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Lawsuit can move ahead for prisoner denied Muslim holy day

ADRIAN (AP) — Two prison chaplains can be sued for not allowing an inmate to participate in a Muslim religious event.

A federal appeals court recently affirmed a lower court ruling that said Derrick Maye's constitutional rights were violated in 2013 and 2014.

Maye says he was denied participation in Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan, a holy month in the Muslim faith. He was housed at prisons in Adrian and Jackson. The appeals court says Maye was turned down, despite a policy change at the Corrections Department because of a different lawsuit.

Lawyers for the chaplains called it an "isolated incident." The court said any resonable prison employee would know that it was a First Amendment violation.

Judge orders women’s tennis, softball reinstated at EMU

YPSILANTI (AP) — A judge has ordered Eastern Michigan University to revive softball and women’s tennis by fall.

EMU eliminated the sports a year ago but some athletes sued under federal law, arguing the school violated their rights.

U.S. District Court Judge George Caram Steeh in Detroit ordered the school to reinstate the sports after the parties failed to reach a total agreement. They had agreed on tennis, but EMU wanted to add lacrosse instead of bringing back softball.

The judge set an April 1 deadline to hire a softball coach. In his order last week, Steeh said reviving the sports “represents only one step” in bringing EMU in compliance with federal law.

EMU said it had offered 21 sports, the most in the Mid-American Conference, when it cut women’s tennis and softball. Cost was a reason.

Met Museum says it’s returning stolen coffin to Egypt

NEW YORK (AP) — New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art says it’s returning a prized artifact to Egypt after learning it was stolen from the country in 2011.

The Met says the Manhattan District Attorney’s office found evidence that the museum was given a false ownership history for the gilded Coffin of Nedjemankh.

The Met bought the piece from a Paris art dealer in 2017 and displayed it until last week. Nedjemankh was a high-ranking first century BC priest.

Investigators say the Met was given fraudulent documents, including a forged 1971 Egyptian export license.

Met president Daniel Weiss said the museum was a fraud victim and unwitting participant in the illegal trade of antiquities.

The Met says it’s revising its acquisitions process.

Woman rescued after getting stuck in home’s air vent

HOUSTON (AP) — Authorities say emergency personnel rescued a woman who got stuck trying to enter a vacant Houston home through an air vent.

A man was walking by the home early  last Friday when he heard the woman crying for help. He called 911.

Officials say firefighters had to cut the air vent and free the unidentified woman from inside the home. They say the woman told authorities she doesn't remember how she got in the vent.

The woman was taken to a hospital with leg injuries. Authorities say she may face charges.


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