Daily Briefs

The 313 Project plans community clean up, is looking for volunteers

The 313 Project is gearing up for a big community clean up on the East Side on Saturday, April 20 beginning at 9 a.m. The volunteer group founded by three Wayne Law students will be renovating and blight busting in and around 11001 Chalmers located off of I94, where they are currently using a $25,000 Home Depot grant they recently received to renovate legal aid, classroom/GED instruction, and youth and veterans counseling space. The Home Depot grant funds will also be used to renovate homes in the area to provide transitional housing for homeless veteran and youth clients. Volunteers will also be cutting away invasive plants growing around the blighted homes; planting shrubs and flowers (and other general beautification tasks); boarding up at least a dozen homes (there are easily 50 empty homes in a one block radius of the target site) and other service tasks.
To sign up to volunteer, email  the313project.@gmail.com.

Eastern Michigan University sued over exhibit funding

YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) — A religious rights group has sued Eastern Michigan University on behalf of a student organization that was denied university funding for an exhibit that compares abortion to the Holocaust.
The Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Alliance Defending Freedom on Tuesday filed the lawsuit in federal court in Detroit against the Ypsilanti school.
The lawsuit says that the school’s student government should have allocated the roughly $5,000 that Students for Life had requested in February to sponsor the Genocide Awareness Project. The traveling exhibit visits universities across the United States.
David Hacker, an attorney with the Alliance Defending Freedom, says: “Universities should encourage, not shut down, the free exchange of ideas.”
Eastern Michigan University spokesman Geoff Larcom said that the school is reviewing the complaint.

Man faces up to 4 years in prison in theft of 150-year-old Bible

ADRIAN, Mich. (AP) — A man faces up to four years in prison when sentenced in the theft of a more than 150-year-old Bible in southeast Michigan.
The Daily Telegram of Adrian reports Ronald Huskins II of Palmyra Township pleaded guilty Wednesday to a felony larceny charge.
He’s due back in Lenawee County Circuit Court on April 18 for sentencing.
The large Bible and ceremonial ornaments were taken during a July 20, 2011 burglary at the Palmyra Masonic Temple, about 55 miles southwest of Detroit.
A Masonic Temple official has said that the Bible was used at each monthly meeting and ceremony of the Palmyra Masons since its 1866 charter. The Bible is believed to have been printed in 1859.
Investigators were told the Bible was placed in an old refrigerator and burned.