At a Glance

Hakim appointed to fill vacancy on 39th District Court

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has appointed Alyia Marie Hakim to the 39th District Court.

Whitmer said Hakim “has a comprehensive professional background which allows her to bring a unique and equitable perspective to the residents of Roseville and Fraser.”

Alyia Marie Hakim is a partner attorney with Hakim & Hakim, PLLC and of counsel for Aloia & Associates, PC. Her practice specializes in criminal defense, estate planning, juvenile law and family law.

Prior to earning her law degree at Wayne State University and forming her private practice, Hakim worked for the Macomb County Clerk’s Office and served as a law clerk for the Warren City Attorney’s Office.

She is a member of the boards for the Macomb Community Drug Courts and the Sobriety Today Our Purpose organization. She also serves as the board president of the MyCare Health Center and as a member of the ACCESS Planned Giving Advisory Council and Community Advisory Board.

The appointment was made to fill a partial term after the late Judge Catherine B. Steenland stepped down effective July 19, 2019.

To fill the remainder of the term, Hakim would be required to run for re-election next November. 

Opioid trial against pharmacy chains set for next year

CLEVELAND (AP) — A judge overseeing 2,500 federal lawsuits related to the nation’s opioid crisis has scheduled a trial for late next year over the role played by major pharmacy chains.

U.S. District Court Judge Dan Polster in Cleveland ruled Tuesday that he would hear a case next October brought by Cuyahoga and Summit counties in Ohio against CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreens, HBC and Discount Drug Mart.

He also recommended that other cases be transferred to Chicago, San Francisco and Oklahoma. He plans to transfer a case soon to West Virginia.

Polster was scheduled to hear a case last month, but most parties settled.

Talks continue toward a possible national settlement that could end all the lawsuits related to the epidemic, which has killed more than 400,000 in the U.S. since 2000.

Group hopes to prevent ‘opossum dropping’  on New Year’s Eve

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A movement is growing in North Carolina to prevent the act of so-called “opossum dropping.”

The practice involves suspending an opossum in a transparent box on New Year’s Eve and slowly lowering it the ground as people count down to midnight.

The Raleigh News & Observer reported Monday that a western North Carolina town had conducted opossum drops for 24 years.

Brasstown in Clay County dropped its last opossum in 2018.

But the organization Animal Help Now wants to prevent anyone from doing it elsewhere.

That will require a change to state law that allows people to do anything they want to opossums for five days each year.

The group started a petition and gathered almost 160,000 signatures before the petition closed.

The group says it’s continuing its legislative efforts.

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