WEMU News
3:49 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

July 20-26 Gun Safety Week In Washtenaw County

Gun safety locks and information will be available at law enforcement agencies during Gun Safety Week.
Bob Eccles

Law enforcment agencies across Washtenaw County hope to help prevent gun deaths by offering free gun lock kits during Gun Safety Week, July 20th through the 26th.

County Prosecutor Brian Mackie says he's seen far too many senseless deaths in his thirty-plus years on the job.

"One would be too many, but it happens over and over again with otherwise responsible citizens who think that they're protecting themselves by having a loaded gun, then there's death or serious injury in the family, usually when children go to the guns," Mackie says.

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Michigan News
11:03 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Livonia Man Charged With Second Degree Murder In Referee's Death

This undated file photo provided by the Livonia Police Department in Livonia, Mich., shows Baseel Abdul-Amir Saad, a Detroit-area soccer player who is accused of killing soccer referee John Bieniewicz with a punch to his neck.
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A Detroit-area soccer player accused of killing a referee with a punch to the neck has made an initial court appearance on a second-degree murder charge.

Baseel Abdul-Amir Saad was arraigned Thursday in Livonia District Court. The judge ordered a $1 million bond and set a preliminary hearing for July 30.

John Bieniewicz died last week from injuries sustained June 29. Police and prosecutors say Saad struck Bieniewicz as the 44-year-old soccer referee announced his decision to eject him from a men's league game.

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Michigan News
10:52 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Michigan Senate Candidates Report Finances

U.S. Representative Gary Peters
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  The campaign of Republican Michigan U.S. Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land says it raised about $2.15 million from donors in the latest quarter and got an additional $1.2 million from Land herself. Democrat Gary Peters says his campaign raised $1.95 million.

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Michigan News
10:48 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Vice President Joe Biden Heading To Detroit

Vice President Joe Biden
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  Vice President Joe Biden will mingle with liberal activists next week at the Netroots Nation convention.

Netroots Nation says the vice president has agreed to speak at its annual political conference being held this year in Detroit. The July 17 speech will be the first time Biden has addressed the group.

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Cinema Chat
8:51 am
Thu July 10, 2014

'Hellion', 'Third Person', 'The German Doctor' And 'Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes'

Michigan Theater
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There are a number of good films opening in the area this weekend, and plenty of Hollywood news to discuss. It's all here in this week's installment of Cinema Chat. 

Cinema Chat with WEMU's David Fair and Michigan Theater Program Director Amanda Bynum

Opening at the Multiplex

In “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” a growing nation of genetically evolved apes is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth's dominant species. “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” opens Friday.

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WEMU News
5:14 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Mr. B's Joybox Express On The Road This Weekend

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Mr. B's Joybox Express piano bike will be making the trip from Chelsea to Ann Arbor this weekend, in part to raise funds for his bigger Mississippi River road trip planned for the fall.

The Chelsea-Ann Arbor Ride departs the Chelsea District Library at 3:30 Sunday afternoon, and concludes at Wolverine State Brewing Company in Ann Arbor. 

Donations will be split between the Joybox Express and a charity of the donor's choosing.

Find out more about Sunday's ride and the Joybox Express online:

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WEMU News
5:13 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Pittsfield Township Eyes Banning Grills From Apartment Porches And Decks

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Pittsfield Township was thinking about banning charcoal grills from apartment porches and decks before a July 4th fire that damaged several units of an apartment building, but now propane-fired grills may also be a no-no.

Public Safety Director Matt Harshberger says that pending township approval, language will be added to the open burn ordinance prohibiting charcoal grills or grills fired by an open flame from use in multi-family housing. 

The issue may come up for a vote at the township board's meeting in August.

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Michigan News
5:13 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Audit Points To Failings At Michigan Department Of Human Services

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Another audit says Michigan has failed to protect vulnerable adults

Gov. Rick Snyder's administration is again taking heat for failing to protect vulnerable adults.

A state audit released Wednesday shows the Michigan Department of Human Services (DHS) has mismanaged its Adult Protective Services (APS) program since 2010. Among other things, it says DHS did not adequately train caseworkers and supervisors and failed to investigate complaints of abuse.

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WEMU News
5:13 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Nominations Sought For Breastfeeding-Friendly Businesses

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Washtenaw County Public Health is seeking nominations of area businesses that go above and beyond to accommodate breastfeeding moms and their babies.

Nominations are being sought for the 2014 Breastfeeding Friendly Business Awards. 

Winners will fall into one of three recognition levels: Gold, Silver or Bronze. 

Nominees and winners will receive stickers to place on their front doors to identify them as a breastfeeding friendly business. 

Nominations are due by July 18th and can be made online:

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WEMU News
5:13 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Ypsilanti Meals On Wheels Executive Director Marks One Year On Job

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Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels Executive Director Alison Foreman's first year on the job was anything but ordinary.

Just four weeks into the job, she faced a government shutdown that threatened to put her program out of business. 

Since then, things have gone much more smoothly. 

Foreman says they've been able to eliminate a long waiting list, and plan to bring back Friday delivery of a frozen meal for customers to enjoy on Saturday. 

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