Another marijuana dispensary approved in Grand Haven
GRAND HAVEN, MI – A third recreational marijuana dispensary has been approved in the city of Grand Haven. The city currently has one recreational dispensary, New Standard, at 1125 S. Beacon Boulevard. Levels Cannabis is planning to construct a recreational dispensary at 1021 Jackson Street, for which it already has received city approval, Grand Haven Planning Director Brian Urquhart told MLive/Muskegon Chronicle. RELATED: Divided, cranky council approves retail marijuana sales in Grand HavenCity council members voted in June to allow marijuana retail sales in Grand Haven, with their approval exposing deep divisions among them. The Grand Haven City Council voted 3-2 to allow recreational marijuana dispensaries and other businesses.mlive.com
Alabama pausing executions after 3rd failed lethal injection
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey sought a pause in executions and ordered a “top-to-bottom” review of the state's capital punishment system Monday after an unprecedented third failed lethal injection. Ivey's office issued a statement saying she had both asked Attorney General Steve Marshall to withdraw motions seeking execution dates for two inmates and requested that the Department of Corrections undertake a full review of the state's execution process. Ivey also requested that Marshall not seek additional execution dates for any other death row inmates until the review is complete.news.yahoo.com
Team from Black college quits tournament after racial abuse
A women's volleyball team at a small, historically Black college withdrew from their conference tournament in Alabama after a member was subjected to racial abuse during an awards banquet, officials said. A Talladega College player using a feature that allows nearby cellphones to transfer data to each other received a “racially motivated picture” during the Southern States Athletic Conference's volleyball awards banquet, held last week during the tournament in Montgomery, the conference said in a statement. Officials didn't release details on what the image showed, but the conference described the act as “vile and vicious.”news.yahoo.com
Man charged in Alabama church shooting fighting mental test
A man facing a potential death penalty in the killing of three people who were shot at an Alabama church dinner in June is fighting a court-ordered mental evaluation requested by prosecutors. Robert Findlay Smith, 70, hasn't told a court he plans to use a defense of insanity or mental illness and shouldn't have to undergo psychological testing at a state facility unless he does so, the defense argued in a brief objection filed Friday. Circuit Judge Teresa Pulliam, who approved prosecutors' request for an outpatient mental evaluation the day before, hadn't ruled on Smith's motion on Monday.news.yahoo.com
South, ULS field hockey teams advance
After beating Birmingham Marian 2-1 last Thursday, University Liggett School girls varsity field hockey advanced to the Division 2 state semifinals by blanking Cranbrook 4-0 Monday, Oct. 24. Lexie Gormely scored the game’s first goal before Olivia Thomas followed up with three consecutive goals to earn a natural hat trick. Alexandra Karolak had the shutgrossepointenews.com
SEC fines LSU $250,000 for post game celebration
The Southeastern Conference has imposed another six-figure fine for fans storming the field, this time hitting LSU with a $250,000 penalty. The league announced the fine Sunday after LSU fans stormed the field to celebrate a win over No. 15 Mississippi. The Rebels were ranked seventh at the time.news.yahoo.com
Man charged with abusing body of woman last seen in Florida
A man was charged with abusing the corpse of a former girlfriend whose body was found in a shallow grave in an Alabama barn days after the two had met in the Florida Panhandle to exchange custody of their daughter. Authorities in St. Clair County, Alabama, on Monday said Marcus Spanevelo, 35, was accused of mistreating the remains of Cassie Carli but wasn't charged in her death, news outlets reported. The charge was announced days after authorities in Florida dismissed an evidence-tampering charge that had been filed against Spanevelo over the investigation into the woman's disappearance in Santa Rosa County.news.yahoo.com
SEC fines Tennessee 100k; Vols crowdsourcing new goalposts
The Southeastern Conference has fined Tennessee $100,000 for a wild, field-storming celebration after a win over Alabama. Meanwhile, the school has turned to fans to help pay for new goalposts. The league announced the fine on Sunday for the school's second violation of the access to competition area policy.news.yahoo.com
A new haunted experience comes to a historic theater in Birmingham
There are many great haunted experiences in the area, but a new one just opened up this year, and it will only be here for the month of October. The Birmingham 8 Theater Powered by Emagine, has been transformed into a scary haunted experience called Ghosts on the Balcony.
UK Treasury chief to bring forward fiscal plan publication
Britain’s Treasury chief says he will bring forward the publication of the government’s full fiscal statement after facing widespread criticism for not providing details about a multibillion-pound, tax-cutting stimulus package he announced last month.
UK still backs Rwanda deportations despite legal challenge
Britain’s immigration minister says people who arrive by unauthorized means should not be allowed to claim asylum in the U.K. Home Secretary Suella Braverman vowed to press on with a contentious plan to send some arriving asylum-seekers on a one-way trip to Rwanda.
Actual haunted Michigan theater turned into ghostly Halloween attraction
BIRMINGHAM, MI - Forget playing movies in October at this historic Michigan movie theater. Already said to be haunted, the Birmingham 8 has instead been turned into a haunted attraction leading up to Halloween. Emagine has teamed with Bluewater, a live event production company, to create the experience it calls “Ghosts on the Balcony.” The haunted attraction opens at the nearly 100-year old movie theater located at 211 South Old Woodward Avenue on October 1st and runs the entire month. Tickets can be purchased here.mlive.com
Michael Myers coming to haunted Michigan theater opening as Halloween attraction
BIRMINGHAM, MI - Michael Myers, himself, is coming to an actual haunted Michigan theater which is being transformed into a Halloween attraction. No movies will be shown in the entire month of October at the nearly 100-year old Michigan theatre that’s said to be haunted. After the ribbon cutting event, Jude Courtney will host a Q & A screening of “Halloween KIlls” at the Emagine Palladium at 209 Hamilton Row in Birmingham at 7:00 p.m. A portion of proceeds from popcorn sales for this event will benefit Jay’s Juniors, a foundation to benefit chronically and terminally ill children. MORE FROM MLIVE:Elvira ‘Mistress of the Dark’ is coming to Michigan right before HalloweenTwo Michigan small towns listed among the spookiest places to visit for Halloween‘Immersive Klimt’ surrounds you in the artist’s provocative and sensual worksmlive.com
Alabama sidesteps compensation for survivor of '63 KKK blast
Sarah Collins Rudolph lost an eye and still has pieces of glass inside her body from a Ku Klux Klan bombing that killed her sister and three other Black girls at an Alabama church 59 years ago, and she's still waiting on the state to compensate her for those injuries. Gov. Kay Ivey sidestepped the question of financial compensation two years ago in apologizing to Rudolph for her “untold pain and suffering," saying legislative involvement was needed. Rudolph will meet with President Joe Biden at the White House for a summit about combatting hate-fueled violence on Thursday, the anniversary of the bombing.news.yahoo.com
Black preacher arrested while watering flowers sues police
A Black pastor who was arrested by white police officers while watering the flowers of a neighbor who was out of town filed a federal lawsuit alleging the ordeal violated his constitutional rights and caused lingering problems including emotional distress and anxiety. Michael Jennings filed the lawsuit Friday night against three officers and the central Alabama town of Childersburg requesting a jury trial and seeking an unspecified amount of money. Jennings’ lawyers held a news conference outside the Birmingham federal courthouse on Saturday to discuss the lawsuit, and the NAACP, the nation’s oldest civil rights organization, and other groups planned a rally afterward at a downtown park.news.yahoo.com
Greater Bay sweeps its way to sectional crown and on to Little League state tourney
BIRMINGHAM, MI – Greater Bay just knows how to win. The sweep of the best-of-three series vaults Greater Bay on to the state tournament at Mount Pleasant’s Union Township Little League beginning July 22. Greater Bay, the combined Bay City Northwest and Essexville-Hampton all-star team, won the 10-and-under state championship a year ago with many of the same players. With a chance to put the sectional away, Greater Bay pounced on the opportunity in Game 2. Greater Bay scored two runs in the first inning, four in the second, four in the third and five in the fourth to remove all doubt.mlive.com
Oakland County attorney took $6.5M from client, told her he used it to settle IRS issue, feds say
A tax attorney from Oakland County was hired by a business owner to help her settle an IRS investigation, but he convinced her she owed $6.5 million more than she actually did so he could put that money in his own Swiss bank account, federal officials said.
Same-sex couples updating legal status after abortion ruling
Emails and phone calls from same-sex couples, worried about the legal status of their marriages and keeping their children, flooded attorney Sydney Duncan’s office within hours of the Supreme Court’s decision eliminating the constitutional right to abortion. The ruling last week didn’t directly affect the 2015 decision that paved the way for same-sex marriage. “That has a lot of people scared and, I think, rightfully so,” said Duncan, who specializes in representing members of the LGBTQ community at the Magic City Legal Center in Birmingham.news.yahoo.com
Alabama church shooting suspect, 70, was licensed gun dealer
Smith, 70, is facing capital murder charges in the shooting deaths of a man and two women killed during a Thursday night potluck supper at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church. Jim Musgrove, a church member, hit the shooter with a chair and wrestled the gun away from him, Carpenter said. Smith’s federal firearms investigation took a total of 83 hours, the report said, and the inspection period ran from Sept. 18, 2016 to Sept. 18, 2017. The ATF report said agents found 86 firearms in Smith’s possession compared to 97 on his official dealer’s record. He also failed to record the address of gun buyers, the report said.mlive.com
What is the 20-degree rule for air conditioners?
The landlord recommended using the “20-degree rule” to set the thermostat. Most air conditioning systems are designed to accommodate up to a 20-degree difference between the outside air and inside air while still keeping around a 55% humidity level. Here’s what that means: When it’s 80 degrees outside, it’s easy for your AC to keep your house at 70 degrees inside. Even if it is 90 degrees out, your air conditioner should still easily reach the 70-degree mark. If you have your air conditioner set to a big differential, you will likely run your AC all day long and still not quite reach those desired temperatures.mlive.com
6 charged in complex decade-long scheme to solicit business from Michigan crash victims
A group of people and businesses in West Bloomfield, Dearborn, Detroit, Clinton Township and several others cities across Metro Detroit have been linked to a complex fraud scheme aimed at soliciting millions of dollars’ worth of business from Michigan crash victims over the past decade.
Old Woodward project causing concerns for Birmingham residents
The final phase of remodeling one last part of Old Woodward in Birmingham was approved Monday (April 11) night at one of the city’s meetings. The goal is to help slow down traffic, provide safer pedestrian crossings and improve infrastructure in general.
Michigan State tennis star overcomes losing 60 pounds, near-death bout with UC to lead team
A Michigan State tennis player who lost 60 pounds and had to re-learn how to sit up and walk due to a near-death bout with ulcerative colitis has returned to the court and seized the No. 1 position on his team.
Birmingham Public Schools find $11M budget discrepancy, says several factors caused miscalculations
In June, Birmingham Public Schools adopted a budget that had an estimated $1.58 million shortfall -- now they’re saying it’s actually a $14 million shortfall. That has implications for people’s property taxes.