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Since clocks “fell back” to standard time on Sunday, and it now gets dark one hour earlier, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) reminds motorists to watch out for pedestrians, joggers, and bicyclists on the drive home. Research from the University of Michigan Transportation ...

In defense of teachers

TRAVERSE CITY — News reports say there’s an acute teacher shortage in America. How does that surprise anyone? Their pay is low. The job is stressful. They’re criticized for “taking the summer off,” as if they have anything to do with that. They’re used by the GOP as a pawn in their ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, Nov. 1, the 305th day of 2019. There are 60 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 1, 1936, in a speech in Milan, Italy, Benito Mussolini described the alliance between his country and Nazi Germany as an ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, Oct. 31, the 304th day of 2019. There are 61 days left in the year. This is Halloween. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 31, 1941, the Navy destroyer USS Reuben James was torpedoed by a German U-boat off Iceland with the ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, Oct. 30, the 303rd day of 2019. There are 62 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 30, 1912, Vice President James S. Sherman, running for a second term of office with President William Howard Taft, died ...

No more billionaires?

WASHINGTON — He was the Bernie Sanders of his day. Charlie Chaplin, the iconic actor and at the time a well-known political leftist (some said communist), delivered a speech in San Francisco in 1941 prior to America’s entry into World War II. As recounted in the biography of her parents, ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, Oct. 29, the 302nd day of 2019. There are 63 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 29, 2012, Superstorm Sandy slammed ashore in New Jersey and slowly marched inland, devastating coastal communities and ...

How They Voted

Senate Bill 174, Revise livestock regulations, postpone hen cage size mandate: Passed 21 to 17 in the Senate To overhaul existing rules on the livestock and farm animal industry, and expand the authority of state officials to establish new requirements and regulations, including ones to ...

Weak political parties and demagogues

WASHINGTON — There are political moments, and this might be one, in which worse is better. Moments, that is, when a society’s per capita quantity of conspicuous stupidity is so high and public manners are so low that a critical mass of people are jolted into saying “enough, already.” ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, Oct. 28, the 301st day of 2019. There are 64 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 28, 1886, the Statue of Liberty, a gift from the people of France, was dedicated in New York Harbor by President Grover ...

Better than a loan

NEW YORK — Student loan debt keeps growing. There is a better solution than the ones politicians offer, which stick the taxpayer or the loan lenders with the whole bill. It’s called an “income share agreement.” Investors give money to a college, and the college then gives a ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, Oct. 26, the 299th day of 2019. There are 66 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On October 26th, 2001, President George W. Bush signed the USA Patriot Act, giving authorities unprecedented ability to search, ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, Oct. 25, the 298th day of 2019. There are 67 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 25, 1971, the U.N. General Assembly voted to admit mainland China and expel Taiwan. On this date: In 1760, Britain’s ...

Is the impeachment process fair?

WASHINGTON — Last week, the White House legal counsel wrote to congressional leaders stating President Donald Trump’s legal views of the impeachment investigation now being conducted by the House of Representatives. The essence of Pat Cipollone’s letter argued that the impeachment ...

While Trump rakes in cash, some Senate Republicans lagging

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is raising record amounts of cash for his 2020 reelection. But that fundraising might isn’t spilling over to the most vulnerable Republicans fighting to hold onto their seats in a narrowly divided Senate. During the third quarter, former astronaut ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, Oct. 24, the 297th day of 2019. There are 68 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 24, 1940, the 40-hour work week went into effect under the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938. On this date: In 1861, ...

Is Putin the new king of the Middle East?

WASHINGTON — “Russia Assumes Mantle of Supreme Power Broker in the Middle East,” proclaimed Britain’s Telegraph. The article began: “Russia’s status as the undisputed power-broker in the Middle East was cemented as Vladimir Putin continued a triumphant tour of capitals ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, Oct. 23, the 296th day of 2019. There are 69 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 23, 1973, President Richard Nixon agreed to turn over White House tape recordings subpoenaed by the Watergate special ...

Trump’s emoluments violations

BERKELEY — Donald Trump reversed his decision to host next June’s G-7 meeting of heads of state at Trump National Doral Miami because it would have been an impeachable offense and a violation of the Constitution’s emoluments clauses. No, that’s not the reason he gave. He said on ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, Oct. 22, the 295th day of 2019. There are 70 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 22, 1962, in a nationally broadcast address, President John F. Kennedy revealed the presence of Soviet-built missile ...