The Detroit News reports Tuesday that sheriff’s deputies and agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives recovered 22 of the stolen guns after a search warrant was executed in Saginaw. Burglary tools and a weapon taken months earlier from a supermarket in Sanilac County’s Marlette also were recovered during the search in Saginaw.

ROBOCALLS-DAMAGES UPHELD

Federal judge upholds $925M damages verdict in robocall case

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A federal judge has upheld a $925 million damages award in a class-action case against a Michigan-based marketing company that a jury in Portland, Oregon, found had conducted unlawful telemarketing practices. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports ViSalus Inc. placed nearly 2 million recorded robocalls to potential customers across the country offering deals on weight-loss products, dietary supplements and energy drinks. An Oregon woman who had once been a promoter for the company brought the suit, arguing the outfit’s prerecorded calls violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. ViSalus did not immediately return an email seeking comment.

ELECTION 2020-BIDEN-WHITMER

Whitmer on veepstakes: Being governor is ‘my dream job’

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says she was “thrilled” when Joe Biden chose Kamala Harris as his running mate, and her decision to be vetted for the job will benefit Michigan if he’s elected president. She told The Associated Press she gets to keep her “dream job” as governor. Whitmer was on Biden’s short list and flew to Delaware to meet with him. She confirmed an AP report that she asked to no longer be considered earlier in the process. She says Biden asked her to think about it and she decided it was a “true honor” to stay in the mix.

ELECTION 2020-DNC-WHITMER

Whitmer touts Biden for auto rescue, rips Trump on virus

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has touted Joe Biden’s work to rescue the auto industry and says he would rally the country to fight the coronavirus and not deny it like President Donald Trump has. The governor spoke on the opening night of Democrats’ virtual nominating convention Monday. She addressed a national audience from a United Auto Workers hall in Lansing. Whitmer reminded viewers of the country’s last economic crisis — the Great Recession — and credited Biden for helping save the auto sector with a federal bailout. She says Biden will use science to lead the U.S. out of the pandemic.