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Porn video ­inadvertently shown in middle school class

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Students in a suburban Detroit seventh-grade history class were expecting a video on explorers Lewis and Clark, but instead viewed at least 30 seconds of pornography.

WJBK-TV reports Wednesday that a substitute teacher at O.L. Smith Middle School in Dearborn eventually was able to turn the computer off.

Dearborn Public Schools says the March 13 incident was caused by a technology glitch.


Michigan professor accused of sexual misconduct retires

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A University of Michigan violin professor whom students accused of sexual misconduct going back years has retired.

The Ann Arbor school told The Detroit News that Stephen Shipps retired on Feb. 28.

The school hired Shipps in 1989. He took a leave of absence on Dec. 7, three days before the Michigan Daily published a story in which students accused him of engaging in sexual relationships with teenage students, unwanted touching and making inappropriate statements.

Neither Shipps’ attorney, David Nacht, nor a school spokeswoman replied to messages seeking comment left by The Associated Press.

One of Shipps’ accusers told The Detroit News that she lost her virginity to Shipps when she was a 17-year-old high school student in the late 1970s, when Shipps was concertmaster of the Omaha Symphony in Nebraska.


Michigan law drops license requirement for house painters

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — House painters won’t need a license under a new Michigan law.

The law starts Thursday. It removes painting and decorating from a list of trades covered by a state license for residential maintenance and alteration.

The Senate Fiscal Agency says there were 432 Michigan contractors licensed in painting and decorating in December. They had to complete 60 hours of education and pass an exam. They paid an initial $195 fee and a $150 renewal fee every three years.

The House Fiscal Agency says painters were licensed to prevent consumer fraud. Gov. Rick Snyder signed the repeal law on Dec. 27 , a few days before leaving office.


‘Celebrating Our Diverse Bar’ mixer to be held March 28

The 10th Annual Michael K. Lee “Celebrating Our Diverse Bar” mixer will be held  5-7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 28. It will be held at Cost Plus Wine Shoppe, 2448 Market St. in Detroit’s Eastern Market. The cost to attend is $20 for attendees and judges, and $10 for law students. Advance registration is required for everyone. Register at https://www.detroitlawyer.org/. Hors d’oeuvres and drinks are included and parking is free.