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An Isabella County man spent much of the day Monday questioning the legality of the eviction from his home in Rolland Township.
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An Isabella County man being tried on four misdemeanor charges spent much of the day Monday questioning police about the legality of his eviction from his home in Rolland Township.
Ted Visner, representing himself in what was scheduled to be a one-day trial in Judge William Ervin’s Mt. Pleasant courtroom, also questioned Isabella County Undersheriff John Tellis about a number of other issues he believed to be relevant to his case, including what constitutes deadly force and whether it can be used to defend one’s property.
Visner, who was arrested at Maxfield’s restaurant in Montcalm County Sept. 17, is charged with squatting and trespassing at a home at 7287 W. Fremont Road after Judge Eric Janes signed an eviction order in August, and with driving without insurance and without a registration.
Visner, who has long contended that Isabella County officials illegally took another home from his family five years ago, asked Tellis about the eviction order and why the sheriff’s department waited until Visner was gone from the property before serving the order to allow Bank of America to take possession of the home.
Tellis said sheriff’s departments are charged with such tasks and that not doing so could result in the department being held in contempt of court.
Tellis also said police obtained an arrest warrant against Visner for squatting because he refused to leave the property, which was deeded to his wife, Kathy Smith, before Bank of America purchased the property.
Visner objected to Tellis’ answers, saying it is speculation that Bank of America owns the home, apparently because he has filed in federal court in Bay City a motion to stop the eviction process.
Michigan ranks last in a national study of state ethics and transparency laws and safeguards.
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In all, 11 states received failing grades of F in the study, but Michigan’s rating was last in the study by the Center for Public Integrity and Global Integrity, two nonprofit organizations that promote government transparency and ethics.
Michigan scored 50.5 points out of a possible 100. The other 10 states that received an F were: Wyoming, with 50.9; Delaware, with 55.5; South Dakota, with 55.9; Nevada, with 57.1; Pennsylvania, with 57.9; Oregon with 57.9; Maine, with 58.6; Kansas, with 58.6; Louisiana, with 58.8; and Oklahoma, with 59.
“What you see across the board is just a lack of some of those accountability and transparency laws and practices that some states have enacted,” Nicholas Kusnetz, the project director, told the Free Press on Friday.
Michigan’s worst–in-the-nation ranking doesn’t mean Michigan is the most corrupt state. The score doesn’t speak to the level of corruption in Michigan, since that’s not what’s being measured, Kusnetz said. Instead, the study looks at what laws are in place and how those laws are implemented, in order to assess the systems intended to prevent corruption and expose it when it does occur.
The University of Missouri’s president stepped down on Monday and its chancellor moved aside after protests by the school’s football team and other students over what they saw as soft handling of reports of racial abuse on campus.
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President Tim Wolfe’s high-profile resignation, followed by news that Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin would be moved to a new job, was the latest shock to the state of Missouri, and the United States at large, which has been roiled for more than a year by racial tensions after police shot and killed an unarmed young black man in the state.
Unrest at the university, widely known as “Mizzou,” started on Sept. 12 when Payton Head, president of the Missouri Students Association, said on his Facebook page that he was repeatedly racially abused on campus by someone riding in a pickup truck.
His post went viral, and the lack of any strong reaction by Wolfe led to demonstrations at the school’s homecoming parade the following month, when protesters blocked the university president’s car, according to local news reports.
Later that month, a swastika drawn in feces was found at a university dorm building, according to the Residence Halls Association.
Protests reached a critical point this weekend when the university’s black football players refused to practice or play until Wolfe stepped down, and some teachers and students threatened to boycott classes.
Portuguese leftist lawmakers rejected the center-right government’s program in parliament on Tuesday, prompting its collapse and opening the way for a possible alternative administration led by the Socialists.
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Left-wing lawmakers voted by 123 in the 230-seat parliament to reject the center-right’s program, marking the first time since 1978 that Portugal has ousted the government at its first hurdle after an election.
The center-right won the most votes at the Oct. 4 election but lost its parliament majority, which swung to the left. Lawmakers from the Socialist, far left Communists and Left Bloc parties grouped together in Tuesday’s vote to oust the government with the aim of ending austerity.
According to a person familiar with the discussions, Molson Coors Brewing Co. is close to announcing an agreement to purchase SABMiller Plc’s portion of their MillerCoors joint venture for about $12 billion.
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Molson Coors would buy SABMiller’s 58 percent stake, said the person, who asked not to be identified because the agreement isn’t yet public. The move would give the company full ownership of the venture, which sells Miller and Coors Light in the U.S. Molson Coors also would gain the rights to sell Miller beer overseas, according to the person.
The widely expected deal would lift a major obstacle for Anheuser-Busch InBev NV to acquire SABMiller in a proposed $106 billion takeover. That deal, the brewing industry’s biggest merger ever, has raised concerns about how it will affect competition in the U.S. By offloading the MillerCoors business, AB InBev and SABMiller are more likely to get regulatory approval for their deal.
The MillerCoors sale, which is contingent on the other transaction going forward, is slated to be announced on Wednesday, according to the person familiar with the deliberations. Representatives for SABMiller didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
AB InBev, the maker of Budweiser and Goose Island beers, has a 45 percent share of the U.S. market, while MillerCoors has 27 percent. For Molson Coors, owning all of the venture would boost its earnings per share by about 20 percent, according to an estimate by Ian Shackleton, an analyst at Nomura Securities.
U.S. prosecutors Tuesday unveiled charges accusing three men in a series of major hacking sprees.
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U.S. prosecutors on Tuesday unveiled criminal charges accusing three men of helping run a sprawling series of hacking and fraud schemes, including a huge 2014 attack against JPMorgan Chase & Co, that generated hundreds of millions of dollars of illegal profit.
Gery Shalon, Joshua Samuel Aaron and Ziv Orenstein were charged in a 23-count indictment with alleged crimes against at least nine financial services companies and media outlets, and which involved online casinos, payment processing for criminals, and an illegal bitcoin exchange.
A fourth man, Anthony Murgio, was also charged over the bitcoin exchange, Coin.mx.
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76M households hit by JPMorgan Chase data breach
The cyberattack also compromised customer information pertaining to 7 million small businesses.
Tuesday’s charges are the first tied to the JPMorgan attack, which compromised information in 83 million customer accounts in what prosecutors called the largest theft of customer data from a U.S. financial institution.
Authorities said Shalon and Aaron executed that hacking, using a computer server in Egypt that they had rented under an alias that Shalon often used.
E*Trade Financial Corp, Scottrade Inc and News Corp’s Dow Jones unit, which publishes The Wall Street Journal, were also targeted by defendants in the case, a law enforcement source said.