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Two Boy Scouts testified in front of Michigan lawmakers Thursday asking them to allow the return of bake sales as fundraisers in the state's schools.
William Cothron, 11, and Kevin Kapanowski, 12, are both eighth grade students at Canton Charter Academy and members of Boy Scout Troop 743.
In addition to giving lawmakers a rundown of how the bartering system during school lunch hour works -- some students trade the unhealthy items in their lunch boxes to other students, in case you were wondering -- the duo sat before lawmakers on Thursday and said they'd like their "Wacky Wednesdays" back.
For the full article, see Kyle Feldscher, "Boy Scouts ask Michigan lawmakers to bring back bake sales while woman tries to give them muffins", MLive, April 17, 2015.
Adolph Alfred Taubman (January 31, 1924 – April 17, 2015) was an American real estate developer and philanthropist from Michigan. He pioneered the modern indoor shopping mall and was described by CBS News as a "legend in retailing" who became wealthy developing upscale shopping malls.
In his 91 years on Earth, A. Alfred Taubman was many things: shoe salesman, soldier, architect, shopping mall pioneer, billionaire, philanthropist, author, and owner of A&W root beer, the Michigan Panthers football team and Sotheby's art auction house.
He also was federal prisoner #50444-054 for about 10 months, convicted in 2002 of antitrust violations — charges he always denied — stemming from a price-fixing scheme between Sotheby's and chief art auction rival Christie's.
His name, of course, will live on for decades in the many institutions that benefit from his philanthropic gifts, stretching in his home state from the College for Creative Studies and the Detroit Institute of Arts to Lawrence Technological University and the University of Michigan to Ivy League schools Harvard and Brown. He funded cutting-edge medical research from Ann Arbor to Israel.
A. Alfred Taubman wikipedia entry.
Tom Walsh, "Al Taubman: A scrappy kid from Pontiac who never let up", Detroit Free Press, April 19, 2015.
As Michiganians work on filing their taxes by Tuesday, the Tax Foundation said state residents will celebrate Tax Freedom Day a week from today.
On April 17, Michiganians collectively will have earned enough income to pay off their combined federal, state, and local tax bill, according to the foundation. Michigan will become the 28th state to reach its freedom day after Louisiana reached the mark first on March 30.
Michigan will reach its freedom day before Illinois and neighboring Wisconsin, but after Ohio and Indiana.
“Arguments can be made for why the collective tax bill is too high or too low, but in order to have an honest discussion, it’s important to understand where we stand,” Tax Foundation economist Kyle Pomerleau said. “Tax Freedom Day gives us a vivid representation of how much we pay for the goods and services provided by governments at all levels.”
But if it’s any consolation, Michigan has the 11th lowest income tax rate in the nation at 4.25 percent, according to the foundation.
For the full article, see "For those in Michigan, tax freedom day comes April 17", Detroit News, April 10, 2014.
Ford Motor Co. on Wednesday kicked off its 50th year of Mustang production with a special ceremony commemorating the 1 millionth pony car produced at the Flat Rock Assembly Plant.
Ford's iconic pony car debuted on this day in 1964 in New York; since then, the Dearborn automaker has sold more than 8.5 million Mustangs and now has plans to sell the car in Europe.
Note : Picture capiton - The 1965 Ford Mustang fastback on display outside the Ford Pavilion at the New York World's Fair during its debut on April 17, 1964
For the full article, see Karl Henkel, "Ford kicks off 50th year of Mustang production", Detroit News, April 17, 2013.
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