Bogus $7.5-million prize scam under investigation by Chelsea police
CHELSEA, MI – A Chelsea resident was scammed out of a substantial amount of money by someone claiming the resident had just won millions of dollars but needed to pay taxes to claim the prize, police said. Police responded Aug. 6 to report of potential fraud which had taken place over the course of a week, according to the Chelsea Police Department. The money sent to the suspect was allegedly needed to pay for taxes on the prize, police said. No arrests have been made and the incident remains under investigation. Police advise residents to use caution when contacted by an unknown person, and to never disclose personal information to anyone unless you initiated the interaction through official channels.mlive.com
University of Michigan regent Mark Bernstein offering $50k worth of scholarships
ANN ARBOR, MI - Ten students across the state of Michigan could each earn $5,000 scholarships each through a new initiative from the Sam Bernstein Law Firm. Any student currently attending or about to attend an accredited college or vocational school in Michigan is eligible. The program continues a push from University of Michigan regent Mark Bernstein to close student loan gaps throughout the state, he told MLive/The Ann Arbor News. “We are proud to offer this exciting opportunity in helping us achieve our goal of making higher education more accessible to Michigan students,” he said in a statement. Read more from The Ann Arbor News:‘Academic boot camp’ at University of Michigan transitions veterans to post-military educationUniversity of Michigan reinforces mask mandate even for vaccinated studentsUnion leader says University of Michigan lecturers could leave due to vaccine mandatemlive.com
Student advocacy ‘driving force’ behind University of Michigan discontinuing fossil fuel investments
ANN ARBOR, MI – After years of student advocacy, protests and calls for action, the University of Michigan will discontinue fossil fuel investments. The Board of Regents unanimously voted to approve the changes to its $12.5 billion endowment at its Thursday, March 25 meeting. But Regent Mark Bernstein, a leader on the board for climate change action, said it was students who were the driving force behind these changes. Acker called on students to keep advocating, whether it’s for climate change or any other topic they’re passionate about. “A net-zero endowment strategy considers the greenhouse gas emissions from all of the university’s investments,” Schlissel said.mlive.com
University Of Michigan OKs ‘Net Zero’ Carbon Emission Plan
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The University of Michigan announced a plan Thursday to achieve “net zero” carbon footprint status for its $12.5 billion endowment by 2050 through measures including shifting away from investment in fossil fuels and toward renewable energy. It calls for $140 million worth of new investments in solar and wind developments and projects to limit carbon emissions. Numerous governments, businesses and universities have committed to net zero carbon footprints in the push to reduce emissions of gases that trap heat in the atmosphere, contributing to global warming. “Net zero” generally means offsetting emissions of greenhouse gases with reductions elsewhere. Under the University of Michigan plan, endowment holdings in assets with carbon output would be balanced with investments in carbon reductions by 2050.detroit.cbslocal.com
Some vets meeting new challenges amid pandemic -- here’s how you can help on Veterans Day
This year has proved to be challenging times for everyone, but on this Veteran’s Day it is particularly challenging for veterans in our community who are homeless. One place they turn to for help is the Call Sam Kitchen for Veterans, but amid the pandemic, the center is finding even bigger challenges. Call Sam Kitchen for Veterans serves three hot meals per day to homeless vets, said attorney Mark Bernstein, who provides warm meals and shelters. The kitchen is open 365 days per year and Is seeing an increased need because of the pandemic. In order to maintain social distancing within the center, the kitchen has fewer volunteers and is now entirely carry-out or delivery.
Several newcomers leading races for university board seats
ANN ARBOR, MI — With 82 of 83 counties reporting votes, several newcomers are leading the races for seats on the governing board of three of Michigan’s largest universities. Two seats with eight-year terms are available on the Michigan State University Board of Trustees, and Republican newcomer Pat O’Keefe, CEO of O’Keefe Consulting and CEO of Grow Michigan, led the way Thursday morning, Nov. 5, with 24.2% of votes. Democratic newcomer Rema Ella Vassar, a professor at Eastern Michigan University, was right behind O’Keefe with 24.04% of votes. There were also two eight-year terms available on Wayne State University’s Board of Governors. Democratic incumbent Mark Bernstein and Republican newcomer Sarah Hubbard led the race for two eight-year terms on the University of Michigan Board of Regents.mlive.com
A look at candidates for Michigan university boards
LANSING, Mich. – Two seats on three Michigan university boards are on the Nov. 3 ballot. Michigan voters will choose who steers the state’s three flagship universities: Michigan State University, University of Michigan and Wayne State University. MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITYDemocratsBrian Mosallam, a former MSU football player, has served on the board since 2013. Bernstein is a Michigan graduate and an attorney. Sarah Hubbard is a Michigan graduate who has spent her career as a lobbyist and conservative legislative staffer.
University of Michigan Board of Regents incumbents face 8 challengers in November election
ANN ARBOR, MI — Two incumbents on the University of Michigan Board of Regents are facing eight challengers in the Nov. 3 general election. Here is how each responding candidate answered the questions:Describe your qualifications and experience for the University Board and explain your reasons for running. What, specifically, makes you an asset to a University Board? My long commitment to public service, work in government, business and the law makes me uniquely qualified to serve on the University of Michigan Board of Regents. Ryder Diggs: I ask for your vote for re-election to the University of Michigan Board of Regents.mlive.com
Tuition increase fails in tie vote by University of Michigan board
ANN ARBOR, Mich. A tuition increase at the University of Michigan failed Thursday in a tie vote by the school's governing board. Schlissel had proposed a 1.9% tuition increase at the Ann Arbor and Dearborn campuses and a 3.9% increase in Flint, where enrollment has been sliding. Denise Ilitch said it's plain wrong" to raise tuition when families are facing uncertainty in the midst of a struggling economy and the coronavirus outbreak. Regent Mark Bernstein said a tuition increase was justified. Michigan State University and some other schools are freezing fall tuition.
WATCH: Detroit mayor walks through process of lowering auto insurance cost
DETROIT – Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan gave an informational presentation to walk Detroit motorists through their auto insurance bills to help them better understand the new law that takes effect July 2 and how to lower their monthly insurance premiums most effectively and appropriately for their individual circumstances. The mayor went into significant detail, so people watching are encouraged to have a copy of their own bill handy to follow along. Also joining the Mayor for the presentation was attorney Mark Bernstein, a member of his firm Shereen Silver and Leroy Mattic from AAA of Michigan. All are experts in auto insurance law. Similar to the Mayor’s COVID-19 budget presentation in April, this was be a community meeting-style presentation to Detroiters that may be monitored by the media, not a press conference.