Daily Briefs (Aug 9)

No endorsement yet for Bernero

By Corey Williams
Associated Press Writer

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan House Speaker Andy Dillon did not endorse Democratic gubernatorial candidate Virg Bernero during his remarks at a party unity breakfast in downtown Detroit.

Dillon told a crowd gathered Friday morning at the Westin Book Cadillac that following the event he was leaving to join his family on vacation, but said "he can't wait to get on the team" when he returns.

Lansing Mayor Bernero and outgoing Gov. Jennifer Granholm attended the event.

The breakfast, held in each gubernatorial election year when there is a primary, is designed to show the party is unified and moving forward despite an at times contentious primary.

Bernero defeated Dillon 59 percent to 41 percent in Tuesday's primary. Bernero faces Republican Rick Snyder in November.

Financial dispute emerges over mummies exhibit
DETROIT (AP) — A company that controls the U.S. rights to an Mexican mummies exhibit says a touring company has fallen far behind in payments.

“The Accidental Mummies of Guanajuato” (Guan-uh-HA’-toe) was at the Detroit Science Center for seven months until May.

Eternal Preservation Associates last week filed a lawsuit in federal court in Detroit, claiming it has received less than $80,000 from a Detroit-area company called Accidental Mummies Touring Company.

Eternal Preservation of Boca Raton, Fla., says the $1 million deal calls for monthly payments of about $28,000 over three years. No one from Accidental Mummies Touring could be reached for comment Friday.

The Detroit Science Center is taking care of the 36 mummies. Other U.S. tour stops haven't been announced.

State police seek serial killer in Genesee
FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State Police are leading a task force searching for a man believed responsible for the stabbing deaths of five Flint-area men and wounding of eight others since May.

All but one of the victims has been black, but authorities tell The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press for stories Friday that they aren't ready to call the attacks racially motivated.

Ten attacks occurred in Flint, about 50 miles northwest of Detroit. Three others were in nearby communities.

The latest victim was found Monday.

Search continues for 2 missing swimmers
BURT TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Divers in the Upper Peninsula have continued recovery efforts for a 50-year-old Oxford man and his 16-year-old son who were swept away by strong currents.

Michigan State Police say both victims were swimming about 6 p.m. Thursday with the man's 23-year-old daughter in Grand Marais Harbor in Alger County's Burt Township. A rip current pulled all three from shore and separated the woman from the other two.

Both swimmers were submerged by the time she swam to shore and called for help.

None of the swimmers have been identified.