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October 31, 2011 |
Former U.S. Rep. Howard Wolpe, a Michigan Democrat who played a key role in the 1986 passage of the federal anti-apartheid act that imposed economic sanctions on South Africa, has died. He was 71. Wolpe, who had been ill with a heart condition, died Tuesday at his home in Saugatuck, Mich., said Ken Brock, a former staff member. As chairman of the Foreign Affairs subcommittee on Africa, Wolpe was a main sponsor of the Comprehensive Anti-Apartheid Act, which demanded the end of apartheid and mandated sanctions against South Africa for its system of white-minority rule.
November 9, 1990 |
Two days after narrowly defeating Democratic Gov. James J. Blanchard, Gov.-elect John Engler told the Legislature on Thursday that he plans to get married. Engler, 42, introduced his fiancee, Houston lawyer Michelle De Munbrun, to his colleagues. "For Michelle and me it's just a wonderful time," the Republican Senate majority leader said. The small, private wedding, scheduled Dec. 8 in San Antonio, will be the second for both. Neither has children.
October 15, 1991 |
An appeals court in Lansing, Mich., blocked a judge's order that the state resume paying about 83,000 welfare recipients. The Michigan Court of Appeals said it would review Circuit Judge James Giddings' earlier ruling that the state had not given adequate notice that the payments would be cut off Oct. 1. Giddings also found that disabled aid recipients were not told of an alternative program.
August 6, 1998 |
Geoffrey Fieger, who campaigned with the flamboyant theatrics he used as retired pathologist Jack Kevorkian's lawyer, has won a narrow victory in the Democratic primary for governor of Michigan. Fieger renewed his attacks Wednesday on Gov. John Engler, calling him "a serious threat to the people and the infrastructure."
June 11, 1999 |
A militia member accused of plotting to kill government officials and commit terrorist attacks in western Michigan was sentenced to 55 years in prison Thursday. Randy Graham, 42, had been convicted of conspiracy and of growing marijuana to bankroll the conspiracy. Prosecutors said he and two other members of a group called the North American Militia plotted to assassinate Gov. John Engler, Sen. Carl Levin and federal judges. They also allegedly schemed to blow up the federal building in Battle Creek and the Internal Revenue Service building in Portage.
June 28, 1995 |
In a blow to redevelopment efforts in this troubled city, Gov. John Engler said Tuesday that he would not approve off-reservation Native American casinos in Michigan. The decision is a disappointment to casino developers, who had proposed six casinos for downtown Detroit, and to Mayor Dennis Archer, who had pinned the city's economic development hopes in part on gaming. Engler, a Republican, said the negatives of casinos far outweighed the benefits such enterprises could bring.
March 14, 1998 |
Dr. Jack Kevorkian helped a 66-year-old man with lung cancer kill himself, the 100th suicide he has assisted in. Waldo Herman died at his Detroit home in the presence of the retired pathologist, Kevorkian's attorney, Geoffrey Fieger, said. Herman died one day after the Michigan House of Representatives backed a bill that targets Kevorkian by banning assisted suicide. The bill makes assisted suicide a felony punishable by up to five years in prison and $10,000 in fines, or both.
May 17, 1993 |
Dr. Jack Kevorkian was arrested Sunday after witnessing a cancer patient kill himself, in apparent defiance of a new state law against assisted suicide. A 54-year-old man committed suicide in Kevorkian's presence at a real estate office by breathing carbon monoxide through a mask, said Kevorkian's attorney, Geoffrey Fieger. Ron Mansur, who suffered from lung and bone cancer, was the 16th person to die in Kevorkian's presence.
August 8, 1998 |
Oakland County officials said Thursday that Democratic gubernatorial nominee Geoffrey Fieger voted in a West Bloomfield Township precinct where he no longer lives. In his first try at public office, Fieger, best known as the lawyer for suicide doctor Jack Kevorkian, won Tuesday's primary with 41% of the vote in a three-way race. He faces two-term incumbent Gov. John Engler at the polls in November. "If anyone wants to claim I voted in the wrong place, they can go to hell," Fieger said.