Mich. teacher reinstated after segregation lesson
Written by Associated Press   
Monday, 02 June 2014 21:20
MONROE, Mich. (AP) — A southeast Michigan public school teacher who was removed from the classroom while district officials looked into whether a lesson plan on African-American history and racial segregation laws was inappropriate has been reinstated, his lawyer said.

Alan Barron was placed on paid leave last month after an eighth-grade history class at Monroe Middle School was shown a video of how white entertainers once used black face paint to imitate blacks, the Monroe News reported (http://bit.ly/SnZA6I ).

Barron's lawyer, C.J. Horkey, issued a statement Sunday saying Barron was being allowed to return to the classroom.

"He looks forward to spending the final three weeks of his career doing what he loves, teaching the young people of Monroe," Horkey said in a statement. "He also wants to thank this wonderful community for its support though this difficult situation."

Former church bishop sentenced for raping girls
Written by Associated Press   
Monday, 02 June 2014 21:19
MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — The 77-year-old former pastor of a western Michigan church has been sentenced to 17 to 35 years in prison for raping two young relatives.

Carlton Johnson also was sentenced Monday to 5 to 15 years for inappropriately touching a third girl.

Johnson had been bishop of Faith Congregational Church of God in Christ in Muskegon. A jury found him guilty last month of two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and one count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct.

EPA: Indiana must cut carbon emissions 20 percent
Written by CHARLES D. WILSON, Associated Press   
Monday, 02 June 2014 21:17
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana's start on converting coal plants to natural gas and taking other aging facilities off line could help the overwhelmingly coal-dependent state meet a new federal goal of reducing its carbon emissions by 2030. But state officials are keeping a wary eye on how the new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency targets will affect manufacturing in the highly industrial state.

The EPA on Monday gave Indiana three years to come up with a plan to cut carbon emissions by 20 percent over the next 16 years as part of a sweeping national initiative to curb pollutants blamed for global warming.

Indiana's target presents a challenge in a state, sitting atop a major vein of coal, where more than 80 percent of power is produced by coal. But the EPA gave Indiana credit for already taking steps to reduce carbon emissions, such as encouraging utilities to set renewable energy standards, and environmental activists say they believe the goal can be accomplished.

3 charged with murder in shotgun death of boy, 13
Written by Associated Press   
Monday, 02 June 2014 21:18
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — Prosecutor have filed murder charges against two young men and a 15-year-old boy in the shooting of a 13-year-old boy in Kalamazoo following an argument and fight between a large group of people.

Eighth-grader Michael Day was killed by a shotgun blast May 26.

The Kalamazoo Gazette (http://bit.ly/1kruTIW ) reports that Kalamazoo County Prosecutor Jeffrey Getting said Monday that he has brought open murder charges against 18-year-old Rashid Perez, 23-year-old Octavius S. Snell and a 15-year-old. The 15-year-old is being tried as an adult.

Coast guard ends hunt for 2 Lake Michigan boaters
Written by DON BABWIN, Associated Press   
Monday, 02 June 2014 21:16
CHICAGO (AP) — Without spotting so much as a scrap from a missing 30-foot boat in the chilly waters of Lake Michigan that turn deadly after about six hours, authorities stopped searching Monday for two people who apparently jumped into the water over the weekend.

"The Coast Guard searches for people we believe are alive and with the temperatures out there, the equipment they had ... we don't believe they survived," Coast Guard spokesman Levi Read said.

Two people were pulled from the water: the first was a man who was spotted by a fisherman around 6:15 a.m. Sunday; the second was a woman identified by the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office on Monday as Ashley Haws, 26, of Chicago and formerly of Green Bay, Wisconsin. Haws, who was unconscious and in cardiac arrest when she was pulled from the water, was soon pronounced dead. The man remained hospitalized on Monday.

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