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July 24, 2021 - 6:19 PM

MAN SHOT-DETROIT POLICE

Police: Man wounded after firing shot at undercover officers

DETROIT (AP) — Undercover officers targeting illegal street racing have wounded a man who fired a shot at them on the city’s eastside. The shooting occurred late Friday night after the man’s vehicle nearly struck the officers’ unmarked vehicle. Detroit police say Saturday that the officers followed the vehicle, but before a marked police car arrived to assist, the vehicle stopped and the man exited with a gun. The officers identified themselves as police and told the man to drop the weapon. The police department said he shot at them and they returned fire. He was treated at a hospital and later taken to a police detention center. No officers were wounded.

BARBERSHOP CHALLENGE-DETROIT

Empowering Black men focus of barbershop competition

DETROIT (AP) — Community-focused barbershops in the Detroit area can compete for a $10,000 grant as part of program designed to educate and empower African American men. Applications are being accepted through Aug. 9 from state-certified barbershop owners for the Ford Men of Courage Barbershop Challenge. Barbershop owners are asked to submit innovative community proposals designed to stimulate positive social economic mobility in their community. Up to three finalists will compete over a six-month period by developing community engagement programming for adults and youth. The challenge is part of the Ford Men of Courage initiative aimed at building communities by advancing the narrative of Black men through storytelling, educational events and other programs.

NOOSE-MICHIGAN HOME

Michigan resident says noose in window meant for politicians

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A white man in western Michigan says a noose he placed in a window was a statement against corrupt politicians and had nothing to do with race. WOOD-TV reports Friday that someone took a photo of the noose in a second-floor window at Greg Kazemier’s Grand Rapids home and posted it Thursday on social media The 59-year-old Kazemier tells the television station that his ire is aimed at elected officials in Washington. A hangman’s noose is symbolic of the lynching of Blacks, mostly in southern states, and stretches back to the nation’s slavery past and Jim Crow era. It mostly is used now in efforts to intimidate and instill fear.

VINTAGE BASEBALL GAME

Vintage game at Fort Mackinac pays homage to 'base ball'

MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. (AP) — Players paying homage to how baseball once was played are expected to take the field behind historic Fort Mackinac on Mackinac Island. The Fort Mackinac Never Sweats will take on the Rochester Grangers Saturday evening in the annual vintage “base ball” game which will be played barehanded and by gentlemen’s rules. Mackinac State Historic Parks says soldiers at the fort used the field as far back as the 1870s, and local residents and summer workers played baseball at the “fort ball grounds” throughout the 20th century. Mackinac State Historic Parks Director Emeritus Phil Porter says the fort's soldiers played “base ball” on the field. The vintage game got its start in 2003.

NEGRO LEAGUE STADIUM-RENOVATIONS

Renovations scheduled for former Negro League stadium

HAMTRAMCK, Mich. (AP) — A ballpark that once was home to the Negro League’s Detroit Stars will undergo renovations. Wayne County commissioners have approved an $850,000 grant proposal from County Executive Warren Evans for work on Historic Hamtramck Stadium. Hamtramck is an enclave of Detroit. The $2.6 million restoration project also is being funded by various foundations and other groups. Renovations are expected to start this summer and will include a new roof above the stadium’s grandstand and restored seating. The work is expected to be completed by the end of the year. The county says Hamtramck Stadium opened in 1930. The Stars were among three Negro Leagues teams to play at the ball park.

BALLOTS-BENGALI

Detroit-area city will provide ballots in Bengali language

HAMTRAMCK, Mich. (AP) — A small, diverse Detroit-area community has agreed to provide election ballots in the Bengali language. A federal judge signed off on a settlement between Hamtramck and lawyers who represent a woman who speaks Bengali but has limited English skills. The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund says it sued after Hamtramck failed to honor requests for voter assistance, which is required under federal law. The agreement says Hamtramck will translate ballots in Bengali, assign bilingual speakers as poll workers and form a Bengali language advisory group. Hamtramck has a significant number of residents from Bangladesh.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-MICHIGAN

Michigan COVID-19 infections double in 2 weeks

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan is reporting an average of 431 new daily COVID-19 infections over three days, up 47% from the same period a week earlier. Cases have gone up in all but one state over the past two weeks, which health officials nationally have attributed to the fast-spreading delta variant. Michigan’s seven-day average, 332, is double what is was two weeks ago. Its two-week case rate, however, is better than in all but four states. Just 256 adults were hospitalized with confirmed infections, a fraction of the peak of more than 4,000 in April.

LAWMAKER-DRUNKEN DRIVING

State lawmaker gets 15 days in jail for drunken driving

GRAND RAPIDS TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A state lawmaker from the Grand Rapids area has been sentenced to 15 days in jail for drunken driving. Republican Rep. Bryan Posthumus expressed remorse and says he hasn’t had a drink since he rolled his vehicle in April in Ada Township. He says he'll repay his state salary for the 15 days in jail. Posthumus says he let his family and constituents down. Judge Jeff O’Hara noted that Posthumus had a similar case in 2013. Posthumus’ family is well-known in government and politics: His father, Dick, was a state senator and lieutenant governor, and his sister is the Kent County clerk.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-BONUSES

Congressman: Federal virus aid wasn't for elected officials

CORUNNA, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan congressman is criticizing COVID-19 bonuses awarded to commissioners and other elected officials in Shiawassee County. U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee says American Rescue Plan dollars were intended to help frontline workers and families impacted by the pandemic. Kildee was reacting to news that Republican county commissioners last week signed off on more than $500,000 in “hazard pay” for dozens of county employees. What’s unusual is that commissioners rewarded themselves and other elected officials. The county board chairman and sheriff each got $25,000, along with the county administrator. The prosecutor and county clerk each received $12,500. A lawsuit was filed Thursday to try to rescind some of the bonuses.

MICHIGAN PIPELINE-ANCHOR

Enbridge: Anchor in Straits of Mackinac will be recovered

ST. IGNACE, Mich. (AP) — Enbridge Energy says an anchor will be recovered from the bottom of the Straits of Mackinac after it became detached from a cable during maintenance of an oil pipeline. The incident involved an Enbridge contractor. Enbridge says there was no risk to Line 5. The pipeline crosses the bottom of the straits connecting Lake Huron and Lake Michigan. Enbridge wants to build a tunnel in the water to house the pipeline. It has a permit from the state but needs approval from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Critics want the pipeline shut down, saying the lakes are at risk.

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