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The Detroit Lions, previously known as the Portsmouth (Ohio) Spartans, played their first National Football Leage game, beating the New York Giants 9-0 at the University of Detroit stadium before a crowd of 12,000. During that season, the Lions won their first 10 games and hosted the Chicago Bears on Thanksgiving Day, beginning a holiday home-game tradition that continues to this day.
Michigan Historical Calendar, courtesy of the Clarke Historical Library at Central Michigan University.
Detroit Historical Society
On this day, the city of Detroit purchased Belle Island with the hope of creating a grand park that might eventually rival New York City's Central Park. In more recent times, the state of Michigan has offered to lease Belle Island in the hope of rehabilitating the island as a state park, but the city of Detroit has been balking.
Source: Michigan Every Day.
For more information, see
Detroit's Belle Isle : island park gem / Michael Rodriguez and Thomas Featherstone. Chicago, IL : Arcadia Pub., c2003.
Island in the city : Belle Isle, Detroit's beautiful island : how Belle Isle changed Detroit forever / compiled and written by Janet Anderson ; [cover and book design, Janet Adnerson with assistance from Robert Anderson, Jr. ; graphics, Ann Bentson]. [Detroit : Heitman-Garand Co.?], c2001.
Schauer, Snyder Agree To Debate
A televised town hall-style debate between Governor Rick Snyder and his Democratic rival Mark Schauer will be held on Sunday, October 12, meaning the candidates will face off at least once in a televised event during the 2014 campaign.
McLaren Bill Scheduled For Hearing, Likely To Move Quickly
A bill sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville that would essentially allow McLaren Health System to build a new facility in Oakland County is up for discussion in the Senate Government Operations Committee on Tuesday, and it may move quickly.
Corrections Officer Shortage Swelling
A switch in the past year to supplying the state's prisons with corrections officers trained at community colleges instead of through a Department of Corrections-run academy so far is not producing enough new officers, leading to 500 current vacancies and 60 new ones every month. The cause is two-fold. Departures are occurring in larger numbers as many of those hired during the prison build-up of the 1980s reach retirement eligibility. And the cost of tuition, roughly $4,000, to take the training at community colleges, coupled with just five of the state's 28 community colleges offering the courses, means not enough are enrolling. The department's academy was free to trainees.
State GOP Adopts March Presidential Primary, Legislature Not Yet Moving
The Michigan Republican State Committee over the weekend adopted a March 15, 2016, presidential nominating contest, but the GOP-run Legislature, which would need to pass legislation to make it official, does not appear concerned with the matter before the election.
New E-Cigarettes Legislation To Stay In Finance
Legislation that would make sweeping changes to the state's tobacco laws with regard to e-cigarette taxation and regulation will stay in the Senate Finance Committee after all, Amber McCann, spokesperson Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville, said on Monday.
Republican Justice Candidates Have More Funds On Hand
The three Republican-nominated candidates for the Supreme Court are sitting on more money as they go into the final six weeks of the 2014 election campaign, according to the reports filed Monday. But Richard Bernstein, nominated by Democrats for one of the two eight-year seats open on the Supreme Court, also has lent his campaign $400,000, giving him overall a big cash boost over the other candidates.
Schuette, Johnson Retain Big Cash Advantages
Republican Attorney General Bill Schuette and Republican Secretary of State Ruth Johnson still have huge edges in campaign cash over their Democratic opponents, campaign finance reports filed Monday showed.
Wolf Hunt Opponents Planning Challenge To New Law
Opponents of wolf hunting are hoping to yet resurrect the referenda they were able to get on the November ballot with a challenge to the latest law on the issue.
Report: Child Care Support Insufficient
Michigan is not offering enough assistance to low-income working families to ensure they have quality child care options, the Michigan League for Public Policy said in a report issued Monday. The state is working to improve the quality of child care offerings, but it does not have enough inspectors to ensure they are meeting standards, and funds for reimbursements have dropped 70 percent in the last 10 years, the report, Failure to Invest in High-Quality Child Care Hurts Children and State's Economy, said.
Report: Employment 'Dismal' For Workers With Disabilities
Michigan workers with disabilities, particularly those with developmental disabilities, have consistently higher unemployment and underemployment rates than the general public. And some 8,000 residents of the state are working at as little as $2.75 an hour, said Elmer Cerano, executive director of the Michigan Protection and Advocacy Service. Some workers with disabilities earn even less, some less than $1 an hour. The report said that 60 percent of disabled individuals, including those with intellectual and developmental disabilities, want to work, but just 17 percent of them have jobs.
Schuette Brings Charges In Propane Charging Case
Attorney General Bill Schuette has filed a class-action lawsuit against AmeriGas under Michigan's Consumer Protection Act charging the company gouged customers with high-priced propane during the ferocious 2013-14 winter.
Trail Naming Contest
The Department of Natural Resources on Monday launched a contest to name the developing trail running from Detroit to Ironwood, as it is one of the outstanding tasks. The winner will have a choice of vacation packages at destinations along the trail. Among the options are a stay at the Westin Book Cadillac in Detroit and a visit to the Henry Ford Museum, a stay at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, or a stay in the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park Lodge in Ontonagon. Proposed names can be submitted, through October 13, by mailing in the entry form, submitting a Survey Monkey response, or posting on the department's Facebook page.
Source : Gongwer News Service : Michigan Report, Volume #53, Report 186, September 22, 2014. Full access requires a subscription or a visit to a subscribing library such as the Michigan State University Main Library.
Gov. Rick Snyder helped launch the Michigan Work Ready Communities Initiative, which encourages employers to use results of tests given to every Michigan high school junior since 2009 as a hiring tool.
The initiative, announced at Gentex Corp.’s headquarters on Monday, Sept. 22, encourages employers to use the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) and “WorkKeys” tests that every student takes in their junior year.
For the full article, see Jim Harger, "Gov. Rick Snyder helps launch initiative that urges employers to use high school test data when hiring", MLive, September 22, 2014.
AFL-CIO President Karla Swift talks about the union coalition kicking off its new mail program promoting Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer and hitting Republican U.S. Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land. How active are union members in the campaign season two years removed from the ballot defeat of the collective bargaining ballot proposal?
Also, the MIRS team lists the five most memorable TV moments from 2014 campaign season to date.
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