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Gabriel's Gripes

It really is "the little things in life" that you never notice until they're gone. This may go without saying, but on the morning of Monday Feb. 20, I found out what it might have been like to live before a pressurized plumbing system was invented....more >>

Letter to the editor - Indiana versus Michigan: Economics

By Michael Hicks and Kevin Kuhlman Two of the nation's leading manufacturing states, Indiana and Michigan, have and still continue to feel the pain of this recession. Yet Michigan, which is less dependent on manufacturing, has had a much deeper and longer downturn than Indiana....more >>

Letter to the editor - A special thank you from LO Special Olympians

Dear Editor, On behalf of our Lake Orion Special Olympians, I want to thank everyone for your continued support of our athletes! We had a very successful night at Chili's in Auburn Hills....more >>

Letter to the Editor

Support for school teachers, bond

Dear Editor, Over the past two and a half years, I have been a proud parent of a Bailey Lake Elementary Bulldog. My son is a child who has special needs and the staff at Bailey Lake exceeds my expectations each and every day....more >>

Don't Rush Me

Wild sights and wilder turkeys: a cultural experience

As a parent, I think it's incumbent upon me to make sure the lads, Shamus and Sean, get a well-rounded education. Their public school district takes care of the reading, writing, 'rymetic, social reprogramming and brainwashing....more >>

Jim's Jottings

Dancing was, was, so much fun, until...

My two-years older sister, Barbara, taught me to dance when I was about 15. We lived in Morrice, a town of about 450 people, 14 miles south of Owosso -- the biggest town in Shiawassee County, with 14,000 residents....more >>

Don't Rush Me

I think being cheap is paying off. Maybe.

But, is being cheap a good thing for media?

Once in a while being the cheapest dad in town (and the meanest) has benefits. Aside from not spoiling the lads Shamus and Sean with tons of electronic crap they'll forget as soon as the newest and coolest electronic crap hits the streets, it sometimes saves us from broadcast media feeding frenzies....more >>

Phil in the Blank A column by Phil Custodio

MEAP mayhem

MEAP scores are in – check them out on page 5A. Putting them together for the paper was a chore. This is not a back-to-basics endeavor. With all the different scales and percentages all over the place, you need a high score in the MEAP math test to figure out the results of the MEAP math test, along with all the others....more >>

Letter to the Editor

SCAMP calls for school memories for tour

Dear Editor, This year Clarkston SCAMP will host the 30th Annual Home Tour on June 2-3.  We are incredibly lucky this year to include the Renaissance High School/Community Education Building on the tour....more >>

Letter to the Editor

Ballot language idea to dissolve cityhood

Dear Editor, I am glad to see Mayor Joe Luginski has finally taken the time to publically address the financial issues of being a city ("Officials still see need for cityhood," Feb....more >>

Spiritual matters

Forty days of Lent is imitating Jesus

Today is Ash Wednesday and Christians from all over the world begin a forty day spiritual journey known as Lent. The destination is Easter and I'd like to offer a few words that might help you walk the path more successfully....more >>

My Way

My Way

Voting my conscience, voting for Ron Paul

"You're so concerned with squabbling for the scraps from Longshanks' table that you've missed your God-given right to something better." – Mel Gibson, portraying Scottish rebel William Wallace in the 1995 movie "Braveheart" Next week, when I trek to the Oxford Veterans Memorial Civic Center to vote in the Republican presidential primary, I'll be casting my secret ballot for Ron Paul – the only candidate who has principles that mirror our Founding Fathers....more >>
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Born October 5th
1882: Robert Goddard, American rocket scientist, held more than 200 rocketry patents.
1902: Ray Croc, founder of the McDonald's hamburger franchise in 1955.
1911: Flann O'Brien, Irish novelist and playwright (The Hard Life, The Third Policeman).
1936: Václav Havel, Czech dissident dramatist who became the first freely elected president of Czechoslovakia in 55 years.
1959: Maya Lin, American architect who designed the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C.
October 5th
in history
1882: Outlaw Frank James surrenders in Missouri six months after brother Jesse's assassination.
1915: Germany issues an apology and promises for payment for the 128 American passengers killed in the sinking of the British ship Lusitania. The fateful voyage of the Lusitania.
1931: Clyde Pangborn and Hugh Herndon complete the first heavier than air nonstop flight over the Pacific. Their flight, begun October 3, lasted 41 hours, 31 minutes and covered 5,000 miles. They piloted their Bellanca CH-200 monoplane from Samushiro, 300 miles north of Tokyo, Japan, to Wenatchee, Washington.
1965: U.S. forces in Saigon receive permission to use tear gas. More than two decades after it ended, the Vietnam War still stirs controversy in the media and on Capitol Hill.
1966: A sodium cooling system malfunction causes a partial core meltdown at the Enrico Fermi demonstration breeder reactor near Detroit. Radiation is contained.