Monday, August 30, 2010

And Justice For All

Newly appointed Michigan Supreme Court Justice Alton Davis and Oakland County Judge Denise Langford Morris, pictured here, were nominated for the high court without debate at the Michigan Democratic Party Nominating Convention. Since both had the support of organized labor, the two faced no opposition from the floor. The Republican Party nominated incumbent Justice Robert Young and Wayne County Judge Mary Beth Kelly. Langford Morris addressed a small crowd in Ann Arbor two days before the convention. Read about Langford Morris here.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Rick Snyder's New Running Mate

One day after announcing Brian Calley as his choice for lieutenant governor, Republican gubernatorial candidate Rick Snyder introduced his new running mate at a town hall meeting at Washtenaw Community College on Thursday. Snyder, an Ann Arbor venture capitalist, called the two-term state representative from Portland a great addition to his campaign to reinvent Michigan. He characterized Calley, 33, as a hard-working lawmaker and a family man with proven integrity. Read the story here.

Monday, August 23, 2010

The Arts Of Life Band

The Arts of Life Band is the musical arm of a nonprofit agency that cultivates the artistic talents of the developmentally disabled population in the Chicago area. These rock stars, led by non-disabled musicians, took to the stage on Sunday afternoon during the Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest with original tunes such as "Shark Attack" and "Puppies And Babies." Dave, in the turquoise shirt, stole the show with his moves. Despite his handicap, he is one of the sharpest, wittiest people I've ever met — you can always count on him to deliver a good zinger. Oh, and that's M-Dog with the mic. He likes Eminem and 50 Cent and raps about being happy and proud and thankful.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Pee-Wee's Big Adventure

There was a point in time, sometime in the 1980s, when having a talking Pee-Wee Herman doll made you cool. There eventually came a point, sometime in the 1990s, when it definitely no longer was cool. I'm not so sure if it's back in fashion now, but John Sharp of Chicago, Illinois, is still rocking the Pee-Wee doll like it's 1989.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Let It Fade

Singer-songwriter Jeremy Camp was the closing act Saturday night at the 10th Annual Unity Christian Music Festival in Muskegon. An estimated 60,000 people visited the festival Wednesday through Saturday.

Grand Haven

Grand Haven, Mich., is exactly what the name implies: a grand haven. Nestled along Lake Michigan at the mouth of the Grand River, this city of 10,000 has been recognized for having one of the top beaches in the nation. Its history is as a logging, shipbuilding and manufacturing community, but today it is a fairly popular resort town.

Running Of The Bulls

The Grand Raggidy Roller Girls took to the streets of downtown Grand Rapids on Saturday for the Second Annual Running of the Bulls. This was the scene outside the Hopcat where willing participants took turns running the gauntlet.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Rainy Day

A torrential downpour shortly after 1 p.m. today in Ann Arbor left East Summit Street, between Fourth Avenue and Main Street near Wheeler Park, flooded with water that was knee-high in some spots. Thrill-seekers parlayed the weather into an afternoon of fun. The last photo is of a man pushing his vehicle out of a puddle on Depot Street.