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Visitors flock to Ann Arbor for plant’s lone bloom
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, 22 July 2014 13:28
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A plant that has called the University of Michigan home for the past 80 years is about halfway through its one-time-only flowering process.
Matthaei Botanical Gardens horticulture manager Mike Palmer says the American agave  has about 10 to 14 more days of blooming.
Conservatory workers have been pollinating the agave by hand since its natural pollinators — the Mexican long-nosed bat and different types of moths — aren’t around.
Once the flowering process is complete, the 28-foot-plant will die.
Native to Mexico and the American Southwest, the agave has been a hit in Ann Arbor since it started growing rapidly taller in April, an indicator it was preparing to bloom.
Visitor Carol Marantette of Grosse Pointe says she is excited to see a “once-in-a-lifetime” occurrence.
 
Donations to Ohio State rise again
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, 22 July 2014 08:54
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State University says it took in a near-record $404 million in donations in the past 12 months.
The donations reported in the fiscal year ending June 30 were just shy of the record $407 million in 2011-12. Donations during that year included a $100 million pledge from L Brands chairman and CEO Leslie Wexner and the company’s foundation.
The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1A0NKBf ) reports that the new numbers marked an 8-percent increase over the previous fiscal year, when donors gave $374 million.
Officials attributed the increase to more giving by alumni. They say the university focused on building stronger ties with alumni clubs across the country, and that the alumni association expanded its work to help alumni find jobs. Nearly 74,000 alumni donated over the past year.
 
Detroit retirees back pension cuts by a landslide
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, 22 July 2014 07:24
DETROIT (AP) — A year after filing for bankruptcy, Detroit is building momentum to get out, especially after workers and retirees voted in favor of major pension changes just a few weeks before a judge holds a crucial trial that could end the largest public filing in U.S. history.
Pension cuts were approved in a landslide, according to results filed shortly before midnight Monday. The tally from 60 days of voting gives the city a boost as Judge Steven Rhodes determines whether Detroit’s overall strategy to eliminate or reduce $18 billion in long-term debt is fair and feasible to all creditors.
Trial starts Aug. 14.
“I want to thank city retirees and active employees who voted for casting aside the rhetoric and making an informed, positive decision about their future and the future of the city,” said Kevyn Orr, the state-appointed emergency manager who has been handling Detroit’s finances since March 2013.
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Ohio man sentenced to life in marijuana slaying
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, 22 July 2014 08:46
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A 19-year-old central Ohio man has been sentenced to life in prison after admitting that he fired a shotgun into a man’s face during a robbery at a marijuana-growing operation last fall.
A judge in Columbus sentenced Marsean Sowards to life in prison Monday with a chance for parole after 23 years following Sowards’ guilty plea to aggravated murder.
The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/WAId5o ) reports that Sowards and three accomplices were charged in the slaying of 52-year-old Richard Rundblad, who was shot in his house on Sept. 16. The body was found after firefighters responded to a fire at the house.
Prosecutors say Sowards shot Rundblad in the face after holding the shotgun on him during a robbery of his marijuana-growing operation.
Sowards did not comment in court.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 July 2014 08:47
 
Detroit: No water shutoffs for next 15 days
Written by By ED WHITE Associated Press   
Monday, 21 July 2014 14:07
DETROIT (AP) — Detroit suspended its aggressive policy of cutting off water to customers with unpaid bills on Monday, the latest response to a controversy that has prompted large protests and caught the attention of the judge overseeing the city’s bankruptcy.
The city said there will be no shutoffs for the next 15 days. The disclosure was made in bankruptcy court where Judge Steven Rhodes is overseeing the nation’s largest ever municipal bankruptcy. He has been encouraging Detroit to come up with alternatives to shutting off water for thousands of homes and businesses.
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