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  • Legal battle brewing as Scio Township (MI) passes oil exploration moratorium

    08/21/2014 4:18:45 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 21 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | August 21, 2014 | Ben Freed
    Scio Township and the West Bay Exploration Company are preparing to wade into uncharted legal waters after the township’s Board of Trustees passed a six-month moratorium banning oil exploration activity and drilling. The board passed the moratorium, along with a plan of action, by a vote of 7-0 at a special meeting Wednesday night at Scio Township Hall. According to the resolution, “during the moratorium period, no drilling operation shall be allowed in the township.” West Bay Exploration began drilling a 5,000-foot exploratory well at the corner of West Delhi Road and Miller Road this week and as of Wednesday...
  • Police tell Detroiters to buy guns in city riven by race issues and crime

    08/18/2014 9:53:01 AM PDT · by cripplecreek · 8 replies
    TheGuardian.com ^ | Sunday 17 August 2014 | Rose Hackman
    Detroit police chief James Craig – nicknamed “Hollywood” for his years spent in the LAPD and his seeming love of being in front of the camera – has repeatedly called on “good” and “law-abiding” Detroiters to arm themselves against criminals in the city. His words have not fallen on deaf ears. Patricia Champion, a 63-year-old lifelong Detroiter, a grandmother and retired educator, decided to get her concealed pistol license - a CPL - two years ago after her son said he was increasingly worried for her safety. Champion, a resident of northwest Detroit, mostly keeps her gun, a 9mm Glock...
  • Rep. Gary Peters, D-Mich., gives speech in front of man whose kilt was a bit too revealing [photo]

    08/03/2014 12:53:38 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 16 replies
    Twitchy ^ | August 3, 2014 | Twitchy Staff
  • Owners of Dogs that Killed Livonia Jogger In the Country Illegally

    07/31/2014 4:46:13 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 35 replies
    Patch.com ^ | July 31, 2014 | Beth Dalbey
    The owners of two dogs that mauled and killed jogger from Livonia last week are in the country illegally and have been fighting deportation proceedings for several years, according to media reports. Now, Albania national Valbona Lacaj, 44, and her Italian husband, Sebastiano Quagliata, 45, may face involuntary manslaughter charges, the Detroit Free Press reports. Their Cane Corso dogs attacked and killed Craig Sytsma, 46, as he jogged past the couple’s Metamora home on July 23. It was the third attack by the large Italian dogs – mastiff-type dogs the American Kennel Club describes as “noble, majestic and powerful in...
  • Bay City (MI) facility to house Central American children, teen refugees beginning in August

    07/31/2014 4:23:39 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 17 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | July 31, 2014 | Andrew Dodson
    BAY CITY, MI — Wellspring Lutheran Services has secured a federal contract to provide short-term shelter at its Bay City facility for unauthorized immigrant children and teens from Central America. Wellspring CEO David Gehm said Thursday, July 31, that the nonprofit is partnering with Lutheran Social Services of Michigan to provide care and services for the undocumented youths. According to Gehm, 24 boys and girls, ages 6-13, will be housed at Wellspring's Bay City facility at 304 N. Tuscola Road. That facility currently serves as a foster home for teens who are transitioning into independent living. Those youths will be...
  • Rosetta spacecraft sees possible 'double' comet

    07/17/2014 4:55:29 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 23 replies
    Sciencenews.org ^ | July 17, 2014 | Ashley Yeager
    The comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko may actually be two objects stitched together. New images from ESA's Rosetta spacecraft show an odd constriction near the middle of the comet, suggesting that two clumps of matter may have merged in what scientists call a contact binary. The conclusions are preliminary, as Rosetta was still roughly 12,000 kilometers away from the comet when the images were taken. The comet could also have had a more regular single shape with parts carved out through impacts or ice melting as the object circled the sun, mission scientists say. They will have more details about the comet's...
  • Detroit Police Chief: Armed Citizens Making Detroit Criminals Think Twice

    07/16/2014 6:18:41 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 34 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 16 Jul 2014 | AWR Hawkins
    With robberies in Detroit down 37 percent compared to figures from this same time last year, Detroit Police Chief James Craig says the increasing number of armed citizens is making criminals think twice before attacking. In other words, more guns are equaling less crime. According to The Detroit News, in addition to the reduction in robberies there has been a 22 percent drop in "break-ins of businesses and homes" and a 30 percent decline in carjackings. Craig says these across-the-board reductions in crime are at least partly attributable to "criminals being reluctant to prey on citizens who may be armed."...
  • Va. Dem. offers reward for nude photos of hunter-cheerleader Kendall Jones

    07/10/2014 9:26:48 AM PDT · by cripplecreek · 83 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | July 9, 2014 | Joe Newby
    Mike Dickinson, the Virginia liberal Democrat seeking the House seat currently held by Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., despite not being on the ballot, offered a $100,000 reward for nude photos and videos of Kendall Jones, the 19-year-old Texas Tech cheerleader who recently made news with a series of hunting photos on her Facebook page.
  • Speech on the 150th Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence: Calvin Coolidge July 5th 1926

    07/04/2014 8:20:46 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 6 replies
    July 4th 2014 | Cripplecreek
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania We meet to celebrate the birthday of America. The coming of a new life always excites our interest. Although we know in the case of the individual that it has been an infinite repetition reaching back beyond our vision, that only makes it the more wonderful. But how our interest and wonder increase when we behold the miracle of the birth of a new nation. It is to pay our tribute of reverence and respect to those who participated in such a mighty event that we annually observe the fourth day of July. Whatever may have been the...
  • Charlie Bothuell's siblings removed from father's Detroit home, stepmother arrested

    06/26/2014 8:22:29 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 8 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | June 26, 2014 | Gus Burns
    DETROIT, MI -- Detroit police have arrested Monique Dillard-Bothuell, the stepmother of 12-year-old Charlie Bothuell V, on a probation violation; and Child Protective Services removed two children, 4 and 10 months, from his father's Detroit townhouse Thursday, Detroit Police Sgt. Eren Stephens confirms. The Wayne County Prosecutor's Office charged Dillard-Bothuell with illegally carrying a concealed firearm and purchasing a pistol without a permit in 2013. She pleaded guilty to the illegal purchase charge and the illegal carrying charge was dismissed, Wayne County Circuit Court records show. After an 11-day search that began when Charlie's father, 45-year-old Charlie Bothuell IV, reported...
  • Investigation of IRS Targeting [C-SPAN LIVE THREAD]

    06/20/2014 6:11:37 AM PDT · by cripplecreek · 152 replies
    C-SPAN ^ | June 20, 2014 | none
    Investigation of IRS Targeting Commissioner John Koskinen testified at a House Ways and Means Committee hearing on the investigation of the IRS' criteria to process applications of tax-exempt organizations.
  • Gary Peters Has Received Thousands From Union Representing IRS Agents

    06/18/2014 2:37:54 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 17 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | June 18, 2014 | Bill McMorris
    Democratic Senate candidate Rep. Gary Peters (D., Mich.) has received thousands of dollars from the labor union representing IRS agents, leading to strong criticism from Republicans. Peters has collected $8,500 from the National Treasury Employees Union over his career, according the National Republican Senate Committee. The union has spent more than $100,000 so far in the 2014 cycle, including a $2,500 donation to Peters Senate campaign. The NRSC demanded that Democrats benefitting from the largesse of the union return the money, since IRS employees are “stonewalling” a congressional investigation into the agency’s admitted targeting of conservative non-profit organizations. The scandal...
  • U.S. Patent office cancels Redskins trademark registration, says name is disparaging

    06/18/2014 7:09:41 AM PDT · by cripplecreek · 51 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 18 2014 | Theresa Vargas
    The United States Patent and Trademark Office has canceled the Washington Redskins trademark registration, calling the football team’s name “disparaging to Native Americans.” The landmark case, which appeared before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, was filed on behalf of five Native Americans. It was the second time such a case was filed. “This victory was a long time coming and reflects the hard work of many attorneys at our firm,” said lead attorney Jesse Witten, of Drinker Biddle & Reath.
  • Deputies still looking for suspects in gay marriage hate crime, searching for leads

    06/13/2014 3:43:09 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 19 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | June 13, 2014 | Kyle Feldscher
    More than two months after a woman reported being called homosexual slurs and beat at an Ypsilanti Township bus stop, investigators report finding no suspects and a slowed investigation. Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Derrick Jackson said Thursday deputies still believe the 28-year-old woman was assaulted because she is a lesbian. The incident, reported on March 31, took place in the 3000 block of Roundtree Boulevard. While a “Wanted” poster was released and tips were called in, Jackson said no suspect information of substance was generated. “It will stay an open investigation for a while, but there’s no real leads...
  • Parents critical of Ann Arbor school district's investigation into teacher's

    06/09/2014 8:17:18 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 6 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | June 09, 2014 | Amy Biolchini
    Some parents of students in a science class at Ann Arbor’s Scarlett Middle School are upset that a teacher has returned to the classroom following an investigation into the teacher’s alleged use of a racial slur. Though some students in Dominic Held’s class claim that he used a derivative of a racial slur during a conversation about intelligence and ignorance, Held stated to administrators that he had stumbled over his words and was tongue-tied, according to documents obtained by The Ann Arbor News through Freedom of Information Act requests. Held, who is Caucasian, was removed from the classroom and was...
  • Detroit ranked nation's safest city – from natural disasters

    06/03/2014 6:55:09 AM PDT · by cripplecreek · 30 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | June 02, 2014 | Khalil AlHajal
    DETROIT, MI -- While the city has seen some significant improvement in crime statistics of late, it could be a while before Detroit sheds its reputation as one of the nation's most dangerous places. But in at least one national safety ranking, Detroit tops the list in a positive way. Based on six categories of weather statistics from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, an analysis by insurance shopping network Homeownersinsurance.com on Monday named the nation's top cities safest from natural disasters. Detroit was ranked No. 1, ahead of Charlotte, N.C., San Francisco, Denver and Boston. "Detroit came out way...
  • Mother of slain 7-year-old hopes Attorney General Bill Schuette can help keep killer locked up

    05/30/2014 7:59:22 AM PDT · by cripplecreek · 26 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | May 29, 2014 | John Agar
    ALLEGAN COUNTY, MI – The 1967 rape and killing of her 7-year-old daughter, Sonya Santa Cruz, is never far from Edith Siordia’s thoughts. Her daughter’s killer, Theodore Glenn Williams, isn’t, either. How can they not be? Williams killed Sonya after he grabbed her while she walked home from Stocking Elementary in Grand Rapids. He raped and killed Laura Jo Sutliffe, 13, of Sparta, the previous year. Every year, Williams, who is held under a defunct criminal-sexual psychopath law, can petition Allegan County Circuit Court for release. His latest request is pending. In response, Siordia fired off a round of letters...
  • It's Memorial Day weekend and there's still ice on Lake Superior, see photos

    05/26/2014 5:17:52 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 49 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | May 25, 2014 | Fritz Klug
    MARQUETTE, MI -- Remember how bad the winter was? The polar vortex, inches upon inches of snow. While the season has passed for most of us and Memorial Day weekend is underway, there are reminders in Michigan's Upper Peninsula of the historically cold and snowy winter. There's still ice on Lake Superior. As MLive's John "Gonzo" Gonzalez and I traveled the state looking for Michigan’s Best Taco, we noticed there is still ice cover on Lake Superior. We were just sweating earlier this week in Kalamazoo, not because of the hot sauce but the temperatures. We were surprised there is...
  • Detroit Police Chief, Gracing Cover Of NRA Magazine, Defends Stance On Right To Bear Arms

    05/22/2014 4:52:52 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 14 replies
    CBS Detroit ^ | May 19, 2014 | CBSdetroit
    DETROIT (WWJ) – Detroit’s police chief is interviewed in the most recent issue of “America’s First Freedom” — an NRA magazine — voicing his support for the right to bear arms. The article titled, “A Show of Courage In Detroit,” comes following at least five fatal shootings in two months involving homeowners protecting themselves from intruders. The sub-headline reads, “Motor City Police Chief James Craig Encourages Citizens to Arm Themselves.” Craig, whose photo appears on the cover, says being featured in the magazine does not mean he advocates violence; he just strongly believes in the right to protect one’s self....
  • Police unmask 'mystery pooper' who regularly defecated on Ypsilanti park slides

    05/14/2014 4:38:52 AM PDT · by cripplecreek · 8 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | May 14, 2014 | Tom Perkins
    Ypsilanti’s children’s slides are free and clear of feces after the Ypsilanti Police recently identified a suspect in their hunt for the notorious "mystery pooper." Ypsilanti Police Chief Tony DiGiusti confirmed the department made contact with an individual believed to be the “mystery pooper” who regularly defecated on the same slide in Prospect Park between November and April. DiGiusti said there have been no further incidents since contact was made with the individual and he declined to provide any further details on the case. No charges were brought against the individual. Council Member Pete Murdock, who is also head of...
  • Following a heated discussion, Ypsilanti City Council rejects resolution supporting gay marriage

    05/09/2014 5:09:11 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 15 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | May 09, 2014 | Tom Perkins
    In a 2-2 vote Tuesday night, the Ypsilanti City Council struck down a resolution supporting gay marriage. The resolution would have added the city's name to an amicus brief in the case of DeBoer V. Snyder and Schuette, which is in U.S. District Court and will determine the legality of gay marriage in Michigan. Council members Dan Vogt and Brian Robb voted in support of joining the amicus brief. Mayor Pro Tem Lois Richardson and Council Member Pete Murdock voted against the resolution. But Murdock spoke in favor of the resolution during council discussion and immediately after his vote stated...
  • Off-duty Detroit police officer shoots would-be cell phone thief in the face

    05/03/2014 4:21:10 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 48 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | May 03, 2014 | Gus Burns
    DETROIT, MI -- An off-duty Detroit police officer shot a suspected robber in the face Saturday afternoon. Detroit Police Sgt. Michael Woody says the officer was working a second job at a pharmacy located at 3611 Conant in Detroit. He is not a security officer for the store. While outside talking on his cell phone about 12:30 p.m. Woody said the suspect approached and demanded the officer's phone. When he refused, the suspect produced a "nickel-plated revolver and the officer was able to knock the gun away, which gave him time" to run into the store, Woody said.. The suspect...
  • She Got a Gun and Concealed Carry Permit Last Year and Never Needed to Use Them… Until She Did

    05/01/2014 4:33:35 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 26 replies
    The Blaze ^ | May. 1, 2014 | Jason Howerton
    A 50-year-old Detroit woman shot an intruder early Tuesday morning after he tried to break into her home with a crowbar. Now she’s very thankful she decided to take advantage of her Second Amendment rights last year. Getty Images The woman reportedly bought a handgun and received her concealed carry permit last year on the advice of her brother. She hoped she would never need to use it, but figured it was good to be prepared. That attitude just may have saved her life. The woman’s family told WDIV-TV that a man tried to break into the home at around...
  • Major Flip-Floppage on ObamaCare From Rep. Gary Peters in MI Senate Race

    04/24/2014 3:48:33 AM PDT · by cripplecreek · 7 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 23 Apr 2014 | Debra Heine
    Until very recently, MI Congressman Gary Peters was one of ObamaCare's biggest fans. In fact, only last year, he was still gushing about the unpopular, toxic law. But it was when it mattered most, before the law was passed, that Peters was at his most enthusiastic. At a townhall in August 2009, he was asked by some ObamaCare supporters why Democrats weren't doing a better job of "defusing the right-wing agitators." "It's important to get all the information out to people," Peters answered. "It's a complicated issue." It turned out to be such a complicated issue, the information he got...
  • U.S. Supreme Court upholds Michigan's ban on affirmative action in college admissions

    04/22/2014 7:28:04 AM PDT · by cripplecreek · 136 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | April 22, 2014 | Kellie Woodhouse
    The U.S. Supreme Court upheld Michigan's controversial ban on affirmative action in public college admissions in a divided opinion released Tuesday morning, preserving a status quo that's contributed to dwindling minority enrollment at the state's flagship colleges. The high court's decision is a blow to the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, which has come under fire for low minority enrollment. Blacks comprise just 4.6 percent of undergraduates this year, compared to 8.9 percent in 1995 and 7 percent in 2006. University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman and admissions director Ted Spencer have decried the affirmative action ban, saying...
  • Judge John McBain explodes at Camia Gamet sentencing: 'I hope you die in prison'

    04/16/2014 4:12:18 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 26 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | April 16, 2014 | Danielle Salisbury
    JACKSON, MI – As Diana Banks-Joiner stood in a courtroom and spoke of the abuse her nephew Marcel Hill endured at the hands of Camia Gamet, a woman he loved, his killer interrupted. “Is that it?” Gamet said from her seat at the defense table. The statement prompted gasps from the audience and an angry response from Jackson County Circuit Judge John McBain, who threatened to duct tape Gamet’s mouth closed.
  • Mackinac Island ferries delayed because of Great Lake's ice cover

    04/14/2014 10:11:46 AM PDT · by cripplecreek · 43 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | April 14, 2014 | Jonathan Van Zytveld
    STRAITS OF MACKINAC, MI - At least one ferry service is predicting delayed trips to Mackinac Island due to ice that still covers a portion of the Great Lakes. Shepler's Mackinac Island Ferry has announced it will be starting its 2014 season later than anticipated after temporarily relocating its ferry starts to St. Ignace, rather than Mackinaw City, as a result of the ice blockages which remain in the Straits of Mackinac. "The straits have completely frozen over, except for a shipping channel," said Misty Martinchek, Shepler's group sales manager, who said all local ferries have been affected by the...
  • President Barack Obama takes jab at Terri Lynn Land over equal pay

    04/12/2014 7:56:57 AM PDT · by cripplecreek · 25 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | April 11, 2014 | Fritz Klug
    LANSING, MI – The debate on how to make sure men and women are paid the same was highlighted in Michigan this week when President Barack Obama called out GOP Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land over equal pay and comments used in a web video. The ad Speaking to Reporters in Houston on Thursday, Obama mentioned Land, not by name but as a Republican running for Senate in Michigan. “Very rarely do you meet people who make the choice to be paid less for doing the same job,” Obama said, according to poll reports. Obama's statements were based on a...
  • Race played role in Detroit mob attack on Steven Utash, prosecutor says

    04/10/2014 9:17:11 AM PDT · by cripplecreek · 23 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | April 10, 2014 | Gus Burns
    DETROIT, MI -- For the first time since April 2 when an angry mob beat Steven Utash to the brink of death in Detroit, authorities say race is a factor. Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy on Thursday announced a 16-year-old juvenike suspect is being charged with ethnic intimidation as a minor. He is also charged with assault with intent to do great bodily harm. Three other suspects, Bruce Edward Wimbush Jr., 17; Wonzey Saffold, 30; and James Deontae Davis, 24, all of Detroit, are charged with assault with intent to murder and assault with intent to do great bodily harm....
  • Retired nurse saves Steve Utash's life, steps in when driver was getting beat

    04/07/2014 8:05:43 AM PDT · by cripplecreek · 32 replies
    WXYZDetroit ^ | Apr 5, 2014 | wxyz.com
    I'm not sure of the copywrite status on this one so its link only. Retired nurse saves Steve Utash's life, steps in when driver was getting beat
  • Woman married during repeal of Michigan's gay marriage ban assaulted and called gay slur

    04/01/2014 6:44:36 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 46 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | April 01, 2014 | Kyle Feldscher
    Three men in Ypsilanti Township Monday assaulted a woman who was able to marry her partner during the brief repeal of Michigan’s gay marriage ban. Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office deputies reported the 28-year-old woman got off the bus about 6 p.m. Monday in the area of the 3000 block of Roundtree Boulevard in Ypsilanti Township. The woman told investigators she got off the bus in the area and was walking home through an apartment parking lot. Three men approached her, with one of them using a homophobic slur, calling her a derogatory name for a woman and asking her if...
  • Dave Camp to retire after his current term

    03/31/2014 2:45:52 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 26 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 31 2014 | Ed O'Keefe and Paul Kane
    Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.), chairman of the powerful tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee, plans to retire after his current term, he announced Monday. Camp said in a statement that his decision "was reached after much consideration and discussion with my family. Serving in Congress is the great honor of my professional life. I am deeply grateful to the people of the 4th Congressional District for placing their trust in me. Over the years, their unwavering support has been a source of strength, purpose and inspiration. During the next nine months, I will redouble my efforts to grow our economy...
  • US Rep. Mike Rogers Of Michigan Won’t Seek Re-Election

    03/28/2014 4:23:33 AM PDT · by cripplecreek · 81 replies
    CBS Detroit ^ | March 28, 2014 | CBSdetroit
    DETROIT (WWJ/AP) - U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers of Michigan, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee who has been a prominent voice as President Barack Obama attempts to overhaul U.S. surveillance, said Friday that he won’t seek re-election after his term ends this year.
  • Michigan State should end union organizing seminars, say anti-union lawmakers and builders

    03/27/2014 4:55:33 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 9 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | March 27, 2014 | Jay Scott Smith
    EAST LANSING – The Associated Builders and Contractors of Michigan is demanding that Michigan State University cancel its Building Trades Academy program on the grounds that it encourages "organizing in non-union construction companies," while a state legislative committee has struck funds from the university's budget for 2014-2015. "Such activities lack legitimacy when performed by an academic institution," Chris Fisher, president of Michigan chapter of ABC, said in a statement. "Would the university support a similar program geared toward union busting?" But MSU spokesman Kent Cassella said that the program, which began in May 2013, is not paid for by taxpayer...
  • Gay couples wed across Michigan in 24 hours same-sex marriage was legal (Stay issued)

    03/23/2014 12:33:09 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 26 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | March 23, 2014 | Khalil AlHajal
    PONTIAC, MI -- It was fun while it lasted for hundreds of gay Michigan couples who got married Saturday. With a voter-approved ban against same-sex nuptials out of the way for about 24 hours, couples rushed to tie the knot in four Michigan counties where clerks held special weekend hours to issue marriage licenses. But an appeals court put a stop to the immediate wedding planning, issuing a temporary stay of U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman's Friday ruling that called the Michigan Marriage Act unconstitutional. Friedman issued a decision that rejected all of the state's arguments that voters made a...
  • Loaded gun magazines found outside Ann Arbor elementary school

    03/19/2014 1:14:05 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 25 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | March 19, 2014 | Amy Biolchini
    Two loaded gun magazines were found Tuesday in the snow next to a dumpster outside Carpenter Elementary School at 4250 Central Boulevard in Pittsfield Township, police said. The two .40 caliber magazines were found by someone who lives near the school, said Pittsfield Township police Deputy Chief Gordy Schick. Pittsfield Township police officers thoroughly canvassed the school property Tuesday afternoon and did not find other magazines or weapons, Schick said. "Due to the condition of the magazines, we know the magazines have been there for some time," Schick said. Schick said the found magazines may be connected to a theft...
  • How cold is this winter? Records over 100 years old broken in the Upper Peninsula

    03/14/2014 1:00:15 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 30 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | March 14, 2014 | Mark Torregrossa
    You know it has been a cold winter when some Upper Peninsula cities are breaking records that are over 100 years old. We can talk about the average temperature for the winter months of December, January, and February. That is one way to tell how cold the winter has been. For example, Marquette had an average temperature of 7.5 degrees this winter, which is a new record for Marquette. That does indeed sound cold. But a better way to get a feel for the record cold is to count the number of days below zero. We don't really have a...
  • Michigan campaign finance violation draws near-record fine for union's actions in 2012 election

    03/10/2014 5:16:37 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 20 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | March 10, 2014 | Brian Smith
    LANSING -- The Service Employees International Union will pay almost $200,000 to settle alleged campaign finance violations from a failed 2012 ballot proposal seeking collective bargaining rights for home health workers. The settlement was announced Monday by Secretary of State Ruth Johnson, whose office investigated a complaint that the union skirted campaign finance laws. The complaint was filed by political advocacy group Michigan Freedom Fund The complaint accused the principals behind Home Care First and Citizens for Affordable Quality Home Care of intentionally delaying required filings with Johnson's office to conceal that SEIU had made substantial contributions to support the...
  • Detroit homeowner shoots, kills 1 of two intruders

    03/07/2014 9:44:32 AM PST · by cripplecreek · 37 replies
    myfoxdetroit.com ^ | Mar 06, 2014 | myFOXDetroit.com Staff
    DETROIT (WJBK) - Thursday afternoon a Detroit homeowner fatally shot an intruder. A second intruder was also at the scene but ran away and is still being sought by police. Police say the homeowner heard glass break around 12:30 p.m., ran to the back of his house and saw a person climbing in the window, so he grabbed his gun and fired. Police say the 17-year-old suspect then collapsed on the driveway, appearing to have died from a gunshot wound to the chest. The other suspect is in his 20s. Police continue to question the homeowner about the incident, and...
  • The Americans with Charlie LeDuff: The death of the UAW

    03/07/2014 5:50:20 AM PST · by cripplecreek · 3 replies
    myfoxdetroit.com ^ | Mar 06, 2014 | Charlie LeDuff
    As you might of heard, the UAW went down to Chattanooga, Tenn. and took a bullet a few weeks ago when non-unionized workers at the Volkswagen plant told them to pack their carpet bags and head north. Now the question is: Why would a Southern man trust his future to a German company and not an American union? We deserve an explanation, since we not only bailed out the auto companies but also the pension fund of the UAW. In this edition of The Americans with Charlie LeDuff, the crew takes us on a journey that starts at the UAW...
  • Amazing final days of a Jackson attorney who found peace

    03/05/2014 4:32:10 PM PST · by cripplecreek · 9 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | March 05, 2014 | Brad Flory
    JACKSON, MI – The human race is divided between people who see amazing coincidences, and people who see no coincidences. Both types should hear about the last days of Jackson attorney Bruce Clark. Clark, 79, who lived at Clark Lake, was an Eagle Scout as a boy and a respected member of his profession as an adult. But this is not the story of Clark’s life. It’s the story of what happened before he died two weeks ago. Struck by cancer, pneumonia and a heart attack, Clark said something unusual one day from his bed at Allegiance hospital. “He told...
  • Huron Valley (MI) Ambulance paramedics and EMTs overwhelmingly shoot down attempt to unionize

    02/26/2014 3:02:09 PM PST · by cripplecreek · 4 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | February 25, 2014 | Jeremy Allen
    Paramedics and emergency medical technicians made it clear that they do not want to form a union at Huron Valley Ambulance. According to information obtained from the National Labor Relations Board in a Freedom of Information Act request, votes tallied by the NLRB showed that 221 EMS workers voted against forming a union while just 138 voted in favor of the petition to unionize. There were about 430 eligible voters, but only 359 votes counted and 10 others were listed as “changed ballots” and not counted in the total vote. In January, workers from HVA Workers – with the help...
  • Leftists become incandescent when reminded of the socialist roots of Nazism

    02/25/2014 3:44:02 PM PST · by cripplecreek · 52 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | February 25th, 2014 | Daniel Hannan
    On 16 June 1941, as Hitler readied his forces for Operation Barbarossa, Josef Goebbels looked forward to the new order that the Nazis would impose on a conquered Russia. There would be no come-back, he wrote, for capitalists nor priests nor Tsars. Rather, in the place of debased, Jewish Bolshevism, the Wehrmacht would deliver “der echte Sozialismus”: real socialism. Goebbels never doubted that he was a socialist. He understood Nazism to be a better and more plausible form of socialism than that propagated by Lenin. Instead of spreading itself across different nations, it would operate within the unit of the...
  • Report: U.S. Rep. John Dingell considering retirement

    02/17/2014 3:09:17 PM PST · by cripplecreek · 42 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | February 16, 2014 | Kyle Feldscher
    John Dingell, the longest-serving member of the United States House of Representatives, is considering not running for re-election, according to a report in the Detroit News. Dingell, who represents the Ann Arbor area along with areas of Wayne County, has run successfully 29 times since 1955. The 87-year-old Dearborn Democrat recently broke the record for the longest-serving congressman in history. According to the report, Dingell is considering retirement. His spokesman, Christopher Schuler, states Dingell is doing the same thing as he has always done before running for re-election, which is determining how to best serve his constituents. The News states...
  • Just how much water is in all of this snow on the ground?

    02/14/2014 5:25:50 PM PST · by cripplecreek · 47 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | February 14, 2014 | Mark Torregrossa
    There is a lot of snow on the ground in Michigan. When the snow melts, just how much water is in all of the snow on the ground now? The top graphic shows the "snow water equivalent" for the Lower Peninsula. This means the amount of liquid if the snow in a tube was all melted at once. All of the Lower Peninsula has at least one inch of liquid in the snow. Most of the Lower Peninsula has two to six inches of liquid in the form of snow. The heaviest snowfall areas in northwest Lower Michigan have between...
  • 2014 Midwest Ice Fishing Tournament gives out more than $36,000 in awards

    01/26/2014 6:30:01 PM PST · by cripplecreek · 9 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | January 26, 2014 | Ricky Olmos
    BROOKLYN, MI – Marc Melson plans to use part of his ice fishing prize money to go on vacation with his wife “somewhere warm” -- far from the ice and snow. Melson and cousin Joe Thornburg won first place in the 2014 Midwest Open Ice Fishing Tournament, taking home the grand prize of $20,100 for their winning catch of 7.99 pounds. This was the first year the duo competed in the tournament, but they’ve been fishing for as long as they can remember. “We’ve been ice fishing since we were kids,” Thornburg said. “It’s a family tradition.” Fishermen from nine...
  • Big snow, blustery winds, bone-chilling temps nothing new to Jackson (MI)

    01/05/2014 1:31:32 PM PST · by cripplecreek · 20 replies
    Mlive ^ | January 05, 2014 | Leanne Smith
    JACKSON, MI – This new year started with a deluge of snow and bone-chilling temperatures, but that’s nothing new to Jackson. Throughout the ages, hale and hearty souls here have endured winter – and spring – snows that have made getting around challenging, if not nearly impossible. In honor of that – and another pending storm predicted to dump much more of the white stuff here this weekend – is a Peek Through Time extra look back at a couple of notable past Jackson blizzards. Jackson was buried by 23 inches of blowing snow during 'Blizzard of '78'
  • More trouble for Charles Pugh? Racy text messages emerge

    12/16/2013 4:32:24 PM PST · by cripplecreek · 10 replies
    myfoxdetroit.com ^ | Dec 16, 2013 | Randy Wimbley/Charlie LeDuff
    Charles Pugh has dismissed allegations before that he was having an inappropriate relationship, but the allegations carry more weight than many would care to believe. According to the case report from Madison Heights Police Department Pugh exchanged several sexually-charged text messages with the student he mentored, offering cash and video games in exchange for nude videos. And the student eventually obliged. Often times the payout hinged on how much Pugh liked the videos, and the student claims Pugh paid him 160 dollars for one of them. According to investigators Pugh told the teen to delete the text messages, fearing they...
  • Michigan joins states banning abortion in Obamacare plans

    12/11/2013 4:26:49 PM PST · by cripplecreek · 27 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/11/13 | PAIGE WINFIELD CUNNINGHAM
    Michigan became the 24th state to ban most abortions in its exchange plans when the state legislature passed a bill Wednesday afternoon by sizable margins. The action follows an an unusual citizens’ petition drive that allows state lawmakers to resurrect a bill the governor had vetoed and vote it into law without his signature. The ban goes into effect 90 days from Friday.
  • LeDuff: A Detroit labor war is breaking out over pension funds

    12/06/2013 5:25:10 AM PST · by cripplecreek · 34 replies
    myfoxdetroit.com ^ | Dec 05, 2013 | Charlie LeDuff
    Detroit's workers and retirees are no longer just fighting the emergency manager over their pensions - they're fighting each other. Fox 2's Charlie LeDuff explains the two Detroit pension funds: one for police and fire and the other for other city employees such as secretaries and janitors (known as the General Retirement System). City workers explain why they don't want to be lumped in the same pension category.