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  • State Demands Child Take Cancer-Causing Drugs

    03/23/2012 6:54:30 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies · 1+ views
    WND ^ | March 16, 2012 | Bob Unruh
    In what is being seen as a preview of a fully implemented Obamacare, government officials in Michigan are demanding that a 9-year-old child follow standard procedure and take a dangerous course of cancer medications that can cause additional cancer – even though the boy has had three scans indicating an absence of the disease. The case is being fought on behalf of Ken and Erin Stieler and their son Jacob by attorneys with the Home School Legal Defense Association. The organization concerns itself with home school rights, responsibilities and restrictions but also intercedes in cases that could have a significant...
  • Would-be Robber Taken Out by Store Customer(MI)

    03/23/2012 3:30:27 PM PDT · by marktwain · 22 replies · 1+ views
    fox17online.com ^ | 23 March, 2012 | Jason Volentine
    A man walked into Spike N' Mike's Party Store around 10:00 a.m. Thursday morning, intending to rob the place, according to the store's owner. The suspect, identified by a relative as Robert Slanger, didn't count on a vigilant, mixed-martial arts trained customer stepping in, however. "I look at the cashier, I kind of know him, I come in there every day. I whispered to him, I mouthed to him, 'Are you getting robbed right now?' He said, 'Yeah,' like really scared," said Zack Thome, the GVSU college student who tackled the suspect. The store, located at the busy corner of...
  • 21 Sterling Heights police command officers suspended

    03/23/2012 4:28:10 AM PDT · by equaviator · 17 replies · 1+ views
    Oakland Daily Tribune ^ | 3/22/2012 | Gordon Wilczynski
    Twenty-one Sterling Heights police command officers have been suspended 10 to 30 days for the inaccurate submission of time cards. Police Chief Michael Reese could not be reached for comment, but he made his feelings clear at a City Council meeting Tuesday evening. A report, released by Internal Affairs Lt. Luke Riley on Wednesday to The Macomb Daily under the Freedom of Information Act, said the suspensions range from 30 days for lieutenants to 10-day suspensions for sergeants. Riley said the officers violated a department manual of rules that stipulates they are required to submit accurate timecards. The suspensions were...
  • Ten questions for the Council on American Islamic Relations

    03/22/2012 3:09:45 PM PDT · by LSUfan · 4 replies
    FreePressers ^ | 22 March 2012 | Brigitte Gabriel and Frank Gaffney
    The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) has launched a propaganda campaign attacking a state legislative initiative that is designed to protect the constitutional rights of all Americans, including Muslims. That initiative is known as American Laws for American Courts (ALAC).
  • Radio campaign next step against Rush Limbaugh

    03/22/2012 7:29:39 AM PDT · by shove_it · 51 replies · 11+ views
    Yahoo via AP ^ | 22 Mar 2012 | DAVID BAUDER
    NEW YORK (AP) — Rush Limbaugh's opponents are starting a radio campaign against him Thursday, seizing upon the radio star's attack of a Georgetown law student as a "slut" to make a long-term effort aimed at weakening his business. The liberal Media Matters for America is using a past campaign against Glenn Beck as a template. In Limbaugh, however, they're going after bigger game. He's already fighting back and the group's stance has provoked concerns that an effort to silence someone for objectionable talk is in itself objectionable. Media Matters is spending at least $100,000 for two advertisements that will...
  • Political leaders fight to prevent Selfridge cuts

    03/21/2012 2:55:39 AM PDT · by equaviator · 12 replies
    Macomb Daily ^ | March 20, 2012 | Chad Selweski
    In an atmosphere more like a pep rally than a press conference, County Executive Mark Hackel told a group of business, community and military leaders today that the widespread regional opposition to cuts proposed at Selfridge Air National Guard Base will pay off. “I would be shocked if those cuts go through, because of the commitment of the people out there in Macomb County and across the region,” said Hackel, addressing a crowd of about 60 people in Chesterfield Township prior to the monthly meeting of the Selfridge Base and Community Council. At the same time, in Washington Sen. Carl...
  • Tornadoes Rip Through Michigan, Destroy or Damage Over 100 Homes

    03/16/2012 9:46:49 AM PDT · by shove_it · 23 replies
    Yahoo via ABC ^ | 16 Mar 2012 | KEVIN DOLAK
    Three reported tornadoes tore through southeastern Michigan Thursday, destroying 13 homes and leaving 105 houses significantly damaged, while downing power lines, sparking fires and flooding streets in Dexter, Mich. Sheriff's spokesman Derrick Jackson said there were no reports of serious injuries or fatalities. A tornado touchdown was reported in Dexter and the surrounding area northwest of Ann Arbor, Michigan Thursday night, according to Marc Breckenridge, director of Emergency Management for Washtenaw County. The National Weather Service said a "significant'' tornado touched down in Washtenaw County at about 5:15 p.m., and there were over 200 reports of severe weather Thursday from...
  • Flint Police violated man's rights by kicking him out of meeting, gun-rights adovcates say(MI)

    03/15/2012 6:46:23 PM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies
    mlive.com ^ | 15 March, 2012 | Gary Ridley
    FLINT, Michigan -- A spokesperson for a national organization that supports the open carry of firearms said Flint Police violated the rights of a man who authorities asked to leave the State of the City Address at City Hall because he was wearing a pistol strapped to his side in plain view. Spokespeople from groups that advocate open carry firearm rights said Flint Police violated the rights of an Occupy Flint protestor when they asked him to leave the State of the City Address on Monday at City Hall because he was carrying a firearm. "This is clearly a violation...
  • PHOTOS: Tornado Pics & Damage Images (Dexter, MI)

    WXYZ) - An intense line of storms is bringing tornadoes rain, winds and hail to southeast Michigan.
  • When Is Quoting Van Halen a Crime?(FIRE,gun)

    03/15/2012 2:36:40 AM PDT · by marktwain · 63 replies
    reason.com ^ | 14 March, 2012 | Jacob Sullum
    This week Gary D. Russi, president of Oakland University in Michigan, rejected a request from the Foundation for Inividual Rights in Education (FIRE) to reconsider the three-semester suspension imposed on a student for commenting on the attractiveness of his creative writing instructor in a journal he maintained as part of the course. The "daybook" was supposed to be "a place for a writer to try out ideas and record impressions and observations," including "freewriting/brainstorming" and "creative entries." The student, Joseph Corlett, says his instructor, Pamela Mitzelfeld, repeatedly assured him that no topic was off limits, which turned out to be...
  • Bad Karma: Our Fisker Karma Plug-in Hybrid Breaks Down

    03/09/2012 7:03:51 AM PST · by RetroSexual · 27 replies
    Consumer Reports, via Yahoo ^ | March 8, 2012 | Consumer Reports Staff
    Our Fisker Karma cost us $107,850. It is super sleek, high-tech—and now it’s broken. We have owned our car for just a few days; it has less than 200 miles on its odometer. While doing speedometer calibration runs on our test track (a procedure we do for every test car before putting it in service by driving the car at a constant 65 mph between two measured points), the dashboard flashed a message and sounded a “bing“ showing a major fault. Our technician got the car off the track and put it into Park to go through the owner’s manual...
  • Fisker Karma car dies in Consumer Reports testing [Another green machine bites the dust]

    03/08/2012 11:17:18 PM PST · by Zakeet · 34 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 8, 2012 | Ben Klayman
    A $100,000-plus Fisker Automotive luxury sports car died during Consumer Reports speed testing this week for reasons that are still unknown, leaving the struggling electric car startup with another blow to its image. "It is a little disconcerting that you pay that amount of money for a car and it lasts basically 180 miles before going wrong," David Champion, senior director for the magazine's automotive test center, told Reuters, on Thursday. In a statement, Fisker said it was assessing the source of the problem that caused its Karma plug-in hybrid to fail. Fisker dispatched two engineers Wednesday night to...
  • Karma Comedian: Obama's 'Undriveable' Electric Car

    03/12/2012 6:02:22 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 27 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | March 12, 2012 | IBD editorials
    Industrial Policy: A leading consumer product testing firm takes one of the administration's dream green cars for a spin and had to call a gasoline-powered flatbed truck to tow the lemon away. At least it can go from zero to $529 million in stimulus dollars in nothing flat. When the testers at Consumer Reports took it for a test drive, not only was the $107,850 dream car unable to complete the evaluation, but also it had to be towed away, a visible metaphor for the Obama administration's green energy failures. In a test conducted last Wednesday by Consumer Reports magazine,...
  • Live Election Results From Mississippi

    03/13/2012 5:50:30 PM PDT · by katiedidit1 · 32 replies · 1+ views
    CBS ^ | 3/13/2012 | ANON
    Republican Results Mar. 13, 2012| Polls Close: 8:00 pm ET County Results » Exit Poll » 7of 1,889Precincts Reporting | ★ = Projected Winner | Delegates = Estimated Delegate Count Read more: http://www.cbsnews.com/primary-election-results-2012/state.shtml?state=MS#ixzz1p31az74e
  • 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...
  • Ann Arbor 5th-graders find black doll in tree with chain around neck

    03/13/2012 1:57:41 PM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 40 replies
    annarbor.com ^ | 3-13-2012 | Danielle Arndt
    A black doll with a chain around its neck was discovered hanging from a tree on Ann Arbor Public Schools property Tuesday, according to an email from the elementary school’s principal. A group of six to seven fifth-grade girls at Burns Park Elementary found the doll while outside on recess. District Spokeswoman Liz Margolis said the doll was stuck in between two high limbs in a tree on the east side of the school’s property. She said the position of the doll did not resemble a hanging. A few of the girls that discovered the doll were black, Margolis said....
  • Detroit Unveils New 9-1-1 Policy: No Serious Danger? You’ll Get Transferred

    03/13/2012 11:51:36 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 27 replies
    The Blaze ^ | March 12, 2012 | Jonathon M. Seidl
    The Detroit Police Department unveiled a new 9-1-1 policy recently, and it’s got some people worried. Why? Because unless there seems to be an imminent threat, callers will get transferred to a crime reporting unit. “This is how it works,” WJBK-TV explains. “If you’ve been held up and the gunman is long gone, or you’ve been assaulted but not too badly, or your home has been broken into, that’s not 911 anymore. They’ll transfer you or you can call the Telephone Crime Reporting Unit yourself at 313-267-4600.”
  • Rep. Tim Walberg could face challenge from former Rep. Joe Schwarz, newsletter says

    03/13/2012 6:06:55 AM PDT · by cripplecreek · 33 replies · 1+ views
    Bob Wheaton | jwheaton@mlive.com ^ | March 12, 2012 | Bob Wheaton
    Michigan Democrats are trying to convince former Rep. Joe Schwarz to run, Dave Wasserman, U.S. House editor for the newsletter, said on Twitter on Monday evening. He cited unnamed Michigan sources, who said the Democrats are "close" to getting Schwarz to run against Walberg. Walberg, R-Tipton, represents the 7th Congressional District that includes Jackson County. Schwarz, of Battle Creek, lost to Walberg in the 2006 Republican primary. Schwarz lives outside the district now that boundary lines have been redrawn. But U.S. House candidates are not required to live in a district to represent it.
  • Selfridge Air National Guard council blasts Carl Levin on base cuts

    03/13/2012 3:03:48 AM PDT · by equaviator · 11 replies · 1+ views
    Macomb Daily ^ | March 12, 2012 | Chad Selweski
    In a scathing letter from the Selfridge Base Council, the civilians who assist the Air National Guard Base blasted U.S. Sen. Carl Levin for failing to take a firm stand against Pentagon cuts planned for the facility. The letter from the 10-member council questions Levin’s allegiances and claims that the senator’s staff has snubbed them. The Base Council also warns that the plans to eliminate the 24-plane 107th Fighter Squadron would inevitably lead to the closure of the 3,600-acre Harrison Township base. “Your office has led us to believe that you support the president’s budget and we are not satisfied...
  • Jackson County committee OKs policy to allow employees to carry guns at work(MI)

    03/12/2012 10:14:11 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    mlive.com ^ | 12 March, 2012 | Brad Flory
    JACKSON — Jackson County may soon become the first government body in Michigan, as far as it knows, to let employees to carry concealed pistols at work. A revised policy on workplace violence would essentially end a work rule against guns by allowing employees and contractors to carry pistols on county property if they have a license to carry a concealed weapon. Despite disagreement from county department heads, many commissioners appear to believe they should not interfere with employees' rights to carry guns if properly licensed. "I think its a constitutional right," said Commissioner David Elwell, chief of the Columbia...