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ISIAL golf outing scheduled for Sept. 23

The Incorporated Society of Irish American Lawyers along with the Michigan Irish American Chamber of Commerce will host the 24th Annual ISIAL Golf Scramble—5th Annual ISIAL/MIACC Challenge Cup on Monday, Sept. 23, at the Inn at St. Johns in Plymouth.

Registration starts at 9 a.m. followed by scramble with shotgun at 10 a.m.

Cost is $85 for members (ISIAL/MIACC), $95 for non-members, $75 for law graduates (less than 5 years), $70 for law students and $35 for dinner only. 

To register, visit www.irish-lawyers.org and click on “Upcoming Events.”


Mercedes sues in dispute with artists over murals

DETROIT (AP) — Mercedes-Benz USA is asking a judge to protect it from legal action over its use of images of Detroit outdoor murals in social media posts.

The company says four artists threatened to file a lawsuit after their works appeared last year in Instagram posts about the G 500 Series truck. Mercedes-Benz removed the posts, although it insists it didn’t infringe on copyrights and was entitled to fair use of the murals.

The company accused the artists of engaging in an “aggressive shakedown.”

James Lewis tells the Detroit Free Press that Mercedes-Benz “defamed” his mural by posting it slightly out of focus. He says it’s a “sacred piece” honoring African women.
Detroit federal Judge Avern Cohn on Wednesday rejected a request by the artists to dismiss three lawsuits by Mercedes-Benz.


Woman gets prison for $1.6M family curse scam

MIAMI (AP) — A South Florida woman who claimed to be a psychic fortune teller has been sentenced to three years and four months in prison for taking $1.6 million from a Texas woman to remove a curse from her family.

Court records show that 28-year-old Sherry Tina Uwanawich was sentenced last week in Miami. She previously pleaded guilty to wire fraud. She must also pay restitution.

Investigators say Uwanawich met the victim in Houston, Texas, in 2007. Uwanawich gained the woman’s trust and convinced her that a curse had been placed on her and her family. Uwanawich claimed she needed large sums of money for crystals and candles to perform meditations that would lift the curse.

The scheme ended in 2014 when Uwanawich admitted to the victim there had been no curse.


Florida school finds bearded dragon in student’s backpack

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — A Florida school district says an unusual passenger was found in a student’s backpack.

In a Facebook post, Bay County School District officials say they found a bearded dragon in the middle school student’s backpack last week.

The school says they put the reptile in a box until an adult could take him home. The student said they brought the lizard, named Jango, to school because they didn’t want him to be sad home alone all day.

The school reminded parents to check their children’s backpacks before sending them out the door.

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