Can't get enough of the Supremes?
Starting Tuesday, the Michigan Supreme Court will begin live streaming all oral arguments and proceedings. According to Chief Justice Robert Young, live streaming is "a natural extension of this Court's commitment to transparency. We are using technology to improve public service. If the public can see this Court in action -- now from their own PCs and in the convenient settings of home, office or school -- they will be better informed about their government."
The Supreme Court has long made its hearings available outside the Hall of Justice, broadcasting its oral arguments and other proceedings via Michigan Government Television beginning in 1996; MGTV ceased broadcasting in December 2012.
The Court also offers archived video of its hearings on the State Bar of Michigan’s “Virtual Court” page at http://michbar.org/courts/virtualcourt.cfm . In addition, the Court holds oral arguments outside Lansing twice a year as part of its “Court Community Connections” program.
Case summaries, prepared by the Court’s Office of Public Information, are online with briefs in the cases at http://courts.mi.gov/Courts/MichiganSupremeCourt/Clerks/Oral-Arguments/Pages/default.aspx .
The court's live streaming can be seen here.
Source : Michigan Newswire, March 4, 2013.
For the full article, see "Supreme Streaming Starts Tomorrow", Inside MIRS Today, March 4, 2013.
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The fifth year of Gilda's LaughFest Festival in Grand Rapids, Michigan, is being held March 5-15, 2015.
Headliner's for the community-wide festival of laughter include comedians George Lopez, Patton Oswalt, Wanda Sykes, and .LaughFest veterans Bo Burnham, YouTube star and singer/songwriter comedian; Pete Holmes, who will be perform two shows and record a live podcast; and Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood of Whose Line Is It Anyway? Additional acts include Lavell Crawford ("Breaking Bad"), Billy Gardell (CBS' "Mike and Molly") and stand-up comedian and podcaster Brian Posehn.
Gilda's Club is named for Saturday Night comedian Gilda Radner, who wrote the book "It's Always Something." After Gilda died of ovarian cancer in 1989, her husband, comedian Gene Wilder, and cancer therapist Joanna Bull started Gilda's Club to support people afflicted with cancer. Attendees can enjoy the hilarity of the comedians while supporting a good cause. Proceeds from LaughFest, which has averaged 55,000 attendees per year since its 2011 inception, go to support the free cancer, grief and emotional health programs offered through Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids.
Over the past four years, the Grand Rapids LaughFest has set out to grab Guinness World Records as part of its festivities.
In 2015 the festival will attempt to set a record for the most people wearing paper crowns.
In 2014 LaughFest set a new record for the most people wearing sunglasses in the dark with 1,675 certified participants.
In 2013 1,532 people donned fake mustaches to smoke the previous 648 set at an event sponsored by the St. Louis Rams. That record was soon surpassed.
In 2012, 607 people wore chicken beaks and performed the chicken dance to set the record for the greatest number of people wearing animal noses at once. LaughFest still holds that record.
LaughFest opened in 2011 with a rubber chicken toss in downtown Grand Rapids. A total of 925 faux fowl were thrown, shattering ring the previous record of 265 set near Boston. That record has since been surpassed.
For more information, see LaughFest
For an article, see Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk, "LaughFest 2015 plans crowning achievement to set new Guinness World Record", MLive, February 24, 2015.
Thirteen escaped or freed slaves petition the legislature to start a church. Their efforts lead to the formation of the Second Baptist Church – the first African American church in Detroit. Its members met in various halls and schools until 1857, when the group purchased the Zion Reformed Evangelical Church on the site of the present Second Baptist Church.
Source : Michigan is Amazing
You had to be careful what you published in early Michigan. Detroit Gazette editor John P. Sheldon was fined for writing articles critical of the territorial courts, and jailed when he refused to pay. What would they have done with Rush Limbaugh?
Source : Historical Society of Michigan.
The latest 2014 Creative State Michigan Report from Creative Many Michigan, formerly ArtServe Michigan, reveals that $2.5 billion in state tourism revenues were had in 2012 among the state's 407 nonprofit arts and cultural organizations.
The report also indicates, among other things, $595 million-worth of annual expenditures, a 15 percent increase in arts and cultural jobs from 2007 to 2012, and a 65 percent increase in arts-related businesses from 2007 to 2012.
Source : Gongwer News Service : Michigan Report, Volume #54, Report 45, March 4, 2015. Full access requires a subscription or a visit to a subscribing library such as the Michigan State University Main Library. For assistance in accessing the database, stop by the MSU Library Reference Desk.
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