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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, April 22, the 113th day of 2020. There are 253 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 22, 1915, the first full-scale use of deadly chemicals in warfare took place as German forces unleashed chlorine gas ...

Be careful with COVID-19 testing kits

Editorial

Going on the offensive against COVID-19 will require knowing more about who has had the disease, perhaps without showing symptoms. To that end, new tests have been developed and are being perfected. Most seem to rely on detecting antibodies the body produces to fight and often, defeat certain ...

Line 5 Tunnel winners and losers

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: Thousands of jobs of hard-working people that are essential to tourism in Northern Michigan are threatened by a Canadian company that cares only about profits. The building trade unions are supporting an Enbridge tunnel in the Straits of Mackinac. They believe it will create ...

Problem not being addressed

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EDITOR: As of April 15, there were 56 reported cases of COVID-19 with nine deaths in the Upper Peninsula.  Those numbers should draw the grave attention of our representatives, health workers and every person concerned about COVID-19. Those numbers represent a case fatality rate of 16%, ...

Charity reflects fear of expanded social safety net

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BERKELEY — As millions of jobless Americans line up for food or risk their lives delivering essential services, the nation’s billionaires are making conspicuous donations — $100 million from Amazon’s Jeff Bezos for food banks, billions from Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates for a ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, April 21, the 112th day of 2020. There are 254 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 21, 1976, clinical trials of the swine flu vaccine began in Washington, D.C. On this date: In 1509, England’s ...

Drive safely in road work zones

Editorial

Now, more than ever, the transport and delivery of essential items is crucial. Despite the delay of some projects due to the pandemic, there are many active work zones throughout the state. Roads must be maintained. Bridges need to be inspected. All available contractors have been briefed on ...

Obama (finally) endorses Biden

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WASHINGTON — It isn’t like Joe Biden was former President Barack Obama’s first choice for president. Obama’s video endorsement of Biden on Tuesday came after every other candidate had pulled out. He even waited for Bernie Sanders to suspend his campaign to endorse Biden. The ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, April 20, the 111th day of 2020. There are 255 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 20, 1971, the Supreme Court unanimously upheld the use of busing to achieve racial desegregation in schools. On this ...

Idling of Tilden Mine during virus outbreak no surprise

Editorial

Even casual observers of the business scene could see the decision made by Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. Monday afternoon to idle the Tilden Mine in National Mine coming from a mile away. The company, in an announcement sent to local and business media, blamed problems caused by the COVID-19 outbreak ...

Michigan’s greatest strength not being used

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LANSING — The greatest strength our nation has is its diversity. Diversity of ideas, culture, religion, political ideology, heritage, age and population density has led to technological innovations and economic upward mobility that never happens in hegemonic regimes. Radical ideas sometimes ...

China’s tech totalitarianism

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NEW YORK — The media tell us China “beat coronavirus.” I don’t believe it. The Chinese government lies. AEI’s Derrek Scissors argues that they’ve underreported the number of COVID-19 cases by millions. Still, it’s possible that China has the virus under control. But at what ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, April 18, the 109th day of 2020. There are 257 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 18, 1978, the Senate approved the Panama Canal Treaty, providing for the complete turnover of control of the waterway ...

Please, give blood

Editorial

It might be hard to imagine, coronavirus dominating news coverage as it is, but COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, is not the only medical emergency our hospitals are dealing with right now. And some of those emergencies require blood. The virus is not known to spread through blood ...

This president knows television!

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WASHINGTON — Somebody close to President Donald Trump could, in a burst of candor, tell him that he does not know everything to be known about the history of the filibuster in the United States Senate — or even the origin of the infield fly rule in Major League Baseball. But nobody, ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, April 17, the 108th day of 2020. There are 258 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 17, 1961, some 1,500 CIA-trained Cuban exiles launched the disastrous Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba in an attempt to ...

Political unity should be key focus in COVID-19 decision

Editorial

It was a given that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s COVID-19 emergency declaration would be extended. The question was: By how long? On Tuesday, Michigan residents got their answer. The Republican-led Michigan Legislature lengthened the Democratic governor’s declaration by 23 days — through ...

Whitmer’s agenda

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: I had high hopes for Governor Whitmer when she was elected. She did not seem inclined to get into political bickering and seemed like she truly wanted to work with everybody for the best of Michigan. However, whether it’s the crisis itself, or her desire to be vice president, but ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, April 16, the 107th day of 2020. There are 259 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 16, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. wrote his “Letter from Birmingham Jail” in which the civil rights activist ...