Woman, 34, charged with attempted murder, aggravated battery of a child after pushing 3-year-old nephew into Lake Michigan
Victoria Moreno, of Des Plaines, is charged with a felony count of attempted murder and a felony count of aggravated battery of a child under the age of 13 causing permanent disability, according to police.chicagotribune.com
People tour Lake Michigan and the Chicago River on the Fred A. Busse retired fireboat
People tour Lake Michigan and the Chicago River on Aug. 22, 2022, on the Fred A. Busse, which was a fireboat for the Chicago Fire Department from 1937 until 1981. Hosted by Chicago Fireboat Tours, the tour began at the boat's dock in DuSable Harbor, passed through the Chicago Harbor Lock and along the Chicago River, which, according to their website, is “navigating the same waterway where our vessel once fought fires.”chicagotribune.com
Marijuana smoking hangs over Whitmer kidnap plot trial
There is no dispute about some evidence in the trial of two men accused of eagerly wanting to kidnap Michigan's governor: They enjoyed getting high. From start to finish, the jury repeatedly has heard about marijuana in the case of Adam Fox and Barry Croft Jr., who are charged with conspiring to abduct Gretchen Whitmer as part of an anti-government uprising in 2020. It has been cited by defense lawyers to reinforce their depiction of Fox and Croft as “big talkers” who sometimes said outrageous things when they had been smoking pot.news.yahoo.com
Recovered quadriplegic from Chicago prepares to swim in San Francisco Bay to raise awareness of paralysis. ‘Doesn’t surprise me a bit,’ says mom.
From the beach where he swims on Lake Michigan, Rob Heitz can see the rehabilitation hospital where he began his recovery journey after being paralyzed from the neck down 19 years earlier.chicagotribune.com
Recovered quadriplegic from Chicago swims to raise paralysis awareness
Rob Heitz, 41, is preparing to swim from Alcatraz Island to Aquatic Park in San Francisco Aug. 19. The Chicagoan has been training for a year by swimming in Lake Michigan, where the accident that left him quadriplegic — paralyzed in all four limbs — occurred.chicagotribune.com
Loved ones of two missing Chicago boaters say they’re ‘falling apart’ as the search continues for their whereabouts on Lake Michigan
Dexter Sain and Curtis Herron, both 36, have been missing since they disembarked from East Chicago Marina in Indiana, where they were last seen by a friend on July 27, according to East Chicago police and the boaters’ families.chicagotribune.com
Illinois joins three other states to create EV charging circuit along scenic Lake Michigan shoreline route
Illinois has joined with three other states to build a 1,100-mile EV charging circuit along Lake Michigan, creating an electrified scenic route with enough juice to get from Green Bay to Traverse City.chicagotribune.com
Forecasters: Dangerous swimming conditions at Chicago’s public beaches ahead of Memorial Day
The National Weather Service reported dangerous swimming conditions along the shoreline in Lake County Sunday, due to strong southerly winds that will generate waves of 3 to 5 feet, along with strong rip currents.chicagotribune.com
Indiana steelmaker to pay $3 million, donate land to national park for 2019 chemical spill that killed 3,000 fish
An Indiana steelmaker has agreed to pay $3 million and donate 127 acres to Indiana Dunes National Park after it caused a chemical spill leading into Burns Waterway that killed 3,000 fish in 2019.chicagotribune.com
1 of 3 bodies found in Chicago waterways over the weekend identified as Yuet Tsang, 80
One of the three bodies found in the Chicago River, which runs west from Lake Michigan, over the weekend has been identified as 80-year-old Yuet Tsang, according to police. Chicago Police Department’s Marine Unit pulled the body of a female victim from the water at 2800 block of South Eleanor on April 16 at around 10:40 a.m., the department told NextShark. A second female victim was pulled from the water at 100 block of North Riverside on April 16 at around 11:36 a.m. She was also pronounced dead at the scene.news.yahoo.com
Shocker: Far-Right Men Accused in Michigan Guv Kidnap Plot Duck Conviction
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Photo by JIM WATSON/GettyIn a shocking twist, a gaggle of white men accused of conspiring to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in the weeks before the 2020 presidential election dodged convictions on Friday.After five days of deliberations, a Michigan jury acquitted Daniel Harris and Brandon Caserta of several charges, including conspiracy, for what prosecutors said was a depraved scheme born out of anti-government anger at the Democratic leader’s COVID-news.yahoo.com
Man who schemed to kidnap Michigan Gov. Whitmer alleges fellow plotters wanted to use a grenade launcher and machine gun to fight her security at her vacation home
Kaleb Franks, who pleaded guilty in February, spoke as a witness in the trial against four other men charged in the Whitmer kidnapping plot.news.yahoo.com
Scientists race to gather winter data on warming Great Lakes
What's happening in the Great Lakes during those long, frigid months when they're often covered partially or completely with ice? “We've been ignoring winter on the Great Lakes for so long,” said Ted Ozersky, a lake biologist with the University of Minnesota Duluth, who announced the “Winter Grab” expedition Thursday. Crews from more than a dozen U.S. and Canadian universities and government agencies will make their way onto frozen sections of lakes Erie, Huron, Michigan, Ontario and Superior during the week of Feb. 14.news.yahoo.com
Long-sought Great Lakes projects get funding under new law
A project that will boost Great Lakes shipping in a crucial bottleneck and another intended to protect the lakes from invasive carp will get big funding increases under the Biden administration's infrastructure package, officials said Thursday. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said it would pump $479 million into construction of a new navigational lock at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, expanding a complex that enables vessels to haul bulk cargo between Lake Superior and the other Great Lakes.news.yahoo.com
The Great Lakes are warmer than they’ve ever been in early November: Why that’s a problem in several ways
Some parts of the Northern Great Lakes region were greeted by their first significant snowfall of the season earlier this week, but not even the arrival of the fluffy white stuff could mask these historic times for the Great Lakes themselves.
I took the high-speed ferry across Lake Michigan -- and it made for the coolest experience
Maybe you’re in Michigan, with family in Wisconsin (or vice versa). Or perhaps you’re planning some sort of trip across state lines, and you came across the idea of using a ferry to save some time around the Great Lakes.
Michigan approves Great Lakes oil pipeline tunnel permits
(AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. – Michigan's environmental agency said Friday it has approved construction of an underground tunnel to house a replacement for a controversial oil pipeline in a channel linking two of the Great Lakes. AdThe project requires permits from the state Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. “We have issued permits designed to ensure that if a tunnel is constructed, it will be in strict compliance with relevant statutes and adhere to stringent protections against impacts to the Great Lakes,” Clark said. State officials emphasized that the tunnel project was a separate legal matter from the dispute over the existing pipeline, which was laid in 1953. It has taken steps to prevent future anchor strikes and says the tunnel project would eliminate that danger.
Michigan governor seeks shutdown of Great Lakes oil pipeline
Gretchen Whitmer took legal action Friday to shut down a pipeline that carries oil beneath a channel linking two of the Great Lakes. “Enbridge has routinely refused to take action to protect our Great Lakes and the millions of Americans who depend on them for clean drinking water and good jobs,” the Democratic governor said in a statement. "They have repeatedly violated the terms of the 1953 easement by ignoring structural problems that put our Great Lakes and our families at risk. One of the pipeline supports was damaged this summer, apparently by a boat cable. Placing the pipes beneath a busy shipping lane with no protective cover violated the state's duty to protect the public's interest in Great Lakes waters and bottomlands, the document said.
Biden's lessons learned: spending time, money in Midwest
Biden's "campaign is doing a better job, even during COVID, of reaching out with the candidates and a voter-to-voter effort. Besides spending no time in Wisconsin and only five days in Michigan, Clinton didn't begin advertising in either until two weeks before the election. There's been more to Biden's sharper focus on Michigan and Wisconsin than showing up and spending money. Biden's Michigan campaign as well as national aides have contacted Kinloch more in the past two months than Clinton's did throughout all of 2016, he said. “They're looping everything we're doing individually together under the Biden campaign,” Kinloch said.
Agent: Michigan, Virginia governors mentioned in kidnap plot
In a photo provided by the Michigan Office of the Governor, Michigan Gov. A judge ordered three of six men charged in the case held without bond until trial, delaying rulings on two defendants. But in keeping with security protocols for highly classified information, neither the governor nor members of his staff were informed. Trask, the FBI agent, testified that authorities learned of the June meeting in Ohio while investigating various anti-government groups. Michigan, and particularly the Detroit area, were hit hard early during the pandemic, leading Whitmer to tightly restrict personal movement and the economy.
Enbridge says contractor vessels may have damaged pipeline
Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, the Michigan attorney general's office and the state Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy. A state judge granted a request from Nessel to close the line June 25 after Enbridge reported the damage. The Enbridge report said the nature of the damage and drag marks in the lakebed pointed to a cable or anchor from a small or moderately sized vessel. Enbridge says it has stepped up security measures in the straits since a 6-ton (5.44-metric tonne) barge and tugboat anchor struck Line 5 in April 2018. They have focused primarily on avoiding contact with larger vessels but are being expanded to prevent encounters with smaller ones, Duffy said.
Rodman Resovoir named top Southeastern bass lake of the decade
While tournament data could not be gathered because of the COVID-19 pandemic, crunching numbers gathered over the past eight years revealed a surprising Best Bass Lake of the Decade Californias Clear Lake. Bassmaster also broke down the top 25 best bass lakes of the decade per region, which is where Rodman Reservoir topped the list for top Southeastern bass lake of the decade. Like Clear Lake, the Big G has never been named the Best Bass Lake in the nation, but it is rarely out of contention. Michigans Lake St. Clair, where you can catch the smallmouth of a lifetime surrounded by Instagram-worthy scenery, is in the fourth spot. Bassmaster Magazines 100 Best Bass Lakes of the DecadeTop 251 Clear Lake, California2 Lake Guntersville, Alabama3 Lake Erie, New York/Ohio/Pennsylvania/Michigan4 Lake St. Clair, Michigan5 Sacramento/San Joaquin Delta, California6 Toledo Bend, Louisiana/Texas7 Sam Rayburn Reservoir, Texas8 Falcon Lake, Texas9 Lake Coeur dAlene, Idaho10 Lake Okeechobee, Florida11 Lake Champlain, New York/Vermont12 St. Lawrence River (Thousand Islands), New York13 Pickwick Lake, Alabama/Mississippi/Tennessee14 Grand Lake O The Cherokees, Oklahoma15 Chickamauga Lake, Tennessee16 Lake Fork, Texas17 Lake Havasu, Arizona/California18 Oneida Lake, New York19 Candlewood Lake, Connecticut20 Columbia River, Oregon/Washington21 Mille Lacs Lake, Minnesota22 Lake Seminole, Georgia/Florida23 Santee Cooper Lakes (Marion/Moultrie), South Carolina24 Lake Charlevoix, Michigan25 Sturgeon Bay (Lake Michigan), Wisconsin
Protests in Trump country test his hold in rural white areas
Far from the industrial norths urban centers, hundreds of protests over black injustice have cropped up in small cities in rural areas. The protests in these Republican-leaning areas offer a test of the president's ability to reassemble his older, white voting bloc. No, you cant.Trump carried Pennsylvania by about 44,000 votes in 2016, in part with overwhelming support from a patchwork of rural, white counties. Dozens of protests have taken place in counties in these four battleground states that Trump flipped from Democrat to Republican. If Biden carries every state Clinton did in 2016 and reclaims Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, he would win a majority of the Electoral College votes.
7th Littoral Combat Ship headed for Mayport
- The Navy has commissioned its new USS Indianapolis combat vessel at Burns Harbor along Lake Michigan. It the seventh Littoral Combat Ship that will be assigned to Naval Station Mayport. Saturday's ceremony drew dignitaries, Navy officials, four survivors of the ship's namesake sunk during World War II and family members of current crew members. Eric Holcomb, a Navy veteran, noted the Freedom-class littoral ship was made with Indiana steel. He also says the ship carries a "historic legacy" of the second USS Indianapolis that was sunk by a Japanese submarine in July 1945 while returning from delivering key components for the Hiroshima atomic bomb.
Gale-force winds, up to 20-foot waves likely on Lake Michigan
(CNN) - The second intense storm in a week is whipping up gale-force winds and waves as high as 20 feet across an already-high Lake Michigan. Waves already had hit 9 feet early Tuesday off the eastern Lake Michigan shore. The combination of above-average lake levels and gale-force winds will lead to another round of lakeshore flooding and beach erosion Tuesday through Thursday. Near-record lake levels leading to beach erosionAbove-average rainfall this year around Lake Michigan has raised the lake to near-record lake levels. Lake Michigan and Lake Huron will remain above the long-term average levels by 30 to 32 inches over the next six months, the US Army Corps of Engineers predicts.
American steel industry downgraded as trade war drags on
NEW YORK - The steady decline of America's steel industry is continuing, despite President Donald Trump's efforts to protect it through tariffs on imports. The latest sign came on Thursday, when Moody's downgraded its outlook for the entire domestic industry to "negative" from "stable." Trump came into office in 2017 promising to revive the steel industry and save jobs. His tariffs 25% on most steel imports and 10% on most aluminum imports initially pushed prices higher. But the increased steel production and prices didn't last, and some steelmakers, including US Steel, have more recently closed mills.
Deer Photobombs Wedding Shoot, Eats Bride's Bouquet
A Michigan couple got a surprise guest at their wedding, and he had no qualms about walking straight into their photo shoot. When Morgan held the bouquet up in the air, out of the deer's reach, he simply jumped for it. That's when Morgan figured it was probably better to throw her bouquet to the deer instead of her female guests. "We ended up just dropping the bouquet and letting the deer have it," Bennett said. Whatever the case, Bennett says she hopes the buck will remain safe since deer hunting season opens later this month.
Student recycles plastic waste into clothing
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - University of Michigan student Jackson Riegler is turning plastic waste from the Great Lakes into sustainable clothing. "The Great Lakes are really special and tremendously important to Michigan and our country." The economics student is aiming to prevent the prediction that seas will have more plastic than fish in the near future. The company donates 5 percent of all profits to nonprofit groups working to preserve the Great Lakes. "As plastic waste continues to build up domestically, we hope to inspire other companies to use U.S. plastic waste in their supply chains by taking charge as a leader in the industry and inspiring customers to live more sustainably."
Woman, dogs rescued after night below Lake Michigan bluff
A Coast Guard helicopter was used to rescue a woman and a dog from the bottom of a sandy bluff near Lake Michigan in northern Michigan. LAKE MICHIGAN (WNEM) - A Coast Guard helicopter was used to rescue a woman and a dog from the bottom of a sandy bluff near Lake Michigan in northern Michigan. The Coast Guard says the woman, her husband and three dogs spent Thursday night at the bottom of the bluff, near Ludington, after they couldn't climb up the loose soil and sand. The Coast Guard sent two helicopters, one from Muskegon and another from Traverse City. One helicopter was used to airlift the woman and a dog around 12:45 p.m.A local team from the fire department rescued the other two dogs.
Toddler Sobs as He Drifts Out on Lake Michigan on Giant Duck Float
A toddler was rescued from Lake Michigan after drifting away from his family on a giant duck float. The boy was in the water with his mom and another young child at Washington Park in Michigan City, Indiana, on Monday afternoon. Last August, four women were stranded on a large unicorn float on a Minnesota lake and had to be rescued by local deputies who happened to be driving by. In June, another child on a unicorn float was swept out to sea off the coast of North Carolina, leading his mom to call 911. RELATED STORIESWomen Who Were Rescued on Unicorn Float Thankful Deputies Stumbled Upon ThemWhy Kids Shouldn't Ride Floatie Animals in the Ocean Without Adult Supervision5-Year-Old Who Fell Down Storm Drain Rescued With Swing