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July 23, 2016 - 4:50:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: History

On this day Helen J. Claytor was honored by the dedication of a bronze statue, one of a series of influential figures immortalized at sites around the city as a part of the Grand Rapids Community Legends Project. Ms. Claytor (1907 - 2005) was an educator, civil rights activist, and the first African American president of the Grand Rapids YWCA and the national YWCA. Read more about her life.

July 23, 2016 - 4:46:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: History

A massive race riot erupted in Detroit. The summer of 1967 was a turbulent time in American history. The Detroit rioting began near 12th Street and Clairmount in a predominantly African-American, overcrowded, and low-income neighborhood. Early on the morning of July 23, Detroit police officers raided a “blind pig,” which was an establishment that illegally sold alcohol after hours. A crowd gathered as those arrested were put in a police wagon. Riots erupted and quickly spread. Detroit Mayor Jerome Cavanagh asked Michigan's governor, George Romney, to send in the State Police.

July 23, 2016 - 4:37:00 am (America/Detroit)
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Jerome T. Hart (1932-1995), was Saginaw’s state senator from 1965 to 1991, becoming one of the Legislature’s most senior statesmen before term limits were enacted in the early 1990s. The Democrat, a lifelong Saginaw resident and a former assistant to the state treasurer, held numerous leadership roles during his time in the Senate, including chairman of the powerful Appropriations Committee, and he made public education his cause. He battled diabetes all his life and suffered a stroke in 1981 but still represented his community for nearly another decade before losing the 1990 election.

July 23, 2016 - 4:35:00 am (America/Detroit)
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Tne Newill Smith Automobile Tax Law is expected to generate about $1,750,00 in fees for the coming year; only half of that amount will be returned to counties where it is collected. The tax will be calculated based on 25 cents tax on horsepower and 25 cents per hundred pounds of car. The ordinary Ford car should cost about $11 in taxes.

July 23, 2016 - 4:20:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: History

On July 23, 1872, Elijah J. McCoy, an Afro-American inventor raised in Ypsilanti, patented the first automatic lubricator for locomotives and other machinery. His device was so effective "the real McCoy" became synonymous with anything genuine or authentic.

Many years later, McCoy would be honored again by having the first satellite office of the U.S. Patent Office names after him on July 13, 2012 in Detroit. The Elijah J. McCoy Office is located in the Stroh River Place building in Detroit.

Source : Historical Society of Michigan, Michigan Historical Calendar.

July 22, 2016 - 3:16:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Criminal Justice

Judges, not juries, will decide whether to sentence juvenile offenders to life without parole, the Michigan Court of Appeals ruled.

The Thursday, July 21, decision affects the way prosecutors around the state will handle the 367 juvenile lifer cases in Michigan that are being reprocessed for resentencing. 

July 22, 2016 - 2:09:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Elections

State election officials plan to appeal a court order striking down Michigan’s new law banning straight-ticket voting, potentially creating complications for the November election.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette and Secretary of State Ruth Johnson will file an appeal on Monday or Tuesday on U.S. District Court Judge Gershwin A. Drain’s decision to issue four preliminary injunctions against state election officials, Schuette spokesman John Sellek said Thursday.

July 22, 2016 - 10:08:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Dome

Jack Lessenberry:  Grossman: 25% Chance Trump Wins
Trump’s alienation of many female and Hispanic voters isn’t likely to help him.  Read

July 22, 2016 - 4:45:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: History

July 22 - Mayor Charles Bowles of Detroit is recalled in the first large-city mayoral recall in the United States. Charges of corruption and ties with the KKK results in his demise.

The day before the recall, the Free Press ran a front-page editorial urging readers to unseat Bowles. After the recall, the paper called it “the most remarkable political happening in the history of the city, possibly the most remarkable one in the history of any great American municipality.

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July 22, 2016 - 4:43:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: History

It was 1911 when the boys from Chicago first climbed aboard a steamship to head into wilds unknown.

They were among a new breed who called themselves Boy Scouts, committed to being helpful, loyal, obedient and brave, among other virtues.

When the Boy Scouts finally disembarked in Whitehall, a world away from the bustle of city life, the townspeople lined the streets to greet them. Dressed in military-style uniforms, the boys paraded through town on their way to their new wilderness outpost on Crystal Lake about 3½ miles away.