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One of the worst brawls in Michigan sports history occurred a spectator threw a glass on beer at Indiana Pacers star Ron Artest near the end of a basketball game with the Detroit Pistons. A mêlée ensued when Artest rushed into the stands throwing punches at fans.
For more information, see Zlati Meyer, "One cup thrown leads to infamous Malice at the Palace", Detroit Free Press, November 16, 2014.
Vincent Goodwill Jr., "Ten years later: 'The Brawl' prompted change in NBA", Detroit News, November 19, 2014.
Shawn Windsor, "Windsor: Ugliness of 'Malice at the Palace' still stuns", Detroit Free Press, November 19, 2014.
The newly restored Michigan capitol was officially rededicated and awarded National Historic Landmark Status.
Source : Michigan History, November-December 2014.
In a game to determine the number-one ranking in college football against the MSU Spartans, Notre Dame coach, Ara Parseghian had his team run out the clock rather than risk a pass and try to win. The game ended in a 10-10 tie.
The 1966 season marked the first time Michigan State elected two black captains in Webster and Jones. At the time, Raye was the only black quarterback starting for a major college team. The Notre Dame game had "such social and political significance," MSU Quarterback Jimmy Raye said, because Michigan State was so integrated while the Irish had only one black player, star defensive lineman Alan Page.
MSU was undefeated in 1966.
Source : Historical Society of Michigan
Also see Game of the Century’: Notre Dame vs. Michigan State, 1966, Life, 1966.
Adam Rittenberg, "Spartans blended race in 1960s", ESPN, February 21, 2013.
Civil Rights: Current ELCRA Does Not Protect Transgendered
The department charged with enforcing the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act says it cannot pursue complaints of discrimination from transgender people under the existing statute despite House Speaker Jase Bolger's claims to the contrary. As the once bipartisan discussions about extending ELCRA protections to lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender persons have fallen apart, one of the key points of dispute is whether the existing language in the law that prohibits discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations already protects the transgender community.
Board To Discuss Standards For Special Education Complaints
The state could eventually have a definition for what constitutes a factual basis in filing a complaint about a local school district's special education program. State Board of Education members planned future discussions on the issue after concerns were raised on Tuesday that there is not a standard for determining when a systemic complaint should be filed.
Conservatives Push Support Of Renewable Energy Bills
Larry Ward, the executive director of the Michigan Conservative Energy Forum, led a teleconference on Tuesday praising the conservative support of legislation that would encourage more renewable and clean energy usage in the state. Mr. Ward said HB 5967*, HB 5968* and HB 5969* would help create jobs and help the state become less reliable on imports for energy. The bills would reduce regulations on providers, increase jobs and security, encourage safe and reliable distribution, and encourage private sector development, Mr. Ward said.
Department Gearing Up For Science Standards Discussions
Department of Education officials are already preparing presentations to legislators ahead of next month's expected approval of new science standards. The department, working with science teachers and others, has developed new standards that put more emphasis on investigations and concepts that cross fields. But the standards also adopt some elements of the next generation science standards that have been adopted or are under consideration by a number of states.
Supreme Court Holds State Could Close Workers Comp Hearing Site
The state had the authority to close a hearing site for workers' compensation cases and relocate it to a site 70 miles away, the Supreme Court unanimously held. The memorandum decision, in Younkin v. Zimmer (SC docket No. 149355), the court held that while it might be an inconvenience for Lawrence Younkin to travel to Dimondale (where the hearing site was moved to) rather than Flint, it did not "constitute an unreasonable inconvenience."
Audit: Lottery Should Check Retailers Who Buy Back Winning Tickets
Michigan's Lottery Bureau is generally effective in ensuring the integrity of its lottery games, but needs to step up its review of lottery retailers who buy back winning tickets from customers, often at a discount, said a performance audit by Auditor General Doug Ringler.
Snyder Unhurt After Traffic Crash
Rear-ending another vehicle is bad enough. Compound that with rear-ending a Department of State Police vehicle - a vehicle that is transporting the governor.
Source : Gongwer News Service : Michigan Report, Volume #53, Report 228, November 18, 2014. Full access requires a subscription or a visit to a subscribing library such as the Michigan State University Main Library.
How important is the transportation funding package to Gov. Rick Snyder's administration this lame duck?
Snyder's chief lobbyist, Dick Posthumus, is walking into the Capitol Dec. 2 with a list that basically includes one item on his wish list and it's the bills that make up the road funding package.
"This is our first, second, third, fourth and fifth priorities," Posthumus said. "Everything else is on the 'B' List."
"I don't want to discount other issues that are important, but right now the Governor has accomplished a lot," he said. "Michigan has come a long way the last four years in terms of becoming more competitive, reducing the cost of creating jobs in this state.
"We got rid of our deficit. We got Detroit back in a position to get back on its feet. But the one area that we think is absolutely critical to growing Michigan is our transportation infrastructure."
For the full article, see "Roads '1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th' Priorities On Snyder's Lame Duck Agenda", Inside MIRS Today, November 18, 2014.
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