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Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, Jan. 31, the 31st day of 2019. There are 334 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 31, 1971, astronauts Alan Shepard, Edgar Mitchell and Stuart Roosa blasted off aboard Apollo 14 on a mission to the ...

Don’t make shoveling a marathon event

Editorial

During an Upper Peninsula winter, area residents can’t escape the chore of clearing their driveways and sidewalks of snow. The American Heart Association warns that for most people, shoveling snow may not lead to health problems, however, the risk of a heart attack during snow shoveling ...

Democrats’ America: The heart of darkness

Local columns

WASHINGTON — If it was the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. that black and white would come together in friendship and peace to do justice, his acolytes in today’s Democratic Party appear to have missed that part of his message. Here is Hakeem Jeffries, fourth-ranked Democrat in Nancy ...

Cave vs. wall

Local columns

WASHINGTON — The first thing that needs to be said about President Trump’s decision to sign a measure re-opening part of the federal government without getting money for the wall he demanded is that his experience as a New York businessman was no help. Perhaps he failed to recognize that ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, Jan. 30, the 30th day of 2019. There are 335 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 30, 1948, Indian political and spiritual leader Mohandas K. Gandhi, 78, was shot and killed in New Delhi by Nathuram ...

Keep safe during this week’s deep freeze

Editorial

With a second round of arctic temperatures impacting the entire state this week, the Michigan State Police (MSP) is encouraging state residents and visitors to be extra cautious when going out in the extreme cold. To stay safe during cold weather: - Limit your time outside. If you need to ...

The dismal failure of Trumponomics

Local columns

BERKELEY — One of the least-talked-about consequences of the partial shutdown of the U.S. government — courtesy of Donald “I’m proud to shut down the government” Trump — is its negative effect on the U.S. economy. Federal spending accounts for just over 20 percent of the total ...

More self-inflicted presidential legal woes

Local columns

WASHINGTON — Last week, the investigative arm of BuzzFeed sparked a media frenzy with a report claiming that two federal law enforcement sources had informed its reporters that Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former lawyer and confidant, had told special counsel Robert Mueller that ...

Raising awareness about a cancer that has a vaccine

Editorial

January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is urging testing and vaccination to help prevent this disease that will affect an estimated 370 women in Michigan this year. The Pap test is a simple and affordable screening test to detect ...

Democrats have their Thatcher in Warren

Local columns

WASHINGTON — Margaret Thatcher’s description of herself as a “conviction politician” alarmed some Britons but delighted others because her convictions were incompatible with the flaccid centrist consensus that had produced their nation’s 1970s stagnation. In 1979, voters rolled the ...

Going gaga over the ladies

Local columns

WASHINGTON — The major media have gone gaga over the number of women newly elected to Congress and those announcing their run for the White House in 2020, with more female candidates likely to follow suit. But media’s bias — one of many — is revealed in their focus on mostly liberal ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, Jan. 28, the 28th day of 2019. There are 337 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 28, 1986, the space shuttle Challenger exploded 73 seconds after liftoff from Cape Canaveral, killing all seven crew ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, Jan. 29, the 29th day of 2019. There are 336 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 29, 1936, the first inductees of baseball’s Hall of Fame, including Ty Cobb and Babe Ruth, were named in Cooperstown, ...

Community helps purchase needed equipment

Editorial

This week’s bouquets go to: From the Gladstone Volunteer Fire Department and Gladstone Public Safety: In Jan. 2018, members of the Gladstone Volunteer Fire Department began seeking funding to acquire a means to properly wash and decontaminate their department issued fire gear. Funding was ...

Protect animals during cold weather

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: Animals left outside can suffer potentially deadly frostbite and hypothermia, as well as dehydration when water sources freeze. Short-haired breeds, young or elderly animals, and small animals are especially at risk. Dogs are often tied up outside 24 hours a day, sometimes with ...

School Choice

Local columns

NEW YORK — It’s School Choice Week. School choice is a noble cause. In much of America, parents have little or no control over where their kids attend school. Local governments assign schools by ZIP code. Having choice is better. Whether it’s vouchers, scholarships, charters, ...

How They Voted

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The new legislature is still getting organized, with House committee assignments announced just this week. Rather than votes this report contains some interesting or noteworthy new bill introductions. Senate Bill 14: Establish PFAs water standard Introduced by Sen. Winnie Brinks (D), to ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, Jan. 26, the 26th day of 2019. There are 339 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 26, 1998, President Bill Clinton forcefully denied having an affair with a former White House intern, telling reporters, ...

MSU must become a collective force for good

Editorial

The journey has been arduous and awful, but Michigan State University may finally be on a path toward a much overdue change in culture. Signs were evident at the special Board of Trustees meeting Thursday during which controversial interim President John Engler was shown the door - along with ...

Response to letter

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: Thank you Gary Niedermaier for your not “In This Country” Letter to the Editor....great literary take. Not okay: “Polluted air and water; lack of spiritual guidance; hungry children; veterans in poor situations; money for cancer research.” Definite needs. You wrote: ...