UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN – SEXUAL ASSAULT
Ex-athlete pledges to keep protest against sexual abuse at University of Michigan
Jon Vaughn’s small blue and white RV has been parked outside the University of Michigan president’s house since early October, and he says it won’t be moving anytime soon. The 51-year-old former star running back is one of more than 1,000 students who say they were sexually abused by the university’s late sports doctor, Robert Anderson, for more than three decades. The school recently announced a $490 million settlement with the alleged victims. But Vaughn says he still wants answers and the camper isn’t moving until he gets them.
With Roe in Doubt, States Act on Abortion Limits and Expansions
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — State-by-state battles over the future of abortion are unfolding around the United States. Republican lawmakers are proposing new restrictions based on Texas and Mississippi laws and some Democratic-led states are working to preserve access. Activity in state legislatures was anticipated after the United States Supreme Court signaled that it was prepared to make seismic changes to the national abortion law established in Roe v. Wade of 1973. If the court completely overturns Roe v. Wade, the decision of whether or not to keep abortion legal would be up to the states. More than 20 states already have laws in place that would quickly ban or severely restrict abortion. Meanwhile, 15 states have taken steps to protect access to abortion.
MSU police: Private investigator’s whistleblower led divers to body
EAST LANSING, Michigan (AP) – Michigan State University police say a private investigator working with the family of a missing young man first alerted them to what is believed to be the youth’s body in a river. MSU police said Friday that a tip from private investigator Ryan Robison led to divers recovering what is believed to be the body of 18-year-old Brendan Santo from the Red Cedar River. Santo was last seen Oct. 29 while visiting campus before a football game between MSU and Michigan. MSU police say Robison saw an object in underwater video submerged in a traffic jam that he ‘strongly suspected’ was Santo’s body, then notified the Santo family before calling 911 .
State wins prejudice trial at women’s prison
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A jury has ruled in favor of the state Department of Corrections in a lawsuit over job opportunities for male officers at Michigan’s only women’s prison. The men filed a complaint in 2011, claiming to be victims of discrimination. They said they had been denied certain jobs at Huron Valley Jail in response to sexual assaults by others several years earlier. Officers were seeking millions of dollars in overtime and other lost compensation. But the trial ended Friday in Washtenaw County with a unanimous jury verdict for the state. Director Heidi Washington said the jury understood some actions were “reasonable and justified”.
CARGO SHIPMATE DIES
Michigan man dies in crash on freighter along northwest Indiana
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan man who was a freighter shipmate died in an accident aboard a 1,000-foot freighter along the northwest shore of Lake Michigan in the Indiana. WWTV-TV reports that Richard Gray, 35, of Traverse City, died Monday following the accident on the freighter Walter J. McCarthy along the shore of Lake Gary, Indiana. Details of the accident were not available, but the boatnerd.com website reports that Gray was the second mate of the freighter American Steamship Co., which was anchored off Gary and preparing to enter and unload at the moment of Gray’s “tragic accident”. accident.” Gray was a graduate of the Great Lakes Maritime Academy. He was married with three children.
Abuse victims find inequity in payments to 2 Michigan schools
Two former University of Michigan football stars who are set to receive up to $500,000 each through the school’s sexual abuse settlement with more than 1,000 students say payouts per victim should be much higher. They point to a similar case in rival state Michigan, also involving a sports doctor. Dwight Hicks and Jon Vaughn, both former NFL players, told The Associated Press that the $490 million settlement announced by the Ann Arbor school this week is another example of black victims receiving less than white victims in large payments. A lawyer says the majority of claimants are black men. A settlement in the state of Michigan resulted in average payouts of $1.2 million to mostly white women and girls.
Police find body of missing student who was visiting MSU
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A nearly three-month search for a young man who was visiting Michigan State University has ended. A body was found Friday in the Red Cedar River. Police believe the person is 18-year-old Brendan Santo, who was last seen leaving a residence on October 29. Santo was a student at Grand Valley State University. Police say the body was found 1 1/2 miles from where Santo was last seen. He disappeared on the eve of a big football game between Michigan State and Michigan.
Redistricting of Michigan
Republicans file lawsuit to block Michigan’s new congressional map
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Republicans in Michigan have filed a lawsuit to block Congress’s new map of the state, saying it’s constitutionally flawed because of population gaps, too much splitting of municipal lines and the division of “communities of interest”. The lawsuit was filed Thursday in federal court. He alleges that a commission that drew the map arbitrarily and inconsistently applied redistricting criteria in the state constitution. He argues that counties are “Michigan’s true communities of interest” and proposes a new map that would leave more counties untouched and increase compactness. This is the second lawsuit challenging the US House card. The first was brought by black officials from the Detroit area.
State fears confusion over COVID ruling at ‘perilous time’
DETROIT (AP) — The Michigan Department of Health is concerned the public may be confused by the impact of a court ruling in a COVID-19 dispute. An Otsego County judge last week overturned a fine against a Gaylord restaurant that defied orders and continued to serve indoor diners in 2020. The judge said part of a law on the Public Health used to ban indoor dining at the time was unconstitutional. The Health Department wants Judge Colin Hunter to suspend his ruling or at least publicly clarify the impact. The decision is limited to the Gaylord area. But the state fears this will cause confusion and resistance to its pending orders across the state.
Judge apologizes for wishing jail on man with weedy yard
HAMTRAMCK, Mich. (AP) — A Detroit-area judge has apologized for wishing she could send a 72-year-old immigrant with cancer to jail for unhealthy property. Alexis Krot is a judge at the district court of Hamtramck. Krot says she acted “intemperately” on January 10 and is “very embarrassed.” Krot had ordered Burhan Chowdhury to pay $100 for failing to tame weeds and other vegetation at the back of his property. The judge’s apology this week followed a TV report on the case and criticism of her treatment of the man. Chowdhury, from Bangladesh, said he was weakened by cancer. A son says he helps his father with the yard but was out of the country at the time.
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