Todd Spangler Detroit Free Press Published 7:16 AM EST Jan 3, 2019 WASHINGTON – The 116th Congress will get underway at noon on Thursday, with Democrats regaining control of the U.S. House for the first time in eight years and divided government returning to the nation’s capital. Democrats picked up 40 seats in the House to take a 235-199 majority, meaning the party and presumptive House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will exercise more oversight, as well as more budgetary and legislative control, during the last two years of Republican President Donald Trump's term. But even with a Democratic House — which will include four new Democrats from Michigan, Andy Levin, Elissa Slotkin, Haley Stevens and Rashida Tlaib — division and government gridlock is near-certain to continue with Republicans adding two seats in the U.S. Senate and gaining a 53-47 majority. Here's the skinny on the swearing-in Under the 20th Amendment, the new … [Read more...] about Michigan’s new members of Congress ready to be sworn in
Breana Noble The Detroit News Published 10:22 PM EST Jan 2, 2019 Detroit — Selling marijuana won’t be legal for another year in Michigan, but entrepreneurs are seeing green with a loophole in the new law. Since recreational marijuana became legal Dec. 6, a few have made hundreds, even thousands, of dollars by selling overpriced inexpensive goods such as snacks, T-shirts and chocolates with a “gift” of marijuana. They agree their businesses operate in a gray area under state law, leaving law enforcement waiting for the Michigan Licensing and Regulatory Affairs Department to clarify the statute's language. "It's a bit of a loophole," said Alex Leonowicz, leader of the Cannabis Industry Group at Royal Oak law firm Howard & Howard. "If you look at form over substance, it's right. Legally, can they do it? Yeah, but I think it flies in the face of the actual purpose of the law." The law that legalized recreational marijuana, which voters approved with … [Read more...] about Gift of pot? Marijuana businesses work in Michigan law’s gray area
It's already been a taxing winter for many Americans, and when temperatures drop and snow blankets parts of the country, they'll want to satisfy a vitamin D craving on the cheap by hopping a plane to a domestic destination, or perhaps a Caribbean island. For an all-inclusive package that covers flight, accommodation, meals, and drinks, book through a vacation deal site such as Cheap Caribbean or BookIt. Their seasonal discounts and last-minute sales can reduce already affordable packages to well under $200 a night. Best of all, there's no need to spend another cent while on vacation. The prices mentioned here were found in mid-December and may change as the season progresses. 15 PHOTOS Cheap warm winter travel See Gallery Cheap warm winter travel Las Vegas Forget the beach — set your sights on the desert. With so much competition on and off the Las Vegas Strip, a 4-star hotel can be booked for under $100 a night. Along with lower room rates, visitors can enjoy a … [Read more...] about 15 budget-friendly destinations for winter sun
By Los Angeles Daily News | PUBLISHED: December 21, 2018 at 6:42 am | UPDATED: December 21, 2018 at 6:43 am The 2019 Tournament of Roses Parade will feature a wonderful lineup of floats, marching bands, equestrian units and other entries, coming to Pasadena from around the world. This year’s procession will begin at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 1, with “The Melody of Life” as the theme. Here’s the complete lineup, in order of appearance. Note that the entries and lineup order are subject to change, even as late as the morning of the parade. (Photos and artist’s renderings courtesy Tournament of Roses.) PRE-PARADE VEHICLES & UNITS Sound Car Pace Car Rose Parade Opening Show Rose Parade Opening Unit presented by Honda Rose Rose Parade Opening Pod x 4 Kaiser Band, RialtoHonda CRV (2 vehicles) U.S. Air Force B-2 Spirit Flyover OFFICIAL ENTRIES 1 ■ American Honda Motor Co. Celebration of Dreams (Phoenix Decorating Company) Music and surprises abound … [Read more...] about 2019 Rose Parade lineup: Your guide to every float, every band, in order
Editor’s Note: Ten days after this story about the death of Laura Levis was published on BostonGlobe.com, the leaders of Somerville hospital’s parent company, Cambridge Health Alliance, met with her husband, Peter DeMarco, at the Globe’s Boston office. DeMarco, who had talked about the story on NBC Nightly News and other outlets, had asked CHA nearly a month earlier to answer questions about his wife’s death. * * * SEPTEMBER 16, 2016, 4:23:59 A.M. 911 operator: “This line is recorded. Where is your emergency?” Laura: “I’m at Somerville Hospital.” 911 operator: “I’m sorry. Where are you?” Laura: “Somerville Hospital.” 911 operator: “OK, what’s the emergency?” Laura: “I’m having an asthma attack. I’m dying.” 911 operator: “Whereabouts are you at the hospital?” Laura: “Emergency room.” 911 operator: “OK.” Laura: … [Read more...] about Laura Levis was left to die outside an ER. Why were the doors locked?