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By The Associated Press • Aug 10, 2018 at 8:00 AM

Two new exotic species identified in the Great Lakes

BRIDGEPORT, N.Y. (AP) — Two new exotic zooplankton species have crept into the Great Lakes, according to researchers.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Cornell University researchers confirmed the species are in Lake Erie. The findings are part of the EPA's biology monitoring program in the Great Lakes.

The species are Diaphanosoma fluviatile, which is from Central and South America and the Caribbean; and Mesocyclops pehpeiensis, which is native to tropical and temperate areas of Asia.

Scientists don't know how the zooplankton entered the lake, but they have said it's the farthest north either species has been tracked in the Western Hemisphere.

Many conservation groups have been pointing to ballast water discharge as the reason foreign species are showing up in the Great Lakes. The groups are calling for new regulations to require ships to treat their ballast.

Judge dismisses 2003 lawsuit over Dow dioxin contamination

SAGINAW (AP) — Dow Chemical has prevailed in a long-running lawsuit by property owners over dioxin contamination along the Tittabawassee River.

WJRT-TV reported that the 2003 lawsuit was recently dismissed by a Saginaw County judge. Dow argued that the statute of limitations had long expired when the case was filed.

The company's legal position was strengthened in January. The Michigan Supreme Court said the clock began to run when damage occurred, not in 2002 when regulators publicly reported high levels of contamination in the river's flood plain.

WJRT said Dow has been cleaning up properties along the river by replacing contaminated soil. Property owners wanted to be compensated for lost land value and enjoyment of their property.

Video shows black pastor calling officer 'cracker' after arrest

HIGHLAND PARK (AP) — A video shows a black Detroit-area pastor calling a white police officer a "cracker" after he was handcuffed outside a Detroit-area church.

Police in Highland Park arrested the Rev. David Bullock on June 24. He had interrupted them while they tried to investigate the possible assault of a child by a mentally ill woman.

Police video of the incident landed on YouTube, although the city insists it didn't post it.

The video shows Bullock in the police car yelling to supporters to call the mayor, take pictures and notify news media. Bullock yells, "Y'all goin' to let this cracker do this?" He uses expletives and the N-word.

Bullock was charged with obstructing police. The case is pending.

The pastor said he believes race was a factor in his arrest.

Partial demolition of old Upper Peninsula wall draws outcry

ISHPEMING (AP) — Some residents of a community in Michigan's Upper Peninsula are upset that parts of a historic wall were demolished to make room for construction equipment.

WLUC-TV reported the Ishpeming City Council heard Wednesday night from people who were frustrated after the demolition apparently took place without city council members knowing about it.

It's believed that the wall was built around the 1890s by Cornish or Italian stone workers. Some say Ishpeming has now lost a part of its history.

Ishpeming resident Dr. Jane Piirto said a law or ordinance is needed to give residents input and so the City Council can "guard our historic properties."

Council members expressed remorse about the destroyed wall, saying a similar mistake would never happen again.

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