By Mo Hnatiuk
DETROIT– Federal court officials have finally released the audio tape of the rallying speech that Brian David Stone, convicted member of the Hutaree, gave to gain support from other militias for his plan to start a war with government officials. Detroit News says “in a high-pitched voice, Stone launches into his speech, complete with poor grammar.” He makes many references to the government as a “New World Order.” Also, group photos of the Hutaree have been released showing 8 members that were never indicted.
DETROIT– The Detroit Public School district has targeted 44 schools for closure as part of a $1 billion restructuring plan. Among those schools are eight facilities that cater to students with special needs. The district plans to build a new central center for students with the most severe disabilities, while other students will receive renovated buildings or be moved to newer buildings that are better equipped to serve them.
By Samantha Scheltema
Detroit – Demolition of an abandoned house was halted after more evidence may have been uncovered on the murder of Matthew Landry. Landry’s body was found in the house last summer. Landry’s family decided to search the house near Seven Mile and Hayes on their own and found something that appeared to be a bullet lodged in an outer wall. They alerted authorities immediately. Ihab Maslamani was charged with Landry’s death. His attorney said now the death may not be linked to him because the bullet may not be the same as Maslmani’s gun.
Romulus – Icelandic volcanic ash blowing toward Europe has stranded many travelers at Detroit Metro International Airport. Some have been stranded for four days so far. 16 international flights, half coming in, half going out, have been canceled. Some travelers were fine with it, some have been unhappy. Some travelers found alternative flights into Europe to get to their destinations.
By Lindsay Nowak
EAST LANSING– MSU graduation will officially be “going green” this year as graduates walk across the stage on May 7-9. The graduating class this semester will be the first class to try out the new “green gowns” made from 12 20-ounce plastic bottles as well as caps made from one 20-ounce plastic bottle. The graduates will receive a diploma made from recycled paper. Commencement programs will be printed with soy-based ink on recycled paper as well. The university also switched from paper invitations being sent out, to nearly 8,000 electronic invitations.
EAST LANSING– With Earth Day on Thursday, April 22, MSU’s Office of Campus Sustainability will be honoring units on campus that earned Green Certification by demonstrating the best practices for sustainability. They will also be awarding “sustainability champions” that are faculty, staff, students, and alumni for their efforts around MSU’s campus.
By Brittany McCallum
Bernero goes on the offensive at Democratic gubernatorial forum
Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero went on the attack against his primary opponent House Speaker Andy Dillon today in the first forum with all three Democratic gubernatorial candidates at the Cobo Center. Bernero chided Dillon for being part of the gridlock in Lansing, saying “they’re in a different universe there…people are angry about what isn’t being done in the state capital.” He said Dillon has conceded making a mistake on Michigan Business Tax reforms and wants to be elected governor to undo it.
Granholm: I’ll veto any budget that cuts education
East Lansing — The usually upbeat, effusive Gov. Jennifer Granholm sounded more like a disillusioned leader near the end of her term in a speech to educators today.She talked about how “dissatisfied” she is the state hasn’t made more progress in education, how it’s “unacceptable” only 3 percent of Detroit students are proficient in math and how she’s amazed some continue to fight to maintain a status quo that doesn’t work, and she expressed frustration about dealing with legislative leadership that “runs for the hills” every time a tax increase is mentioned.Granholm repeated to an ovation at the Governor’s Education Summit that “I’ve made it clear to the Legislature there will be no more cuts in education this year.” She has said she’ll veto a budget that cuts school aid and she urged those in the room at Michigan State University’s Kellogg Center to join the battle.
Early endorsements by state Dems for two key spots
The Michigan Democratic Party on Saturday officially endorsed two candidatesfor key positions up for grabs during this year’s mid-term elections. The party threw its backing behind Wayne State University law professor Jocelyn Benson for the secretary of state race. Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton nabbed the party’s nomination for attorney general, beating Richard Bernstein, a lawyer based in Farmington Hills (and son of Sam Bernstein), for the spot. The two are not officially candidates, and Saturday’s vote was more concrete proof they would receive the nominations in the fall, during the party’s actual convention.
Granholm advises tea party embargo
At a dinner held in Detroit this past weekend, Governor Granholm called on Democrats to get on the offensive in light of the growing Tea Party movement. A lot of Democratic powerhouses at the dinner downplayed the burgeoning success of the movement: Carl Levin, for instance, said the movement ignited too soon and that Democrats will make strides in the months leading up the the elections. Others said the movement is made up of vehement protestors who are uninformed. The Republicans, on the other hand, have taken several positions formerly held by Democrats on multiple levels. Looks like they’re utilizing the grass roots effort that got Obama elected.
By Zane McMillin
By Taylor Benson and Annie Perry
On April 20, Green Day‘s musical “American Idiot” will open on Broadway at St. James Theatre. The production is structured off of the band’s 2004 album “American Idiot”, and features 24 actors acting, dancing, and singing their way through drug abuse and rebellion. It is a rock opera, similar to that of The Who‘s “Tommy“. Green Day themselves does not perform in the show, although front man Billy Joe Armstrong wrote the book for the musical, along with director Michael Mayer.
Islamic website radicalmuslim.com is going after South Park because an episode last week included an image of the Prophet Mohammed in disguise. The website, based in New York, was the subject of a CNN investigation last year due to radical rhetoric supporting “Jihad” against the West and praising Osama Bin Laden. The website posted an entry after the 200th episode last week included a satirical discussion about whether an image of the prophet could be shown. In the end, he is portrayed disguised in a bear suit.
April 19–As a graduate of Iowa Writers’ Workshop six years ago, Paul Harding sent his novel manuscript to a handful of agents and editors in New York, only to receive rejection letters. Not only did he eventually find a publisher, the Bellevue Literary Press, for his novel “Tinkers,” Harding won Pulitzer Prize for fiction last week. Even though it “sunk under the radar” in some spots, “Tinker” made several year-end best lists, and many independent bookstores are claiming Harding’s victory as their own.
April 19–During Oprah Winfrey‘s talk show on Monday, Gerald Imes admitted to molesting his sister, Oscar winner Mo’Nique, when they were children. Imes said the molestation lasted for a year or two and began when he was 13 and she was 7 or 8. He apologized during Winfrey’s show and said he “abused and betrayed the trust of another sibling, my sister, my blood sister.” Mo’Nique hasn’t responded to a request for comment sent to her publicist, but she was aware of the interview on Winfrey’s show and “gave Winfrey her blessing.”
By Sam Schmitt
Big Ten– Big Ten representatives met in Washington, D.C., on Sunday to discuss the possibility of adding five more teams to the conference. Michigan State’s President Lou Anna K. Simon was at the meeting and is the chair of the Big Ten’s Council of Presidents/Chancellors which decided in December to continue looking into expanding the conference.
East Lansing– Durrell Summers and Kalin Lucas said Friday that they will be returning for their senior year instead of playing in the NBA. The last time two MSU basketball players turned down the NBA and chose to return to school, State won a national championship. That pair was Mateen Cleaves and Morris Peterson.
By Craig Ebinger
The NFL Draft starts Thursday night at 7:30. This is the first year with the new format, where only the first round is held Thursday, the second and third rounds are on Friday, and the last four rounds are on Saturday. The Rams hold the first pick, followed by the Lions.
Kevin Garnett, forward for the Boston Celtics, is suspended for game two of their opening series against the Miami Heat. He was ejected in game one after hitting Heat forward Quentin Richardson with an elbow during a scuffle late in the fourth quarter. Game two of that series is Tuesday night at 8.
By Nick Bryant
PYTHON ASSAULT- The scene opens last Tuesday in a motel in Rock Hill, S.C.. One guest, Tony Smith, is confronted by another for playing loud music. They argue, and the other quest leaves. A few hours later, Smith goes to the other guests room and hits him in the face with a four-foot long Python. He gave the snake to family members just before being arrested for assault and battery.
GEORGE WASHINGTON AND OVERDUE BOOKS -New York City’s oldest library, The New York Society Library, found a ledger showing that George Washington (as in the president pictured on your one dollar bill) racked up 220 years of late fees on two books that he never returned. One book was title, “Law of Nations.” The books were due Nov. 2, 1789. The head librarian, Mark Bartlett, said that they are not seeking any repayment of the fines, but would like to get the books back. Wowsers!
VELOCIRAPTOR AWARENESS DAY- So, April 18th was National Velociraptor Awareness Day. The holiday is sweet, but it is not recognized as a national, religious, or Hallmark holiday. It is more of a Facebook and other Web site holiday. It is a day to spread awareness of the threat that velociraptors pose to society. Nope, that’s it. End of story.
National and International Budget
By Laura Riess
Toyota fined: Toyota Agrees to Pay $16.4 million fine
Toyota Motor Corp. has agreed to pay $16.4 million in fines assessed by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration for failing to act sooner on information that there was a problem with accelerator pedals. has assessed. The deal comes as part of a negotiation that allows Toyota to avoid formally admitting wrongdoing and concludes the NHTSA investigation.
Al Qaeda leaders killed: Two Al Qaeda leaders in Iraq killed
The two highest-ranking al Qaeda leaders in Iraq have been killed in a joint effort between the U.S. and Iraq. On Monday Vice President Joe Biden cited the mission’s success as evidence of the Iraqi police’s increased skill and stability. Biden emphasized that Iraqi forces led the attack. One U.S. soldier was killed during the conflict when a helicopter crashed.
PARIS – Ash filled European skies due to a volcano in Iceland, putting a complete stop to flights in and out of the area in what some are calling the worst peacetime air travel disruption. The ash problems cost airlines hundreds of millions of dollars. The European transport ministry is currently working on a plan to begin easing the air travel ban put in place a few days ago. (Lauren)
WASHINGTON D.C. – Senators Jon Kyl and John McCain of Arizona called for the deployment of 3,000 National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexican border Monday. Illegal aliens crossing the border into Arizona have caused a higher level of crime. The Senators have also called for federal funding for 3,000 U.S. Customs and Border agents to be deployed along the border by 2015 as well as a double-row border fence (Lauren)
Health and Technology
Lower Alzheimer’s Risk— A new study has found that older people who eat plenty of fish, poultry, fruit, nuts, tomatoes, dark leafy greens, vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower, and oil-and-vinegar dressing are at a lower risk for Alzheimer’s disease. Over a the course of 4 years these subjects had one-third lower the risk than those whose diets consist of morehigh-fat dairy products, butter, red meat and organ meat.
Brain Splits to Multi-task— Research suggests that our brains are “hard-wired” with the ability to multi-task. When we do two things at the same time, the brain automatically splits the tasks between the two sides. According to the study this could explain why if we have three or more tasks we loose track of something.
iPad Cable Connection– This cable connection will cost $30 and will be able to do everything the Apple TV can. Users will need an audio source and a VGA cable plug. This connection will play videos through a built-in video application on the iPad and will also be able to view photo from the photo library. One of the downsides to this is that you can’t view web pages on any kind of external display.
Your Hand Now a Touchscreen– Chris Harrison, a former Microsoft intern and graduate student at Carnegie Mellon University, has come up with a prototype called Skinput. This program will turn a person’s hand and forearm into a keyboard and a screen. You will be able to just tap your thumb and middle finger together to answer a call and one will be able to listen to music and play games. A person’s movements would be controlled by a gadget in the person’s pocket through a Bluetooth connection and the user would have to wear an armband. The device won’t be available for two to seven years.