When we talk about immigrant communities in Detroit, the Hmong don’t usually come up in that conversation. The ethnic group from Southeast Asia began settling in Northeast Detroit’s Osborn neighborhood in the years after the Vietnam War.
Take two slices of bread, put something tasty on them, slap the slices together, and you've got a sandwich, right?
Well, you may call it a "sanwich" or "samwich," and you're certainly not alone.
University of Michigan English Professor Anne Curzan recently heard someone making fun of a person for saying "samwich," and thought that wasn't very kind.
"What we have happening here is the simplification of a consonant cluster. If you think about the word 'sandwich,' you've got n-d-w in the middle of the word – and that's not the easiest of consonant clusters to deal with. For many speakers, what happens is that we will delete the 'd,' so then you've got 'sanwich.'
A new effort led by the private sector in Grand Rapids will try to cut water, energy use and transportation emissions in half over the next 15 years.
More than a dozen businesses, including Spectrum Health, Consumers Energy, Rockford Construction and SMG, which manages DeVos Place and Van Andel Arena, have agreed to the general concept. A new committee will draft details of the plan this year.
A private prison near Baldwin, Michigan could re-open, adding 150 jobs to the economy, under a bill sponsored by state Rep. Jon Bumstead, R-Newaygo. The prison operated from 1998 through 2005 as a private youth facility, and was open again briefly later housing inmates from California. It closed again in 2011.