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On July 18, 1921, inmates who had attempted ingenious or daring escapes began designing a new $80,000 escape-proof cellblock at the Marquette prison.
In exchange for reductions in their sentences, the escape artists prepared almost all of the plans and specifications of the special wing, and their fellow inmates carried out most of the construction work.
Source: Mich-again's Day
Former Allies Face Off To Succeed Rogers In 8th
Mike Bishop and Rep. Tom McMillin have worked together on numerous occasions, but now the two are battling over who is the most conservative as they vie to succeed U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers in the 8th U.S. House seat.
Marijuana Legalization Important Issue For Some In 27th House Primary
Legalizing marijuana is a key topic for some of the five Democrats fighting to replace Rep. Ellen Cogen Lipton, who cannot seek re-election because of term limits, in the 27th House District.
Super PAC Features Camp In Ad Aiding Moolenaar In 4th U.S. House
A new super political action committee will air television commercials in the Republican primary battle between business executive Paul Mitchell and Sen. John Moolenaar for their party's nomination in the 4th U.S. House District that features retiring U.S. Rep. Dave Camp.
Land Finances Under Fire Again
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Terri Land's finances came under new scrutiny Thursday after the revelation that she did not disclose on her mandatory financial disclosure statement the existence of a joint account with her husband that apparently was the source of the $2.9 million in personal contributions she has made toward her campaign.
Another Poll Shows Close Governor's Race, Peters Leading Senate Race
The gubernatorial race between Republican Governor Rick Snyder and Democratic challenger Mark Schauer is within the margin of error, and Democratic U.S. Rep. Gary Peters is extending his lead over Republican Terri Land in the U.S. Senate race, according to a new poll.
Courser Fires Back Against GLEP
Todd Courser, the Republican tea party candidate in the 82nd House District, sent an email to supporters against the Great Lakes Education Project after the group filed a complaint with the Department of State about possible campaign finance violations on the part of Mr. Courser.
Richardville Announces RFP For Office Space
Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville on Thursday announced the secretary of the Senate has made available a request for proposal regarding Senate office space.
Michigan Named Most Improved State For Pro-Business Environment
Michigan has been named the Most Improved State for 2014 in one group's annual top 10 pro-business states report, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation touted.
Few Independent Candidates File To Run For Office
Just four candidates filed to run for state or federal office without party affiliation prior to Thursday's 4 p.m. deadline to file.
Source : Gongwer News Service : Michigan Report, Volume #53, Report 138, July 17, 2014. Full access requires a subscription or a visit to a subscribing library such as the Michigan State University Main Library.
For years, Sen. John Pappageorge (R-Troy) wanted to do something to take on political mudslinging and lies against public officeholders. Now, with five months left in his last Senate term, Pappageorge says he has a solution.
The question, according to media law experts, is whether that solution would stand up to a legal challenge.
This week, Pappageorge introduced Click to add MIRS Bill Hound SB 1008, which would give public officeholders and candidates for public office the same protections against libel, slander and defamation that private individuals have.
For the full article, see "Pappageorge: Lower Libel Standard For Claims Against Candidates", Inside MIRS Today, July 17, 2014.
Other topics covered include:
MIRSNews.com is available via the MSU Library electronic resources page. Access is restricted to the MSU community and other subscribers.
Kyle Kaminski, "The five-year four-year degree" : Michigan college students take longer to earn a diploma than students in other states. The result: More pizza, more books, and bigger bills for students and parents.
Ron French, "Paying students to graduate" : Grand Valley may have found the secret to on-time graduation: Financial incentives.
Kyle Kaminski and Kurt Nagl, "Dude, where’s my advisor?" : Lack of academic advising may be costing Michigan college students – and their parents – big time.
Bridge Staff, "Where can Johnny get his diploma the fastest?" : Hope College and U-M will get most students a degree in four years. Saginaw Valley? Not so much.
On July 17, 1812, war descended upon Mackinac Island as a combined force of British, Canadian, and Native American soldiers captured Fort Mackinac from a small, unsuspecting American garrison. The fall of Mackinac, one of the first engagements of the War of 1812, set off over two years of combat between the United State and Great Britain for control of Michigan and the Great Lakes. Both sides knew that Mackinac held the key to the Great Lakes fur trade and the allegiance of Native American tribes across the region. This struggle reached a climax in the summer of 1814, when the United States dispatched seven warships and nearly 1,000 men on a two-month expedition to recapture the island. British and American troops actually met in battle on Mackinac Island on August 4, resulting in American defeat. Only the Treaty of Ghent, which ended the War of 1812, restored peace to Mackinac. American soldiers took possession of Fort Mackinac from the British garrison on July 18, 1815, three years and one day after the post had been captured.
Today, Mackinac State Historic Parks is commemorating the bicentennial of the War of 1812. Special 1812 demonstrations and tours take place every day at Fort Mackinac. New exhibits in the East Blockhouse present the compelling story of the American attempts to recapture the fort in 1814. A series of special events between August 2 and August 4 will mark the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Mackinac Island. Just some of the exciting special events happening this weekend include a battle reenactment, concerts of patriotic music, and special bicycle tours around the island, highlighting points of interest pertaining to the War of 1812.
For more information, visit http://www.mackinacparks.com/war-of-1812/ .
Mackinac State Historic Parks, a family of living history museums and parks in northern Michigan's Straits of Mackinac, is an agency within the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Its sites -- which are accredited by the American Association of Museums -- include Fort Mackinac, Historic Downtown Mackinac, The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum, and Mackinac Island State Park on Mackinac Island, and Colonial Michilimackinac, Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse, and Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park in Mackinaw City. Mackinac State Historic Parks is governed by the Mackinac Island State Park Commission, established in 1895 to protect, preserve and present the parks' rich historic and natural resources for the education and recreation of future generations. Visitor information is available at (231) 436-4100 or on the web at http://www.MackinacParks.com .
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