musician obit
3:32 pm
Sat November 6, 2010

Opera Legend Dies

Acclaimed American mezzo-soprano and soprano Shirley Verrett has died at age 79, in Ann Arbor.  New Orleans-born Verrett was one of the top black opera singers of the 1970s and 1980s. She taught at the University of Michigan.

Here's a great excerpt from a speech she once gave to her students:

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Homeless awareness
4:34 pm
Fri November 5, 2010

Community leaders in Flint hoping to raise awareness of growing homeless population

Tom Knight trying to help "Richard" one of many homeless veterans in the Flint through his work at Resource Genesee.
Gerry Leslie Homeless Management Information Systems

In 2008, the state estimates there were a little more than 86,000 people without a home. Half of them were families.

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Music
2:11 pm
Fri November 5, 2010

Detroit Symphony Orchestra musicians, management resume talks

DSO musicians perform at a church in Bloomfield Hills to raise support for the strike.
Jennifer Guerra Michigan Radio

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra musicians have been on strike for a full month. Concerts have been canceled through this weekend. But now comes word that both sides have agreed to enter informal talks to try to end the work stoppage.

Here's the latest proposal that was on the table to deal with a $9 million budget gap:

Musicians proposed a temporary 22 percent pay cut.

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State Legislature
1:13 pm
Fri November 5, 2010

Richardville likely to take top spot among state Senators

State Senator Randy Richardville at the state Capitol
Photo courtesy of www.senate.michigan.gov

It appears that Republican state Senator Randy Richardville, who represents Michigan's 17th Senate District, will be the state's next Senate Majority Leader.  On it's Facebook page, the Gongwer News Service says, "Richardville is assured election... as incoming Senator John Pross will drop out of the race."  

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Daylight Saving Time
12:27 pm
Fri November 5, 2010

Don't forget to "fall back"

Alarm Clock
Photo by Evil Saltine/Creative Commons

It's that time of year again... time to turn back the clocks.  We'll gain an hour this Sunday, November 7th when we change back to Standard Time at 2 a.m.  Dayight Saving Time officially returns on the second Sunday in March when we jump forward an hour. 

Detroit Symphony Orchestra Strike
11:31 am
Fri November 5, 2010

Talks resume over DSO contract

ZUU Mumu Entertainment/Creative Commons

Informal discussions have resumed between striking members of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and their managment.  In seperate statements released today, both sides said the talks are aimed at getting the

Music
11:09 am
Fri November 5, 2010

Detroit Female Rapper Tackles Social Issues

Detroit's own, Invincible

The rapper Invinciple recently lobbied successfully for MTV-U to air her independent video, Ropes. The song is controversial because it deals with suicide and depression. Invincible once seemed poised to “make it” in the record industry in the Big Apple.  Instead, she chose to go back to Detroit and rap about tough social issues that matter to her.

She'll talk with Dick Gordon on The Story, Friday night at 8 pm.

Check out her video "Ropes," that addresses the issues of suicide:

Holiday Travel
9:17 am
Fri November 5, 2010

Searching for holiday flights? Expect to pay big...

A plane at Detroit Metro Airport
Esun/Creative Commons

With 20 days to go until Thanksgiving, maybe you're looking to buy airline tickets for holiday travel? Well, if you're flying out of Detroit Metro Airport expect to pay-up. The Detroit Free Press checked round-trip routes to and from Detroit and found:

Fares have risen in the last two weeks. Nationally, holiday fares are about 4% higher than last year depending on the route and date.

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Governor-elect Snyder
7:41 am
Fri November 5, 2010

Snyder won't be moving into Governor's mansion... yet

Governor-elect Rick Snyder
Photo courtesy of www.governorelectricksnyder.com

It's being reported that Governor-elect Rick Snyder will not be moving into the Governor's mansion in Lansing anytime soon.  Instead, Snyder will live in his Ann Arbor-area home and commute to the state Capitol.  Snyder's youngest daughter, Kelsey, is still finishing high school in the area and Snyder doesn't want to move until she graduates.

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News Roundup
7:25 am
Fri November 5, 2010

In this morning's news...

Photo courtesy of Infrogmation/Creative Commons

Allegations Against Shirvell

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State Legislature
7:23 am
Fri November 5, 2010

Whitmer to lead state Senate Dems

State Senator Gretchen Whitmer
Photo courtesy of www.senate.mi.gov/whitmer

Democratic state Senator Gretchen Whitmer will be Michigan's next Senate Minority Leader. Whitmer's fellow Democratic Senators elected her to the position yesterday. She'll be the first woman to hold the job. She became a state Senator in 2006.  Before that, she was as a member of the Michigan House of Representatives from 2000 to 2006.

Education
10:40 pm
Thu November 4, 2010

Kalamazoo Promise: Ashley's Story

Ashley Steele and her son Richard Peake. Steele was among the first high school graduates to benefit from the "Kalamazoo Promise."
Kate Davidson Changing Gears

By Kate Davidson of Changing Gears

Five years ago this month, a group of anonymous donors made a radical promise to Kalamazoo, Michigan. They would pay for almost every public school graduate to go to a state-supported college or university. Our Changing Gears project has been profiling towns across the region as they try to reinvent themselves for the new economy. Here, they take a closer look at the "Kalamazoo Promise."

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Election 2010
10:33 pm
Thu November 4, 2010

A new sheen of red across the Great Lakes states

Election map of U.S. Senate wins in 2010
user leodac Creative Commons

by Niala Boodhoo of Changing Gears

This week's election brought a new sheen of red to the Great Lakes states: with the Republican party seizing control of governorships and state houses across the region. In many cases, it was the first time the Republican Party has taken control since 2003. So what does this political reinvention mean for the region?

The economy was a familiar theme on election night. It was invoked to cheering crowds by each of the incoming governors of Ohio, Michigan and Wisconsin.

Republican governor-elect John Kasich of Ohio:

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Food
6:50 pm
Thu November 4, 2010

First "restaurant week" underway in Grand Rapids

It's restaurant week in GR
restaurantweekgr.com

A number of Grand Rapids restaurants are booked this weekend thanks to the new event celebrating great dining at a reasonable price.

San Chez sous chef Daryl Rector prepares for the night shift. "We've got verduras y tortas for the vegan crowd. It's a spicy black beans & quinoa cakes with roasted vegetables and this avo-cumber sauce," Rector explains. "That's a fake yogurt that we make with avocado - basically puree that, add acidity and sweetness and you can't really tell the difference between that and yogurt."

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Politics
5:48 pm
Thu November 4, 2010

The transition begins for Governor-elect Snyder

Rick Snyder in July 2009, after he announced his intention to run for Governor of Michigan.
Rick Snyder's campaign website

The confetti and balloons have be swept up, and the yard signs are slowly being removed.

At 12:01 pm on January 1st, 2011, Michigan will have a new governor.

Governor-elect Snyder is assembling the people that will move into positions of power in Lansing.

Snyder has chosen three former Engler administration officials to head up the transition team:

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Election 2010
5:28 pm
Thu November 4, 2010

Arts advocacy group gives thumbs up to Governor-elect Snyder

Artist studio
Photo courtesy of Dani Davis

Americans for the Arts, a national advocacy group, says Michigan's governor elect is a champion of the arts.

In Republican Rick Snyder's plan to reinvent Michigan, he talks about "restoring funding for the arts." State funding is currently around $2.5 million, down from $26 million in 2001.

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Sports
3:00 pm
Thu November 4, 2010

NCAA penalizes the University of Michigan's football program

The Wolverines set to score against Ohio State in 2005.
Mark Brush Michigan Radio

Update 4:15pm: Here's the University of Michigan's response to the NCAA's announcement. Athletic Director David Brandon says 

"There were no surprises and there will be no appeal, because there is nothing to appeal. Effective today, this process is over and done and we can focus all of our time and energy on the future."

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A baseball great
2:25 pm
Thu November 4, 2010

Legendary baseball manager Sparky Anderson dies

Sparky Anderson (right) during his days with the Cincinnati Reds.
Roger Blevins Creative Commons

From the Associated Press:

Family spokesman Dan Ewald says Anderson died from complications from dementia.

Anderson guided the Cincinnati Reds to World Series championships in 1975 and 1976 and then led the Detroit Tigers to the 1984 title.

You can see photos of Sparky at the Detroit Free Press

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A Clean Slate for the State?
11:19 am
Thu November 4, 2010

Michigan's environment & a new administration

Rick Snyder will be sworn in as Governor on January 1st, 2011 at noon.
Snyder's campaign website

There wasn’t a lot of talk about environment during the race for governor, but Governor-elect Rick Snyder made it clear during the campaign that he thinks the state’s regulatory system is broken and said he wants fewer regulations on businesses. That has some people wondering whether that means there will also be fewer of the regulations that prevent pollution in the state.  I talked with James Clift, policy director for the Michigan Environmental Council, to get his take on this.

News Roundup
7:30 am
Thu November 4, 2010

In this morning's news...

Photo by Infrogmation/Creative Commons

Granholm Meets With Snyder

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