Michigan State University
October 23, 2016 - 3:57:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Flint Water Crisis

The idea of using the baby teeth of Flint children to measure their exposure to lead has gone from outside-the-box idea to real possibility -- one that's been endorsed by the state Legislature's Joint Select Committee on the Flint Water Emergency.

The bipartisan committee's report this week included 36 proposals, including a recommendation that the Legislature direct the state Department of Health and Human Services to work with local health departments and professionals to assess the viability of using baby teeth to establish a more accurate measurement of past exposure to lead.

October 23, 2016 - 9:37:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Libraries

Did you know that in addition to the Gale databases* listed in the MeL Databases tab (of which there are 30) there are some specialty (aka Power Pack) resources available to all Michigan residents?   21 topic area collections are included as part of basic searches in many of the listed Gale databases but they can also be selected individually or in groups for a more focused query.  Access to these topic collections is easy and direct by clicking on the link in the

October 23, 2016 - 8:58:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Grants   Categories: Social Services Grants and News

Students with demonstrated ongoing commitment to fighting hunger are encouraged to apply for a $5,000 scholarship and $5,000 grant

October 23, 2016 - 4:47:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: History

An earthquake occurred north of Albion, MI at approximately 1:33 am.on October 1, 2001.

Source : Michigan Historical Calendar courtesy of the Clarke Historical Library at Central Michigan University.

Also see Ohio Seismic Survey report.

October 23, 2016 - 4:39:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: History

On this date in 2001, Margaret Chiara was confirmed unanimously by the U.S. Senate U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Michigan. She was forced to resign on March 16, 2007.

On March 23, 2007, the New York Times reported that Chiara was told by a senior Justice Department official that she was being removed to make way for a new attorney that the Bush administration wanted to groom.


October 23, 2016 - 4:38:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: History, Native Americans

Peggy Lue McCreery has a hunger in her soul for trees, for the shade of maples and oaks, for the silvery rustle of a birch in the wind.

Season after season she has tried to coax a leafy bower from the red earth of the Oklahoma plains, planting oaks and poplar seedlings she found in Chicago. She didn't understand her longing for tall trees until her husband discovered he had married into a family of American Indians, the Potawatomi (Pot-ah-WAT-ah-mee).

October 23, 2016 - 4:35:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: History

On Oct. 23, 1959, successful director Sam Raimi was born in Royal Oak. Raimi attended Michigan State University and went on to direct movies like "For Love of the Game," "The Gift" and "Spider-Man."

Source: Michigan Every Day

October 23, 2016 - 4:32:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: History

Image of  Artifact

Black and white photo of Henry Ford talking to Jean and Jeannette Piccard in front of the gondola to the balloon used in their Stratosphere Flight, as cosmic ray researcher Dr. William Francis Gray Swann peeks out through the gondola's hatch.

October 23, 2016 - 4:27:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: History

Clarence Monroe Burton (November 18, 1853 – October 23, 1932) was a Detroit lawyer and businessman, historian, and philanthropist.

Once asked by the newspaper what he did for recreation, Clarence Burton replied, “work hard at old books.” Blow him a kiss next time you visit the library.


Clarence Monroe Burton was born in Whiskey Diggings, a California gold rush town, in November 1853. His parents – Charles Seymour Burton, a doctor, and Annie Monroe Burton, a poet – had come to California in a wagon train from Battle Creek, Michigan, earlier that year.

October 23, 2016 - 4:25:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: History

From 1898 to 1914, the Michigan Agricultural College Aggies had won only once against University of Michigan football teams in 1913, by a score of 12-7 in Ann Arbor. But on this day, the Aggies led by the standout African American tackle Gideon Smith, beat the Wolverines 24-0, and the event quickly became known as "the Slaughter", at least in East Lansing.

By the way, the University of Michigan enjoyed home field advantage in 44 of the first 50 games.