At a Glance

Probate Court schedules mandatory training
Macomb County Probate Court will host its annual training session on Monday, November 29 from 1-3 p.m. at the M.I.S.D. Building, 44001 Garfield in Clinton Township.
Attorneys currently in good standing on the attorney appointment list and/or on the Guardian Ad Litem list in either division of the court are required to attend the session to remain on the list. Failure to attend the session will result in removal from the lists, officials said.
The seminar will provide information and updates on court policy, procedures and laws that affect various areas of probate law.
There is no charge and lecture materials and handouts will be provided.
For information and registration, contact Debra Lux-Roland at 586.469.7182 or Heather Lawson at 586.469.7145.

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Seminar focuses on smart holiday spending

Macomb County residents are being offered a two-hour workshop about holiday gift-giving, entertaining and enjoyment without going into debt.
Organizers say participants will learn how to create a holiday spending plan, use credit wisely and host holiday celebrations on less money. 
The two-hour FREE program will run from 10:00 a.m. to noon on Thursday, December 4 at the VerKuilen Building, 21885 Dunham Road, Entrance E, Clinton Township.
For more information or to register, please call 586.469.7614.

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Life terms for young killers affirmed

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals says sentencing juvenile convicted killers to life in prison without parole is not unreasonably harsh.
Chris Joshua Meadoux was 16 at time of a 2007 double slaying in San Antonio.
A jury sentenced the Hurricane Katrina evacuee to life in prison without parole for his capital murder conviction in the killing of 17-year-old Johnny You and 19-year-old Luis Martinez during a fight.
Meadoux and You were friends in Slidell, La., before their families evacuated after the 2005 hurricane.
The Austin American-Statesman reports an appeals court said  that juveniles may be less morally culpable, but some actions justify the penalty.
The 2009 Legislature approved a ban, which is non-retroactive, on no-parole sentences for those who committed murder while younger than 18.

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Racial bias alleged in suit by prison guards
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Four prison guards have sued the Nebraska prisons director and their warden in federal court, alleging racism at work.
Jaryl Ellis, Michael Hunter, Tiffany Johnson and Paul Zeiger are black. The four say in their lawsuit that they have been targets of offensive comments and bias on the job at the Nebraska State Penitentiary in Lincoln.
They say corrections director Robert Houston, warden Dennis Bakewell and other officials have failed to act on complaints from the four.
Their lawsuit seeks unspecified damages.
A Corrections spokeswoman told the Lincoln Journal Star that the department “has strong policies and practices that uphold equal treatment for all employees.


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