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11:11 am
Thu September 27, 2012

Legitimate membership into the 'mile high club'? Michigan business wants to help

Inside the Piper Cherokee Six. Their website reads "Plenty of room for your romantic encounter."
Courtesy milehightc.com

Not surprisingly, there are online, how-to instructions for joining the 'mile high club,' but to join might set off a security alert.

That's where someone like Traverse City pilot Scott Conaway steps in.

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Offbeat
12:30 pm
Sun September 23, 2012

Michigan Christmas tree, pumpkin crops doing well

HOLLY, Mich. (AP) - Despite a few hiccups due to some wild weather, Michigan's holiday crops are looking good.

The Detroit Free Press reported yesterday that the state's Christmas tree growers say that while some trees were victims of the weather, it's unlikely to affect consumers.

Pumpkin growers say they're doing well after the drought and heat of the summer.

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Offbeat
5:07 am
Sat September 22, 2012

Win the lottery, lose your privacy?

file photo
Steve Carmody Michigan Radio

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Multistate lottery winners in Michigan could remain anonymous under a measure being considered by the Michigan Senate.

The bill would prohibit the disclosure unless the winner agrees to it in writing. Lottery officials are authorized to disclose a multistate game winner's identity.

Sterling Heights Republican and bill sponsor Tory Rocca says winners should be allowed keep their privacy, particularly for their own safety.

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Offbeat
12:27 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Ann Arbor man wins Marketplace's 'plastic pig' for financial savvy

The MGoPatio in Ann Arbor.
Martin Vloet Facebook

Marketplace's Tess Vigeland handed out their "Piggy Bank Award" to Ann Arbor's Martin Vloet.

Vloet and his wife bought a house in Ann Arbor a few years ago near Michigan Stadium.

They knew the garage needed some work, so when they re-built, they decided to make the space big enough for tailgaiting events.

"I found through some of the people that I worked with and through some of my connections in town, that there was a lot of interest in a space like that, because it was so close to Michigan football. "

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Offbeat
9:31 am
Fri September 14, 2012

'Cute and curvaceous Jennifer Granholm' resurfaces on YouTube

Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm on the Dating Game.
YouTube

The buzz began yesterday afternoon and continues this morning, so what the heck - let's post it.

It started when the Detroit Free Press posted a part of former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm's past - an appearance on the Dating Game.

She's acknowledged her appearance on the show in the past, but now we get to see it.

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Offbeat
11:39 am
Thu September 13, 2012

VIDEO: An 'apex hunter' rides to the rescue in Asian carp battle

A Carp Hunter in action near Peoria, IL.
YouTube

Shark Week, schmark week.

It's Asian Carp Week here at Michigan Radio!

All week long, The Environment Report has been bringing us stories about Asian Carp & the Great Lakes.

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Offbeat
2:26 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Belle Isle to be overtaken by Photoshopped people?

A glimpse of the disturbing Belle Isle to come - from today's press materials about the proposed Belle Isle agreement.
State of Michigan/City of Detroit

Many Detroiters have long been suspicious of outsiders coming in to control their city, but once they lay their eyes on what Mayor Dave Bing and Gov. Rick Snyder have in store for the city's crown jewel, Belle Isle Park, they finally have real reasons to be afraid.

Belle Isle, it appears, will soon be overtaken by Photoshopped people from Pleasantville.

Only Detroiters won't have the pleasure of romping around their Utopia with Toby Maguire and Reese Witherspoon. They'll have to share the park with out-of-proportion picnickers, a cardboard blue heron, and a dancing DNR park ranger.

Offbeat
3:46 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Stateside: Howard Cooper, world's most generous boss?

Let's give a shout-out to a man who may have set the new "gold standard" for generous bosses.

Long-time Ann Arbor auto dealer Howard Cooper is retiring this month.

As his employees reported for work this week, they got an unexpected "expression" of Mr. Cooper's appreciation: a check for $1,000 for every year of service.

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Offbeat
12:04 am
Thu September 6, 2012

Navy Week sails into Detroit to celebrate War of 1812 bicentennial

The USS De Wert approaches Detroit.
US Navy via ourflagwasstillthere.org

The US Navy’s past and present is on display in Detroit this week.

Detroit is just one “Navy Week” stop on a Great Lakes tour commemorating the War of 1812.

The war pitting the newly-independent US against Great Britain was more or less a draw—though it’s seen very differently just across the border in Windsor, Ontario.

But everyone agrees that the war gave birth to the modern US Navy.

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safety
5:08 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Michigan gets federal grant to prevent damage to underground pipes, power lines

Michigan will get $90,000 from the US Department of Transportation to help prevent damage to underground pipelines. The federal agency announced the grant today. It's granting $1.5 million total to 22 states. The money will support advertising efforts for MISS DIG.

"The number one cause of pipeline damage is people excavating on their own property without knowing what’s underground," said Judy Palnau, a Michigan Public Service Commission spokeswoman. The MPSC applied for the grant.

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Seeking Change
10:02 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Spotlighting the good in Benton Harbor

Benton Harbor
Mercedes Mejia Michigan Radio

Dawn Yarbrough is from Benton Harbor. These days she lives part time in Milan, Italy. But, she has been spending more time in her hometown lately to start a new public television show called Harbor Lights. It will focus on positive things happening in Benton Harbor. Some of the programs  Dawn highlights include the local boys and girls club, a group that teaches teens how to make and allows them to sell their work at an art fair and a school program that brings students from St. Joseph and Benton Harbor together to discuss issues of race.

Offbeat
10:37 am
Fri August 24, 2012

With no trace of bedbugs, Detroit court back in session

The much pilloried bedbug.
Piotr Naskrecki CDC/Harvard University

Yesterday, 36th District Judge Cylenthia LaToye Miller cleared her courtroom after bedbugs were reportedly seen on a man sitting in the courtroom.

Today, the Associated Press reports the court is back in session:

Court officials say a pest control company was called in to investigate and found no evidence of the presence of bedbugs. A release called it a "false alarm."

The man was accompanying a witness to a hearing before Miller. His daughter later said she knew there were bedbugs in her father's house.

Miller said Thursday the evacuation was "for everybody's well-being." Her staff was sent home after Miller was unable to move her cases to another courtroom.

Offbeat
6:13 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

How hard is it to sell hot dogs? 13-year old didn’t think it would be “such a big deal”

13-year old Nathan Duszynski grills hot dogs in downtown Holland Thursday.
Lindsey Smith Michigan Radio

A 13-year-old entrepreneur from Holland finally opened what’s become a controversial hot dog stand Thursday after several weeks of going through red tape.

Nathan Duszynski wanted to make some money. So he bought a hot dog cart and set it up in downtown Holland. But he didn’t realize the cart it went against zoning laws that restrict where and when food vendors can operate.

“I didn’t think the hot dog cart would be such a big deal,” Duszynski said.

Holland city officials shut the cart down.

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Offbeat
12:23 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

The Ann Arbor Shopping Cart Race speeds down Main St.

Elaine Ezekiel Michigan Radio

The annual Shopping Cart Race attracted a crowd of about one hundred people outside the Fleetwood Diner in downtown Ann Arbor last night.  Each year, competitors personalize their shopping cart(s), don costumes and protective gear and push their teammates down the half-mile Main St. slope from E Ann St. to the railroad bridge past Depot St.

Scroll through the photo gallery above to see some of the racers and their creations.

-Elaine Ezekiel, Michigan Radio Newsroom

Offbeat
10:03 am
Wed August 22, 2012

Michigan Lottery contacted by $337M jackpot winner

Feeling lucky?
Steve Carmody Michigan Radio

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The Michigan Lottery says it has been contacted by the winner of last week's $337 million Powerball jackpot.

In a news release issued Wednesday, the lottery says details about the ticket-holder won't be released until the prize is officially claimed.

The winning ticket for the Aug. 15 drawing was sold at a Sunoco station in Lapeer.

It was the third-largest Powerball jackpot in the game's history. Lottery officials have said the winner could take home a $241 million lump sum.

1:29 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

Winning Michigan Powerball ticket largest in state history

Lead in text: 
06 27 46 51 56 21. Those were the lucky numbers for the winner of over $300 million from a Powerball lottery ticket sold in Lapeer, Mich. That's the most money ever won in a Michigan lottery jackpot. Follow the link to read more.
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Elaine Ezekiel
LAPEER, MI -- The winning Powerball lottery ticket sold at a Lapeer gas station is the biggest ever sold in Michigan's history, a spokeswoman for the lottery said. The $337-million ticket was sold at the Odish Family Market and Sunoco gas station on Lapeer Road next to McLaren Regional Medical Center.
Offbeat
3:36 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

Relax: It's all part of the plan in Grand Rapids

Matthew_Hull MorgueFile

In 1985, nine-year-old Sean Moeller came up with an idea for a new holiday.

He wanted there to be a national relaxation day.

He's getting his wish, at least on a smaller scale, because today Grand Rapids is observing its own Relaxation Day.

"It doesn't have to be a whole day, just a few minutes at a time, to refresh and invigorate your mind and your body and just take a break for a few minutes," Moeller says. "There are tremendous health benefits."

Offbeat
9:32 am
Tue August 7, 2012

"Bee Sting" sentenced after pleading guilty

Bee Sting talking to Lansing 6 News.
YouTube

A Michigan man who once belonged to a costumed band of self-professed real-life superheroes has been sentenced to time served in jail after pleading guilty in a deal with prosecutors, the Associated Press reports.  More from the AP:

Adam Besso was nicknamed "Bee Sting" and pleaded June 22 to a misdemeanor charge of attempted assault with a weapon. The agreement with prosecutors calls for the 36-year-old Sterling Heights man to be released after sentencing. Besso apologized at his court appearance Monday before formally receiving the sentence of 102 days already served and two years' probation. Authorities say Besso's shotgun fired in April as he struggled with a man at a trailer park in the Flint suburb of Burton. Police say he was wearing a bulletproof vest, black leather jacket with a bee logo, shin guards and knee pads.

"Bee Sting" was once part of a larger group known on the Internet as the "Michigan Protectors."

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2:48 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

U-M students, faculty cheer as NASA rover Curiosity lands on Mars

Lead in text: 
Read about U of M scientists' and space enthusiasts' reaction to last night's successful landing of Curiosity on Martian terrain after the dreaded “seven minutes of terror." Follow the link to also see the accompanying video reaction to the landing at NASA.
  • Source: Freep
  • | Via: Elaine Ezekiel
As the Mars Rover Curiosity raced towards the surface of Mars early this morning, tension was thick in both NASA's mission control and in an auditorium at the University of Michigan, where more than 100 faculty and students gathered to watch the landing. Nilton O.
Offbeat
1:03 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Pushed for 'poundage,' Michigan Governor Snyder evades weight question

Michigan Gov. Snyder gets cagey on subject of weight loss.
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For a Governor who creates online "dashboards" to measure goals he has set for the state, he gets a little evasive when it comes to one of his goals.

Last fall, Mr. Snyder called Michigan's system of health care "a broken system."

He said too many people in the state smoke, are overweight, and don't exercise.

To set a good example, Snyder said his goal was to lose 10 pounds by the end of the year.

Some time has passed since that speech, but I thought we should check in on the goal. Michigan Radio reporter Lindsey Smith sat down with Governor Snyder yesterday and put the question to him.

Here's his answer:

Michigan Gov. Snyder on his weight loss goal.

"I've lost some, but not enough," said Snyder. When Smith pushed for "poundage," Snyder wouldn't give it up.

It looks like his weight goal has gone the same way as another goal he set for the state in that speech last fall. He asked the legislature to set up a state health care exchange under the federal health care law: so far, this goal is out of his control.

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