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Bolger: Unions Not Playing Their Part In Detroit Settlement
House Speaker Jase Bolger said on Friday public employee unions need to be involved in the Detroit bankruptcy settlement before the state can offer $350 million as part of a so-called Grand Bargain.
Ari Adler, spokesperson for Mr. Bolger (R-Marshall), said if the unions do not get involved, the entire settlement could be at risk.
Richardville: Caucus Level Of Support For EAA Unclear
A bill codifying and expanding the Education Achievement Authority could see a vote in the Senate next week, Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville told Gongwer News Service on Friday, but the exact number of majority Senate Republicans in support of the bill is less certain for now.
Nakagiri Looking Toward July Deadline In LG Bid
Republican lieutenant governor candidate Wes Nakagiri said Friday it is unlikely he will be able to obtain the necessary backing to meet the first deadline on Tuesday to appear on the ballot at the August state party convention that will determine whether Lt. Governor Brian Calley wins renomination.
Survey Shows Snyder Ratings Up, Tied With Obama
Governor Rick Snyder's approval rating is now at its highest level since his 2011 inauguration, results from the latest State of the State Survey show, and matches the approval rating Michigan residents give President Barack Obama.
Schauer Files Petitions To Run For Governor
Friday it was Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer's turn to file his petitions to appear on the primary ballot, and with 1,000 more signatures than the petitions for Governor Rick Snyder, Mr. Schauer said he wanted this to be just the first time he beat the incumbent.
Court: Trust Claims Limit Runs From Report Disclosing Claims
The one-year statute of limitations in the Trust Code runs from the report that disclosed the possibility of the claims, not from the most recent report issued on the trust, the Court of Appeals ruled in a case released Friday.
Michigan Jobless Rate Falling, Still In Top 10
Michigan's March seasonally adjusted jobless rate of 7.5 percent put the state in seventh position among the states with the highest unemployment.
Source : Gongwer News Service : Michigan Report, Volume #53, Report 75, April 18, 2014. Full access requires a subscription or a visit to a subscribing library such as the Michigan State University Main Library.
Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville (R-Monroe) said that the administration has been working with his members on the Education Achievement Authority (EAA) legislation, and it could be up for a vote as early as next week when the Senate returns.
For the full article, see "Richardville: Time To Fish Or Cut Bait On EAA", Inside MIRS Today, April 18, 2014.
Other topics covered include:
• Richardville: Time To Fish Or Cut Bait On EAA
• Land Endorsed By LGBT 'Hate Group,' Pro-Gay GOP Group
• Schauer Was Up 5 Points; What Happened?
• Quasi-Agencies Have Different Contracting Standards, Transparency
• MCFN Analysis: Mich. Groups Helping Both RGA, DGA
• Farmers Want To Shoot Deer At Night Without State Permission First
• MSU Survey: Snyder Favorables Best Since Inauguration
• Schauer Turns In Sigs, Darga First D To File In 8th
• Minerals Underneath Some Genesee Parks Could Be Leased May 1
• Calley Running Boston Marathon For Bombing Victim Charity
• GOP Challenger Plans To Take On Lyons In 86th
• Bolger To Unions: Pay Up In Bankruptcy For Retirees' State Aid
• Golf Courses Face Tee Time Delays
• Exploding Meth Lab Not Deemed 'Dangerous Weapon'
• Michigan Falls Back To Nation's 7th Highest Unemployment Rate
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Eric Freedman, Green Versus Green : Environmentalists are blocking clean energy projects in the Great Lakes region.
Jack Lessenberry, The Best Politicians Money Can Buy : The price tag for Congress continues to climb.
Lisa Farnum, Committees Demystified : Understanding common state political committees of date.
Jeff Patton, Let's Restore the Promise : General Fund cuts still threaten the state's community mental health safety net.
Sheryl Emery, Beyond the Fake Interpreter : The voice of the Deaf community is not being heard in Lansing.
Jim Abbott's University of Michigan #31 baseball jersey was retired at the Wolverines' April 18, 2009 home game against Michigan State University.
James Anthony (Jim) Abbott (born September 19, 1967) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher, who played despite having been born without a right hand. He played for the California Angels, the New York Yankees, the Chicago White Sox, and the Milwaukee Brewers, from 1989 to 1999. He graduated from Flint Central High School and grew up in the East Village area of Flint, Michigan. While with the University of Michigan, Abbott won the James E. Sullivan Award as the nation's best amateur athlete in 1987 and won a gold medal in the demonstration event at the 1988 Summer Olympics. He was drafted in the first round of the 1988 Major League Baseball Draft and reached the Majors the next year. He threw a no-hitter against the Cleveland Indians in 1993.
Abbott played for Michigan three years under coach Bud Middaugh, from 1985 to 1988, leading them to two Big Ten championships. In 1987, he won the James E. Sullivan Award as the top amateur athlete in the United States, becoming the first baseball player to win the award. Abbott was the flag-bearer for the United States at the 1987 Pan American Games in Indianapolis, helping lead the USA to a second place finish. Though baseball was a demonstration sport in the 1988 Summer Olympics, Abbott pitched the final game, winning an unofficial gold medal for the United States. Abbott was voted the Big Ten Athlete of the Year in 1988.
Sources : Jim Abbott wikipedia entry
Bill Castanier, "Home run; Jim Abbott writes about his baseball career and his parents' love story", Lansing City Pulse, May 2, 2012.
Jim Abbott and Tim Brown, Imperfect: An Improbable Life. New York : Ballantine Books, c2012. Available through MelCat or interlibrary loan.
Tom Lamphier of Detroit, a pilot in the U.S. navy, helped shoot down Japan’s top military leader, Admiral Isoruko Yamamoto. Source: Historical Society of Michigan
Isoroku Yamamoto was born in 1884. His original family name, Takano, was changed through adoption. Graduated from the Japanese Naval Academy in 1904, he was wounded in action during the Russo-Japanese War. Yamamoto attended the Japanese Navy's Staff College during the "teens" and later studied at Harvard University. As a Captain, he served as Naval Attache to the United States in 1925-28. In the late 1920s and during the 1930s, he held a number of important positions, many of them involved with Japanese naval aviation.
Admiral Yamamoto commanded the Combined Fleet before the outbreak of the Pacific War and during its first sixteen months. He was responsible for planning the attack on Pearl Harbor and most other major operations during this time. His scheme for eliminating the U.S. fleet as a major opponent led to the June 1942 Battle of Midway, in which the Japan lost naval superiority in the Pacific.
Despite Midway's adverse outcome, Yamamoto continued as Combined Fleet commander through the following Guadalcanal Campaign, which further depleted Japan's naval resources. While on an inspection tour in the Northern Solomon Islands, he was killed in an aerial ambush by U.S. Army Air Force planes on 18 April 1943. Isoroku Yamamoto was posthumously promoted to the rank of Admiral of the Fleet.
Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, Japanese Navy, (1884-1943), Naval History and Heritage Command.
For a longer article, see Kennedy Hickman, Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, About.Com Military History article which states that the kill is generally credited to 1st Lt. Rex T. Barber instead.
Isoroku Yamamoto wikipedia entry.
The American pilots -- including Tom Lamphier -- flew the longest over-water fighter mission ever and ambushed and killed Yamamoto. After his death, the Japanese never won another major naval battle. But the victorious American pilots seemed cursed by the samurai spirit of the admiral and were tormented for the rest of their lives by what happened that day. Davis paints unforgettable personal portraits of men in combat and unravels a military mystery that has been covered up at the highest levels of government since the end of the war. For more information, see Lightning strike : the secret mission to kill Admiral Yamamoto and avenge Pearl Harbor / Donald A. Davis. New York : St. Martin's Press, 2005.
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