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Michigan Truth Squad, "Warning on guv candidate Schauer’s first TV ad" : If the economy is only working for the wealthy, Schauer should provide some evidence.
Michigan Truth Squad, "Foul on Snyder for playing word games with pension tax" : The governor argues that sometimes a tax isn’t a tax – a claim that few seem to buy.
David Hutton, "Common sense health care reforms can save billions" : Michigan should not spend billions of dollars on care that does not improve our health.
President Barack Obama and his family welcomed a new 14-month-old Michigan-born puppy Sunny to the White House on Monday.
Sunny was born in Michigan in June 2012 – and like Bo, the First Family's other dog, she’s a Portuguese Water Dog, which the White House said is ideal for the Obamas because of allergies in the family.
For the full article, see David Shepardson, "Obamas welcome Sunny, a Michigan-born puppy, to First Family", Detroit News, August 19, 2013.
Hannah August, Meet Sunny: The Obamas' New Puppy from the White House Blog, August 19, 2013.
Steve Mullis, "Bo No Longer Solo: Obamas Welcome New Puppy To Family", NPR, August 19, 2013.
On August 19, 1995, the inaugural Woodward Dream Cruise took place. The event started as a small fundraiser for a soccer field in Ferndale. Nelson House and a group of volunteers looked to recreate the heydays of the 50s and 60s, when youth, music and classic Motor City cars cruised Woodward Avenue, America’s first highway. 250,000 people participated—nearly 10 times the number anticipated.
Roughly 1.3 million people turned out to see classic cars and hot rods at 18th annual Woodward Dream Cruise in 2013, according to the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office.
The sheriff’s office estimated the number of spectators at 1.3 million, although “any attempt to count the crowd is problematic because it is spread over 19 miles of Woodward,” Undersheriff Mike McCabe said Sunday. Last year’s 2012Dream Cruise drew 1.35 million visitors to Woodward Avenue, according to estimates.
Detroit Historical Society Facebook Page.
Tony Briscoe and Jennifer Chambers, "Woodward Dream Cruise draws 1.3 million spectators, sheriff says", Detroit News, August 18, 2013.
Two decades ago, Mary Fisher moved a Republican National Convention audience by calling on each of those assembled to be human, to take a compassionate and public stand and embrace those who had been diagnosed with HIV and AIDS.
"When Mary Fisher spoke like an angel that night," author Norman Mailer wrote in October 1992, "the floor was in tears, and conceivably the nation as well."
Her eloquence moved people. But so did the simple fact of who she was — the attractive, well-spoken daughter of Marjorie Fisher and Republican financier Max Fisher, the late Detroit civic leader and philanthropist. She was also the mother of two boys, Max, 4and Zachary, 2.
"Hearing those words coming from her brought the message home to the mainstream," said Bill VanHemert, a spokesman for AIDS Partnership Michigan.
Called “A Whisper of AIDS,” the speech is included in “Words of a Century: The Top 100 American Speeches, 1900-1999,” along with other landmark addresses like “I Have a Dream” by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., “The Four Freedoms” by Franklin D. Roosevelt and “A Tale of Two Cities” by Mario Cuomo.
Source : Laura Berman, "Mary Fisher's powerful speech on AIDS still inspires 20 years later; Powerful 1992 speech on AIDS still resonates today", Detroit News, October 2, 2012.
Dan Shaw, "Defined by Words, Not by a Disease", New York Times, August 22, 2012.
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On this day, Kalamazoo inaugerated the nation's first outdoor pedestrian mall.
Source : Michigan History, July/August 2012.
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