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Association plans 88th annual Winter Gala

The Italian American Bar Association of Michigan (IABAM) will host its 88th Annual Winter Gala on Friday, Dec. 6 at the Royal Park Hotel in Rochester beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Proceeds and assistance from this black tie optional event will be provided to Friends of Foster Kids.

Tickets are $125 per person and $60 per student.

For additional information or to register, visit and click on “events.”

Supreme Court denies petition by former Kentucky judge

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court has denied a request by a former Kentucky judge to delay an ethics case against her.

Beth Maze petitioned the court in September to temporarily halt proceedings by Kentucky’s Judicial Conduct Commission. The commission last week publicly reprimanded Maze and said it would have removed her if she had not retired in October.

The commission found Maze attempted to help her ex-husband after his 2017 arrest on drug possession charges.

She has been charged in a criminal case with forgery and records tampering. Maze had wanted the high court to delay the commission proceedings to “protect her Fifth Amendment right to remain silent in the criminal case.” The Supreme Court denied the petition Tuesday.

Judge rules in favor of cities in lawsuit over grant conditions

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A federal judge has sided with two Rhode Island cities that challenged the conditions of U.S. Department of Justice public safety grants they said in a lawsuit would turn local police into federal immigration agents.

District Court Judge John McConnell Jr. in a ruling Thursday said “Congress has not granted the power to impose the conditions the DOJ imposed.”

The federal government, among other things, wanted cities receiving public safety grants to notify federal agents when immigrants in the country illegally are about to be released.

Attorneys for Providence and Central Falls in a statement said they are pleased the court “found DOJ’s attempts requiring our police departments to be agents of a federal immigration system to be unlawful.”

Coin toss could settle village’s mayoral race

MAGNOLIA, Ohio (AP) — A mayoral election in a small Ohio village could once again be decided by a coin toss.

The Canton Repository reports candidates Travis Boyd and Grant Downes each received 127 votes during the Nov. 5 election in Magnolia.

A coin toss will determine the winner if Boyd and Downes remain tied after election results are certified in two weeks.

That’s how outgoing Mayor Robert Leach got the job, winning a coin toss in 1979. Leach chose not to seek re-election after running unopposed for nine consecutive terms.

Magnolia’s population is just under 1,000. It's roughly 73 miles south of Cleveland.


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