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No liability for bank in wrong-way driver’s crash


WAYNE, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan appeals court says a bank can’t be blamed for a crash that occurred when a confused driver went the wrong way in suburban Detroit.

Frank Scola was a 7-year-old passenger when his mother turned the wrong way out of a Chase Bank parking lot in Wayne and crashed into westbound traffic on Michigan Avenue.

Frank was seriously injured. His attorney says Chase should have put up a sign warning drivers that the road goes one way outside the bank. But in a 2-1 decision last week, the appeals court says an “average person with ordinary intelligence” should have noticed the one-way stretch of Michigan Avenue.

In dissent, Judge Mark Cavanagh says Scola’s son had presented “sufficient evidence” that the bank did nothing to ease the risk.

 

Flint residents seek to reinstate Snyder in water lawsuit


FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Residents and businesses affected by the lead-contaminated water crisis in Flint are asking a judge to reinstate Republican Gov. Rick Snyder and other Michigan officials as defendants in a class-action lawsuit.

Lawyers said Sunday that an amended complaint includes evidence not in the original lawsuit. They say it shows Snyder and his staff knew about health risks for months before making an official announcement.

Judge Judith Levy dropped Snyder and others from the case in August, saying the 2016 suit didn’t claim Snyder knew of risks when the city switched to Flint River water in 2014. The corrosive water caused lead to leach from old plumbing.

The new complaint also alleges the administration’s delayed response may have been racially motivated.

Snyder spokesman Ari Adler said the administration doesn’t comment on pending litigation.

 

5 set to be inducted into the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame
 

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A woman who helped expose Flint’s lead-contaminated water crisis and another who helped negotiate the 1855 Treaty of Detroit are joining the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame .

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha is among three contemporary women and Agatha Biddle is one of two historical women being inducted. The 35th annual ceremony is scheduled for Oct. 18 at East Lansing’s Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center.

Hanna-Attisha, a pediatrician and public health expert, recently wrote a book about her experiences. Biddle, a tribal chief, helped broker the treaty between the U.S. government and Michigan Indian tribes.

Other contemporary honorees are Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy and chemist Angela Wilson. The second historical inductee is Clara Stanton Jones, the first woman and African American to lead a major U.S. library system.
 

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