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Lansing

Court overturns verdict in 'Y' slippery stall case

LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Is soap scum in the shower an obvious hazard at a YMCA?

The Michigan appeals court has overturned a $62,000 verdict and ordered a new trial in the case of a woman who fell and was hurt after rinsing her swimsuit at a Lansing YMCA in 2003. Milagros Dascola of Dimondale says she later noticed the floor was slippery from soap residue.

The appeals court says there was some evidence that white spots were visible on the floor. The court says the trial judge wrongly kept the issue from a jury, so the case must start over.

Appeals Judge Deborah Servitto isn't in favor of a new trial. She says the case should be dismissed because people are aware that the floor of a shower can be slippery.

Lansing

Police kick off statewide seat belt enforcement

LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Police are kicking off a statewide seat belt enforcement campaign that includes the Memorial Day holiday.

The "Click It or Ticket" effort begins Monday and runs through June 5. It involves more than 200 local police departments, sheriff offices and Michigan State Police posts in 35 counties.

Motorists can expect daytime seat belt enforcement zones and nighttime patrols.

Those caught could face a fine, but police say the goal of the effort is getting people to buckle up. Enforcement zones are listed online.

Canton Township

Identical aces: Twins get perfect score on ACT

CANTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) -- Identical twins Peter and Scott Su have one more thing in common: Perfect scores on the ACT college entrance exam.

WXYZ-TV and The Detroit News report that the Salem High School juniors are friendly competitors in school. The 17-year-olds opened their test results recently and got identical news: Perfect scores of 36 on the exam that tests English, math, reading and science.

The honor roll students in the Plymouth-Canton Community Schools district in suburban Detroit are best friends. Both enjoy math, science and the same computer games.

Warren

Dispute over city council heads to court

WARREN, Mich. (AP) -- Changes to the way City Council members in the Detroit suburb of Warren are elected have sparked political infighting.

Voters amended the city charter last year to switch to mostly election by districts. The Detroit News reports that a lawsuit to block the change has thrown council races into disarray. A Macomb County Circuit Court judge plans to hear arguments Tuesday.

The lawsuit was filed earlier this month by Eugene Sawyer and Dean Berry, two at-large candidates in the November election. They claim the Warren Tea Party circulated misleading petitions about the proposed changes.

The group says it was upfront about the proposals.

The revised charter shrinks council from nine to seven members and makes five seats elected by district and two at-large.

The city wants the lawsuit thrown out.

Dearborn

Civil War-themed Memorial Day at Greenfield

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) -- Six-hundred Civil War re-enactors are coming to Greenfield Village during three days of demonstrations over the Memorial Day holiday weekend.

The Civil War Remembrance program is being held Saturday through May 30 at the village, which is part of The Henry Ford museum complex in Dearborn.

The event is staged to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the start of America's bloodiest conflict.

Greenfield Village says the event includes artillery, cavalry and infantry demonstrations, as well as a re-creation of funeral customs. There also will be a fashion show.

Scott and Peter both plan on pursuing careers in engineering.

Published: Tue, May 24, 2011

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