Briefs

On this day in 1863: Emancipation Proclamation celebration held in Detroit 

BY: - January 6, 2022

On Jan. 6, 1863, a celebration of the Emancipation Proclamation took place at Second Baptist Church in Detroit, the first African-American congregation established in Michigan. It included “speeches by white and black Negroes,” according to Detroit Free Press reporting.  Some sang:  “Old Abe Lincoln is the man for me, Old Abe Lincoln is the man […]

Michigan reports 27,346 new COVID-19 cases since Monday

BY: - January 5, 2022

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Wednesday that a total of 1,595,919 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 27,563 have died from the virus — an additional 27,346 cases and 277 deaths since Monday. The new numbers combine Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s recorded cases and deaths, with an average of 13,673 […]

Rep. Slagh missed 62 votes last year due to previously undisclosed COVID diagnosis

BY: and - January 5, 2022

State Rep. Bradley Slagh (R-Zeeland) announced Tuesday that his absence from 62 votes at the end of 2021 can be attributed to contracting COVID-19. The announcement comes after the Missed Votes Report released by the free-market Mackinac Center for Public Policy’s MichiganVotes.org highlighted those missed votes.  The report showed that Slagh missed all votes that […]

Whitmer again tests negative for COVID-19 after her husband tests positive

BY: - January 5, 2022

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer tested negative in a PCR test for COVID-19 Wednesday after her husband, Marc Mallory, tested positive on Tuesday.  “Like many Michiganders in the past few weeks, my husband Mark has tested positive for COVID-19 yesterday after feeling a little under the weather. I just received my test results from a PCR and […]

Elizabeth Holmes found guilty of defrauding DeVos family, others

BY: - January 5, 2022

Elizabeth Holmes became the youngest female billionaire in America, thanks to her Silicon Valley startup, Theranos, which was once valued at $9 billion. The company promised to revolutionize medicine by running hundreds of diagnostic tests using just a finger prick’s worth of blood, but there was just one teensy little problem — the technology never […]

On this day in 1933: Michigan governor buys booze after Prohibition era ends 

BY: - December 30, 2021

On Dec. 30, 1933, Gov. William Comstock, a Detroit Democrat, celebrated the repeal of Prohibition by buying the first bottle of whiskey sold afterward. It was a very different time in America. A gallon of gas for an automobile was about 10 cents a gallon; a loaf of bread averaged at 7 cents and a […]

Benson says petition to ‘audit’ the 2020 election ‘threatens the survival of our democracy’

BY: - December 23, 2021

Audit Forward, a group demanding a so-called “forensic audit” of the 2020 presidential election, submitted a petition to Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson’s office Tuesday.  This is similar to what pro-Donald Trump supporters have done in Arizona and Wisconsin, two other states the former GOP president lost in 2020. The petition would require a review […]

GOP state House candidate spreads white supremacist comments in Facebook video

BY: - December 22, 2021

During a Facebook live video Tuesday, Mellissa Carone, a Republican candidate running for the state House in 2022 who is known for testifying to state lawmakers alongside Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani last year, said that public schools and the government are trying to “eliminate” white people in America.  “They’re trying to eliminate the white people […]

Michigan reports 13,686 new COVID-19 cases since Monday

BY: - December 22, 2021

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Wednesday that a total of 1,448,523 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 26,376 have died from the virus — an additional 13,686 cases and 392 deaths since Monday. The new numbers combine Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s recorded cases and deaths, with an average of 6,843 […]

Site of Detroit’s first Black-owned bookstore secures federal preservation grant

BY: - December 22, 2021

The site of a Detroit bookstore that was owned and operated by a former state House member for nearly 40 years has been identified by the National Park Service (NPS) for a $15,000 grant designed to preserve history in underrepresented communities. Vaughn’s Bookstore was owned by Ed Vaughn, who operated it between 1959 and the […]

On this day in 1978: State drinking age is raised to 21

BY: - December 22, 2021

On Dec. 22, 1978, Michigan’s drinking age was raised to age 21.  It came as a result of a constitutional amendment approved by state voters in the November general election who were concerned about drinking and driving by high school students. The measure passed by a 57 to 43% clip. Proposal D, a state Constitutional […]

On this day in 1948: High court affirms Michigan ban on women bartenders  

BY: - December 20, 2021

On Dec. 20, 1948, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a ban on female bartenders in Michigan. Goesaert v. Cleary was a case in which the high court upheld a Michigan law prohibiting women from being licensed as a bartender in all cities having a population of 50,000 or more unless their father or husband owned […]