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WA3 Welcomes Mayors Metzger and Waterman to Board

March 12th 2014

WA3 Welcomes Mayors Metzger and Waterman to Board (Adapted from WA3 Press Release, March 12, 2014) 2014 and the recent mayoral elections bring three new leaders to the Board of the Woodward Avenue Action Association (WA3), a collaborative effort to promote the 11 communities along M1. From the far north is Pontiac’s mayor Deidre Waterman.  […]

Carpentry Students See Value of Sprinkler Systems (video)

March 10th 2014

Carpentry Students See Value of Sprinkler Systems in Live Fire Demo (video) (Crystal A. Proxmire, March 10, 2014) Another round of students from The Detroit Carpentry Apprentice Training School in Ferndale got a first-hand lesson in fire prevention on Thursday as they watched a side by side demo of two residential rooms in flames.  One […]

Lt. Governor Calley Talks to College Republicans (video)

March 8th 2014

Lt. Governor Calley Talks to College Republicans (video) (Crystal A. Proxmire, March 8, 2014) Lt. Governor Brian Calley visited Oakland University Friday to meet with the College Republicans and talk about issues important to him in his past three years of working in the executive branch with Governor Rick Snyder.  Calley is hoping to be […]

Mandatory Life Sentences for Minors Still a Debate in Michigan

March 6th 2014

Mandatory Life Sentences for Minors Still a Debate in Michigan (Crystal A. Proxmire, March 6, 2014) Attorney General Bill Schuette announced his office will present oral arguments before the Michigan Supreme Court arguing that a recent U.S. Supreme Court addressing the sentences of convicted teenage murderers does not apply retroactively. “First degree murder is a […]

Details of the DeBoer Case

March 6th 2014

Details of the DeBoer Case (Jane Bassett, ongoing – March 2014) Jane Bassett is an attorney in Ann Arbor who specializes in elder law and helping families with adoption-related issues.  She is a graduate of University of Detroit Mercy School of Law and opened her own practice in 1994. She has been attending the trial […]

Demonstrators Try to Stay Warm, While State’s Case Runs Cold

March 5th 2014

Demonstrators Try to Stay Warm, While State’s Case Runs Cold by Crystal A. Proxmire News spread quickly Sunday that over 100 Detroit-based pastors would be convening at the Federal Courthouse Monday to protest marriage equality.  Rumors put expected turnout as high as 600.  The Detroit Police stood ready with extra officers in the area and […]

Opponents to Equality Make Big Showing…

March 2nd 2014

Opponents to Equality Make Big Showing in Support “Biblical Marriage” (C. Proxmire, March 2, 2014, see also Between the Lines) Mike Grant of Ypsilanti believes that because of his personal religious beliefs, other individuals should be denied the right to get married.  He spent several hours Tuesday pacing in front of the Federal Courthouse in […]

‘Madam Mayors’ Share Success Stories and Advice (video)

March 1st 2014

‘Madam Mayors’ Share Success Stories and Advice (video) (Crystal A. Proxmire, March 1, 2014) Fighting and faith were themes that came up repeatedly in the “Madam Mayors” discussion with the Women Officials Network on Feb. 28 in West Bloomfield.  Mayor Deirdre Waterman (Pontiac), Mayor Brenda Lawrence (Southfield), and Mayor Marian McClellan (Oak Park) spoke to […]

MEAP Scores Released, Improvement in Reading Celebrated

February 28th 2014

MEAP Scores Released, Improvement in Reading Celebrated (Michigan Dept. of Education Press Release, Feb. 28, 2014) Reading test scores for Michigan fourth graders improved for the fourth consecutive year, the Michigan Department of Education reported today. Results from the Fall 2013 Michigan Education Assessment Program (MEAP) are reflective of what children had learned the previous […]

Hazel Park Couple’s Week in Court Begins…

February 24th 2014

Hazel Park Couple’s Week in Court Begins, Same Sex Marriage and Adoption on the Line (Crystal A. Proxmire, Feb. 24, 2014) Testimony in the historic case of DeBoer v. Snyder begins this week in Federal Court in Detroit as opening statements are set to start at 9am on Tuesday.  The case involves a Hazel Park […]

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