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Rest in peace, Governor Milliken.

William Milliken, who was Michigan's longest-serving governor and a champion for Detroit, the environment, and a far more moderate Republican Party, died Friday. He was 97.

Milliken, who was governor from 1969 to 1983, was a World War II air combat veteran, a retailer, state senator, and lieutenant governor (to George Romney), all before becoming Michigan's 44th governor.

Milliken died at 5:30 p.m. Friday in the Traverse City home he built himself, 60 years ago, said Jack Lessenberry, a spokesman for the family. He had been under hospice care.


Such a long life of service to Michigan and the United States.

An Army first: Two sisters attain general's rank

Maj. Gen. Maria Barrett and younger sister Brig. Gen. Paula Lodi are each accomplished in their own fields. But together they have become the first two sisters, the Army believes, to attain the general’s rank in the service's 244-year history.


The sisters' achievement is a remarkable milestone for women in the military, said Melissa Dalton, a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and a former Defense Department official. She put it in the class of retired Army Gen. Ann Dunwoody, the first woman in any service to attain four stars.

"For both men and women increasingly normalizing women in leadership positions matters," Dalton said. "The fact that it comes from same family is an incredible accomplishment."


Catholic demonstrators form human cross in Newark to protest separation of immigrant families

Cardinal Joseph Tobin, leader of the Newark Archdiocese, joined Catholics from several states on Wednesday in Newark to call for an end to the separation of immigrant families across the country.

More than 100 people gathered at St. Mary’s Church Newark Abbey for a morning service, many clutching signs that bore the images of children who have died after crossing the southern border. Later, demonstrators walked from St. Mary’s on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to the Peter Rodino Federal Building on Broad Street.

Priests, nuns, laypeople and senior citizens were among those who arrived to show their support for immigrant families who have been affected by the Trump administration's stricter immigration policies. Many held signs that read “Mercy for Immigrants,” and “Catholics say Stop the Inhumanity.” They chanted “Immigrants are welcomed here.”


Sudan conflict: Army and civilians seal power-sharing deal

Source: BBC

Sudan's ruling military council and civilian opposition alliance have signed a landmark power-sharing deal.

The agreement ushers in a new governing council, including both civilians and generals, to pave the way towards elections and civilian rule.

Mohamed Hamdan "Hemeti" Dagolo, widely regarded as Sudan's most powerful man, has pledged to abide by its terms.

Sudan has seen pro-democracy protests and repression since long-time ruler Omar al-Bashir was ousted in April.

Read more: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-49379489

Loud fart reveals wanted Missouri man's hiding spot, leads to arrest

Some are calling it the fart heard round the world.

The viral, wacky story originates in Clay County, Missouri northeast of Kansas City where, according to the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, a suspect’s loud fart gave away his position and allowed police to arrest him.

The unnamed, gassy suspect was wanted on a felony warrant for possession of a controlled substance.

“If you’ve got a felony warrant for your arrest, the cops are looking for you and you pass gas so loud it gives up your hiding spot, you’re definitely having a (poop emoji) day,” the department wrote on Facebook.


The two World Cup teams with the most out athletes are in the final

The U.S. and the Netherlands — the two teams with the highest number of out lesbian and bisexual players — will face off this Sunday in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup finals, lending credence to U.S. co-captain Megan Rapinoe’s recent claim that, “You can’t win a championship without gays on your team.”


No matter who wins, the out players on the winning team will have successfully progressed through the world’s most challenging soccer tournament during Pride month.

Rapinoe told the media, “For me, to be gay and fabulous during Pride Month at the World Cup is nice.”


Chicago woman's healing is miracle in Cardinal Newman's sainthood cause

A few prayers to Blessed John Henry Newman became a "constant dialogue" and then a desperate response to an emergency for Melissa Villalobos of Chicago.

Her healing, which saved her life and the life of her unborn child, was accepted as the miracle needed for the 19th-century British cardinal's canonization.

Pope Francis announced July 1 that he will declare Blessed John Henry Newman a saint Oct. 13. Coincidentally, the miracle accepted for his beatification in 2010 also involved someone from the United States: Deacon Jack Sullivan, 71, of Marshfield, Massachusetts, was healed of a several spinal condition in 2001.

Recounting her own story, Villalobos, 42, told Chicago Catholic that in 2011, "my husband brought home a couple of holy cards with Cardinal Newman's picture on them. I put one in the family room and one in our master bedroom."


U.S. bishop personally escorts asylum seekers across U.S.-Mexico border

As tensions at the U.S.-Mexico border continue to mount, El Paso Bishop Mark Seitz successfully shepherded a group of migrants who had previously been denied asylum in the United States across the border on Thursday, describing their plight as “an affront to human rights and human dignity.”

The bishop spoke to Crux just hours after he crossed the Laredo International Bridge into Mexico: First to accompany migrants who had been returned from El Paso to Ciudad Juárez as part of the Remain in Mexico program, then to make a return voyage with seven new individuals seeking asylum. Seitz recalled it as both one of the most “joyful” and “heart wrenching” experiences in his time as bishop.

On Wednesday - the same day in which a photo was published of a dead El Salvadoran father and two-year-old child who drowned while attempting to cross the Rio Grande after being denied asylum in the United States - Seitz announced that he and leaders of the Diocese of Ciudad Juárez would lead a joint effort at the border to highlight the “devastating consequences of inhumane border policies.”


Throwback Thursday: Warren bill would let same-sex couples amend tax returns for bigger refunds

A bill proposed by Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Rep. Richard Neal, both Democrats of Massachusetts, could grant same-sex couples across the U.S. an estimated $67 million in tax refunds.

The Refund Equality Act of 2017, which was introduced on Thursday, would ensure legally married same-sex couples — who until the Supreme Court’s 2013 United States v. Windsor case were barred from filing federal taxes jointly — are permitted to file amended tax returns back to the date of their marriage.

“For nearly a decade, legally married same-sex couples had to file their taxes as single persons, often paying more taxes than they would owe if they could file as married,” Warren said in a statement emailed to NBC News.“This bill is a simple fix to allow same-sex couples to claim the tax refunds they earned but were denied because of who they love.”

Currently, married couples who previously filed taxes separately are only permitted to file amended joint returns dating back three years. This restriction does not allow gay couples who were married in jurisdictions that recognized same-sex marriage prior to the Windsor case to claim refunds for the entirety of their marriage. The Refund Equality Act would create an exemption to this three-year limit.


Man named Henry Ford wanted for stealing cars

A Detroit Man named Henry Ford is wanted for stealing vehicles in and around the Motor City.

WXYZ in Detroit reports that the 49-year-old Ford has served prison time for the crimes, but recently cut off his tether and mailed it back to the Michigan Department of Corrections when he decided he should be off parole.

Most recently, he is accused of stealing tires off a Ford Ecosport. Evidence of his thefts was also found in his F-150, according to WXYZ.


According to state records, Ford has an extensive criminal record that includes receiving stolen property, assault with a deadly weapon - felonious assault, possession of burglary tools and larceny of motor vehicles

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