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The first rock event in Spartan Stadium history occurred on September 9, 1994 when the Rolling Stones visited and presented their Voodoo Lounge Tour set.
When a white mob threatened Dr. Ossian Sweet's family, who had just moved into an all-white Detroit neighborhood, a shot was fired from the house that killed an onlooker. Famed lawyer Clarence Darrow successfully defended the Sweets, arguing they had the right to defend themselves when their lives were threatened.
Background : Dr. Ossian Sweet and his wife bought a house in a white Detroit neighborhood in 1925 -- breaking the residential color line -- only to end up being accused of murder. The ACLU stepped in and hired Clarence Darrow to defend the black couple. Source: Joseph Turrini, Michigan History Magazine, July/August 1999.
Source : Michigan Historical Calendar, courtesy of the Clarke Historical Library at Central Michigan University.
For more information, see Arc of justice : a saga of race, civil rights, and murder in the Jazz Age by Kevin Boyle.
The Sweet Trial courtesy of Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion.
One man's castle : Clarence Darrow in defense of the American dream by Phyllis Vine.
A man's home, a man's castle [by] Kenneth G. Weinberg. Introd. by Haywood Burns.
"At least twenty-nine persons died when this vessel sank in Lake Michigan twenty miles off the Wisconsin coast on September 9, 1910. One of the Ludington carferry fleet, the 350 foot S.S. Pere Marquette 18 was traveling from this port to Wisconsin. About midlake a crewman discovered the ship was taking on vast amounts of water. The captain set a direct course for Wisconsin and sent a distress signal by wireless. He and the crew battled for four hours to save the boat but she sank suddenly. All of the officers and many of the crew and passengers perished, among them the first wireless operator to die in active service on the Great Lakes. The S.S. Pere Marquette 17, aided by other ships who also heeded the wireless message for help, rescued more than thirty survivors but lost two of her own crew. The exact cause of this disaster remains a mystery."
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Michigan Historical Marker, Stearns Park, Ludington
Major Cyber Charter Could Face Closure
Michigan Virtual Charter Academy, one of the state's first virtual charter schools, could see its last year of operation in 2014-15 if it cannot bring performance up. Officials said the school, which was at the forefront of the cyber charter movement that saw the Legislature and Governor Rick Snyder enact the ability for substantial expansion starting with the 2013-14 school year, is working to make those improvements. The expansion (PA 129 of 2012) was extremely controversial.
Totten Charges Schuette Has Not Worked For People's Protection
The Democratic candidate running to unseat Attorney General Bill Schuette said Mr. Schuette has not been on duty for the state's residents by taking no steps to reverse a law that exempts drug manufacturers from lawsuit or to strengthen Michigan's consumer protection act.
Haines Prepared For Busy Hearing On Advanced Practice Nurses Bill
House Health Policy Committee Chair Rep. Gail Haines said Monday she has outlined rules for both supporters and opponents for Tuesday's testimony-only committee meeting of a controversial bill that would expand the scope of practice for advanced practice nurses to allow them to perform some duties now reserved for physicians.
Senate Comes Back To Early Warning For Schools, More Transportation Discussions
When the Senate returns to session for several weeks Tuesday, it will continue discussion on bills related to early warning legislation for school districts in deficit, transportation solutions, and legislation regulating medical marijuana dispensaries, though legislative action on those items varies.
New RGA Ad Makes Stronger Connection Between Schauer And Granholm
Pushing the idea that electing Democrat Mark Schauer as governor would throw the state back to the economic times of the century's first decade, the Republican Governors Association issued a new ad tying Mr. Schauer to former Governor Jennifer Granholm, saying he was the deciding vote for a 2007 tax increase and the two left the state "drowning in debt."
Democrats File Campaign Complaint Against Snyder
Michigan Democrats on Monday filed a campaign finance complaint against Governor Rick Snyder, charging that his campaign had failed to itemize campaign expenditures conducted by independent contractors.
Peters To Appear Next To Empty Chair As Debate Push Continues
With 57 days remaining until Election Day - and many fewer until absentee ballots go out - and no signs that the U.S. Senate candidates will debate any time soon, Democratic U.S. Rep. Gary Peters planned to appear in Grand Rapids on Monday night next to empty chair to call attention to Republican Terri Land's refusal to negotiate debates.
Snyder Announces Board To Disburse PPT Replacement Revenues
Governor Rick Snyder announced Monday the five members of the new Local Community Stabilization Authority Council that will oversee distribution of revenue to local governments that replaces phased out personal property tax revenue.
Source : Gongwer News Service : Michigan Report, Volume #53, Report 176, September 8, 2014. Full access requires a subscription or a visit to a subscribing library such as the Michigan State University Main Library.
Back in February, during the midst of our pothole-ridden winter, the Department of Transportation (MDOT) advised motorists they could file a claim for a possible damage reimbursement if a pothole mangled their vehicle.
As it turns out, those damage claims are almost never paid out. Yet the number of damage claims submitted this year spiked compared to 2013 and 2012.
Of the 744 submitted claims this year, however, only three were paid out to the claimants for pothole damage.
For the full article, see "Damage Claims Submitted To MDOT Increased 249 Percent From Last Year", Inside MIRS Today, September 8, 2014.
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