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LOCAL NEWS for FRI 19JUN21

Iosco County officials recently discussed a new committee.  The Iosco County Board of Commissioners will form a committee to determine the use of federal funding. According to the Iosco County News Herald, County Clerk Nancy Heubel told commissioners the county received $2.4 Million dollars from the American Rescue Plan. The funding works as an economic boost plan for the country, hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. Huebel also told commissioners that she is currently talking with the different government agencies and townships in the county to see what their plans are for spending the money, so that it is not duplicated by the county government.

Two teachers in the Alcona Community Schools have retired.  The two are both 5th grade teachers at Alcona Elementary School. According to the Alcona County Review Rene Holmes has worked with the district for 38 years and Teri Yokom has worked in the district for 30 years. Holmes, who grew up in Alpena, was hired in 1983 after graduating from Central Michigan University. Yokom, a lifelong resident of Alcona County, joined the district after receiving her Master’s Degree from Marygrove College. The two had worked together as 5th grade teachers in the Alcona Community School District for the past 24 years. 

Forest visitors traveling east on M-72 from Grayling to Mio will now be able greeted by Smokey Bear and the current fire danger rating. As part of a cooperative between the USDA Forest Service and Tri Town Volunteer Fire Department, the new fire danger sign will help residents and visitors know the current fire danger as they enter and leave the Mio Village limits. A second sign will be installed in Iosco County at the Oscoda Volunteer Fire Department on U.S. 23. For more information visit Ready For Wildfire.org.

Some events around Michigan this Father's Day weekend. There's the Blues Festival in Alpena, the Bay Harbor's in Water Boat Show , the St. Ignace Pride Festival, the Great Lakes Pirate Festival on Saturday at the Starline Dock in Mackinaw City and a car show at the Emmet County Fairgrounds.

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 Thu. Local News Audio

LOCAL NEWS for THU 17JUN21

A small plane crashed in Tawas Lake in northern Michigan's Iosco County. East Tawas Police say emergency crews found a small Ultra-Glide airplane upside down in the lake about 250 yards from shore Monday night. The 54-year-old pilot was able to climb out of the plane and was not injured.   He was the only one on board and was found standing on the wing of the craft when officers arrived. He said that when he landed the plane on the lake, he began to use the throttle to gain airspeed in an attempt to avoid the wild rice growing in the lake.    When he trimmed the wings, it then malfunctioned and caused the plane to nosedive and flip over in the water.  DNR personnel reviewed the crash for any signs of fuel leaks and found none.  Police remained on scene until the Ultra-Glide plane was removed from the lake.

Tawas City officials recently discussed the future of vacant lots owned by the municipality.  The Tawas City Council discussed vacant lots located on Oak Street. According to the Iosco County News Herald, City manager Annge Horning said the two lots are both zoned residential. The council discussed the possibility of rezoning the properties for commercial use. She told council members that with the purchase in 2017, demolition and cleanup of the property, the city has $24,315 dollars invested into the two lots. A motion was made to list the Oak Street lots for sale by owner with no set price. The Tawas City Council will consider any proposals made to purchase the properties.

Fairview Area School officials will hold a public hearing next week.  The Fairview Area Schools Board of Education will hold the public hearing Monday night. According to the Oscoda County Herald, the public hearing is to consider the district’s proposed 2021-2022 budget. The property tax millage rate proposed to be levied to support the budget will also be a subject of the hearing. The public hearing will be held Monday at 6pm, at 1879 East Miller Road in Fairview. A copy of the proposed budget is available for public inspection during normal business hours at the school.

District Health Department Number 4 staff are getting back to day-to-day operations as the number of COVID-19 cases decrease and interest in the vaccine wanes. According to the Alpena News, Devin Spivey, community health director and epidemiologist for District Health Departments Number 2 and 4, said COVID-19 is now a normal reportable condition, just like the flu or any other communicable disease the Health Department tracks. Spivey said there were 153 cases of COVID-19 reported since the board last met in May, which was 560 fewer cases reported compared to the previous month. Spivey added that Health Department officials also administered 655 doses of COVID-19 vaccine, which was about one-quarter of vaccinations administered in the previous month.

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 Wed. Local News Audio

LOCAL NEWS for WED 16JUN21

The North Central Michigan Community Foundation is accepting grant applications.  Nonprofit organizations with an IRS 501-C-3 designation that serve Ogemaw, Oscoda and/or Crawford counties are welcome to apply for a Community Impact Grant. Special funding is also available for projects that specifically address health for youth and senior citizens in each county, as well as health care initiatives that serve residents of Ogemaw or Oscoda counties. Qualified applicants may request up to $2,500 dollars in the three county service area. Grant applications can be found at NCMCF.org. The Community Impact Grant application deadline is Wednesday, June 30th. For more information call the office at 877-354-6881.

Officials in the Kinde North Huron School District recently looked back on the challenges of the past year.  Superintendent Martin Prout said the past year was a challenge. According to the Huron Daily Tribune, Prout said that over the course of the school year, the district learned to create new pathways for learning when traditional methods were not available. It included multiple online platforms for students and staff as well as being the first district in the area to have remote snow days. Prout said the district also added lunch periods and social distancing to keep students safe along with reducing the number of students in class and making available personal protection equipment. Prout added that during the school year, over half of Kinde North Huron School’s staff had to quarantine at some point.   

The Michigan State Waterways Commission will hold a virtual meeting on Thursday. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to providing residents the opportunity to share input and ideas on policy decisions, programs and other aspects of natural resource management and outdoor recreation opportunities. The Michigan State Waterways Commission meeting will be held tomorrow at 9am, to find a link visit Michigan.gov/DNR.

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 Tue. Local News Audio

LOCAL NEWS for TUE 15JUN21

The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe recently announced their Spring Revenue Sharing.  The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe dispersed its semi-annual two percent revenue sharing grants. According to the Arenac County Independent, the tribe handed out just over one million dollars. The funding was given to local governments on every level from village to city, township and county as well as area school districts. The spring distribution also set a milestone as it was the first to exceed one million dollars from Saganing. In total, just over $266 Million dollars has been handed out since the inception of the Class Three Gaming Revenue Sharing Grant Program.

The COOR Intermediate School District will hold a public hearing tomorrow.  The Crawford, Oscoda, Ogemaw, Roscommon Intermediate School District Board of Education will hold the public hearing Wednesday night. According to the Oscoda County Herald, the property tax millage rate proposed to be levied to support the 2021-2022 budget will be a subject of the hearing. The public hearing will be held tomorrow night, 6pm, at 11051 North Cut Road in Roscommon. A copy of the proposed budget is available for public inspection at the District Offices in Roscommon or online at COORISD.net.      

Local Sports

Boy's Hockey:
On Monday Evening, the Tawas Area Schools Board of Education voted 6 to 1 to approve Co-Op hockey starting this upcoming season. Students from Ogemaw Heights, AuGres-Sims, and Oscoda high schools will be eligible to join the Tawas Hockey team. The team will still play under the Tawas Area Braves name. The team will be making the jump from Division 3 to Division 2.   

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 Mon. Local News Audio

LOCAL NEWS for MON 14JUN21

Michigan State Police say 78-year-old Cheboygan man has died in a motorcycle crash on Mackinac Bridge. It happened on Saturday morning as he was traveling northbound across the bridge when he crossed the center lane divider and hit an on-coming pickup truck. The motorcycle driver was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the pick-up truck was a 39-year-old man from Newberry. The Newberry man and his passengers received minor injuries and was treated at the scene.

The West Branch Rose City School Board recently honored numerous staff members.  The awards were presented during a special school board meeting June 7th. According to the Ogemaw County Herald, Candy Everitt; Debra Marshall and Jon Scott received awards for 25 years of service and Marilyn McCauley and Ann Rosebrugh for 30 years of service to the district. The board also announced the recipient of their “Above and Beyond” Award. It is given to staff members demonstrating years of outstanding merit and dedication contributing to the betterment of the West Branch Rose City School District. This year the award went to Food Service Director, Janis Phillips, for her heroic effort to get food to students during the pandemic and Sheila Smiley for helping students, parents and faculty navigate pandemic technology.

A Flag Day Ceremony will be held this evening.  The Ceremony will be held by the Tawas Area Elks #2525. According to the Alcona County Review, the Flag Day Ceremony will be held at the Iosco County Veterans Recognition Plaza, on U.S. 23 at Mathews Street in Tawas City. The ceremony is slated to last thirty minutes, and those planning to attend should bring their own lawn chairs. It was in 1907 that the Elks Grand Lodge designated June 14th as Flag Day and President Harry Truman in 1949 signed a proclamation that June 14th would be a day of national observance for the symbol of our country.    

The Tawas Area Schools Board of Education will meet tonight. Before their regular meeting, they will hold a public hearing on the proposed 2021-2022 budget beginning at 7pm. The hearing will be held with minimal in-person attendance and through the use of Google Meets or teleconferencing method. To join the public hearing or the regular meeting immediately following, visit their website Tawas.net.

Local Sports

Boy’s Baseball Quarterfinals Saturday
Traverse City St. Francis 3  Oscoda 2
Gladwin 7  Grand Rapids West Catholic 6
New Lothrop 5  Reese 3

Girl’s Softball Regionals Saturday
Coleman 15  Hale 0
Standish Sterling 6  Beaverton 5
Hillman 11  Central Lake 1
Standish Sterling 11  Traverse City St. Francis 4

St. Ignace 6  Rogers City 5
Hillman 7  St. Ignace 4
Unionville Sebewaing 9  Harbor Beach 1
Unionville Sebewaing 13  Kingston 0
Millington 6  Bad Axe 1

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STATE NEWS for FRI 19JUN21

You had better take it easy with your speed on Michigan freeways this weekend . Michigan State Police are taking part in a multi-state crackdown on speeders. It's all part of the "Great Lakes, High Stakes" campaign as more than 30 municipal, county and Michigan state law enforcement agencies will focus on speeding drivers between Saturday and June 27. The Michigan and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is partnering with five other states on the campaign. The Michigan office says there have been more traffic fatalities with one thousand 83 last year, a 10-percent increase from 2019 even though the number of crashes was down.

The University of Michigan says effective June 21st, those who can show proof of vaccination will no longer have to wear a mask indoors, except for in classrooms, on public transportation and in hospitals with patients present.  Those who choose not to show proof or who have not gotten the vaccine are still required to wear a mask.

A freeway shooting has left a 2-year old toddler dead in Detroit. Michigan State Police say the shooting took place on south I-75 near McNichols Thursday night. MSP is also reporting that a 9-year-old is in serous condition.  The victims were riding inside a pickup truck. Interim Chief James White says anyone with information should call police.

A 32-year-old Berrien Springs woman has been killed in a crash with a semi that was hauling a fertilizer truck in southwest Michigan's Berrien County. The driver of the car reportedly hit the back of the semi, which was parked on the side of the road with its flashers on. The woman passenger in the car was killed. Police say drugs and alcohol don't appear to be factors in the crash.

Two giants in Michigan health care are planning to merge, forming the state's biggest health system. Spectrum Health and Beaumont Health have announced they've signed a letter of intent to unite, forming a system with 22 hospitals and employing 64 thousand people.

A west Michigan man has been convicted in the death of his wife in 2019. Jaron Chatman was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter for shooting his wife Emily at their home in Polktown Township, east of Grand Haven. A year before, court records show that she had filed for a protective order against her husband, but was denied. The Ottawa County Sheriff's Office says their three children were home at the time of the incident.

A fatal accident on Thursday in the eastern Upper Peninsula left one person dead and another in critical condition. It happened last night in Sault Ste. Marie. The Chippewa County Sheriff's Department is investigating the crash on M-129.

Bob Seger is dropping the mic on his touring career. The Detroit rocker said he can't imagine hitting the concert road again following the loss of close friend and saxophonist Alto Reed. He made the comments on a SiriusXM program marking the 45th anniversary of his "Live Bullet" and "Night Moves" albums. Reed, a longtime Silver Bullet Band member, died in December of colon cancer at age 72. Seger says he doesn't think he would be able to tour without Reed. He added that he's had a great life... and felt like he never worked a day because he loved what he was doing.

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STATE NEWS for THU 17JUN21

It's the news MILLIONS of people around Michigan have been waiting to hear, Governor Gretchen Whitmer hinting today that Michigan could be getting a full return to normal before the original July 1st target date. That's the day when all remaining COVID-19 restrictions on businesses and individuals were scheduled to expire. Most COVID restrictions were lifted on June 1st, however, 50 percent capacity limits are still in effect for indoor establishments and facemasks continue to be required indoors for the un-vaccinated.  At a news conference Wednesday, Whitmer said to "stay tuned" over the coming days for a new announcement.

There's a fire weather watch for the entire northern lower peninsula of Michigan. That's been issued by the National Weather Service in Gaylord because of warmer temperatures and lower humidity. They say the potential exists for fires to grow out of control quickly, especially with any breezy conditions. The DNR already has burn restrictions in place in many areas.

A mother and three children are hospitalized after their apartment goes up in flames in southwest Detroit. The fire took off around 9:40 last night . The 32-year-old woman, a 2-year-old and 6-year-old made it out of the apartment, but a 6-month-old was trapped inside. Firefighters were able to rescue the baby and all four were taken to the hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation. A cause of the fire remains under investigation, but officials believe a faulty furnace may be involved.

The University of Michigan board of regents is meeting this afternoon to set tuition and fee rates for next school year. It's not clear if the board plans to address claims made against Doctor Robert Anderson or Bo Schembechler. Former athletes are urging the board to launch a full investigation of sexual abuse committed by the late doctor and how the school failed to stop him during his decades on campus. Attorney General Dana Nessel has said she would only investigate if the school is willing and cooperative.

A 76-year-old man has been killed in a two vehicle crash in Monterey Township, south of Grand Rapids last night. State Police say one driver did not stop at a stop sign and collided with another vehicle in the intersection. They say the victim was not wearing a seat belt. The other driver has minor injuries.

A man is dead after allegedly being shot by the father of his girlfriend. The Macomb County Sheriff says the shooting happened around 1 this morning when 43-year old Jomarr Pye was shot once in the chest by an unidentified 66-year old man. When police arrived, the suspect was rendering aid to the victim who later died at the hospital. The suspect was taken into custody without incident. He said that his daughter told him that on Tuesday night, Pye assaulted her. So, he went to the Prentiss Apartments in Harrison Township to confront the man.  The father and daughter both have yet to be identified. Charges are pending.

There will be stepped up police patrols in Muskegon county due to an increase in gun violence. The Muskegon County board of commissioners reportedly voted to approve funding for the sheriff's department to hire more deputies and add more shifts for patrols. WOOD TV reports Sheriff Michael Poulin says in the first six months of this year, they received 440 calls about shots fired, 68 about people wounded in shootings and 226 weapons offenses and seven murders.

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STATE NEWS for WED 16JUN21

Former athletes are holding a news conference in the shadow of the Big House today to share stories of abuse at U of M by former university doctor Robert Anderson. He died in 2008.  In the meantime, Bo Schembechler's son and wife are speaking up in his defense, putting out a lengthy public letter. Glenn "Shemmy" Schembechler and Bo's wife Cathy refer to Matt Shembechler's claim that he told his dad he had been abused, saying that Matt has "on numerous occasions made unfounded and false accusations against Bo and other family members." They claim that Bo was a devoted husband and father and that he would not have tolerated misconduct, especially toward any of his players.  (Photo: Anderson)

A man is shot and killed in Taylor following an apparent dispute over firewood. Reports indicate the victim was giving away free firewood at a home and became upset when his 70-year-old neighbor started dragging it away, tearing up his driveway. The two men were exchanging words when shots were fired. The entire incident playing out in front of the victim's 15-year-old son. The neighbor was arrested at the scene, but claimed self-defense, saying the victim came at him with a shovel. The incident remains under investigation.

Lansing Police are investigating a murder. They say they responded to a report of shots fired just before one this morning and found a man suffering from gunshot wounds. The man was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. No one has been arrested.

Police in Flat Rock are looking for a black albino man in connection with a suspected murder. Officers say Amos Lowe is wanted for questioning in the death of a woman who was found yesterday in a home on Gibraltar Road. Her cause of death has not yet been released, though foul play is suspected. Anyone with information on Lowe's whereabouts is asked to contact police.

Michigan State Police are investigating a murder suicide between long-time friends just south of Tecumseh in Lenawee County in southeast Michigan. Troopers responded to a home in Raisin Township last night on a report of shots fired and arrived to find two men dead. According to witnesses, 24-year-old Joseph Niblack, from Florida, and 25-year-old Michael Madero got into an altercation during which Niblack shot Madero and then took his own life. The reason for the shooting is still under investigation by State Police.

Muskegon County will pay at least one million dollars to the family of a jail inmate who died after having seizures at the jail. WOOD TV reports the settlement will go to the family of 39-year-old Paul Bulthouse, who died at the county jail in 2019. His death was initially said to be from natural causes , but an investigation found Bulthouse had suffered at least 17 seizures in a close observation cell and did not receive help.

A Chinese restaurant caught fire in Whitmore Lake overnight. The fire broke out at Dragon Court, on M-36 . Multiple fire departments were called to the scene. A cause of the fire has not yet been determined.

For the third day in a row, Governor Gretchen Whitmer will be discussing the importance of childcare in Michigan. The governor will be joined by business leaders in Grand Rapids to highlight the administration's child care proposal, which would expand safe, quality, affordable childcare for an additional 150-thousand children as parents get back into the workplace. Yesterday, she spoke as lawmakers revealed bi-partisan legislation to improve the state's childcare. And on Monday, she proposed investing 1-point-4 billion dollars to expand access to childcare.

A deck collapsed at a home last evening in Grand Rapids and four people were injured. The deck reportedly had some rotting where it attached to the home. Four people were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries after they fell about 10 feet when the deck collapsed.

Even as a seasonal sports slump continues, online gambling in Michigan remains red hot. According to Play Michigan, online sports betting volume dropped for the second consecutive month in May. Sportsbooks took in more than 237-million dollars in wagers last month, down almost 5 percent from April. Analysts say a lack of success from Detroit teams naturally saps interest in betting. Meanwhile, online casinos were achingly close to the state's first 100-million dollar revenue month, bringing in nearly 94-point-9 million in May, just below the record 95-point-1 million reached in March.

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STATE NEWS for TUE 15JUN21

Police in Monroe County are investigating an accident that had a section of southbound I-75 shut down overnight. The crash happened just after 11 last night near Luna Pier Road. Reports indicate a wrong-way driver crashed into a semi-truck. The driver had to be cut out of their vehicle and was taken to a Toledo-area hospital. No word on their condition. A Life Flight Helicopter was initially requested but canceled after the driver was freed. The freeway reopened just before 6 this morning.

A basketball game in Hamtramck turns deadly after a drive-by shooting. It happened around 7:45 last night. Witnesses tell police a group of people were playing basketball when someone drove by and fired shots from a vehicle, hitting three people. One of those victims has died. Conditions of the other two are unknown. The gunman drove away from the scene and remains at large.

A 41-year-old woman has been arrested for allegedly stabbing a man in Big Rapids Monday afternoon. Police found a 35-year-old man stabbed in his upper chest. He was taken to the hospital and police say his injuries are not considered to be life threatening. The woman is being held at the Mecosta County Jail.

Authorities say the man who died from injuries he suffered during a mass shooting on a crowded downtown Austin, Texas, street was from Michigan.  A post on Facebook says 25-year-old Douglas Kantor was originally from New York but had been living in Michigan after earning degrees from Michigan State and U-of-M. He worked at Ford Motor Company as a product manager.  Kantor was shot last weekend and hospitalized.  He died on Sunday. The post on the Douglas Kantor Memorial Facebook page says, "He was looking forward to marrying his high school sweetheart of 10 years and starting a family (sic); This senseless tragedy has put an end to all his dreams."  More than a dozen people were injured in the shooting. Police believe it began as a dispute between two parties.

A couple pieces of construction equipment fell into the Boardman River in Traverse City on Monday. Upnorthlive reports the contractor was deploying barge equipment into the river for construction when it happed...one piece fell over the bridge and took the other one with it. There will be inspections once everything is cleaned up to make sure there wasn't any damage to the bridge. No one was injured.

A 20-year old man from Gwinn in the Upper Peninsula has been sentenced to 25 to 60 years in prison in connection to the sexual abuse of two 12-year-old children. W-L-U-C reports Brenden Trey Brownell pled guilty to five counts of first degree criminal sexual conduct and other charges from when Brownell was free on bond for another charge

One woman's loyalty to lottery numbers pays off big! A Kent County woman won a jackpot worth over 866-thousand dollars by playing the same numbers she has been using for years: 3-7-17-36 and 38. The 47-year-old woman, who chose to stay anonymous, says she and her husband have been playing the Fantasy 5 game with the same numbers for years and she still cant believe she hit the jackpot. The lucky winner will be using her winnings to fix up her home, pay bills and go on vacation.

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STATE NEWS for MON 14JUN21

A status hearing regarding criminal charges in the Flint Water Crisis is set for today. Attorneys for former Governor Rick Snyder and eight others facing charges are seeking to speed the production of evidence... after a judge said he needs at least four months to inspect grand jury records. The lawyers say the delay will hurt the defendants, who "are left to languish under the specter of reputation-destroying criminal charges with virtually no avenue to challenge or assess the allegations."

The Kent County Sheriffs Department is asking for your help in locating a missing man who they think may be in danger. 37-year-old Joffre Butler was last seen in Algoma Township on Summit Avenue NE near 14 Mile Road NE. Deputies say he walked away from his home Saturday night into a wooded area.  Authorities say Butler suffers from schizophrenia and depression. Hes stands about 5-foot-11, has a thin build with brown hair and a beard. He was last seen wearing a white T-shirt and green short. He does not have shoes, socks, a phone or his glasses with him. Anyone who has seen him should contact the Kent County Sheriff's Department.

A recent University of Michigan graduate has drowned in a lake at Pinckney State Recreation Area. The Washtenaw County Sheriffs Office says the 23-year-old female victim was paddle-boarding on Silver Lake with a man on Saturday. At some point, the man went back to shore and then returned to the water to look for the woman. When her paddleboard washed up onto the shore, officials closed the beach and police began searching for the woman. Her body was found on Sunday afternoon. Authorities say the woman was a foreign national.

A woman driving a Winnebago RV is facing charges after she struck two police cruisers and four cars on Saturday as one point going the wrong-way on U.S. 131.  A Kent County sheriffs deputy was injured after colliding with a pickup truck near Cedar Springs. The injuries were minor. The Winnebago struck at least four vehicles while going the wrong way. No injuries were reported to people in the cars. Police say a search of the RV found several large electronic items believed stolen from a Walmart store in Mount Pleasant.

The U-S Postal Service says there's been an increase in dog attacks on postal workers, with 5,856 attacks reported last year, compared with just over 58-hundred in 2019. Detroit ranks in the top 10 cities for dog attacks on postal employees. The Motor City is tied with San Diego for number 10, with 35 dog attacks reported in 2020. That's up from 26 attacks the year before. Michigan overall ranks 7th in the nation for dog attacks on postal carriers, with 253 attacks last year.

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Mid Michigan Health has begun contacting eligible patients by phone to schedule their COVID-19 vaccination. With the vaccine in high demand and the supply limited, early clinics filled quickly. Paul Berg, president of the Mid Michigan Physicians Group said with proper plans in place, they were able to begin calling eligible patients in an orderly fashion to schedule their vaccine. Berg said he advises everyone to take the time to learn more about the vaccine and how it will help in the fight against COVID-19. Those interested in the latest information on the vaccine distribution can visit MidMichigan.org/COVIDVaccine.

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Saturday, June 19, 2021

Juneteenth, Federal Holiday commemorating the end
of slavery in the U.S., on the anniversary of Union soldiers telling enslaved African Americans in Galveston, TX, that the Civil War had ended and they were free (1865) .

3,000-mile endurance cycle race begins in California for teams

MLB games:
Oakland Athletics @ New York Yankees
Miami Marlins @ Chicago Cubs
New York Mets @ Washington Nationals
Cleveland Indians @ Pittsburgh Pirates
Toronto Blue Jays @ Baltimore Orioles
Minnesota Twins @ Texas Rangers
Philadelphia Phillies @ San Francisco Giants
Boston Red Sox @ Kansas City Royals
Cincinnati Reds @ San Diego Padres
St. Louis Cardinals @ Atlanta Braves
Chicago White Sox @ Houston Astros
Milwaukee Brewers @ Colorado Rockies
Detroit Tigers @ Los Angeles Angels
Los Angeles Dodgers @ Arizona Diamondbacks
Tampa Bay Rays @ Seattle Mariners

NBA Playoffs Conference semifinals continue if necessary:
Milwaukee Bucks (3) @ Brooklyn Nets (2)

NHL Stanley Cup semifinals continue, with Tampa Bay Lightning @ New York Islanders


Sunday, June 20, 2021

Japan scheduled to lift its Coronavirus (COVID-19) state of emergency put in place to curb rising infections in Tokyo, Osaka and seven other prefectures.

New York's Madison Square Garden reopens with a headline performance from Foo Fighters, marking the first full-capacity show at the venue since its temporary closure due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in March 2020. The concert is open to fully-vaccinated guests only, who need to provide proof of full vaccination along with an appropriate, matching ID to gain entry

MLB games:
New York Mets @ Washington Nationals
Cleveland Indians @ Pittsburgh Pirates
Toronto Blue Jays @ Baltimore Orioles
St. Louis Cardinals @ Atlanta Braves
Boston Red Sox @ Kansas City Royals
Chicago White Sox @ Houston Astros
Miami Marlins @ Chicago Cubs
Minnesota Twins @ Texas Rangers
Milwaukee Brewers @ Colorado Rockies
Philadelphia Phillies @ San Francisco Giants
Detroit Tigers @ Los Angeles Angels
Los Angeles Dodgers @ Arizona Diamondbacks
Cincinnati Reds @ San Diego Padres
Tampa Bay Rays @ Seattle Mariners
Oakland Athletics @ New York Yankees

NBA Playoffs Conference semifinals continue if necessary:
with Atlanta Hawks (5) @ Philadelphia 76ers (1) in the Eastern Conference and Los Angeles Clippers (4) @ Utah Jazz (1) in the Western Conference

NHL Stanley Cup semifinals continue:
Vegas Golden Knights @ Montreal Canadiens


Monday, June 21, 2021

Summer Solstice
Longest day of the year and the first day of summer. Today is the Winter Solstice in the Southern Hemisphere.

Critics Choice Real TV awards announced via a special press release, recognizing excellence in nonfiction, unscripted and reality programming across broadcast, cable and streaming platforms. 'RuPaul's Drag Race' leads the nominations with five, followed by 'Queer Eye', 'Stanley Tucci: Searching For Italy', 'Taste the Nation with Padma Lakshmi', and 'Top Chef' with three apiece. Netflix leads the networks with 22 nominations in total, followed by HBO with 14. 'Jeopardy!' host Alex Trebek is honored posthumously with this year's Impact Award, which recognizes an outstanding individual for career excellence and the positive impact they have made on the world of nonfiction content. Trebek died aged 80 in November last year

Amazon Prime Day, sixth annual global shopping event offering millions of deals to Prime members in the U.S, UK, United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Spain, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, Portugal, Netherlands, Mexico, Luxembourg, Japan, Italy, Germany, France, China, Brazil, Belgium, Austria and Australia. The initiative was originally conceived as a one-off event to celebrate Amazon's 20th anniversary (16 Jul 2015), but has been repeated every year since after breaking all Black Friday records with 398 items ordered per second

George Foster Peabody Awards announced, including the presentation of the Peabody Career Achievement Award, during a multi-day virtual celebration. Categories include Entertainment, Children's & Youth, Documentary, Arts, News, Podcast & Radio and Public Service

39th birthday of Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge, second in line to the British throne.

MLB games:
Houston Astros @ Baltimore Orioles
Atlanta Braves @ New York Mets
Cleveland Indians @ Chicago Cubs
Oakland Athletics @ Texas Rangers
Cincinnati Reds @ Minnesota Twins
Milwaukee Brewers @ Arizona Diamondbacks
Los Angeles Dodgers @ San Diego Padres

NHL Stanley Cup semifinals continue:
New York Islanders @ Tampa Bay Lightning

2021 NBA Draft Combine. College basketball players receive measurements, participate in interviews, undergo shooting drills, take medical tests, go through five-on-five drills, and perform athletic tests in front of NBA coaches, general managers, and scouts


Tuesday, June 22, 2021

20th anniversary of the U.S. release of 'The Fast and the Furious', an action drama about an undercover cop tasked with discovering the identities of a group of unknown automobile hijackers, starring Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, and Jordana Brewster. The film was a commercial success and launched an ongoing multimedia franchise which is set to continue with the release of 'F9' on Jun 25

80th anniversary of Germany executing Operation Barbarossa and invading the Soviet Union during World War II - beginning what Russians call the Great Patriotic War. Soviet leader Joseph Stalin had signed the Molotov-Ribbentrop 'non-aggression' Pact with Adolf Hitler at the start of the war; he then refused to believe Allied intelligence on the German military build-up to the 1941 invasion, viewing it as capitalist propaganda. Nazi forces came within 50 miles of Moscow in late 1941 and reached as far east as Stalingrad in 1942, but were eventually pushed back until their defeat in Berlin in 1945

MLB games:
Cincinnati Reds @ Minnesota Twins
Houston Astros @ Baltimore Orioles
Washington Nationals @ Philadelphia Phillies
Chicago White Sox @ Pittsburgh Pirates
Kansas City Royals @ New York Yankees
St. Louis Cardinals @ Detroit Tigers
Boston Red Sox @ Tampa Bay Rays
Atlanta Braves @ New York Mets
Toronto Blue Jays @ Miami Marlins
Cleveland Indians @ Chicago Cubs
Oakland Athletics @ Texas Rangers
San Francisco Giants @ Los Angeles Angels
Milwaukee Brewers @ Arizona Diamondbacks
Los Angeles Dodgers @ San Diego Padres
Colorado Rockies @ Seattle Mariners

2021 NBA Draft Lottery, to determine the first three picks of next month's 2021 NBA Draft


Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Defense Secretary Austin and Joint Chiefs Chairman Milley testify to House Armed Services Committee on FY'22 DoD budget

25th anniversary of the Nintendo 64 (N64)

Britney Spears expected to speak in Los Angeles court over her conservatorship

3rd anniversary of 12 Thai boys, members of the 'Wild Boars' football team, and their coach entering the Tham Luang cave network in Thailand where they became trapped by rising water levels. They survived on water dripping from rocks before they were discovered by divers on Jul 2. The rescue ended on Jul 10 - 17 days after they disappeared - when the last of the group was brought to safety

5th anniversary of the UK voting to leave the European Union w bilateral trade deal came into place the following day

One-month until Tokyo Olympics 2020, which runs from Jul 23 until Aug 8 after being postponed from last year due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

NHL Stanley Cup Final begins

MLB games:
Chicago White Sox @ Pittsburgh Pirates
Washington Nationals @ Philadelphia Phillies
St. Louis Cardinals @ Detroit Tigers
Milwaukee Brewers @ Arizona Diamondbacks
Colorado Rockies @ Seattle Mariners
Houston Astros @ Baltimore Orioles
Kansas City Royals @ New York Yankees
Boston Red Sox @ Tampa Bay Rays
Atlanta Braves @ New York Mets
Toronto Blue Jays @ Miami Marlins
Oakland Athletics @ Texas Rangers
San Francisco Giants @ Los Angeles Angels
Los Angeles Dodgers @ San Diego Padres


Thursday, June 24, 2021

Federal Reserve Board releases results from its annual bank stress tests to ensure that banks have adequate capital to absorb losses. Banks with over $100 billion in total consolidated assets are subject to the stress tests. The smaller banks among those subject to the stress test are only required to participate every other year

Peabody Awards virtual winner announcements conclude, announcing the last of the 30 winners from the 60 nominees. Categories include Entertainment, News, Radio, Documentaries, Web and Public Service Programming * Winners are traditionally celebrated at a ceremony in Los Angeles, but this year's ceremony has been canceled due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

'CONAN', final episode of the late-night talk show hosted by Conan O'Brien airs after 11 years, with actor Jack Black appearing as his final official guest alongside a host of surprise appearances.

Super moon visible, with Earth's satellite appearing 14% bigger and 30% brighter than other full moons. One of four super moons in 2021

Former Vice President Mike Pence delivers address on the future of the Republican Party, as part of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation & Institute's 'Time for Choosing Speaker Series', addressing questions including 'why are you a Republican?', 'what should the Republican Party stand for?', and 'what are the Republican philosophies we can all agree on?'

MLB games:
Kansas City Royals @ New York Yankees
Oakland Athletics @ Texas Rangers
Baltimore Orioles @ Toronto Blue Jays
Houston Astros @ Detroit Tigers
Boston Red Sox @ Tampa Bay Rays
Atlanta Braves @ Cincinnati Reds
Washington Nationals @ Miami Marlins
Cleveland Indians @ Minnesota Twins
Pittsburgh Pirates @ St. Louis Cardinals
Chicago Cubs @ Los Angeles Dodgers


Friday, June 25, 2021

Take Your Dog to Work Day

48th annual Daytime Emmy Awards presented in a virtual ceremony hosted by Sheryl Underwood. Nominees include 'The Bold and the Beautiful', 'Days of Our Lives', 'General Hospital', and 'The Young and the Restless' (Outstanding Drama Series), Melissa Claire Egan, Genie Francis, Nancy Lee Grahn, Finola Hughes, and Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actress in a Drama Series), Maurice Benard, Steve Burton, Thorsten Kaye, Wally Kurth and Dominic Zamprogna (Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actor in a Drama Series)

'Who Are You, Charlie Brown?', documentary special celebrating the origins of the 'Peanuts' characters and their creator, Charles M. Schulz, premieres on Apple TV+.

'F9', action directed by Justin Lin released in theaters.

40th anniversary of the male-only draft registration being decreed constitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court stating that 'men and women are simply not similarly situated for purposes of a draft or registration for a draft'

Midwest Haunters Convention, Halloween show for haunted attraction industry professionals, home haunters, and enthusiasts

MLB games:
Philadelphia Phillies @ New York Mets
Colorado Rockies @ Milwaukee Brewers
Baltimore Orioles @ Toronto Blue Jays
Houston Astros @ Detroit Tigers
Los Angeles Angels @ Tampa Bay Rays
Atlanta Braves @ Cincinnati Reds
Washington Nationals @ Miami Marlins
New York Yankees @ Boston Red Sox
Kansas City Royals @ Texas Rangers
Cleveland Indians @ Minnesota Twins
Seattle Mariners @ Chicago White Sox
Pittsburgh Pirates @ St. Louis Cardinals
Oakland Athletics @ San Francisco Giants
Chicago Cubs @ Los Angeles Dodgers
Arizona Diamondbacks @ San Diego Padres

Wimbledon main draw announced

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