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Indiana judge is indicted for his alleged role in his own shooting at White Castle

A southern Indiana judge and two other men were indicted by two Marion County grand juries eight weeks after a late-night scuffle escalated into a shooting outside the White Castle in Downtown Indianapolis.

Two judges, including indicted Clark County Circuit Judge Andrew Adams, 47, were shot during the incident. The other judge who was shot is not being charged.

Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry announced the charges Friday afternoon during a news conference that veered, at times, into a lecture explaining why the investigation of the nonfatal shooting of two public officials needed to happen behind closed doors.

"We understand — we get it — that rumors and speculation will inevitably develop while this sort of process unfolds," Curry said. "Grand jury proceedings are strictly confidential. Indeed, disclosure of the substance of grand jury proceedings is a crime itself. Not only was some of the (news) coverage of the past 90 days completely off-base, some of it was thoroughly irresponsible — thoroughly irresponsible."

Read more: https://www.indystar.com/story/news/crime/2019/06/28/judges-shot-indianapolis-update-investigation/1595502001/

DCS and governor sued over level of care for vulnerable children

INDIANAPOLIS— A disability rights group has sued the state’s Department of Child Services to force change at an agency that has high numbers of children in an overburdened foster care system.

Indiana Disability Rights, an Indianapolis organization that advocates on behalf of children, filed the civil rights lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Evansville Tuesday on behalf of all children in the DCS system. It identifies nine children who are in the foster care system as representative plaintiffs in the case.

“It is traumatic enough being separated from your parents but to then be further traumatized by a system meant to protect is terrible,” said Melissa Keyes, legal director for IDR.

In addition to the agency, Director Terry Stigdon and Gov. Eric Holcomb are named in the lawsuit.

Read more: http://thestatehousefile.com/dcs-governor-sued-level-care-vulnerable-children/39257/

Overworked McLaren nurses picket for better staffing, affordable healthcare

THURSDAY, June 27 — The nurses could be heard yesterday at the top of the hill from McLaren Orthopedic Hospital, from the sound of passing cars blaring their horns on Pennsylvania Avenue.

“Beep-beep-a-beep-beep, Lansing’s still a union town!”

About 20 nurses rallied with picket signs at the smaller McLaren speciality hospital and another 100 crowded the sidewalk on Greenlawn Avenue in front of the larger hospital a mile and a half away.

The picket was not a strike but a reminder to the community that they’ve been working without a contract for almost a year. Their representatives say not enough nurses are staffed at any one time and the ones that are working are being forced to pull too much overtime.

Read more: https://www.lansingcitypulse.com/stories/overworked-mclaren-nurses-picket-for-better-staffing-affordable-healthcare,12983?

How Mitch McConnell -- and all White people -- benefit from White supremacy at the expense of our

How Mitch McConnell — and all White people — benefit from White supremacy at the expense of our Black neighbors

"I don't think reparations for something that happened 150 years ago for whom none of us currently living are responsible is a good idea," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters last week, as House Democrats prepared the first-ever hearing on the subject. (Detroit Rep. Rashida Tlaib was a co-sponsor of H.R.40: The Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act.) "We've tried to deal with our original sin of slavery by fighting a civil war, by passing landmark civil rights legislation. We elected an African American president," McConnell said.

Ignore how much work the word we is doing in that sentence — as if McConnell hadn't spent his career fighting civil rights and literally breaking the Senate to weaken Barack Obama. Ignore, too, at least for now, the question of how reparations would work.

Instead, focus on the most important phrase in the quote, the one conservatives have been using to shift blame away from institutions to individuals who have long since been worm food: "for whom none of us currently living are responsible."

It would take more space than I have to demonstrate all the ways in which this statement is profoundly ahistorical and intentionally misleading. But let's start with the basics: Freed slaves were promised 40 acres and a mule; they didn't get it. During Reconstruction, they were promised political power; White supremacists stole that, then violently subjugated them under under Jim Crow. African Americans were denied access to jobs and economic and educational opportunities; Black children were segregated into dilapidated schools. During the New Deal and in the postwar era, the federal government actively prevented African Americans from obtaining mortgages, effectively blocking them from building equity and passing along generational wealth to their descendants.

Read more: https://www.metrotimes.com/detroit/how-mitch-mcconnell-and-every-other-white-person-has-benefited-from-white-supremacy-at-the-expense-of-our-black-neighbors/Content?oid=21981457

Tlaib pushes to repeal Muslim ban, introduces anti-poverty legislation

The offices of Michigan congresspeople Rashida Tlaib, Debbie Dingell, Brenda Lawrence, and Andy Levin held a press conference on Friday to call to repeal President Donald Trump’s Muslim ban.

The event highlighted the one-year anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to allow for a travel ban that largely targets majority-Muslim countries. Congress has introduced legislation (H.R. 810) that would repeal the ban, as well as prevent similar legislation from being enacted.

In addition to the congress members, impacted families from the 13th congressional district, the African Bureau of Immigration and Social Affairs, ACLU Michigan, Emgage Michigan, Yemen American Benevolent Association, advocacy groups, and community members were in attendance.

Tlaib and fellow Reps. Pramila Jayapal, Sheila Jackson-Lee, Ayanna Pressley, and Jesús "Chuy" García also introduced the Building Our Opportunities to Survive and Thrive (BOOST) Act, an anti-poverty bill that would provide up to $6,000 to individuals and families via a refundable tax credit.

Read more: https://www.metrotimes.com/news-hits/archives/2019/06/28/tlaib-pushes-to-repeal-muslim-ban-introduces-anti-poverty-legislation

'Raise My Taxes,' Says This Detroit-Bred Billionaire, Who Gets The Harm Of Income Inequality

"For most people, our system isn’t working," writes a well-known Michigan State grad and major benefactor who has done quite well under our system.

Eli Broad, a billionaire industrialist raised in Detroit by immigrant parents, has a provocative guest column in The New York Times. Under the headline "I'm in the 1 Percent. Please, Raise My Taxes," he discusses "the deep inequities preventing most Americans — the factory workers and farmers, entrepreneurs and electricians, teachers, nurses and small-business owners — from the basic prosperity we call the American dream."

It's time for those of us with great wealth to commit to reducing income inequality, starting with the demand to be taxed at a higher rate than everyone else. . . .

I have watched my wealth grow exponentially thanks to federal policies that have cut my tax rates while wages for regular people have stagnated and poverty rates have increased.

So when the Democratic candidates take the stage this week for their first debate, I invite fellow members of the 1 percent to join me in demanding that they engage in a robust discussion of how we can strengthen a post-Trump America by reforming our tax code.

Here's what great wealth means in his case: Broad (pronounced BRO-de) is 233rd on the global Forbes List with an estimated net worth of $6.7 billion -- making him the 78th wealthiest American.

The 86-year-old describes himself in The Times as "the child of Jewish immigrants from Lithuania who came here with little more than an oversize belief in what America could offer."

Read more: http://www.deadlinedetroit.com/articles/22667/raise_my_taxes_says_this_detroit-bred_billionaire_who_gets_the_harm_of_income_inequality

Michigan Supreme Court Boots Judge For Bad Behavior

The Michigan Supreme Court tossed suspended Livingston County judge Theresa Brennan off the bench after issuing a strongly worded opinion Friday afternoon. It cited a number of serious concerns, including tampering with evidence in her divorce case and having an affair with a detective who was a witness in a trial before her.

"Effective immediately, we order that respondent, 53rd District Court Judge Theresa M. Brennan, be removed from office. In addition, we impose a six-year conditional suspension without pay effective on the date of this decision."

The court also ruled, that should Brennan be elected or appointed a judge during her suspension, she will be banned from exercising any power and prerogatives during that time.

The opinion cited lies under oath in her divorce case, tampering with evidence in that proceeding; and failing to disclose her relationship with Michigan State Police Detective Sean Furlong during a trial before her.

Read more: http://www.deadlinedetroit.com/articles/22688/michigan_supreme_court_boots_judge_for_bad_behavior

How one Michigan credit union is helping ease customers from payday loans

HASTINGS—The scenario had become all too familiar to Amy Byers.

Would-be clients would come into Thornapple Credit Union branches south of Grand Rapids, desperate to get out of payday loans.

“Half the time they would come in almost in tears, saying, ‘I don’t have the money to pay them back,’” recalled Byers, CEO of the Barry County-based credit union.

So the credit union launched what it calls a Mulligan Loan, a name borrowed from a golfer’s second chance at correcting an errant tee shot, which carries an 18-percent interest cap.

Read more: https://www.bridgemi.com/quality-life/how-one-michigan-credit-union-helping-ease-customers-payday-loans

Title IX report clears Michigan State University basketball players of sex assault

Michigan State investigators have determined that three former basketball players were not responsible for allegedly sexually assaulting a female student in 2015, according to a Title IX investigation report issued Wednesday.

The woman, Bailey Kowalski, graduated from MSU in May, just weeks after she came forward publicly during a news conference. She alleged that in April 2015 she was drugged and gang-raped by three now-former Spartans basketball players. In April 2018, Kowalski filed a still-pending Title IX lawsuit against the university, which prompted the Title IX investigation. Kowalski never reported the alleged crime to police, saying in a previous interview with Outside the Lines that she had been afraid of getting in trouble for having a fake ID at the bar where she had met the players that night.

School investigators questioned Kowalski's credibility because she possibly misidentified one of the players she said took part in the alleged assault on the night of April 11, 2015, at an apartment of one of the players.

Two of the players Kowalski named in her interview told investigators that they had consensual sex with her that night, according to Michigan State's report. However, the players said the third man Kowalski had identified was actually someone else. The third player she had named denied being at the apartment that night.

Read more: https://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/27076415/title-ix-report-clears-msu-players-sex-assault

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Benton Harbor reach tentative deal to save high school

State officials and the Benton Harbor School Board reached a tentative agreement to keep the city’s lone, academically struggling high school open, state officials said Wednesday.

The district must see its students improve academically while also paying down $18 million in debt under broad outlines of an agreement announced following a late-afternoon meeting in Lansing between school board members and officials of the office of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the state treasurer’s office.

Details of the agreement weren’t released, but Tiffany Brown, spokesperson for Governor Whitmer, confirmed the agreement would keep the high school open in exchange for Benton Harbor Public Schools agreeing to academic improvement goals and making progress on its debt.

“The State of Michigan’s number one concern has been developing a plan that puts students first and improves outcomes for kids in the Benton Harbor District,” said a statement released by the governor’s office.

Read more: https://www.bridgemi.com/talent-education/michigan-gov-gretchen-whitmer-benton-harbor-reach-tentative-deal-save-high-school
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