State Roundup

Dearborn: Company sues Congo for overdue $14M debt
DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Have trouble collecting a debt? Well, consider the case of a Detroit-area company.

Triple A International of Dearborn says it’s still waiting for $14 million from Congo, 17 years after helping that country acquire uniforms, boots and berets for the military.

Triple A recently filed a lawsuit — in English and French — in federal court in Detroit seeking to force Congo to pay up. Owner Ali Sulaiman says there have been many pledges to settle the debt but no money has changed hands.

The lawsuit says the latest development occurred in October when Congo’s Ministry of Finance instructed another arm of the government to make payments.

Officials in Congo received the lawsuit this month. There’s been no response yet in court.

Lansing: Former governor to write book, teach in Calif.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm plans to write a book, teach at University of California-Berkeley with her husband and appear as a speaker and public commentator.

The Democrat detailed her plans to Politico for a story Monday and says she’s “looking forward to this new chapter” in life.

Granholm and her husband, Dan Mulhern, are co-authoring the book about governing the economically troubled state. Politico says it’s to be published in September, and they have a two-year academic appointment at the University of California-Berkeley. Granholm has a bachelor’s degree from the school.

Granholm says her family is looking for a Michigan home, and she and her husband expect to split time between Michigan, California and Washington.

Granholm couldn’t seek re-election because of term limits. She was governor for eight years.

Jackson: Arrest of boy, 11, at Michigan school investigated
JACKSON, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Department of Civil Rights is investigating a complaint about how the Jackson Police Department handled the arrest of an 11-year-old boy at school last year.

Department spokesman Harold Core tells the Jackson Citizen Patriot that he couldn’t disclose details of the complaint, which has been under investigation since December.
City Attorney Julius Giglio says it wasn’t appropriate to comment on a “pending matter.”

Authorities have said the Oct. 20 arrest on a juvenile court order was in line with police protocol at the time. Since then, the department has has changed its policy about such arrests.

The boy was handcuffed and taken to the Jackson County courthouse. The juvenile court had sought him for failing to appear for a court date stemming from a 2008 rock-throwing incident.

Ann Arbor: Report details warning for fired Mich. asst. AG
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Documents say a former assistant state attorney general who was fired after being accused of harassing the gay student assembly president at the University of Michigan was previously warned about using state resources for anti-gay attacks on politicians.

AnnArbor.com reports Sunday that a report compiled by the attorney general’s office that it obtained says Andrew Shirvell was warned last February after sending an e-mail to a former state representative and others that included a gay slur.

The warning came two months before Shirvell started a blog that criticized Chris Armstrong as a racist with a “radical homosexual agenda.”

A message seeking comment was left Sunday with Shirvell’s attorney, who has said the actions were constitutionally protected as free speech.

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