Kent City names Zach Gropp as new varsity football head coach
Follow Josh VanDyke on TwitterKent City varsity football coach Zach Gropp. Zach Gropp, who has spent the past two seasons as the defensive coordinator for the Eagles, was officially named the next varsity football coach at Kent City this week. “I’m excited for the opportunity to continue the success that we have built at Kent City,” said Gropp. He spent one year as an assistant coach at Portage Central before finding a physical education and health teacher job at Kent City in 2017. Five years later, Gropp believes he’s built the necessary relationships with the student-athletes at Kent City to warrant a bigger role within the football program.mlive.com
Suspects who killed Michigan father, 93, and son, 62, tried to cover up crime by firebombing home
DETROIT – Detroit police are investigating after a 93-year-old man and his 62-year-old son were murdered in a home that was then firebombed with a Molotov cocktail. FOX 2 in Detroit reports that police responded to the house fire on Frederick Street near Grand Boulevard around 6 a.m. on Tuesday. The older man, known as Mr. Bill, was known in the area and usually “minded his own business,” according to the TV station. His son died later died from gunshot wounds at the hospital. Detroit police are urging anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers at 1- 800 - Speak Up.mlive.com
Michigan Senate passes $3.3 billion water infrastructure bill
LANSING, MI — A bill that would use billions in federal funding to address several water infrastructure issues was approved by the Michigan Senate Thursday. Senate Bill 565, sponsored by Sen. Jon Bumstead, R-Newaygo, would provide funding for water quality and dam safety concerns, wastewater facilities, PFAS contamination concerns and other water programs.mlive.com
“I Write for Katie”: How Katie Ives Climbs Mountains at ‘Alpinist’
A revered figure in modern climbing literature, Ives is known for her intense work ethic and for encouraging writers who weren’t always invited to the club. In her first book, she explores how the physical and fantastical aspects of big peaks have, for centuries, inspired human dreams.outsideonline.com
Vote delayed on Biden's $3.5T government overhaul
Democrats were unable Thursday to reach a deal to salvage President Biden’s $3.5 trillion government overhaul, forcing promised votes on a related public works bill to be called off. Democratic Senator Joe Manchin said $1.5 trillion is enough. (Oct. 1)news.yahoo.com
Hemlock coach Bill Agresta runs into Saginaw County Sports Hall of Fame
Bill Agresta is entering the Saginaw County Sports Hall of Fame as one of the top cross country coaches in the state. But Agresta was also a successful basketball and football coach at Hemlock and Saginaw St. Mary’s Cathedral. Agresta died May 31, 2020 after a legendary coaching career that began at Saginaw St. Mary’s. In three seasons as the varsity basketball coach at St. Mary’s, Agresta was 41-12. Agresta created or administered a variety of scholarships for students, including the Roger Hansen Scholarship, the Peg Munger Scholarship Fund and the Bill Agresta Hemlock Legends Fund.mlive.com
Michigan State athletic director Bill Beekman stepping down
Athletic director Bill Beekman is stepping down and will remain with the university in a new position as vice president for strategic initiatives, Michigan State president Samuel Stanley Jr. announced on Thursday afternoon. Beekman will remain athletic director until a replacement is found and a national search firm has been hired. “I have been honored to serve as athletic director at Michigan State, and I thank the Board of Trustees and our administration for this opportunity,” Beekman said in a university press release. When John Engler took over as interim president, he named Beekman interim athletic director in February 2018. Beekman in October announced Michigan State was eliminating its men’s and women’s swimming and diving programs after the season.mlive.com
Tennessee could withhold millions from schools found to violate guidelines on teaching critical race theory
The average expenditure for a K-12 student in Tennessee public school was roughly $10,000 for the 2018—2019 academic year, so a penalty of $1 million could translate to a year’s education spending on 100 students.washingtonpost.com
‘If your god exists, you will rot in hell,’ MSP tells Jacob Rees-Mogg
An MSP has been criticised as "beyond the pale" after telling Jacob Rees-Mogg: "If your god exists, you will undoubtedly rot in hell." James Dornan, of the SNP, hit out at devout Catholic Mr Rees-Mogg over a video he posted praising Westminster's controversial Nationality and Borders Bill. The Glasgow Cathcart MSP commented on the video on Twitter, accusing the UK Government of being responsible for thousands of deaths and being "happy to see the most desperate people in the world suffer and dronews.yahoo.com
$40B pledged for gender equality, with $2B from Gates group
The U.N.-sponsored global gathering for gender equality generated about $40 billion in pledges towards aiding women and girls on Wednesday, partly fueled by a significant $2.1 billion contribution from Bill and Melinda Gates’ namesake foundation. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation said it will spend the money in the next five years on health and family planning programs, economic empowerment projects and other initiatives. The pledge was made in tandem with the Generation Equality Forum convened by UN Women in Paris, where private donors, government officials and civil society leaders are meeting to make financial and political commitments for gender equality worldwide.news.yahoo.com
Clashes in English city of Bristol leaves 20 police injured
(Andrew Matthews/PA via AP)LONDON – A protest in the west England city of Bristol against new policing legislation descended into violence that left at least 20 officers injured, two of them seriously, police said Monday. The protest, which started Sunday afternoon and ran through to the early hours of Monday morning, also saw seven people arrested. The violence, which also saw several police vehicles damaged, was branded as “unacceptable” by Britain's interior minister, Priti Patel. Under the terms of the legislation, which covers England and Wales, police will be handed new powers to tackle demonstrations. Two of the police officers injured were treated in hospital after suffering broken ribs and an arm.
New Michigan bill seeks to observe permanent daylight saving time, end clock changes
AdRelated: No need to lose sleep over shift to daylight saving timeIn recent years, some states have moved to end the usage of daylight saving time -- and now Michigan can be added to that list. However, states do not have the authority to adopt a permanent daylight saving time, like Sen. Irwin is pushing for. 5 questions as the nation prepares to spring forwardThe U.S. isn’t the only country that uses daylight saving time. Countries in North America and Europe are the primary practicers of daylight saving time, but parts of Australia and South America have also adopted the concept. You can see a map of countries that use daylight saving time here.
When can you expect to receive the $1,400 stimulus payment? Who’s eligible?
DETROIT – The $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill could be on President Joe Biden’s desk by the end of the week -- but when will the stimulus payments make their way to citizens? Local 4′s Hank Winchester spoke with Sen. Debbie Stabenow on Monday from Washington. READ: Stimulus check update: When to expect $1,400 payments and who’s eligible? The bill includes a $1,400 stimulus payment for individuals earning less than $75,000 and couples making less than $150,000. As the COVID-19 bill moves forward, citizens should update their information with the IRS.
Michigan reps. split on support of For The People Act
The United States House passed the For the People Act, which could become the biggest expansion to federal voting rights since the 1960s. The For the People Act is a bill that aims to change who can participate in elections, campaign finance and ethics laws in addition to protecting and expanding voting rights. “HR-1 is extremely important because it’s about returning the power back to the American people,” U.S. House Rep. Brenda Lawrence (MI-14) said of the bill. READ: House passes sweeping voting rights bill over GOP oppositionREAD: Supreme Court could put new limits on voting rights lawsuitsAdThe U.S. House voted in favor to pass the bill with bipartisan support. However, Rep. Bill Huizenga, of Michigan’s 2nd congressional district, disagrees and voted against the bill.
New bill would allow Michigan bars to stay open until 4 a.m.
LANSING, Mich. – Bars in big cities like New York, Chicago and Miami can stay open until 4 a.m. and a new bill would put Michigan bars and restaurants in line with that. Michigan Rep. Ryan Berman said extending closing hours for many bars and restaurants will help restaurants make up for lost time after the pandemic. READ: Michigan loosens COVID restrictions on restaurants -- here are all the details“What this bill does, is allow premises alcohol consumption, between the hours of 2-4 a.m. So if this bill passes, it doesn’t mean that all the restaurants, bars nightclubs are staying open until 4 a.m. automatically,” Berman said. Nya Marshall, the owner of Ivy’s Kitchen and Cocktails in Detroit on Jefferson Avenue, said she has her doubts about staying open that late.
House Democrats vow to pass minimum wage hike
The version sent to the Senate won’t include a plan to raise the minimum wage. “When it comes to the minimum wage, I am going to be one of the loudest screamers about it,” Dingell said Feb. 7. “There will be a lot of discussions about minimum wage and you may see it being moved as a separate bill,” Dingell said. The last time the federal minimum wage was raised was July 24, 2009. It is currently the longest period the U.S. has gone without raising the federal minimum wage since it was instituted in 1938.
Effort to put Tubman on $20 bill restarted under Biden
With a change of administrations, it looks like Harriet Tubman is once again headed to the front of the $20 bill. Obama administration Treasury Secretary Jack Lew had selected Tubman to replace Andrew Jackson, the nations seventh president, on the $20 bill. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)WASHINGTON – With a change of administrations, it looks like Harriet Tubman is once again headed to the front of the $20 bill. Obama administration Treasury Secretary Jack Lew had selected Tubman to replace Andrew Jackson, the nation's seventh president, on the $20 bill. Under the schedule Mnuchin announced in May 2019, the redesigned $20 bill would not have come out until 2028 with final designs for the bill not announced until 2026.
Michigan Gov. Whitmer reviewing Republican-led state relief bill before signing
DETROIT – The State of Michigan has been working on its own COVID relief bill. It passed through the Republican led House and Senate and is now on Michigan Gov. Read more: Michigan Senate passes $465 million COVID-19 relief billOn Monday, her office stated that Republicans did not negotiate this bill and are reviewing it. After weeks of negotiations the state’s $465 million relief package passed in the state legislature last week. Additionally, there is $63 million set aside for small business relief and $3.5 million for concert venues.
Trump vetoes defense bill, setting up possible override vote
... Our men and women who volunteer to wear the uniform shouldn’t be denied what they need — ever.”Long before issuing the veto, Trump offered a series of rationales for rejecting it. Without going into detail, he has claimed the biggest winner from the defense bill would be China. Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., called Trump's veto “unconscionable” and said he would “look forward to overriding” it. In advance of the veto, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has said the bill would help deter Chinese aggression. McConnell said it was important for Congress to continue its nearly six-decade-long streak of passing the defense policy bill.
Michigan House approves $483 million COVID relief bill
The Michigan House announced Monday morning it has approved a $483 million COVID-19 relief bill that was passed by the Senate on Friday night. According to the House, the bill includes:$64 million in small business survival relief$220 million to extend unemployment benefits$45 million in direct payments to workers who have been impacted by the virus$75 million for hospitals and healthcare workers,$22 million for increased testing$57 million for vaccine distributionThat adds up to $483 million in relief. The Senate voted 35-2 to approve Senate Bill 748. Congress is expected to pass a relief bill today that includes stimulus checks, enhanced unemployment benefits, rental and eviction relief, money for schools and small business loans. As we continue working to eliminate this virus, I urge all Michiganders to be smart and stay safe.
Trump says Barr resigning, will leave before Christmas
Barr went Monday to the White House, where Trump said the attorney general submitted his letter of resignation. “As per letter, Bill will be leaving just before Christmas to spend the holidays with his family,” Trump tweeted. Trump said Deputy Attorney General Jeff Rosen, whom he labeled “an outstanding person,” will become Acting Attorney General. But Democrats have repeatedly accused Barr of acting more like the president’s personal attorney than the attorney general, and Barr had proved to be a largely reliable Trump ally and defender of presidential power. Barr’s break from Trump over election fraud wasn’t the first.
Trump says Barr resigning, will leave before Christmas
FILE - In this Oct. 15, 2020, file photo, Attorney General William Barr speaks during a roundtable discussion on Operation Legend in St. Louis. Barr went Monday to the White House, where Trump said the attorney general submitted his letter of resignation. Trump said Deputy Attorney General Jeff Rosen, whom he labeled “an outstanding person,” will become acting attorney general. But Democrats have repeatedly accused Barr of acting more like the president’s personal attorney than the attorney general, and Barr had proved to be a largely reliable Trump ally and defender of presidential power. Trump was also said to blame Barr for comments from FBI Director Chris Wray on election fraud and mail-in voting that didn’t jibe with the president’s alarmist rhetoric.
US House passes bill aimed at decriminalizing cannabis, clearing nonviolent federal convictions
The U.S House voted Friday to pass a bill that would decriminalize cannabis and clear the way to erasing nonviolent federal marijuana convictions. The Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act, or MORE Act, is aimed at decriminalizing cannabis (marijuana) and making it possible to erase nonviolent federal marijuana convictions. BREAKING: US House votes 228-164 to pass historic bill that would decriminalize cannabis and clear the way to erase nonviolent federal marijuana convictions; bill moves to US Senate. Related: UN agency removes cannabis from strictest drug categoryThis comes after more states voted to legalize recreational marijuana this past month. Friday’s vote would mark the first time a full chamber of Congress has taken up the issue of federally decriminalizing cannabis, NBC reports.
Congress takes up ’MORE Act’ aimed to decriminalize marijuana
The U.S. House is scheduled to vote Friday on the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act, or MORE Act, which would decriminalize cannabis (marijuana) and make it possible to erase nonviolent federal marijuana convictions. UPDATE: US House passes bill aimed at decriminalizing cannabis, clearing nonviolent federal convictionsThe bill also aims to remove cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act. Related: UN agency removes cannabis from strictest drug categoryThis comes after more states voted to legalize recreational marijuana this past month. Friday’s vote would mark the first time a full chamber of Congress has taken up the issue of federally decriminalizing cannabis, NBC reports. Medical marijuana has been legal in Michigan since 2008.
Michigan groups unite to urge passage of criminal justice reforms before year’s end
LANSING, Mich. – “We are, so excited about this coalition, and we’re excited about these reforms. They prove that when people work together, they make genuine real process in Lansing,” said Kimberly Buddin. Thursday, several organizations -- like Americans for Prosperity, the ACLU of Michigan, Safe and Just Michigan and the Mackinac Center for Public Policy -- presented the Justice Reform Package to the State House and Senate. They addressed key and important issues like driver’s license suspensions, mandatory minimum sentencing, case initiation, sentencing, probation, racial justice and fairness. The State House approved the package, now they move on to the Senate.
Bill barring COVID-19 patients from being placed in nursing homes passes state Senate
LANSING, Mich. A bill aimed at keeping some of our states most vulnerable people from being exposed to coronavirus (COVID-19) cleared a hurdle in the State Senate. That bill would barr COVID-19 patients from being placed in Michigan nursing homes. READ: Whitmer defends nursing home policySenate Bill 956 passed through Michigan Senate with no problems. Gretchen Whitmers original nursing home decision that allowed elderly patients with COVID-19 to live in the same facility as patients without COVID-19. READ: Doctors Without Borders assists Metro Detroit nursing homes with COVID-19 proceduresYeah, I would say, we need to remember where we were 10 weeks ago.
Bill Bidwill, longtime Arizona Cardinals owner, dead at 88
Christian Petersen/Getty Images(CNN) - Bill Bidwill, whose family has owned the Arizona Cardinals for almost 80 years, has died, according to the football team. "It is with great sadness that we share the news that our owner, Bill Bidwill, has passed away today at the age of 88," the Cardinals said in a statement. According to the Cardinals website, Bidwill became sole owner in 1972 when he bought his brother's stake in the team. "Bill Bidwill was part of the NFL family his entire life, starting from his days as a ball boy through his time as an owner, " NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. We extend our condolences to Bill's family and the Cardinals organization, which along with his faith, meant so much to him."
Michigan Lottery: Man wins $1M Mega Millions prize
Winning a $1 million Mega Millions prize means less stress and financial security for an Eaton County man. He bought the winning ticket at Bill’s Party Store, located at 1153 East Grand River in Portland. “I buy Mega Millions tickets for each drawing,” said Guilford. Mega Millions drawings take place each Tuesday and Friday evening. Each Mega Millions play is only $2.
Lawsuit claims Ernie Harwell estate auction never had permission
<a href="http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/Ernie-Harwell-signed-baseball/19192894" target="_self"><img src="https://media.clickondetroit.com/photo/2015/12/05/Ernie-Harwell-signed-baseball-jpg_1000071_ver1.0_1280_720.jpg" width="100%"/></a>You may remember the auction <a href="http://www.clickondetroit.com/community/Fans-able-to-bid-on-personal-items-from-Ernie-Harwell-s-estate/16695388" target="_self">from last fall. </a>