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Michigan is a state in the Great Lakes region of the Midwestern United States. The name Michigan is the French form of the Ojibwa word mishigamaa, meaning "large water" or "large lake".


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Lightning strike at Tour Championship causes 6 injuries

The third round of the season-ending PGA Tour event had been suspended for about 30 minutes

ATLANTA (AP) — Six people were injured Saturday when lightning struck a 60-foot pine at the Tour Championship where they were taking cover from rain and showered them with debris, Atlanta police said.

The third round of the season-ending PGA Tour event had been suspended for about 30 minutes because of storms in the area, and fans were instructed to seek shelter. The strike hit the top of the tree just off the 16th tee and shattered the bark all the way to the bottom.

Brad Uhl of Atlanta was crammed under a hospitality tent to the right of the 16th hole that was open to the public.

“There was just a big explosion and then an aftershock so strong you could feel the wind from it,” Uhl said after the last of the ambulances pulled out of the golf course. “It was just a flash out of the corner of the eye. It was raining and everyone was huddled near the tree.”

Uhl said the people on the ground were moving around before the ambulances arrived.

Atlanta Police spokesman James H. White III said five men and one female juvenile had sought shelter beneath the tree that was struck by lightning. He said they were taken to hospitals for further treatment, all of them alert, conscious and breathing.

Ambulances streamed into the private club about 6 miles east of downtown Atlanta, where 30 players are competing for the FedEx Cup and its $15 million prize. The players already had been taken into the clubhouse before lightning hit, and before long East Lake was hit with a ground-shaking clap of thunder.

Mark Russell, the PGA Tour’s vice president of rules and competitions, said there were dual lightning strikes to the maintenance area and the tree on the 16th hole.

Justin Thomas, who had a one-shot lead through five holes when play was halted, said players were eating in the clubhouse when “it felt like the entire clubhouse shook” from the thunder clap.

“The first I heard anything was from one of my friends who came out to watch,” Thomas said. “He said, ‘Dude, I think someone got struck by lightning right next to us.’ And then word started spreading.”

Thomas said he had left tickets for another friend who was on the opposite side of where the tree was hit.

The PGA Tour canceled the rest of golf Saturday, with the round to resume at 8 a.m. Sunday, followed by the final round.

Russell said signs were posted on scoreboards of severe weather approaching.

“When we suspend play, we encourage everybody to leave and take shelter anywhere they can,” Russell said. “We opened up hospitality areas that are grounded, a lot of other places like that. You’ve got a lot of people, and you have to do that quickly, and sometimes people don’t take shelter.”

The starting times for the third round were moved back by more than two hours to end at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports. Russell said they were aware of a forecast for storms, but he described them as “pop-up thunderstorms.”

“We have a meteorologist on site. We can monitor that,” he said. “And a lot of times, we get lucky and we don’t get hit with thunderstorms, especially when it’s a situation when they’re pop-ups like that.”

Last week at the BMW Championship in the Chicago suburbs, Phil Mickelson was delayed getting to the golf course when lightning struck the top of his hotel, causing a precautionary evacuation.

PGA Tour-sanctioned events have not had a death from lightning since the summer of 1991. One man was killed and five were injured from lightning at the U.S. Open at Hazeltine outside Minneapolis. Two months later, a man was struck and killed by lightning walking to his car during a storm delay at the PGA Championship at Crooked Stick in Indiana.

Retief Goosen was struck by lightning as a teenager in South Africa. He survived and went on to win two U.S. Opens, and he was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in June.


3 injured in Kalamazoo shooting

It happened around 11:42 p.m. Friday in the area of N. Westnedge Avenue and Florence Street.

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — Authorities say three people were hurt in a shooting in Kalamazoo.

It happened around 11:42 p.m. Friday in the area of N. Westnedge Avenue and Florence Street.

Officers say they were called in reference to a verbal argument. Once they arrived, witnesses reported several gunshots in the area, according to the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety.

Investigators say they found two gunshot victims nearby. A citizen took the third victim to a local hospital, police say.

All the victims are in stable condition.

The victims include a 21-year-old man, 39-year-old woman and a 40-year-old man. All of them are from Kalamazoo, police say.

The victims and witnesses have provided limited information to investigators, according to a news release.

Officers say the suspect was described as a tall and skinny black man.

After the shooting, the suspect was seen fleeing the scene in a dark-colored older sedan. The vehicle was last seen driving east on Florence, police say.

Anyone with information is asked to call KDPS at 269.337.8994 or Silent Observer at 269.343.2100.


Man accused of robbing victim of cellphone at gunpoint

The alleged armed robbery happened just before 8 p.m. Thursday at Upjohn Park in the 1000 block of Walter Street.

 KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — Kalamazoo officers say they have arrested a man accused of robbing a man of his cellphone at gunpoint.

The alleged armed robbery happened just before 8 p.m. Thursday at Upjohn Park in the 1000 block of Walter Street.

The victim reported he attempted to sell his phone via the Letgo app and arranged for a meeting with a potential buyer, according to a news release from the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety.

At the park, the buyer pulled out a handgun, demanded the phone and left the scene, police say.

Officers say the victim was able to provide a detailed vehicle and suspect description.

While on patrol, a Kalamazoo officer found the suspect’s vehicle in the 900 block of Clarence Street in the Edison neighborhood, a release stated.

A suspect matching the description was also located, police say.

Officers say they called the phone number the robber used to set up the meeting and the suspect’s phone rang.

Authorities say concerned citizens pointed them towards the last location the suspect was seen.

Due to community cooperation, officers say they also found the handgun used in the incident.

Officers say the suspect is a 20-year-old man from Kalamazoo.

He is currently in the Kalamazoo County Jail with charges of armed robbery, felon in possession of a firearm and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

Anyone with information is asked to call KDPS at 269.337.8994 or Silent Observer at 269.343.2100.


Motorcyclist seriously injured in Portage crash

It happened just before 3 p.m. Saturday on the 8800 block of Shaver Road.

PORTAGE, Mich. (WOOD) — A 48-year-old motorcyclist was injured in a crash in Portage.

It happened just before 3 p.m. Saturday on the 8800 block of Shaver Road.

Officers say a man from Portage was driving his motorcycle south on the road when he lost control and hit a curb. That caused him to be thrown onto the road, police say.

The man received serious injuries and was taken to a hospital, police say.

Southbound Shaver Road was closed for about 90 minutes while officers investigated the crash.

Anyone with information is asked to call Portage police at 269.329.4567 or Silent Observer at 269.343.2100.


Brazilian troops begin deploying to fight Amazon fires

Some 44,000 troops will be available for "unprecedented" operations to put out the fires.

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Backed by military aircraft, Brazilian troops on Saturday were deploying in the Amazon to fight fires that have swept the region and prompted anti-government protests as well as an international outcry.

President Jair Bolsonaro also tried to temper global concern, saying that previously deforested areas had burned and that intact rainforest was spared. Even so, the fires were likely to be urgently discussed at a summit of the Group of Seven leaders in France this weekend.

Some 44,000 troops will be available for “unprecedented” operations to put out the fires, and forces are heading to six Brazilian states that asked for federal help, Defense Minister Fernando Azevedo said. The states are Roraima, Rondonia, Tocantins, Para, Acre and Mato Grosso.

The military’s first mission will be carried out by 700 troops around Porto Velho, capital of Rondonia, Azevedo said. The military will use two C-130 Hercules aircraft capable of dumping up to 3,170 gallons of water on fires, he said.

An Associated Press journalist flying over the Porto Velho region Saturday morning reported hazy conditions and low visibility. On Friday, the reporter saw many already deforested areas that were burned, apparently by people clearing farmland, as well as a large column of smoke billowing from one fire.

The municipality of Nova Santa Helena in Brazil’s Mato Grosso state was also hard-hit. Trucks were seen driving along a highway Friday as fires blazed and embers smoldered in adjacent fields.

The Brazilian military operations came after widespread criticism of Bolsonaro’s handling of the crisis. On Friday, the president authorized the armed forces to put out fires, saying he is committed to protecting the Amazon region.

Azevedo, the defense minister, noted U.S. President Donald Trump’s offer in a tweet to help Brazil fight the fires, and said there had been no further contact on the matter.

Despite international concern, Bolsonaro told reporters on Saturday that the situation was returning to normal. He said he was “speaking to everyone” about the problem, including Trump, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez and several Latin American leaders.

Bolsonaro had described rainforest protections as an obstacle to Brazil’s economic development, sparring with critics who say the Amazon absorbs vast amounts of greenhouse gasses and is crucial for efforts to contain climate change.

The Amazon fires have become a global issue, escalating tensions between Brazil and European countries who believe Bolsonaro has neglected commitments to protect biodiversity. Protesters gathered outside Brazilian diplomatic missions in European and Latin American cities Friday, and demonstrators also marched in Brazil.

“The planet’s lungs are on fire. Let’s save them!” read a sign at a protest outside Brazil’s embassy in Mexico City.

The dispute spilled into the economic arena when French leader Emmanuel Macron threatened to block a European Union trade deal with Brazil and several other South American countries.

“First we need to help Brazil and other countries put out these fires,” Macron said Saturday.

The goal is to “preserve this forest that we all need because it is a treasure of our biodiversity and our climate thanks to the oxygen that it emits and thanks to the carbon it absorbs,” he said.

In a weekly video message released Saturday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the Group of Seven leaders “cannot be silent” and should discuss how to help extinguish the fires.

Bolivia has also struggled to contain fires that swept through woods and fields. A U.S.-based aircraft, the B747-400 SuperTanker, is flying over devastated areas in Bolivia to help put out the blazes and protect forests.

On Saturday, several helicopters along with police, military troops, firefighters and volunteers on the ground worked to extinguish fires in Bolivia’s Chiquitanía region, where the woods are dry at this time of year.

Farmers commonly set fires in this season to clear land for crops or livestock, but sometimes the blazes get out of control. The Bolivian government says 3680 square miles have been burned this year.

The government of Bolivian President Evo Morales has backed the increased cultivation of crops for biofuel production, raising questions about whether the policy opened the way to increased burning.

Similarly, Bolsonaro had said he wants to convert land for cattle pastures and soybean farms. Brazilian prosecutors are investigating whether lax enforcement of environmental regulations may have contributed to the surge in the number of fires.

Brazil’s justice ministry also said federal police will deploy in fire zones to assist other state agencies and combat “illegal deforestation.”

Fires are common in Brazil in the annual dry season, but they are much more widespread this year. Brazilian state experts reported nearly 77,000 wildfires across the country so far this year, up 85% over the same period in 2018.

More than half of those fires occurred in the Amazon region.

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Associated Press journalists Juan Karita in Robore, Bolivia; Victor Caivano in Porto Velho, Brazil; Christopher Torchia in Caracas, Venezuela, contributed to this report.


People in Grand Rapids march to ‘stop the violence’

Community members say they’re getting tired of the recent spike in gun violence and want to do something about it.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Members of the Grand Rapids community took to the streets Saturday morning to march violence out of the city.

Community members say they’re getting tired of the recent spike in gun violence and want to do something about it.

“They say it takes a village to raise up the community, so that’s what I would like us to do,” said Samika Douglas, a community liaison with the group LINC Up. “All of the shootings that were occurring, it sparked an interest in us.”

In eight months, there have been 10 deadly shootings in Grand Rapids. 

The city is on pace for the highest number of fatal shootings in recent history.

“It destroys our community,” Douglas said. “It becomes a place where you don’t feel safe, and we shouldn’t live like that. We should be able to feel safe at home. And our community is our home.”

Grand Rapids Police Chief Eric Payne walked with his fellow community members. He says it shows the city that he and the department care.

“It’s not about me,” Payne said. “I’m just out here to show my support and show that the Grand Rapids Police Department supports any program or any event that is looking to stop the violence in the city.”

The group of marchers says through unity, peace and love that things will hopefully begin to change.

“I’m hoping with this walk people will build relationships,” said Community Advocate Tabitha Williams. “Trust is lost amongst the community. I feel like these people need to be familiar with who lives here.”

Williams says it’s important to remind families of the deceased and families of the criminals what’s at stake when a life is lost.

“They need to know the people that you are taking away are your neighbors,” Williams said. “The killers are related to someone. The victims are related to someone. We all are impacted — we are killing off our own future.”


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