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madeline riedMichigan toddler dies from enterovirus D68

According to Local 4, a 21-month-old girl is the first person in Michigan to die from the virus that has caused severe respiratory illness across the country, state health officials said Saturday.

Madeline Reid died Friday afternoon from enterovirus D68, according to Children’s Hospital of Michigan in Detroit. Its chief medical officer, Dr. Rudolph Valentini, said in a statement that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the illness after the Clinton Township girl’s arrival, but did not specify which day she arrived.

According to Local 4, New Jersey state medical examiner said last week that a 4-year-old boy died of the virus, and the CDC says five people infected with the virus have died, but it’s not clear what role the virus played. The CDC said in a release this week that the virus has sickened 691 people in 46 states and Washington, D.C. Enterovirus D68 can cause flu-like symptoms and respiratory problems. The virus can be spread through coughing, sneezing and contact with contaminated surfaces. There is no vaccine or specific treatment. As of Tuesday, 31 cases in Michigan had tested positive for enterovirus D68, according to Jennifer Smith, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Community Health.

The Belle Isle Nature Zoo will host its sixth annual “Boo at the Nature Zoo”

Children are encouraged to wear costumes and bring treat bags as Halloween treats will be provided to all who attend. Guests can go on a scavenger hunt and walk an indoor forest trail to search for treats to the sounds of Halloween. All Boo at the Nature Zoo activities are free. The Belle Isle Nature Zoo sits on a 5-acre site surrounded by undisturbed forested wetlands on Belle Isle in Detroit, Mich. The facility features indoor animal habitats, a bee exhibit, bird observation window, outdoor native butterfly garden, outdoor classrooms and the Blue Heron Lagoon nature trail. A Deer Encounter allows guests to feed the fallow deer while learning about their history.

Located at the east end of Belle Isle near the Blue Heron Lagoon, the Belle Isle Nature Zoo is open Wednesday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April through October and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. November through March; closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Admission to the Nature Zoo is free; however, a State of Michigan Recreation Passport is required for all personal vehicles to enter Belle Isle State Park.

For more information, call (248) 541-5717 or visit

Annapolis High School Honor student expelled for carrying pocketknife

A high school honor student is expelled for carrying a pocketknife. Atiya Haynes tells Fox 2 it was an accident. She says she had no idea the knife, given to her by her concerned grandfather, was still in her bag. She wwas well on her way to making her dream of becoming a journalist come true. The honor student at Annapolis High School had half a year left before graduation. She says her grandfather gave her a gift she never really wanted.

“I live in Southwest Detroit,” she told Fox 2. “[It’s] not the safest neighborhood, so there are a lot of parks I have to pass to get to work so for protection he gave me a pocket knife.”

That knife stayed in the bottom of her purse for months. She says she forgot it was there. At a homecoming football game, she was in the wrong place at the wrong time. After smelling marijuana coming from the girls bathroom, school officials searched her purse and found the knife. Because it measures more than 3 inches, she was expelled for 180 days. Michigan state law has a zero tolerance policy for weapons on school grounds.

She has one chance to appeal her case before the school board on Monday. The American Civil Liberties Union is backing her.

Written by LBeasley (Lauren Beasley), Digital Producer of The Morning Heat and Sports Editor of Radio One Detroit

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