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Lumber Prices Soar 112% Since 2020; Does this Affect Your Next Building Project?

Lumber Prices Soar 112% Since 2020; Does this Affect Your Next Building Project?

DETROIT, April 8, 2021 ~ The prices of lumber are skyrocketing nationwide, and builders and buyers are suffering from it. While interest rates for loans are down, the prices of flooring, concrete and other building materials are rising.  According to the National Association of Home Builders, current lumber prices are adding upwards of $24,000 to…

GOP Chairman Ron Weiser Calls Whitmer, Nessel, Benson “Witches”

GOP Chairman Ron Weiser Calls Whitmer, Nessel, Benson “Witches”

Photo: JEFF KOWALSKY/AFP via Getty LANSING, April 6, 2021 ~ Member of the University of Michigan Board of Regents and Chair of the Michigan Republican Party Ron Weiser has been censured by the U of M’s Board of Regents after referring to Attorney General Dana Nessel, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, and Governor Gretchen Whitmer…

NASA’s Ingenuity Helicopter Survives First Night Solo on Martian Surface

NASA’s Ingenuity Helicopter Survives First Night Solo on Martian Surface

Photo Illustration: NASA via Getty Cape Canaveral, April 6, 2021 ~ Ingenuity, NASA’s mini-helicopter, detached from the belly of the Perseverance rover, and has survived its first night alone on the surface of Mars. The small craft had to rely on the solar-powered battery to run a heater to prevent its unshielded electrical components from…

Representative Matt Gaetz Claims Extortion Plot, Denies Wrongdoing

Representative Matt Gaetz Claims Extortion Plot, Denies Wrongdoing

Photo: Joe Raedle / Getty WASHINGTON DC, April 2, 2021 ~ In the midst of an ongoing investigation by the Department of Justice surrounding a report from The New York Times, alleging a sexual relationship between Florida Representative Matt Gaetz and a 17-year-old, new developments involve an FBI agent who disappeared in Iran 14 years…

President Joe Biden Announces $2T Tax-Raising “American Job Plan”

President Joe Biden Announces $2T Tax-Raising “American Job Plan”

Photo: Doug Mills-Pool / Getty WASHINGTON DC, March 31, 2021 ~ On Wednesday, President Biden proposed to renovate the infrastructure of the United States, all while ensuring corporations are supplying what he believes to be their fair share of taxes. Named the American Jobs Plan, a statement from the White House says it aims to “create…

DIA Board Members Resign Amidst Controversy Surrounding Director

DIA Board Members Resign Amidst Controversy Surrounding Director

DETROIT, March 30, 2021 ~ Several trustees from the Detroit Institute of Arts have resigned following multiple controversies surrounding Museum Director Salvador Salort-Pons. Controversy began last summer, when there was an ethical breach involving the director receiving a loaned El Greco painting owned by his father-in-law, according to reports. Another report – from a recording…

GOP Gears up for Democratic Election Reform Bill

GOP Gears up for Democratic Election Reform Bill

Photo: Win McNamee / Getty WASHINGTON DC, March 29, 2021 ~ Democrats are pushing the “For the People Act,” aiming to reform elections and campaign financing laws nationwide.  Republicans are calling the effort “fraud.” The bill would “improve access to the ballot box” by automatically registering voters across the country, as well as reinstating full…

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