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South Haven adds restrictions on Lake Michigan during inclement weather
SOITH HAVEN, Mich. (AP) – A southwestern Michigan town teeming with summer vacationers is taking action to prevent people from accessing Lake Michigan in unsafe conditions. South Haven City Council has agreed to install gates to close popular piers at certain times. Swimmers could also be fined if they are in the lake, although surfers or kitesurfers who love wind and waves are exempt. City manager Kate Hosier said the app would start with warnings, not fines. A public safety committee made recommendations after the drowning of three people in 2020. South Haven is in the southwest corner of Michigan, a two-hour drive from Chicago.
REDISTRICTION OF MICHIGAN
Black lawmakers file lawsuit to block Michigan redistribution cards
LANSING, Michigan (AP) – Current and former lawmakers in the black states of Detroit have announced an ongoing lawsuit to block Michigan’s new legislative and legislative districts, claiming they are illegally diluting the voting power of African Americans. Monday’s milestone came days after the new Independent Citizens’ Constituency Commission finalized legislative and legislative maps for the United States for 2022 and beyond. The plans are more politically fair for Democrats, but have drawn criticism for reducing the number of seats where African Americans make up the majority of the voting age population. Commissioners say black voters can still elect any candidate they want without representing at least half of a district’s electorate.
ADOLESCENT OUTFIT – DEAD
Family of boy who died after restraint at center settles case
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) – The family of a 16-year-old boy who was held in a closed youth center in western Michigan and died two days later of cardiac arrest have settled a second lawsuit for wrongful death in this case. The settlement between Cornelius Fredricks’ family and Kalamazoo Lakeside Academy was approved on December 29 by a Kalamazoo County judge. It was reached amicably and filed under seal, so no details are available. Another lawsuit was settled on Dec. 2 in federal court in the Western District of Michigan. Fredericks died after being immobilized for 10 minutes in the center on April 29, 2020.
DEADLY CRASH IN THE WRONG PATH
Wrong Way Crash Kills 2, Child In Southeast Michigan
CASCO TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) – Police say two people were killed and a child seriously injured when a vehicle traveling the wrong way on Interstate 94 collided with a second vehicle in the southeast from Michigan. State Police said a 25-year-old westbound man from St. Clair drove his car on the eastbound lanes of the freeway Monday afternoon in Casco Township, County. of St. Clair. Her car then crashed head-on into a sport utility vehicle driven by a 33-year-old woman from the township of Casco. The Macomb Daily reports that both drivers died of their injuries and that a child who was a passenger in the SUV was hospitalized in critical condition with injuries in an accident.
MICHIGAN VIRUS OUTBREAK
Some schools expecting virus wave go online and cancel classes
SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (AP) – The continued increase in coronavirus cases in Michigan and an expected increase after Christmas and New Years are extending vacation time for some students. Classes scheduled to resume on Monday have been canceled or moved online in several districts. Detroit public schools are closed at least until Wednesday. Schools in Ann Arbor in Washtenaw County will be away from Wednesday through Friday. Oak Park canceled classes on Monday and says distance learning will be distance learning for the rest of the week. Southfield Public Schools have switched to online distance learning for the week. The state has reported 61,235 new cases of the virus since Thursday.