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Nancy Derringer, "A different kind of house call: The doctor will see you now – remotely" : Living far from a major hospital may not always be a hindrance to high-quality health care. Telemedicine can deliver healthcare to rural corners of Michigan, where a specialist may be hundreds of miles away.
Erik Nordman, "How Michigan can save money while reducing greenhouse gases" : Joining forces with nine northeastern states will allow Michigan to reduce gas emissions in the least costly way possible
Michigan cities are home to some of the worst roads in the country, resulting in higher vehicle repair bills for local residents, according to the results of a new report.
TRIP, a national transportation research non-profit partially funded by road builders and labor groups, ranks Detroit (#4) and Grand Rapids (#9) near the top of its list of large urban areas with the highest percentage of roads in poor condition.
For the full article, see Jonathan Oosting, "Michigan city roads rank among worst, most costly for vehicle repairs, according to new report", MLive, July 23, 2015.
I spend most of Michigan's treacherous winters dreaming of when I can hit the trail or dangle my foot in Lake Huron without catching hypothermia.
And if you spend time at one of Michigan's more than 100 state parks, forests and recreation areas this summer, you should probably thank Patty Birkholz.
As a Republican senator from beachy Saugatuck, she recognized that Michigan's state parks, forests and recreation areas were reaching a crisis point. In 2009, the Department of Natural Resources had to shut down a dozen campgrounds.
For the full article, see Susan J. Demas, "Meet the Republican who helped save Michigan's parks", MLive, June 23, 2015.
On this day Helen J. Claytor was honored by the dedication of a bronze statue, one of a series of influential figures immortalized at sites around the city as a part of the Grand Rapids Community Legends Project. Ms. Claytor (1907 - 2005) was an educator, civil rights activist, and the first African American president of the Grand Rapids YWCA and the national YWCA. Read more about her life.
A massive race riot erupted in Detroit. The summer of 1967 was a turbulent time in American history. The Detroit rioting began near 12th Street and Clairmount in a predominantly African-American, overcrowded, and low-income neighborhood. Early on the morning of July 23, Detroit police officers raided a “blind pig,” which was an establishment that illegally sold alcohol after hours. A crowd gathered as those arrested were put in a police wagon. Riots erupted and quickly spread. Detroit Mayor Jerome Cavanagh asked Michigan's governor, George Romney, to send in the State Police. Eventually, Romney called in the National Guard. After eight dangerous and unfortunate days, the riot came to an end. The riot's immediate effects were disastrous. Forty-three people had lost their lives. 1,700 stores had been looted. In all, 7,231 people were arrested and over 1000 buildings were burned. Damages to property amounted to about $50 million. As a result of this debacle, President Lyndon Johnson set up the Kerner Commission to investigate the causes of civil disorder in American cities. New taxes were eventually adopted to bring increase revenue for education, welfare, and other government services. In 1972, a state lottery was also established to help raise money and alleviate the dire conditions of inner-city living.
Sidney Fine, Violence in the Model City: the Cavanagh Administration, Race Relations, and the Detroit Riot of 1967, Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1989 and/or Hubert G. Locke, The Detroit Riot of 1967, Detroit, Wayne State University Press, 1969.
Michigan Historical Calendar, Courtesy of the Clarke Historical Library at Central Michigan University.
Vimeo Video, 33 minutes, Original footage was filmed by WXYZ TV-7, and ABC affiliate in Detroit, Michigan. The footage was donated to the Michigan State Police for training purposes. The State Police have since donated it to the Archives of Michigan for permanent preservation.
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