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“This is clearly a public health epidemic,” said epidemiologist Scott Laney at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. “This is a rare disease that should not be occurring.”

MICHIGAN

Mother watching probe of fatal hug

DETROIT — The mother of a Detroit woman shot when an off-duty officer’s gun went off during a party says she is going “to stay on top” of the city’s police department during the investigation into her daughter’s death.

Yolanda McNair says Adaisha Miller would have been celebrating her 25th birthday Monday and was invited to Saturday’s fish fry by friends who knew the officer.

Police Chief Ralph Godbee told reporters Monday that Miss Miller was dancing with the officer and touching his waist from behind when his holstered handgun fired, striking Miss Miller in the chest.

Chief Godbee says the gun was in a waist holster made of soft material. He says there is no evidence the officer fired the weapon, but he stopped short of saying Miss Miller may have accidentally pulled the trigger.

DELAWARE

School board nixes bid to change mascot name

DAGSBORO — A Delaware school district is rejecting a bid to remove the word “Indian” from its name.

The Daily Times of Salisbury reports that the Indian River school board unanimously rejected the request to remove the Indians as the name and mascot of the Indian River School District. The request came from an Ocean View man who said he found the name racist.

The mascot name was adopted in 1967.

Indian River High School Principal Mark Steele, who played sports there and has been associated with the school for 31 years, says he had never heard a complaint about the mascot name until now. The board of education president says he considers the Indian name a sign of respect.

PENNSYLVANIA

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