lemonade http://michiganradio.org en Local lemonade stand goes for "Michigan Radio Bump" http://michiganradio.org/post/local-lemonade-stand-goes-michigan-radio-bump <p>As <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/lemonade-economics">Michigan Radio&#39;s Jennifer Guerra reported yesterday</a>, even lemonade stands are not immune to the down economy.</p><p>Guerra talked with Molly and Lucy Prochaska who have been in the lemonade business for five years.</p><p>They described how they stopped getting &quot;lots of money&quot; once the economy took a dive.</p><p>But the pair is not giving up. Especially with a competitor setting up nearby.</p><p>As you can see in the photo above, the lemonade duo is working to capitalize on their public radio appearance.</p><p>It&#39;s too early to tell whether the &quot;Michigan Radio Bump&quot; will pay off, but don&#39;t count these kids out. Fri, 22 Jul 2011 17:28:26 +0000 Mark Brush 3435 at http://michiganradio.org Local lemonade stand goes for "Michigan Radio Bump" ACLU sues state over lemonade mix-up that cost parent custody http://michiganradio.org/post/aclu-sues-state-over-lemonade-mix-cost-parent-custody <p>The ACLU is challenging a state law that allows children to be taken away from their parents without proof that they&rsquo;re in immediate danger.</p><p>Claire Zimmerman says she hopes the lawsuit will make sure what happened to her family never happens to anyone else.</p><p>Three years ago, Zimmerman&rsquo;s son, who was seven at the time,&nbsp;was at a Tiger game. Her husband, Christopher Ratté,&nbsp;unknowingly bought their son a bottle of lemonade with alcohol, and in the ninth inning they were approached by a security guard, who asked Ratté whether he knew his son was drinking an alcoholic beverage. Ratté said no, but the police were called. The boy was taken into the state&rsquo;s custody later that day.</p><p>The state refused to release the boy to Zimmerman, even though she was not at the game with her son, and the next day he was placed in a foster home, where he stayed for three days.</p><p>Zimmerman says the ordeal was&nbsp;a nightmare:</p><blockquote><p>&quot;(It&#39;s) very difficult not to know where your child is physically. We of course felt that we had really let him down.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>ACLU-Michigan Legal Director Michael Steinberg says if the boy&rsquo;s parents had not been University of Michigan professors with access to the school&rsquo;s legal resources, they might have been separated from their son for much longer:</p><blockquote><p>&quot;Families without the resources of our clients are sometimes unjustly separated for weeks, if not months.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>The lawsuit asks a federal judge to declare Michigan&rsquo;s law unconstitutional because it violates parents&rsquo; rights to due process. Thu, 24 Mar 2011 20:21:17 +0000 Sarah Hulett 1780 at http://michiganradio.org ACLU sues state over lemonade mix-up that cost parent custody