halloween http://michiganradio.org en You're never going to have a costume scarier than these http://michiganradio.org/post/youre-never-going-have-costume-scarier-these <p>Mount Rushmore, one of our great nation's most iconic monuments was finished 72 years ago today.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Harry Houdini died 87 years ago today.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But all of that is unimportant. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It is Halloween, and Americans have been getting ready for months.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">What better reason to shell out about $75 dollars on costumes, decorations and candy? &nbsp;(Answer: so many things.)&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 14:56:11 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 15033 at http://michiganradio.org You're never going to have a costume scarier than these The history of Halloween in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/history-halloween-michigan <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;You drive around most neighborhoods these days and there is absolutely no doubt we love Halloween.</span></p><p>Once upon a time, you carved a pumpkin, popped in a candle and put it on your porch to greet trick or treaters.</p><p>Now, homes are decked out with giant webs and big spiders, ghouls and witches, and don't forget the lights. Halloween is now second only to Christmas for consumer spending.</p><p>Just when and where did this all begin? And how far back does Halloween go here in Michigan?</p><p>We turn to historian and contributor to the <em>Detroit News</em> Bill Loomis for the answers.&nbsp;</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 14:15:57 +0000 Stateside Staff 15061 at http://michiganradio.org The history of Halloween in Michigan A warning to Ann Arbor residents this morning http://michiganradio.org/post/warning-ann-arbor-residents-morning <p>Ann Arbor residents were warned about a potential danger lurking around the city today.</p><p>These are likely the smaller, softer, and less dangerous versions of true velociraptors.</p><p><em>Be alert today!</em> Mon, 31 Oct 2011 12:56:48 +0000 Mark Brush 4764 at http://michiganradio.org A warning to Ann Arbor residents this morning Halloween is a dangerous time for small children http://michiganradio.org/post/halloween-dangerous-time-small-children <p>Twice as many children die in car-pedestrian accidents on Halloween than on an average day the rest of the year. That&rsquo;s according to the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children&rsquo;s Hospital.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Michelle Macy is a clinical lecturer of emergency medicine at the U-M Medical School. She says adults should be more cautious than usual when taking young children trick or treating in busy neighborhoods.&nbsp;</p><p>&quot;<em>While they&rsquo;re in elementary school, kids don&rsquo;t have the ability to judge the distance that a car is or the speed that it&rsquo;s approaching at&hellip;they need to be told to wait and stop and let the cars go past before they try to run out ahead of it,&quot;</em> said Macy.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Macy urges parents to make sure their children dress in costumes that don&rsquo;t restrict their vision this Halloween. Sun, 30 Oct 2011 20:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 4738 at http://michiganradio.org Halloween is a dangerous time for small children Doctors warn against misusing contact lenses this Halloween http://michiganradio.org/post/doctors-warn-against-misusing-contact-lenses-halloween <p>Michigan optometrists say be careful if you plan on wearing decorative contact lenses as part of your costume this Halloween.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The cat&rsquo;s eye and other eerie looking contact lenses have grown in popularity in&nbsp; recent years.&nbsp;</p><p>Matt Maki&nbsp;is the president of the Michigan Optometric Association. He said if worn inappropriately decorative contact lenses could seriously damage a person&rsquo;s eyes.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;<em>Assuming they fit appropriately &hellip;worn appropriately&hellip;.handled appropriately by the patient they&rsquo;re fine.&nbsp;&nbsp; I have personally fit these for patients.&nbsp; Like I said, as long as it&rsquo;s done appropriately there&rsquo;s not an issue,&quot;</em> said Maki.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Maki urged people planning on wearing decorative contact lenses this Halloween should learn how to properly clean and disinfect them. Sat, 29 Oct 2011 20:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 4737 at http://michiganradio.org Doctors warn against misusing contact lenses this Halloween Trying to discourage arson this Halloween weekend in Flint and Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/trying-discourage-arson-halloween-weekend-flint-and-detroit <p>Officials in Detroit and Flint will turn to volunteers this weekend to help discourage Halloween-related arson fires.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Dozens of volunteers are expected to patrol their neighborhoods and man police mini-stations during the weekend.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Tanya Meeks is the Flint Police Department&rsquo;s community liaison officer.&nbsp;&nbsp;She says having extra&nbsp;eyes on the street help.&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Fri, 28 Oct 2011 20:09:41 +0000 Steve Carmody 4743 at http://michiganradio.org Trying to discourage arson this Halloween weekend in Flint and Detroit In this morning's news... http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-191 <p><strong>Detroit school cited for overcrowding</strong></p><p>Last week, the Detroit News reported on overcrowding in DPS classrooms. They reported on 55 kindergartners in a class at Nolan Elementary School, and that a science course in a DPS high school had 72 students. Now there&#39;s news of one school being cited by the city&#39;s fire department.</p><p>From the <a href="http://detnews.com/article/20111026/SCHOOLS/110260350/Jammed-Detroit-public-school-cited-as-hazard#ixzz1btW1z9LM">Detroit News</a>:</p><blockquote><p>A Detroit public school was cited Tuesday by the Detroit Fire Marshal&#39;s Office for overcrowding after a parent complained to fire officials that too many children were in her son&#39;s kindergarten class.</p><p>Lt. Gerod Funderburg of the Detroit Fire Department said the fire marshal&#39;s office issued a citation at Nolan Elementary School, 1150 Lantz.</p><p>&quot;They went out today and issued a ticket for overcrowding,&quot; Funderburg said.</p></blockquote><p><strong>Detroit home prices on the rebound?</strong></p><p>Home prices have been sliding in Detroit prior to the Great Recession, but there are some good signs in Detroit.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20111026/BUSINESS04/110260368/Have-Detroit-home-prices-turned-tide-?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE">Detroit Free Press</a> reports:</p><blockquote><p>Low inventories of homes on the market and increased demand have hoisted metro Detroit home prices by 6.1% since the beginning of the year, according to research by IHS Global Insight.</p><p>So are home prices finally on the rebound after five years in decline -- or is this a temporary lull before another big drop during the fall?</p><p>Most industry experts don&#39;t expect a huge drop, but IHS has forecast another 5% to 10% home price decline nationwide before recovery begins.</p></blockquote><p>An analyst told the Free Press that because Detroit entered the housing slump before the rest of the country, it might recover ahead of the rest of the country as well - especially as the region adds more jobs.</p><p><strong>Smashed pumpkins on the morning commute</strong></p><p>From the Associated Press:</p><blockquote><p>It was no treat driving on a Detroit-area freeway after a truck dumped a load of pumpkins during the morning commute.</p><p>Hundreds of pumpkins were scattered Wednesday across several lanes of traffic on eastbound Interstate 696 in Farmington Hills.</p><p>Many of the pumpkins were pulverized as drivers passed through. Video from a traffic camera showed motorists slowly making their way through the pre-Halloween mess.</p><p>WWJ-AM reports snow plows later were used to clear what remained of the pumpkins from the roadway.</p><p>Michigan State Police Sgt. James Kemp tells the Detroit Free Press that one motorist had a smashed&nbsp; windshield, but no injuries were reported.</p><p>Kemp says police stopped the truck and the driver could be cited for having an unstable load.</p></blockquote><p> Wed, 26 Oct 2011 13:36:44 +0000 Mark Brush 4698 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news... Flint preps for Devils Night http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-preps-devils-night <p>Flint city leaders are working with neighborhood watch groups and others to prevent an outbreak of arson fires this weekend.&nbsp;</p><p>Flint firefighters have battled dozens of suspicious fires in abandoned homes for months.</p><p>&nbsp;City leaders are concerned arsonists may step up their activity this Halloween weekend.</p><p>&nbsp;Police officer Tanya Meeks is the liaison officer between the Flint police department and local volunteer groups.</p> Thu, 28 Oct 2010 19:07:37 +0000 199 at http://michiganradio.org Flint preps for Devils Night