Why did University of Michigan fire Mark Schlissel? He broke a rule he introduced this summer
ANN ARBOR, MI - University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel was fired for breaking the same rule he announced and implemented this summer. A class-action lawsuit headed by UM senior Josephine Graham aims for federal courts to force UM to implement further sexual misconduct policy changes. “The most glaring issue is sexual misconduct reform,” Arun said. “That is exemplified by the reason for which President Schlissel got fired. Read more from The Ann Arbor News:Retaliation against individuals reporting misconduct banned at University of MichiganUniversity of Michigan to overhaul how it handles sexual misconduct casesUpdates to sexual misconduct policy align University of Michigan with new Title IX guidancemlive.com
Mute swans must go, police vaccination lawsuit tossed: Ann Arbor headlines Jan. 1-6
ANN ARBOR, MI – Mute swans identified as an invasive and aggressive species in Michigan may soon be removed from a Washtenaw County lake they call home. Washtenaw County Circuit Judge Carol Kuhnke dismissed the lawsuit with a ruling from the bench Wednesday, Jan. 5. ‘We’re an anti-racist, anti-poverty organization,’ United Way of Washtenaw County CEO saysPam Smith has noticed a shift since taking over as president and CEO of United Way of Washtenaw County. Man accused of molesting child inside Ann Arbor middle school sentenced 15-25 years in prisonA man who pleaded no contest to sexually assaulting a child inside an Ann Arbor middle school during an after-hours public meeting is going to prison. Sex worker group urges Ann Arbor officials to strike down local prostitution lawA regional sex worker advocacy group is calling on Ann Arbor officials to strike down the city’s law against prostitution.mlive.com
Michigan Senate bill would strip University of Michigan’s immunity in sex abuse case
LANSING, MI - If signed into law, a new state Senate bill would not allow the University of Michigan to use governmental immunity in lawsuits filed by survivors of the late Dr. Robert Anderson’s sex abuse. “The university is not denying what happened,” Barret said, referencing the 240-page report UM commissioned detailing Anderson’s abuse. These immunity laws require “survivors to go through a number of different hurdles,” said Parker Stinar, an attorney representing 200 Anderson survivors. Barrett’s legislation mirrors efforts in 2018 to remove immunity protection for Michigan State University during the Larry Nassar lawsuit, Stinar said. The whole effort, whether from the House or the Senate, is about empowering Anderson survivors, Barrett said.mlive.com
Legal stalemate: Late University of Michigan doctor sex abuse scandal approaches 3rd year
ANN ARBOR, MI - The name Robert Anderson meant little two years ago outside of Ann Arbor and inner circles of the University of Michigan athletic department. But Anderson’s name gained infamy in February 2020 when former UM wrestler Tad DeLuca went public in a letter to UM Athletic Director Warde Manuel about how Anderson sexually abused him in 1975. That first accusation grew from dozens to hundreds to more than a thousand former students and athletes over the next 22 months who claim Anderson digitally penetrated them in unnecessary rectal exams during physicals.mlive.com
Fans discuss Bo Schembechler’s complicated legacy at annual grave walk for Michigan-Ohio State week
Also known as the Michigan “Superfan,” he goes to the graves of past Michigan football icons in a solemn show of respect. The annual “grave walk” has taken on new meaning, however. The first years of the grave walk did not even involve Schembechler since it started before he died in 2006. “Whatever one thinks of Bo Schembechler, it doesn’t matter,” Goldman said in June. With all this in mind: what is the point of the grave walk moving forward?mlive.com
Survivor of late University of Michigan doctor’s sex abuse running for regent
ANN ARBOR, MI - The last time Jon Vaughn experienced Ann Arbor snowfall was the spring of his final football season at University of Michigan in 1990. “If he won’t talk to me near a tent, maybe he’ll talk to me if I’m a regent,” he said. The way the university addressed sexual harassment by former provost Martin Philbert, as well as separate sexual misconduct cases by three computer science engineering professors and an opera teacher, have also faced scrutiny. In addition to addressing sexual misconduct on campus, Vaughn also stated other priorities such as fundraising and facilitating “entrepreneurship” among students and faculty. Read more from The Ann Arbor News:‘All you’re doing is avoiding, avoiding, avoiding’: Survivor of late doctor’s abuse sitting outside University of Michigan president’s houseUniversity of Michigan to overhaul how it handles sexual misconduct casesUpdates to sexual misconduct policy align University of Michigan with new Title IX guidancemlive.com
Michigan House passes bills to protect, encourage reporting of sexual abuse
LANSING, MI — The Michigan House on Thursday passed bipartisan bills to protect sexual assault survivors by prohibiting the use of professional authority to prevent reporting of sexual misconduct. “We must hold individuals accountable if they use a position of authority to prevent others from reporting sexual misconduct crimes.”The chamber also approved three other related bills Thursday. HB 4852, introduced by Rep. Sara Cambensey, D-Marquette, would prohibit using one’s position of authority to prevent reporting of sexual misconduct to a college or university Title IX coordinator. “How can so many people be abused and no one report it?”The bills now advance to the Senate for consideration. READ MORE FROM MLIVE:‘Wake up, Mark’: Nassar, Anderson survivors unite with University of Michigan students to protest president‘All you’re doing is avoiding, avoiding, avoiding’: Survivor of late doctor’s abuse sitting outside University of Michigan president’s housemlive.com
University of Michigan president addresses sex abuse protest in front of his house for first time
FLINT, MI - It’s been two weeks since Jon Vaughn started sitting in front of University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel’s house. A survivor of the late UM athletic doctor Robert Anderson’s sex abuse, Vaughn said he will sit in front of the South University Avenue residence until Schlissel has a personal conversation with him about the university’s handling of the case.mlive.com
Protests at UM president’s home, father charged in daughter’s disappearance: Ann Arbor headlines Oct. 9-14
Father charged with murder in 1982 disappearance of infant childA father suspected of being involved in the 1982 disappearance of his infant daughter has been charged with murder. Crews battle blaze at Michigan Medicine in Ann ArborMultiple fire crews from across Washtenaw County responded to a three-alarm fire inside Michigan Medicine in Ann Arbor Tuesday afternoon. Trustee’s social media use once again condemned by Ann Arbor School BoardAnn Arbor School Board members are fed up with fellow trustee Jeff Gaynor’s use of social media to discuss their business, and voted to censure the trustee. Buying fresh food and produce meant driving out of town to Adrian, Ann Arbor or other nearby communities. Grange, 118 West Liberty St. in Ann Arbor, focused on serving locally-sourced food, with more than 90 percent of its ingredients coming from nearby farms, according to its website.mlive.com
‘Wake up, Mark’: Nassar, Anderson survivors unite with University of Michigan students to protest president
Vaughn, a survivor of late UM athletic doctor Robert Anderson’s sexual abuse, said he just wants a personal conversation with Schlissel. The group included fellow survivors of Anderson, those of former MSU athletic doctor Larry Nassar and several UM students. The demonstration is partially to force an interaction with Schlissel and partially to educate UM students on Anderson’s abuse. Other Anderson survivors, such as former UM football player Chuck Christian, Evashevski and dozens more joined Vaughn in support. A deeper look into report on University of Michigan doctor’s sexual abusemlive.com
‘All you’re doing is avoiding, avoiding, avoiding’: Survivor of late doctor’s abuse sittting outside University of Michigan president’s house
Then, news of the late University of Michigan athletic doctor Robert Anderson’s abuse of more than 1,000 athletes and students became a national story. Vaughn said he attributes the delay in the UM case to male survivors of sexual abuse not being taken as seriously. “The world has to understand that the face of sexual abuse not only includes young gymnasts. “All you’re doing is avoiding, avoiding, avoiding.”Vaughn is committed to waiting outside Schlissel’s house a month or more. A deeper look into report on University of Michigan doctor’s sexual abusemlive.com
Blimpy Burger closed for filming, caregiver charged with murder: Ann Arbor headlines Oct. 2-7
ANN ARBOR, MI – Ann Arbor’s staple burger joint Blimpy Burger was closed for the day earlier this week for a film crew to come in and shoot some footage for a television show. Tree Town to Flavortown: Blimpy Burger closes for filming of Food Network’s ‘Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives’Krazy Jim’s Blimpy Burger may soon be making a return to Food Network. The Ann Arbor staple, located at 304 South Ashley Street, announced on Facebook that it would be closed on Tuesday, Oct. 5, for a Food Network filming. Why aren’t Ann Arbor schools using it? One difference this fall, however, is the absence of a homecoming court, Dexter Community Schools Superintendent Chris Timmis said.mlive.com
University of Michigan report shows more than 2,100 claims of abuse by Dr. Robert Anderson
The University of Michigan’s annual security and fire safety report saw a huge jump in sex crimes in 2020. As the report explains, it’s attributable to the complaints filed against Dr. Robert Anderson once the investigation went public.
Nearly 1,200 rapes by late University of Michigan athletic doctor among crimes reported last year
ANN ARBOR, MI - There were 1,212 rapes reported to University of Michigan officials during the 2020 fiscal year. In 2020, there were nine rapes reported in on-campus residence halls, two elsewhere on campus and seven off campus. The 240-page report released in May details years of sexual abuse by Anderson, and failings by university employees who could have stopped the abuse. Read more: University of Michigan to overhaul how it handles sexual misconduct casesOther changes include prohibiting teacher-student relationships, a process to revoke emeritus status and more. A deeper look into report on University of Michigan doctor’s sexual abuseUniversity of Michigan official mishandled Title IX case at another Big 10 university, lawsuit allegesmlive.com
Victims Of Michigan University Doctors Push Law Changes
Victims of sexual abuse and lawmakers testified Thursday in support of legislation that would give accusers more time to sue for damages and would take away immunity for governmental bodies that knew or should have known about criminal...detroit.cbslocal.com
‘Sunlight is best disinfectant’: Bills aim to empower UM, MSU sex abuse survivors in lawsuits
This insight informs two bipartisan bills spearheaded by a pair state lawmakers, which expand legal avenues to sue university officials for knowingly failing to address sexual abuse. Both are focused on potential civil action for survivors and do not seek criminal prosecution of public universities that enable sexual abuse. “My bill says you don’t get immunity in these sorts of situations going forward and retroactively.”Whitsett disclosed during the news conference that she, too, is a victim of sexual abuse. They want clarity with the language that states university officials would be held civilly liable if they “knew or should have known” about sexual abuse. “Then they have to make the case.”That time in the court will provide the necessary attention on sexual abuse issues, Vaughn said.mlive.com
‘You can’t close your eyes’: New Dingell bill seeks accountability from universities for sexual misconduct
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In an effort to curb sexual violence on college campuses, U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Dearborn, introduced new legislation Tuesday to bolster Title IX language and hold universities accountable for mishandling sexual misconduct investigations. It also would outline how schools must respond and take action to prevent sexual assault and provide discipline for violations. Lastly, it provides private lawsuit rights for individuals in any instance an institution fails to enforce Title IX standards for sex discrimination, allowing for equitable relief for survivors. MSU and UM have altered their Title IX and sexual misconduct reporting policies since the Nassar and Anderson scandals. A deeper look into report on University of Michigan doctor’s sexual abuseUniversity of Michigan official mishandled Title IX case at another Big 10 university, lawsuit allegesmlive.com
Oakland County Nurses To Administer First Doses Of Pfizer Booster Shot This Week
The Oakland County Health Division is launching its first clinics to administer the booster dose of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday, Sept. 29 in Southfield, with more clinics and locations to follow throughout the week.detroit.cbslocal.com
Assault Victims Protest Outside U-Michigan Board Meeting
Protesters, including some of the hundreds of people who survived sexual abuse by a University of Michigan sports doctor, gathered outside a meeting of the school's governing board Thursday and called for more accountability by campus...detroit.cbslocal.com
‘Say our names’: Survivors of late University of Michigan doctor’s abuse protest before regents meeting
ANN ARBOR, MI - Jon Vaughn, one of the survivors of late University of Michigan football team doctor Robert Anderson, has heard his university give a lot of apologies. He wants UM to apologize to him and the hundreds of Anderson survivors individually and personally. “There needs to be accountability.”Vaughn and more than 30 survivors protested UM President Mark Schlissel and the board’s handling of sexual misconduct on campus. Read more: Survivors of late University of Michigan doctor’s abuse plan protest at in-person regents meetingOne of the themes of the protest: humanizing the victims for the first in-person regents meeting since February 2020. A deeper look into report on University of Michigan doctor’s sexual abuseUniversity of Michigan official mishandled Title IX case at another Big 10 university, lawsuit allegesmlive.com
Updates to sexual misconduct policy align University of Michigan with new Title IX guidance
The revisions add to previously announced sexual misconduct policy changes made in July. The way the university addressed sexual harassment by former provost Martin Philbert, as well as separate sexual misconduct cases by three computer science engineering professors and an opera teacher, have also faced scrutiny. They are required to report misconduct unless it is disclosed during a “sexual misconduct awareness event” on campus. “This includes Title IX misconduct as well as other prohibited sexual and gender-based misconduct,” UM officials said. A deeper look into report on University of Michigan doctor’s sexual abuseUniversity of Michigan official mishandled Title IX case at another Big 10 university, lawsuit allegesmlive.com
Attorneys drop Open Meetings Act lawsuit against University of Michigan
ANN ARBOR, MI - A lawsuit that took aim at the University of Michigan’s public comment policy at Board of Regents meetings is dead, according to Michigan Court of Claims records. Attorneys representing survivors of the late Dr. Robert Anderson’s sex abuse during his time with the university accused UM of limiting public comment on the case. The current speaker limit is five people per topic, according to UM policy. The survivors’ attorneys submitted a stipulation to dismiss the case after discussions between attorneys on both sides, said Okemos-based attorney Mick Grewal on behalf of some of the survivors. Read more: Regents ‘censoring’ University of Michigan sexual abuse survivors, according to new lawsuit“We hope that they’re going to allow all our clients to speak,” Grewal said.mlive.com
Survivors of late University of Michigan doctor’s abuse plan protest at in-person regents meeting
ANN ARBOR, MI - The University of Michigan Board of Regents will have its first in-person meeting since February 2020 on Thursday, Sept. 23. The meeting comes more than a year and a half into UM’s investigating and sifting through the damage from the late Dr. Robert Anderson’s sexual abuse of nearly 900 students and athletes. Some Anderson survivors are involved in an Ingham County lawsuit against the regents for limiting speakers during public comment. The 240-page report detailed years of sexual abuse by Anderson, and failings by university employees who could have stopped the abuse. A deeper look into report on University of Michigan doctor’s sexual abuseUniversity of Michigan official mishandled Title IX case at another Big 10 university, lawsuit allegesmlive.com
Regents ‘censoring’ University of Michigan sexual abuse survivors, according to new lawsuit
MASON, MI - Ten people, including a former University of Michigan football team captain, are suing the university for alleged violations of the Open Meetings Act at Board of Regents meetings. “Anderson survivors have regularly been among the members of the public addressing the board, including as recently as the July board meeting when five Anderson survivors addressed the board,” Fitzgerald said. The lawsuit requests the court force UM to allow more speakers to address sexual abuse with the regents at future meetings. Hill is is one of the hundreds of survivors who are plaintiffs in the lawsuit against UM over its handling of Anderson’s sexual abuse. A deeper look into report on University of Michigan doctor’s sexual abuseUniversity of Michigan official mishandled Title IX case at another Big 10 university, lawsuit allegesmlive.com
University of Michigan makes final push to dismiss federal court intervention on sexual misconduct policies
DETROIT - The University of Michigan has filed its final motion to dismiss the federal lawsuit forcing outside intervention on its sexual misconduct policies. Read more: Federal lawsuit asks if University of Michigan needs outside intervention on misconduct policiesUM attorneys fired back on Monday. University attorneys contend that Graham’s team has not identified the current policies “she believes to be unlawful.”“Plaintiff and her peers are welcome to participate in the university’s reform initiatives,” according to Monday’s court filing. The University of Tennessee case involved plaintiffs who were currently enrolled and in the investigation and disciplinary process against their abusers, UM attorneys said Monday. A deeper look into report on University of Michigan doctor’s sexual abusemlive.com
Sperm samples taken for study without permission, survivor of late University of Michigan doctor claims
ANN ARBOR, MI - A survivor of sexual abuse from University of Michigan Dr. Robert Anderson’s now alleges the late doctor forced athletes to provide sperm samples and then later profited from the samples. “We are in anguish to think that without our knowledge and permission, Dr. Anderson profited by selling our sperm to unknowing parties and children may have resulted,” Vaughn wrote in the letter. “Today’s meeting was a private conversation about ongoing allegations involving Dr. Anderson,” said Lynsey Mukomel, Attorney General’s office spokeswoman. The Washington, D.C.-based law firm, detailed years of sexual abuse by Anderson, and failings by university employees who could have stopped the abuse. A deeper look into report on University of Michigan doctor’s sexual abuseUniversity of Michigan official mishandled Title IX case at another Big 10 university, lawsuit allegesmlive.com
University of Michigan students rallying at Schembechler statue to protest sexual misconduct culture
ANN ARBOR, MI - Dozens of students are planning to surround the Bo Schembechler statue on the University of Michigan campus on Saturday to protest the university’s sexual misconduct policies. Specifically, the protest organizers want to “raise awareness” for UM students on the university’s handling of late athletic doctor Robert Anderson’s sexual abuse between the late 1960s and early 2000s, said organizer Maddy Birks. Michigan Students Against Sexual Assault will gather at 2 p.m. on Aug. 7. in front of the statue next to Schembechler Hall, 1200 S. State St. Richard Goldman, one of Anderson’s victims, said during a June press conference that he told Schembechler of Anderson’s abuse. Read more University of Michigan news:Union leader says University of Michigan lecturers could leave due to vaccine mandateCOVID-19 outbreaks at University of Michigan last year mostly stayed on campus, study saysUniversity of Michigan students are back this fall and here’s their plan for moving inmlive.com
University of Michigan to overhaul how it handles sexual misconduct cases
ANN ARBOR, MI - The University of Michigan announced institutional changes to its sexual misconduct policies during Thursday’s Board of Regents meeting. Strickman was named in two lawsuits accusing her of mishandling sexual misconduct complaints while she was an investigator and deputy Title IX coordinator at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. ECRT will contain a new Prevention, Education Assistance and Resources department that specifically trains faculty and staff on sexual misconduct reporting policies. The OIE investigation initially determined Lasecki had not committed sexual misconduct or violated the university’s sexual harassment policies. Read more from The Ann Arbor News:Michigan State University pushes for more nurses to treat sexual assault survivorsUniversity of Michigan president, regents will announce changes to sexual misconduct policiesUniversity of Michigan must release employee salary information after losing FOIA lawsuitmlive.com
University Of Michigan Creates Office To Handle Sexual Misconduct, Bias
The University of Michigan, rocked by scandals involving a senior official and a longtime doctor, is creating a new office dedicated to investigating sexual misconduct claims on campus, providing support to victims, and offering education.detroit.cbslocal.com
University of Michigan president, regents will announce changes to sexual misconduct policies
These men represent a pattern of sexual misconduct that has gone public the last few years at the University of Michigan. Schlissel and regents will discuss sexual misconduct policy changes at the July 15 Board of Regents meeting, multiple sources close to the situation told MLive/The Ann Arbor News. The OIE investigation initially determined Lasecki had not committed sexual misconduct or violated the university’s sexual harassment policies. Read more: Computer science professor resigning amid sexual misconduct allegations at University of MichiganTwo other instances of misconduct in CSE include Jason Mars and Peter Chen, both professors. Between 2019 and 2020, the university responded to 177 reports of sexual misconduct, Fitzgerald said.mlive.com
Universities face few consequences once scandals subside and victims are paid
Universities rarely face long-term, quantifiable consequences when they fail to protect their students from sexual abuse. “I don’t know that there have really been major consequences” for universities following scandals, said Lansing-based attorney Karen Truszkowski, who specializes in suing universities nationwide over Title IX sexual misconduct violations. The sex abuse scandals involve doctors who can no longer harm students. Penn State paid Sandusky victims $118 million, lost lucrative postseason football bowl eligibility for a season, forfeited scholarships and paid a $60 million fine to the NCAA. It’s like, did you not learn anything from what happened at MSU or (Ohio State University)?mlive.com
19 former University of Michigan basketball players now among those claiming abuse from former athletic doctor
ANN ARBOR, MI – A lawyer representing survivors of late University of Michigan athletic doctor Robert Anderson says most of his clients are former UM basketball players. Ven Johnson of Ven Johnson Law is representing 22 Anderson survivors, 19 of whom he said played basketball at the university. University of Michigan officials could have stopped abuse by late athletic doctor, report findsMany athletes in that time were on scholarship at the university, Johnson said, and because of that, they didn’t have a choice regarding their physicals. “We offer sympathy to all of the victims of the late Dr. Robert Anderson. A fight for the legendary Michigan football coach’s legacy‘Give us our humanity, dignity back,’ man abused by University of Michigan athletic doctor tells regentsmlive.com
Should Bo Schembechler statue come down? Artist stays neutral, says it’s ‘public property’
ANN ARBOR, MI – The artist who crafted the bronze statue of legendary University of Michigan football coach Bo Schembechler is choosing to stay neutral in the debate about the artwork’s future. The 7-foot-tall statue of Schembechler that has stood outside Michigan Stadium since 2014, was commissioned as part of the renovation of Schembechler Hall. “We tried to put all of those things into the statue.”A statue of Bo Schembechler outside the University of Michigan's newly renovated Schembechler Hall, Friday, April 18, 2014. Since Matt Schembechler and others have come forward alleging Schembechler knew about Anderson’s conduct, others have come to Bo’s defense, including his wife, Cathy, and son, Glenn. A fight for the legendary Michigan football coach’s legacyWho knew?mlive.com
City bans race-based hairstyle discrimination, actor to teach university theater: Ann Arbor headlines June 19-24
ANN ARBOR, MI – The Ann Arbor City Council has voted to make race-based hairstyle discrimination officially illegal in the city. Ann Arbor makes race-based hairstyle discrimination illegalRace-based hairstyle discrimination is now officially illegal in Ann Arbor. Jeff Hayner’s use of n-word basis of new reprimand drafted by Ann Arbor council committeeA majority on the Ann Arbor City Council will continue its condemnation of offensive language from Council Member Jeff Hayner, D-1st Ward. Water main break causes Ann Arbor boil water advisory, road closureThe city of Ann Arbor has issued a precautionary boil water advisory for some Ann Arbor residents after a water main break. Many downtown Ann Arbor businesses keep mask requirements even as state lifts restrictionsAs the last of the statewide mandates requiring Michigan residents to wear masks indoors are rolled back, many downtown Ann Arbor businesses are continuing their mask policies - at least for unvaccinated customers.mlive.com
New Pet Supplies Plus location to open in Ypsilanti
YPSILANTI, MI-- Pet Supplies Plus will open a new location in Ypsilanti on June 25. The store will be located at 2064 Whittaker Road and operate Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The store will offer self-operated pet washing stations, pet accessories, services and food, as well as a carry-out service, where staff members will help patrons carry heavy items to their cars. This is one of the chain’s more than 500 locations in 33 states. READ MORE FROM THE ANN ARBOR NEWS:Superintendent apologizes for editing of Ann Arbor Skyline graduate’s ‘Free Palestine’ flag displayAnn Arbor boil water advisory lifted after testing finds no contaminationTimeline of the Dr. Robert Anderson sexual abuse scandal at the University of MichiganDid Bo know?mlive.com
Timeline of the Dr. Robert Anderson sexual abuse scandal at the University of Michigan
The ongoing scandal has gained national attention with claims that legendary UM football coach Bo Schembechler may have been aware of Anderson’s abuse and failed to report it. A fight for the legendary Michigan football coach’s legacyHere is a timeline detailing Anderson’s career — where and when he worked, as well as key dates in the sexual abuse investigation. AG Nessel would investigate University of Michigan doctor’s sexual abuse only if school cooperatesJuly 2020: The first female survivor of Anderson publicly comes forward. May 2021: WilmerHale releases its report on Anderson, which reveals that UM officials knew of alleged sexual abuse by Anderson and could have brought his abuse to an end. A deeper look into report on University of Michigan doctor’s sexual abusemlive.com
Did Bo know? A fight for the legendary Michigan football coach’s legacy
“My heart and my mind both tell me no,” said Patrick “Tony” Leoni, who played football at Michigan from 1976 to 1979. They both claim that Schembechler told them he’d look into it — but they never heard anything after that. The Michigan football coach wanted someone from the FBI office to speak to his teams during preseason camp about illegal sports gambling. Vaughn was one of the first former football players to come forward publicly as a victim of Anderson. To this day, Vaughn says, he thinks of Bo Schembechler as a “man who personally did harm to me, but personally gave me tools that I carry into my life.mlive.com
More ex-Michigan football players, coaches come to Bo’s defense
More than 100 former Michigan football players, coaches, staff members and administrators have attached their name to a letter distributed earlier this week defending the legacy of Bo Schembechler. More: Wife, son: ‘Bo had a clear and compelling sense of right and wrong’More than 100 former #Michigan football players, coaches and staff members — including former AD Jim Hackett — have attached their name to a letter defending Bo Schembechler. Schembechler’s own son, Matt, recently said he was the victim of sexual abuse involving Anderson — and told his father about it in 1969. Jim Harbaugh did not attach his name, despite defending Schembechler earlier this month in an interview with reporters. On Wednesday, Jon Vaughn, another former Michigan football player who said he was abused by Anderson, but declined to tell Schembechler about it, called on Michigan to allow the state attorney general Dana Nessel to investigate the claims.mlive.com
Sexual abuse survivors call for UM transparency, man killed in shooting: Ann Arbor headlines June 12-17
ANN ARBOR, MI – Survivors of sexual abuse by late University of Michigan athletic doctor Robert Anderson gathered this week in Ann Arbor to call for full transparency from the university. Man shot multiple times outside restaurant dies after driving himself to hospitalA Romulus man shot outside a Pittsfield Township restaurant Wednesday afternoon drove himself to the hospital where he later died, police say. Here’s what’s different about Ann Arbor’s Art Fair this yearThe Ann Arbor Art Fair is going to look a little different this year. Ypsilanti Township mulling ‘public nuisance’ lawsuit against man accused of shooting 6-year-oldRyan Le-Nguyen is already facing four criminal charges, including assault with intent to murder, for the June 6 shooting of a 6-year-old in Ypsilanti Township. Man killed by Amtrak train in Ypsilanti TownshipAn Amtrak train struck and killed a 36-year-old Ypsilanti man Tuesday evening, police confirmed.mlive.com
‘Give us our humanity, dignity back,’ man abused by University of Michigan athletic doctor tells regents
ANN ARBOR, MI – A survivor of late University of Michigan athletic doctor Robert Anderson came forward Thursday at the Board of Regents meeting. Clubb, an Eastern Kentucky University graduate, did not attend UM, but offers support to those who did and also were abused by Anderson. Clubb then addressed the board about the accountability he said regents and university officials should take regarding sexual misconduct on campus. READ MORE:Bo Schembechler’s son goes public with claims of sexual abuse by ex-Michigan doctorWho knew? A deeper look into report on University of Michigan doctor’s sexual abuseUniversity of Michigan officials could have stopped abuse by late athletic doctor, report findsmlive.com
Ex-Michigan football player Jon Vaughn has some thoughts on Bo Schembechler’s legacy
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Jon Vaughn still can recall the first team meeting with Bo Schembechler. It was the summer of 1988, Vaughn’s first year on the football team, and the legendary coach brought the roster together for a speech. Vaughn has detailed his experiences at Michigan before, alleging that Anderson sexually abused him during each of his estimated 10 to 12 visits to see the doctor. “This is not about us versus Bo,” Vaughn said. Two other former Michigan football players, Daniel Kwiatkowski and Gilvanni Johnson, both said they were abused by Anderson and told Schembechler, too.mlive.com
Jim Brandstatter defends Bo Schembechler amid claims he knew about U-M doctor’s abuse
Jim Brandstatter, the Michigan football play-by-play announcer is defending Bo Schembechler against allegations that the late Michigan football coach knew about athletes being sexually abused by Dr. Robert Anderson.
Everything Bo Schembechler’s son, 2 former Michigan football players said about doctor abuse case
Here's everything you need to know about what Bo Schembechler’s son and two former University of Michigan football players said about Dr. Robert Anderson's abuse and the legendary coach's handling of the situation.
Schembechler son, players say Michigan coach knew of abuse
One of legendary University of Michigan football coach Bo Schembechler’s sons and two of his former players have described in detail how they were molested by the team’s longtime doctor and how Schembechler turned a blind eye when they told him about it.
Bo Schembechler’s son to offer evidence against father in case of Dr. Robert Anderson’s abuse
The son of legendary Michigan football coach Bo Schembechler said he will come forward with evidence against his father in the case of a university doctor believed to have sexually abused hundreds of patients.
US life expectancy drops a year in pandemic, most since WWII
AdThis is the first time the CDC has reported on life expectancy from early, partial records; more death certificates from that period may yet come in. Life expectancy is how long a baby born today can expect to live, on average. Black people now lag white people by six years in life expectancy, reversing a trend that had been bringing their numbers closer since 1993. Between 2019 and the first half of 2020, life expectancy decreased 2.7 years for Black people, to 72. Overall, the drop in life expectancy is more evidence of “our mishandling of the pandemic,” Brawley said.
Pilots say they, too, were molested by University of Michigan doc
FILE - This file photo, date and location not known, provided by the Bentley Historical Library at the University of Michigan, shows Dr. Robert E. Anderson. Some pilots have emerged as victims of Anderson, a deceased doctor who worked for decades at the University of Michigan. (Robert Kalmbach/Bentley Historical Library University of Michigan via AP, File)DETROIT – A cargo pilot who regularly needed health checkups to keep his license contacted a University of Michigan doctor in 2000. He said Anderson told him to undress, put on a medical gown and get on a table, instead of simply checking the man's vision, hearing and heart. AdSince then, another category of victims has emerged: pilots in southeastern Michigan who needed physicals to get or maintain a license.
US deaths in 2020 top 3 million, by far most ever counted
But the 2020 numbers amount to a jump of about 15%, and could go higher once all the deaths from this month are counted. “It was actually a pretty good year for mortality, as things go,” said Anderson, who oversees CDC death statistics. The U.S. coronavirus epidemic has been a big driver of deaths this year, both directly and indirectly. Drug overdose deaths, meanwhile, got much worse. Before the coronavirus even arrived, the U.S. was in the midst of the deadliest drug overdose epidemic in its history.
US suicide rate fell last year after decade of steady rise
NEW YORK – The U.S. suicide rate fell slightly last year, the first annual decline in more than a decade, according to new government data. In 2018, the national suicide rate hit its highest level since 1941 — 14.2 per 100,000 people. But death rates for the nation's two biggest killers — heart disease and cancer — were down, as were death rates for flu, chronic lung disease and Alzheimer's disease. "There are clear forces pressing suicide risk factors in a negative direction,” Moutier said, but that's doesn't mean suicide rates will automatically rise. “It’s possible that the rise in COVID-19 is sort pushing down the suicide rate,” he suggested.
Fact-check: CDC has not reduced the death count related to COVID-19
The CDC data table is based on an analysis of death certificates that mention COVID-19 as a cause. For 6% of the deaths, COVID-19 was the only cause mentioned, the CDC notes. As of Aug. 26, the CDC said, there were 161,332 deaths where COVID-19 was listed on the death certificate. Experts say it’s not surprising that so few people who died from COVID-19 had no underlying conditions listed on their death certificates. “In 92% of all deaths that mention COVID-19, COVID-19 is listed as the underlying cause of death."
Judge: University of Michigan must tell alumni about doctor abuse lawsuits
ANN ARBOR, Mich. A judge has ordered the University of Michigan to inform alumni about a class-action lawsuit against the school over sexual abuse by a longtime campus doctor. U.S. District Judge Victoria Roberts intervened after lawyers argued that the university shouldn't be communicating with people who could become plaintiffs in the case. The university must follow up and tell people that participation with WilmerHale is voluntary and that lawsuits are pending in federal court in Detroit. Roberts said WilmerHale can't share any work with a separate team of lawyers that is defending the university. But at the same time the school is seeking to have lawsuits dismissed because too many years have passed.
University of Michigan faces lawsuit claiming Bo Schembechler knew doctor was sexual predator
Despite that complaint and others against Anderson dating back years, Canham failed to take action, the lawsuit claims. FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Bentley Historical Library at the University of Michigan shows Dr. Robert E. Anderson. According to the lawsuit, Canham did not act and Anderson retained his position until his retirement in 2003. The lawsuit claims that the University of Michigan gave Anderson unfettered access to thousands of students and athletes, despite the fact that he was demoted in 1979 for sexually preying on students. Three law firms are representing the plaintiffs -- Estey & Bomberger, White Law PLLC, and The Simpson Tuegel Law Firm.
1st female alleges sexual abuse by U of Michigan doctor
She is the first female to publicly say she was sexually abused by a team doctor at the school and says she hopes to inspire other women and men to come forward. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)NOVI, Mich. The first female to publicly say she was sexually abused by a team doctor at the University of Michigan says she hopes to inspire other women and men to come forward. Cathy Kalahar, who played tennis for the Wolverines in the 1970s, joins hundreds of Michigan graduates who allege that doctor Robert Anderson molested them. My motivation is to help other victims to come to terms, to possibly come forward, Kalahar said at a news conference Tuesday in suburban Detroit. Kalahar said she chose to come forward after waves of alleged victims spoke up about what they said Anderson did to them.