EAST LANSING, MI – Our book reviewer Lev Raphael has been reading a book critical of one of America's iconic presidents. It's called The Imperial Cruise by James Bradley, and Lev says it basically blames Teddy Roosevelt for the Japanese part of World War Two.
LANSING, MI – The Lansing City Council has turned down a request by Mayor Virg Bernero to hold a public hearing on a proposal to sell the North Capitol Parking Ramp to Lansing Community College. This is the third time the mayor has brought council a plan to sell the ramp to the college.
ST. PAUL, MN – Drew Miller scored his first career shootout goal in the eighth round and the Detroit Red Wings survived Minnesota's third-period rally to beat the Wild 4-3 on Thursday night.
Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard stopped six shots in the shootout and denied Eric Belanger in the eighth round to set up Miller's winner. Miller beat Niklas Backstrom, who entered the game after the first period in place of injured starter Josh Harding.
The Wild overcame a 3-1 deficit with third-period goals from Martin Havlat and Andrew Brunette.
Former Michigan Treasurer Robert Bowman is busy these days running Major League Baseball's Internet and marketing operations in New York, but he's also setting up meetings in Michigan to explore a gubernatorial campaign.
With the Democratic field virtually wide open, Bowman - who still has a home in Harbor Springs - thinks this might be the time to run.
Okemos media consultant Robert Kolt has spoken to Bowman and says "there's no doubt he's serious about it."
Detroit Public Schools emergency financial manager Robert Bobb told lawmakers in Lansing Thursday that he wants control over the district's academics. There is no bill drafted that would give him that level of control. But House Democrats are discussing the measure, even though they already rejected a similar plan from the Senate.
The U.S. Supreme Court has reversed a Michigan statute that outlaws corporate and union spending on political campaigns. Direct business and labor donations to candidates remain illegal. But unions and businesses may freely spend on their own political advertising.
Democratic Representative Kathy Angerer chairs the state House Elections and Ethics Committee.
Detroit, MI – Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera has spent three months in a treatment program for alcoholism following a much-publicized drinking binge during the final weekend of the regular season.
Cabrera said Thursday that he's turned his life around and hasn't had a drink since he was taken into custody by police after a domestic-abuse complaint was filed by his wife in the early morning of Oct. 3 -- hours before a crucial game against the Chicago White Sox.