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A Michigan court bars Dr Jack Kevorkian from assisting in suicides.
Source : HistoryOrb.com
For more information, see :
Between the dying and the dead : Dr. Jack Kevorkian's life and the battle to legalize euthanasia / Neal Nicol and Harry Wylie. Madison, Wis. : University of Wisconsin Press/Terrace Books, c2006. 273pp. Main Library Stacks R726 .N53 2006
Dr. Jack Kevorkian—the enigmatic and intrepid physician dubbed "Dr. Death"—has for years declined public interviews about his life and the events that led him to be a vehement advocate of doctor-assisted suicide for terminally ill patients. But here, finally, is his own life story, as told to Neal Nicol and Harry Wylie.
Dr. Kevorkian gained international notoriety in the 1990s for his passionate advocacy of choice for terminal patients, who have increasingly won the right to decide the time, place, and method of their own death in several western countries. In 1998, he assisted Thomas Youk, a terminally ill patient suffering from Lou Gehrig's disease, with a lethal injection that was broadcast on CBS's 60 Minutes. Immediately thereafter, Kevorkian was arrested, charged with second-degree murder, tried, and sentenced to 10-25 years in Michigan's maximum-security prison system.
Today, Dr. Kevorkian is in his late seventies and in failing health himself. He shares an eight-by-twelve-foot cell with another inmate in the Thumb Correctional Facility at Lapeer, Michigan. The unique story Prisoner Number 284797 shares far exceeds the battle to legalize euthanasia and end human suffering for terminal patients. "Personal choice is really what it is all about. Quality of life, as opposed to maintaining existence"
Although born in Vancouver, Canada, Jennifer Granholm made history in Michigan, being elected the first woman Attorney General in 1998 and the first woman governor in 2002. She easily won reelection in 2006.
Source : Michigan Every Day.
For more information, see Jennifer Granholm Wikipedia entry
A governor's story : the fight for jobs and America's economic future / Jennifer Granholm and Dan Mulhern. New York : PublicAffairs, c2011.
On Feb. 5, 1838, Detroit's militia company, the Brady guards, was called into service during the Patriot War in Canada.
In 1832, at the end of the Black Hawk War, the Detroit City Guards were disbanded. A number of young men, including some former members of the Detroit City Guard, formed a new independent volunteer company in Detroit on April 2, 1836.
The organization was soon renamed the Brady Guards after Brigadier General Hugh Brady. In 1855, the Brady Guards became the Detroit Light Guard. This unit has had a continuous existence to the present-day and is now Company A, 1st Battalion, 125th Infantry.
Michigan History magazine
Brady Guards entry posted by Michigan Department of Military and Veteran Affairs.
Top Snyder Aides Informed Of Legionnaire's Outbreak 11 Months Ago
Two of Governor Rick Snyder's top aides, former Department of Environmental Quality Director Dan Wyant and urban affairs chief Harvey Hollins, knew at least as early as March 13, 2015, of a Legionnaire's outbreak in Genesee County and the county health department's concern it might be related to the city switching its water source to the Flint River.
Senate Moves Another $30M Flint Supplemental
One day after numerous legislators had mixed reviews on a proposal by Governor Rick Snyder to include $30 million in his budget proposal to credit Flint residents' water bills for contaminated water, the Senate majority decided to appropriate that funding in the second supplemental to Flint in as many weeks.
Ruling On 'Gag Order' Law To Wait
Calling the challenge to PA 269 of 2015 important, U.S. District Judge John Corbett O'Meara took arguments under advisement Thursday on a motion for a preliminary injunction. Local officials argued the ruling to block the new law was needed to allow communications for issues on the March 8 ballot, but state attorneys said nothing in the law prevented those officials from making those communications and, in any case, those officials did not have standing to challenge the law.
DPS Bills See Debate On Local Control At First Hearing
While there seemed to be a consensus that the Legislature must do something to help Detroit Public Schools' academic and financial shortcomings, there was not quite a consensus on the type of governing structure that would get DPS there when the Senate Government Operations Committee took up the first pair of bills on the matter on Thursday.
Cotter Wants Bills Stopping Sickouts To Move Quickly
House Speaker Kevin Cotter said on Thursday legislation sitting on the Senate floor responding to sickouts from teachers in Detroit Public Schools should move before a full solution for the district's financial woes is finalized, or be tie-barred to the DPS financial package.
Bills Would End School Calendars As Collective Bargaining Item
The process for schools obtaining start date waivers would be streamlined, and the school calendar would be prohibited as a topic of collective bargaining, under legislation discussed Thursday in the House Education Committee.
Republican Presidential Candidates To Debate In Detroit
The Republican presidential candidates will hold a debate in Detroit on March 3, five days before Michigan's presidential primary, Fox News Channel announced Thursday.
EPA Report Shows $2B Needed For Water Treatment Improvements
Michigan will need to invest $2.077 billion over the next 20 years to maintain and improve its various water treatment facilities, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said in a report released Thursday.
Former Aramark Supervisor Sentenced In Assault Plot
Michael Young of Kincheloe was sentenced Thursday to up to five years in prison for trying to hire an inmate at Kinross Correctional Facility in Chippewa County to assault another inmate.
Civil Service Question Goes Before Supreme Court
A question on Civil Service Commission authority goes before the Supreme Court, which will determine if it should hear full arguments on the question.
Groups Seek More Comment Time On Line 5 Documents
A week is not enough time to review and comment on a proposed request for information for an independent analysis of the Enbridge Line 5 running under the Mackinac Straits, several environmental groups said Thursday.
Federal Court: Eviction Notice Does Not Have To Include Appeal Rights
Lansing did not violate the rights of certain tenants when they were evicted from their residences by not including information on the eviction notice on the tenants' rights to appeal, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals held on Thursday.
The Senate Transportation Committee on Thursday reported legislation requiring Department of State employees to specifically inquire whether a driver's license applicant wishes to participate in the organ donor registry (SB 541*). An S-3 substitute was adopted to the bill, as was an amendment to exclude said employees from any civil liability for failing to mention that an individual can register himself or herself for organ donation.
Flint Water Translation
Officials in the Department of Civil Rights have translated the various informational documents regarding the Flint water crisis to Arabic, Chinese and Spanish, with more languages to come. Among the documents is an informational palm card, a water sampling form and letters to various affected parties (like parents and food establishments), with more documents expected to be translated. The documents are being circulated to various officials in Civil Rights and the Department of Health and Human Services and are available at http;//www.michigan.gov/flintwater
Department of Natural Resources conservation officers are beefing up enforcement of excessive noise from snowmobiles, so the department is offering owners the opportunity to have their sleds tested before hitting the trail. The service centers in Marquette, Newberry and Gaylord will offer the testing from 9 a.m. to noon on February 20 for two-stroke machines built after 1980. Law requires those machines produce no more than 88 decibels at 13.1 feet.
Source : Gongwer News Service : Michigan Report, Volume #55, Report 22, February 4, 2016. Full access requires a subscription or a visit to a subscribing library such as the Michigan State University Main Library. For assistance in accessing the database, stop by the MSU Library Reference Desk.
A top aide to Gov. Rick Snyder was informed of the spikes in Legionnaires' disease in Genesee County in March 2015 and its possible connection to Flint's municipal water, according to emails unveiled by Progress Michigan today.
The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) was aware of the issue about four months prior.
Snyder and his administration announced Jan. 13 that the county experienced two separate spikes in the disease -- one beginning in June 2014 and another beginning in May 2015. These spikes have been connected to nine fatalities.
The disease -- essentially severe pneumonia caused by bacteria if breathed in via water vapor -- and the upticks in Genesee County do coincide with when Flint switched over to using Flint River water. And the number of cases reported in 2014 and 2015 far exceeded what had been reported in the county in previous years.
But as it's been pointed out, there is still no scientific connection between the Legionnaires' uptick and the water switch, the countywide numbers encompass more than just Flint residents, and a person can't contract it simply by drinking water with bacteria in it.
Either way, the email chain dug up by Progress Michigan shows Harvey Hollins, director of urban initiatives for Snyder, was informed by the DEQ about the Legionnaires' outbreak in March 2015.
Snyder, when he made the announcement Jan. 13, said he had just learned of the Legionnaires' spike that week. Also, while the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) had been investigating the spikes in Genesee County, it had not released the results of those investigations to a broader public audience until Jan. 13.
For the full article, see "Gov Aide Learned Of Legionnaires' Spike In March 2015, DEQ Staff Earlier", Inside MIRS Today, February 4, 2016.
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