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William Whitney Talman Jr. was a third-generation Detroiter whose ancestral line included a member of George Washington’s staff during the American Revolution. A noted actor, he played in many movies before becoming famous as Hamilton Burger, the prosecuting attorney who always lost to Perry Mason in the Perry Mason tv series which originally played from 1957 through 1966. However, his most significant role, according to this article, was doing an anti-smoking commercial for the American Cancer Society while dying from lung cancer (brought on by smoking three packs of un-filtered camels a day for 40 years). The landmark commercial, the first anti-smoking spot to feature a celebrity, aired in 1968.
For the full article, see Richard Bak, "Profile: Detroit-born 'Perry Mason' Actor William Talman", Hour Detroit, March 2013.
On this day, civil rights icon Rosa Parks was born in rural Tuskegee, Alabama.
Born Rosa Louise McCauley, this remarkable woman is remembered as the "mother of the modern day civil rights movement." Most famously, she gained national attention in 1955 when she refused to give up her seat to a White male on a Montgomery, Alabama city bus. With little more than a high-school education, Rosa Parks inspired a generation of activists to fight legal segregation in the United States.
Rosa Parks later moved to Detroit where she died on October 24, 2005. Today, we celebrate her legacy as a courageous leader and inspiring civil and human rights activist.
For more information visit Biography.com's Rosa Parks Bio and video
Charles Lindbergh was born in Detroit on February 4, 1902 For more information about the aviator, visit Wikipedia
Source : Michigan Every Day
On Feb. 4, 1836, a resolution was introduced in the Michigan House asking for the extermination of wolves.
According to the resolution, wolves were "brigands," preying on wildlife and farm animals at all times, but more ferocious as game became scarcer in January and February.
The resolution went nowhere, apparently due to the general impression that it was impossible to exterminate a wild animal in an area that was three-quarters wild.
Source: History Do You Know? via MIRS, February 4, 2015
DEQ, EPA Roasted At Congressional Hearing
Virginia Tech professor Marc Edwards and Flint resident LeeAnne Walters told a U.S. House committee Wednesday that the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality engaged in a cover-up to prevent its failure to enforce drinking water laws in Flint from coming to light, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was complicit in that scheme.
Mr. Edwards, the drinking water expert who assisted Ms. Walters, who was deeply worried about problems with water in her home, said the fault for lead leaching into the water at homes with lead service lines in Flint is straightforward.
The DEQ is in charge of enforcing the federal Lead and Copper Rule and the Safe Drinking Water Act, and it failed to insist Flint use corrosion control treatment in the water, Mr. Edwards said. Ms. Walters went to the EPA, and when its employee, Miguel Del Toral, concluded lead was leaching into the water, his boss, Region 5 chief Susan Hedman, shut him down.
"100 percent of the responsibility lies with these employees at MDEQ, there's no question, but EPA had the chance because of Miguel Del Toral to be the hero here, and Ms. Hedman snatched defeat for EPA from the jaws of victory by discrediting his memo and standing by silently as she knew that federal law was not protecting Flint's children," Mr. Edwards told the U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
It was a riveting and emotional four-hour hearing in Washington, broadcast live on C-SPAN, featuring four members of Michigan's U.S. House delegation, DEQ Interim Director Keith Creagh and top EPA official Joel Beauvais.
Perhaps the biggest point of contention overall was on the insistence from the Snyder administration that every level of government failed Flint - local, state and federal.
U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Flint) was the first to speak and sought to shatter that argument. Yes, the EPA has culpability, Mr. Kildee said, saying they should have "shouted from the mountaintop" about what was happening in Flint.
But to blame the Flint city government ignores the reality that from late 2011 until the spring of 2015, Flint was under the complete control of an emergency manager appointed by Governor Rick Snyder, Mr. Kildee said. And it was the DEQ that failed to fulfill its duty as the lead on enforcing federal rules and laws on drinking water, he said. Mr. Kildee questioned how the state could seriously complain about the EPA when the EPA's failing was not compelling the state to do its job.
"This false equivalency that somehow local officials who had no power and the EPA - who I agree should have done more - should be held accountable for this misses the point," he said. "This is a state failure."
Mr. Creagh stuck with the message, though, of three levels of failure: local, state and federal. He outlined to the committee which layer of government is responsible for which aspects of drinking water.
Flint is responsible for daily operations and the distribution system and certifying that samples meet the lead and copper rule, he said. The state is responsible for ensuring compliance with the lead and copper rule and the Safe Drinking Water Act. And the EPA sets national drinking water standards while providing oversight on those standards as well as auditing state performance, Mr. Creagh said.
Mr. Creagh then outlined the state response so far.
"We know the task ahead is important as is the restoration of the public trust. Governor Snyder is committed to providing the resources necessary to provide solutions," he said. "We will not rest until this problem is solved and the people of Flint are assured they again have water that is safe for them and their families."
Mr. Creagh, who became director January 4 following Dan Wyant's resignation days earlier, was an elusive target for the committee, having not been involved in any of the decisions that led to the crisis.
$30M Proposal To Refund Flint Residents On Water Sees Mixed Reviews
Governor Rick Snyder's $30 million budget proposal to reimburse affected Flint residents for bills on water they could not use was met with more questions than answers among lawmakers - some who said the proposal was not enough and others who sought more assurances before making such a commitment.
House Panel OKs Clarification On Limits To Ballot Communications
Legislation allowing public entities to provide factual information regarding local ballot proposals in an attempt to clarify PA 269 - better known as SB 571* - cleared the House Elections Committee on Wednesday with some Democrats and local groups wanting more changes.
Miller Bill Would Allow Tesla To Operate In The State
A bill introduced Wednesday by Rep. Aaron Miller would allow Tesla Motors to sell its electric vehicles in the state, although the car company doesn't use the standard dealership model. HB 5312* would strike the state's prohibition on direct sales from a manufacturer. The bill also provides a geographical protection so a Tesla manufacturer would not be able to sell within 10 miles from a traditional dealership.
Earley Agrees To Testify After Congress Vows To ‘Hunt Him Down'
Former Flint Emergency Manager Darnell Earley relented to requests that he testify before the U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee about the Flint water crisis, but only after the committee chair went ballistic at him for refusing to appear at Wednesday's hearing and ordered the U.S. Marshals to "hunt him down." U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), the committee chair, said the committee notified Mr. Earley last week it was calling him to testify. Mr. Earley's attorney notified the committee Monday night he would not appear, so Tuesday the committee issued a subpoena, and Mr. Earley's attorney refused the service of the subpoena.
Senate Passes Bill Changing Judgeships
The Senate on Wednesday passed a bill changing the number of judgeships in numerous courts across the state, predominately along party lines with Democrats in opposition. As passed by the chamber, the Senate Bill 709 eliminates three probate court judgeships among Ingham, Saginaw and St. Clair counties. It also eliminates five district court judgeships, with one each in the fifth district (Berrien County), 36th district (Detroit), 51st district (Waterford Township), 52nd district (a portion of Oakland County) and 74th district (Bay County). Meanwhile, the addition of two circuit court judgeships are split between Oakland and Macomb counties beginning January 1, 2021, subject to county approval. And the scheduled elimination of one circuit court judgeship in the 18th Circuit (Bay County) has been removed, as has the scheduled elimination of one district court judgeship in the 44th District (Royal Oak and Berkley).
Flint Pipe Replacement Talks Still Premature, Meekhof Says
With more and more funding continuing to go Flint residents for the purchase of clean, usable water and health care concerns, the next question has been on when the lead-leaching pipes can be replaced and who should pay.
Meekhof Slow To Embrace Sickout Legislation On Eve Of Hearing
Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof said Wednesday legislation that would effectively make illegal the sick-outs teachers in Detroit Public Schools have been holding is "an option," but more important is ensuring a good education for the students, however that may come
Senate Panel OKs Bill On Liquor Advertising, Beer Pricing
The Senate Regulatory Reform Committee took action Wednesday on a bill that would expand the advertising items licensees may provide to other licensees, but did not take another bill on its agenda that would define and allow social media promotions in liquor advertising.
Agriculture Committee Considers Allowing Aquaculture Facilities
The House Agriculture Committee on Wednesday heard from supporters of a regulated aquaculture system in the Great Lakes a day after a separate House committee heard from environmental groups that there were too many risks to aquaculture and net pens should be banned.
Clinton, Sanders To Debate In Flint
The Flint water crisis has become a major national story and it will get a major moment in the spotlight March 6 with Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders agreeing to a debate in the city just two days before the Michigan presidential primary.
State Taking Closer Look At Rashes Possibly Linked To Flint Water
The Department of Health and Human Services is developing a plan to better understand rashes being reported by members of the public and whether they are associated with the tainted Flint water, the state announced late Wednesday.
Whiston Warns Of Coming Accountability Changes
With the recent changes in federal law, the Department of Education will likely come to the Legislature for changes in the state's school accountability system, Superintendent of Public Instruction Brian Whiston told a joint meeting of the Senate Education Committee and the Senate Appropriations K-12 School Aid and Education Subcommittee.
East Detroit Teachers Bristle At New CEO
While teachers in East Detroit do not plan to protest appointment of a chief executive officer to oversee their district's academics, they did question the wisdom of the appointment in a statement Wednesday.
Macomb County Commissioner Announces Run In 24th House
Republican Macomb County Commissioner Steve Marino on Wednesday announced his candidacy in the 24th House District where current Rep. Anthony Forlini (R-Harrison Township) cannot seek re-election due to term limits.
Appeals Court Upholds Restitution In Mortgage Fraud Case
A bank that was defrauded in a mortgage scheme that included one of its employees, and then has to reclaim the defrauded property in a foreclosure auction, is eligible to receive restitution from the convicted individuals, the Court of Appeals held Wednesday.
The Senate Commerce Committee reported a package of bills (HB 5070, HB 5071, HB 5072 and HB 5073) seeking to clarify the relationship of a franchisee and franchisor in state law after the National Labor Relations Board made a ruling last summer that the two are joint employers of a franchisee's workers.
Matthew Davis, Popular GOP Operative, Has Died
Matthew Davis, who wore a variety of hats in the Capitol community - communications pro, attorney, Republican operative and onetime politics reporter - died Wednesday.
Michigan History Magazine has undergone a redesign which appears in its first issue of 2016, officials with the Historical Society of Michigan said Wednesday. The redesign update's the look of the bimonthly magazine, and will include three new features: "Made in Michigan," will highlight products that made their debut in Michigan, ranging from the first effective highway snowplow to cat litter to other now common items; "Trips by Topic," which suggests themed trips centered around various museums; and "Wise Words," which includes quotations from famous Michigan residents.
New Campgrounds at Wilderness State Park
Beginning Thursday, campers will have an additional choice when making state park reservations. The Department of Natural Resources announced that Wilderness State Park has a new campground including sites for both tent camping and full hookups, both along Lake Michigan.
Though charity gaming backers have opposed new rules governing how they operate, those who did apply for games got those permits faster last year, the Gaming Control Board announced Wednesday.
Federal Carbon Rule Website
The Michigan Agency on Energy has launched a website to help residents and stakeholders participate in efforts to develop Michigan's plan to comply with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's carbon emissions rule, the Clean Power Plan. "The carbon rule website is where people can learn about the state's carbon plan development process, follow the progress of Michigan's plan and become a part of the process," Valerie Brader, MAE executive director, said in a statement. "We encourage those who are interested to become involved in one or more of the sectors by signing up on the website. A robust stakeholder engagement process will add immeasurably to the quality of Michigan's plan." The website features background information on the EPA rule, documents, news and an area to submit comments, the MAE said.
Source : Gongwer News Service : Michigan Report, Volume #55, Report 21, February 3, 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.
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