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Program to help seniors avoid being victim to cyber crime

ROMEO (AP) — Authorities in Macomb County are hosting a program designed to show senior citizens how to avoid becoming victim to computer-related crimes.

A free presentation is scheduled at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 27 at the Romeo District Court by the Macomb Area Computer Enforcement Unit. It will cover identity theft, fraud and scams.

Sheriff Anthony Wickersham says that “many seniors feel vulnerable when it comes to technology and do not know how to protect themselves when using the internet.”

Wickersham's office is working with Judge Denis LeDuc and Magistrate Jennifer Andary on the program which is open to Macomb County residents age 50 and older.

Saginaw property owners lose appeal over searches

SAGINAW (AP) — A federal appeals court has rejected a challenge to a Saginaw ordinance that requires owners of vacant properties to allow the city to enter if the property becomes dangerous.

Several owners refused to register and filed a lawsuit, saying they had no obligation to agree to searches that they consider unconstitutional.

But the appeals court affirmed the opinion of federal Judge Thomas Ludington in Bay City. The court says Saginaw requires a hearing before finding that a building is dangerous, so there's an opportunity for owners to enforce their rights.

Appeals Judge Jeffrey Sutton says Saginaw "is no different" than most U.S. cities that regulate vacant properties and safety risks.

University acting president apologizes to Nassar victims

EAST LANSING (AP) — The acting president of Michigan State University has apologized to victims of imprisoned sexual abuser Larry Nassar, the former campus sports doctor who molested patients.

Satish Udpa was named acting president in January after the forced resignation of interim President John Engler. He opened a meeting of the board of trustees Friday by telling Nassar victims the university “failed to treat you with the respect and care you deserved even as we sought to make amends.”

He committed to “listen more closely, ask more caring questions and act more thoughtfully.”

Engler was ousted after saying some victims enjoyed publicity from the Nassar scandal.

Candy company exec who mass-produced Peeps gets his own day

BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) — With prime Peeps season about to get underway, the Pennsylvania city where they’re “born” is honoring the man who brought marshmallow chicks to the masses.

The (Allentown) Morning Call reports that Bethlehem Mayor Robert Donchez proclaimed Friday, Feb. 15 as “Bob Born Day” in a ceremony at company offices.

Born, now 94, joined his father’s candy business in 1946 and figured out a way to automate production of Peeps, which had been made by hand. Today, Just Born produces about 5.5 million Peeps per day.

The city’s proclamation says Peeps are “an iconic symbol of Easter.”

Just Born CEO Ross Born, Bob Born’s son, says “we are thankful for his many years of service to Just Born.”


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