Michigan News Digest

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TOP STORY:

AMERICA DISRUPTED

SAGINAW, Mich. — It was difficult to celebrate America in Saginaw this year. The deadly coronavirus had torn through the county. Unemployment had surged five-fold. Weeks of protest over racial inequality left many debating what should be hallowed and what must be changed. But Tom Roy had given it his best. As the head of the July Fourth fireworks board, he struggled to save the display of red-rocketed flares and bursting peonies, fruitlessly seeking a venue that felt safe from the sickness. He couldn’t do it. So Saginaw canceled its festivities, upsetting many of Roy’s neighbors who lost an opportunity to unify a bitterly divided community for one night. The dark skies over this mid-Michigan city were a plaintive marker of a nation utterly disrupted in a matter of months. By Josh Boak and Kat Stafford. SENT: 2,500 words, photos, video. NOTE CONTENTS: This story was originally published on July 7. It is being republished as part of the America Disrupted series.

GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:

COURT COSTS

DETROIT — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signs a law that forces criminal defendants, mostly poor people, to continue to pay millions of dollars to keep the lights on in local courts, along with other operating costs. The extension will last two years while key officials consider ways to overhaul how courts are financed. The bill had little opposition in the Legislature and was strongy supported by local governments starved for cash. By Ed White. SENT: 320 words.

ELECTION 2020-TRUMP-BIG TEN

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump was quick to spike the ball in celebration when the Big Ten announced the return of fall football at colleges clustered in some of the Midwest battleground states critical to his reelection effort, declaring, “I’m the one who got football back.” But his efforts to reverse last month’s decision to postpone fall sports in the conference because of the novel coronavirus were far from the only factor that led officials to change course. By Aamer Madhani. SENT: 925 words, photos.

BARR-SLAVERY

WASHINGTON — Attorney General William Barr drew sharp condemnation Thursday for comparing lockdown orders during the coronavirus pandemic to slavery. In remarks Wednesday night at Hillsdale College in Michigan, Barr had called the lockdown orders the “greatest intrusion on civil liberties in American history” since slavery. By Eric Tucker. SENT: 180 words.

MICHIGAN CAPITOL-GUNS

LANSING, Mich. — A 2nd Amendment rally is held in Lansing. Rally is from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. On merits.

AROUND THE STATE:

FATAL STABBING-MEIJER STORE

ADRIAN, Mich. — An 85-year-old man was stabbed to death inside a southern Michigan supermarket, but his attacker was unable to flee because a woman who witnessed the attack held him at gunpoint until the police arrived. The victim was stabbed multiple times in the head and neck Wednesday afternoon at a Meijer store in Adrian, The Daily Telegram of Adrian reported. He died at the scene. SENT: 250 words.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-MICHIGAN

DETROIT — The latest on the coronavirus pandemic in Michigan. On merits.

BUSINESS:

— FORD-ELECTRIC PICKUP: Ford says it will add 300 jobs at a new factory that’s being built to assemble batteries and manufacture an electric version of the F-150 pickup truck.

IN BRIEF:

— DEPUTY SHOT-MICHIGAN: A man accused of shooting a Michigan sheriff’s deputy killed himself inside his home, ending an hourslong standoff with police, authorities said.

— VIRUS OUTBEAK-CAMPUS STRIKE: Graduate students who teach at the University of Michigan returned to classes Thursday after voting to end a strike.

— INDIANA PILEUP: A Michigan couple and an Indiana man have been identified as the three people killed in a seven-vehicle pileup on a northeastern Indiana highway, police said Thursday.

SPORTS:

FBN–LIONS-PACKERS PREVIEW

GREEN BAY, Wis. — The last two games between the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions exemplified the biggest difference between these two teams. Green Bay has an uncanny ability to win close games. Detroit keeps finding new ways to lose them. The Packers and Lions meet again Sunday in Green Bay’s home opener. By Steve Megargee. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos.

FBN–PACKERS-ADAMS & RODGERS

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers says wide receiver Davante Adams possessed “real confidence” from the start of his career. Rodgers said he can distinguish which people have real confidence rather than false bravado by how they respond to adversity. That confidence has helped Adams collect an NFL-leading 42 touchdown receptions since 2016. By Steve Megargee. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos.

BBA–INDIANS-TIGERS

DETROIT — Cleveland ace Shane Bieber faces Detroit rookie Casey Mize. By Baseball Writer Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.

FBC–VIRUS OUTBREAK-BIG TEN-PREP

INDIANAPOLIS — Now that the Big Ten has a rescheduled kickoff weekend, coaches and players can start the sprint to opening day. Expect a wild ride. By Michael Marot. SENT: 930 words, photos.

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