Monday Morning State News Summary
Mon, 26 Aug 2013 02:11:21 EDT
Next year, an improvement on trains in the state could de-rail your plans to
read a book.
Starting in January 2014, passengers on Amtrak trains in Michigan will have
access to free wireless service while in transit.
The State Transportation Commission approved the change, which is expected to
cost the state about $1 million.
Based on ridership studies, M-DOT is anticipating increased ridership will
offset the cost of providing wireless completely during the first year.
An Amtrak spokesperson says the technology would draw from all wireless
providers, so it won't be affected by bad service areas for one or another. One
thing that won't be available is streaming video. However, it will be provided
for free, and run at 4G speeds.
A handful of trains in Amtrak's lineup nationally are already equipped with
wi-fi, and Michigan will be the first state in a Midwest grouping to deploy the
(MI-Pure Michigan Awards)
The U.S. Travel Association and the National Council of State Tourism Directors
recognized the Pure Michigan campaign with two Mercury Awards. Michigan took
home honors for best tourism television and radio advertising campaign.
George ZImmermann, Vice President of Travel Michigan, says it's an honor to
have the campaign continue to be recognized in this way by their peers.
A national survey of U.S. travel volumes and spending showed visitor spending in
Michigan in 2012 reached $18 (b) billion, up from $17.7 (b) billion in 2011. The
survey also found $13.3 (b) billion was spent on travel for leisure -- the
highest level in Michigan to date.
The year also closed with a record year to date hotel occupancy rate of 56.8
percent, according to Smith Travel Research.
Last year, Pure Michigan's advertising campaign brought a record 3.8 million
out-of-state visitors to Michigan, according to a study by Longwoods
International. These visitors spent $1.1 (b) billion at Michigan businesses,
generating $79 million in state tax revenue.
The state that put the nation on wheels has some of the country's busiest
New numbers from the U.S. Department of Transportation show Michigan's
interstate vehicle-miles traveled are tenth at 20-point-seven (b) billion.
California motorists drive the highways the most at 84-point-681-billion miles
in 2011, the most recent year available. Interstate 5 in California is the
nation's busiest highway.
(24/7 News Source)
Two-year-old Damian Sutton was listed in critical condition Friday morning at
Childrens Hospital in Detroit after police say he suffered terrible abuse at the
hands of his mother's boyfriend.
26-year-old Ronald Dimambro Junior of Macomb County is accused of severely
beating his girlfriends 2-year-old son. He has been charged with first degree
Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham said Dimambro, who eventually turned
himself in, admitted that he shook the boy roughly and then threw him.
According to Damiens father, Timothy Sutton, Dimambro had initially claimed the
boy had suffered an asthma attack.
(Help from: WWJ, Detroit and 24/7 News Source)
(Schuette-Convicted Tribal Officials)
Attorney General Bill Schuette has ruled that the 2010 constitutional amendment
that bans anyone convicted of a felony involving the breach of the public trust
from serving in public office for 20 years applies to officials of tribal
governments as well.
The opinion comes after Fred Paquin, a former Sault Tribe Chief of Police who
pleaded guilty to misdirecting some of the $1 million in federal grant money he
was entrusted with managing in 2010, had filed a petition to run for the St.
Ignace City Council.
As a result of the opinion, Paquin's name was removed from the November ballot.
Paquin was sentenced to 12 months and one day in prison and ordered to pay
$231,785 in restitution to the federal government. According to the Department
of Justice, Paquin diverted grant money to accounts held by various vendors with
the Tribal Police Department for purchases that didn't take place.
The specific section of the Constitution was added by the voters in 2010 in part
out of concerns that former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick might run for office
(MI-Hot Dog Legs)
Both are summer staples: tan legs, and hot dogs on the barbecue. But you
probably never thought they could be confused.
The hottest trending blog right now on tumbler shows a lot of gawkers are
What appear to be self pictures of legs in exotic locations with the caption
wish you were here may in fact be carefully placed hot dogs in such poses as
lounging on a beach, a lawn chair, overlooking a glistening lake.
You might find yourself relishing a friends knees overlooking a Hawaiian luau,
but you better check to see if it passes muster. Otherwise, just pass the
The comparison pictures are at hot-dog-legs.tumblr.com.
(Tom Jordan, WWJ, Detroit)
(MI-Virtual Career Fair)
Michigan job seekers and employers will have a cyber networking opportunity this
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation will host the MiVirtualCareerFair
from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday.
Joe Quick, manager of talent programs for the MEDC, says there are more than
60,000 jobs available in various industries on the Pure Michigan Talent Connect
The virtual career fair allows employers to connect with talent and gives job
seekers the opportunity to apply for dozens of available positions more
conveniently. Employers will host exhibitor booths that include links to job
postings, company profiles, employee benefits, and employer contact information,
and allow job seekers to communicate one-on-one with company representatives.
Two more virtual career fairs for 2013 are scheduled for September 25 and
Since the first MiVirtualCareerFair event in February 2012, more than 90
employers and more than 8,000 job seekers have been connected.
(Southfield-Lawrence Tech Gift)
Lawrence Technological University has received a 20-million-dollar gift, the
largest in school history, from an anonymous donor.
Officials at the Southfield-based private university say the money will go
toward building the Doctor Richard E. Marburger STEM center, which will support
educational programs such as robotics, software engineering, medical simulations
and synthetic biology.
Lawrence Tech has nearly 45-hundred students.
(24/7 News Source)
(UM-Early Rome Discovery)
In a long-buried Italian city, archaeologists, led by a University of Michigan
researcher have found a massive monument that dates back 300 years before the
Colosseum and 100 years before the invention of mortar. The discovery reveals
that the Romans had grand architectural ambitions much earlier than previously
The structure, unearthed at the site known as Gabii, just east of Rome, is built
with giant stone blocks in a Lego-like fashion.
It's about half the size of a football field and dates back 350-250 years BCE.
It's possibly the earliest public building ever found, according to Nicola
Terrenato, a University of Michigan classics professor who leads the project-the
largest American dig in Italy in the past 50 years.
The huge complex, which might also have been an exceptionally lavish private
residence, holds a stone retaining wall, geometrically patterned floors and two
terraces connected by a grand staircase.
Terrenato says it's unlike anything the Romans were thought to be building at
the time, and it challenges the ancient stereotype that they were at that point
a modest and conservative people.
As historians like Cicero told the story, the Romans were conservative and sober
and only became lavish after the soldiers who conquered Greece returned home
with a taste for extravagance.
But the new monument predates that by one or two centuries.
(Port Huron-Home Invasion)
Two people are in critical condition after being stabbed during a home invasion
early Saturday morning in Port Huron.
Police say the victims, a 27-year-old Port Huron resident and a 26-year-old
Detroit resident were stabbed multiple times in a home on the 1400 block of 6th
Police did arrest two Detroit men in connection with the stabbings.
Investigators say the crime does not look random, and they believe the victims
and suspects knew each other.
(24/7 News Source)
(Rochester Hills-Wrong Home)
A 23-year-old Rochester Hills man is in the Oakland County Jail after he
mistakenly broke into a home in his neighborhood early Saturday morning.
Police say they got a call from a family that said a man was looking into their
windows and then proceeded to break in. One family member grabbed a gun, chased
the man out of the house and police arrived and took the suspect into custody.
The suspect who had been drinking, was looking for his home and ended up
entering the wrong house on the wrong street in his neighborhood.
(24/7 News Source)
Another triple-digit Powerball jackpot is up for grabs.
No one matched all six of the winning Powerball numbers Saturday night so
Wednesdays jackpot will be worth an estimated $116 million..
Four states had winners who matched five white numbers, winning one-million
Those tickets were purchased in Illinois, Maryland, New York and Texas.
The winning numbers will be announced at 11 p.m. Wednesday evening.
There were no tickets that matched all the numbers in Saturday's Classic Lotto
Jackpot drawing worth one-point-one (M) million dollars.
That means Wednesday's jackpot will be worth one-point-one-five (M) million
The numbers drawn Saturday were: 04, 14, 19, 24, 36, and 41.
The winning numbers for the midday 3 lottery on Sunday were: 1-5-7.
The winning numbers for the midday 4 lottery were: 2-1-4-7.
The winning numbers for the evening 3 lottery were: 0-9-8.
The winning numbers for the evening 4 lottery were: 7-5-8-6.
The winning numbers for the fantasy 5 lottery were: 15-16-19-23-33.
The winning numbers for the keno lottery were: 03, 04, 07, 10, 11, 16, 17, 23,
32, 33, 39, 44, 48, 55, 56, 57, 59, 63, 66, 75, 76, 78.
The winning numbers for the Powerball lottery for Saturday are: 12-17-25-45-59.
The powerball number was: 19.
The next drawing will be held Wednesday.
The jackpot is projected to be $116 (M) million dollars.
The winning numbers for the Midday 3 lottery on Saturday were: 0-5-5.
The winning numbers for the Midday 4 lottery Saturday were: 8-1-5-0.
The winning numbers for the Evening 3 Saturday were: 1-6-5.
The winning numbers for the Evening 4 game Saturday were: 3-2-9-6.
The winning numbers for the Fantasy 5 lottery were: 14-16-17-18-31.
The winning Keno numbers Saturday were: 03, 04, 05, 06, 08, 11, 19, 29, 33, 36,
42, 44, 46, 53, 58, 59, 60, 70, 71, 73, 74, 77.
Tuesday's Mega Millions Jackpot will be worth $69 (m) million dollars.