Traverse City Record-Eagle

Michigan

January 1, 2014

Michigan in Brief: 01/01/2014

State defends rejection of ‘WAR SUX’ plate

DETROIT — The state of Michigan is defending its rejection of an anti-war license plate, saying children riding in cars need to be protected from seeing “WAR SUX.”

Attorneys for the secretary of state’s office asked a judge this month to dismiss a lawsuit that accuses officials of violating the First Amendment by broadly controlling speech. David DeVarti, a Washtenaw County man, wanted the six-letter plate but was turned down.

In a recent filing in Grand Rapids federal court, the state, among other reasons, said the plate would be offensive to children who amuse themselves by reading plates on passing vehicles.

“And because vehicles often travel in residential neighborhoods, youth may be exposed to license plates from their yards or driveways,” said Ann Sherman, an assistant attorney general. “Courts have often upheld legislation aimed at protecting the physical and emotional well-being of youth, even where First Amendment rights are concerned.”

Wildlife officials:Wolf kill at 22

MARQUETTE — Michigan wildlife officials say the number of wolves killed in the Upper Peninsula during the state’s first wolf hunt in decades is at 22 on the final day of the hunt.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says that’s the total as of Tuesday morning, unchanged from the previous day.

Five of the maximum 16 wolves were killed in the far western U.P., 14 of 19 in four central counties and three of eight in the eastern U.P.

The wolf hunting season opened on Nov. 15. Before the season, the DNR estimated that Michigan had 658 wolves.

Police: Wolf hit, killedby vehicle in U.P.

ESCANABA — Police in the Upper Peninsula say a wolf was struck and killed by a vehicle near Escanaba.

The Daily Press reported the roughly 130-pound animal was hit Monday near the Escanaba city limits while it was apparently trying to cross a road.

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