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  • Cruz for President Announces Wendy Day Michigan State Director

    05/22/2015 1:50:31 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 56 replies
    tedcruz.org ^ | 05/22/15 | Cruz for President
    HOUSTON, Texas – Continuing to build a robust national and Michigan organization, Cruz for President today named Wendy Day, the current Vice Chair of the Michigan Republican Party and Liberty movement leader, as the Michigan State Director for the Cruz for President Campaign. “Wendy is a great fit because she is no stranger to grassroots politics at every level,” said Ted Cruz. “Her influence in the Great Lake State and commitment to freedom make her a valued member of our team.” Wendy is one of the most respected, hardworking grassroots leaders Michigan has seen, said Cruz State Chairman Saul Anuzis....
  • Patient who pulled gun on armed robber hopes he taught him lesson

    05/21/2015 6:00:26 AM PDT · by cripplecreek · 31 replies
    myfoxdetroit.com ^ | May 20, 2015 | Randy Wimbley
    A quick-thinking man who refused to become a victim hopes he taught a young bad guy a lesson. Most people who carry a concealed handgun won't be in the situation where they have to draw and use it. That was a reality Tuesday for a Waterford man. James Dockman refused to pull the trigger and tonight the 49-year-old explains why. "Do you really want to (expletive) do this," Dockman said to the armed robber. The young man holding the weapon didn't want to answer, fleeing. Dockman said he was headed to his dialysis treatment around 4 a.m. Tuesday when he...
  • Michigan’s one-room schoolhouses make one last stand

    05/19/2015 5:05:13 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 11 replies
    Bridgemi.com ^ | 19 May 2015 | Mike Wilkinson
    HARBOR BEACH ‒ Most elementary and middle schools fairly buzz with noise just before the school day starts, as a stampede of students put away coats, take seats and share boasts over video game exploits or exchange giggles about young romance. But one of the first things you notice at the Eccles School along rural stretch of Michigan’s Thumb is the quiet shuffle as students move from door to desk to computer station, creating a low-level hum until the Pledge of Allegiance. After which, there’s an exchange of news about soccer, a puppy and one student’s gig as bat boy...
  • Top five quotes from the always-candid Judge John McBain in ruling on city stormwater fee lawsuit

    05/13/2015 9:21:39 AM PDT · by cripplecreek · 9 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | May 13, 2015 | Will Forgrave
    JACKSON, MI – Jackson County Circuit Court Judge John McBain has been known to unload a healthy dose of candor when entering judgments. Anyone from a convicted murderer to a local politician can get caught in the judge's verbal volley. In the case of the city's illegal stormwater tax hearing on Tuesday, May 12, it was the latter. City leaders are required to repay their illegally collected stormwater fees by June 26 or face a $1,000-per-day fine, McBain ruled with fiery contempt. After creating the fee in 2011, a Michigan Court of Appeals' decision ruled the fee unconstitutional two years...
  • DPD source says Mich. Sen. Virgil Smith fired shotgun shots after arguing with girlfriend

    05/11/2015 5:48:03 AM PDT · by cripplecreek · 55 replies
    May 10 2015 ^ | Local 4 - ClickOnDetroit news staff
    DETROIT - Police searched a state senator's home Sunday after he was accused of firing a shotgun following a fight with his girlfriend. Sources told Local 4 state Sen. Virgil Smith, who represents the fourth district, fired several shots into the woman's car. Investigators walked out of state Smith's home with what appeared to be a shotgun wrapped in a garbage bag. Investigators with Detroit police placed it in the backseat of an unmarked car. Around 1 a.m. Sunday police were called to Smith's home for reports of shots fired Sources told Local 4 that early Sunday morning Smith and...
  • Flint's Giggles the Pig mayor campaign draws global attention

    05/09/2015 1:17:58 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 27 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | May 09, 2015 | Gary Ridley
    FLINT, MI -- What started as a local attorney's way to draw attention to an unusual mayor's election has turned into an international phenomenon as Giggles the Pig makes headlines around the globe. News organizations from Russia and the Netherlands have picked up the story of the small porcine from Flint whose owner is attempting to enter into the mayor's race. Even CNN ran a story Friday, May 8, about Giggles' attempt to take on the Vehicle City's political establishment. Attorney Michael Ewing announced Giggles' campaign on Facebook on May 4 following news this week that no names would appear...
  • Michigan earthquake not caused by fracking, scientists say

    05/04/2015 6:36:43 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 27 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | May 04, 2015 | Julie Mack
    KALAMAZOO, MI -- The state official who oversees regulation of oil and gas wells says he is certain that Saturday's earthquake in Kalamazoo County is unrelated to fracking or other drilling in the area. "I am extremely confident there is no connection," said Hal Fitch, a geologist who is director of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality's Office of Oil, Gas, and Minerals. That opinion is echoed by David Barnes, professor of geosciences at Western Michigan University. "I'm as certain as a scientist can be" that there is no connection, Barnes said. Hydraulic fracturing -- also known as fracking --...
  • Judge makes rare decision to set aside jury verdict in criminal sexual conduct case

    05/02/2015 3:45:20 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 39 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | May 02, 2015 | Danielle Salisbury
    JACKSON, MI – Concerned he would have to send an innocent man to prison, a Jackson County judge on Friday set aside a jury's guilty verdict in a criminal sexual conduct case. The rare decision, a first in Circuit Judge John McBain's 13 years on the bench, means Gregory Patterson, 50, is not guilty of three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, felonies that would have sent him to prison for a minimum of 25 years. A jury convicted Patterson of the offenses at the close of a March trial, but McBain granted a motion made by defense lawyer George...
  • Earthquake felt in West MI

    05/02/2015 9:55:57 AM PDT · by cripplecreek · 46 replies
    Wood TV ^ | May 2, 2015 | Dan Boers
    (WOOD) An earthquake rattled West Michigan and other parts of the Midwest. The shaking happened around 12:20 p.m. It was felt around the Michigan. The USGS registered it as a 4.0 earthquake centered near Galesburg.
  • 8 Arrested After Protesters Rush Tables At U-M Board Of Regents Meeting

    04/16/2015 4:58:33 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 13 replies
    CBS Detroit ^ | 4/16/15 | WWJ Ann Arbor
    Eight people were arrested at a protest that disrupted a University of Michigan Board of Regents meeting Thursday. Protesters — arguing that the school should admit more minorities — rushed the tables, causing a disturbance similar to one that took place last November. “Several people from the audience swarmed the tables,” said Campus Public Safety spokeswoman Diane Brown. “The police officers were able to control them in the middle of the room.” At least four tables went flying, along with multiple chairs, the Detroit Free Press reported; and several police officers tackled protesters, who fought back, shoving and kicking. Photos...
  • Ann Arbor schools bans guns with new policies

    04/16/2015 3:58:18 AM PDT · by cripplecreek · 34 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | April 16, 2015 | Lindsay Knake
    If anyone but a law enforcement official carries a gun into an Ann Arbor school, administrators will ask the person to leave and call the police. Under a new policy, a weapon such as a gun in a school constitutes an emergency. The Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education on Wednesday, April 15, unanimously voted to ban dangerous weapons, including guns, from school buildings and property. The vote approved three policies that outline the superintendent's ability to be able to close schools, cancel buses or student and staff events before, during and after school in the case of an...
  • Detroit hit man says he, not teen, responsible for 4 deaths

    04/15/2015 3:47:08 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 15 replies
    Milwaukee Journal sentinal ^ | 4/15/15 | Ed White
    DETROIT (AP) - An imprisoned hit man has signed a chilling affidavit taking responsibility for four murders at a Detroit drug house in a renewed effort to free a young man who pleaded guilty to the same killings at age 15, attorneys said Wednesday. Davontae Sanford was just 14, illiterate and blind in one eye when he walked up to police at the murder scene in 2007 and immediately became a suspect. He eventually pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was sent to prison, but a new legal team from two law schools wants the conviction thrown out. The affidavit...
  • AMC's Turn episode one free for next 2 weeks.

    04/14/2015 2:10:12 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 56 replies
    AMC.com ^ | 4/14/15 | AMC
    In case anyone missed the two hour season premier last night. It says no login required so I'm guessing its available to people who aren't Xfinity subscribers.
  • Protesters detained after disrupting 'American Sniper' showing at EMU

    04/13/2015 6:05:27 AM PDT · by cripplecreek · 25 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | April 12, 2015 | Darcie Moran
    The University of Michigan isn't the only area university whose showing of the film "American Sniper" on Friday caused controversy. Four protesters were temporarily detained after disrupting an 8 p.m. showing of the film April 10 on the Eastern Michigan University campus, according to university officials. EMU spokesman Geoff Larcom said during the first of two planned showings at university's Student Center, protesters got on stage and disrupted the movie. The EMU Police Department received complaints for subjects causing a disturbance and refusing to leave at about 8:10 p.m. at the Student Center, according to their police log. About 40...
  • Michigan AG's legal team defends fight to uphold same-sex marriage ban

    04/09/2015 7:51:53 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 12 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | April 09, 2015 | Matt Vande Bunte
    GRAND RAPIDS, MI -- The lawyer arguing in favor of Michigan's same-sex marriage ban before the Supreme Court later this month defended the state's pursuit of the case, despite the fact that it runs contrary to a wide swing in public opinion since a 2004 voter-approved definition of marriage as between one man and one woman. "It's the attorney general's job to defend the (Michigan) Constitution whether he thinks it's a good idea or a bad idea," said John Bursch, the special assistant attorney general who will argue the case before the high court. In a March 31 meeting with...
  • Former slave testimonials

    04/08/2015 8:17:16 AM PDT · by cripplecreek · 88 replies
    Ohio Historical society ^ | 4/8/2015 | Ohio Historical society
    Last night I stumbled across a collections of interviews conducted in the 1930s with blacks who had been born into slavery. They're kind of hard to read since they're written as the words were spoken with a heavy southern black accent. Most interesting to me is the lack of anger from these former slaves. In fact, some spoke quite fondly of their former owners. At worst, they spoke with indifference of their former owners. None of this matches the rage filled narrative of today with the endless claims of payment due.
  • Michigan Senate passes bill allowing 3 bake sales per week in public schools

    03/19/2015 10:21:04 AM PDT · by cripplecreek · 11 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | March 19, 2015 | Kyle Feldscher
    LANSING -- The Michigan Senate passed a bill allowing up to three fundraising bake sales in public schools per week, providing a way around federal health standards that banned them. brownies. State Sen. Patrick Colbeck, R-Canton Township, introduced Senate Bill 109, which passed 36-1, with one senator excused from voting. Colbeck said Boy Scouts in his district asked him why the state banned bake sales in schools. After looking into it further, he realized Michigan had not approved exemptions from the federal Smart Snacks in School standards that disqualify most bake sale items. "(This bill is a) common sense change...
  • Michigan Political Points: Electoral college debate returns ahead of 2016 presidential race

    03/15/2015 2:08:04 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 29 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | March 14, 2015 | Jonathan Oosting
    LANSING, MI -- A Republican presidential candidate hasn't won Michigan since 1988, but with 2016 on the horizon, GOP lawmakers are proposing bills that could help a second-place finisher win some electoral college votes here. • Rigging? State Rep. Cindy Gamrat, R-Plainwell, this month reintroduced legislation that would award Michigan's electoral college votes by Congressional District, ditching the winner-take-all model that most states use and diminishing the influence of large cities that can swing a vote. David Weigel of Bloomberg News, calling the bill part of the "electoral college-rigging movement," noted that Republican nominee Mitt Romney would have won nine...
  • Porcupine Mountains Wilderness leads in USA Today's 'Best State Parks' poll

    03/14/2015 5:06:24 AM PDT · by cripplecreek · 39 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | March 13, 2015 | Garret Ellison
    ONTONAGON, MI -- The Michigan Department of Natural Resources hopes you'll think "Porkies" when considering which state park is best in the U.S. The Upper Peninsula's Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park is leading the pack among 19 other state parks across the country vying for the title of "Best State Park" in a new USA Today travel awards poll. The 60,000-acre park near Ontonagon on the shores of Lake Superior is one of the few remaining large wilderness areas in the Midwest, according to the Michigan DNR. The park is popular with hikers drawn to the large tracts of towering...
  • Clear sky yields great look at frozen Great Lakes

    03/01/2015 7:45:01 AM PST · by cripplecreek · 38 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | March 01, 2015 | Mark Torregrossa
    We finally got a great look at the freezing Great Lakes in the last two days. The high resolution satellites give us images of the Great Lakes during the day, once a day. Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, Michigan had clear skies when the satellite took the latest pictures. So it yielded the best look from high in space so far this winter. Friday's sunny sky also was a great day for MLive photographers to take to the sky and give us an up-close look at ice on Lakes Huron and Michigan. With the very cold weather Friday and Saturday, the...
  • Dawn Approaches: Two Faces of Ceres

    02/17/2015 5:09:59 PM PST · by cripplecreek · 9 replies
    http://dawn.jpl.nasa.gov ^ | February 17, 2015 | NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA
    February 17, 2015 Image Advisory—Craters and mysterious bright spots are beginning to pop out in the latest images of Ceres from NASA's Dawn spacecraft. These images, taken Feb. 12 at a distance of 52,000 miles (83,000 kilometers) from the dwarf planet, pose intriguing questions for the science team to explore as the spacecraft nears its destination. “As we slowly approach the stage, our eyes transfixed on Ceres and her planetary dance, we find she has beguiled us but left us none the wiser,” said Chris Russell, principal investigator of the Dawn mission, based at UCLA. “We expected to be surprised;...
  • Muslim man stabbed two others over religious beliefs at a Southfield bus stop, police say

    02/17/2015 3:15:17 PM PST · by cripplecreek · 40 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | February 17, 2015 | Ian Thibodeau
    SOUTHFIELD, MI - Southfield police have arrested a 39-year-old man who allegedly stabbed two other men multiple times at a bus stop near Northland Mall in Southfield Saturday night. Terrence Lavaron Thomas, of Detroit, will be arraigned on charges of two counts of assault with intent to murder, one count of carrying a dangerous weapon with unlawful intent and one count of possession of marijuana. Thomas's bail was set at $1 million cash or surety bond. According to police, Thomas attacked the victims, a 52-year-old man and 51-year-old man from Detroit, after he "made several comments about his religion and...
  • Evacuation order expanded after train derailment near Adena Village and Boomer Bottom

    02/16/2015 12:26:26 PM PST · by cripplecreek · 20 replies
    WTRF.com ^ | February 16, 2015 | Douglas Fritz
    3:00 p.m., UPDATE: Water intakes in Montgomery and Cedar Grove have been closed because of the train accident along the Kanawha River. That is according to the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Bureau for Public Health. It is confirmed that the train was carrying crude oil, some of which spilled into the Kanawha River. While the intakes are closed, customers are urged to conserve water. The Montgomery Water System is part of West Virginia American Water Co. The West Virginia State Police expanded the evacuation order for the area at around 3:15 p.m. to include anyone with...
  • 'It is a long related nightmare,' Holocaust survivor shares her story of courage

    02/15/2015 7:13:43 AM PST · by cripplecreek · 10 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | February 11, 2015 | Robert Bondy
    JACKSON, MI - Marion Blumenthal Lazan has experienced the horror of constantly having death on her mind. Blumenthal Lazan spent six and a half years in refugee, transit and prison camps, including the infamous Bergen-Belsen, during the Holocaust. As just a child she battled mental and physical hurdles, witnessing countless deaths each day. "When I talk about those years it is a long related nightmare, a very bad dream," Blumenthal Lazan said. "I separate myself from it ever having happen to me and that is how I deal with it." On Wednesday, Feb. 11, Blumenthal Lazan shared her story of...
  • Happy birthday, Abraham Lincoln: Thanks for 'Michigander'

    02/12/2015 8:32:20 AM PST · by cripplecreek · 32 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | February 12, 2015 | Fritz Klug
    LANSING, MI -- Today is the 206th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth, one of the greatest U.S. presidents. There's a lot to be thankful to Lincoln for: guiding the country through the Civil War and helping end slavery. But residents of Michigan have something special to thank the 16th president for. He coined the term many of us use to describe ourselves: Michigander. There is an ongoing debate about if Michigan citizens should be described as Michiganians or Michiganders. Lincoln coined the term Michigander when he was in the U.S. House of Representatives. In 1848, Lincoln gave a speech against...
  • Police: Man charged with murder for unintentionally shooting girlfriend in drive-by

    02/10/2015 4:13:15 PM PST · by cripplecreek · 12 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | February 10, 2015 | John Counts
    Allysha Tomlin may not have been the intended targeted when she was shot to death in Superior Township early Sunday morning, investigators said Tuesday. David Gordon. Police say the 23-year-old was killed when a man she was in a relationship with, 20-year-old David Gordon, shot up her apartment trying to hit Tomlin's on-again-off-again boyfriend and the father of her 2-year-old twins. Gordon was arraigned on an open murder charge, as well as two weapons-related felonies, at the 14A-1 District Court Tuesday, according to police. Officials originally anticipated the arraignment was going to take place Wednesday, when a second person believed...
  • Attack at Coast Guard Station in Grand Haven (Michigan)

    02/08/2015 7:19:53 AM PST · by cripplecreek · 62 replies
    Wood TV ^ | February 8, 2015 | By 24 Hour News 8 Web Staff
    GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WOOD)– Officers from the Grand Haven Department of Public Safety are investigating after a man crashed his truck through the Coast Guard Station Gate and assaulted U.S. Coast Guard personnel. This happened just after 6:00 a.m. Sunday. According to officials, the suspect broke into the station and threatened he had an explosive device in his truck. Authorities say all U.S. Coast Guard personnel are safe. At this time, Harbor Drive and the boardwalk are closed until further notice. Residents of Sand Piper Condos are advised to shelter in place. If you live there, stay in your residence...
  • Darrell Waltrip National Prayer Breakfast 2015

    02/05/2015 6:23:24 PM PST · by cripplecreek · 23 replies
    youtube ^ | 2/5/15 | Darrell Waltrip
    Darrell Waltrip National Prayer Breakfast
  • Ann Arbor approves deal with DTE Energy to construct largest solar array in Michigan

    02/03/2015 5:45:16 AM PST · by cripplecreek · 21 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | February 03, 2015 | Ryan Stanton
    Ann Arbor might be on its way to becoming the solar capital of Michigan. The Ann Arbor City Council voted unanimously Monday night to approve a deal with DTE Energy to construct the largest solar array in the state on a 14-acre site at the city's airport. The decision came following a brief discussion with no objections raised by any of the 11 council members. "This is an exciting effort," said Mayor Christopher Taylor. "I'm so glad that we're moving forward with it. Having the largest solar field in Michigan is going to be an important thing for the city...
  • Protestors march through streets of Ann Arbor after decision to not charge officer in fatal shooting

    01/31/2015 8:05:29 PM PST · by cripplecreek · 37 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | January 31, 2015 | John Counts
    A group of more than a hundred gathered in front of Ann Arbor's Justice Center and City Hall Saturday at 4:30 p.m. to protest Washtenaw County Prosecutor Brian Mackie's decision to not charge police officer David Ried in the fatal shooting of 40-year-old Aura Rosser. Monique Barker was the first to speak to the crowd through a megaphone outside 310 East Huron Street, which houses City Hall, the 15th District Court and the Ann Arbor Police Department. "You can pretend that she deserved to die or that her life doesn't matter, so long as you're a cop or a racist...
  • (Vanity)SCHINDLER'S LIST, 1/125 8 pm eastern on AHC

    01/25/2015 7:38:41 AM PST · by cripplecreek · 29 replies
    free republic /tv ^ | 1/25/15 | cripplecreek
    Tonight on AHC (American Heroes Channel)will show Schindler's List at 8 pm. In addition AHC and Discovery will simulcast the one hour documentary ONE DAY IN AUSCHWITZ on Sunday, January 25 at 12 PM ET.
  • Judge: Michigan must recognize marriages of same-sex who wed on day it was legal

    01/15/2015 8:44:53 AM PST · by cripplecreek · 25 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | January 15, 2015 | Khalil AlHajal
    DETROIT, MI -- The state must fully recognize the marriages of couples who wed on the one day it was legal in Michigan last year, U.S. District Judge Mark A. Goldsmith ordered in a preliminary injunction issued Thursday. The injunction won't take effect for 21 days, but unless an appeals court further stays the decision, it means the state will have to provide spousal benefits to same-sex couples who got married on March 22, 2014. Some 300 couples received marriage licenses that day, after a federal judge struck down the state's same-sex marriage ban, and before an appeals court put...
  • At least 1 killed in wreck involving more than 100 vehicle on I-94 (Michigan)

    01/09/2015 10:20:25 AM PST · by cripplecreek · 19 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | 1/9/15 | Mark Bugnaski
    A crash that has shut down traffic in both directions on I-94 in eastern Kalamazoo County involves a truck hauling fireworks, police say. Lt. Dale Hinz with Michigan State Police said he was informed that the crash is fatal although he hasn't been to the scene to confirm that information. Multiple semi trucks and vehicles are involved and Hinz said motorists should avoid the area
  • 19 Gorgeous Photos That Perfectly Capture Life In The South

    01/01/2015 5:09:53 PM PST · by cripplecreek · 72 replies
    Buzzfeed ^ | Dec. 30, 2014, | Gabriel H. Sanchez
    Photographer Eliot Dudik captures breathtaking images in a beautiful region of South Carolina known as the “Lowcountry”.
  • Welfare drug testing pilot program signed into law by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder

    12/26/2014 7:46:20 PM PST · by cripplecreek · 27 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | December 26, 2014 | Jonathan Oosting
    LANSING, MI — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder on Friday signed a new law creating a one-year pilot program requiring the Department of Human Services to screen some welfare recipients and test those suspected of drug use. The program, to be launched by DHS in three or more counties by October 2015, would apply to residents enrolled in or applying for the Family Independence Program. A recipient who was suspected of drug use and failed an initial test would be referred to a treatment program. Failing a second test, or refusing to take one at all, would result in the termination...
  • Demonstrators tell de Blasio what he can do with his request to suspend protests

    12/22/2014 6:23:17 PM PST · by cripplecreek · 46 replies
    Twitchy.com ^ | December 22, 2014 | Twitchy staff
    At a press conference Monday afternoon, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio repeated his request that demonstrators in the city put aside protests until after the funerals of the two police officers ambushed and executed in their patrol car Saturday. Naturally, when video shows marchers chanting, “What do we want? Dead cops!” during the recent #MillionsMarchNYC, it’s not hard to believe that many protesters weren’t sympathetic to the mayor’s request.
  • Man dressed as Santa guns down two men after argument at Detroit gas station

    12/21/2014 6:40:10 PM PST · by cripplecreek · 36 replies
    Mail Online ^ | 21 December 2014 | Mail Online Reporter
    A man dressed as Santa is in custody after shooting two people early Sunday morning at a Detroit gas station. The unidentified victims - both 29-year-old men - were reportedly recovering after the shooting. Officers said the gunman reportedly felt threatened after an argument between himself and the two men at the Speedway on East Jefferson Ave. and I-375.
  • Mr Tiger (Al Kaline) is 80 years old today.

    12/19/2014 7:52:36 AM PST · by cripplecreek · 41 replies
    Free Republic ^ | 12/19/2014 | none
    They just don't make them like this anymore.
  • SyFy's 'Ascension' Takes 1960s Nuclear Spaceship Idea to the Stars

    12/15/2014 5:01:23 PM PST · by cripplecreek · 92 replies
    Space.com ^ | December 15, 2014 | Tariq Malik
    A spaceship powered by nuclear bombs secretly launched in the 1960s. A colony ship on 100-year journey to spread humanity to the stars. These central themes of the SyFy Channel's epic "Ascension" miniseries this week sound like pure science fiction, U.S. scientists actually worked to build such a spaceship in the 1960s. In "Ascension," a three-part SyFy miniseries that launches tonight (Dec. 15), 600 people live aboard an Orion-class nuclear spacecraft on a mission to Proxima Centauri. The mission launched in 1963, when the Space Race was in full swing and the Cold War made the threat of global nuclear...
  • NASA Orion launch

    12/04/2014 3:56:22 AM PST · by cripplecreek · 115 replies
    NASATV ^ | 12/24/14 | none
    NASA TV
  • Homeless man steals ambulance in Pontiac in attempt to reach strip club

    12/02/2014 6:17:58 AM PST · by cripplecreek · 19 replies
    Macombdaily ^ | 12/01/14 | Dave Phillips
    Frustrated with a lack of public transportation and in desperate need to reach a certain destination, a homeless man stole an ambulance from a hospital in Pontiac on Sunday. “He told the deputy he was hoping to go to the Booby Trap to see some pole dancing,” Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said. “You can’t make this up.” The man, who hoped to make it to the Detroit strip club but was stopped by police in Sterling Heights, was asked why he took the ambulance. “Apparently he said there was no public transportation available,” Bouchard said. “Again, you can’t make...
  • Ram shot and killed after attempted Thanksgiving day doorbuster

    12/01/2014 12:09:32 PM PST · by cripplecreek · 54 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | December 01, 2014 | Ben Freed
    A Whitmore Lake family had to grab life by the horns on Thanksgiving when a ram nearly forced its way into their home. Shortly after finishing Thanksgiving dinner with his family, Mike Richards went to take his dog for a walk when a movement caught his eye. As he exited his garage, he saw a large ram grazing on the grass in front of his house. "I ran back inside and I said to my wife, 'Paula, you'll never guess what's in the front yard,' " he said. "We both went outside, the dog was still outside, and as soon...
  • Supreme Court to Review EPA Rule on Power Plant Emissions

    11/25/2014 2:03:01 PM PST · by cripplecreek · 16 replies
    Wall St Journal ^ | Nov. 25, 2014 | Brent Kendall
    WASHINGTON—The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to review the first-ever national environmental standards requiring power plants to reduce emissions of mercury and other toxic air pollutants, saying it would decide whether the government should have considered how much the rules would cost utilities. The court’s action extends a saga that dates back more than two decades. Congress first required the Environmental Protection Agency to issue regulations in 1990, but the agency’s efforts had been stalled for years because of several factors, including lengthy court battles. The EPA rules, adopted in 2012, require coal and oil-fired power plants to cut...
  • BAMN interrupts U-M Board of Regents meeting with protest that turns physical

    11/20/2014 1:10:01 PM PST · by cripplecreek · 28 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | November 20, 2014 | Jeremy Allen
    About 25 members of the pro-affirmative action group By Any Means Necessary -- also known as BAMN - broke out with chants of "Minority enrollment's been going down, open it up or we'll shut it down" and "We don't need another committee, open it up to Detroit city," during the University of Michigan's Board of Regents meeting Thursday afternoon. The chants quickly turned physical as the protester pressed forward toward the regents. Security responded and the group continued to press forward as multiple protesters were forced to the ground after refusing to back down and move their protest out of...
  • Is Ebola back in New York?

    11/18/2014 8:02:05 PM PST · by cripplecreek · 57 replies
    Mail Online ^ | 18 November 2014 | Chris Spargo
    There are new fears of a possible Ebola outbreak in New York City after a woman who was being monitored for the deadly virus dropped dead on Tuesday afternoon. FDNY activated the Special Operations and Hazmat units after the the woman, who had traveled to Guinea three weeks ago according to a source on the scene, died at Amy Professional African Hair Braidig in the Brownsville area of Brooklyn. An eyewitness who saw the body said there was blood coming from her 'face, nose and mouth.'
  • Scientists Have Finally Made It To The Bottom Of One Of The Mysterious Siberian Holes

    11/15/2014 5:18:24 PM PST · by cripplecreek · 67 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Nov 13 2014 | Peter Farquhar
    Scientists have finally descended into one of the three enormous holes that mysteriously opened up in Siberia several months ago. The holes, on Russia’s Yamal Pensinsula, captured attention after one was first spotted by an aircraft pilot in July, who took this pic: The world went mad. Suspected causes ranged from meteorites to underground explosions to extra-terrestrial. Now a team from the Russian Centre of Arctic Exploration has climbed down to the bottom of the largest hole, about 16m, to stand on a frozen lake which itself is about another 10.5m deep. The team had to brave winter temperatures of...
  • Michigan Gov. Snyder says defending gay marriage ban a duty, 'not a matter of personal preference'

    11/06/2014 7:49:50 PM PST · by cripplecreek · 35 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | November 06, 2014 | Jonathan Oosting
    LANSING, MI — Michigan’s gay marriage ban remains in place after a federal court ruling on Thursday, and Republican Gov. Rick Snyder and Attorney General Bill Schuette both made clear they will continue to defend it. “When I became governor, I took an oath to support and defend our state constitution, without exceptions,” Snyder said in a statement, referencing the 2004 voter-approved amendment that defined marriage as between one woman and one man. “My obligation to carry out that oath is not a matter of personal preference. As I have said throughout this process, I will respect the court’s decision...
  • Where are the most concealed pistol licenses per adult? You might be surprised

    11/06/2014 2:03:05 PM PST · by cripplecreek · 13 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | November 06, 2014 | John Barnes
    ATLANTA, MI- There are no guns to be seen in the county seat this day. And that is the point. Montmorency County is among Michigan's hot beds for concealed handguns. One in 10 adults are licensed to carry. That compares to one in 30 in Kent County. Inside Coach's Corner Bar & Grill, the curved bar is backed by two harried tenders. Outside, two wall posters welcome both Lions Fans and Atlanta visitors. The first advertises Bud Light, the second Miller Lite. A line of bar seats are nearly full at 5 p.m. on a weekday. Tables are more available....
  • Young Michigan Hunter Receives Death Threats After Shooting Albino Deer

    10/26/2014 10:18:08 AM PDT · by cripplecreek · 105 replies
    Field and Stream ^ | October 23, 2014 | Kristen A. Schmitt
    An 11-year-old hunter from Oceola Township, Michigan, took a rare albino 12-pointer with a crossbow last week while hunting with his father. The albino buck was well known in the area, but Gavin Dingman ended up being the lucky hunter to harvest it. Sadly, the celebration ended for Dingman and his family, as they became the subject of death threats and social media backlash. "My dad was just like, 'Take a deep breath. Are you sure you can take the shot? If you're not 100 percent, we don't want to injure it,'” Dingman told the Livingston Daily on Monday. The...
  • Seeking Michigan (Part 1)

    10/25/2014 12:38:11 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 34 replies
    Vimeo ^ | 2014 | Eric Hines
    Please watch in Fullscreen & HD with sound for best quality. To avoid skipping, please let the video fully load. Seeking Michigan is an ongoing personal project that I started work on in February 2013. Over the past year, I have been making trips around Michigan and up to the Upper Peninsula on a frequent basis to discover and explore the beauty of this state. Sleeping in the back of my car, walking through forests at night, getting lost on dirt roads, and driving for hours on end around this gorgeous place has been an incredible inspiration to me. So...