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Michigan jobless claims continue to drop; additional $300 benefit starts – Detroit Free Press

, Detroit Free Press
Published 12:29 p.m. ET Sept. 17, 2020 | Updated 4:30 p.m. ET Sept. 17, 2020


Despite a rise in first time unemployment claims and a second dismal economic report, President Trump touted his economic stewardship at a small rally near the birthplace of his political rival, Joe Biden. (Aug. 20)

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New Michigan jobless claims continue to decrease, but thousands of workers have filed for new benefits this week. 

New claims dropped to 17,392 on the week of Sept.12, which is down by 452 claims from the week before, according to the U.S. Department of Labor on Thursday. 

The national data for first-time unemployment claims held steady over the last few weeks. For the week of Sept.12, there was a modest decrease in national claims. Over 860,000 people filed for benefits, making a total decrease of 33,000 new claims. 

Michigan is among the states with the biggest decreases in new claim enrollment. California, Texas, Louisiana, New Jersey and Washington lead the nation with the largest increases in jobless claims, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

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This week, Michigan workers filing for benefits should expect to receive an extra $300 from the Lost Wages Assistance program. These payments are retroactive and should be paid for weeks ending in Aug.1, Aug.8 and Aug.15, according to the Unemployment Insurance Agency. 

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Workers already receiving benefits don’t have to file a separate claim, according to UIA. Claimants need to self-certify their unemployment status as a result of COVID-19, and all workers receiving the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance have completed this step already. 

To be eligible for this payment, your weekly benefit amount must be at least $100 before deductions. The Federal Emergency Management Agency said this additional $300 will only be available for six weeks, and an estimated 910,000 claimants are expected to get this benefit.

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‘They were about to embalm her’: A Michigan funeral home noticed a ‘dead’ woman was actually breathing – The Washington Post

Timesha Beauchamp was dead.

The paramedics said so on Sunday, after 30 minutes of CPR failed to revive her. An emergency room doctor in Southfield, Mich., confirmed the prognosis.

So employees at a local funeral home were more than slightly shaken hours later when they watched her chest rising and falling with breath, the Detroit Free Press reported.

Beauchamp, it turned out, was quite alive.

Now the 20-year-old is in critical condition at a hospital, Southfield officials are scrambling to learn what went wrong, and Beauchamp’s outraged family has hired an attorney known for making national headlines.

“They were about to embalm her which is most frightening had she not had her eyes open. They would have begun draining her blood to be very, very frank about it,” attorney Geoffrey Fieger, known for successfully defending “suicide doctor” Jack Kevorkian, told WXYZ.

For Beauchamp’s family, the experience has been a heart-wrenching roller coaster — from thinking their loved one was dead, to learning she wasn’t, to watching her fight for her life in the hospital.

“Somebody pronounced my child dead and she’s not even dead,” Erica Lattimore, Beauchamp’s mother, told WDIV.

Paramedics with the Southfield Fire Department first came to Beauchamp’s house early on Sunday morning after she had a heart attack, the department told the Free Press. When the CPR failed, the medics contacted the ER doctor, who pronounced her dead.

Fire officials said in a statement that they notified the Oakland County Medical Examiner’s Office of Beauchamp’s death. Soon afterward, Lattimore said she received a phone call.

“They said, ‘Ma’am, she’s gone,’ ” she told WDIV. “I told them, ‘Are you absolutely, 100 percent sure that she’s gone?’ They said, ‘Yes, ma’am, she’s gone.’ ”

Beauchamp’s body was taken to the James H. Cole Funeral Home in Detroit. More than an hour later, “our staff confirmed she was breathing,” the funeral home told the Associated Press.

As Beauchamp was rushed to the hospital, the funeral home called her grieving mother.

“They said, ‘Ma’am, your daughter is on her way to [the hospital]. She is breathing. She is alive,’ ” Lattimore told WDIV. “This devastated my life. … I said, ‘What do you mean? What do you mean she’s breathing?’ She said, ‘Ma’am, she’s in the hospital.’ ”

As of Monday evening, Beauchamp was in critical condition at Detroit Medical Center, the AP reported. Fieger, the attorney, said the hours she spent without medical care may have seriously damaged her chance of recovering.

“What did this delay do in terms of Timesha’s health for the rest of her life?” he told WXYZ.

The Southfield Fire Department said the city and the Oakland County Medical Control Authority had launched an investigation into how Beauchamp was declared dead on Sunday. In a statement, the department insisted it “followed all appropriate city, county and state protocols and procedures in this case.”

But Fieger said that doesn’t square with his client’s horrific experience.

“It’s one of people’s worst nightmares to imagine having an ambulance called and instead, sending you off to a funeral home in a body bag. The funeral home unzipping the body bag, literally, that’s what happened to Timesha, and seeing her alive with her eyes open,” Fieger told the TV station.

It’s not unheard of for patients to be erroneously declared dead — but it’s quite rare. In South Africa in 2018, a car crash victim was covered in a silver sheet and taken to a morgue, where a forensic officer noticed the person was still breathing. Earlier that same year, a Spanish prisoner was certified dead by three doctors before waking up in a mortuary.

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Michigan Plans

Michigan plans to redesign a stretch of road for self-driving cars – CNN

Washington, DC (CNN)Michigan announced Thursday that it’s teaming with tech and auto companies to attempt to retrofit a roughly 40-mile stretch of two roads outside Detroit exclusively for self-driving vehicles.

Michigan’s partners include Ford and Sidewalk Infrastructure Partners, a company that Alphabet has invested in. Alphabet owns Google (GOOG) and Waymo, one of the companies at the forefront of developing self-driving vehicles.
Both Interstate 94 and Michigan Avenue between Detroit and Ann Arbor, Michigan, would be retrofitted to include a dedicated lane for self-driving vehicles. Sensors and cameras added to the roads would help the vehicles better understand their surroundings. Physical barriers may be added as well, which would make it easier for the vehicles to drive safely, as the location of pedestrians and cyclists could be restricted.
Sidewalk Infrastructure Partners has created a subsidiary, Cavnue, which Michigan selected to lead the project. Automakers Ford, GM (GM), BMW, Honda and Toyota will advise Cavnue.
The leaders of the Michigan project haven’t concluded exactly which infrastructure changes will be made, saying that testing is needed first to determine the details. Jonathan Winer, co-founder of Sidewalk Infrastructure Partners, told CNN Business that cameras and LIDAR, a popular sensor on autonomous vehicles, could be used.
The project’s exact route also hasn’t been determined yet. Sidewalk Infrastructure Partners would pay the still-to-be-determined initial costs to install the new infrastructure, and Michigan is open to the possibility of paying for maintenance costs if the project moves forward.
“We believe this is a transformative project for Michigan, and globally,” Michigan chief mobility officer Trevor Pawl told CNN Business. “Mobility is foundational to our city’s history and critical to our future.” He noted there have been almost 10,000 fatal car crashes in Michigan in the last decade, adding that he expected self-driving vehicles to improve safety.
Hype surrounding self-driving cars has lessened in recent years as companies realize how challenging it is to make a car that can drive safely. Making left turns or gauging the intent of a pedestrian can be difficult. Some companies, including Ford, have pushed back deadlines for deploying the vehicles.
The self-driving industry and governments have shown increased willingness to change city infrastructure to make it easier to deploy the cars quickly. In Las Vegas, traffic lights have been retrofitted to alert the self-driving cars that Aptiv and Lyft are testing when they change colors so the vehicles can more easily navigate intersections.
Winer said it was unclear how much it would cost to retrofit roads for self-driving vehicles, but he said his best guess is $10 million a mile. It could be significantly more or less, he said.
Whether roads could be retrofitted at a cost-effective level is critical to the project being implemented. Following two years of tests, the sides will determine whether to move forward with building the 40 miles. Winer said his company is also considering similar projects nationwide.
Pawl said Michigan was open to paying costs to maintain any new infrastructure, and would look for federal funds to do so.
In the next six months, self-driving vehicles will be tested between Detroit and Ann Arbor on the existing roads.
In the next two years, a one-mile test stretch of modified road would be built at the American Center for Mobility, an organization based outside Ann Arbor that tests self-driving vehicles.
The project leaders say the self-driving lanes will incorporate buses, and they expect it to improve transportation for everyone by offering faster, safer trips. Winer said if transit and congestion weren’t improved in initial tests, the project wouldn’t move forward.
Pawl said Michigan is being careful about the employment impacts of self-driving vehicles. He said new jobs could be created with autonomous buses, such as remote operators and someone to monitor the buses and greet riders.
He said the state is considering other issues as well, such as emergency vehicles and pedestrian crossings.
“Let’s say part of the AV lane [has a barrier]. How does any ambulance or someone that needs to get over immediately do so?” Pawl said. “Those are things we’re really going to have to think about to get this right.”
Pawl said that the state of Michigan would be looking to the federal government for guidelines to determine if a self-driving vehicle is safe enough to operate in the reserved lanes. But Congress has moved slowly on self-driving vehicle regulations amid concerns over safety, privacy and the role of state and local governments. Jason Levine, executive director of the Center for Auto Safety, said he didn’t expect autonomous vehicle legislation to advance this year.
Earlier this year, the US Department of Transportation released updated guidelines for self-driving cars with the intent to promote American development in autonomous vehicles.

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Sources: Big Ten votes to cancel football season; no games for Michigan, Michigan State in 2020 – Detroit Free Press


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The Big Ten is expected to cancel its fall college football season in a historic move that stems from concerns related to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, multiple people with knowledge of the decision told the Free Press early Monday.

“It’s done,” one high-ranking source in the Big Ten said Monday afternoon. 

Sources said the presidents were in favor Sunday of not playing sports in the conference this fall. Michigan and Michigan State — which both have physicians as presidents — were among the schools in favor of not playing, sources said. 

Multiple sources said early Monday morning that presidents voted 12-2 to not play this fall, though the Big Ten said Monday afternoon no official vote had taken place. Dan Patrick, who first reported the 12-2 vote, said on his radio show that Iowa and Nebraska were the two schools in favor or playing.

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The sources requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly on the decision. A formal announcement was expected Tuesday, multiple sources said early Monday. The situation was fluid, sources said, as the Big Ten wanted to coordinate any announcement with other Power Five conferences. 

Since then, coaches and players in the conference, including Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh, Ohio State’s Ryan Day and Nebraska’s Scott Frost and OSU quarterback Justin Fields, have lobbied for the season to commence this fall. 

“Swinging as hard as we possibly can right now for these players!! This isn’t over!,” Day tweeted. 

Harbaugh ended his statement released by the university with the hashtags: #WeWantToPlay and #WeWantToCoach.

On Monday afternoon, after those statements, ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit tweeted: “To be clear regarding (Big Ten football) and their impending announcement – they are looking TO DELAY the start of the season NOT TO CANCEL.” 

“As we know this is a very fluid and ongoing situation,” Herbstreit said in a follow-up tweet. “Things are said one minute and changed the next. So we’ll see what happens in the next 24-48 hours. Numerous options in play. We can all hope there will be CFB at some point.”

The Chicago Tribune reported around noon that “a top-level” Big Ten source texted that, “No final decisions have been made,” while the Columbus Dispatch reported as of 12:25 p.m. that Ohio State had not yet been ordered to suspend practices.

The news of a delay or cancellation comes two days after the Mid-American Conference became the first in the FBS to cancel ts season.

Sources told the Free Press on Saturday that Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren prefers a spring football season, although no decision has been made. 

On Monday, Michigan State football moved its scheduled off day from Tuesday to Monday because of the uncertainty of the 2020 season, three people with direct knowledge of the situation told the Free Press. The program still held its scheduled off-day walk-through. 

Iowa also canceled Monday’s 11 a.m. practice, according to the Des Moines Register. And Purdue reportedly rescheduled its media availability. 

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As of Monday morning, MSU and Michigan players had not yet been told of any decision to cancel the 2020 season, sources at each school said. Two sources said MSU coaches were hopeful more information would be provided Monday.

Presidents were trying to figure out how all this fits with other conferences and they want athletic directors to handle logistics of determining if spring season is possible, sources said. The situation reportedly is changing by the hour, which is why the Big Ten has not made its announcement official.

Last week, the Big Ten revealed an updated 10-game conference-only schedule for 2020, and on Friday teams in the conference opened fall camp.

The limbo of the Big Ten schedule comes as players across the nation are opting out because of concerns about how the virus could impact their short- and long-term health. Four Michigan State players said they wouldn’t play in 2020, and one team source said more players were expected to follow. 

MSU linebacker Marcel Lewis, who opted out Saturday, said he lost a family member to the virus and doesn’t want to risk play. Offensive tackle Justin Stevens, who also opted out Saturday, said he has a respiratory condition that could make him high risk. A number of other players around the Big Ten — including Minnesota wide receiver Rashod Bateman, Penn State linebacker Micah Parsons and Purdue wideout Rondale Moore — also announced they would not play this season and begin preparation for the 2021 NFL draft.

Indiana offensive lineman Brady Feeney, whose is suffering from COVID-19-related heart issues and whose mother wrote an impassioned message imploring the college football world to take the virus seriously, took to Twitter on Monday morning with his own urging schools and players “to listen to our medical experts.”

“Covid-19 is serious,” Brady Feeney wrote. “I never thought that I would have serious health complications from this virus, but look at what happened.”

Dr. Amesh Adalja, a senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Health Security and one of the members of the group advising the NCAA on COVID-19, told the Free Press on Saturday a college football season no longer appeared feasible. 

“When we were trying to think about ways to make it safe, we were at a time when there was kind of more control of the virus, and you’ve got less control of the virus now than we had several months earlier during when the stay at home orders were just starting to be lifted,” Adalja said. “And then the other thing that’s made it what made it much more difficult is football is a contact sport, which is going to require some amount of testing of players. The turnaround times for for outpatient testing are really unacceptable for being able to safely clear somebody to play.

“When you have this type of problem with testing, where it might take days to get a result back, it really makes it extremely challenging for this to occur.”

Both MSU president Samuel Stanley (immunology and infectious diseases) and U-M president Mark Schlissel (immunology and internal medicine) are medical doctors.

Early Monday morning, players across the nation began uniting with the hashtag: ‘WeWantToPlay.’ Michigan defensive back Hunter Reynolds, who helped organize a unity statement among Big Ten players last week, told the Free Press early Monday morning that he hoped the movement “can save fall college sports in general.”

“Obviously, you know there are gonna be risks with playing sports this fall, especially in the midst of COVID-19,” Reynolds said. “But I think, as athletes, we feel that if the schools are unified and uniform in doing everything in their power to ensure our well-being and safety that that’s a risk that a lot of people are willing to take.”

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A Flint, Michigan Family Dollar Security Guard Was Shot Dead After Telling A Woman To Wear A Mask – BuzzFeed News

“This just can’t be real, my babies need their daddy,” the guard’s wife said. “I’m just suffocating, I feel like a knife is in my chest.”

Posted on May 4, 2020, at 6:39 p.m. ET

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A security guard at a Family Dollar store in Flint, Michigan, was shot and killed after an argument ensued when he told a customer she was required to wear a face mask while shopping.

According to police, the incident started when Calvin Munerlyn told Sharmel Teague’s daughter, who has not been named but is said to be in her twenties, that she would need to wear a mask inside the store. While the daughter then returned to the family’s car, police say Teague, who was wearing a mask, remained in the store and started yelling and even spitting at Munerlyn. Prosecutors say Munerlyn then asked a cashier not to serve Teague.

Police say surveillance camera footage shows that after the argument, Teague got into her car and drove off, only for the vehicle to return to the parking lot about 20 minutes later. This time, police say, Teague’s husband and son, Larry Teague, 44, and Ramonyea Bishop, 23, climbed out of the family’s SUV. Investigators say Larry Teague approached Munerlyn and started yelling at him about disrespecting the women in his family. Bishop then allegedly pulled out a gun and shot Munerlyn in the head.

Police officers found Munerlyn bleeding in the store’s doorway.

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Pete Tedford, Calvin Munerlyn’s cousin, and Dorothy Nelson, Munerlyn’s sister, hold each other outside a Family Dollar store on May 3.

Police have arrested Sharmel Teague, but her husband and son remain at large. All three have been charged with first-degree premeditated murder.

“From all indications, Mr. Munerlyn was simply doing his job in upholding the governor’s executive order related to the COVID-19 pandemic for the safety of store employees and customers,” Genesee County prosecutor David Leyton said in announcing the charges.

On April 24, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued an executive order requiring customers to wear face coverings inside businesses in hopes of curbing the spread of the coronavirus. While there were no penalties attached to the legislation, stores were allowed to refuse service to anyone not wearing a mask. As of May 3, Michigan was reporting 43,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases and over 4,000 deaths. In Genesee County, where Flint is located, officials say there have been 1,634 cases and 196 deaths.

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Maalik Mitchell, center left, cries at a vigil for his father, Calvin Munerlyn, on May 3.

“The hostile tone that we’ve seen in recent days on television and social media can permeate our society in ways that we sometimes don’t fully realize or anticipate,” Leyton said on Monday. “These should not be political arguments, they don’t necessitate acts of defiance and we simply cannot devolve into an us-versus-them mentality.”

Munerlyn is survived by Latryna Sims Munerlyn, his wife of 10 years, eight children, and his mother.

“This just can’t be real, my babies need their daddy,” Sims Munerlyn, sobbing, told Flint television station WEYI. “I’m just suffocating. I feel like a knife is in my chest.”

At the press conference Monday, Bryant Nolden, a Genesee County commissioner and director of the Berston Field House, a local gym where Munerlyn often worked out, said he had been a longtime friend.

“This really broke my heart,” Nolden said. “He would come in three or four times a week and he’d train anyone who wanted to be trained for free. We have a senior dance, and he’d come and dance with the seniors.”

On Sunday, friends and family gathered outside the Family Dollar store for a vigil, where they released balloons into the sky and spelled Munerlyn’s nickname, Duper, with candles. They said Munerlyn was a gentle giant who was always willing to help anyone.

“This is not the way to do things right now,” Munerlyn’s cousin, Tina James, told local television station WJRT. “We need to come together.”

“This is senseless — over a mask! Over a mask!” she added. “I don’t understand it.”

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Michigan pilot gives a literal ‘F U’ to governor over coronavirus lockdown – New York Post

May 1, 2020 | 10:40pm | Updated May 1, 2020 | 10:44pm

This frustrated Michigan pilot gives a literal flying you-know-what about his governor’s lock-down order.

Ed Frederick, 45, spent about an hour charting a path over Grand Rapids that spelled out this message for Gov. Gretchen Whitmer: “F U,” with an arrow pointing directly over the governor’s mansion.

Frederick said he was inspired to hop in a propeller plane Friday morning after Whitmer announced an extension of the state’s emergency lockdown order through May 28.

“It’s a power trip,” Frederick told The Post.

“The government, no matter Democrats or Republicans, always seem like they’re trying to do something just to prove they’re doing something, without weighing the ramifications.”

Frederick, who lives just outside Grand Rapids, said he owns a small business with his sister, and explained that he believed a lockdown was unnecessary for the entire state, considering the largest concentration of cases were in the southeast region around Detroit.

“That’s been an issue for a lot of people in the rural counties,” he added. “There are 82 counties, but really only four need to be locked down.”

Frederick believes Whitmer, a Democrat, has settled with a “draconian” statewide lockdown because a limited lockdown around the major city wouldn’t sit well with her base.

“[Whitmer] says this is for the safety of Michigan, but I think it’s for the safety of her keeping her votes, because the southeast is highly democratic,” he said.

Frederick said he was still getting by, yet sympathized with “the people walking that precipice, living paycheck-to-paycheck.”

But Whitmer and health experts have argued that state lockdowns help contain the spread of the coronavirus. She noted Thursday that counties of northern and western Michigan have begun seeing cases double within a week’s time.

“We must all continue to be diligent, observe social distancing and limit in-person interactions and services to slow the spread of COVID-19,” said Whitmer said in a statement urging residents to “work together.”

“Michigan now has more than 40,000 cases of COVID-19. The virus has killed more Michiganders than we lost during the Vietnam war. Extending this order is vital to the health and safety of every Michigander.”

Frederick’s flight came a day after armed protestors stormed the Michigan statehouse. A licensed gun owner himself, Fredrick said he supported the message but felt protestors should have left their weapons at home because it’s “not painting them in a good light.”

“We have an open carry, but just because it’s legal, doesn’t mean you should do it — it’s sort of like [the virus],” he added.

“I don’t need the government to wipe my tushie every two minutes,” he said. “Let me know what the problems are going to be and let me know what the ramifications are; I’m responsible for myself.”

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Michigan health department shipping condoms and lubricant during stay-at-home orders – WWMT-TV

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