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March 11, 2017 - 4:42:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: History

Jurors in a city buffeted by financial crisis convicted former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick on corruption charges Monday, capping a five-month trial that exposed a brazen pay-to-play culture during his years in office while the distressed city lost jobs and people and veered toward insolvency.

March 11, 2017 - 4:36:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: History

The original Teach-in against the Vietnam War inspired subsequent events, like this 1970 gathering on behalf of the environment in 1970. (Image courtesy of U-M’s Bentley Historical Library.)

Photo of Teach-In on the Environment at the University of Michigan in 1970.

March 11, 2017 - 4:25:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: History

On Mar. 11, 1912, Gov. Chase Osborn asked an "extraordinary session" of the Michigan Legislature to pass legislation to outlaw breweries from owning a saloon, of which there were 4,366 in Michigan at the time. He estimated that two-thirds of the saloons in Detroit and more than half of those in the state were brewery-owned.

Osborn called the "excessive use of alcohol" a "curse, and one of the gravest dangers that confront mankind” and that saloons "notoriously vicious and lawless" should not exist.

March 11, 2017 - 4:23:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: History

In the 1840s hundreds of people flocked to the Keweenaw Peninsula — a slender, rugged protrusion jutting sixty miles into Lake Superior. They came for copper. Eastern investors, speculators, adventurers and miners journeyed to the isolated region of the western Upper Peninsula in what became the nation’s first mineral rush. The copper rush led to the organization of Keweenaw County; Eagle River was chosen the county seat.

Source : Michigan is Amazing.

March 11, 2017 - 4:19:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: History, Local Government

On March 11, 1836, Gov. Stevens T. Mason signed the Township Act, under which 6-mile square sections of land that had been delineated by the United States surveyors were organized into political units. This same sort of "cooperative county-township" system was adopted by other states, but Michigan has generally been considered the defining example.

Source: History - Do You Know

More about Townships in Michigan courtesy of the Michigan Township Association.

March 10, 2017 - 9:57:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Gongwer

Education Report Sees General Praise

March 10, 2017 - 9:37:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: MIRS

The address in a cryptic Facebook post advertising "MMMP CARDS" leads me, late one Sunday night, to the darkened storefront of an appliance wholesaler in North Lansing. The store is locked and shuttered, but around the side, there's a light on above a windowless door. A sign is taped to it -- "medical marijuana doctor."

March 10, 2017 - 7:15:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Education, K-12

Saying Michigan's education system is in urgent need of reform, a commission appointed mostly by Gov. Rick Snyder issued a report Friday aimed at improving academic achievement, offering recommendations ranging from providing a free preschool and community college education to all students, to investing more money in at-risk students.

March 10, 2017 - 5:12:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Environment

Are twin, 64-year-old oil and gas pipelines at the bottom of the Straits of Mackinac losing their protective covering?

State Attorney General Bill Schuette and the heads of the state departments of Natural Resources and Environmental Quality, would like a straight answer to that question from Canadian oil transport giant Enbridge, the owner and operator of Line 5 in the Straits.

March 10, 2017 - 2:15:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Dome

Jack Lessenberry: Detroit: Callous Indifference
The Snyder administration's Flint cover-up continues.  Read