Daily Briefs July 1

Assistant prosecutors create scholarship
Two assistant Wayne County prosecutors have created college scholarships to reward Detroit Public Schools graduates who have been actively involved in community service.

In 2011, Brian and Mary Morrow, both of whom are assistant Wayne County prosecuting attorneys, established a small college scholarship they named the Brian and Mary Morrow Community Service Scholarship. The scholarship rewards the initiative of graduating seniors from the Detroit Public Schools who have been actively involved in community service projects and who desire to continue their education at the college or university level.

The scholarship is a $250 non-renewable scholarship, but Morrow said that could change in the future.

“My wife and I are hoping to increase the size of the award in future years so that it will be even more meaningful to future recipients,” said Morrow, who is the deputy chief of the juvenile division within the prosecutor’s office.

He said the scholarship was inspired in part by a Juvenile Division diversion program called Teen Court that he coordinates within the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office. It started this year in conjunction with DPS.

Winners of the scholarship are selected on the basis of community service rendered, as well as scholarship, leadership, and financial need.

The winner of this year’s scholarship is La’Shay Johnson, a graduating senior from Crockett High School who will attend Michigan State University next year.  She hopes to major in kinesiology and become a physical therapist. At Crockett, Johnson was class valedictorian, class president and National Honor Society treasurer.

Michigan Supreme Court sits out dispute over school email
HOWELL (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court says it won't decide whether the public is entitled to see email about union matters kept on a school district's computer system.

On a 5-2 vote, the justices won't consider an appeals court decision that said email written by leaders of the Howell teachers union is not a public record under state law.

Chief Justice Robert Young Jr. wanted to hear it. He calls it an important case involving interpretation of Michigan's public records law. The order released Wednesday is the second time the court has rejected an appeal.

In 2010, the appeals court ruled against public disclosure but urged lawmakers to reopen the 1977 law and consider the impact of technology.

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