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On this day the University of Michigan became the first Big Ten School to have an indoor hockey rink.
Source : Historical Society of Michigan
On this day the 13th Amendment to the Constitution ending slavery was ratified. Michigan's Senator Jacob M. Howard is credited with working closely with Abraham Lincoln in drafting and passing the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which abolished slavery. In the Senate, he also served on the Joint Committee on Reconstruction which drafted the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.
Source : Historical Society of Michigan
Internet-based phone service could come calling at more Michigan homes, after the Senate today passed a bill that would pave the way for providers to more easily replace landline services.
Under General Orders, an S-2 replaced the S-1 that had come out of committee, which sponsor Sen. Mike NOFS (R-Battle Creek) said would provide even more consumer protections.
The big change is giving a little bit more authority to the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC), which now has the authority to declare an emergency and identify a willing provider if a customer's service is not up to par.
For the full article, see "Senate Loud & Clear In Telecommunications Vote", Inside MIRS Today, December 5, 2013.
Other topics covered include:
• Senate Loud & Clear In Telecommunications Vote
• Questions Of Parental Involvement, Testing Pester Ed Reforms
• Auditor: One-Stop Business Licensing Site Mostly Forgotten By Agencies
• Most Wayne County Residents 'Not Confident' In County Government
• SOS Wants AG Looking Into Non-Citizens Voting
• Paul Announcing 'Economic Freedom Zones' In Motown
• Young Patients Lobby For Medical Marijuana Expansions
• Johnson Joining 14th Congressional Mix
• House Votes To Move 5 Judgeships, 4 Out Of Wayne County
• Survey: Michiganders Predict Brighter Financial Future
• Called A 'Step' On Transportation Funding, Aviation Bills Pass
• Lawmakers Off To Balanced Budget Convention
• Bills Pass To Stop Bridge Card Use At Casinos, Strip Clubs
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New resources at the Michigan eLibrary (MeL.org) are designed to help make more children proficient readers by the time they are third-graders.
Teachers, parents, early childhood providers, and librarians can use the new early literacy resources to help children in pre-school through grade four become proficient in reading and better prepare them for academic success ahead.
"Reading proficiency by third grade is a critical predictor of high school graduation and college and career readiness," said State Superintendent Mike Flanagan. "These easy-to-use resources will help us achieve our goal of reading proficiency in children by the end of third grade."
State Librarian Nancy Robertson said using additional state funding for MeL to contract with Scholastic, World Book, and EBSCO allows these valuable resources to be accessible at no cost to Michigan residents and libraries. MeL.org is part of the Library of Michigan, within the Michigan Department of Education (MDE).
These early childhood literacy resources can be found at http://www.mel.org/kids
The newly available online databases include:
•BookFlix (from Scholastic) is an online literacy resource that pairs classic video storybooks from Weston Woods with related nonfiction eBooks from Scholastic to build a love of reading and learning. An engaging way to link fact and fiction, BookFlix reinforces early reading skills and introduces children to a world of knowledge and exploration.
•World Book Kids is a general reference website developed especially for children. The site offers simple navigation, easy-to-read articles, multimedia, and a wealth of engaging games, interactive tools and activities.
•Early World of Learning is an online resource for preschoolers and children in early grades. It was designed for easy integration into the classroom curriculum. The site encompasses three interactive learning environments.
•Enciclopedia Estudantil Hallazgos is a Spanish-language, reference work designed with younger readers in mind.
•eBook K-8 Collection is designed for K-8 students and the educators who work with them. It contains more than 6,000 titles chosen to support a quality learning experience for K-8 students across all subjects areas taught in elementary and middle schools, and content aligns with Common Core curriculum standards. The collection also features a selection of teacher resources to support educators and administrators.
•NoveList K-8 Plus (from EBSCO) is especially for younger readers. It has reading recommendations for both fiction and nonfiction for kids in grades K-8, including book reviews from major reviewing sources. Included are reading lists by topic or study units as well as for lessons that meet Common Core State standards.
The resources include content designed for children through grade eight.
"The Library of Michigan actively participates in Governor Snyder's and MDE's priority to have students reading at grade level by the end of third grade," Robertson said. "We are excited to have relatively new state funding to be able to add additional online resources to MeL that will engage early learners and those working on literacy attainment in libraries, schools, and at home."
Source : Michigan Newswire, December 4, 2013
The Bright Side features positive stories around Michigan and provides useful tips, everything from who to call for foreclosure help to how to improve a small business. Each episode is based on a different theme.
The Bright Side is produced by CEDAM (Community Economic Development Association of Michigan), a Lansing-based nonprofit with a statewide focus. In 2010 the Lansing Public Media Center awarded CEDAM a $25,000 equipment grant to create this show. Today the show is also supported by numerous other community partners.
Episode 13: 21st Century Libraries (31:27) Released September 12, 2013
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Experience Michigan libraries in a new light: listen to live music, find a job, start a business, learn video production or computer programming, prepare for the GED and leave the building and go out into the community.
Ron French, "Michigan weighs “read-or-flunk” law for 3rd graders" : State lawmakers are considering a bill that could require up to 80,000 Michigan students to repeat third grade if they can't pass the state's new reading test. Supporters say they are standing up for children at a critical stage in their education, rather than promoting them to 4th grade with poor reading skills. Critics note studies that show that retaining struggling students does more harm than good, and argue the state should instead invest money in intensive reading interventions.
Amber Arellano, Teresa Weatherall Neal, Audrey Spalding, Michael Rice, Ray Telman, Jon Felske and Harrison Blackmond, "Michigan needs a smart, statewide system to measure student growth" : If teachers' evaluations are based in part on how much students achieve, we must ensure we don't penalize educators for teaching in high-poverty schools, where students are more likely to begin kindergarten far behind their middle-class peers. Michigan must support a consistent, reliable student-growth tool that accounts for poverty, past performance and other factors that impact student learning.
Charles Hill, "Proposed laws will make public records truly public" : Government officials have gamed the Michigan Freedom of Information Act for too long. Some refuse to turn over public records, or arbitrarily delay their release. Others charge high fees to collect or copy records. Bipartisan bills that would curb these abuses by public officials are overdue and will promote open government.
Bridge staff, "Bridge expands statewide reporting team, earns new investment" : Fueled by new philanthropic investment, Bridge Magazine has doubled the size of its reporting staff to expand coverage of Michigan cities, intensify publication of data-driven special reports, and help lead a new Michigan nonprofit news reporting collaborative.
It’s a safe bet that 99 percent of us will never be enshrined in a Hall of Fame of any kind. Steve Smith belongs to three: the MSU Athletics Hall of Fame, the World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame, and now the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame.
On the strength of his impressive résumé — standout basketball star at Detroit Pershing High School, second all-time leading scorer at Michigan State, first-round NBA draft choice, 14-year pro, and Olympic gold medalist — Smith was inducted last month at the Max M. Fisher Music Center.
Smith’s career highlights include his 2003 NBA championship with the San Antonio Spurs and his 2000 Olympic medal. “There’s not a lot of guys who get the chance to do both,” he says.
But Smith is proudest of what he calls “Mom’s center” — the Clara Bell Smith Student Athlete Academic Support Center at MSU. It’s named for his late mother and financed in part by his $2.5 million donation — the largest gift by a professional athlete to any college or university — and the Steve Smith Scholarship Fund he established in 1999 at Pershing to send one outstanding senior to MSU each fall for four years.
The members of the 57th Michigan Sports Hall of Fame Include Induction Class: Mateen Cleaves-MSU basketball/Flint Northern H.S. ; Lomas Brown-Detroit Lions; Tony Dungy/NFL football & Jackson Mich. Parkside H.S.; Mark Howe-NHL hockey & Detroit Red Wings/U.S. Olympian; Pam McGee-Flint Northern H.S. & U.S. Olympian; Dick Kimball-UM Diving & U.S. Olympian; Steve Smith-MSU Basketball & Pershing H.S./U.S. Olympian; Tyrone Wheatley-UM football & track & field/Dearborn Heights Robichaud H.S.
For the full article, see Jim McFarlin, "Mr. Smith Goes to the Hall of Fame - THREE-PEAT: Steve Smith adds Michigan Sports Hall of Fame to his list of ‘little goals’ accomplished", Hour Detroit, March 2013.
On December 5, 1922, James Couzens resigned as Mayor of Detroit to accept his appointment to the U.S. Senate. Couzens was appointed by Governor Alexander Groesbeck to fill the Michigan senate seat that was vacated by the resignation of Truman H. Newberry in the wake of election campaign irregularities. Couzens went on to be elected in his own right for two additional terms before his death in 1936.
Source : Detroit Historical Society
On this day, the namesake for Okemos, Michigan, died near Portland and is honored to this day with a grave marker. Although details on his life are spotty, Chief John Okemos was the nephew and a scout for Chief Pontiac, who attempted to drive the British out of Michigan by laying siege to Detroit early in Michigan's history. During the Battle of Sandusky, he was severely wounded fighting on the side of the British against the Americans and bore saber scars for the rest of his life. Later on Chief Okemos made his peace with the Americans at Fort Wayne in Detroit in 1814 and later signed the Treaty of Saginaw with Lewis Cass, the first territorial Governor of Michigan in 1819.
Michigan Every Day.
Chief Johnny Okemos with pictures.
The Sebewa Recollector, June 1994, Volume 29, Number 6; “Danby Township – Grand River Heritage” from the Grand River Heritage Water Trails Assn.; The Portland, Michigan Centennial Book
Built at Erie, Pennsylvania and commissioned in 1843, the U.S.S. Michigan spent its entire career patrolling the Great Lakes. For most of its term of service, it was the only iron-hulled ship patrolling the Great Lakes in the United States Navy. During its early years of service, the ship and its crew patrolled the Great Lakes for timber pirates. On one occasion, a timber-pirate steamer rammed the U.S.S. Michigan, but due to the U.S.S. Michigan's iron hull, the pirate ship was disabled and captured by the U.S.S. Michigan's crew. In may 1851, the U.S.S. Michigan also assisted in the arrest of James Jesse Strang, the leader of a dissident Mormon colony on Beaver Island in Lake Michigan.
During the Civil War, the U.S.S. Michigan continued to patrol the Great Lakes. Union officials utilized the ship to protect the Great Lakes as well as to quell civilian unrest in port cities. Authorities dispatched the U.S.S. Michigan to prevent draft riots in Detroit, Michigan and in Buffalo, New York. Following the Detroit expedition, John C. Carter, the commander of the U.S.S. Michigan, reported, I found the people suffering under serious apprehensions of a riot....The presence of the ships perhaps did something toward overawing the refractory, and certainly did much to allay the apprehensions of the excited, doubting people."
On multiple occasions during the war, Confederate forces hoped to commandeer the ship. In early 1863, William Henry Murdaugh, a lieutenant in the Confederate Navy, intended to capture the U.S.S. Michigan by sailing a steamship, which he would purchase in Canada, alongside the warship and commandeering the ship with Southern naval officers. Confederate authorities never endorsed the plan, and the mission did not occur.
In September 1864, Confederates actually carried out an attempt to capture the U.S.S. Michigan. The leaders of this attempt were Captain Charles Cole, a purported member of Nathan Bedford Forrest's Confederate cavalry, and Captain John Yates Beall, a member of the Southern navy. Confederate officials hoped that these two men could free the Confederate officers at Johnson's Island, a Northern prison camp on an island in Sandusky Bay of Lake Erie. The freed men would then proceed by hijacked railroad train to Camp Chase, a Union prison camp for Confederate enlisted men, which was located in Columbus, Ohio, where the former prisoners at Johnson's Island would free these other inmates. The two sets of prisoners would return to Sandusky, Ohio, where they would form a new army with the 2,700 prisoners currently at Johnson's Island and the approximately 5,000 inmates from Camp Chase. Commanded by Major General Isaac Trimble, the highest-ranking officer imprisoned at Johnson's Island, this new Confederate Army of the Northwest would principally operate in Ohio, Indiana, and Michigan, helping other Southern armies defeat the North.
Cole was the principal ringleader of the expedition. During the summer of 1864, he entered Sandusky, posing as the secretary of the Mount Hope Oil Company of Titusville, Pennsylvania. He soon befriended several officers on the U.S.S. Michigan. Cole hoped that he and his associates could seize control of the ship and use the vessel to free the Confederate prisoners on Johnson's Island. He also had ten Confederate soldiers successfully enlist in the 128th Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry, which served as the main force that guarded the prisoners. Cole also sought assistance from members of the Sons of Liberty, a group of Confederate sympathizers who resided in Northern states, and from Jacob Thompson, the Confederate States of America's commissioner to the Canadian government. Beall also recruited twenty-five men to assist him in his portion of the expedition.
On September 19, 1864, Cole and Beall launched their plan. Beall and his compatriots boarded the Philo Parsons, a passenger and transport ship that principally travelled from Detroit, Michigan, to Toledo, Ohio, and finally to Sandusky, with stops at Windsor, Malden, and Sandwich, ports on Lake Erie that are located in Canada. Some of these twenty-six raiders boarded the Philo Parsons at each Canadian stop. The only luggage that these men brought onboard the ship was a single trunk, filled with revolvers and hatchets. Following a stop at Kelley's Island, Ohio, the Confederates seized control of the ship. They ordered the helmsman to head for Middle Bass Island, Ohio, where the Southerners put the Philo Parsons's passengers, including thirty-five members of recently discharged Company K of the 130th Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry, onshore. While the Confederates were still at Middle Bass Island, another ship, the Island Queen, came along side and tied onto the Philo Parsons. The Confederates seized this new ship, but in the process, gunshots occurred, with the Southerners wounding the Island Queen's engineer and Alonzo Miller, a resident of Put-in-Bay, Ohio. Beall then had these two ships sail towards Sandusky, but approximately three miles from Middle Bass Island, he had his crew scuttle theIsland Queen on a reef. The Philo Parsons continued towards Johnson's Island, where it stopped just short, in sight of the U.S.S. Michigan but disguised by darkness.
Meanwhile, Cole was onboard the U.S.S. Michigan. He was participating in a dinner with his befriended Union officers. His intention was to drug the wine, incapacitating the Union officers. Beall would then sail the Philo Parsons alongside the U.S.S. Michigan, allowing Beall's men to jump onboard the U.S.S. Michigan, taking control of the ship. The Confederates would then use the U.S.S. Michigan to free the prisoners on Johnson's Island.
Several factors caused the plan to fail. First, seventeen of Beall's men became convinced that Union authorities knew of the plan and refused to participate. Beall immediately sailed for Sandwich, where he destroyed the Philo Parsons and dismissed his crew. Union officials did know of the plan, due to a prisoner, a Colonel Johnson from Kentucky, notifying his guards at Johnson's Island. A Union officer from Johnson's Island boarded the U.S.S. Michigan shortly before midnight, the appointed time for the attack. He approached Cole and stated, "Captain Cole, you are my prisoner." Cole responded, "Captain--captain of what? Certainly no man will accuse me of being a soldier." The Northern officer responded, "No. But here is a telegram saying you are a Confederate spy and are in a conspiracy to capture Johnson's Island. It orders your arrest. We must at least take you into custody." Thus ended Cole's attempt to seize Johnson's Island.
Following the Civil War, the U.S.S. Michigan continued to patrol the Great Lakes. On June 17, 1905, officials renamed the ship the U.S.S. Wolverine, as the U.S. Navy was preparing to commission a new battleship named the U.S.S. Michigan. Authorities decommissioned the warship on May 6, 1912, when it joined the Pennsylvania Naval Militia. The ship remained with the Pennsylvania Naval Militia until August 12, 1923, when a connecting rod in the warship's port cylinder broke, ending its military career. The U.S.S. Michigan's prow is now part of the Erie (Pennsylvania) Maritime Museum.
"U.S.S. Michigan" (2012) In Ohio Civil War Central, Retrieved August 19, 2012, from Ohio Civil War Central.
Naval Warfare, December 31, 2007.
3rd-Grade Reading, School Grade Bills Sent To Full House
On Wednesday the House Education Committee sent to the full House one of the most sweeping reforms of the state's schools: a package of bills that would affect every school by requiring the retention of third-graders who do not test proficient in reading and creating a letter grading system of the state's schools.
House Panel Allows For Retroactive Resentencing Of Juvenile Lifers
A plan that would allow resentencing for those currently serving automatic life without parole, sentenced as minors, if courts determine the ruling striking that practice is retroactive won approval Wednesday in a substitute for SB 319 from the House Criminal Justice Committee.
Snyder: Now Discussions Can Begin On Detroit
With a judicial finding that Detroit can go through a Chapter 9 bankruptcy, "important discussions" can begin on how to resolve the various issues, including the fates of city-owned art and public pensioners, as part of the bankruptcy.
Meekhof Envisions Legislation Regulating MEA Dues Opt-Out
Senate Majority Floor Leader Arlan Meekhof on Wednesday said he is considering legislation that could require the Michigan Education Association to offer an opt-out for members seeking to leave the union, or at least provide more notice of the ability to opt-out, after he and the union battled for nearly two hours at the Senate Compliance and Accountability Committee.
Senate Passes Farnum Sale Bill, Prescription Drug Pricing
The Senate on Wednesday passed a bill that would transfer ownership of the Farnum Building, which houses Senate offices and committee rooms, to the Senate majority leader's office in the event that he or she wishes to sell the building.
Bills Streamlining MEDC Incentive Programs, Beefing Up Safeguards Clear House Panel
Bills regulating how much in incentive money the Michigan Economic Development Corporation can use in its business attraction and retention programs as well as toughening some reporting requirements cleared the House Commerce Committee on Thursday.
Abortion Bill Is Not Appropriate, Snyder Says
Governor Rick Snyder said Wednesday he was still opposed to a provision that would require individuals to purchase a separate insurance policy to cover elective abortions, but that the issue was now in the hands of the Legislature.
Court Of Claims Trailer Bill Passes House Unanimously
Two House Democrats said on the House floor Wednesday that the trailer bill to the controversial Court of Claims law does not fix all the holes, but still the bill cleared the chamber with a unanimous vote.
Subscribers Please Note: Committee Defeated Truancy Bill
A story in Tuesday's Michigan Report erred in reporting that a bill that would temporarily suspend welfare benefits for parents whose children are frequently truant from school was reported from the Senate Families, Seniors and Human Services Committee. The vote on HB 4388 was 2-1, but that is an insufficient number of votes to move the bill from committee. Three votes were needed.
Bill Would Allow Legally Married Gay Couples To File Joint State Returns
Rep. Sam Singh introduced a bill on Wednesday that would allow legally married gay couples who now qualify for joint federal tax returns to file joint state tax returns as well.
Resolution On Sedenquist May Go Before GOP Committee
The Michigan Republican Party's central committee may consider a resolution to censure committee member Doug Sedenquist at its meeting next week, sources indicated, but party rules prohibit removing the troubled member from the committee unless he is convicted of a felony.
Snyder Renews Support For Immigration At Ceremony
Speaking to 25 new U.S. citizens who were sworn in at the first of its kind ceremony at the Capitol Rotunda, Governor Rick Snyder renewed his support efforts to encourage and improve the immigration system in the United States.
Appeals Court Rules Chiropractor Wrongly Put On Probation
The Court of Appeals reversed a ruling by the Bureau of Health Professions that put a chiropractor on probation for allegedly criticizing another chiropractor.
Michigan House Announces 2014 Schedule
House Majority Floor Leader Jim Stamas (R-Midland) announced the chamber's schedule for 2014 on Wednesday. Session will begin on Wednesday, January 8th at noon, and convene every Tuesday and Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. and noon on Thursdays. Spring break will be the first two weeks in April and summer break would be most of July and August, with four tentative dates throughout the two months. Session is scheduled to begin again the second week of September with much of October off and the last two weeks of November off. The last day of the 2014 session is scheduled on December 18.
Source : Gongwer News Service : Michigan Report, Volume #52, Report 236, December 4, 2013. Full access requires a subscription or a visit to a subscribing library such as the Michigan State University Main Library.
Bills that could impact every public school and thousands of students in the state moved a step closer to becoming law today.
After taking hours of testimony in the last weeks, the House Education Committee voted this afternoon to advance proposals that would set a new reading standard for third-grade students and enact an A-F letter-grade system for rating schools.
For the full article, see "'Significant' Ed Reforms Pass House Committee Test", Inside MIRS Today, December 4, 2013.
Other topics covered include:
• Could Johnson Face GOP Challenger?
• 'Significant' Ed Reforms Pass House Committee Test
• Panel OK With 21st Century Fund Living Until '19
• Senate Committee Peers Through MEA's Side Of August Window
• MLCC Chairman: Secondary Use Rule Unnecessary
• House R's Put Retroactive Trigger On Juvenile Lifers Bill
• Senate OK With Giving Secretary Power Over Farnum Building
• Richardville On Leftover Agenda
• For 2nd Year In A Row, House Office Allotments To Increase
• Physician Shortage, Reporting Requirement Bills Still Evolving
• Scrap Metal Bills Scrape Up Industry Support
• Court Of Claims Revisited: Trailer Bill Wins Unanimous Support
• Google To Michigan: Prepare Now For Driverless Vehicle Sales
• Capitol Hosted 1st Naturalization Ceremony For 25 New Michigan Citizens
• U-M Grad Snyder: Go Green
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December 4, 1844 : Michigan Central College Opens in Spring Harbor; Later Moved to Hillsdale and Took the Name Hillsdale College
Baptists opened Michigan Central College in Spring Arbor. It was the first in Michigan to grant degrees to women. The college was moved and reorganized as Hillsdale College in 1855.
Hillsdale was the first American college to ban racial, religious and sexual discrimination in its charter. It was the second to grant 4-year liberal arts degrees to women.
Mainly because of professor and preacher Ransom Dunn's efforts, Hillsdale managed to survive the Civil War; 80% of colleges founded before the war did not.
Hillsdale's students who fought in the Civil War received high honors, too. Of 400 Hillsdale students who joined the Union Army, four won the Medal of Honor from Congress and three became generals.
As a result of Hillsdale's antislavery reputation and its role in shaping the Republican Party, many speakers such as Frederick Douglass and politician Edward Everett visited the school.
Source : Historical Society of Michigan and Emily Hopcian, This Week in Michigan History, Detroit Free Press, December 2, 2007, B.4.
"Early on December 4, 1838, a force of about 140 American and Canadian supporters of William Lyon Mackenzie crossed the river from Detroit and landed about one mile east of here. After capturing and burning a nearby militia barracks, they took possession of Windsor. In this vicinity they were met and routed by a force of some 130 militiamen commanded by Colonel John Prince. Four of the invaders taken prisoner were executed summarily by order of Colonel Prince. This action caused violent controversy in both Canada and the United States. The remaining captives were tried and sentenced at London, Upper Canada. Six were executed, eighteen transported to a penal colony in Tasmania and sixteen deported."
The Battle of Windsor was part of a plot by Patriots in 1837 and 1838 to seize the portion of Ontario between the Detroit and Niagara Rivers and place them under control of the United States of America.
The Patriot War by the Michigan Department of Military and Veteran Affairs.
The patriot war, [electronic resource] by Robert B. Ross. Pub. in Detroit evening news, 1890. Revised by the author for the Michigan pioneer and historical society. Access limited to the MSU community.
On this day, Territorial Governor Lewis Cass wrote Secretary of War John Calhoun warning him that the British were continuing to provide presents (government welfare) to Indians residing in Michigan. Although the British were officially forced to give up any claims to Michigan by losing the War of 1812, they would continue to meddle in Michigan internal affairs until at least 1829.
The city of Detroit today officially became the largest municipality in U.S. history to enter Chapter 9 bankruptcy after U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes declared it met the specific legal criteria required to receive protection from its creditors.
The landmark ruling ends more than four months of uncertainty over the fate of the case and sets the stage for a fierce clash over how to slash an estimated $18 billion in debt and long-term liabilities that have hampered Detroit from attacking pervasive blight and violent crime.
Rhodes — in a surprise decision this morning — also said he’ll allow pension cuts in Detroit's bankruptcy. Rhodes emphasized that he won’t necessarily agree to pension cuts in the city’s final reorganization plan unless the entire plan is fair and equitable.
For the full article, see Nathan Bomey, Brent Snavely and Alisa Priddle, "Judge rules Detroit eligible for historic Chapter 9 bankruptcy, says pensions can be cut", Detroit Free Press, December 3, 2013.
Nancy Derringer, "Time for Michigan to drop the drumstick" : If you seek a portly peninsula, look about you. Michigan has long been one of the nation's fattest states. Can government help us slim down? Or should we look West for answers?
Gary G. Naeyaert, "Making early literacy a priority for Michigan" : Reading proficiency by third grade is critical for student success and yet nearly 1-in-3 Michigan third graders fall short. Pending legislation would require intensive intervention and holding back more students, if necessary, to ensure our children can read.
Phil Power, "Midnight act by Senate Republicans to keep campaign donors secret breeds cynicism" : Will Gov. Snyder and House Republicans go along with the Senate? Or will they stand for open government that does its business in the sunshine?
The first time Dr. Jack Kevorkian was charged with murder was on Dec. 3, 1990, in the death of Janet Adkins, an Alzheimer's patient from Oregon.
The retired Royal Oak pathologist would return to the courtroom again and again in assisted suicide cases, but he was acquitted three times and saw another case against him end in a mistrial.
Eight years later, a charge against Kevorkian finally stuck, and he was convicted of second-degree murder in the death of a Waterford man with Lou Gehrig's disease. His videotaped death was aired on "60 Minutes." The doctor was sentenced to 10-25 years in prison and was released in 2007.
By that time, he'd long since made the issue of right-to-die a national one, earning him the nickname Dr. Death.
Source : Zlati Meyer, "This week in Michigan history: Dr. Jack Kevorkian charged with murder for first time", Detroit Free Press, December 2, 2012.
Mail carriers from the Climax Post Office started out with horse-drawn carts to help introduce Michigan's first rural free-delivery routes. The first RFD routes were around 25-30 miles long, and were based upon what a man with a horse and buggy could travel on unpaved rural country roads during a workday back then. The pay was only $45 a month, and the carrier had to provide his own horse, buggy, feed and water.
The Eckford post office southwest of Albion had the distinction of having the first rural routes in Calhoun County, and the second in the state of Michigan. The service was instituted on July 5, 1899 on an experimental basis that became permanent, and served as a model and inspiration for RFD in other post offices, including Albion.
Source : Historical Society of Michigan.
On this day Kalamazoo County Sheriff Benjamin F. Orcutt was shot trying to prevent a jail break. He died a month later. The residents of Kalamazoo County admired the sheriff enough to hire detectives to track down the escapees. One was caught in Chicago and sentenced to the Southern Michigan Prison in Jackson, where he died. The other was caught in New York City, but served his remaining years in a New York prison because of his convictions in New York.
Source : Michigan Every Day.