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Health officer 'broken' after threats tied to mask order

Sep. 21, 2021 22:30 PM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — The public health officer in the Grand Rapids area said he's a victim of “brute mob hatred” after ordering masks in schools in Kent County to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Adam London told county commissioners that a woman tried to run...

Judge sets March trial for 5 men in Michigan governor plot

Sep. 20, 2021 20:26 PM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A judge set a March 8 trial for five men accused of planning to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. U.S. District Judge Robert Jonker set the new date Monday after defense lawyers seeking more time to prepare asked him to postpone an...

October trial postponed for 5 men in Michigan governor plot

Sep. 17, 2021 14:25 PM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A federal judge on Friday said he would postpone the Oct. 12 trial of five men accused of planning to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. A new date wasn't immediately set, but U.S. District Judge Robert Jonker suggested the trial might get...

Lawsuit seeks $1M after Michigan teacher cuts girl's hair

Sep. 16, 2021 16:12 PM EDT

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (AP) — The father of a 7-year-old Michigan girl whose hair was cut by a teacher without her parents’ permission has filed a $1 million lawsuit against the school district, a librarian and a teacher's assistant. The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in...

Mid-Michigan city clears way to house teens from US border

Sep. 15, 2021 11:56 AM EDT

ALMA, Mich. (AP) — Officials in a mid-Michigan city granted a request to house migrant boys in a former nursing home, rejecting the recommendation of the planning commission and upsetting opponents who had criticized the proposal during tense summer meetings. The Alma...

US doesn't object to trial delay in Whitmer kidnapping case

Sep. 15, 2021 11:54 AM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Federal prosecutors are not objecting to a delay in the fall trial of five men accused of planning to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. The government said it wouldn't be harmed by a postponement, noting that it hasn't made significant payments...

Editorial Roundup: Michigan

Sep. 13, 2021 09:04 AM EDT

Detroit News. Sept. 7, 2021. Editorial: Grand Rapids fingerprinting policy violates privacy The Constitution explicitly protects Americans from unreasonable search and seizure, yet it seems the Grand Rapids Police Department infringed on residents’...

5 men accused of Whitmer kidnapping plot want to delay trial

Sep. 09, 2021 16:04 PM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Five men accused of planning to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer last year because of her COVID-19 restrictions want to postpone their October trial until 2022. Attorneys said in a court filing that they're still plowing through hours of audio...

Research group to pay $1.1M to settle probe of ties to China

Sep. 02, 2021 15:49 PM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A biomedical research center in Grand Rapids has agreed to pay $1.1 million to settle a federal investigation that began when authorities in 2020 discovered research samples in the luggage of a Chinese scientist arriving at the Detroit airport. ...

Bad batteries, illness, no power: School year starts rocky

Sep. 01, 2021 10:15 AM EDT

BALDWIN, Mich. (AP) — The school year is off to a slow start in a western Michigan district due to power outages, faulty batteries and students with flu-like symptoms. The Baldwin district, 70 miles north of Grand Rapids in Lake County, called off classes for Wednesday...