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A judge in Washtenaw County could lose his job.
The Judicial Tenure Commission is recommending that District Court Judge J. Cedric Simpson be removed from office. The commission says he interfered with police and prosecutors in a drunken driving case involving a female intern.
Simpson denies wrongdoing.
In a report Monday, the commission says Simpson also lied during misconduct hearings. His future rests with the Michigan Supreme Court.
For the full article, see "Judicial panel: Remove Ann Arbor-area judge from bench", Detroit News, August 31, 2015.
For another, see John Counts, "Commission recommends Judge J. Cedric Simpson be removed from bench", MLive, August 31, 2015.
Deaths from drug overdoses in Michigan have reached record levels, according to the latest data from the Michigan Department of Community Health.
In Michigan, 1,533 people died from drug overdoses in 2013 — up 18% from the previous year. Prior to 2013, fatal overdoses in Michigan were steadily declining from a peak of 1,416 deaths in 2009.
For the full article, see Kristi Tanner, "Fatal overdoses reach record levels in Michigan", Detroit Free Press, August 21, 2015.
T.J. Bucholz, president of Vanguard Public Affairs, challenges the capitol press corps and the media, in general, to stop covering the Rep. Cindy Gamrat (R-Plainwell) and Rep. Todd Courser (R-Lapeer). Why? Also why is House Speaker Kevin Cotter acting quickly with the House Business Office investigation?
Will Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump make a stop at the Michigan Republican Party's Mackinac Conference later in September? Why would he want to come to Mackinac or why would he not consider it a good use of his time? And what does Bucholz mean when he says Trump has tapped into a public vein that "isn't good."
The first ever live news broadcast, the reading of local election results, was made on this date in 1920 from 8MK in Detroit. The station, then owned and operated by The Detroit News, had only been broadcasting music programs for one week, albeit to a very small audience. The Detroit News went on years later to launch Michigan's first television station. Little 8MK is still on the air as WWJ.
Source : Michigan Historical Society Facebook Page, August 31, 2014.
Michigan’s first newspaper appeared two hundred years ago. The first – and possibly only – issue of The Michigan Essay; or, the Impartial Observer was printed on August 31, 1809. James M. Miller published this four-page paper, printing it on the press of Father Gabriel Richard.
“A Shaky Start and a Short Life…”
The paper promised to publish a new issue every Thursday. There is no evidence, however, that volume 1, no. 2 was ever printed. A shaky start and a short life were common for pioneer papers. In those days, the only thing harder to come by than a steady supply of newsprint was a good supply of paying subscribers. The Michigan Essay set its subscription for Detroit residents at five dollars per year, payable half-yearly in advance. For more distant subscribers, the price was reduced to four dollars per year.
Source : Kevin Driedger, Library of Michigan, "Journalism on the Frontier", Seeking Michigan, August 25, 2009
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