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Detroit City Councilman Gabe Leland Pleads Guilty to Felony Misconduct

Detroit City Councilman Gabe Leland Pleads Guilty to Felony Misconduct

Photo: Raymond Boyd / Michael Ochs Archives / Getty DETROIT, May 5, 2021 ~ Monday, Detroit City Councilman Gabe Leland pleaded guilty to felony misconduct in office and resigned his city council seat. “Unfortunately, I crossed a line,” Leland said. “This sad day marks the end of 41 years in which a member of the…

Whitmer Announces Over 50 Percent of Michiganders Vaccinated

Whitmer Announces Over 50 Percent of Michiganders Vaccinated

Photo: Matthew Hatcher / Getty LANSING, May 4, 2021 ~ Monday, Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced Michigan now has more than 50% of its residents over the age of 16 vaccinated. “Today, Michigan will surpass seven million doses administered of the safe, effective COVID-19 vaccines,” Governor Whitmer said Monday. “We’ve put shots in arms of one…

Biden Outlines $1.8T American Families Plan in Joint Congress Session

Biden Outlines $1.8T American Families Plan in Joint Congress Session

Photo: Mark Wilson / Getty WASHINGTON DC, April 29, 2021 ~ Wednesday evening, President Joe Biden addressed a joint session of Congress on the eve of his 100th day in office. The highlight of his speech was his official reveal of the American Families Plan.  He outlined a $1.8 trillion investment to expand “human infrastructure,” including…

Biden to Address Joint Session of Congress Wednesday Evening

Biden to Address Joint Session of Congress Wednesday Evening

Photo: Doug Mills-Pool / Getty WASHINGTON DC, April 28, 2021 ~ President Joe Biden will address a joint session of Congress Wednesday evening, the eve of his 100th day in office. “While the major policy announcement in the speech is, of course, the American Families Plan, a historic investment in education and child care, he…

Michigan to Lose Seat in House of Representatives Following 2020 Census

Michigan to Lose Seat in House of Representatives Following 2020 Census

LANSING, April 27, 2021 ~ Monday, an announcement from the Census Bureau stated that seven seats will shift in the US House of Representatives. Michigan is to be among the seven states to lose a seat, despite a 2% increase in population over the last decade. “The American public deserves a big thank you for…

Ingenuity Mars Rover Flight Exceeds Tests Performed on Earth

Ingenuity Mars Rover Flight Exceeds Tests Performed on Earth

Photo: NASA via Getty CAPE CANAVERAL, April 26, 2021 ~ Sunday, NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter took its third flight, flying faster and farther than it had in any of its tests on Earth. “Today’s flight was what we planned for, and yet it was nothing short of amazing,” said Dave Lavery, the project’s program executive…

University of Michigan Announces Student Vaccination Requirements

University of Michigan Announces Student Vaccination Requirements

Photo: Raymond Boyd / Getty ANN ARBOR, April 23, 2021 ~ University of Michigan Ann Arbor and Dearborn will require students living on campus to be vaccinated for COVID-19 when fall semester 2021 begins, according to a Friday post on Twitter. “We know that widespread vaccination will be the only way to facilitate a return to…

New Study Links Lack of Sleep to Increased Dementia Risk

New Study Links Lack of Sleep to Increased Dementia Risk

UNITED KINGDOM, April 22, 2021 ~ Sleeping six hours or less a day can lead to a higher risk of dementia, according to a study published in Nature Communications on Tuesday. The study followed almost 8,000 people for 25 years, and found that those with a “sleep duration of six hours or less at age…

Derek Chauvin Found Guilty on All Charges in The Death of George Floyd

Derek Chauvin Found Guilty on All Charges in The Death of George Floyd

Photo: ELIJAH NOUVELAGE / AFP via Getty MINNEAPOLIS, April 21, 2021 ~ Tuesday, former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of all charges related to the killing of George Floyd, a 46-year old black man who died in May 2020 after Chauvin pinned Floyd’s neck to the ground with his knee for nine…

Lands Successfully Lands First Powered, Controlled Flight on Another Planet

Lands Successfully Lands First Powered, Controlled Flight on Another Planet

Photo: FREDERIC J. BROWN / AFP via Getty CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA, April 20, 2021 ~ NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter became the first aircraft in history to make a powered, controlled flight on another planet. Monday morning, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory Team in Southern California announced the flight’s success after receiving confirmation from NASA’s Perseverence rover…

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