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President Kedzie's bid to lift the quarantine on the Michigan AGricultural College campus was overruled by Dr. R. M. Olin of State Health Board.
Facemasks were distributed to students at the University of Michigan; public gatherings including a concert by Caruso on the the Unviersity of Michigan campus were cancelled. The Michigan-MAC football game has been called off.
A plea for help came from Boyne City, a town of 5000, with 2000 cases of Spanish influenza, and only one doctor.
For more information, see 41 DIE, 1,821 STATE GRIP CASES IN DAY: Michigan-M. A. C. Football Game Cancelled; Caruso Concert Cancelled in Ann Arbor...Special to The Free Press, Detroit Free Press (1858-1922); Oct 17, 1918; ProQuest Historical Newspapers: Detroit Free Press (1831-1922)
Snyder Reviewing Bill That Could Affect Tesla
A once thought to be innocuous bill involving a fee dealerships charge auto manufacturers underwent a potentially significant change before clearing the Legislature, and that change appears designed to ensure the electric automaker Tesla would have to sell its vehicles in Michigan through franchise dealers instead of directly to customers as it is doing in other states....The main backers of the bill insisted the change was either one of simple clarity or virtually meaningless, but Tesla officials are furious about the change, which went completely under the radar, saying it clearly was designed to torpedo discussions the company was having with the Department of State about opening marketing and service centers in Michigan....The change, first reported Thursday by the Automotive News, happened in a substitute to HB 5606* on the Senate floor October 1. The bill then unanimously passed the Senate. The House concurred 106-1 in the new version the following day and presented the bill to Governor Rick Snyder October 7. He has until October 21 to sign or veto it, and his office said it is reviewing the bill.
Land Goes Nuclear On Free Press
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Terri Land launched a full-on attack Wednesday on the Detroit Free Press and decided to decline the state's largest newspaper's invitation for an interview with its Editorial Board as part of its endorsement process. Last Friday, Ms. Land made clear she was upset with a column the Free Press published from Brian Dickerson that castigated her performance on the Michigan Public Radio Network's "Michigan Calling" program. In that column, Mr. Dickerson blasted Ms. Land's effort for most of this campaign to avoid tough questions about the issues and said she has been "about as accessible up to this point in her campaign as a music video diva recovering from plastic surgery."
Somerville, Haener Touting Job Creation In 23rd House
With jobs and the economy still being a top issue for voters in the 23rd House District in the Downriver suburbs of Detroit, Rep. Pat Somerville is working to make his case that the Republicans have created a friendlier climate for businesses and job growth, while his Democratic opponent David Haener says the economy and auto industry rebounding brought in new jobs, not GOP policies.
Ballot Proposal Would Cap Health Care Charges
Physicians and hospitals would have to charge their lowest price for a product or service to everyone under a ballot proposal that could begin circulating as early as next week. The proposal, from Stop Overcharging, is designed to stop providers from negotiating lower prices with some health insurers than they charge those who are uninsured or no-fault insurers. The website currently has an online petition asking the governor and legislators to advance the idea, but official language is to be presented to the Board of State Canvassers at its meeting at 3 p.m. Monday for approval as to form that could allow the issue to make the November 2016 ballot.
Republican Congressional Candidates Lead Cash On Hand
While a couple of Democratic congressional challengers have developed substantial war chests, the incumbents they hope to unseat are far from defenseless themselves, campaign finance reports filed Wednesday showed.
State Unemployment Rate Falls To 7.2%
Michigan's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell in September to 7.2 percent, the lowest rate the state has seen since March 2008, and a news item that had political overtones.
Schauer Getting Blasted On Business Tax Proposal
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer is taking increasing heat over a statement he made earlier in the week that he would seek to lower the Corporate Income Tax rate but broaden its base, as business groups and Republican Lt. Governor Brian Calley are calling it an attempt to hit small companies.
Obama To Stump For Peters, Schauer
President Barack Obama will visit the Detroit area to campaign with Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer and the party's U.S. Senate candidate, U.S. Rep. Gary Peters.
Peters: Raised $2.3M In Third Quarter; A Weiser Tie To B-PAC
U.S. Rep. Gary Peters, the Democratic U.S. Senate candidate, raised $2.3 million in the third quarter of the year, his best quarter of the campaign, a statement said.
Totten: ‘More Than Enough Experience' As Prosecutor
Michigan Republicans continued their attacks on the experience of Democratic attorney general candidate Mark Totten on Wednesday by releasing a new Internet video, but Mr. Totten shot back that that he had "more than enough experience" to protect Michigan residents from street crime and economic crime.
Lamonte ‘Disturbed' By Democratic Party Mailer
Rep. Collene Lamonte said on Wednesday she was "disturbed" by a mistake in a Michigan Democratic Party mailer sent on her behalf that stated Jessica Heeringa, a gas station clerk who was abducted during her shift in Mr. Lamonte's district, was murdered, when the investigation has not been concluded.
Principal Rails Against Testing Plans
The expanded schedule for state tests for spring 2015 will unacceptably cut into education time, especially considering the tests will not likely count for much, a high school principal said in a letter to legislators and the Department of Education.
Leave Time Costs
Adam Neuman, a teacher in Brighton Area Schools, filed suit Wednesday in Livingston Circuit Court charging the district is violating the new right-to-work law by still withholding a fee to cover release time for local union officials who conduct union work during school hours.
Source : Gongwer News Service : Michigan Report, Volume #53, Report 204, October 15, 2014. Full access requires a subscription or a visit to a subscribing library such as the Michigan State University Main Library.
The concept behind legal financial obligations, or LFOs, is simple: Pay court fines for yourself and your dependents, and you'll avoid additional trouble. But for many Michigan residents, those fines are enough of a burden to put them behind bars.
Sens. Jim Ananich (D-Flint), Tom Casperson (R-Escanaba) and Bert Johnson (D-Detroit) are pushing a package of bills meant to address the concept of "debtors prison," where those unable to pay fines or court costs are placed in jail and incur additional fees from that jail time.
SB 1113, SB 1114 and SB 1115 each tackle an aspect of Michigan court policy, particularly LFOs, that can disproportionately affect minority and low-income populations.
Together, the bills would require socioeconomic status to be considered in a defendant's sentence and allow for alternative payment plans or community service options if it's determined a defendant cannot afford legal costs. If passed, the bills would also set a mandatory fee cap a court can charge and allow for an additional chance for defendants to speak to judges before a warrant is issued.
The legislation's provisions would not apply if the court determined a defendant was able to pay, but was unwilling to do so.
It's an issue that hits close to home for Johnson, who said many of his constituents have been affected by the state's current fee delinquency policies.
He likened the legislation to the recent elimination of driver's responsibility fees and said the bills would give courts fresh options for those who are willing but unable to pay while saving state money from the additional jail costs of keeping cash-strapped people in jail.
For the full article, see "Bipartisan Senate Package Aims To Prevent 'Debtors Prisons'", Inside MIRS Today, October 14, 2014.
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On Oct. 15, 1951, the first live international TV broadcast occurred when WWJ-TV sent announcer Bud Lynch across the Detroit River to the Government Dock in Windsor.
Source: Michigan Every Day
Major Gen. Alpheus Starkey Williams sits atop his horse in the middle of Belle Isle, checking a map as his steed seems to saunter toward downtown.
Williams, a Detroiter, was a congressman, a judge, a lawyer, a postmaster, a newspaper publisher and a failed gubernatorial candidate, but he made a name for himself in the military, serving in the Mexican-American War and for the Union in the Civil War.
The monument of Detroit’s mounted hero was unveiled by the Loyal Legion and city officials on Oct. 15, 1921. A band played as a muslin shroud slipped away revealing the general and ol’ Plug Ugly cast in bronze atop a large block of white granite. The sculptor Shrady cast Williams atop the horse studying a map of the battlefields during a storm, perhaps symbolic of the tempest in the union at the time. A weary ol’ Pap wears rain gear with his hat pulled down over his eyes as a tired ol’ Plug trudges on through the mud.
For more information, see:
Dan Austin, Alpheus Starkey Williams Monument, Historic Detroit website
Alpheus Starkey Williams biography on Plug Ugly website
The story of Plug Ugly from the Plug Ugly Project website. All Civil War aficionados are familiar with Lee's horse Traveler, Stonewall's Little Sorrel, Grant's Cincinnati and Sheridan's Rienzi, but who knows about Plug Ugly? If Alpheus Williams was an unsung hero, then so was his battle mount Plug Ugly. Partly because Plug Ugly's story, which is metaphoric of the frequent fate of living beings in war, and partly because his name describes the American Civil War more closely than his more famous equine cousin's, I have named this project in his honor.
In 1959, Wayne State University Press and the Detroit Historical Society published a collection of Williams’ letters to his family as “From the Cannon’s Mouth: The Civil War Letters of General Alpheus S. Williams.” The book helped to raise his legacy as a leader of the Civil War.
Jeffrey Charnley, "Michigan's General A.S. Williams and Civil War Historians: A Century of Neglect", (Michigan Historical Review 12 [Spring 1986], Central Michigan University 1986).
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