Gymnast testifies against doctor
MASON, Mich. (AP) — A gymnast testified Friday that a Michigan sports doctor accused of sexual assaulting dozens of women and girls asked her father to leave the room before he molested her during a 2012 appointment for a heel injury.
The girl, who was 11 at the time, said she didn’t object when Dr. Larry Nassar penetrated her with his fingers because she was embarrassed and thought it might be a legitimate procedure.
“I remember lots of pain,” the 16-year-old, identified as victim A, told a judge.
Judge Donald Allen Jr. must decide whether there’s enough evidence to send Nassar to trial on sexual assault charges. The case involves seven women or girls, although dozens of others have also accused him of sexually assaulting them and are suing him in federal court. It was the second day of a hearing that likely will stretch to a third day in June.
Nassar was a doctor at Michigan State University and at USA Gymnastics, which trains Olympians and other elite athletes. He’s accused of molesting the women and girls with his hands but denies wrongdoing.
Riverfront offers new attraction
DETROIT (AP) — A new riverfront attraction and educational resource has been unveiled in Detroit.
The Detroit-Wayne County Port Authority opened the “Portal View” to the public on Monday. The attraction is a 20-foot-tall former shipping container with an interactive computer system that tracks vessels in real time on the Great Lakes.
The exhibit also includes a kiosk providing information about where some boats and ships originated, along with an anchor from the 1924 S.S. Greater Detroit that was pulled out of the Detroit River last year.
Board to regulate marijuana
LANSING (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder has appointed five board members to the state Medical Marijuana Licensing Board.
The board will regulate growth, processing, transportation and selling of medical marijuana. Former Republican Speaker of the House Rick Johnson will be chairman. Senate Marjority Leader Arlan Meekhof appointed Johnson. Other members include Nichole Cover, a health care supervisor for Walgreens, and Donald Bailey, a retired Michigan State Police sergeant.
Meekhof says he nominated Johnson for his varied experience and knowledge.
Snyder says the board will help to provide oversight of medical marijuana facilities to keep the public safe.
Snyder signed into law marijuana regulations last September saying they would create a “solid framework” for patients to buy the drug safely. The legislation also established the state licensing system.
BMW recalls 7-Series cars
DETROIT (AP) — BMW is recalling more than 45,000 older 7-Series cars in the U.S. because the doors can open unexpectedly while they’re being driven.
The recall covers certain 745i, 745Li, 750i, 750Li, 760i, 760Li and B7 Alpina cars from the 2005 through 2008 model years that have the comfort access and soft door close options.
BMW says the doors may appear to be closed and latched but can inadvertently open due to road conditions or occupant contact with the door. A sudden opening could cause someone to be ejected or increase the risk of injury in a crash.
The company says in documents posted by the government that the latches can malfunction over time. The company said in a statement Friday that it isn’t aware of any crashes or injuries caused by the problem.
The recall came after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the government’s road safety agency, asked BMW about owner complaints about doors opening unexpectedly. The agency asked if a 2012 recall of about 7,500 7-Series cars from the 2005 to 2007 model years should be expanded and if the remedy was adequate. BMW investigated and agreed to another recall, but it’s still trying to find the cause and develop a fix. Owners with questions can contact BMW at (800) 525-7417.