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‘Lifting As We Climb’ brunch to honor Judge Cynthia D. Stephens

Celebrate Women History Month with the Detroit Association of Women’s Clubs as they celebrate Judge Cynthia D. Stephens as the Rosa Gragg’s “Lifting as We Climb” honoree for her career accomplishments and her record of service positively affecting the lives of women and State Representative Kyra Harris Bolden as the “Young Woman Lifting As We Climb” honoree for making a positive impact in her freshman legislative term for women, children, and families.

The Detroit Association of Women’s Clubs hosts the “Lifting As We Climb” brunch, a roundtable discussion of women issues to commemorate Women History’s Month. The recipient of the Dr. Rosa Gragg’s “Lifting As We Climb Award” will also be announced.

Net proceeds will be used to fund the upkeep on the Club House and continued programming.

The brunch is at 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 30 at Detroit Association of Women’s Clubs, 5461 Brush Street.

Tickets are $35 and are available on Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-women-historys-lifting-as-we-climb-brunch-tickets-58190085 111?ref=eios


Whitmer signs 1st bill - to preserve judgeship

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The first law enacted by Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will keep intact a Menominee County judgeship that was going to be eliminated when the current judge retires March 31.

Whitmer signed the bill Thursday in a private ceremony attended by Upper Peninsula lawmakers and state Supreme Court Justice Elizabeth Clement.

Whitmer says preserving the 95A District Court judgeship upon the retirement of Judge Jeffrey Barstow will help the community establish a drug treatment court to combat the opioid epidemic and ensure county residents can access the judicial system. The legislation won unanimous approval in the Republican-led Legislature.

A 2012 law eliminated more than 40 judgeships across Michigan through attrition at the recommendation of the Supreme Court’s administrative office.


Man sentenced for murder in shooting, mutilation of friend

MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. (AP) — A 21-year-old man will spend 50 to 70 years in prison for the shooting death and mutilation of his childhood friend in a field north of Detroit.

Andrew Fiacco was sentenced Thursday. A jury convicted him last month of second-degree murder, using a firearm during a felony, dismemberment and lying to a police officer.

Prosecutors said Fiacco shot 19-year-old Stephen McAfee twice in the head in a remote Bruce Township field in March 2016 then dismembered his body and buried some remains on family property.

In April 2017, Fiacco showed investigators where they could find McAfee’s remains.

Fiacco’s 20-year-old ex-girlfriend, Eevette MacDonald, pleaded guilty to helping cover up McAfee’s death and was sentenced earlier this month to a year in prison and probation.


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