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On this day, on a practice run from Goose Bay, Labroador to Lincoln, Nebraska during the height of the Cold War, a four-engine British Vulcan military jet tore through treetops before burying itself in Detroit among houses on Ashland near Scripps, leaving behind a trench 100 feet long and 40 feet wide. Mud, red-hot debris, and jet fuel rained down on Harbor Island, the one-street island directly across the canal from Ashland. Splintered boards and timbers from the shattered seawall flew like giant matchsticks. “A car got blown from the foot of Ashland across the canal,” Schwartz says. “The transmission was stuck in the seawall.” Pieces of the plane and crew were scattered over a seven-block area. A 6-foot wing section landed on a porch, while a 1-pound fitting hit the back of a terrified paperboy. For blocks around, the force of the explosion cracked plaster walls, blew out windows, and even ripped a garage door off its hinges. Although the entire British air crew were blown to bits, no one in Detroit died.
For the full article, see Richard Bak, "Mayday! Fifty years ago, a British bomber crashed into an east-side Detroit neighborhood", Hour Detroit, July 2008.
Robert Fish, a native of Gladwin, MI, joined the Army Air Corps in 1939, received his wings in 1940, and would serve in the military for the next 30 years. During World War II, he played an instrumental role in planning and executing a secret military operation : "Operation Carpetbagger". The Carpetbaggers completed 1860 sorties, delivering 20,495 packages of supplies to resistance fighters, and released more than 1000 Joes and Josephines (parachutists) into enemy territy between January 1944 and May 1945.
For more information, see Bernice Miller Sizemore, Remembering Michigan's Carpetbaggers, Michigan History, January/February 2013, pp. 47-51.
On Oct. 24, 1901, a 63-year-old schoolteacher from Bay City became the first person to conquer Niagara Falls in a barrel. Annie Edson Taylor hoped plunging over the falls would help her earn some money on the lecture circuit.
She was a widow who had recently failed at an attempt to start a dance school and was near financial ruin. She survived the stunt with just a few minor injuries, and said, "Nobody ought ever to do that again." Taylor was unable to cash in on her fame, however, and her life ended in poverty. She spent her last years autographing postcards at Niagara Falls.
Michigan Every Day
Marvin Kusmierz , Anna Edson Taylor (1839-1921) entry from Bay Journal.
The School Funding Fury: Both Sides Spin To Win
Amid the claims, counterclaims, high dudgeon, fact-checking articles, name-calling and refusal to give an inch on the Great School Aid Dispute of 2014 between Republican Governor Rick Snyder and Democratic challenger Mark Schauer, there is only one certainty - both sides have used data to suit their needs and ignored inconvenient facts or previous statements.
Colbeck, Slavens Spar Over Women's Issues, Education
Talking with Sen. Patrick Colbeck about retaining his 7th Senate District seat, he is confident and collected. In fact, one might never guess that he has a major target on his back from Democrats trying to paint him as too extreme to continue representing his district.
Mielke Blasts Cotter As Too ‘Party-Line' In 99th; Cotter Remains Confident
Democrat Bryan Mielke said the 99th House District is a 50-50 district, but Republican Rep. Kevin Cotter, who holds the seat currently, votes as if it were an 80 percent GOP district. Mr. Cotter said he has shown voters a clear record and has a plan moving forward, which is something lacking from his opponent.
GOP Organization Requests More Time On Complaint
After coming under fire for paying for what could be construed as express advocacy rather than issue advertising, the Michigan Jobs and Labor Foundation, a 501(c)4 that has had a hand in paying for television advertising for some Republican Senate candidates, has requested an extension on a complaint filed by the campaign for Democratic Rep. Stacy Erwin Oakes of Saginaw.
Senate Democrats Throwing More Money To McCann, Oakes, Spade
A 24-hour expenditure report for the Michigan Senate Democratic Fund filed Thursday shows the group has spent more money on three of the four biggest seats it is targeting this November.
DGA Again Hits Snyder On Senior Tax Increases
A group of older residents want to talk to Governor Rick Snyder about the additional taxes he has imposed on them in a new television advertisement launched Thursday by the Democratic Governors Association. The 30-second spot features four seniors climbing the Capitol steps, one wanting to ask him about the tax increase on pensions, one wanting to point out the increase in property taxes on seniors and one wanting to point out the damage to the economy from education cuts.
Unemployment Sees Little Regional Change In September
Unemployment for all 17 of the state's labor markets was down in September from the year prior, but saw only marginal changes from August, a report released Thursday by the Department of Technology, Management and Budget showed.
U.S. Court Will Hear Bible Believers Case En Banc
The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decided on Thursday to rehear before the full court a case where an earlier decision held that Wayne County was justified in expelling a Christian group from a Dearborn Arab cultural festival.
DHS Says Anti-Fraud Efforts Save State $127M
A report by the Department of Human Services Office of Inspector General released on Thursday said the department has succeeded in saving $127 million in fraud and potential fraud.
Source : Gongwer News Service : Michigan Report, Volume #53, Report 210, October 23, 2014. Full access requires a subscription or a visit to a subscribing library such as the Michigan State University Main Library.
If current polling trends hold on Election Day, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Gary PETERS wins big and Republican Gov. Rick SNYDER wins by a few points.
If that happens, a current Michigan trend in top-of-the-ticket voting would be shattered.
In Michigan's last seven general elections with a U.S. Senate race on the ballot (1994-2012), the party that won U.S. Senate also won either governor or president statewide.
The last time it didn't happen was 1990 when Republican John ENGLER narrowly won the gubernatorial race while Democrat U.S. Sen. Carl LEVIN won re-election by about 16 percentage points.
If Snyder and Peters win on Nov. 4, Michigan would be returning to some old habits.
From 1990 to 1966, there were nine U.S. Senate races, and six of those nine were won by a different party than the party that won the race at the top of the ticket.
Only three times over that period -- 1982, 1972 and 1966 -- did the same party win both the U.S. Senate race and the top-of-the-ticket race.
For the full article, see "MI Hasn't Split Ticket On U.S. Senate, President/Gov Since 1990", Inside MIRS Today, October 23, 2014.
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