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Johnson encourages new Donate Life plate at auto show

Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson promoted a new Donate Life license plate at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Joining Johnson at the press affair were organ donor advocates, auto industry leaders and employees whose lives have been personally affected by organ, eye and tissue donations.

Donor enrollments have climbed in Michigan with about 524,000 new organ donors registering since 2012, bringing the total for the last two years to nearly 1 million new names added. There are about 3 million residents currently on the state’s registry.

To join the Michigan Organ Donor Registry, visit or any SOS office.

EMU’s Center for the Study of Equality and Human Rights seeks proposals for program

The Center for the Study of Equality and Human Rights at Eastern Michigan University is accepting proposals for its research awards and speaker series program.

The undertaking of the Center for the Study of Equality and Human Rights is to promote, support and disseminate research concentrated on LGBT equality and human rights.

The research awards program is designed to stimulate LGBT public policy academic research in the social sciences, communication and media arts, human services, education and arts. Grants presented to faculty offer a quarter release time to conduct research consistent with the mission of the center.

Faculty members working at U.S. post-secondary institutions and doctoral students in these disciplines are eligible for and encouraged to submit proposals.

Email or visit for more information.

Attempted murder suspect’s preliminary examination postponed

Michael Joshua Glenn’s preliminary examination has been suspended until Feb. 12.

The Ypsilanti Township man, 21, was charged with the attempted murder of his girlfriend in an incident occurring Nov. 27.

An adjournment was requested during a Jan. 22 preliminary examination. The request was made for 8:30 a.m. Feb. 12.

Glenn was arrested Jan. 11 in Detroit by the Washtenaw County
Sheriff’s Office Detective Bureau and the U.S. Marshalls Detroit Fugitive Apprehension Team.

He was arraigned Jan. 12 on two counts of assault with intent to murder, two counts of assault with intent to do great bodily harm, two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, carjacking, motor vehicle theft, unlawful imprisonment and domestic violence.

On Nov. 27, officers were called to the 2300 block of McKinley Road near Hewitt and Packard roads in Ypsilanti Township after the injured woman made her way to a neighbor’s house seeking help.

Kilpatrick spends weekend in jail

Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick spent the weekend in jail for 14 parole violations stemming from gifts he purportedly failed to report.

Kilpatrick still owes the City of Detroit $855,000 in restitution and is required to report any gifts and other income as a condition of his parole.

Kilpatrick, convicted in 2008 of obstruction of justice, reported to the Detroit Reentry Center Friday afternoon and will be released from custody early Monday, according to Michigan Department of Corrections spokesman Russ Marlan.

Kilpatrick is accused of failing to report money transfers to his wife in September, October and November of 2012. He is also accused of failing to disclose an account of his monthly household expenses and income for those months.

Kilpatrick decided to waive the formal process for the parole violations and serve three days at a Detroit jail instead.

Kilpatrick is also on trial for public corruption in federal court in Detroit. He is charged with crimes related to an alleged scheme to pocket hundreds of thousands of dollars through racketeering and extortion.

Kilpatrick has been restricted to his mother’s home in Detroit and barred from traveling to Texas, where his wife and three sons reside.

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