1 motorcyclist dead, 4 injured

PORT HURON (AP) — Authorities say one man died and four other people were hurt in an accident involving several motorcycles in eastern Michigan.
The St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement on Sunday that the man who died lost control of his motorcycle while transitioning from blacktop to gravel on Saturday afternoon.
The deceased rider is a 56-year-old man from Southgate. His name was not released. A 59-year-old female passenger was critically injured and taken to a hospital.
The sheriff’s office said nearby motorcyclists tried not to hit the first rider but also lost control of their motorcycles.

House explodes, woman dies

BAD AXE (AP) — Authorities say an eastern Michigan woman was killed and her daughter was injured in a home explosion and fire.
Huron County Sheriff Kelly Hanson said in a statement that the explosion happened Saturday night in the township of Sand Beach. Hanson’s statement says a 69-year-old woman was trapped inside and died, but her 50-year-old daughter was ejected from the house by the explosion. Firefighters were unable to reach the trapped woman for nearly two hours. Authorities have not released any information about what caused the explosion. Hanson says the state fire marshal’s office is investigating.

No Deal: Auto workers strike against GM in contract dispute

DETROIT (AP) — More than 49,000 members of the United Auto Workers walked off General Motors factory floors or set up picket lines early today as contract talks with the company deteriorated into a strike.
Workers shut down 33 manufacturing plants in nine states across the U.S., as well as 22 parts distribution warehouses.
It wasn’t clear how long the walkout would last, with the union saying GM has budged little in months of talks while GM said it made substantial offers including higher wages and factory investments.
It’s the first national strike by the union since a two-day walkout in 2007 that had little impact on the company.
GM workers joined striking Aramark-employed janitors assigned to GM facilities on the picket lines Sunday night at a sprawling factory on the border between Detroit and the small town of Hamtramck.
Worker Patty Thomas said she wasn’t scheduled to picket, but came out to support her colleagues at the car plant, which GM wants to close.
She’s heard talk that GM may keep the factory open and start building electric pickup trucks there, but she’s skeptical.
“What are they going to take away?” she asked. “That’s the big issue.”
She said workers gave up cost-of-living pay raises to help GM get through bankruptcy, and workers want some of that back now that the company is making profits.
Striking GM employees were joined on the picket lines by workers from Ford and Fiat Chrysler, who are working under contract extensions.
Night shift workers at an aluminum castings factory in Bedford, Indiana, that makes transmission casings and other parts shut off their machines and headed for the exits, said Dave Green, a worker who transferred from the now-shuttered GM small-car factory in Lordstown, Ohio.
Green, a former local union president, said he agrees with the strike over wages, plant closures and other issues.
“If we don’t fight now, when are we going to fight?” he asked. “This is not about us. It’s about the future.”
UAW Vice President Terry Dittes, the union’s top GM negotiator, said a strike is the union’s last resort but is needed because both sides are far apart in negotiating a new four-year contract. The union, he said Saturday, does not take a strike lightly.
“We clearly understand the hardship that it may cause,” he said. “We are standing up for fair wages, we are standing up for affordable quality health care, we are standing up for our share of the profits.”
GM, however, said it offered pay raises and $7 billion worth of U.S. factory investments resulting in 5,400 new positions, a minority of which would be filled by existing employees. GM would not give a precise number. The company also said it offered higher profit sharing, “nationally leading” health benefits and an $8,000 payment to each worker upon ratification.
Because public statements from both sides conflict, it’s hard to tell how long the strike will last, said Kristin Dziczek, vice president of labor and industry at the Center for Automotive Research, an industry think tank.
The length “depends on how far apart they really are and where the lines in the sand are drawn,” she said.
Talks were scheduled to resume at 10 a.m. EDT today.
The union’s contract with GM expired Saturday night, but pacts with the company’s crosstown rivals, Ford and Fiat Chrysler, were extended indefinitely. The union has picked GM as its target company this year, and any deal it negotiates will be used as a template for the others.

Jerry Kelly gets PGA Champions win in Flint suburb

GRAND BLANC (AP) — Jerry Kelly played bogey-free Sunday at Warwick Hills and closed with a 4-under 68 for a two-shot victory in the Ally Challenge, his second victory this year on the PGA Tour Champions and moving him a little closer to the top of the Charles Schwab Cup standings.
Kelly started the final round with a one-shot lead over Schwab Cup leader Scott McCarron and Woody Austin. Only one of them challenged Kelly.
McCarron fell apart with four bogeys in a five-hole stretch around the turn and shot 75 to tie for 15th. Austin caught Kelly briefly with a birdie on No. 3, but he never could conjure up the vibes at Warwick Hills, where Austin won his first PGA Tour event.
Kelly had a pair of birdies on the front nine, and he seized control on the back nine when Austin made bogey on the par-4 15th. Two holes later, on the par-3 17th, Kelly made his final birdie for a three-shot lead.

After win on Saturday, Detroit Tigers back to regular ways with loss No. 104 on Sunday

DETROIT (AP) — In the big picture, the Detroit Tigers are helping themselves with a bad finish to a terrible season.
Edwin Jackson allowed five runs in five innings, and the Tigers took control of the race for the top pick in next June’s amateur draft with an 8-2 loss to the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday.
Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire isn’t looking at the grand scheme,
“This is a young, tired baseball team that has played a lot of games without much time off, and we’ve got a few more days before we get a day off,” Gardenhire said. “That’s not an excuse, though. We didn’t play well today. We need to be better tomorrow.”
Detroit (44-104) has lost two of the first three games of the four-game series against the Orioles (49-100), opening a 4 1/2-game advantage for the worst record in the major leagues. Any combination of 10 Tigers losses and Orioles wins would clinch the top pick for Detroit in a draft highlighted by Arizona State first baseman Spencer Torkelson and Georgia pitcher Emerson Hancock.

Tigers 8, Orioles 4  (12 innings)

Tigers second baseman Harold Castro is unable to make a diving catch in the ninth inning against the Baltimore Orioles Saturday in Detroit. (AP photo)

On Saturday, Victor Reyes hit a tying home run with two outs in the ninth inning and John Hicks had the game-winning grand slam in the 12th to lift Detroit.
The loss gave Baltimore its second straight 100-loss season after the Orioles finished 47-115 a year ago.
Hicks’ blast to the bullpen in left field came off Ryan Eades (0-1) on a 2-2 count, and was his 12th of the season.
Harold Castro earned a lead-off walk in the 12th, and Travis Demeritte doubled with one out to put two runners in scoring position. After Dawel Lugo was intentionally walked, Eades walked Brandon Dixon on four pitches to tie the game, setting up Hicks’ slam.
Reyes hit his towering home run to right field off Baltimore closer Mychal Givens, who had worked nine straight scoreless appearances.
One inning earlier, Trey Mancini took rookie reliever Bryan Garcia deep for a two-out, three-run shot to put Baltimore up 3-2.

Michigan State Spartans biggest example of Big 10 close football finishes on Saturday

AP Sports Writer
EAST LANSING — Mark Dantonio will have to wait a bit for his next milestone after the last couple minutes went terribly wrong for Michigan State.
James Franklin and Kirk Ferentz were a bit more fortunate, but they had reason to sweat while Penn State and Iowa were pushed to the limit by in-state rivals.
On a wild Saturday in the Big Ten, a half-dozen games came down to the last few plays. Penn State, Iowa and Minnesota managed to pull through, while Michigan State, Illinois and Maryland fell short. It was a day that certainly drove home the notion that there’s a fine line between winning and losing.
“The outcome of the football game had a lot of things going on, some things we could control and some things we can’t control,” Dantonio said after his Spartans lost 10-7 to Arizona State. “Too many missed opportunities.”
Dantonio is tied with Duffy Daugherty for the most victories by a Michigan State coach. He was on the verge of standing alone with that record when the Spartans led 7-3 late in the game, but Michigan State’s defense finally cracked, allowing Arizona State quarterback Jayden Daniels to run for a first down on fourth-and-13. The winning touchdown came soon after that, with just under a minute remaining.
The Spartans drove back into field goal range, but after spiking the ball to stop the clock with 11 seconds left, they appeared indecisive. The field goal team had to rush out, and although Matt Coghlin made a kick that appeared to tie it, Michigan State had too many men on the field. The re-kick missed.
Illinois’ matchup with Eastern Michigan also came down to a kick, and it had to be a helpless feeling for the Illini after EMU drove into position for a 24-yard field goal at the end. Chad Ryland made it to hand Illinois a 34-31 loss.
Maryland also lost after an encouraging victory over Syracuse in its previous game. The Terrapins fell 20-17 to Temple after their offense failed to reach the end zone on a couple great opportunities late. Down 20-15, Maryland took over at the Temple 4-yard line after a long punt return. Four straight runs failed to reach the end zone, and the Terps turned the ball over on downs.
A shanked punt gave Maryland the ball back at the Temple 10, but the Terrapins couldn’t score then either.
Maryland dropped out of the Top 25 on Sunday, and so did Michigan State.
Iowa could have faced a similar fate, but Ferentz’s Hawkeyes held off Iowa State 18-17. Iowa sealed that game by recovering a punt that bounced off an Iowa State player.
Penn State had a close call as well in a 17-10 win over Pittsburgh. It wasn’t Franklin who faced the big coaching decision in this one — but rather his counterpart, Pitt’s Pat Narduzzi.
Down by seven, the Panthers had first-and-goal from the 1 in the fourth quarter, but after two incompletions and a failed run, they attempted a field goal — and missed with 4:54 remaining.
Pittsburgh got the ball again but never made it back to the red zone.
If there’s one team that’s used to that type of tense finish, it’s Minnesota. The Gophers beat South Dakota State by seven and Fresno State in two overtimes. Then they edged Georgia Southern on Saturday 35-32, scoring the winning touchdown with 13 seconds left.
“There were times we did everything to lose the game. There were times we did everything to win the game,” Gophers coach P.J. Fleck said. “I believe in my players. I believe in my team.”

Michigan State’s C.J. Hayes, right, can’t hang on to a pass against Arizona State’s Darien Butler during the second quarter of their football game on Saturday in East Lansing. Arizona State won 10-7. (AP photo)

Detroit Lions overcome mistakes for ‘W’ over Los Angeles Chargers, 13-10

AP Sports Writer
DETROIT — Matthew Stafford and Darius Slay had a lot to do with the Los Angeles Chargers leading the Lions for three-plus quarters.
And, both players bounced back in the final minutes to lift Detroit to a 13-10 victory Sunday.
Stafford threw a go-ahead, 31-yard touchdown pass to Kenny Golladay midway through the fourth quarter and Slay made an interception in the end zone with 1:03 left.
Detroit (1-0-1) overcame Stafford’s two interceptions, Slay getting outplayed by Keenan Allen and Matt Prater missing an extra point and a field goal.
“I’m doing this team a disservice if I shut down after two picks,” Stafford said.
The Chargers (1-1) were in a position to attempt a 45-yard field goal to tie the game, but Philip Rivers tried to force a pass to Allen and Slay picked it off.
Allen had his way with Slay for much of the day, making eight catches for 98 yards.
“I feel like I was putting on a clinic and then to come down to the last play and he makes a play,” Allen said.
The Lions failed to make plays on both sides of the ball in the opener, blowing an 18-point lead in the fourth quarter before tying.

Lions wide receiver Kenny Golladay, left, pulls in a 31-yard touchdown reception as Los Angeles Chargers cornerback Casey Hayward defends in the second half in Detroit on Sunday. (AP photo)

7 jobs for retirees who want to get back to work

Retirement can be great: There’s time to travel, do projects you’ve put off for years, or just do a whole lot of nothing. But sometimes, it can also be difficult to transition to a more relaxed pace. A job can give you purpose and a reason to set your alarm in the morning, a little […]

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Retirement can be great: There’s time to travel, do projects you’ve put off for years, or just do a whole lot of nothing. But sometimes, it can also be difficult to transition to a more relaxed pace. A job can give you purpose and a reason to set your alarm in the morning, a little extra cash to finance your retirement or travel, or the chance to apply your drive and creativity to a new endeavor.

But one way to frame this new life phase is having the freedom to choose a job that is simply enjoyable—not tied to your ambition. There are fulfilling, low-stress jobs out there that can offer retirees the opportunity to learn something new, engage with the community, and make some extra money in the process.

1. Pet sitter

If you’re an animal lover or have been a pet owner before, starting your own pet-sitting business as a retiree can be a great way to make money and find some companionship in four-legged friends. For many, retirement means traveling and visiting relatives, so pet owners have to find a local kennel or pet-sitter. If you have retired friends, you can fill that role. You can pet sit out of your own home or visit neighbors’ homes a few times a day to give pets the extra attention they need when their owners are traveling.

2. Small business owner

If you have the talent and access to supplies, you can turn a hobby into a small business. Explore your photography skills, get into woodworking, look into selling your knitting masterpieces—you’ve honed skills over the years, and now you have the time to see where they can take you. You can create your own website or open an Etsy store—you don’t need to have a physical storefront to start a business. If you’re up for a challenge, starting your own small business that engages your skills and your passion can be a rewarding way to fill your time while you make extra money in retirement.

3. Consultant

You likely amassed tons of knowledge from your former career. You can leave it behind and forget it, or you can use your experience to do consulting work. In the tech industry, for example, retirees often return as consultants to use their knowledge of code writing—because technology has changed so much, consultants with this type of knowledge may be vital to the industry. Consulting in your former industry is a way to employ your skills while keeping your work schedule more flexible.

4. Teacher

Whether it’s by being a substitute teacher or adjuncting at a local university, retirees likely have knowledge to impart. Adjunct jobs at universities often require graduate-level degrees, but experience in the real-world industry can be a leg up when teaching subjects like principles of business, advertising, marketing, writing, or engineering. Substitute teaching, from grade school level to high school, can be a rewarding way to engage in the community, help shape young minds, and keep your own mind involved in the lifelong learning process.

5. Working in the arts

Love art? Movies? Music? Working in the gift shop at a museum or as a docent can be a great way to share your interest that may not have been part of your full-time job before retiring. You can work at a theater and take tickets, or become an usher at your local concert hall. These positions mostly deal with hospitality, but having a job in the arts and entertainment industry can bring you near to the things you love. And instead of buying the tickets, you’re getting paid to be there and help others enjoy the experience.

6. Retail

If you’re looking to make some extra cash, retail jobs (such as a grocery store clerk) are always out there, and seasonal jobs abound during the holidays. Interacting with and helping customers can be an enjoyable way to stay engaged. Chances are you can find retail work more closely attuned to your interests too. If you enjoy home projects or painting your house, you might be a good fit for the paint department at your local hardware store. If you are a book lover, recommending books and ordering books for customers at your local bookshop can be a great way to spend time and earn money.

7. Earn money through traveling

Enjoy your newfound freedom and go to the place you want to visit. Traveling can be expensive, but moving to a resort town to find a local job in a tourist area or looking into house-sitting opportunities can let you explore the country while you finance your retirement—and still enjoy the sights in your downtime. Diving into the tourist culture, while still working, can feel more leisurely than your previous job and can be an excellent opportunity to take you to new places through your retirement.

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How to stay sane and healthy while on the job hunt

Those of us who have been in the work world for a while know all about the challenges of life on the job hunt. It can be an anxious and stress-fueled time in which you’re constantly riding an emotional rollercoaster of heightened anticipation and disappointment, driven by constant effort, often with no immediate payoff and […]

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Those of us who have been in the work world for a while know all about the challenges of life on the job hunt. It can be an anxious and stress-fueled time in which you’re constantly riding an emotional rollercoaster of heightened anticipation and disappointment, driven by constant effort, often with no immediate payoff and with no certain end in sight—no one’s idea of a fun time.

To make matters even less fun, the work world continues to get more competitive and the rules for navigating the modern job hunt get more murky and unclear as technology and innovation continue to disrupt the old rules and established ways of doing things.

So, with all of that said, it shouldn’t be any surprise that maintaining your physical and mental health while on the job hunt can be a real struggle. There are few challenges in life as stressful as job hunting, and the effects of stress on one’s health are well documented. WebMD recently published an article that highlights some of the more pervasive symptoms of stress, which include the following:

  • Emotional symptoms: becoming easily agitated, frustrated, and moody; feeling overwhelmed, like you are losing control or need to take control; having difficulty relaxing and quieting your mind; feeling bad about yourself (low self-esteem), lonely, worthless, and depressed; avoiding others
  • Physical symptoms: low energy; headaches; upset stomach, including diarrhea, constipation, and nausea; aches, pains, and tense muscles; chest pain and rapid heartbeat; insomnia; frequent colds and infections; loss of sexual desire and/or ability; nervousness and shaking, ringing in the ear, cold or sweaty hands and feet; dry mouth and difficulty swallowing; clenched jaw and grinding teeth
  • Mental symptoms: constant worrying; racing thoughts; forgetfulness and disorganization; inability to focus; poor judgment; being pessimistic or seeing only the negative side

Clearly, the impact of these symptoms on your life can be significant and can make an already difficult job hunt even more difficult. So, how can you stay healthy and sane while on the job hunt? Let’s look at proven strategies for staying cool, calm, and collected and maintaining your physical and mental health when you’re looking for a new job.

Remember the rest of your life

When you’re focused—or overly focused—on a job hunt, you may start to lose your grip on all the other things going on in your life. We’re talking about everything from personal hygiene to paying bills to eating properly and getting enough exercise—things that sometimes get neglected during an intensive job hunt. Bad move: avoiding any or all of these can have a real negative impact on your well-being and can drag down you and your search for a new job. Be sure to maintain an appropriate and realistic life balance and both you and your job hunt will be better off for it.

Keep your perspective

When you’re out of work and struggling to find your next job, it can feel like your entire world is imploding. This mindset is both unhealthy and unhelpful—it can completely drain your self-confidence, focus, and motivation, and be a real roadblock to an effective job hunt. Remember, your job is just one aspect of your life and identity, and a job hunt can be an opportunity for bigger and better things—as long as you maintain a healthy perspective on things.

Find support

When we go through a difficult challenge in life, it’s often helpful to have the support of others to help us make it through. We all need to lean on friends and family during times of stress, and this notion also holds true during a job hunt. If you need the advice, guidance, or perspective of someone you care about and trust while you’re searching for your next great job, then get it—and use it to help steer you towards a successful outcome.

Embrace change (if needed)

The truth is, when many of us begin looking for a new job, we get tunnel vision and narrowly focus on a specific type of job in a specific industry, effectively putting all of our job-hunting eggs in one basket. Although this occasionally pans out and sometimes we find exactly what we’re looking for, hunting this way can also be very limiting and keep us from realizing other opportunities. By expanding your professional horizons, which sometimes means a significant revision of your initial plans and embracing a new path and goals, you can increase your chances for success and discover new things about yourself in the process. 

If you’re in the middle of a job hunt, by all means, take it seriously, but don’t let your health and well-being suffer as a result. Use the strategies and advice presented here to help you make it through successfully.

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5 tips for managing seasonal employees

Every year, it seems like the holidays hit retail earlier and earlier—Christmas candy displays mingling with Halloween candy displays, emails reminding us that Black Friday is just around the corner. That means it’s really never too early to start planning around your holiday staffing needs. If you’ll be managing seasonal employees this year, here are […]

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Every year, it seems like the holidays hit retail earlier
and earlier—Christmas candy displays mingling with Halloween candy displays,
emails reminding us that Black Friday is just around the corner. That means it’s
really never too early to start planning around your holiday staffing needs. If
you’ll be managing seasonal employees this year, here are some tips to get
ahead on your holiday season staffing goals.

Recruit early

If you wait until the last minute, you’ll get … the employees who are still available at the last minute. There could be some diamonds in there, but if you really want to reach the best seasonal candidates, you need to get out ahead of the hiring rush. Before your busy season kicks in, get your job ads written, polished, and posted months ahead of time. It may seem like it’s too early to start planning ahead for the winter holidays, but experts say that starting that early can really get you access to the best candidate pool.

Starting early also gives you more flexibility in your hiring. You’ll have space to properly vet your candidates, find the applicants who will work best on your staff, and train them well. It also gives you time to weed out problematic seasonal employees before you’re in a desperate time crunch.

Treat your seasonal employees fairly

Take the time to review the pay and benefits your seasonal
employees will be receiving. Will they be making minimum wage per your state or
town’s regulations? Will they receive overtime if working more than 40 hours
per week? Seasonal laborers may not be your standard full-time employees, but
they’re also not indentured servants, so it’s important to make sure you’re
giving them the same protections and baseline benefits as you’re giving to
regular employees.

Treat seasonal employees the same as other employees

As someone who made ends meet in school by taking temporary jobs, I can assure you that it kills you a little inside when someone dismisses you as a temp, or somehow less-than because you’re not a permanent member of the team. Sure, we all know that the seasonal employees are there to do a job well, then move on. But creating an atmosphere where you have different classes of employees just sets you up for discord and discontent.

Try to avoid scheduling seasonal employees exclusively for unwanted shifts, or openly giving your regulars perks that aren’t available to seasonal employees. It’s important to make them feel like valued members of the team while they’re there.

Remember that you may not have to deal with these particular seasonal employees again, but you will likely be hiring some seasonal employees—and if word-of-mouth suggests you’re a lousy employer, it won’t help your organization in the future.

Make sure everyone knows the expectations

Seasonal employment can occasionally be a stepping stone to
a more permanent gig, so it’s important for seasonal employees to know what they
can expect from this role. If this is simply a time-based job with no
expectation of permanent hire, make sure they’re aware of this—ideally during
the hiring process, but at latest before you train them. If there is a chance
of being hired on a more permanent basis, make sure they know what the
likelihood of that is, and what the benchmarks will be.

Whenever possible, make it clear how long you expect the job to last by setting a start date and an end date. It may not always be possible to set the end date, but you should still be able to provide an approximate range. Having a lingering, open-ended job may scare off good candidates who can’t be available indefinitely, or who want to be able to make other plans after this job is done.

Keep a VIP list of seasonal employees

At the end of a season, it can be hard to say goodbye to great employees, even when circumstances dictate it. If there are seasonal employees you’d like to have back for future openings, make sure to let them know how much you thought of their work and that you’d like to keep them in mind in the future. Get their up-to-date contact information before they go. Make this outreach part of your early seasonal planning, to see if your rockstars from previous years are available and interested. And even if they’re not, they may be able to refer potential candidates, putting you ahead in the recruiting game.

Just like it’s apparently never too early for holiday cheer
in the retail world, it can never hurt to start thinking about your own holiday
season as early as possible. Long before the first bits of tinsel and sale ads
start going up, the more effort you put into your seasonal recruitment and
management plan, the cheerier things will be.

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