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  • No more iPods or paid parking tickets; DHS updates rules on how it'll help foster kids

    03/13/2012 2:49:37 PM PDT · by Kieri · 7 replies
    MLive/ ^ | 03/13/2012 | Melissa Anders
    LANSING — Michigan has made several changes to its Foster Youth in Transition Program in light of an audit that found it spent thousands of dollars on iPods, prom dresses, senior trips and a traffic ticket. The audit, released last month, found that the Michigan Department of Human Services did not effectively evaluate and monitor the payments and services it provided to youth transitioning out of foster care. The program is 80 percent funded by federal funds and 20 percent with state general fund dollars. State representatives questioned DHS officials about the audit and changes made during a House committee...
  • MPAA Directly & Publicly Threatens Politicians Who Aren't Corrupt Enough To Stay Bought

    01/20/2012 7:44:18 PM PST · by Kieri · 17 replies
    Techdirt ^ | 01/20/2012 | Mike Masnick
    from the sickening dept Reinforcing the fact that Chris Dodd really does not get what's happening, and showing just how disgustingly corrupt the MPAA relationship is with politicians, Chris Dodd went on Fox News to explicitly threaten politicians who accept MPAA campaign donations that they'd better pass Hollywood's favorite legislation... or else: "Those who count on quote 'Hollywood' for support need to understand that this industry is watching very carefully who's going to stand up for them when their job is at stake. Don't ask me to write a check for you when you think your job is at risk...
  • Br News: Feds Falsely Censor Popular Blog For Over A Year, Deny All Due Process, Hide All Details..

    12/08/2011 9:28:46 AM PST · by Kieri · 12 replies
    Techdirt ^ | 12/08/2011 | Mike Masnick
    Imagine if the US government, with no notice or warning, raided a small but popular magazine's offices over a Thanksgiving weekend, seized the company's printing presses, and told the world that the magazine was a criminal enterprise with a giant banner on their building. Then imagine that it never arrested anyone, never let a trial happen, and filed everything about the case under seal, not even letting the magazine's lawyers talk to the judge presiding over the case. And it continued to deny any due process at all for over a year, before finally just handing everything back to the...
  • Liberal group Progress Michigan makes fun of lawmaker kidnapping plot

    09/25/2011 1:12:33 PM PDT · by Kieri · 11 replies
    MLive ^ | 09/25/2011 | Susan J. Demas
    Full Title: News that a lawmaker was the target of an alleged kidnapping and murder-for-hire plot sent shockwaves on Friday through Lansing and the Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference. Liberal group Progress Michigan makes fun of lawmaker kidnapping plot, takes down post after Democrat Barb Byrum named target MIRS reported that the Michigan State Police had uncovered that a prison inmate was willing to pay up to $500,000 to abduct a lawmaker. But the MSP didn't release the lawmaker's name. But the liberal group Progress Michigan was in a lighter mood, promptly posting on its Facebook page, as reported by MIRS:...
  • Westboro Baptist Church...Targets Betty Ford's Funeral (MI)

    07/10/2011 4:17:17 PM PDT · by Kieri · 19 replies
    MLive - Grand Rapids Press ^ | 07/10/2011 | Garret Ellison
    GRAND RAPIDS -- The Westboro Baptist Church -- notorious for twisting scripture to justify persecution of homosexuals and picketing at funerals -- have announced their intent to protest this week's memorial services honoring former first lady Betty Ford in Grand Rapids. On the Topeka, Kansas-based church's website, the fringe group said they will picket services on Thursday because Ford divorced her first husband William Warren prior marrying the late president Gerald R. Ford. In Westboro's eyes, that makes Ford an adulterer who "loved to sit with tawdry reporters and blather about sex." The announcement declares the group's intent to picket...
  • Nissan car secretly shares driver data with websites

    06/13/2011 8:07:08 PM PDT · by Kieri · 15 replies
    The Register ^ | 06/13/2011 | Dan Goodin
    Electric cars manufactured by Nissan surreptitiously leak detailed information about a driver's location, speed and destination to websites accessed through the vehicle's built in RSS reader, a security blogger has found. The Nissan Leaf is a 100-percent electric car that Nissan introduced seven months ago. Among its many innovations is a GSM cellular connection that lets drivers share a variety of real-time data about the car, including its location, driving history, power consumption, and battery reserves. Carwings, as the service is known, then provides a number of services designed to support “eco-driving,” such as break downs of the vehicle's energy...
  • IRS Workers to Rally in Downtown Detroit in Protest of Budget Cuts (they're union!?)

    03/30/2011 12:46:51 PM PDT · by Kieri · 15 replies
    MLive ^ | 03/30/2011 | Various
    Detroit area Internal Revenue Service employees plan to rally in support of federal employees as well as state workers in Michigan, Wisconsin and elsewhere. National Treasury Employees Union Chapter 78 President Debra Carter plans to lead dozens of IRS employees in a rally at 3 p.m. Wednesday in front of the IRS Computing Center in downtown Detroit. The union local said in a statement that members will let people know that a federal government shutdown or steep budget cuts will hurt those who rely on government services. The chapter also says state workers are facing "unprecedented attacks on their workplace...
  • Righthaven Goes After Pajamas Media, Despite DMCA Agent & Strong Fair Use Case

    02/08/2011 8:28:11 AM PST · by Kieri · 9 replies
    Techdirt ^ | 02/08/11 | Mike Masnick
    Righthaven Goes After Pajamas Media, Despite DMCA Agent & Strong Fair Use Case from the thought-righthaven-was-avoiding-those-things dept It's been a little while since we covered what newspaper copyright troll Righthaven was up to, but Eric Goldman alerts us to one recent legal filing from the operation that raises some questions. Historically, Righthaven has been careful to avoid websites that have registered a DMCA agent, knowing that under the DMCA it's supposed to issue a takedown notice before suing. However, this case, in going after the successful blog network Pajamas Media, appears to ignore the fact that Pajamas Media has registered....
  • The Crazy Civil Worker [Michigan's Human Services Dept. (YouTube)]

    01/25/2011 7:01:48 AM PST · by Kieri · 12 replies
    YouTube ^ | 01/25/11 | The04Don
    This is a 5 minute audio clip of a Detroit Human Services worker's phone mail message as well as two follow-up calls of the worker which were recorded.
  • News Conference: 3 missing boys are believed dead

    11/30/2010 8:21:04 AM PST · by Kieri · 71 replies
    WJR News Radio ^ | 11/30/10 | Self
    This is so sad.
  • John Conyers' son says items stolen from SUV, but why was he driving government vehicle?

    11/30/2010 7:17:48 AM PST · by Kieri · 55 replies · 2+ views
    MLive ^ | 11/30/10 | Johnathan Oosting
    John Conyers III, the son of U.S. Rep. John Conyers, says laptop computers and concert tickets were stolen from a government-registered vehicle last Wednesday in downtown Detroit, according to a police report obtained by Fox 2. The Congressman's son told police he parked the 2010 Cadillac Escalade at Brush Street and Congress around 11:30 p.m. When he returned an hour later, he noticed scratches on the side door and said two Apple MacBooks and $27,000 in Fillmore concert tickets had been swiped. The police report raises a number of questions. None more concerning than this: Why was the son of...
  • 99ers form a union to lobby for a Tier V of federal unemployment benefits (MI)

    09/20/2010 7:20:51 AM PDT · by Kieri · 26 replies
    MLive ^ | 09/20/10 | Jackie Headapohl
    More than 6 million Americans have been out of work for more than six months and they're stepping up efforts to join together in support of increased help from the federal government, writes Annie Lowrey of the Michigan Messenger, who's written several in-depth stories on the problem of long-term unemployment. "99ers" — those long-term unemployed who have exhausted all available 99 weeks of unemployment benefits — have formed the American 99ers Union to lobby Congress to create a Tier V of federal unemployment benefits, she reports. The coalition is comprised of a number of groups: Advocacy For the Long Term...
  • (MI) Oakland County Dems Force Resignation Over 'Fraudulent' Filings

    08/23/2010 10:32:05 AM PDT · by Kieri · 15 replies
    MLive/ ^ | 08/23/10 | Johnathan Oosting
    The Oakland County Democratic Party says it has requested and accepted the resignation of operations director Jason Bauer in the wake of accusations he notarized campaign filings for a fake Tea Party candidate. "We are saddened by this situation, but cannot condone his alleged actions," the OCDP said Sunday in a released statement. "For the sake of the organization, we must part ways effective immediately." Oakland County Clerk Ruth Johnson, a Republican candidate for secretary of state, announced the allegations against Bauer on Friday, noting she had turned over documents to the county prosecutor and Michigan Attorney General's office for...
  • Righthaven Continues To Stretch The Meaning Of Copyright Law In Filing Lawsuits

    08/12/2010 3:55:05 PM PDT · by Kieri · 16 replies
    Techdirt ^ | 08/12/10 | Mike Masnick
    Righthaven, the company "grubstaked" by the Las Vegas Review Journal, which is basically going around suing any and every site that posts any of its content, continues to up the ante in abusing copyright law. Every week, it's filing more lawsuits. We've actually been hearing from some of the sites that have been sued, and many are lawyering up to fight Righthaven, because the claims are getting increasingly ridiculous. Righthaven appears to not take into account any of the context of the pages on the sites it's suing. For example, many of the sites it's suing involve users -- not...
  • Rush Limbaugh LIVE on Frank Beckmann (Detroit - WJR)

    07/29/2010 6:20:15 AM PDT · by Kieri · 23 replies · 3+ views
    WJR News Talk Radio ^ | 07/29/10 | WJR
    Talking about his refusal to endorse the Volt on air and the NYT article.
  • Federal government eying free lunches for all students in high-poverty areas, rules for vending....

    07/08/2010 6:50:44 PM PDT · by Kieri · 51 replies
    MLive Grand Rapids Press ^ | 07/08/10 | Dave Murray
    The federal government could soon be paying for lunch for entire communities of children under a new plan in the U.S. House of Representatives. Christina A. Samuels of Education Week reports that the Improving Nutrition for America’s Children Act of 2010 would allow schools in high-poverty areas to be covered under a “community eligibility” option that allows free meals to all students without the traditional paperwork to determine eligibility. That would mean free meals for an extra 20 percent of students in Grand Rapids, where eight of 10 students already meet income levels to qualify for free or reduced-price meals....
  • Breaking: Ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick indicted on federal fraud, tax charges

    06/23/2010 1:45:24 PM PDT · by Kieri · 47 replies
    MLIVE ^ | 06/23/10 | Various
    Ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick has been indicted on federal fraud and tax charges. Federal prosecutors say the alleged scheme is related to the Kilpatrick Civic Fund, a tax-exempt fund that was supposed to pay for voter education and other purposes. Instead, Kilpatrick is accused of using it as a slush fund to take cash payments for himself, friends and relatives. In an indictment filed Wednesday, he's accused of failing to report at least $640,000 in taxable income between 2003 and 2008, which includes money, private jet flights and personal expenses paid by the civic fund. The government says he used...
  • DPS Board Pres. Resigns After Sexual Allegations

    06/18/2010 4:42:19 PM PDT · by Kieri · 24 replies · 683+ views
    Click On Detroit ^ | 06/18/10 | Various
    DETROIT -- School board members refused Friday to reinstate the group's former president, who resigned a day earlier following allegations he fondled himself repeatedly in front of the district's general superintendent. The board members gave Otis Mathis a letter stating his request for reinstatement has been denied. Vice President Anthony Adams said Friday that Mathis submitted a letter of resignation to the board Thursday afternoon -- the same day district Superintendent Teresa Gueyser filed a complaint of improper behavior. Gueyser alleges that during a meeting in her office, Mathis had his hands down his pants and was fondling himself for...
  • Princeton Demands Website Remove Kagan's Thesis (Copyright infringement?)

    05/17/2010 6:00:45 PM PDT · by Kieri · 13 replies · 725+ views
    Techdirt ^ | 05/17/10 | Mike Masnick
    Obviously, there's been lots of talk about Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan in numerous areas. There have been various reports concerning Kagan's supposed views on copyright, but those seem pretty blown out of proportion from what I've seen and in talking to folks who know Kagan. She was a big supporter of the Berkman Center at Harvard, but that was part of her job. Other than her recommendation in the Cablevision case, there doesn't seem to be much to go on. In fact, I'm considerably more concerned with the idea that one of the leading contenders for Kagan's current job...
  • Vandalism at Howell Political Office (GOP office in MI)

    03/30/2010 10:21:42 AM PDT · by Kieri · 12 replies · 596+ views
    WILX ^ | 03/30/10 | Staff
    Authorities say a brick hurled through the window of an office of the Michigan Republican Party had the words "Long Live the USA" and "God Bless the USA" scrawled on it. Michigan GOP spokeswoman Jennifer Hoff tells the Detroit Free Press that the vandalism was discovered Monday morning by staff at the office in Howell. Hoff says no was injured. Both Democratic and Republican officials nationally have reported vandalism following the passage of national health care reform bills. Detective Gary Childers of the Livingston County Sheriff's Department said the Howell incident is under investigation. He says the words on the...
  • Phony products win Energy Star Label

    03/26/2010 12:42:36 PM PDT · by Kieri · 10 replies · 571+ views
    WXYZ-TV ^ | 03/26/10 | Staff
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Fifteen phony products — including a gasoline-powered alarm clock — won the Energy Star label in a test of the program's vulnerability to fraud. A report released Friday says government investigators tried to pass off 20 fake products as energy efficient, and only two were rejected. Three others didn't get a response. The General Accountability Office concludes the program is susceptible to fraud and abuse. The program run by the Energy Department and Environmental Protection Agency is supposed to identify energy-efficient products to help consumers. Tax credits and rebates serve as incentives to buy Energy Star products....
  • DOCTOR: I'll Retire When Reform Kicks In

    03/25/2010 6:24:03 PM PDT · by Kieri · 92 replies · 2,122+ views
    WXYZ-TV ^ | 03/25/10 | Staff
    YPSILANTI, Mich. (WXYZ) - A local doctor says the new health care reform will force him to quit practicing. Dr. Dave Janda tells Action News that he can't in good conscience deny people excellent medical care so he would be forced to stop seeing patients. He says "The focus in Obamacare is cutting costs by rationing and denying care, which I believe is the most inhumane and unethical means of cutting health care costs." Dr. Janda is a highly acclaimed orthopedic surgeon specializing in repairing shoulders. He was featured on Oprah for a book he wrote on avoiding injuries, especially...
  • (Geoffrey)Fieger Mulls Another Run For Governor (MI)

    03/25/2010 6:26:59 AM PDT · by Kieri · 35 replies · 548+ views
    Click on Detroit ^ | 03/25/10 | Staff
    Fieger Mulls Another Run For Governor Prominent Attorney Is Looking At Documents To Run For Office POSTED: Wednesday, March 24, 2010 SOUTHFIELD, Mich. -- Geoffrey Fieger might run for governor of Michigan again. The attorney who rose to prominence by defending Jack Kevorkian won the Democratic party nomination and ran against incumbent Republican Gov. John Engler in 1998. Fieger lost that election. Michigan's current governor, Jennifer Granholm, is unable to run for a third term because of term limits. Fieger told WOOD-TV of Grand Rapids the state needs new leadership. "This state has a rather, in the last 20 to...
  • Bart (Stupak) gets the boot from MI Right to Life

    03/24/2010 3:44:18 PM PDT · by Kieri · 29 replies · 994+ views
    Soo Today ^ | 03/24/10 | Soo Today Staff
    NEWS RELEASE RIGHT TO LIFE OF MICHIGAN ************************* RLM-PAC rescinds Reppresentative Stupak's endorsement On Wednesday, March 24, the Right to Life of Michigan political action committee notified U.S. Representative Bart Stupak that his endorsement was rescinded. In a letter sent to Representative Stupak, the RLM-PAC qualified how the endorsement criteria was no longer met. Right to Life of Michigan Political Action Committee Director Larry Galmish said: "The letter noted the endorsement had been based on Representative Stupak's voting record, previous interview and completion of a questionnaire in which Representative Stupak indicated he would oppose any efforts to include federally funded...
  • Barack Obam(ination) and Sarah Palin set to speak in Michigan on May 1st!

    03/19/2010 4:25:12 PM PDT · by Kieri · 12 replies · 465+ views
    MLive ^ | 03/19/10 | Various
    President Barack Obama will speak to University of Michigan graduates in Ann Arbor on May 1, the same day Sarah Palin is scheduled to speak in Clarkston.
  • Monica Conyers Gets 37 Months In Prison!

    03/10/2010 12:06:34 PM PST · by Kieri · 128 replies · 5,355+ views
    WXYZ ^ | 03/10/10 | Various
    Excerpt: Monica Conyers has just been sentenced to 37 months in prison. She also received 2 years of supervised probation. Just before sentencing, Conyers screamed "If they have their tapes, I have my tapes too. I taped Rayford, I taped Riddle. You'll be fair to me or I want to withdraw my plea." She also yelled, "What about my children? They did nothing to cause this. All I did was try to help someone I fired."
  • BREAKING: FBI Raids Toyota Suppliers

    02/24/2010 12:38:07 PM PST · by Kieri · 512 replies · 15,502+ views
    WXYZ ^ | 02/24/10 | Editors
    (WXYZ) - The FBI is confirming raids at the offices of three Michigan auto suppliers who do work for Toyota. Search warrants were served Tuesday evening at Yazaki North America, DENSO International and Tokai Rika. Yazaki sells electronic components and DENSO makes accelerator pedals. Denso has released the following statement about the situation "DENSO International America, Inc. (DIAM), U.S. subsidiary of DENSO Corporation, was inspected on February 23, 2010 by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Department of Justice in regard to U.S. antitrust laws. DIAM is cooperating with this investigation." Stay with Action News and WXYZ.com...
  • BREAKING: Accused Bomber Cooperating

    02/02/2010 2:31:14 PM PST · by Kieri · 98 replies · 3,800+ views
    WXYZ-TV ^ | 02/02/10 | Various
    DETROIT (WXYZ) - ABC News has learned that the man known as the Christmas Day underwear bomber is cooperating with authorities in what may be the first steps towards reaching a plea deal. Sources tell ABC that officials are now checking out the information provided by Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab. Stay with Action News and WXYZ.com for the latest on this breaking news.
  • Flight 253 passenger: Sharp-dressed man aided terror suspect (MI)

    12/27/2009 7:19:25 AM PST · by Kieri · 82 replies · 3,455+ views
    MLive ^ | December 26, 2009, 2:22PM | Sheena Harrison
    A Michigan man who was aboard Northwest Airlines Flight 253 says he witnessed Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab trying to board the plane in Amsterdam without a passport. Kurt Haskell of Newport, Mich., who posted an earlier comment about his experience, talked exclusively with MLive.com and confirmed he was on the flight by sending a picture of his boarding pass. He and his wife, Lori, were returning from a safari in Uganda when they boarded the NWA flight on Friday. Haskell said he and his wife were sitting on the ground near their boarding gate in Amsterdam, which is when they...
  • Terror Suspect Arraigned in Hospital Bed (Detroit flight)

    12/26/2009 3:10:16 PM PST · by Kieri · 28 replies · 1,221+ views
    WXYZ-TV ^ | 12/26/09 | WXYZ-TV
    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (WXYZ) - The 23-year-old man police say tried to blow up a Delta airlines flight from Amsterdam to Detroit has been arraigned in his hospital bed at the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor. Action News reporter Peggy Agar and an Associated Press reporter were chosen to witness the arraignment. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab has been charged with attempting to destroy an aircraft and placing a destructive device onboard an aircraft. The charges were filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan in Detroit. Investigators say the Nigerian flew from his home...
  • Stimulus funds bring Mich. few private-sector jobs

    11/15/2009 8:28:10 PM PST · by Kieri · 11 replies · 554+ views
    MLive ^ | 11/15/09 | Staff
    DETROIT - An analysis by The Detroit Free Press has found that most of the federal stimulus funding that's reached Michigan has created few private-sector jobs. The Free Press examined more than 1,800 awards to agencies, departments, municipalities and firms in Michigan under the stimulus act. It found that the biggest impact was spurring or protecting public-sector or summer jobs-not private-sector jobs. Of the 22,513 stimulus jobs reported in Michigan, 13,555 were tied to state money for education, doled out to local school districts. The Free Press also reported Sunday that its analysis shows that some recipients of the stimulus...
  • Duty Calls: Mother of Five from Parma (MI) Shipping out to Afghanistan

    11/05/2009 4:41:20 AM PST · by Kieri · 10 replies · 603+ views
    Jackson Citizen Patriot ^ | 11/05/09 | Holly Klaft
    Surrounded by her family, Maj. Stella Carroll looked out over a sea of fluttering American flags Wednesday morning at Parma Elementary School. More than 400 tiny voices greeted the mother of five with the national anthem and other patriotic songs, and the children presented her with letters calling her a hero. Carroll, who has served in the U.S. Army Reserves for more than 20 years, will leave Saturday for a year-long tour in Kandahar, Afghanistan. "We want you to know how much we respect and appreciate you," Parma Elementary School Principal Sue Haney told Carroll during the send-off ceremony at...
  • Sarah Palin Will Begin "Going Rogue" Book Tour In Grand Rapids (MI)!

    11/04/2009 11:26:28 AM PST · by Kieri · 32 replies · 1,892+ views
    MLive/Grand Rapids Press ^ | 11/04/09 | Various
    GRAND RAPIDS-- Sarah Palin will be coming to the Woodland Mall Barnes & Noble store in Grand Rapids Nov. 18, her first stop on a tour promoting her book "Going Rogue." The Associated Press reports Palin's tour will begin the day after the book is released and two days after she is interviewed by Oprah Winfrey. A local Barnes & Noble spokesperson confirmed Palin will be at the Woodland store at 3670 28th St SE. Palin, the former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate, will make appearances around the country. HarperCollins spokeswoman Tina Andreadis said Wednesday that the tour will...
  • (MI Gov) Granholm Wants you to Shake Your Mailbox (not a joke)

    10/24/2009 6:55:08 PM PDT · by Kieri · 59 replies · 2,341+ views
    WXYZ ^ | 10/24/09 | Various
    <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's governor wants you to give your mailbox a good shake.</p> <p>Jennifer Granholm has proclaimed Saturday "Shake Your Mailbox Day" in Michigan.</p>
  • (MI) Economically Battered State Without a Budget

    09/30/2009 9:14:49 PM PDT · by Kieri · 16 replies · 808+ views
    WXYZ-TV ^ | 10/01/09 | WXYZ-TV
    LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- With a midnight deadline that's come and gone, Michigan lawmakers continue to struggle to craft a spending plan, leaving many of those with a stake in how the budget turns out as uncertain as they were the day before. A deal to fill a nearly $3 billion shortfall with federal recovery dollars and more than $1 billion in cuts fell through, as many lawmakers discovered they couldn't stomach deep cuts to schools and local services such as police and fire protection in the stricken state. Michigan already is struggling with the nation's highest unemployment rate, a...
  • (MI) Penske Terminates Saturn Talks

    09/30/2009 1:53:31 PM PDT · by Kieri · 21 replies · 1,134+ views
    WXYZ-TV ^ | 09/30/09 | Various
    BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. (WXYZ) - The Penske Automotive Group has announced that it has terminated talks with GM on acquiring the Saturn brand. Penske says negotiations with GM regarding the future supply of vehicles caused the breakdown in talks. G In a statement issued by General Motors, the company is very disappointed about Penske's decision. This will ultimately be the end for the Saturn brand as GM prepares to wind down production and dealership network. STATEMENT FROM GENERAL MOTORS: Today we learned that Penske Automotive Group (PAG) has decided to terminate discussions with General Motors to acquire Saturn. This is...
  • John Conyers Calls for Investigation into ACORN, Whether Congress Cut Funding Early

    09/22/2009 11:57:04 AM PDT · by Kieri · 25 replies · 1,178+ views
    MLive ^ | 09/22/09 | Jonathan Oosting
    U.S. Reps, John Conyers (D-Detroit) and Barney Frank (D-Mass.) on Tuesday wrote a letter to the Congressional Research Service requesting an investigation of ACORN, the anti-poverty group whose employees in Baltimore recently were caught on hidden camera offering questionable advice to conservative activists posing as a prostitute and pimp. In the letter, Conyers and Frank ask the nonpartisan research group to look into ACORN's alleged misbehavior, including funding violations and alleged voter registration irregularities. But they also question whether Congress' swift move to cut the group's funding was unconstitutional. Specifically, Conyers and Frank ask whether the funding cuts qualify as...
  • (MI) Troy 'Tea Party' Gathers Outside Peters' Office

    09/21/2009 4:11:52 PM PDT · by Kieri · 4 replies · 609+ views
    WXYZ-TV ^ | 09/21/09 | Various
    TROY, Mich. (WXYZ) - Hundreds opposed to President Barack Obama's proposed health care initiatives gathered outside Rep. Gary Peters' office in Troy Monday to voice their displeasure and concern. The "tea party" participants sported signs showing their opposition to the health care overhaul the president is trying to pass through congress. Rep. Peters, a Democrat, was not at his Troy office during the protest. A spokesperson says Peters is still not sure which version of the bill he will support, but he is glad to see Americans voicing their opinions and beliefs on the issue.
  • (MI) Two Local Child Care Workers Suing State (for unionizing day care providers!)

    09/21/2009 3:55:00 PM PDT · by Kieri · 4 replies · 1,091+ views
    Petoskey News ^ | 09/21/09 | Noah Fowle
    A pair of local child care workers are suing the state over their mandatory inclusion into a union. Following a December 2008 notification letter from the state, child care workers began paying union dues to the Child Care Providers Together Michigan, an arm under the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees and United Auto Workers, because they receive subsidy checks from the Michigan Department of Human Services for caring for children of low income families. But Petoskey residents Sherry Loar and Dawn Ives said they never asked to be part of a union and contacted the Mackinaw Center...
  • Company Hosting Joe Wilson Fundraising Site Recovers from DDoS Attack

    09/15/2009 11:42:39 AM PDT · by Kieri · 12 replies · 788+ views
    Computerworld ^ | 09/15/09 | Jaikumar Vijayan
    Computerworld - A company providing online payment-processing services for U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) is back online after being disrupted by a distributed denial-of-service attack over the weekend. The attack on Piryx began Friday afternoon and lasted into the early hours of Saturday morning, temporarily disrupting a Wilson fundraising effort that was under way at that time, Piryx CEO Tom Serres said. It also knocked out services for about 150 other Piryx clients, he said. Piryx is a nonpartisan Austin-based start-up that provides services to help political candidates and nonprofits manage online campaigns and fundraising.
  • (MI) Prosecutor: Anti-Abortion Activist Killed For Beliefs

    09/11/2009 3:32:23 PM PDT · by Kieri · 45 replies · 2,118+ views
    WILX ^ | 09/11/09 | Lauren Zakalik
    He was known for his outspoken anti-abortion protests all around Owosso. "When I went into town, you'd often see him on his corner," says friend Ron Ackals. And as he was picketing Friday morning outside Owosso High School, prosecutors say 63-year-old James Pouillon was gunned down-- shot up to 10 times-- by a drive-by shooter targeting the man for his message. When 33-year-old suspect Harlan Drake was apprehended at his home, police learned more. "Upon his arrest, he made statements he'd been involved in another homicide that day," says Owosso Police Chief Michael Compeau. That led them to another crime...
  • (MI) Granholm gives state workers 30-day layoff notice

    08/28/2009 7:16:32 PM PDT · by Kieri · 10 replies · 841+ views
    MLive ^ | 08/28/09 | MLive
    (AP) — LANSING, Mich. - Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm has given state employee unions a required 30-day notice of layoffs in case a budget deal is not reached by Oct. 1. The layoff notices were sent to the unions Friday. Granholm spokeswoman Liz Boyd says the governor does not expect a government shutdown and plans to have a budget in place on time. The 30-day notice is required under collective bargaining contracts because money has not been appropriated for the fiscal year that starts Oct. 1. The Democratic governor and lawmakers so far have been unable to agree on how...
  • (MI) Yes, Some Were Bussed In For Jackson Health Care Rally Last Week

    08/19/2009 5:53:00 AM PDT · by Kieri · 67 replies · 2,416+ views
    Jackson Citizen Patriot / MLive ^ | 08/19/09 | Chris Gautz
    Chris Gautz column: Yes, some were bused in for health-care rally in Jackson last week by Chris Gautz | Jackson Citizen Patriot Tuesday August 18, 2009, 11:46 PM CHRIS GAUTZ Several readers have criticized the Citizen Patriot's coverage of last week's health care rally outside U.S. Rep. Mark Schauer's office, where hundreds came out — both to support and oppose — President Barack Obama's reform plan. The chief criticism was that we failed to mention that some supporters were bused in from around the state. It is true, and it wasn't included in the original story, but not because we...
  • Outsourcing Legacy Upgrades -- Knees, Hips, Looks -- to India

    08/15/2009 8:55:19 AM PDT · by Kieri · 3 replies · 395+ views
    Computerworld ^ | 08/14/09 | Patrick Thibodeau
    The entire article is well worth the read but this is the most important information: " U.S insurers are beginning to test programs to pay for elective medical work overseas. The incentive for patients may include elimination of deductibles and travel for a spouse, as well as paying the cost of hotel and travel. In these insurance programs, the operative words are "non-emergency" and "cost-effective," according to Dr. Virginia Cardin, a senior healthcare consultant with Frost & Sullivan. The latter involves measuring immediate outcomes and required follow-up care that would be done in the U.S. "
  • (MI) Dearborn Museum Could Get Helen Thomas Sculpture (Not from the Onion)

    08/14/2009 4:15:33 PM PDT · by Kieri · 33 replies · 907+ views
    MLive ^ | 08/14/09 | MLive
    DEARBORN, Mich. - The Arab American National Museum in Dearborn could land a sculpture of veteran White House correspondent Helen Thomas. Spokeswoman Kim Silarski said Friday the museum, which already displays one of Thomas' vintage typewriters, was approached by former White House photographer Susan Tinsley McElhinney. McElhinney sculpted a clay version of a Thomas bust. Donations are being sought for the tribute. Thomas was born to Lebanese immigrants in Winchester, Ky., and raised in Detroit, where she graduated from Wayne State University. The longtime United Press International reporter now is a Heart Newspapers columnist. Thomas turned 89 on Aug. 4,...
  • U.S. Rep. Mark Schauer's Decision Not To Have Town Hall Meeting Fuels Plans for Rallies (MI)

    08/10/2009 6:27:08 AM PDT · by Kieri · 20 replies · 1,015+ views
    MLive - Jackson Citizen Patriot ^ | 08/09/09 | Chris Gautz
    U.S. Rep. Mark Schauer's decision not to have town hall meeting fuels plans for rallies by Chris Gautz | Jackson Citizen Patriot Sunday August 09, 2009, 10:54 PM Members of Congress across the nation are getting lambasted over health-care reform, and U.S. Rep. Mark Schauer is no exception. Three protests, organized by the Jackson County Republican Party, are scheduled to take place outside his Jackson district office this month. The party's chief complaint is Schauer's decision not to have a town hall meeting this month. Schauer's office maintains he's more than available — he's had 17 town halls in the...
  • Michigan unemployment Rate Soars to 15.1%

    07/15/2009 12:09:23 PM PDT · by Kieri · 122 replies · 2,440+ views
    WLNS ^ | 07/15/09 | Various
    Michigan's unemployment rate for June of 2009 jumped to 15.2%. That's a 1.1% increase over the prior month. Rates usually climb or fall by a few tenths of a percent. It's rare to see such a substantial increase or decrease. But experts say the struggling economy combined with the ailing auto market means Michigan has been hit harder than other states. We'll have much more on the numbers and what it means for Michigan tonight on 6 News at 5 and 6.
  • Judge Says Blogs Not Legitimate News Source, No Shield Protections

    07/07/2009 6:49:41 AM PDT · by Kieri · 35 replies · 1,205+ views
    Techdirt ^ | 07/07/09 | Various
    from the seems-to-leave-a-lot-of-leeway dept Back in May we wrote about a lawsuit questioning whether or not a blogger could use journalism shield laws to protect a source who sent her info she used for a blog post. The company the info was about is suing her for slander (which is odd, since slander is usually spoken, while libel is written). The woman, Shellee Hale tried to claim that she was protected under New Jersey's shield law, which allows a journalist to protect sources. In writing about this case originally, we pointed out that the judge in question clearly did not...
  • "Tea-ed Off" In Lansing (MI)

    07/04/2009 3:39:13 PM PDT · by Kieri · 7 replies · 766+ views
    WILX ^ | 07/04/09 | Chris Sutter
    "Tea-ed off" and ready to speak their mind. That's the way hundreds of Michiganders chose to spend their 4th of July. "As we celebrate our independence, we're re-declaring our independence from big government," Joan Fabiano, organizer of the event, says. In fact, folks say they're looking to follow in the footsteps of our founding fathers by throwing off the reins of what they say is an oppressive government. "We need to have our state represent us the most with the government handling things such as security," Supporter, Raedeane Middleton explains. "They're taking tax dollars and spending them the way we...
  • MI in talks about California Prisoners

    06/29/2009 3:27:24 PM PDT · by Kieri · 54 replies · 1,695+ views
    ClickOnDetriot ^ | 06/29/09 | Various
    LANSING, Mich. -- Empty Michigan prisons could become home to hundreds of California inmates if a deal can be struck. Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm sent a letter Monday to California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger formally offering space for some of the inmates California is running out of room to house to Michigan. Download: Ganholm Letter To Schwarzenegger Michigan plans to close two prisons by the end of September. They are the Standish Maximum Correctional facility about 145 miles northwest of Detroit and a medium-security prison in Muskegon, about 45 miles northwest of Grand Rapids. Michigan could save the jobs of about...