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13 April 2014
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The glass is half empty: Nothing but boring bars and restaurants. Just an alcohol-focused entertainment venue, period.
The glass is half
full: Entertainment galore. But those eaters and drinkers shop
retail somewhere . . . where the stores are open till 10 p.m., say.
They buy clothing and shoes and the miscellanea found in a a
well-stocked drug store, everything from alarm clocks to men's
belts and from women's fragrances to basic office supplies.
Downtown Manager can make this happen.
With this issue of the Royal Oak Tribune, the paper has passed into the hands of the Tribune Printing Co. of Royal Oak, who will hereafter publish it from Royal Oak instead of from Detroit, as it has heretofore been published. The paper will now be a home enterprise paper, the printing, the typesetting, the editorial work and the ownership all being accomplished at the home office, in the rear of Storz's Drug Store, corner Main and Fifth. Although the paper will be much smaller to start with than it has been, we expect to make it a winner from the start by printing nothing but items of interest to the citizens of Royal Oak and vicinity. The paper should have a healthy growth and be well patronized by the mercantile interests in the way of advertising contracts.
The columns of the paper will be open to all sane discussions of such subjects and public questions as may arise from time to time. We will also be thankful to any one who will be kind enough to send us such news items as are printed in the weekly newspapers of the day, as it is impossible for the publishers to gather all the news, no matter how much of an effort they make to do so.
NOTE: The masthead boasts, "Circulation this issue
is seventy paid in subscribers"
Commissioner Peggy Goodwin
latest weekly report
Belle Isle to host national event
Belle Isle will host live demonstrations of driverless cars, including passenger vehicles, commercial trucks and military vehicles, and robotics.
The island became a state park in February, when Michigan leased the city-owned park for 30 years relieving bankrupt Detroit from managing the area.
Scott Belcher, president of Washington, D.C.-based ITS America, said the state’s offer of using the park for the World Congress proved how serious the state takes its stake in automotive.
“Michigan is blazing the trail for investment in automotive technology… ,” he said. “Belle Isle is a beautiful location, and it’s ideal for us; it’s risky to demonstrate these technologies on public streets, and now we can do it in a controlled environment with amazing views of the Detroit skyline.”
Oakland and Macomb counties are raising different legal objectionsas creditors in Detroit’s massive Chapter 9 bankruptcy case, but both focus largely on the future of the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department.
For months, regional leaders in those communities and Wayne County have been negotiating with Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr over a proposal to form a regional water authority. The authority would boost city revenue by leasing the DWSD assets for at least $47 million a year for 40 years.
Those talks were suspended last month, Oakland County has said, after Detroit asked the regional counties to all make a pledge toward the formation of that authority — something the suburban leaders would not agree to do without completing a due diligence review of the system.
Now Oakland and Macomb have both said in court filings submitted before the objection deadline Monday that the city hasn’t provided creditors enough information about its restructuring plan. Oakland calls the plan “patently unconfirmable” before Judge Steven Rhodes of U.S. Bankruptcy Court and claims it treats creditors with similar claims differently.
“The plan’s distribution scheme could not be more discriminatory,” the county said in its filing in federal court in Detroit.
Wayne County asks for mediator
Wayne County filed a motion today asking U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes to appoint a mediator to bring recalcitrant neighbors Oakland and Macomb counties back to the negotiating table on forming a regional water authority to manage the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department.
Ukraine is European Union's problem
Forget for the moment our hatred of Hitler and remember his early brilliance in using protection of German-speaking minorities in neighboring countries as his reason/excuse for grabbing territory then entire countries. Putin is obviously following Hitler's example. Indeed, there already are photoshopped pictures of Vladimir with a Hitler mustache floating around.
For the moment, there the Putin/Hitler parallel ends, but we need to keep our guard up. That's no reason not to continue downsizing our military. It's just a reason not to go overboard in that downsizing.
A thankless task
She had the task of implementing an
incredibly complex law (flow
chart, anyone?) where virtually each attempted step was
bound to draw criticism from conservative opponents, even as
members of her own party pushed in varying directions (to be
firm in this rule here, to delay that unpopular feature
Making things worse, critics say, were the
former Kansas governor’s own missteps and failures of
oversight – notably regarding the Obamacare enrollment
She resigns on
a high note, with enrollment exceeding expectations that had
been scaled back amid the website woes. But the question of success
or failure for
the law remains unsettled. Mr. Obama has named Sylvia
Mathews Burwell, his budget director, to follow Ms. Sebelius
and oversee the law's next stages.
Some Sebelius critics have empathy for the
role she’s filled.
“I know you have one of the most difficult
jobs in Washington,” Sen. Orrin Hatch (R) of Utah told
Sebelius at a hearing Thursday, hours before news of her
resignation emerged. “I appreciate you being here.” --
Christian Science Monitor The role of Muslims in Russia
A thankless task
She had the task of implementing an incredibly complex law (flow chart, anyone?) where virtually each attempted step was bound to draw criticism from conservative opponents, even as members of her own party pushed in varying directions (to be firm in this rule here, to delay that unpopular feature there).
Making things worse, critics say, were the former Kansas governor’s own missteps and failures of oversight – notably regarding the Obamacare enrollment website HealthCare.gov.
She resigns on a high note, with enrollment exceeding expectations that had been scaled back amid the website woes. But the question of success or failure for the law remains unsettled. Mr. Obama has named Sylvia Mathews Burwell, his budget director, to follow Ms. Sebelius and oversee the law's next stages.
Some Sebelius critics have empathy for the role she’s filled.
“I know you have one of the most difficult jobs in Washington,” Sen. Orrin Hatch (R) of Utah told Sebelius at a hearing Thursday, hours before news of her resignation emerged. “I appreciate you being here.” -- Christian Science Monitor
The role of Muslims in Russia
In the third row, however, behind pro-Kremlin representatives of the Russian Crimean community and other Russian lawmakers and officials, sat the Russian Federation’s two highest-ranking Muslim clerics. Although Putin never mentioned Islam in his speech, their presence at the ceremony, accentuated by their turbans and robes amid a sea of black suits and ties, sent an unmistakable message. The Crimean crisis is not just about Russia’s relationship with the West; it is also very much about Islam’s role in Russia.
Russia's Muslim elites have long played an important role in Russian state expansion. At key junctures in Russian and Soviet history, Muslim clerics from the Volga region cajoled Muslim populations along the southern and eastern frontiers of the empire to become subjects of the tsar. Formal expansion was typically followed by a wave of Tatar merchants, who thrived in newly incorporated territories and helped integrate Muslims into imperial trade networks. In the Soviet period, a number of Tatars led efforts to create a synthesis between socialism and Islam -- and a bridge between the U.S.S.R. and the Muslim world.
From the first days of the upheaval in Ukraine, prominent members of Russia’s Muslim community have mobilized to court their co-religionists on behalf of Moscow. Talgat Tadzhuddin, who is the head of one of the most powerful Muslim institutions in Russia and was one of the clerics in attendance at Putin's speech, has portrayed the annexation as an act of good will. As Tadzhuddin said in an interview with a Russian news agency, "When a neighbor has a fire, you have to help, considering that the flames might jump to your house." The other leading Muslim cleric who attended Putin's speech, Ravil Gainutdin, has been less effusive than his rival, Tadzhuddin, but has generally toed the Kremlin's line. On the eve of Crimea’s referendum on joining Russia, he reminded the region’s 300,000-strong Tatar population that they comprised only 12 percent of the territory’s population, implying that they should accede to the will of the pro-Moscow majority.
Composers persecuted for writing Catholic Mass
It was so bad that musicians could be jailed for composing a Catholic Mass, which composers like William Byrd and Thomas Tallis did surreptitiously during the period when Catholics were denied civil rights in that great kingdom.
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