fights http://michiganradio.org en What happens when you fake your own death? http://michiganradio.org/post/what-happens-when-you-fake-your-own-death <p>In a recent article from the <em>New York Times</em>, writer Mary Pilon <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/projects/2013/tomato-can-blues/">wrote an expansive narrative</a> about a man who faked his own death.</p><p>"Tomato Can Blues" focuses on Charlie Rowan, a relatively unknown cage fighter from Gladwin, Michigan. He was fairly active in mixed martial arts, which combined jujitsu, kickboxing, karate, and other disciplines. The fights were short, and pretty brutal.&nbsp;</p><p>But here's the twist. When Rowan was really tight on money and didn't know where to go, he pretended to die. Or rather, he had his girlfriend tell everyone he died.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 23 Sep 2013 15:45:04 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 14543 at http://michiganradio.org What happens when you fake your own death? Why are you so mean online? http://michiganradio.org/post/why-are-you-so-mean-online <p>People are mean on the internet.</p><p>This should come as no surprise to anyone familiar with chat rooms or the comments sections of blogs. But why do people say things online that they would never say out loud?</p><p>A recent <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20120918/NEWS09/309180005/1001/news">article</a> in the Detroit Free Press asked a few experts what they thought.</p> Tue, 18 Sep 2012 21:16:08 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 9136 at http://michiganradio.org Why are you so mean online? Michigan lawmakers get 'adult timeout' after fight breaks out on state House floor http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-lawmakers-get-adult-timeout-after-fight-breaks-out-state-house-floor <p>A scuffle between lawmakers interrupted a session of the state House of Representatives yesterday evening. Michigan Public Radio&#39;s Rick Pluta was at the Capitol and reports:</p><blockquote><p>Representative <a href="http://010.housedems.com/">Harvey Santana</a> lunged at fellow Detroit Democrat <a href="http://011.housedems.com/">David Nathan</a> during a heated discussion at Nathan&rsquo;s desk. State Representative <a href="http://076.housedems.com/">Roy Schmidt</a> got between the two and was knocked about. A staffer was also accidentally pushed to the floor as House security rushed to break up the altercation. Santana was escorted out of the room by the House sergeant at arms, but was later allowed to return to his seat to vote.</p></blockquote><p>&quot;No physical contact was exchanged in the incident that occurred at about 8:45 p.m. as the chamber was winding down after passing a flurry of bills before to the Legislature&#39;s holiday break, &quot; the <em>Detroit News</em> <a href="http://detroitnews.com/article/20111216/POLITICS02/112160400/1022/politics/Fracas-House-floor-ends-year-frustration-2-Democrats">reports</a>.</p><p>State Representative Schmidt, &quot;had his teeth clenched around a lollipop stick that remained lodged in his mouth through the several seconds of the fracas,&quot; Pluta reports. Wood-TV has <a href="http://www.woodtv.com/dpp/news/local/grand_rapids/reps-engage-in-fisticuffs-on-house-floor">this statement</a> from Schmidt&#39;s spokesman:</p><blockquote><p>&quot;News reports of a &#39;fist fight&#39; on the House or Floor tonight are greatly over stated. (sic)<br /><br /> Two Democrat Representatives had a difference of opinion that got a little heated. Representative Roy Schmidt, wanting to avert any escalation of the problem, stepped in between the two gentlemen and stopped the argument.<br /><br /> No punches we (sic) ever thrown. The House Sergeants responded immediately and had one of the Reps step outside to cool off while Representative Schmidt returned to his seat.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>It&#39;s still unclear just what, exactly, the fight was about. Pluta reports that shortly after the scuffle, everyone BUT the lawmakers was ordered off the House floor and House members were <a href="http://www.legislature.mi.gov/documents/publications/rules/house_rules.pdf">confined to their seats</a> under Rule 32.2 of the House of Representatives. <a href="http://www.legislature.mi.gov/documents/publications/rules/house_rules.pdf">Rule 32.2 reads</a>:</p><blockquote><p>The members shall keep their seats until the Majority Floor Leader announces that no further voting will occur or the Presiding Officer announces that the House is adjourned.</p></blockquote><p>This, reportedly, led to discussions in the Capitol lobby that lawmakers were in an &quot;adult time out.&quot;</p><p>The House finished its work for the year last night. Fri, 16 Dec 2011 12:02:11 +0000 Zoe Clark 5427 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan lawmakers get 'adult timeout' after fight breaks out on state House floor Michigan House Bill regulates amateur mixed martial arts fights http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-house-bill-regulates-amateur-mixed-martial-arts-fights <p>Amateur <a href="http://www.mixedmartialarts.com/">mixed martial arts</a> fights may soon be regulated by the state. A <a href="http://www.legislature.mi.gov/documents/2011-2012/billintroduced/House/pdf/2011-HIB-4295.pdf">bill</a> introduced to the Michigan House would require both promoters and fighters to be licensed by the state. The bill would also create a commission to enforce the rules and investigate complaints.</p> Mon, 18 Apr 2011 21:08:46 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 2118 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan House Bill regulates amateur mixed martial arts fights