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Legislation to rewrite or clarify recent changes in Michigan’s foreclosure rules has taken a step forward.
The bill approved 107-3 by the House last week retains main elements of a law signed last summer by Gov. Rick Snyder, including taking away someone’s right to save his or her property if an inspector discovers the home’s in bad shape due to neglect or other reasons.
But the legislation going to the Senate imposes more restrictions on inspections, provides more notice to borrowers before inspections and gives them more chances to fix damage.
When he signed the 2013 law, Snyder called on lawmakers to clarify some issues involving inspections.
One proposed change requires borrowers to get at least 72 hours of notice before interior inspections.
For the full article, see "Lawmakers revisit Michigan foreclosure rules", Detroit News, March 9, 2014.
Duggan's Detroit mayoralty: The start of something big, or just a start? - Larry Gabriel says new Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan is saying the right things and making some key moves, but the future is still cloudy.
It's harder to be a fan 'away,' so make everyone feel at home - Robin Miner-Swartz asks basketball fans to be nice to those visiting with opposing teams, because no one wants Michigan to be (shudder) Maryland.
For one firefighter, ignorance about public safety burns - When a previous Bridge columnist questioned the money spent on fire protection, readers responded with flamethrowers. One wrote to object.
So often, when people think of leaders in the civil rights movement, images of men come to mind.
But that is not where the story ends.
Women, too, have played a significant role in the struggle for civil rights, often at great risk to themselves and their families.
Some of these women are well-known. And others should be.
That’s why, this month, the Michigan Women’s Historical Center and Hall of Fame in Lansing opens an exhibit featuring six Michigan women whose impact is still being felt today.
The exhibit, “Courage in Action: Stories of Michigan Women in the Civil Rights Movement,” opens Thursday.
The exhibit marks Women’s History Month while also celebrating the 50th anniversary of both the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
“These women were directly responsible for getting things done, and their roles too often get overlooked,” says Emily Fijol, executive director of the center.
“These were everyday women who chose to do something extraordinary. They chose not to accept the status quo, and we can all make that choice.”
Women profiled include : Rosa Slade Gragg, Viola Liuzzo, Rosa Parks, Nellie Cuellar, Waunetta McClellan Dominic, Grace Lee Boggs,
For the full article, see Cassandra Spratling, "Michigan women who championed civil rights featured in new exhibit", Detroit Free Press, March 9, 2014.
William Clay Ford, the last living grandchild of Ford Motor Co. founder Henry Ford, died Sunday morning at his suburban Detroit home from pneumonia.
Ford, 88, served with the Dearborn-based automaker for 57 years as an employee and board member, including most recently as Director Emeritus.
Ford had numerous associations and roles outside of Ford Motor Company. He became president of the Detroit Lions football team in 1961. He purchased the team in November 1963 and served as its chairman until his death. He also was a dedicated and generous philanthropist and community leader.
For the full article, see Michael Wayland, "William Clay Ford: A timeline of his life, career", MLive, March 10, 2014.
On this day, Francine Hughes loaded her 4 children into the car, set her husbands bed on fire, and turned herself into police to escape 13 years of domestic abuse. In a trial that followed she was declared innocent because of temporary insanity. The incident would eventually become the basis for the movie "The Burning Bed".
Source : Michigan Every Day
Available in the MSU Library Digital and Multimedia Center : The burning bed / produced by Carol Schreder ; teleplay by Rose Leiman Goldemberg ; directed by Robert Greenwald. Santa Monica, CA : MGM Home Entertainment, c2004.
Also available as a book : The burning bed / by Faith McNulty. New York : Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, c1980.
For an article, see Louise Knott Ahern, ""The Burning Bed": A turning point in fight against domestic violence", Lansing State Journal, August 17, 2012.
For another, see Zlati Meyer, "This week in Michigan history: Woman kills abusive ex-husband, becoming inspiration for 'Burning Bed'", Detroit Free Press, March 9, 2014.
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