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The religious objections debate that sparked a national backlash against Indiana and its political leaders is headed back to Michigan.
The state Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled a hearing Tuesday on a proposed Religious Freedom Restoration Act that critics say would enable discrimination against gays and lesbians. The legislation would require the government to have a “compelling justification” to burden people’s ability to exercise their religious freedoms.
Advocates have said the legislation doesn’t allow discrimination but instead gives Michiganians with deeply held religious beliefs a possible legal defense against government action in some cases.
It’s similar to legislation Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed last month that caused him and fellow Republicans to backtrack after being scorned by the National Collegiate Athletic Association, some big businesses, other governors, Democrats and the media.
State Sen. Rick Jones, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, said he’s not letting the fallout in Indiana prevent him from holding a hearing, though he’s not planning to take a vote on the bill Tuesday.
For the full article, see Chad Livengood, "Michigan Senate panel revives religious objections bill", Detroit News, April 23, 2015.
Mike Wilkinson, "Michigan police big and small defend use of military gear" : A Bridge database tracks Humvees to bandages, snowshoes to sleeping bags, rifles to ratchet straps, given by U.S. military to local police.
Jarrett Skorup, "Fix disparities in public university funding in Michigan" : A Mackinac Center analyst says the way the state spends $1.5 billion on higher education is unfair.
The beleaguered Detroit Institute of Arts’ most widely recognized piece of artwork is now a national landmark.
Mexican artist Diego Rivera’s “Detroit Industry” murals are among four new national historic landmarks announced Wednesday by U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. The announcement was made as part of National Park Week.
“We think it was a great choice,” said Pamela Marcil, spokeswoman for the DIA. “We’re happy they’re housed here in the DIA. They’re a pride of many Detroiters and people come from all over to Detroit to see them.”
For the full article, see Candice Williams, "Rivera's 'Detroit Industry' murals at DIA one of four new national landmarks", Detroit News, April 23, 2014.
Matthieu Levesque pictures:
The two main panels on the North and South walls depict laborers working at Ford Motor Company's River Rouge Plant.
Diego Rivera's Detroit Industry Mural, North Wall.
Diego Rivera's Detroit Industry Mural, South Wall.
Rivera Court at Detroit Institute of Arts, National Historic Landmark.
On April 23, 1954, filmmaker Michael Moore was born in Davison. In his career, he's directed and/or produced many documentaries including Roger & Me, a film detailing how a General Motors factory was shutdown in Flint and its work sent to Mexico, Fahrenheit 9/11, which explored life in the United States after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, and Sicko, which critiques the American health care system, focusing especially on the HMOs, drug companies, and congressmen who profit from the status quo. Moore was also instrumental in restoring the State Theater in Traverse City and founded the Traverse City Film Festival.
Source : Michigan Historical Calendar, courtesy of the Clarke Historical Library at Central Michigan University.
For more information see
Here comes trouble : stories from my life / Michael Moore. New York : Grand Central, c2011.
Michael Moore : filmmaker, newsmaker, cultural icon / Matthew H. Bernstein, editor. Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, 2010.
Michael Moore : a biography / by Emily Schultz. Toronto : ECW Press, c2005.
Lee Majors, who starred in such television series as "The Big Valley", "The Six-Million Dollar Man", and "The Fall Guy" was born in Wyandotte.
“My dad passed away there when mom was eight months’ pregnant with me,” explains iconic actor Lee Majors, who is best known — depending upon your generation — as nuclear-powered ex-test pilot Col. Steve Austin in the classic ’70s action series, hunky illegitimate heir Heath Barkley in the ’60s western The Big Valley, or Hollywood stuntman-slash-bounty hunter Colt Seavers in the ’80s hit The Fall Guy. “Then when I was 16 months old, my mom was hit by a drunk driver and killed while she was waiting to go to work as a nurse. So I was immediately kind of shipped away to distant relatives in Kentucky.
“The only time I went back [to Detroit] was three, four years ago, because I never knew where they were buried and we found them. But they didn’t have markers so I came back and had some markers put in,” Majors says. “It brought a little closure. So those are the only Detroit stories I have. I’ve been twice, and neither of them were too happy times.”
His third visit is almost guaranteed to be the charm — or at least considerably more charming. This time Majors is venturing into the wide-open spaces of the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi between May 16-18 (2014) to help Detroit celebrate the 25th anniversary of the most illustrious of our pop culture traditions: the Motor City Comic Con.
Michigan Magazine, March/April 2014
Jim McFarlin, "Star-Powered Celebration; The Six Million Dollar Man, the Bionic Woman, and even Captain Kirk are coming to Motor City Comic Con’s 25th anniversary", Hour Detroit, May 2014
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