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Complaint: Michigan college's graduation prayer violated law

A complaint has been filed against a Michigan college for having a religious invocation at its commencement ceremony. The Muskegon Chronicle reports that the the Michigan Association of Civil Rights Activists on Thursday sent Muskegon Community College a letter detailing the complaint. It was filed in response to a prayer said by college Trustee Ann Oakes at the college's May 9 graduation ceremony. Posted at MCCs website is video of the event. The following is audio from the closing of the...

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The Republican and Democratic candidates for Secretary of State sparred in a debate on WKAR’s Off the Record today.

Both candidates presented their credentials and made their case for why they are the best person to run the office in charge of Michigan’s voting and driving.

   The candidates sparred over each other’s campaign promises.

   Democratic candidate Jocelyn Benson promises a 30-minute wait time at Secretary of State offices.

  

   “This is just about doing better for our citizens and saying, ‘hold me accountable.’”

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A complaint has been filed against a Michigan college for having a religious invocation at its commencement ceremony.

The Muskegon Chronicle reports that the the Michigan Association of Civil Rights Activists on Thursday sent Muskegon Community College a letter detailing the complaint. It was filed in response to a prayer said by college Trustee Ann Oakes at the college's May 9 graduation ceremony.

Posted at MCCs website is video of the event. The following is audio from the closing of the minute-and-a-half long invocation prayer.

Officials say a deer in Dickinson County carried the first known case of chronic wasting disease in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

The state Department of Natural Resources says the 4-year-old doe was shot on a farm in Waucedah Township.

Laboratories confirmed the animal was infected with the fatal nervous system illness found in deer, moose and elk.

A driver charged in the hit-and-run death of a 6-year-old girl in western Michigan has entered a plea in the case. 

The Muskegon Chronicle reports 19-year-old Dakota Welch of Muskegon pleaded no contest Thursday to leaving the scene of an accident causing injury or death and driving with a suspended license resulting in death.

Muskegon County Circuit Court Judge Timothy Hicks agreed to a minimum sentence of not more than 70 months, or nearly six years.

Welch earlier said there was no proof his vehicle struck the girl, Taylor Davis, in Muskegon Heights.

Rachel Peterson, a resident of Ionia, Michigan says in July, Meijer Pharmacist, Richard Kalkman, denied a medically necessary prescription to treat her miscarriage. Merissa Kovach, policy strategist for the ACLU of Michigan filed a letter of complaint with Meijer on behalf of Peterson. 

“The pharmacist told her that he would not fill her prescription in account of being a good Catholic male, and then when she asked to talk to another pharmacist  he said there wasn’t one on staff, and then he refused to transfer her prescription.”  

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Editor's note: This story describes graphic allegations of sexual abuse.

The University of Southern California says it has reached a tentative class action settlement agreement worth $215 million over allegations of sexual harassment and abuse by a gynecologist who used to work at its student health center.

Approximately 500 current and former students have accused gynecologist George Tyndall of misconduct, according to The Associated Press.

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The U.S. government warned about the continued threat of foreign interference on Friday as it unsealed a new criminal complaint against a Russian woman described as the paymistress for Moscow's program of information war — a scheme targeting next month's midterm elections in the U.S.

Last winter, when Chung Soo-young saw a man rushing out of the women's restroom at a chain coffee shop in downtown Seoul, the first thing she did was to scan all stalls in search of a hidden camera. Like many other South Korean women, Chung, 26, constantly worries that she could be secretly filmed in private moments. Her fear spiked, she says, when she saw the intruder and "realized I can actually be a victim."

The Republican and Democratic candidates for Secretary of State sparred in a debate on WKAR’s Off the Record today.

Both candidates presented their credentials and made their case for why they are the best person to run the office in charge of Michigan’s voting and driving.

   The candidates sparred over each other’s campaign promises.

   Democratic candidate Jocelyn Benson promises a 30-minute wait time at Secretary of State offices.

  

   “This is just about doing better for our citizens and saying, ‘hold me accountable.’”

Muskegon Community College logo
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A complaint has been filed against a Michigan college for having a religious invocation at its commencement ceremony.

The Muskegon Chronicle reports that the the Michigan Association of Civil Rights Activists on Thursday sent Muskegon Community College a letter detailing the complaint. It was filed in response to a prayer said by college Trustee Ann Oakes at the college's May 9 graduation ceremony.

Posted at MCCs website is video of the event. The following is audio from the closing of the minute-and-a-half long invocation prayer.

More than 50 people reportedly were killed Friday when a train plowed through revelers who had gathered on the outskirts of the northern Indian city of Amritsar for the Hindu celebration of Dussehra marking the triumph of good over evil.

Witnesses told media outlets that as crowds spilled onto the train tracks, the booming of fireworks and the general celebratory din may have masked the sound of the oncoming train.

The European Space Agency is sending a mission to explore the mysteries of Mercury.

BepiColombo, named after the Italian mathematician and engineer Giuseppe "Bepi" Colombo, is set to launch at 9:45 p.m. ET Friday aboard an Ariane 5 rocket from a spaceport in French Guiana. The launch will be broadcast live here.

Video director Dave Meyers has long been synonymous with hip-hop's most mind-bending visuals. He made Kendrick Lamar the pope of egomania in "HUMBLE.," Missy Elliott the star in a house of hip-hop horrors for "Get Ur Freak On" and transported OutKast to a housing project with purple grass in "Bombs Over Baghdad."

When Angela Huntington arrived at work on a Wednesday morning in early October, she had to do something she dreaded: turn patients away.

Conquistadors and missionaries didn't just bring colonialism and Western religion to other parts of the world. They likely brought TB, too.

That's a key finding of an international study published this week in Science Advances, which looks at how the most common strain of tuberculosis developed – and how antibiotic resistance, a serious issue in fighting tuberculosis, has spread as well.

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