What You Should Know: Sept. 16

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Let’s be honest, keeping up with the news has not been your first priority. Luckily for you, we have made a quick and dirty guide to what’s happening on our campus, state and nation.

CMU students can expect the level of police presence seen during welcome weekend during all big event weekends.

At the Mount Pleasant City Commission meeting Monday, Mount Pleasant Police Captain Paul Lauria presented feedback to commissioners on student behavior during Welcome Weekend.
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He said police implemented plans to deal with behavior, including large crowds, ordinance violations, trash and fireworks. The level of enforcement seemed to work, and police didn’t have to deal with anything they weren’t expecting.
“We didn’t see non-students doing assaultive behavior, and that’s a good thing,” Lauria said.
Police cited and arrested nearly 200 people during that weekend, including 107 open intoxication citations and 56 minor in possessions.
Part of the police department’s plans is to hold landlords more accountable for the behavior of their tenants. This includes meeting with landlords to explain expectations, and possibly citing the rental owners along with the renters.
Commissioner Tony Kulick questioned whether the police would continue this enforcement during more eventful weekends at CMU, like homecoming.
Lauria said enforcement levels will continue so a standard of behavior can be set.
“This is a small step forward to quell behavior,” he said. “We will work every day so an expectation and a standard is set for the whole year.”

As if we don’t have enough to worry about, a Michigan resident has contracted the bubonic plague, the first ever of such a case in the state’s public health history.

The Marquette County adult is recovering after apparently contracting the flea-borne illness during a trip to Colorado. Officials are reassuring the public there is no cause for alarm, despite the disease’s connection to the microorganism that caused the Black Death plague in Europe in the 1300s.

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“It’s same organism but, in this case, the infection resides in a lymph node,” said Dr. Terry Frankovich, medical director for the Marquette County Health Department.
The bubonic plague, in fact, is notably marked by one or more swollen, tender and painful lymph nodes, usually in the groin, armpit or neck.
With the bubonic plague, people are most often infected by bites from infected fleas or when they have direct contact with the tissues or body fluids from an infected animal. The highest risk is in settings that offer food and shelter for rodents — campsites and cabins, for example, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.
The Michigander’s case did not develop into the more contagious pneumonic form of the plague. Pneumonic plague may be passed between humans, infecting the lungs and causing a rapidly developing pneumonia that can lead to respiratory failure and shock, according to the CDC.
A third form, septicemic, occurs when the plague organism multiplies in the blood, and it can lead to shock, organ failure and — as in the case of a Colorado teen earlier this year — death.

A school shooting Monday rocked the campus of Delta State University in Cleveland, Miss., when Professor Ethan Schmidt was shot in his office.
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Later Monday, it was reported and confirmed Lamb was stopped near Greenville, Miss., then ran, and shot and killed himself…

Ethan Schmidt and Shannon Lamb taught together at Delta State University.
A photo on the school’s website shows them standing side by side, smiling at a 2013 holiday party. That same year, Schmidt thanked Lamb in the acknowledgments of his book.
Now, Schmidt is dead after someone shot him Monday in his office on the school’s campus in Cleveland, Mississippi. Police say Lamb is a suspect in the slaying.
Lamb remains at large and is considered armed and dangerous, Cleveland Police Chief Charles Bingham said Monday evening.
Police in a city 300 miles away also described Lamb as a suspect in another homicide there — and said they’d spoken with him at some point on Monday.
Gautier Police Chief Dante Elben warned law enforcement to “use extreme caution” if they spotted the suspect. At some point on Monday, Elben said, Lamb spoke with police and told them “he wasn’t going to jail.”
The police chief didn’t specify when investigators spoke with Lamb or how.
“We do not have the suspect in custody at this moment, but we are actively pursuing him,” Bingham said.
He declined to detail a motive in the case.
“Right now we have no motive,” Bingham said, “and we’re not going to speculate on a motive until we have facts in hand.”

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis returned to work Monday.

The official from Kentucky has caused controversy after she would not issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, and was jailed for several days earlier this month after she was found to be in contempt of court.
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Davis, 49, has been under the threat of returning to jail if she interferes in the issuance of licenses.
Before the county office opened, Davis said she doubted the validity of the licenses to be issued and told a news conference they would not carry her name, title or personal authorization.
Davis said she would take no action against deputy clerks who issued licenses but does not believe they have the authority to do so. The license given to the couple said it was being issued under a federal court order.
“I’m here before you this morning with a seemingly impossible choice that I do not wish on any of my fellow Americans: my conscience or my freedom,” Davis said.
A lawyer for Davis, Harry Mihet, said her attorneys plan to file a lawsuit this week asking a state court judge to force Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear to make an accommodation for Davis.

Editor’s Note: This post has been altered after its time of publication to better clarify sources of information and ensure proper attribution.


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