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August 29, 2016 - 4:28:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: History

On Aug. 29, 1925, prospectors began drilling into the earth in an area known as Deindorfer Woods after discovering what would become the state's first oil field a week prior. The Saginaw Prospecting Company oversaw the operation and discovered oil at 1,873 feet, creating a well that yielded about 23 barrels per day.

Source: The Saginaw News

August 29, 2016 - 4:21:00 am (America/Detroit)
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An experienced negotiator, Governor Lewis Cass was again called upon to work to secure more Indian lands for the United States. Therefore, he traveled to Chicago- then just a remote outpost- to meet with approximately 3,000 members of the Potawatomi, Ojibway, and Odawa nations. Believing it was morally wrong to influence negotiations with alcohol, an otherwise common practice, Cass forbade it.

August 28, 2016 - 1:12:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Corrections, Courts

Relief does not always come so swiftly to those who prevail in the nation’s highest court — even when they have waited for decades to win a decisive landmark victory.

Consider, for example, the 363 Michiganders serving mandatory life terms for crimes they committed when they were teens.

In June 2012, the Supreme Court ruled that it was against the law for states to mandate life prison terms with no possibility of parole for juvenile offenders.

August 28, 2016 - 4:40:00 am (America/Detroit)
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On this day a state law banning hitchhikers and bicycles from freeways went into effect.

Source : Michigan History, July/August 2012

August 28, 2016 - 4:27:00 am (America/Detroit)
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On this day in 1938, the veritable Charlie McCarthy was awarded the first ever degree to a ventriloquist's dummy. The "Master of Innuendo & Snappy Comeback" was awarded on air at Northwestern University, the alma mater of Edgar Bergen, McCarthy's human partner. Bergen was born and raised in Decatur, Michigan.

Source : Michigan Historical Society Facebook Page, August 28, 2014.

August 27, 2016 - 4:52:00 am (America/Detroit)
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Native Americans are getting back to their roots on Friday, August 27, 2010 with a Detroit River Canoe Crossing to enforce the 1974 Jay Treaty Rights led by the American Indian Movement of Michigan. 200 canoes will journey across Detroit's, Belle Isle Island/Park to Windsor, Ontario, and back.

The River Crossing will be a kick off for the American Indian Movement of Michigan hosting of a Pow Wow in Lincoln Park, MI.

August 27, 2016 - 4:43:00 am (America/Detroit)
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A former mulatto Civil War soldier was lynched in Mason on this day, accused of attacking a local farmer's female relatives with an ax in a dispute over wages.

Source :

Lynching beyond Dixie [electronic resource] : American mob violence outside the South / edited by Michael J. Pfeifer. Urbana : University of Illinois Press, c2013. See pages 212-215.

August 27, 2016 - 4:38:00 am (America/Detroit)
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Lincoln Campaign Button, 1860. From the Archives of Michigan collections

August 27, 2016 - 4:14:00 am (America/Detroit)
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Walk-in-the-Water, the first steamboat on the Great Lakes

On August 27, 1818, the Walk-in-the-Water, the first steamboat on the Upper Great Lakes, arrived in Detroit. She was owned by the Lake Erie Steamboat Company and ran between Buffalo and Detroit, with additional stops in Cleveland and Erie, PA.

August 26, 2016 - 11:38:00 pm (America/Detroit)
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Appeals Court: MCCA Not Subject To FOIA

In the latest round of a longstanding argument related to Michigan's auto no-fault insurance, the Court of Appeals, in a 2-1 ruling, held that while the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association is a public body it is nevertheless not subject to the Freedom of Information Act.

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