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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, Oct. 14, the 287th day of 2017. There are 78 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 14, 1947, U.S. Air Force Capt. Charles E. (“Chuck”) Yeager (YAY’-gur) became the first test pilot to break the ...

The time of year to watch for deer

Editorial

As we enter the three most dangerous months for deer/vehicle crashes October, November, and December, motorists should be aware that these crashes can cause more than just damage to the vehicle. Deer/vehicle crashes resulted in 1,240 injuries and 14 deaths last year. Nine of the fatalities were ...

War is not a spectator sport

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WASHINGTON — On Oct. 15, 2010, a father who knew from painful personal sacrifice the terror and the loss of combat, wrote to his son, who was at that moment leading a Marine platoon enduring almost relentless combat: “I know you guys have taken some licks in the last few days. ... Robert ...

Censorship in Seattle

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WASHINGTON — If it were a plague, the government would rush to quarantine the infected, as occurred during Europe’s Black Death in the 14th century. An immigration debate at Seattle University School of Law is a plague of a different sort, but deadly in a different way. The victim here is ...

AP-NORC Poll: Most don’t want young immigrants deported

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Just 1 in 5 Americans want to deport young immigrants brought to the United States as children and now here illegally, the focus of a politically fraught debate between the White House and Congress. Americans also have largely negative opinions about President Donald ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, Oct. 13, the 286th day of 2017. There are 79 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 13, 1792, the cornerstone of the executive mansion, later known as the White House, was laid by President George ...

Expect less from auto insurance ‘reforms’

Editorial

Fixing the auto insurance business has been a perennial priority for the Michigan Legislature probably since the no-fault system went into place in 1973. The clamor from Lansing seems louder this session, but that does not mean that significant reform is likely any time soon. The problems ...

Troubles in the NFL

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TRAVERSE CITY — The NFL is reportedly having trouble getting enough butts in the seats. Some photos of the stands look like shots of the National Mall during Trump’s inauguration — a lot of empty real estate. The National Anthem protest is one obvious reason why, which is puzzling to ...

The dead soul of Stephen Paddock

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WASHINGTON — What was his motive? Why did he do it? Why did Stephen Paddock, 64, rent rooms at the Mandalay Bay hotel, sneak in an arsenal of guns, a dozen of them converted to fully automatic, and rain down death on a country music concert? “We will never know,” writes columnist ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, Oct. 12, the 285th day of 2017. There are 80 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 12, 1492 (according to the Old Style calendar), Christopher Columbus’ expedition arrived in the present-day ...

Focus sex registry rewrite on risk

Editorial

Michigan’s ill-advised scheme to pile on punishment for convicted sex offenders failed to get even a hearing before the U.S. Supreme Court, leaving the Legislature to craft a new law that will restore both sanity and fairness to the state’s sex offender registry. The High Court said ...

A senior’s thoughts

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: I have lived a long time and have seen our Democratic and Republican Presidents come and go. I offer my humble opinion of those I admired. I had great respect for President Truman and President J.F. Kennedy. I have great respect for Reagan and surely consider us to be very fortunate ...

There is nothing wrong with being a rich person

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: Oct 7 Daily Press, page 7A, World/National. First article is about the President (you know, Donald Trump) and his tax plan. In a nutshell, the Associated Press writer’s opinion is that it’s a tax cut for the rich 1 percent. Those “evil rich people.’ The poor will only see an ...

Choice saves drivers money on car insurance

Local columns

LANSING — I have walked through nearly every neighborhood in Delta, Dickinson and Menominee counties, getting to know the people I represent in the state Legislature. Far too many homes have vehicles with Wisconsin license plates parked in the driveway. When I ask why, I always get the same ...

Make escape plan before fire strikes

Editorial

Gov. Rick Snyder has proclaimed Oct. 8-14 as Fire Prevention Week to emphasize this year’s theme: “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out.” Michiganders are urged to develop and practice a home escape plan and know what to do when awakened to the sound of a smoke alarm and the smell of ...

Trump’s presidency increasingly irrelevant

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BERKELEY — Announcement: Donald Trump is no longer the president of the United States. Oh, sure, he has the title and he has the bully pulpit — from which he’s bullying everyone from NBA players to people protesting white supremacists to DACA kids. But he’s not actively governing ...

Defining evil

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WASHINGTON — Responding to the recent Las Vegas concert shooting that killed more than 50 people and injured hundreds more, President Trump described the act as one “of pure evil.” One definition of “evil” sounds so inadequate in today’s culture: “morally wrong or bad; immoral; ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, Oct. 10, the 283rd day of 2017. There are 82 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 10, 1967, the Outer Space Treaty, prohibiting the placing of weapons of mass destruction on the moon or elsewhere in ...

Supreme court right on state sex offender list

Editorial

Michigan’s sex offender law brings out many strong emotions in people, as well it should. All crimes are bad, but sex crimes are particularly disturbing. However, how they’re dealt with following due process can be controversial. The U.S. Supreme Court last week let stand a decision that ...

Children are safe and thriving

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: I am expressing my heartfelt thank you to all of our community that supported and encouraged me and my office in the termination of parental rights on behalf of the sweet, innocent, loving girls ... Natalie and Sarah. It was a tough battle against the system, the prosecutor and the ...