Annual Bay City Father’s Day fly-in breakfast returning for 2022
BAY CITY, MI - After being grounded for two years in a row due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the annual Father’s Day fly-in breakfast is returning to Bay County. The Valley Aero Club is planning on hosting its annual Father’s Day Dawn Patrol fly-in/drive-in breakfast this year at the James Clements Airport at 614 S. River Road in Bay City. In 2021, the event was moved far away from Father’s Day and well into September due to concerns related to the virus. In 2022, the event is returning to its regular setup and day to celebrate fathers while enjoying breakfast and aviation. The James Clements Airport was established over a decade later, with the first U.S. airmail arriving in August 1928.mlive.com
212 students and staff hit by COVID outbreaks across Michigan schools
Michigan health officials identified 120 new COVID-19 outbreaks last week, including 43 linked to K-12 schools. Across the latest school outbreaks, at least 212 students and staff tested positive for the coronavirus, according to the May 23 school outbreaks report. COVID cases have been on the rise in Michigan in recent weeks, resulting in more school-related outbreaks. Among the largest new outbreaks were:Living Stones Academy in Grand Rapids, where 20 students and staff tested positive;Carrollton Middle School in Saginaw, where 11 students and staff were infected;Gilden Woods - Breton Village in Grand Rapids, where nine students got sick;Hamilton High School in Allegan County, where nine students tested positive;Stevenson Middle School in Westland, where nine students and staff got sick. Outbreak data for K-12 schools includes only cases of people or staff members infected at school or at school-related functions.mlive.com
Students gather for first in-person graduation at Washtenaw Community College since COVID
ANN ARBOR, MI - Nearly 2,000 students collected their degrees and certificates Saturday at Washtenaw Community College’s first in-person commencement since the COVID-19 pandemic. The Ann Arbor community college’s last in-person ceremony was in 2019. A virtual graduation took place in 2020, while a drive-through “parade” on campus occurred in 2021. With the pandemic delay in mind, keynote speaker and Ann Arbor SPARK CEO Paul Krutko told students they are important to the workforce moving forward with WCC degrees. “Their agility and resiliency matched with their exceptional WCC education will pave pathways to success.mlive.com
Monks bless hundreds of endangered baby turtles released into Cambodian river
Hundreds of critically-endangered turtles take their first wild swim in Cambodia's Mekong River, after being released from captivity by the Wildlife Conservation Society. Monks bless the baby reptiles -- also known as "frog-faced turtles" -- before helping conservationists and eager children send them into the Mekong's muddy waters.news.yahoo.com
Bay City’s Brooklyn Boyz celebrating 20 years of serving up legendary pizzas and garlic knots
Brooklyn Boyz at 507 E Midland Street is celebrating two decades of selling their popular pizzas, pasta, and yes - the famous garlic knots to hungry customers. It was there that the business started to grow from a by-the-slice eatery to something bigger. Brooklyn Boyz then moved to their current location in the former Touch of Mexico location at 507 E Midland Street. Brooklyn Boyz is still planning to host its Sixties on Saturday at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan 10, which will feature “Deadicated”, playing the music of the grateful dead. More from MLiveLocal Eats: Bay City’s Brooklyn Boyz has new menu items, new lookBay City’s Brooklyn Boyz eatery on Midland Street gets liquor license, new bar, live jazz and bluesBay City to improve Kantzler Arboretum with new boardwalk, better fishing accessmlive.com
WHO chief: The COVID pandemic is 'most certainly not over'
The COVID-19 pandemic is “most certainly not over,” the head of the World Health Organization warned Sunday, despite a decline in reported cases since the peak of the omicron wave. The U.N. health agency's director-general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, told officials gathered in Geneva for opening of the WHO's annual meeting that “declining testing and sequencing means we are blinding ourselves to the evolution of the virus.”news.yahoo.com
3 Air Force cadets who refused vaccine won't be commissioned
Three cadets at the U.S. Air Force Academy who have refused the COVID-19 vaccine will not be commissioned as military officers but will graduate with bachelor's degrees, the academy said Saturday. Academy spokesman Dean Miller said that a fourth cadet who had refused the vaccine until about a week ago, decided to be vaccinated and will graduate and become an Air Force officer. In a statement, Miller said that while the three will get a degree "they will not be commissioned into the United States Air Force as long as they remain unvaccinated."news.yahoo.com
To keep the poor insured, Michigan should prepare for end of pandemic emergency, institute says
Michigan should prepare in the coming months for the end of the federally declared COVID-19 public health emergency, which has ensured continuing coverage for Medicaid enrollees, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities reported this week. Come October, states will have to resume regularly reviewing the eligibility of all Medicaid recipients. Some people could lose their coverage because their circumstances have changed. Others could lose it, despite continued qualification, for avoidable reasons, such as a renewal notice sent to an outdated address, according to the center, a nonpartisan research and policy institute.mlive.com
Family foundation donates $1 Million to a University of Michigan cancer research lab
It’s a story of heartbreak, hope, and a $1 million gift to help fast-track pediatric brain tumor research. That money was donated to the Michigan Medicine Chad Carr Pediatric Brain Tumor Center and will be spread out over five years.
GOP governor candidate boycotts debate, cites ‘extremist’ COVID policy
Ryan Kelley is backing out of a June 2 governor debate for Republican candidates due to a disagreement over COVID-19 policies. Kelley was one of five Republican candidates invited to the debate at the Mackinac Policy Conference. Kelley said he would participate in the debate if the conference removes the COVID vaccine/test requirement for all attendees. The governor debate is just one component of the Mackinac Policy Conference, which is hosted at Mackinac Island’s Grand Hotel. 8 northern Michigan counties see cases double: Michigan COVID data for Thursday, May 19Democrat challenge could disqualify top GOP candidates for Michigan governor5 takeaways from Republican candidates for governor in first 2022 debatemlive.com
Grand Rapids Children’s Museum requiring masks again as COVID spread worsens in area
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – As new COVID cases and hospitalizations continue to rise again in Kent County, the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum announced Wednesday it would require masks for all visitors ages 2 and up. Bora said it’s quite possible Kent County could enter the high transmission category and that it could happen soon. The other factors taken into account in the CDC’s community transmission level are the percentage of staffed hospital beds occupied by COVID patients and COVID cases per 100,000 residents. As of Thursday, May 19, Kent County is the only West Michigan county categorized as having a medium level of community transmission. Southeast Michigan as well as northern Michigan and the eastern Upper Peninsula have multiple counties with high community transmission.mlive.com
CDC panel recommends Pfizer booster shot for kids ages 5 to 11 as Covid cases rise across the U.S.
More than 8,000 children have developed MIS-C since the start the pandemic, with kids ages 5 to 11 most commonly affected at 46% of reported cases, according to CDC data. Currently, only 29% of children ages 5 to 11 in the U.S. have complete their first Pfizer vaccination series, according to the CDC. Since the pandemic began, more than 4.8 million kids in the age group have caught Covid and more than 15,000 have been hospitalized, according CDC data. The overwhelming majority of reactions to the vaccine, 97%, were not serious, according to CDC data. The CDC has verified 20 cases of myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart, in kids ages 5 to 11 as of April following Pfizer vaccination.cnbc.com
8 northern Michigan counties see cases double: Michigan COVID data for Thursday, May 19
There are two ways to view this week’s COVID-19 data in Michigan. The bad news: Daily COVID cases in Michigan are at their highest point since Feb. 9, COVID hospitalizations topped 1,000 for the first time in 11 weeks, case rates are highest in Michigan’s most-populated areas and northern Michigan counties are seeing their daily cases double.mlive.com
CDC urges Americans in areas with high COVID levels to wear masks
During the White House COVID-19 briefing Wednesday, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky urged Americans who live in areas with high community levels of COVID to wear masks. She said Americans in areas with medium COVID community levels should consider wearing masks based on their risk factors.news.yahoo.com
‘Weird Al’ Yankovic catches COVID, postpones two Michigan concerts
SAGINAW & DETROIT - One of the world’s most famous parody singers was supposed to perform two concerts in Michigan this week, but COVID has forced him to postpone. “Weird Al” Yankovic says he caught the virus and won’t be coming to Saginaw and Detroit. “Weird Al” was scheduled to play the Temple Theatre in Saginaw tonight and the Fisher Theatre in Detroit on Friday. “Don’t worry, I’m fine,” Weird Al wrote on his Twitter page. But of course this means I unfortunately need to cancel the next couple dates on my tour (Saginaw & Detroit).mlive.com
COVID relief funds will help with renovations to Jackson County Animal Shelter
JACKSON COUNTY, MI – Renovations at the Jackson County Animal Shelter are getting some help from COVID-19 relief funds. In a Tuesday, May 17 meeting, the Jackson County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved allocating an additional $200,000 for heating, ventilation and air conditioning improvements to the animal shelter. The board has already unanimously approved allocating $1.55 million of its ARPA funds toward shelter renovations and additions. While it had to be approved separately, it will still be a part of the $3-million animal shelter project, Director Lydia Sattler said. The current HVAC system does not meet the standards of air flow for state inspections for animal shelters, County Administrator/Controller Mike Overton previously said.mlive.com
Analyzing the North Carolina primary elections
North Carolina voters cast their ballots in the state's primary elections Tuesday. Trump-endorsed Rep. Ted Budd is running against a former governor and representative in the Republican Senate election. And Rep. Madison Cawthorn, another Trump-backed candidate, is seeking to hold onto his House seat amid multiple scandals. CBS News' Ed O'Keefe discusses these races and more with chief investigative reporter Nick Ochsner from CBS' North Carolina affiliate, WBTV.news.yahoo.com
Juror’s illness stops Flint water crisis trial, worries over COVID-19 could add to delay
FLINT, MI -- A juror’s illness has halted a bellwether Flint water crisis civil trial that started in February and concerns about the potential spread of COVID-19 could cause further delays. The judge said the juror who is ill reported that she did not have immediate access to a rapid COVID-19 test. It wasn’t immediately clear Tuesday morning when the results of the juror’s COVID-19 test would be available or how long the trial could be delayed if her test is positive. The companies have disputed the children’s injuries in court filings and say government officials are responsible for the high levels of lead in Flint water in 2014 and 2015 while the city used the Flint River as its water source. Read more at The Flint Journal:Flint mayor announces forum, hopes for new level of confidence in city waterFlint kids in water crisis lawsuit suffered acquired brain injuries, expert saysDeadline for filing claims in Flint water settlement extended to June 30mlive.com
Report: Trump officials, meat companies knew workers at risk
A new Congressional report says that at the height of the pandemic, the meat processing industry worked closely with political appointees in the Trump administration to stave off health restrictions and keep slaughterhouses open even as COVID-19 spread rapidly among workers.
South African firm says it may close its COVID vaccine plant
The first factory to produce COVID-19 vaccines in Africa has announced that it has not received enough orders and is planning to stop production within a few weeks, in what a senior World Health Organization official described as a “failure” in efforts to achieve vaccine equity.
Detroit men, Warren woman help prison inmate submit 240 fake COVID unemployment claims
Two Detroit men and a Warren woman helped a former Michigan resident who is currently in prison operate a $2.2 million scheme that involved submitting 240 fraudulent COVID unemployment insurance claims, officials said.
Dr. Frank McGeorge Meets Dr. Anthony Fauci
He became the face of our country’s battle against COVID-19 and is now arguably one of the most recognizable doctors in the world. Now Dr. Anthony Fauci, chief medical advisor to the President of the United States, sits down with Local 4′s own Dr. Frank McGeorge for a revealing conversation.