In the next few weeks, Detroit is set to start shutting off water to thousands of residents with unpaid bills. Since the shutoffs began four years ago, tens of thousands of Detroiters have had their water cut off, drawing sharp criticism from local anti-poverty activists as well as the United Nations.
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Berniecrats and first-time delegates storm Democrats' convention in Detroit and rebuff UAW, endorse LGBT activist Dana Nessel for Attorney General.
Rick Snyder ranks lowly 42nd in popularity among nation's governors. Senator Debbie Stabenow's ratings slip some, but she's still considered a lock for re-election this year. Her junior colleague Gary Peters remains the least-known senator in Washington.
Horse Racing in Michigan is being euthanized right on the track as key state officials stand idly by ...
The Naked Mile was a popular University of Michigan campus tradition ever since 12 members of the university’s men’s and women’s rowing team and varsity men’s track team made the first streak down South University Avenue in 1986. It was held on the last day of classes. Hardly anyone noticed.
The “Naked Mile” grew larger and larger over time to the point where hundreds of students ran naked down S. University and thousands of spectators came to watch the event.
Sometime before midnight on April 20, two-year-old Jessica DeBoer of Ann Arbor, Michigan, is scheduled to disappear, leaving behind a heartbroken couple she calls Mommy and Daddy, a dog named Miles, her yellow bedroom and just about everything she has ever known, except perhaps a few favorite stuffed animals. Under court order, the dark-eyed, inquisitive girl will be transported 400 miles west to the small farming community of Blairstown, Iowa, to begin life anew as Anna Lee Schmidt.
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Louis Charles Rabaut (December 5, 1886 – November 12, 1961) was politician from the U.S. state of Michigan. He was a Democratic congressman representing Michigan's 14th congressional district from 1935 to 1947, and from 1949 to 1961. He is best known for introducing legislation that added the words "under God" to the Pledge of Allegiance.
In one of the worst riots in Michigan Department of Corrections history, prison guards were seized and fire broke out at the Jackson Maximum Security Prison. State Police were called in to help restore order. Damages was estimated in the millions.
On April 20, 1948, Walter Reuther was severely wounded in an assassination attempt at his home in Detroit. The 12-gauge shotgun blast shattered a kitchen window and nearly severed Reuther's right arm. Doctors at Grace Hospital placed Reuther in an upper body cast for several weeks and managed to save his arm. Reuther, however, never fully recovered and his right arm and hand were virtually crippled the rest of his life.
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"Reuther Shot!", Detroit Free Press, April 21, 1948, cover.
It's long gone now, but 100 years ago today the Tigers moved into their new home at the corner of Michigan and Trumbull.
Navin Field -- renamed Briggs Stadium in 1938 and Tiger Stadium in 1961 -- opened on this date in 1912.