Michigan governor's campaign met with ambivalence
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 20:55
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has accomplished much of what he set out to do when he was elected four years ago. He's logged improvements in the state's economic health, presided over the creation of 250,000 private-sector jobs and confronted many of Detroit's worsening financial problems.

That's more than many governors achieve in a single term. But instead of cruising to re-election on the fulfillment of his 2010 promises, Snyder's bid has been met with ambivalence by parts of his own party. Some Republicans don't know what to make of his neutrality on social issues and his reluctance to bash Democrats. And he's made plenty of enemies among Democrats and organized labor.

"You know I'm not a great politician. I don't want to be a great politician," the former venture capitalist and corporate executive recently told a crowd of approving business leaders.

Ocean crash kills teen pilot seeking world record
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 20:47
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana teenager who was attempting to set a record for an around-the-world flight was killed when his plane crashed in the Pacific Ocean, and crews were searching Wednesday for his father, who was also on board.

Family spokeswoman Annie Hayat said the plane flown by 17-year-old Haris Suleman went down shortly after leaving Pago Pago in American Samoa Tuesday night. Hayat said the body of Haris Suleman had been recovered, but crews were still looking for Babar Suleman.

The teenager's sister, Hiba Suleman, said the trip had been a dream of her father's for years and that her brother was also excited about it. Haris Suleman had recently obtained his pilot's license and instrument rating, which authorized him to fly an aircraft over oceans, and planned to be the pilot in command except in an emergency.

Boy, 15, arrested in Ohio teen girl’s slaying
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 06:58
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Police in Columbus say a 15-year-old boy has been arrested in the fatal shooting of a 17-year-old girl.
A police report says Shevona Whitehead was shot in the upper body at about 10 p.m. Monday at a residence on the south side of the city. She was pronounced dead later at a hospital.
Two males fled on foot afterward. Police developed the 15-year-old boy as a suspect, and he was arrested on Tuesday night on a juvenile warrant for murder. A report says the boy admitted his involvement in the shooting.
Police haven’t publicly discussed a motive.
It was the city’s 56th homicide of 2014.
Ohio base ranked highly by Air Force newspaper
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 09:30
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A newspaper serving U.S. Air Force personnel has ranked Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton as one of the best places in the country to be stationed.
The base, which is Ohio’s largest single-site employer, tied as the top Air Force base to be stationed among 68 bases in the U.S. That’s according to a survey by the weekly Air Force Times newspaper, which made the rankings based on a dozen categories.
Wright-Patterson tied for the top spot with Scott Air Force Base, Illinois.
The Dayton Daily News (http://bit.ly/1mDTbMu ) reports that the rankings took into account factors including school quality, cost of living, housing costs and size of the community.
Ranked the lowest in the survey was Los Angeles Air Force Base in California.
Visitors flock to Ann Arbor for plant’s lone bloom
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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.
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