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Drowning reported in Houghton County

HOUGHTON COUNTY, MI-- A downstate man has drowned in Lake Superior near a Houghton County park. Sheriff’s deputies were called Wednesday around 12:50 p.m. to McLain State Park. They say a stranded swimmer, identified as Andrew Kneeshaw, 49, of Grand Blanc, was yelling for help off shore. A nearby surfer helped Kneeshaw to land and started CPR. Law enforcement and medical personnel also performed CPR at the scene. Kneeshaw was taken to Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
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Jail time for Escanaba man in possession of meth

ESCANABA, MI-- An Escanaba man has been sentenced for crashing his vehicle into a Bark River electric pole in April. Ryan Lucier, 20, was charged with possession of methamphetamine and driving on a suspended license. He was sentenced Tuesday to six months in jail on the first charge and 93 days in jail on the second. Lucier was already on probation at the time of the accident. He faces another charge in Marquette.
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MARQUETTE, MI--   A paddle boarder had to be rescued from Lake Superior near Picnic Rocks in Marquette Wednesday. 

The City Fire Department was called out around 6 p.m. in response to a distress call.  Two lifeguards on a jet ski were deployed and stayed with the person until the Coast Guard arrived and brought the paddle boarder to shore. 

The Marquette Fire Department is reminding kayakers and paddle boarders to know their skill level and limitations before going out onto Lake Superior. 

It's no secret that the water at some of the 2016 Olympic venues in Rio de Janeiro has some problems.

NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro got a whiff of one in April. But the AP has just put some science into it by commissioning tests over a five month period.

Wildfire danger high

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MARQUETTE, MI--   The Department of Natural Resources says the risk of wildfire is rising in several

areas of the state. 

Warm temperatures and a lack of rain have produced high to very high fire danger.  Those conditions are expected to last into the weekend. 

DNR fire prevention specialist Dan Laux says firefighters have been responding to more wildfire calls over the past few days.  He wants residents to heed the following safety tips:

IRON RIVER, MI--   Iron County residents can have a Cone with a Cop Thursday afternoon in Iron River. 

Officers with the Michigan State Police, the Iron County Sheriff’s Office, Iron River Police Department, Caspian-Gaastra Police Department, and Crystal Falls Police Department will be at the Iron River McDonald’s from 1-3.  It’s a twist on Coffee with a Cop events held across the country. 

Officials hope residents will feel comfortable asking questions, expressing concerns, or simply getting to know the officers in a neutral space. 

A court in Egypt has delayed reading the verdict in the re-trail of three Al Jazeera journalists who have been accused of aiding a terrorist organization.

The BBC reports:

"Canadian-Egyptian Mohamed Fahmy, Egyptian Baher Mohamed and Australian Peter Greste were sentenced to up to 10 years in prison in June 2014.

HOUGHTON COUNTY, MI--   A downstate man has drowned in Lake Superior near a Houghton County park.

Sheriff’s deputies were called Wednesday around 12:50 p.m. to McLain State Park.  They say a stranded swimmer, identified as Andrew Kneeshaw, 49, of Grand Blanc, was yelling for help off shore.  A nearby surfer helped Kneeshaw to land and started CPR.  Law enforcement and medical personnel also performed CPR at the scene. 

Kneeshaw was taken to Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. 

You Say Striped Bass, I Say Rockfish. What's In A Fish Name?

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Order a rockfish at a restaurant in Maryland, and you'll likely get a striped bass. Place the same order in California, and you could end up with a Vermilion rockfish, a Pacific Ocean perch or one of dozens of other fish species on your plate.

This jumble of names is perfectly legal. But it's confusing to diners — and it can also hamper efforts to combat illegal fishing and seafood fraud, says the ocean conservation group Oceana.

The cover story of this week's New York Magazine is getting a lot of attention.

It features 35 women seated in chairs and one empty chair. The women are all dressed in black, looking straight ahead with both hands resting on their knees. It is a stark image, and all the more compelling because each of them is openly and by name accusing Bill Cosby of horrendous acts. Some say they were drugged and raped; others recount stories of narrowly escaping sexual assault.

One out of every five people in Israel is Arab. But Israeli TV only sets aside a few hours a week for Arabic-language programming. And Arabs in Israel don't have many opportunities to see their own cities and lives reflected on the screen. That's the idea behind a new TV channel. It's called Palestine 48, a reference to the year Israel was founded.

The channel's new morning show is called Our Morning Is Different. It's like an Arabic version of the Today show, with a breezy opening jingle and stock footage of sunlight peeking through a field.

Joss Stone's voice first stunned listeners more than a decade ago. The British singer was only 14 years old then, but her booming, soulful voice got noticed, as did her knack for taking success in stride. At age 28, she hasn't stopped: Stone's newest album, Water for Your Soul, comes out this Friday.

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