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More of Michigan’s children fell into poverty during the Great Recession, according to the annual Kids Count survey released Tuesday.
The report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation on the well-being of children said 1 in 4 Michigan youngsters was in an impoverished household in 2012, up from 19 percent in 2005. In addition, the number of children living in high-poverty areas rose from 8 percent in 2000 to 16 percent in 2008-12, the survey said.
The 2014 Kids Count Data Book ranks states by four main measures of child well-being: economics, education, health and family/community.
Michigan remains in the lower half of states, slipping from 31st last year to 32nd this year. The state ranks 34th in economic well-being, 38th in education and 29th in health and family/community.
For the full article, see Ursula Watson, "Survey: Recession sent Michigan's child poverty up", Detroit News, July 22, 2014.
Sandra Svoboda (WDET) and Mike Wilkinson, "Duggan donor database: Big-time, Super PAC money comes to Motown" : Who gave Mayor Duggan $1 million? A Detroit Journalism Cooperative donation database answers this question and others.
Sandra Svoboda (WDET) and Mike Wilkinson, "New private Duggan fund to support ‘Detroit’s agenda’" : Mayor Kilpatrick’s civic fund helped put him in prison. Gov. Snyder’s NERD fund brought only regret. But Mayor Duggan says his fund will be different.
Grover Norquist, "Getting tough, and smart, on crime in Michigan" : The traditional prison approach – anchored in a heavy reliance on incarceration, even for those who could be more effectively punished in other ways – is a losing strategy.
Chastity Pratt Dawsey, "Q&A: Home is what you make it" : There are many cities that can be improved with planning that turns public spaces into the heart of those communities. Michigan’s “placemaking” chief explains how.
July 22 - Mayor Charles Bowles of Detroit is recalled in the first large-city mayoral recall in the United States. Charges of corruption and ties with the KKK results in his demise.
Zlati Meyer, "Detroit mayor first big-city leader to be recalled", Detroit Free Press, July 21, 2013.
It was 1911 when the boys from Chicago first climbed aboard a steamship to head into wilds unknown.
They were among a new breed who called themselves Boy Scouts, committed to being helpful, loyal, obedient and brave, among other virtues.
When the Boy Scouts finally disembarked in Whitehall, a world away from the bustle of city life, the townspeople lined the streets to greet them. Dressed in military-style uniforms, the boys paraded through town on their way to their new wilderness outpost on Crystal Lake about 3½ miles away.
There, among the pines, scrub oak and clear waters, they settled Camp Owasippe.
For the full article, see Lynn Moore, Owasippe, nation's oldest Boy Scouts camp, celebrates 100th birthday, Muskegon Chronicle via MLive, July 22, 2011.
On July 22, 1908, brothers Fred and Charles Fisher incorporated the Fisher Body Company with financing assistance from an uncle. Within a short time, Fred and Charles brought their five younger brothers into the business. In 1919, General Motors bought 60 percent of what was then known as Fisher Body Corporation. It was dissolved into other GM operations in 1984, so GM models ceased having the familiar "Body by Fisher" emblem on their door sill plates.
Source : Detroit Historical Society Facebook page
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