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It took more than a year but the City of Detroit now allows pedal pubs to live up to their name. Customers are now allowed to drink alcoholic beverages while peddling these unusual pub platforms.

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For the Record

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A Democratic state senator suggested in a committee hearing this week that Michigan should not lower its income tax rate because higher-taxed states are experiencing faster economic growth. … more
One school district could be fined as much as $1.62 million because the State Superintendent doesn't like their mascot. Yet, school districts routinely break state laws with impunity. … more
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Oakland County Sheriff's department receives 1,600 plus open records requests a year and has one employee making $48,724 a year processing them. At the University of Michigan, it's a different story. … more
On second thought, the state of Michigan won't be closing any of the failed public schools. Instead, they'll be "entering into discussions." … more
Nearly a half million dollars of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative went to an obscure website to expand "food web knowledge." … more
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