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5:43 am
Thu August 20, 2009

Ichiro homer helps Seattle over Tigers, 3-1

DETROIT – Ichiro Suzuki homered to back Ian Snell's best start with Seattle in the Mariners' 3-1 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday night.

Snell (1-1) held Detroit to just one run and four hits in 5 2-3 innings. He entered the game with an 8.48 ERA in three starts since being acquired from Pittsburgh on July 29.

Three Mariners relievers finished, with David Aardsma pitching the ninth for his 28th save in 31 tries.

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In Michigan
6:32 pm
Wed August 19, 2009

Mich. county official defends crossed-out swastika

JACKSON, MI – A Jackson County commissioner who held up a sign with a crossed-out swastika last week at a health care protest outside Democratic Rep. Mark Schauer's office says the sign misrepresented his views.

Phil Duckham said at a board of commissioners meeting Tuesday night the sign did not convey his message properly.

But he told the Jackson Citizen Patriot that he stands by his comparisons between Nazi politics and President Barack Obama's plans for restructuring America.

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In Michigan
6:28 pm
Wed August 19, 2009

GOP gov candidates head to Standish over Gitmo

LANSING, MI – The tiny community of Standish is suddenly becoming an important stop for Republican gubernatorial candidates campaigning against bringing Guantanamo detainees from Cuba to the state prison.

The Obama administration has sent officials to look over the maximum security prison. It's also considering moving the detainees to a federal military prison in Leavenworth, Kan.

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In Michigan
6:24 pm
Wed August 19, 2009

Legislature tries to solve high school algebra problem

LANSING, MI – The state Legislature is trying to solve problems with high school math requirements. Both the House and Senate would like to see more options created for students struggling with the algebra-two graduation requirement. Lawmakers say some vocational training should be offered in place of the course.

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In Michigan
6:20 pm
Wed August 19, 2009

Enviro groups will appeal UP mine approval

MARQUETTE, MI – Environmental groups vow they'll appeal if the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality once again approves permits for a nickel and copper mine in Marquette County.

The National Wildlife Federation and local entities filed suit in 2007, saying Kennecott Minerals Company's application contained serious flaws and would hurt the environment. On Tuesday, an administrative law judge upheld their approval.

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4:42 pm
Wed August 19, 2009

Michigan jobless rate dips slightly to 15%

LANSING, MI – Michigan's unemployment rate edged down slightly to 15% in July, the first drop in the monthly rate in more than a year.

The seasonally adjusted rate announced Wednesday is below the 15.2% jobless rate posted in June. But Michigan is likely to keep the dubious honor of having the nation's highest rate.

Michigan has led the nation for 26 of the past 27 months.

State officials said hiring in the hotel industry, nursing and residential care helped stabilize Michigan's jobless rate last month.

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In Michigan
4:12 pm
Wed August 19, 2009

Summer jobs tamp down MI unemployment rate

LANSING, MI – Tourism-related summer hiring helped tamp down Michigan's July unemployment rate. It fell very slightly by two-tenths of a percentage point last month to 15%.

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This was a small bit of welcome news. The last time the state's jobless rate dipped at all was more than a year ago.

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In Michigan
11:24 am
Wed August 19, 2009

Community-built playground opens in Lansing

Burchard Park playground, Lansing
WKAR photo

EAST LANSING, MI – Area schoolchildren and Mayor Virg Bernero have opened what officials say is Lansing's first community-built playground. About 50 volunteers created the site in about a half-day last Saturday, erecting play equipment and seating in Burchard Park near the Grand River south of Old Town.

Brittany Hoskiew is with the Old Town Commercial Association. She hopes the playground will attract more families to the district:

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Arts & Culture
6:27 am
Wed August 19, 2009

Opera singer Behrens dies in Tokyo

TOKYO – Soprano Hildegard Behrens, one of the finest Wagnerian performers of her generation, has died while traveling in Japan. She was 72.

Jonathan Friend, artistic administrator of the Metropolitan Opera in New York, said Tuesday in an e-mail to opera officials that Behrens felt unwell while traveling to a festival near Tokyo. She went to a Tokyo hospital, where she died of an apparent aneurism.

Friend's e-mail was shared with The Associated Press by Jack Mastroianni, director of IMG Artists.

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Sports
6:27 am
Wed August 19, 2009

MSU running backs are a question mark entering the season

Running back coach Dan Enos.

EAST LANSING, MI – As the Michigan State football team continues to prepare for the opening of the season, one of the big question marks entering this year is running back.

Michigan State has the tough task of replacing first-team all Big Ten selection Javon Ringer, who last year as a senior posted in 13 games 1,637 yards with a 4.2 yards per carry average and a single season Spartan record with 22 touchdowns.

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Sports
6:03 am
Wed August 19, 2009

Lugnuts defeat Loons

LANSING, MI – The Lansing Lugnuts beat the Great Lakes Loons 5-3 last night at Oldsmobile Park. The Lugnuts are off tonight before beginning a four-game road-trip in Fort Wayne at 7:05 p. m. on Thursday night.

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Sports
6:01 am
Wed August 19, 2009

Jackson's 36 lead Seattle over Detroit Shock

AUBURN HILLS, MI – Lauren Jackson scored 36 points to lead the Seattle Storm over the Detroit Shock, 79-75 on Tuesday night.

Deanna Nolan finished with 29 for Detroit.

Seattle dominated the first half, taking a 38-21 lead behind 17 points from Jackson. The Storm outshot Detroit 49 percent to 27 percent.

The Shock, though, started the third quarter with a 13-0 run to get back into the game.

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Sports
5:57 am
Wed August 19, 2009

Tigers beat Mariners 5-3 on Cabrera's clutch hit

DETROIT – Miguel Cabrera hit a go-ahead, two-run single in the eighth inning and Rick Porcello had a career-high eight strikeouts, lifting the Detroit Tigers to a 5-3 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night.

Seattle manager Don Wakamatsu took out starter Felix Hernandez after he struck out nine and gave up only a run through seven innings and Detroit took advantage.

Alex Avila hit the second pitch from Mark Lowe (1-6) over the fence to pull the Tigers within one and pinch-hitter Ramon Santiago followed with a single.

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In Michigan
6:49 pm
Tue August 18, 2009

Michigan movie industry rallies to protect tax credit

LANSING, MI – Actors, producers, directors and other supporters of Michigan's film tax credit gathered at the steps of the state Capitol Tuesday morning.

Capping or eliminating the tax credit is an option floating around Lansing as lawmakers struggle to cut spending and balance the state budget.

Democratic state Senator Gilda Jacobs joined the rally and held up a sign distributed to crowd.

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In Michigan
4:42 pm
Tue August 18, 2009

Granholm: California won't send inmates to Michigan

LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm says talks have broken off on sending California prison inmates to Michigan. The governor says she's still talking with other states about taking their inmates.

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In Michigan
3:43 pm
Tue August 18, 2009

Okemos' Draths Corp moving, expanding

EAST LANSING, MI – A Lansing-area alternative energy manufacturer is expanding. The Michigan Economic Growth Authority has approved a $5.2 million tax credit for the Draths Corporation.

The Okemos-based firm makes components for plastic and nylon products using renewable fuels. It says it will use the incentive to combine with its administrative offices---currently in Minnesota---in a new, central location in Delhi Township. Dr. John Frost is Draths' Chief Science Officer:

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In Michigan
8:47 am
Tue August 18, 2009

Complete Streets passes city council

LANSING, MI – The City of Lansing now has an ordinance on the books that supporters say will encourage the development of more bike and walking paths in the city. The City Council passed the Complete Streets ordinance last night.

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In Michigan
6:43 am
Tue August 18, 2009

Driver pays speeding ticket in I-75 explosion

HAZEL PARK, MI – A man cited by police for speeding in a crash that caused a tanker explosion that destroyed an overpass on Interstate 75 north of Detroit has paid his ticket.

The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press report 27-year-old Saied Haidarian Shahri of Clawson paid the $150 fine on Monday at 43rd District Court in Hazel Park.

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In Michigan
6:33 am
Tue August 18, 2009

Mich. Legislature returns for rare voting days

LANSING, MI – The Michigan Legislature returns to work this week after meeting very little over the past month and a half.

The Senate is expected to be in session Tuesday, while the House plans to convene Wednesday.

Most lawmakers have had little to do in July and August while legislative leaders and Gov. Jennifer Granholm continue to discuss the state budget behind closed doors.

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In Michigan
6:30 am
Tue August 18, 2009

Broadcaster Ernie Harwell released from hospital

DETROIT – Detroit baseball broadcasting legend Ernie Harwell is back at his Detroit-area home and resting comfortably following a stint in the hospital.

Gary Spicer, Harwell's attorney and friend, tells The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press the 91-year-old Harwell was hospitalized for most of last week with an obstructed bile duct. Spicer said the obstruction was dislodged, Harwell was released Friday, and he was resting at his home in Novi.

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In Michigan
6:12 am
Tue August 18, 2009

Wood gains key political endorsements

EAST LANSING, MI – Lansing City Councilmember Carol Wood picked up several Mayoral endorsements from various political and community leaders on Tuesday. Ingham County Chair Debbie Deleon, former state Representative Mike Murphy and former Mayor Tony Benavides are all offering their support.

Joe Graves was the chief of staff for Mayor David Hollister. Graves is endorsing Wood and says she can bring honesty, integrity and civility back to city hall:

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Sports
6:10 am
Tue August 18, 2009

Loons hold off Lugnuts

LANSING, MI – The Great Lakes Loons held off the Lansing Lugnuts 7-5 last night at Oldsmobile Park. The game was delayed 78 minutes at the start by rain. The Loons lost an early 2-0 lead to a Lugnuts three-run third inning rally, took the lead back with a three-run fourth, only to watch Lansing tie the score at 5-5 in the fifth. In the top of the eighth inning, the visitors seized the lead for good. The two teams play the finale of their four-game series tonight.

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In Michigan
6:05 am
Tue August 18, 2009

Congressman Hoekstra testifies on Gitmo to Michigan

LANSING, MI – The state Senate Judiciary Committee took testimony Tuesday on whether the Standish maximum security prison should house Guantanamo Bay prisoners. Among those who testified were two Republican gubernatorial candidates who have different opinions.

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In Michigan
4:42 pm
Mon August 17, 2009

Economist hopes Speaker Dillon looks at study before moving on plan

EAST LANSING, MI – A new study shows state employees are making less this year than they were last year, but paying twice as much for their health benefits.

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Economist Charles Ballard says the most surprising figure he found while conducting the study was the 11,000 state jobs lost since 2001. He says it's possible the workforce was too bloated at some point, but the state has now cut too deep and must stop working against the remaining employees.

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In Michigan
3:01 pm
Mon August 17, 2009

Consumers Energy no longer releasing customers

LANSING, MI – One of the state's largest electric utilities is no longer releasing customers to buy power from its competitors. State law allows the major utilities to hang onto their remaining customers once 10 percent have moved to an alternative supplier.

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In Michigan
2:50 pm
Mon August 17, 2009

Korean-born artist installs work at Michigan State

EAST LANSING, MI – A South Korean-born artist who works in New York city is creating a "mixed-media site-specific installation" this week at Michigan State University.

Haeri Yoo starts work Monday on her art work at the Kresge Art Museum and is scheduled to continue through Sunday.

The university says Yoo's work for the Kresge Museum will explore "humor, sexuality, gestural figuration and psychological tension."

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In Michigan
2:45 pm
Mon August 17, 2009

DNR: Which Mich. forest campgrounds should close?

LANSING, MI – Likely budget cuts have state officials asking Michigan residents which of the state's 145 state forest campgrounds should close.

The Department of Natural Resources already has had to close 12 of the rustic campgrounds because of a lack of money. DNR official Lynne Boyd says she expects more cuts are coming in the budget year that starts Oct. 1, so more state forest campgrounds will have to close or be given to others to manage.

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Arts & Culture
8:43 am
Mon August 17, 2009

Seattle Opera offers magnificent 'Ring' revival

SEATTLE – Like a towering fir tree that survives after the primeval forest around it has vanished, the Seattle Opera's production of Wagner's "Ring" cycle now stands alone as the only traditional depiction of the epic music drama on an American stage.

And tall and proud it stands, indeed.

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In Michigan
7:36 am
Mon August 17, 2009

ICHD launches back-to-school immunization initiative

LANSING, MI – Mid-Michigan children who are behind on immunizations have a chance to play catch-up this week.

The Ingham County Health Department is holding a back-to-school health fair today through Friday at its South Cedar location in Lansing. The event's focus is on helping schoolchildren who are behind on immunizations.

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Sports
7:16 am
Mon August 17, 2009

Lugnuts lambaste Loons

LANSING, MI – The Lansing Lugnuts blanked the Great Lakes Loons 4-0 before a Sunday afternoon crowd at Oldsmobile Park. The two teams play the third game in their four-game series at 7:05 tonight.

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