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Cathy Guisewite was the creator and cartoonist behind the long-running nationally syndicated comic strip “Cathy,” one of the first mainstream comics created by a woman. Appearing for the first time in 1976, the strip ran for 34 years, chronicling and finding humor in the title character’s eternal struggles with weight, love, work, and her loving but overly involved mother. For Guisewite, it channeled the obsessions and conflicts of an everyday American woman caught between society’s traditional expectations and new feminist ideals.
Guisewite grew up in Midland, Michigan and graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in English in 1972. By age 26, she had already made quick strides in the advertising world, becoming the first female vice president at the W.B. Doner & Co agency. She submitted “Cathy” for publication at the urging of her mother with whom she shared the “scribbled stick figure drawings” that she had started doodling to vent her daily frustrations. The strip was immediately picked up for syndication in 1976, and within a few short years, Guisewite was CEO of Cathy, Inc., overseeing the strip, books, TV and mountains of “Cathy” merchandise. Guisewite is the recipient of numerous awards, including the prestigious Reuben Award for “Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year” from the National Cartoonists Society in 1992. In 1987, she received an Emmy® for “Outstanding Animated Program” for her first animated special, Cathy. Before Guisewite retired the strip in 2010, it appeared in approximately 1,500 newspapers worldwide.
The biggest event covered in the Lansing Michigan paper on November 23, 1910 was a banquet held the night before Thanksgiving at the Hotel Downey to honor outgoing Michigan Agricultural College football, baseball and basketball coach Chester Brewer. Brewer coached the MAC Aggies from 1903-1910, never losing a home game on the gridiron. He returned to MAC from 1917-1920. Seventy-five guests, including many prominent citizens, attended.
After a “sumptuous and well-served banquet” the guests were treated to cigars. Then the speeches began. Among the presenters were future Michigan Supreme Court Justice Howard Wiest and founder of Motor Wheel William K. Prudden.
The Hotel Downey, standing in the current location of the Knapp’s building, was built as the Lansing House Hotel with bounty money obtained from the capture of John Wilkes Booth. The Downey burned in February 1912.
Source : "Thanksgiving in Lansing 100 Years Ago", CADL Blog, November 28, 2010.
Lindsay VanHulle, "Report: Michigan held down by low income, education" : The state’s low unemployment and booming auto sector are countered by low wages across the state and a lack of college graduates in the workforce
Michigan’s prescription drug monitoring system, thought to be a major tool in the state’s effort to reduce opioid-related deaths,needs to be revamped to make it more efficient and comprehensive, according to a task force named by Gov. Rick Snyder.
Opioid addiction and related problems are growing in Michigan: Deaths have surged over the past 15 years, rising from 99 opiate-related fatalities in 1999 to 840 in 2013. according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
The addictions that sometimes result when a person is prescribed opioids for pain management often turn into full-blown heroin use, experts say.
For the full article, see James David Dickson, "Michigan urged to overhaul Rx monitoring system", The Detroit News, November 21, 2015.
State government tells cities in Michigan that they'd better balance their budgets, keep debt under control and not promise more to retirees than can be paid.
Slip up too many times, and local elected officials can be displaced by emergency managers — or, in the historic case of Detroit, municipal bankruptcy can be the consequence.
That relationship, the expectation that municipal governments stay out of financial trouble or face state intervention, puts a lot of responsibility on local officials. They deliver most of the services people need, and have to maintain them (or cut them) without over-spending.
But Michigan's laws also handcuff cities when it comes to the ways in which they might grow revenue (even in accordance with overall economic growth) or find new sources of it. And state policy has deprioritized the share of state tax dollars that are sent to local governments (the ones that provide most of the services people need) in the name of cost-cutting and frugality.
For the full article, see Stephen Henderson, "Cities show state's problem with cost vs. value", Detroit Free Press, November 21, 2015.The result is a set-up of sorts, according to a report released last week by Michigan State University. "Michigan incubates financial distress (with its) particular mix of stringent limitations on local revenue and its relatively low level of financial assistance to cities," the report said.
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