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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, Dec. 11, the 345th day of 2018. There are 20 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 11, 1972, Apollo 17’s lunar module landed on the moon with astronauts Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt aboard; they ...

Reminders offered to liquor licensees

Editorial

The consumption of alcoholic beverages during the holiday season will mean increased sales and bigger crowds for local restaurants, taverns, bars, and other businesses. The Michigan Liquor Control Commission is offering tips to its 19,000 liquor license holders to help ensure a safe and ...

Story of ‘America’s biggest serial killer’

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WASHINGTON — A word can be worth a thousand pictures. In the movie “Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer,” the mild word “snip” describes what the camera, demonstrating the eloquence of reticence, does not show in gory detail: Kermit Gosnell’s use of scissors to ...

How They Voted

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Senate Bill 1250, Create non-partisan “Fair Political Practices Commission” to oversee election law: Passed 25 to 11 in the Senate To create an independent, bipartisan commission within the Secretary of State department that would prescribe rules and definitions related to many campaign ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, Dec. 10, the 344th day of 2018. There are 21 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 10, 1964, Martin Luther King Jr. received his Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, saying he accepted it “with an abiding faith in ...

Choral society made joyous music

Editorial

This week’s bouquets go to: From Mike “Chief” Olson of Escanaba: Isaac Watt and G.F. Handel created the hymn “Joy to the World” but it was the Bay de Noc Choral Society that made it alive last Sunday at Bethany Lutheran when they closed their Christmas concert with that carol ...

The Creepy Line

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NEW YORK — This morning Google told me that it would not allow my YouTube video “Socialism Leads to Violence” to be viewed by young people. It violates “community guidelines,” said the company in a computer-generated email. Anti-capitalist bias? Or just an algorithm shielding ...

A lesson as we remember President Bush

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WASHINGTON — The scene at the U.S. Capitol on Monday as former President George H.W. Bush lay in state presented a tableau and a lesson for those who seek earthly power and believe it can change things. As the TV cameras panned the crowd, I was struck by how many aging “formers” there ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, Dec. 8, the 342nd day of 2018. There are 23 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 8, 1941, the United States entered World War II as Congress declared war against Imperial Japan, a day after the attack ...

It’s great to see gas prices are coming down

Editorial

We are glad to see that gas prices in Marquette improved since our last editorial on Nov. 17 when we reported that Meijer in Escanaba was .33 per gallon less than the Meijer in Marquette. On Monday, the price of gas at Meijer in Marquette was listed on Gas Buddy as $2.57 per gallon. The ...

Keep an eye on children

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: I would like to remind parents to keep a close eye on their children at the Christmas parade this coming Friday. While the lights are beautiful, the darkness, combined with all the lights, also makes it very difficult for drivers to see the children. Children are focused on the candy ...

‘College’ Dropouts

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WASHINGTON — In spite of continued attempts, either misguided or malevolent — or both — by national leaders to undermine public trust and confidence in the American free press and free elections, the United States’ model of political and individual freedom has inspired billions around ...

A witch hunt or an investigation by a brutal book?

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WASHINGTON — The nation has paused this week from its toxic political battles to remember the kindness and gentleness of President George H.W. Bush. He was kind to Bill Clinton, who defeated him in 1992, and to Ross Perot, whose unusual entry into the presidential race that year siphoned ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, Dec. 7, the 341st day of 2018. There are 24 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 7, 1941, Japan launched a surprise attack on the U.S. Navy base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii as part of its plan to conquer ...

Unions should pay for union work

Editorial

Among the fiscally smart measures Republicans failed to address during the eight years they held control of state government is ending the practice of taxpayers footing the bill for teachers who do union work while on the clock. They have another chance in lame duck, and they should take ...

Line 5 letter was incorrect

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: In a letter to the editor Nov. 24, the writer made numerous incorrect assertions regarding the operation of Line 5. Foremost, Line 5 was constructed in 1953 as an option for transporting oil by pipeline, rather than ship. To this day, transporting oil via pipeline has a safety ...

Hockey pucks and school shootings

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TRAVERSE CITY — Oakland University is passing out hockey pucks to faculty and students to chuck at would-be mass shooters on campus. If that wasn’t so sad, it’d be funny. We seemingly will do anything to avoid re-instituting the assault weapon ban and taking other common sense steps to ...

George H.W. Bush: Man of character

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WASHINGTON — I first met the man who would become America’s 41st president in 1968. He was a Houston congressman and I was a young reporter for a local TV and radio station. My first impression was how kind he was to this “kid,” who had just moved to Texas from the Washington, D.C., ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, Dec. 6, the 340th day of 2018. There are 25 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On Dec. 6, 1907, the worst mining disaster in U.S. history occurred as 362 men and boys died in a coal mine explosion in ...

Seventeen-year-olds are not adults

Editorial

It would be easier to praise Michigan lawmakers for doing the right thing if the bad things they do were not so breathtakingly awful. On Wednesday, the Senate Government Operations committee did what everyone — the business lobby in particular — expected it to do and, on a party-line ...