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Senate OKs shielding privacy of parents  who give up newborns

LANSING (AP) — Legislation headed toward Gov. Rick Snyder’s desk would protect the confidentiality of parents who give up their newborn by leaving the child at a hospital or with emergency responders.

The Safe Delivery of Newborns Law, enacted in 2000, lets parents surrender a newborn who is no more than 72 hours old.

The bill approved unanimously by the Senate Wednesday would keep intact birth certificate requirements for hospitals. But if a newborn is surrendered under the baby drop-off law, parents would be listed as “unknown” and the child as “Baby Doe.”

Supporters say the legislation would guarantee anonymity to parents and stop them from leaving newborns in public restrooms and elsewhere.

The law has led to at least 175 newborns being surrendered safely.

Man sentenced in theft from casket

FLINT (AP) — A community advocate has been ordered not to attend open casket funerals as part of a plea deal reached in a theft case.

The Flint Journal reports that 76-year-old Art Wenzlaff was sentenced Monday in Genesee Circuit Court to one day in jail and five years’ probation.

Wenzlaff was accused of taking a Detroit Pistons hat, a watch and two bowling rings from a casket during a funeral service in Mundy Township.

He pleaded no contest in August while facing charges of larceny in a building and disrupting a funeral or memorial service.

As part of his sentence, he also was ordered to pay a $5,000 fine to the Humane Society as requested by the victims.

Bush’s Super Bowl socks to be auctioned by Catholic diocese

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The New England Patriots may have left Super Bowl LI with the Lombardi Trophy, but someone else is going home with presidential socks.

Former Republican President George H.W. Bush is giving a pair of socks he wore to the Super Bowl to a Roman Catholic Diocese in Maine so they can be auctioned off.

Bush wore the red, white and blue socks while performing the ceremonial coin toss with his wife Barbara Bush at Super Bowl LI in February.

He's donating the socks and an autographed photograph from the coin flip to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland.

The Diocese says the winning bidder will also get a personalized letter from the former president, who is a longtime summer resident of Kennebunkport. The auction will take place at a Diocese ball in Portland on Friday.

Newspaper lands easy scoop: Corvette crashes into its office

PLEASANTVILLE, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey newspaper has scored an easy scoop.

A Corvette crashed into the newsroom of the Press of Atlantic City newspaper in Pleasantville.

The newspaper reports the car's driver fell asleep Tuesday before driving through an intersection, jumping a curb, traveling about 75 feet and then slamming into the newspaper's office.

No one in the office was hurt. The crash shattered two first-floor windows and knocked over several filing cabinets.

The female driver and a male passenger were questioned by police.

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