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Homeless Woman Was Living Inside Michigan Rooftop Store Sign With Computer and Coffee Maker

Homeless Woman Was Living Inside Michigan Rooftop Store Sign With Computer and Coffee Maker

[ad_1] Contractors curious about an extension cord on the roof of a Michigan grocery store made a startling discovery: A 34-year-old woman was living inside the business sign, with enough space for a computer, printer and coffee maker, police said. “She was homeless,” Officer Brennon Warren of the Midland Police Department said Thursday. “It’s a story that makes you scratch your head, just somebody living up in a sign.” The woman, whose name was not released, told police she had a job elsewhere but had been living inside the Family Fare sign for roughly a year, Warren said. She was found April 23. Midland, best known as the global home of Dow Inc., is 130 miles (209 kilometers) north of Detroit. The Family Fare store is in a retail strip with a triangle-shaped sign at the top of the building. The sign structure, probably 5 feet (1.5 meter) wide and 8 feet (2.4 meters) high, has a door and is accessible from the roof, Warren said. “There was some flooring that was laid down. A …

Michigan man accused of making explosives to target Satanic Temple in Massachusetts

Michigan man accused of making explosives to target Satanic Temple in Massachusetts

[ad_1] GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan man carrying explosives traveled to Massachusetts in 2023 and later said he wanted to blow up a building in Salem known as the Satanic Temple, according to a federal indictment. Luke Terpstra was charged in western Michigan with two felonies: transportation of an explosive and possession of an unregistered explosive. “Building explosive devices and transporting them with the intent to injure civilians and damage property puts us all at risk,” U.S. Attorney Mark Totten said Wednesday. The indictment was filed Tuesday. Terpstra, 30, of Grant, Michigan, is being held in the Newaygo County jail on related state charges. He faces a hearing in federal court next Monday. The court file doesn’t list an attorney yet who could speak for Terpstra. The Satanic Temple in Salem says it doesn’t believe in Satan but describes itself as a “non-theistic religious organization” that supports secularism. There is an art gallery at the site. Terpstra had an explosive device, multiple firearms and ammunition when he traveled to Salem in September, the …

Former township clerk and lawyer in Michigan face charges over voter data breach

Former township clerk and lawyer in Michigan face charges over voter data breach

[ad_1] A former township clerk and her attorney will face charges in Michigan over allegations of a voter data breach related to the 2020 election, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced Wednesday. Former Adams Township Clerk Stephanie Scott and her private attorney, Stefanie Lambert, allowed “an unauthorized computer examiner access to voter data, including non-public voter information, concerning the 2020 General Election,” Nessel’s office alleged in a news release. Scott faces six charges — five felonies and a misdemeanor — including concealing or withholding a voting machine and using a computer to commit a crime. Lambert faces three felony charges, including using a computer to commit a crime. It is unclear how they pleaded. Scott, 52, and Lambert, 42, have touted conspiracy theories about the results of the 2020 presidential election in Michigan. “Ensuring election security and integrity stands as the cornerstone of our democracy,” Nessel said in the statement. “When elected officials and their proxies use their positions to promote baseless conspiracies, show blatant disregard for voter privacy, and break the law in the process, …

Michigan Former Clerk and Attorney Charged After Alleged Unauthorized Access to 2020 Voter Data

Michigan Former Clerk and Attorney Charged After Alleged Unauthorized Access to 2020 Voter Data

[ad_1] LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s attorney general announced charges Wednesday against a former township clerk and a lawyer who had supported attempts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election, alleging they accessed voting systems without authorization in a search of fraud. Former Adams Township Clerk Stephanie Scott and her attorney, Stefanie Lambert, were charged with multiple felonies, including unauthorized access to a computer and using a computer to commit a crime. “When elected officials and their proxies use their positions to promote baseless conspiracies, show blatant disregard for voter privacy, and break the law in the process, it undermines the very essence of the democratic process,” Attorney General Dana Nessel said in a statement. “Those who engage in such reckless conduct must be held accountable for their actions.” The charges are the latest to be brought against people in multiple states who had been entrusted to ensure the security of election systems but instead allowed others to breach them in a futile search for evidence of widespread fraud in the 2020 presidential …

Michigan tornadoes trap workers in building, wipe out mobile home park

Michigan tornadoes trap workers in building, wipe out mobile home park

[ad_1] Severe weather that has been uprooting Plains states for weeks turned its attention to Michigan on Tuesday, trapping workers and wiping out a mobile home park, officials said. Portage Mayor Patricia M. Randall said in a statement that her city was struck by two tornadoes Tuesday, with no reports of injuries or death so far. One of the vortexes ripped off the side of a massive FedEx facility, trapping about 50 workers as first responders hoped to clear live electrical wires blocking their safe exit, Kalamazoo County spokesperson Taylor Koopman said by email. “The FedEx building in Portage sustained significant damage and is still an active scene,” she said. People look at a damaged FedEx facility in Portage, Mich., on Tuesday.Courtesy Jim Morrison A tornado destroyed entire residences at Pavilion Estates Mobile Home Park in Kalamazoo County, Koopman said. Rescue crews were on-site searching for survivors and those in need of temporary shelter, which was set up at Portage Senior Center, she said. Residents were urged to stay put as first responders sort out …

Scientists discover 9000-year-old ‘Stonehenge-like’ structure at the bottom of Lake Michigan

Scientists discover 9000-year-old ‘Stonehenge-like’ structure at the bottom of Lake Michigan

[ad_1] Situated approximately 40 feet beneath Lake Michigan’s glistening waters, within the heart of Grand Traverse Bay, this enigmatic discovery was to forever rewrite our understanding of the region’s ancient past. (CREDIT: Creative Commons) The picturesque waters of Grand Traverse Bay have long harbored stories of maritime history, with dozens of known shipwrecks bearing witness to its bustling 19th and 20th-century maritime trade routes. Beneath its serene surface, secrets of a different kind have emerged, captivating the minds of archaeologists and historians alike. Recently, the bay unveiled a remarkable surprise to the world—a prehistoric structure, reminiscent of England’s iconic Stonehenge, was uncovered by Dr. Mark Holley, a distinguished professor of underwater archaeology at Northwestern Michigan University. Situated approximately 40 feet beneath Lake Michigan’s glistening waters, within the heart of Grand Traverse Bay, this amazing discovery was to forever rewrite our understanding of the region’s ancient past. The assemblage of stones, although smaller in scale compared to the towering boulders of Stonehenge, appeared to be carefully arranged, igniting intrigue among researchers. The stones, ranging from sizes …

A Look at Commencement Ceremonies as US Campuses Are Roiled by Protests Over the Israel-Hamas War

A Look at Commencement Ceremonies as US Campuses Are Roiled by Protests Over the Israel-Hamas War

[ad_1] Commencement ceremonies are being held at colleges and universities across the U.S. As many campuses have been roiled by protests over the Israel-Hamas war, some school administrations have taken steps to contain disruptions during their commencement activities. University of Michigan’s commencement was held early Saturday with a few interruptions. Ahead of the ceremony, the school had said staff and security officers were ready to respond and that interfering with commencement would not be considered free speech. In Boston, commencement ceremonies for Northeastern University began peacefully Sunday morning at Fenway Park. Some students waved Palestinian flags but those were dotted among flags from India, the U.S. and other nations. Graduate students had their ceremony first, with the undergraduate ceremony scheduled for the afternoon. Photos You Should See – April 2024 Police last month arrested about 100 protesters at Northeastern when they broke up an encampment on the Boston campus. Police officers stood nearby as some graduates holding Palestinian flags and shouting pro-Palestinian messages protested during commencement at the University of Michigan on Saturday, where tens …

Senate Races Are Roiled by Campus Protests Over the War in Gaza as Campaign Rhetoric Sharpens

Senate Races Are Roiled by Campus Protests Over the War in Gaza as Campaign Rhetoric Sharpens

[ad_1] HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The student protest movement disrupting university campuses, classes and graduation ceremonies over the war in Gaza is also roiling Senate contests across the nation as Democrats tread cautiously over an internal divide and Republicans play up their rivals’ disagreements. The political impact of the protests on the White House campaign has drawn considerable attention, with opposition to President Joe Biden’s handling of the Israel-Hamas war reverberating from Columbia to UCLA. The fast-evolving landscape of the demonstrations is shaping pivotal Senate races, too. Tent encampments have popped up at universities in many states where Democrats this election year are defending seats essential to maintaining the party’s razor-thin Senate majority. At some schools, police crackdowns and arrests have followed. The protests have sharpened the campaign rhetoric in Pennsylvania, Nevada, Ohio and Michigan, among other places. Republican candidates in California and Florida have stepped up their criticism of the Democratic president for the U.S. response to the war or for chaotic scenes on American campuses. Some Republicans have shown up at encampments, including …

King Charles’ Longtime Charity Celebrates New Name and US Expansion at New York Gala

King Charles’ Longtime Charity Celebrates New Name and US Expansion at New York Gala

[ad_1] NEW YORK (AP) — The King’s Trust celebrated its new name, an update of King Charles III’s long-running charity The Prince’s Trust, and the expansion of its work in the United States with a star-studded gala in New York City on Thursday night. “Ladies and gentlemen, the trust will continue to help young people around the world to build those key skills to support them into employment,” Charles said in a statement read to the audience, offering his regrets for being unable to attend the event, which was the first organized under the charity’s new name. “Together, we can build a better future for the next generation.” Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and gala co-chair Lionel Richie, who has worked with the charity for more than three decades, said Charles was doing well and had wanted to attend. Charles returned to public duties on Tuesday, following the announcement in February that he had been diagnosed with cancer and was undergoing treatment. “I told him, ‘Stand still. Just recover,’” Richie said. “We’ve got many …