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u.s. secretary of agriculture tom vilsack talks to volunteers distributing the covid-19 vaccine at huron high school in ann arbor
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United States Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack is visiting Michigan this week. His first stop was at Huron High School in Ann Arbor, where the Washtenaw County Health Department was distributing COVID-19 vaccines.

Most of the people getting the shot at the popup clinic were young people, aged 12-18. Vilsack watched as a middle-schooler got the vaccine, and commended her responsibility to her community.

Rural communities outside America's cities are falling further behind in the race to vaccinate against COVID-19 as President Joe Biden's Fourth of July goal to reach 70% of American adults looms over the horizon.

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I'm sometimes asked what my motivations are for drawing editorial cartoons. Am I trying to convince readers to agree with my point of view? Evangelize? Score points? And the answer is, no ... mostly.

I mean, there is always a small slice of ego that longs to be validated, right? The idea that people read my cartoons and say, "You know, before seeing this I held the exact opposite view, but now that my eyes have been opened by this man's scathingly brilliant observations, I have come to complete agreement! Also, my sides have split with laughter."

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The Legislature is expected to act quickly on recommendations released Thursday on ways to better protect elderly people who require assistance from professional guardians or conservators.

If the recommendations are adopted, Michigan would certify professional guardians and conservators. There would also be limits on how many clients professional guardians could take on.

The task force includes Republican and Democratic legislators, elder care experts, and Attorney General Dana Nessel.

University of Michigan Stadium
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Today on Stateside, the son of longtime University of Michigan football coach Bo Schembechler went on record to say that he, too, was abused by former UM doctor Robert Anderson. Also, a review of this week’s big auto industry reveal: Ford’s new hybrid mini-truck. Plus, one art fan’s collection, and the personal statement it reflects about gay identity.

Fifteen months into the pandemic, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued a mandatory workplace safety rule aimed at protecting workers from COVID-19. But it only applies to health care settings, a setback for unions and worker safety advocates who had called for much broader requirements.

Macomb County Prosecutor

Brian Kolodziej, the former Assistant Michigan Attorney General, has received a plea deal. Kolodziej was charged with two counts of felony misconduct in office last year for having an inappropriate relationship with the victim in a college rape case he was prosecuting, as well as allegedly tampering with evidence in that same case.

  

 

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“All I can say is I am sorry.”

That’s what former United Auto Workers president Gary Jones told a federal judge during his sentencing hearing Thursday on embezzlement and tax evasion charges.

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A Michigan man charged with threatening elected officials has pleaded guilty to two counts of threatening public officials in Livingston County. Daniel Thompson from Clare County made threatening remarks in voicemails and emails to the offices of U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Michigan) and U.S. Representative Elissa Slotkin (D-Holly).

Attorney General Dana Nessel said in a statement that Thompson will serve two years of probation and will pay almost $2,000 in fines.

An annular solar eclipse occurred Thursday morning. Some viewers across the globe saw the moon pass directly in front of the sun, creating a "ring of fire" effect in the morning sky.

Observers living in other areas would have only seen a partial solar eclipse, which makes the sun look like a glowing orange crescent.

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