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Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration is rolling out a statewide recycling plan today to boost Michigan’s recycling efforts that lag well behind most of its Midwestern neighbors.
The governor is scheduled to be at plastic bottle recycler Clean Tech Inc. in Dundee this afternoon, where he will outline his administration’s plan to reduce the amount of solid waste and recoup some of the estimated $435 million in reusable materials sent each year to landfills around the state. The 15-point plan includes the goal of doubling recycling efforts within two years.
For the full article, see Jim Lynch, "Snyder wants to double recycling in Michigan; Gov on Monday will outline two-year plan to boost state participation", Detroit News, April 14, 2014.
Congressional hopeful Debbie Dingell talks about her philosophy in raising campaign money, among many other subjects in her first Lansing media availability as a candidate.
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Fifty-four years after its humble beginning on West Grand Boulevard in Detroit, that legacy will get bathed in Broadway's bright lights as "Motown: The Musical" has its official premier today in New York.
The show's arrival culminates a long labor of love by Barry Gordy, the Motown founder, who conceived the idea a decade ago and enlisted showbiz heavyweights Doug Morris (Sony Music) and Kevin McCollum ("Rent") as coproducers in 2010.
Gordy, who wrote the initial script and has been hands-on throughout the process, said the show could become his greatest career accomplishment.
Source : Brian McCollom, "'Motown: The Musical': Get ready 'cause here it comes", Detroit Free Press, March 10, 2013.
Brian McCollum, "Diana Ross, Berry Gordy among stars at 'Motown: The Musical' opening", Detroit Free Press, April 14, 2013.
The Miracles were Motown's sparkplug. They were there first, long before acts such as the Supremes, the Four Tops and the Temptations would glide on greater glory into the pop music annals.
In the beginning, the Miracles were a group and William “Smokey” Robinson was the lead singer. The name remained unchanged until 1967, when they became Smokey Robinson and the Miracles – a recognition of Robinson’s indisputable role as frontman, songwriter and guiding light. However, every member of the Miracles was talented, and their satiny harmonies, sharp choreography and other contributions were important to the group’s success.
The Miracles were one of Motown’s most gifted ensembles and among its most long-lived, dating back to their roots as a group at Detroit’s Northern High School. Robinson, Pete Moore and Bobby Rogers actually first sang together in their preteen years. In 1955, Robinson formed the Five Chimes, which consisted of Robinson and Moore, along with high-school classmates James Grice, Clarence Dawson and Donald Wicker. Ronnie White replaced Wicker, Emerson “Sonny” Rogers replaced Dawson, Bobby Rogers replaced Grice, and the group then became the Matadors.
When Sonny Rogers quit to joined the army, Robinson asked Rogers' sister, Claudette – a member of the Matadorettes, their sister band – to join. The lineup was now set. However, because they now had a female member, the name Matadors was no longer appropriate, so they rechristened themselves the Miracles.
Barry Gordy Jr.'s Introductory Speech about the Miracles at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Miracles Inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Website.
For the full article, see Brian McCollum, "Rock hall of fame induction comes late for the Miracles", Detroit Free Press, April 14, 2012.
For another, see Brian McCollom, "Rare reunion for Smokey Robinson and the Miracles is a chance to recall glory days", originally published Feb. 27, 1997, Detroit Free Press, April 14, 2012.
The Free Press and the Detroit News announced their joint-operating agreement on April 14, 1986.
The deal, which required federal approval, took effect about three and half years later on Nov. 27, 1989, after it went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.
At that time, the Free Press was owned by Knight Ridder and the News was owned by Gannett. Today, Gannett owns the Free Press, and MediaNews Group owns the News.
Source : Zlati Meyer, This Week In Michigan History, April 14, 2013.
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