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

Trustee, financial executive hired to lead Hope College

HOLLAND (AP) — Hope College has selected an alumnus, governing board member and financial advisory firm executive as the next president of the school.

Hope officials announced Friday that Matthew Scogin will become the Holland-based Christian college's 14th president starting July 1. He succeeds Dennis Voskuil, who has been interim president since John Knapp's departure in July 2017.

Scogin, 39, is chief administrative officer of Perella Weinberg Partners in New York. He has also held senior positions with the New York Stock Exchange and U.S. Treasury Department.

Scogin graduated from Hope in 2002 with political science and economics majors, and earned a master's degree in public policy from Harvard University. He joined the school's Board of Trustees in 2016.

His wife, Sarah, graduated from Hope the same year.

2 ex-Detroit Lions' medical pot venture application denied

LANSING (AP) — Two former Detroit Lions players have been denied preliminary applications for medical marijuana growing, processing and provisioning facilities.

The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press reported the Michigan Medical Licensing Board denied prequalification status for a venture backed by Calvin Johnson and Rob Sims. Cited were minor traffic tickets for Johnson and problems with homes Sims owns in the suburb of Dearborn.

Johnson's spokesman, John Truscott, said the former NFL receiver dealt with the tickets once he learned of them, and Sims has cleared up issues with the houses and received a certificate of occupancy.

Sims said the venture has "done everything by the book" and will appeal the decision.

The state is working to license medical marijuana businesses. Voters approved medical marijuana a decade ago and recreational marijuana use in November.

Man arrested for allegedly threatening journalists, city official

DETROIT (AP) — A man has been arrested after allegedly sending threatening, anti-Semitic and sexually violent messages to Detroit journalists and an elected official.

An affidavit filed in U.S. District Court alleges that Lawrence Steven Brayboy, 69, targeted workers at The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press. He appeared in court Thursday following his arrest. He's charged with stalking and making threatening communications.

The Associated Press left a message Friday seeking comment from a court-appointed lawyer.

The Detroit News reported that, according to a court filing, the FBI investigated Brayboy for a year-long period in which one writer received at least 65 voicemails that "contained sexually violent threats and/or sexually vulgar language."

Other journalists received repeated emails and voicemails. He also repeatedly emailed an Ann Arbor official, according to allegations.

Central Michigan University moves to improve campus housing

MOUNT PLEASANT (AP) — Central Michigan University is moving forward on the first part of a $76 million campus housing improvement project.

The Mount Pleasant school's Board of Trustees approved $13 million Thursday to improve the residence life experience for students.

The planned work in 2019 includes modernizing the North Residence Hall Complex as well as improvements at the South and East residence hall complexes. This first phase also includes demolition of Barnes Hall, which opened in 1951 and is the only remaining residence hall on campus with community bathrooms.

There are two other phases anticipated as part of the project in 2020 and 2021. That work includes construction of a North Campus Wellness Center, modernization of the Merrill and Robinson residential restaurants, and demolition and replacement of Northwest Apartments and Kewadin Village.

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