Marijuana smoking hangs over Whitmer kidnap plot trial
There is no dispute about some evidence in the trial of two men accused of eagerly wanting to kidnap Michigan's governor: They enjoyed getting high. From start to finish, the jury repeatedly has heard about marijuana in the case of Adam Fox and Barry Croft Jr., who are charged with conspiring to abduct Gretchen Whitmer as part of an anti-government uprising in 2020. It has been cited by defense lawyers to reinforce their depiction of Fox and Croft as “big talkers” who sometimes said outrageous things when they had been smoking pot.news.yahoo.com
1 of 3 bodies found in Chicago waterways over the weekend identified as Yuet Tsang, 80
One of the three bodies found in the Chicago River, which runs west from Lake Michigan, over the weekend has been identified as 80-year-old Yuet Tsang, according to police. Chicago Police Department’s Marine Unit pulled the body of a female victim from the water at 2800 block of South Eleanor on April 16 at around 10:40 a.m., the department told NextShark. A second female victim was pulled from the water at 100 block of North Riverside on April 16 at around 11:36 a.m. She was also pronounced dead at the scene.news.yahoo.com
Shocker: Far-Right Men Accused in Michigan Guv Kidnap Plot Duck Conviction
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Photo by JIM WATSON/GettyIn a shocking twist, a gaggle of white men accused of conspiring to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in the weeks before the 2020 presidential election dodged convictions on Friday.After five days of deliberations, a Michigan jury acquitted Daniel Harris and Brandon Caserta of several charges, including conspiracy, for what prosecutors said was a depraved scheme born out of anti-government anger at the Democratic leader’s COVID-news.yahoo.com
Man who schemed to kidnap Michigan Gov. Whitmer alleges fellow plotters wanted to use a grenade launcher and machine gun to fight her security at her vacation home
Kaleb Franks, who pleaded guilty in February, spoke as a witness in the trial against four other men charged in the Whitmer kidnapping plot.news.yahoo.com
Scientists race to gather winter data on warming Great Lakes
What's happening in the Great Lakes during those long, frigid months when they're often covered partially or completely with ice? “We've been ignoring winter on the Great Lakes for so long,” said Ted Ozersky, a lake biologist with the University of Minnesota Duluth, who announced the “Winter Grab” expedition Thursday. Crews from more than a dozen U.S. and Canadian universities and government agencies will make their way onto frozen sections of lakes Erie, Huron, Michigan, Ontario and Superior during the week of Feb. 14.news.yahoo.com
Long-sought Great Lakes projects get funding under new law
A project that will boost Great Lakes shipping in a crucial bottleneck and another intended to protect the lakes from invasive carp will get big funding increases under the Biden administration's infrastructure package, officials said Thursday. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said it would pump $479 million into construction of a new navigational lock at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, expanding a complex that enables vessels to haul bulk cargo between Lake Superior and the other Great Lakes.news.yahoo.com
Authorities begin identifying Michigan plane crash victims
The four people who died in a plane crash on Michigan's Beaver Island included a real estate agent and a couple who were planning to open a winery and vineyard there, authorities said Sunday. The plane crashed Saturday west of Mackinaw City, killing four of the five people on board. Lt. William Church of the Charlevoix County Sheriff’s Office identified three of the deceased as Kate Leese and Adam Kendall of Beaver Island, and Mike Perdue of Gaylord.news.yahoo.com
4 people killed in plane crash on Michigan’s Beaver Island
Four of five people on a commuter plane died Saturday afternoon when it crashed on an island in Lake Michigan, authorities said. The plane went down at an airport on Beaver Island, located west of Mackinaw City, according to the Charlevoix County Sheriff’s Office. The identities of the people on the plane weren’t immediately released, and there was no initial indication of the circumstances surrounding the crash.news.yahoo.com
The Great Lakes are warmer than they’ve ever been in early November: Why that’s a problem in several ways
Some parts of the Northern Great Lakes region were greeted by their first significant snowfall of the season earlier this week, but not even the arrival of the fluffy white stuff could mask these historic times for the Great Lakes themselves.
Amsterdam dance music festival returns after pandemic restrictions
Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) has started hosting its five-day dance music festival after the Dutch government lifted restrictions on the entertainment sector, as well as clubs and bars. The event has been scaled down compared to previous years, while measures are in place to prevent the spread of Covid-19, including on-site testing.news.yahoo.com
I took the high-speed ferry across Lake Michigan -- and it made for the coolest experience
Maybe you’re in Michigan, with family in Wisconsin (or vice versa). Or perhaps you’re planning some sort of trip across state lines, and you came across the idea of using a ferry to save some time around the Great Lakes.
Pregnant woman found dead in Lake Michigan identified via dental records as Chicago resident, 19
A 19-year-old Chicago resident has been identified as the pregnant woman found dead in Lake Michigan earlier this month, the Lake County sheriff’s office said in a news release. The body was recovered from the lake Aug. 15 after a fisherman saw it floating in the water about three miles southeast of Waukegan Harbor. The woman who died was identified by the Lake County Coroner’s Office this ...news.yahoo.com
Iowa man with guns at Chicago hotel 'didn’t mean to startle'
An Iowa man arrested by Chicago police for having guns and ammunition in his hotel room overlooking a Lake Michigan beach told officers he “didn’t mean to startle anyone" and simply forgot to remove the firearms from a bag while packing for a trip to the city, police video shows. Keegan Casteel's arrest for having a rifle with a laser sight and a handgun in his hotel room during the July Fourth holiday weekend prompted Mayor Lori Lightfoot and police Superintendent David Brown to suggest he may have intended to fire on Navy Pier crowds from his hotel window. Casteel's attorney has said those remarks were baseless and spurred sensational media coverage, while his client was in Chicago to propose to his girlfriend, not to launch a mass attack.news.yahoo.com
Man arrested for rifle at Chicago hotel makes bond, proposes
An Iowa man who was in custody in Chicago after police found a rifle with a laser sight in a hotel room that overlooks a Lake Michigan beach during the July 4th weekend made bond and then proposed to his girlfriend upon his release. Authorities say a member of the cleaning staff at the W Hotel told police on Sunday they observed the rifle, a handgun and ammunition in the room held by Keegan Casteel, 32. The window had a view of Ohio Street Beach and Navy Pier, a major tourist attraction.news.yahoo.com
Nonprofit: Number of drownings in Great Lakes jumps in 2021
More drownings have been reported in the Great Lakes so far in 2021 than by this time last year, prompting officials to urge swimmers to practice water safety measures. As of July 2, there were 32 drownings in the Great Lakes, compared to 25 as of July 4, 2020, according to data collected by the Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project. The nonprofit annually tracks drownings in the Great Lakes and recently issued a warning about a summer spike in deaths.news.yahoo.com
Company defies Michigan governor's order to close pipeline
An Upper Midwestern oil pipeline continued operating Wednesday, despite a shutdown demand from Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer that the operator warned could lead to fuel disruptions similar to those resulting from a cyberattack on an East Coast system. Whitmer ordered Line 5 closed last November because of the potential for a spill in a channel linking two of the Great Lakes. As her May 12 deadline arrived, Canadian pipeline company Enbridge said only the federal government has regulatory authority over its operations.news.yahoo.com
Shipwreck from 1880s revealed by shifting Lake Michigan water levels
A change in Lake Michigan water levels has revealed a shipwreck from the 1880s that is visible in western Michigan for the first time since 2018. Experts believe it's the wooden spine of the Contest, said Craig Rich, director of the Michigan Shipwreck Research Association. The wreckage is along the shore in Muskegon County, near where the White Lake channel meets Lake Michigan. Drone image of the White Lake shipwreck by Kevin Ailes Michigan Shipwreck Research Association. According to the Michigan Shipwreck Research Association, the Contest had a streak of bad luck even before its demise.cbsnews.com
Michigan approves Great Lakes oil pipeline tunnel permits
(AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. – Michigan's environmental agency said Friday it has approved construction of an underground tunnel to house a replacement for a controversial oil pipeline in a channel linking two of the Great Lakes. AdThe project requires permits from the state Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. “We have issued permits designed to ensure that if a tunnel is constructed, it will be in strict compliance with relevant statutes and adhere to stringent protections against impacts to the Great Lakes,” Clark said. State officials emphasized the tunnel project was a separate legal matter from the dispute over the existing pipeline, which was laid in 1953. It has taken steps to prevent future anchor strikes and says the tunnel project would eliminate that danger.
Storm remains ‘on track’ to bring 6 inches of snow Monday evening, Tuesday morning
The season so far has only totaled 8.6 inches at O’Hare, where the official climate data is tracked. Snowfall for the season is about 8 inches below the average at this point, so this one storm could catch up the area, Castro said.chicagotribune.com
Hammond, Chicago mayors bring Lake Michigan water pitches to Joliet
With the Hammond option, expected to cost $1.03 to $1.37 billion, Joliet would gain an access point for Lake Michigan water to be piped to Joliet where it would be treated and distributed. Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr. highlighted that the Hammond option gives Joliet more control and ownership of the water. McDermott compared the two options facing Joliet to renting or owning a home, noting that with Hammond, Joliet would be choosing an option that allows them to own and develop their own water utility to serve the region.chicagotribune.com
The battle for Lake Michigan: As beaches erode, millions of dollars have been poured into temporary solutions. Can anyone find a long-term fix?
As more precipitation falls on the upper Midwest and temperatures continue to rise, communities all around Lake Michigan have been hunting for solutions for how to deal with a changing climate and an altered lakeshore. On the western shores of Michigan, houses have begun to slip into the lake because of eroding coastal dunes, leading homeowners to stabilize their structures, build waterfront barriers or move altogether. Last winter, a home in Muskegon County tumbled into the lake. In Chicago, city and federal officials have battled lakefront flooding with boulders and trail repairs. To the north in Wisconsin, homes, piers and sewer systems need reinforcements from an encroaching lake.chicagotribune.com
Daywatch: Madigan’s grip on House in doubt, Lake Michigan’s beaches are vanishing and how to celebrate the holidays Chicago-style
As part of the series “Great Lakes, High Stakes,” the Tribune visited and reported from each of the lakes, exploring the environmental issues and how coastal communities are adapting to a warming world. Along Lake Michigan, communities are searching for new ways to stop the erosion of its sandy shoreline. Those solutions could forever alter the way we interact with the lake.chicagotribune.com
Michigan governor seeks shutdown of Great Lakes oil pipeline
Gretchen Whitmer took legal action Friday to shut down a pipeline that carries oil beneath a channel linking two of the Great Lakes. “Enbridge has routinely refused to take action to protect our Great Lakes and the millions of Americans who depend on them for clean drinking water and good jobs,” the Democratic governor said in a statement. "They have repeatedly violated the terms of the 1953 easement by ignoring structural problems that put our Great Lakes and our families at risk. One of the pipeline supports was damaged this summer, apparently by a boat cable. Placing the pipes beneath a busy shipping lane with no protective cover violated the state's duty to protect the public's interest in Great Lakes waters and bottomlands, the document said.
Biden's lessons learned: spending time, money in Midwest
Biden's "campaign is doing a better job, even during COVID, of reaching out with the candidates and a voter-to-voter effort. Besides spending no time in Wisconsin and only five days in Michigan, Clinton didn't begin advertising in either until two weeks before the election. There's been more to Biden's sharper focus on Michigan and Wisconsin than showing up and spending money. Biden's Michigan campaign as well as national aides have contacted Kinloch more in the past two months than Clinton's did throughout all of 2016, he said. “They're looping everything we're doing individually together under the Biden campaign,” Kinloch said.
Agent: Michigan, Virginia governors mentioned in kidnap plot
A judge ordered three of six men charged in the case held without bond until trial, delaying rulings on two defendants. It wasn’t immediately clear if talk of targeting Virginia’s Democratic governor, Ralph Northam, continued beyond the meeting. Trask, the FBI agent, testified that authorities learned of the June meeting in Ohio while investigating various anti-government groups. Some defendants conducted surveillance of her northern Michigan house in August and September, according to the complaint. Michigan, and particularly the Detroit area, were hit hard early during the pandemic, leading Whitmer to tightly restrict personal movement and the economy.
Chicago fall bridge lifts start Wednesday; Lake Shore Drive lifts could take 45 minutes
Bridge lifts will start around 9:30 a.m. every Wednesday and about 9 a.m. every Saturday through Nov. 14 and move west and south to give sailboats and other large boats to move inland from Lake Michigan to where they’re stored for the winter, according to a release from the city’s Department of Transportation.chicagotribune.com
Enbridge says contractor vessels may have damaged pipeline
Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, the Michigan attorney general's office and the state Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy. A state judge granted a request from Nessel to close the line June 25 after Enbridge reported the damage. The Enbridge report said the nature of the damage and drag marks in the lakebed pointed to a cable or anchor from a small or moderately sized vessel. Enbridge says it has stepped up security measures in the straits since a 6-ton (5.44-metric tonne) barge and tugboat anchor struck Line 5 in April 2018. They have focused primarily on avoiding contact with larger vessels but are being expanded to prevent encounters with smaller ones, Duffy said.
Protests in Trump country test his hold in rural white areas
Far from the industrial norths urban centers, hundreds of protests over black injustice have cropped up in small cities in rural areas. The protests in these Republican-leaning areas offer a test of the president's ability to reassemble his older, white voting bloc. No, you cant.Trump carried Pennsylvania by about 44,000 votes in 2016, in part with overwhelming support from a patchwork of rural, white counties. Dozens of protests have taken place in counties in these four battleground states that Trump flipped from Democrat to Republican. If Biden carries every state Clinton did in 2016 and reclaims Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, he would win a majority of the Electoral College votes.
Great Lakes erosion destroying beachfront homes
Montague, Michigan Three of the five Great Lakes Michigan, Huron and Superior broke all January records for water levels, according to the Army Corps of Engineers. When Tish Gancer looks out at the waters of Lake Michigan, she sees the final resting place of her house. Across the Great Lakes, the inundation has been accompanied by more frequent and intense storms that have stripped away the sandy base of beachfront homes. A home toppled due to erosion on Lake Michigan. The last two years were the wettest in nearly a century for the Great Lakes, virtually ensuring another season of unusually high water levels that could turn dream homes into nightmares.cbsnews.com
Gale-force winds, up to 20-foot waves likely on Lake Michigan
(CNN) - The second intense storm in a week is whipping up gale-force winds and waves as high as 20 feet across an already-high Lake Michigan. Waves already had hit 9 feet early Tuesday off the eastern Lake Michigan shore. The combination of above-average lake levels and gale-force winds will lead to another round of lakeshore flooding and beach erosion Tuesday through Thursday. Near-record lake levels leading to beach erosionAbove-average rainfall this year around Lake Michigan has raised the lake to near-record lake levels. Lake Michigan and Lake Huron will remain above the long-term average levels by 30 to 32 inches over the next six months, the US Army Corps of Engineers predicts.
American steel industry downgraded as trade war drags on
NEW YORK - The steady decline of America's steel industry is continuing, despite President Donald Trump's efforts to protect it through tariffs on imports. The latest sign came on Thursday, when Moody's downgraded its outlook for the entire domestic industry to "negative" from "stable." Trump came into office in 2017 promising to revive the steel industry and save jobs. His tariffs 25% on most steel imports and 10% on most aluminum imports initially pushed prices higher. But the increased steel production and prices didn't last, and some steelmakers, including US Steel, have more recently closed mills.
History buff finds ships that sank in 1878 in Lake Michigan
A diver and maritime history buff has found two schooners that collided and sank in the cold depths of northern Lake Michigan more than 140 years ago. AdvertisementIt had been believed the ships sank in 1878 farther to the east in the Straits of Mackinac in Lake Huron. But only one ship could be found, and that was thought to be the St. Andrews. The St. Andrews was 143 feet long and carrying corn. The Peshtigo and St. Andrews had been mistakenly identified as two vessels up in the straits for decades, he said.latimes.com
Deer Photobombs Wedding Shoot, Eats Bride's Bouquet
A Michigan couple got a surprise guest at their wedding, and he had no qualms about walking straight into their photo shoot. When Morgan held the bouquet up in the air, out of the deer's reach, he simply jumped for it. That's when Morgan figured it was probably better to throw her bouquet to the deer instead of her female guests. "We ended up just dropping the bouquet and letting the deer have it," Bennett said. Whatever the case, Bennett says she hopes the buck will remain safe since deer hunting season opens later this month.
Sixty killed this summer as drownings spike at the Great Lakes
Chicago High water levels and powerful currents are creating dangerous conditions for swimmers and boaters on America's Great Lakes. Sixty people have drowned this summer nearly half of them on Lake Michigan. Lake Michigan has had nearly as many drownings as all the other Great Lakes combined. When CBS News caught up with David Benjamin of the Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project, he was teaching a lifeguarding class. "A person struggling in the water can submerge in less than one minute," Benjamin told a class of soon-to-be lifeguards.cbsnews.com