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Macomb County judge to be honored by Italian American Bar

The Italian American Bar Association of Michigan will present its annual Justinian Night on Wednesday, July 24, beginning at 6 p.m. at Cantoro Trattoria, 1659 E. Big Beacher in Troy.

Macomb County Circuit Court Judge Joseph Toia will be honored during the evening.

Cost to attend is $75 per person.

Judges attend for free. 

To register or for additional information, visit

Utility, prisons start tree-trimming job program for inmates

JACKSON (AP) — DTE Energy and Michigan’s prison system have launched a tree-trimming program that aims to fill open jobs and find full-time employment for released inmates.

State, utility and union officials announced the program Tuesday at the Parnall Correctional Facility’s Vocational Village in Jackson. The first class of 24 started there last month.

Prisoners who complete the training program will be eligible to join the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 17 and take an open job with a local tree-trimming supplier.

Creators say the prisoners gain experience and get a job upon release — a challenge for many parolees. A stable job also reduces the chance they will return to prison.

Officials add the new pool of eligible workers also will ease a shortage of trained people for the tree-trimming work.

No need for permit to carry concealed pistol

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A new law effective this week in South Dakota eliminates the need for a permit to carry a concealed pistol.
South Dakota is the 14th state to enact such a law for both residents and visitors.

Pennington County Capt. Marty Graves tells KOTA-TV he thinks it's a good thing for gun owners.

Graves said it will lighten the work load for his office because it will no longer issue the permits and collect the fees.

Before the new law took effect this week, people could be charged with a misdemeanor if they carried a concealed pistol or had one concealed in a vehicle without a permit.

Philly got Patti LaBelle’s name wrong on honorary street

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia honored singer Patti LaBelle with her very own street. Unfortunately, the signs didn't get her name right.

The city's Streets Department didn't capitalize the "b'' in the legendary soul singer's last name on the signs that were put up before last week’s ceremony on Broad Street. A stretch between Locust and Spruce streets was renamed "Patti LaBelle Way" in honor of the Philadelphia native.

City spokeswoman Deana Gamble tells The Philadelphia Inquirer the city is aware of the error and plans to install signs with the correct capitalization next week.

A sign that LaBelle autographed and held during the ceremony had the correct spelling.

She thanked all the fans who came out to the ceremony and reminisced about her parents walking down that very stretch of Broad Street.