4 Michigan city council members take knee during Pledge of Allegiance

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 9:04 AM

Ann Arbor City Council member Sumi Kailasapathy said her act of taking a knee was in response to racial inequality. Demonstrators in New York echoed the same sentiments in a recent rally.
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Ann Arbor City Council member Sumi Kailasapathy said her act of taking a knee was in response to racial inequality. Demonstrators in New York echoed the same sentiments in a recent rally.(Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Four members of the 11-member city council in Ann Arbor, Michigan, took a knee during the Pledge of Allegiance before Monday night’s meeting, MLive reported.

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Sumi Kailasapathy, a third-term council member, took a page out of NFL players’ playbooks and decided to make a statement protesting social injustice.

Kailasapathy asked several City Council members to join her in the protest and Chip Smith, Jason Frenzel and Chuck Warpehoski agreed. MLive reported.
"People tell me to go back to my country and I don't know how to tell them that this is my country, this is my home, and I work very hard to take care of and support my community. If I leave, where am I going to go? " Kailasapathy told CNN.


In a blog post, Warpehoski wrote, "I can't speak to what is in each person's heart, but for me to 'take a knee' is an act of attention, of concern, and of respect," MLive reported. He also said he didn't mean to offend anyone by his actions, let alone dishonor those who have sacrificed for this country.
Kailasapathy said she believes kneeling is not disrespectful.
"If you are someone who works hard to make your community and country a better place, you have the right to be treated with respect," she said.
Kailasapathy said she does not plan on kneeling again at a meeting anytime soon, saying she just wanted to get her point across.

Since being elected to the City Council in 2012, normally stands silent during the Pledge of Allegiance , often with her head down, MLive reported. She does not recite the Pledge of Allegiance and said in March that she had no plans to do so in the future, stressing that no disrespect was intended.

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Family returning from Disney desperate to find lost teddy bear along I-77

Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 7:11 AM

Family Looks For Lost Teddy Bear After Disney World Trip

A family from New York driving home from a trip to Disney World is desperate to find their little girl's teddy bear, and think it may have been lost in the Charlotte area.

The family was driving along Interstate 77 in Rock Hill on April 13 when they think the stuffed animal fell out the window.

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The girl’s mother, Amy Earley, said in a Facebook post that the bear means the world to her. That post has been shared hundreds of times and has dozens of comments.

Earley said her 3-year-old daughter has never gone a day without the bear and is completely heartbroken.

The family went on a Disney vacation in Orlando, and in photographs from the trip, the little girl is seen holding the bear everywhere the family went.

The family stopped in Rock Hill on the way home and stayed at a Comfort Suites. They think the bear may have fallen out the window of their car on I-77 northbound, between the hotel and exit 30 in Davidson.

Earley is pleading for help and has offered a $500 reward.

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1 injured in shooting at Florida high school

Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 9:29 AM
Updated: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 9:35 AM

At least 1 Person Injured in Florida High School Shooting

One person was injured Friday morning in a shooting reported at Forest High School in Ocala, according to the the Marion County Sheriff's Office.

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Temperatures expected to climb this weekend

Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 3:26 AM
Updated: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 10:00 AM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini has an outdoor outlook for the weekend

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Sunshine returns today
  • Warming up through the weekend
  • Lyrid meteor showers peaks late Saturday night

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DETAILED FORECAST

Today: We’ll see sunshine through the day. Temperatures will finally get closer to normal again with highs in the upper 50s. It will be a clear and chilly night.

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Saturday: It will be a nice start to the weekend. The day looks to be dry, but clouds will likely increase for the afternoon. Highs will be around 60.

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Sunday: It will be another beautiful weekend day with highs in the low 60s, which is right where temperatures should be. There will be plenty of sunshine.

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Monday: Temperatures will continue to climb as highs reach the mid-60s. Clouds will increase and thicken up into the evening. A passing rain shower at night can’t be ruled out.

Tuesday: We’ll see scattered, mild rain showers. It will be breezy and cloudy. Highs will be around 60.

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Third Wright State provost candidate comes from Appalachian State

Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 10:14 AM
Updated: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 10:14 AM


            Susan Edwards, WSU provost candidate.
Susan Edwards, WSU provost candidate.

The next candidate for the Wright State University provost job will visit campus next week.

Susan Edwards has served as vice provost at Appalachian State University since 2015. She will be on campus Monday and Tuesday and will participate in two open forums while there.

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Edwards first started at Appalachian State in 2007 and held a number of professor roles and also served as the chairwoman of the university’s department of biology from 2012 to 2015, according to Wright State. She previously worked at Georgia Southern University and Cook University in Cairns, Australia.

Edwards is the third of four provost candidates WSU has invited to campus. The second candidate invited to campus withdrew his name for consideration at last minute.

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The first candidate, Kenneth Petersen, serves as a dean at Boise State University and visited Wright State earlier this week. Outgoing provost Tom Sudkamp announced in December that he planned to step down from the school’s top academic job in June.

Wright State has spent at least $80,000 to find Sudkamp’s replacement. The university hired the private search firm Greenwood Asher, which allows them to keep the names of candidates private until a day or two before they visit campus.

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