Michigan State University
October 24, 2016 - 9:32:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Local Government

For more  than 10 years now, Eric Scorsone has helped diagnose the illnesses of local governments and written prescriptions that could be hard for some to swallow.

October 24, 2016 - 9:17:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Immigration / Migrants

An estimated 652,090 Michigan residents -- about 6.5 percent of the state's population -- were born outside the United States, according to an estimate released last month by the U.S. Census Bureau.

That's up 11 percent from the 587,787 foreign-born residents recorded in the 2010 Census.

1. The percent of Michigan residents born outside the U.S. is about half the national average.

2. Mexico is the most-common birthplace for immigrants living in Michigan.

October 24, 2016 - 8:29:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Attorney General

Attorney General Bill Schuette vowed at the Republican National Convention in mid-July that “justice is coming to Flint” after government agencies were blamed for the city’s water contamination crisis.

October 24, 2016 - 8:24:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Elections

Sam Houston State University: Research Reveals Differences In Presidential Candidates’ Twitter Usage. “That Twitter would even be a topic of discussion in a presidential debate shows how far it has come since President Barack Obama started using social media as a way to engage with voters in his 2008 presidential campaign.

October 24, 2016 - 4:56:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: History

Rosie the Riveter Poster from WWII

History buffs and Rosie the Riveter enthusiasts are gathering at the Willow Run plant today to take back the Guinness World Record for Most Rosie the Riveters in one place.

October 24, 2016 - 4:53:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: History, Humor

Beatosu and Goblu Appear on Michigan Highway Map

How could fictitious towns have been placed on a state highway map? Peter Fletcher, then Chairman of the Michigan State Highway Commission, admitted responsibility. To learn more, this author went directly to the source. I spoke to Peter Fletcher himself on October 24, 2008.

October 24, 2016 - 4:43:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: History

Detroit Hudson's Building Imploding

Although it had been closed for a number of years, it was still sad on October 24, 1998 when Mayor Dennis Archer pressed a button to implode the the downtown Detroit Hudson's Building.

At the time, Hudson's was the largest and tallest building ever imploded.

Sources :

J.L. Hudson Department Store Controlled Demolition, Inc.

October 24, 2016 - 4:40:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: History

On this day, on a practice run from Goose Bay, Labroador to Lincoln, Nebraska during the height of the Cold War, a four-engine British Vulcan military jet tore through treetops before burying itself in Detroit among houses on Ashland near Scripps, leaving behind a trench 100 feet long and 40 feet wide. Mud, red-hot debris, and jet fuel rained down on Harbor Island, the one-street island directly across the canal from Ashland. Splintered boards and timbers from the shattered seawall flew like giant matchsticks. “A car got blown from the foot of Ashland across the canal,” Schwartz says.

October 24, 2016 - 4:33:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: History

Robert Fish, a native of Gladwin, MI, joined the Army Air Corps in 1939, received his wings in 1940, and would serve in the military for the next 30 years. During World War II, he played an instrumental role in planning and executing a secret military operation : "Operation Carpetbagger". The Carpetbaggers completed 1860 sorties, delivering 20,495 packages of supplies to resistance fighters, and released more than 1000 Joes and Josephines (parachutists) into enemy territy between January 1944 and May 1945.

October 24, 2016 - 4:04:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: History

Annie Edson Taylor Trying to Make A Living Selling Memorabilia After The Event

On Oct. 24, 1901, a 63-year-old schoolteacher from Bay City became the first person to conquer Niagara Falls in a barrel. Annie Edson Taylor hoped plunging over the falls would help her earn some money on the lecture circuit.