New K-9 dog Colombo now standing watch, making friends at University of Michigan
Dunny, as well as Officer Susan Upton, are the K-9 handlers for University of Michigan Division of Public Safety and Security. University of Michigan Division of Public Safety and Security K-9 unit Colombo at Michigan Stadium. Photo provided by Joseph Dunny.Joseph DunnyThe journey with Colombo, sometimes called Bobo, began at a Kentucky breeder who specializes in K-9 training. Loyal Michigan State University K-9 dies suddenlySaginaw’s K-9 Deebo once took a knife to the head. Free tampon program expanding to all University of Michigan public restroomsmlive.com
U.S. Humane Society offers $5,000 reward for info on severely abused dog found in Bay County
BAY COUNTY, MI — The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward for information in the investigation of a dog found wandering a Bay County road after suffering numerous puncture wounds. Veterinarian Dr. Bruce W. Francke of Bay Animal Hospital reiterated Tank’s injuries were inflicted by humans. “He is an incredibly happy dog,” Fauble said. He is still being cared for by the wonderful staff at Bay Animal Hospital.”While Tank’s health is improving, there have been some hiccups, Fauble said. Goulet said Animal Control officers have been in conversation with Bay County Sheriff’s deputies and other animal welfare agencies regarding Tank’s case.mlive.com
One Good Thing: Special Olympian spreads message of love
(Gary Schottle via AP)Gary Schottle arrived in time to see the other kids in line hitting and jumping on his young son. Special Olympics changed everything. Special Olympics has since branched out to more than 170 countries, empowering more than 5 million athletes who had often been cast aside. In 20 years of Special Olympics competition, Tank's confidence has soared, his leadership spreading across playing fields, the Houston area and beyond. Once one of the bullied, he has become a living embodiment of the Special Olympics message.
Abused dog found with severe injuries along Bay County road
BAY CITY, MI - An abused dog is recovering after being found hobbling along a Bay County road suffering from numerous puncture wounds. On Friday, Dec. 11, a person driving on Bangor Road saw the pit bull-bulldog mix and called Tasha Erickson, dog fosterer for the Humane Society of Bay County, or HSBC. Veterinarian Dr. Bruce W. Francke of Bay Animal Hospital reiterated Tank’s injuries were inflicted by humans. Fauble added HSBC has filed a report with the Bay County Animal Services & Adoption Center. “At the moment, we’re still gathering information,” said Craig Goulet, director of Bay County Administrative Services and supervisor of Bay County Animal Services and Adoption Center.mlive.com
Former Thumb-area Big Boy temporarily shuts down after court order, owner says
SANDUSKY, MI - The former Thumb-area Big Boy franchise that left the chain after defying a statewide order to close its indoor dining space is temporarily shutting down because of a court order, one of its owners said. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services order requiring Michigan eateries to temporarily close indoor dining to fight the spread of COVID-19 is in effect through Sunday, Dec. 20. Troy Tank, a part-owner of the former Big Boy franchise location now known as Sandusky Family Diner, said the local health officer has worked many different angles to get the restaurant to stop violating the MDHHS health order. The diner and Big Boy corporate voided their franchise agreement after the latter announced legal action against the former, stating the chain did not condone the restaurant’s decision to violate the order. Read more:Restaurant in Michigan’s Thumb selling Big Boy statue after losing franchiseBig Boy takes legal action against Michigan franchise defying state order to stop in-person diningPrehistoric human remains found along shoreline at Sleeping Bear Dunesmlive.com
Big Boy takes legal action against Michigan franchise defying state order to stop in-person dining
SANDUSKY, MI - The corporate branch of Big Boy Restaurants is getting involved after a Big Boy franchise located in Michigan’s Thumb region defied a statewide order requiring restaurants to close indoor dining spaces for three weeks due to coronavirus. In a statement, Big Boy said it was taking legal action to stop the franchise from operating under its name while it remains out of compliance. Big Boy Restaurant Group LLC is headquartered in Warren. “Big Boy has and always will be dedicated to the health and safety of our customers and staff,” the statement reads. “The actions of a franchisee in Sandusky, Michigan are not representative of Big Boy as a brand, our operations, or standards.”How the process will play out is up in the air at the moment, Tank said.mlive.com
Big Boy restaurant in Michigan’s Thumb stays open, owner says he’ll fight cease-and-desist order
SANDUSKY, MI - A Big Boy restaurant franchise in Michigan’s Thumb region started a GoFundMe page Monday, Nov. 23, to support its refusal to close dine-in service, despite a cease-and-desist order from the Sanilac County Health Department. Troy Tank, part owner of the restaurant located about 90 miles north of Detroit, said the GoFundMe is to help the restaurant pay potential fines and legal fees for its decision to remain open. “I just felt like our back was up against the wall and we needed to do something about it,” Tank said. The GoFundMe “freedom fund” attracted $840 in donations as of 4:30 p.m. Monday out of a $10,000 goal. Tank said the donations will go toward potential legal fees and fines, with any leftovers going to other restaurants or organizations fighting restrictions.mlive.com
New this week: 'Enola Holmes,' Public Enemy and Bonnaroo
Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week. MOVIES— “Enola Holmes”: It’s somewhat fitting that “Stranger Things” breakout Millie Bobby Brown gets her first starring role in a Netflix film, “Enola Holmes,” coming to the streamer Wednesday. — The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival was supposed to take place in June in Tennessee but was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. This week, though, the festival is launching Virtual ROO-ALITY, a three-night live broadcast featuring new performances as well as content from the Bonnaroo archive. The two-hour film will be available at 7 p.m. EDT Tuesday at pbs.org/frontline and on YouTube at 9 p.m. EDT.
ABC renews 19 shows, adds David E. Kelley drama 'Big Sky'
LOS ANGELES ABC is bringing back the lions share of its series for next season, including black-ish, A Million Little Things and The Rookie.They are among the 19 shows that will return in the 2020-21 season, the network said Thursday, adding to a list of previously announced renewals. New series debuting next season include Big Sky, a thriller from writer-producer David E. Kelley (Big Little Lies, Boston Legal), the comedy Call Your Mother and game show revival Supermarket Sweep with host Leslie Jones ("Saturday Night Live"). As with other networks facing the uncertainty of an industrywide, coronavirus-caused production halt, ABC is releasing its plans later than usual and piecemeal. Among the ABC series that wont be back: sitcoms Bless This Mess, Schooled and Single Parents, the drama Emergence, and Kids Say the Darndest Things, a reality show hosted by Tiffany Haddish. Decisions on The Beauty and the Baker and For Life have yet to be announced.