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It's the pre-convention edition of MIRS Monday. Where are the battles at the Republican and Democratic state conventions this weekend? MIRS breaks down the remaining questions on both sides. Also, how did Gov. Rick Snyder do this weekend with his post-flooding action?
Also, U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee is asked about his comments in which he compares Snyder's apparent passionate indifference on the same-sex marriage issue to former Gov. George Wallace's strident segregation stances from the 1960s.
Jack Hall became the first African-American Michigan State Police trooper when he was sworn in on Aug. 18, 1967.
The Benton Township patrolman had tried to enlist before, but the white recruiter in Paw Paw had told him — incorrectly — that his glasses disqualified him. Six years later, at age 26, he reapplied and was accepted because his vision was correctable to 20/20.
Hall was first posted to Flint, though his 25-year career would also take him to Niles, Detroit, Ionia and Lansing and include some State Police recruiting work. He retired as captain in 1992.
He then worked for the state Department of Corrections internal affairs division for a decade.
The current Grand Ledge resident has an associate’s degree in criminal justice from Lansing Community College, a bachelor’s degree in police administration from Michigan State University and a master’s degree in public administration from Western Michigan University.
For the full article, see Zlati Meyer, "This week in Michigan history: The first African-American State Police trooper is sworn in", Detroit Free Press, August 18, 2013.
For more information about the Michigan State Police, see Preserve, protect and defend : an illustrated history of the Michigan State Police in the twentieth century / by Phillip D. Schertzing. Paducah, Ky. : Turner Pub. Co., c2002.
On August 18, 1941, Congressman John Dingell of Michigan sent a letter to President Roosevelt. He had an idea which might cause Japanese officials to change their minds about Asian conquests.
What if the United States government rounded up 10,000 Japanese-Americans who lived in Hawaii? What if America incarcerated those people? Perhaps such action would ensure Japan’s “good behavior.”
Two months following Pearl Harbor, Dingell’s suggestion took flight. The idea that America should round up her citizens of Japanese ancestry, and incarcerate them in some fashion, received the President Franklin Roosevelt’s blessing.
Before long, more than 112,000 people were in internment camps surrounded by watch towers and barbed wire.
Even the United States Supreme Court approved.
Source : Carole Bos, "Japanese-American Internment", Awesome Stories
On Aug. 18, 1926, a giant Traverse City cherry pie on President Calvin Coolidge's dinner table brought great attention to the region's pastry. The Traverse City Record-Eagle reported that the pie was shipped to Coolidge by college friend Wallace Keep, a Traverse City resident. The pie contained 5,000 cherries, weighed 46 pounds, and measured nearly three feet across. The President, First Lady and some elder statesmen dined on the pie while at the summer White House in the Adirondacks.
Source: Michigan Every Day
WKAR is a National Public Radio member station in East Lansing, Michigan; broadcasting at 870 kHz. It is owned by Michigan State University, and carries news and talk shows from NPR. It is part of MSU's Broadcasting Services Division, and is a sister station to the FM radio and television stations with the same call letters. Its studios and offices are located in the Communication Arts and Sciences Building, at the southeast corner of Wilson and Red Cedar Roads on the MSU campus.
The station dates to experimental broadcasts at Michigan State, then known as Michigan Agricultural College, beginning in 1917. WKAR-AM's first official broadcast was a "Founder's Day" speech on May 13, 1922. MAC was granted a full license on August 18, 1922. The station's call letters were assigned randomly by Herbert Hoover, the U.S. Secretary of Commerce (which was the sole radio licensing authority). It was the only radio station in the Lansing area until 1934.
Source : Wikipedia
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