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Hank Greenberg of the Detroit Tigers became the first Jewish player inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. Over a 13-season career, he hit 331 home runs and batted .313. He lost more than three seasons due to his service in World War II.
On January 25, 1945, Grand Rapids became the first city in the world to add fluoride to its public water supply. The city, along with the U.S. Public Health Service, the Michigan Department of Health, and the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, began a ten-year study to determine the effectiveness of fluoride in the prevention of tooth decay, The city was chosen as a test site because of its large population of school-age children; its closeness to Lake Michigan, which is mostly free of natural fluoride; and its proximity to Muskegon, which served as the control city. By 1955 the study had shown a sixty-five percent reduction in tooth decay and led to the adoption of fluoridation as a accepted public health measure.
Source : The Beginning of Water Fluoridation, Michigan Historical Markers Website.
Source: Michigan History, January/February 2011.
For more information, see Water flouoridation wikipedia entry
For another article, see Eric D. Lawrence, "Some say fluoride fights decay, others say it's a hazard in water", Detroit Free Press, June 26, 2011. "In a dramatic reversal of a public health initiative aimed at stopping tooth decay in 1951, city commissioners voted 6-0 last month to stop fluoridation. The action, which city officials say would save more than $40,000 per year, comes as debate over fluoride's benefits versus its possible adverse effects -- ranging from spotted teeth to suspicions that it increases the risk of bone cancer -- has gained new attention."
Children in Michigan’s high-poverty districts – including Grand Rapids Public Schools – are more likely than students in affluent areas to have first-year teachers who are paid lower wages, according to new federal data.
The data, which examined select high-poverty districts, shows that 5.8 percent of teachers at GRPS were in their first year.
Cited report : Educator Equity Profile, Michigan, Based on 2011-2012 Data, U.S. Department of Education.
For the full article, see Brian McVicar, "New federal report shows how GRPS, high-poverty schools stack up to affluent districts", MLive, January 24, 2015.
Gov. Rick Snyder hopes to resuscitate legislation that would protect gay and transgender residents from discrimination, while LGBT advocates explore asking voters to pass the bill since it’s unlikely to clear the GOP-led Legislature.
In his State of the State speech, the Republican governor called for continued discussion over amending Michigan’s civil rights law to prohibit discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents in employment, housing and places open to the public.
“Let’s show that we can deal with issues of discrimination in our state,” Snyder said, drawing applause from Democrats and some Republicans.
But after Tuesday’s address, new GOP House Speaker Kevin Cotter of Mount Pleasant told reporters that he sees no need for more debate after the business-backed legislation stalled in November without a vote.
The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision to take up constitutional challenges to a gay marriage ban in Michigan, however, may intensify pressure on lawmakers from both the LGBT community and social conservatives.
For the full article, see David Eggert, "Gay marriage may affect discrimination, religion bills", Detroit News, January 24, 2015.
Super Bowl XVI is held at the Pontiac Silverdome.
Ray Wersching kicked four field goals and Joe Montana's controlled passing helped the San Francisco 49ers win their first NFL championship with a 26-21 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals. The game was held at the Pontiac Silverdome, 25 miles from downtown Detroit. It was the first time a Super Bowl was held in a cold-weather climate; the previous 15 games had been held in warm climates.
Source : Today in Michigan History courtesy of the Clarke Historical Library at Central Michigan University.
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