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"He who has so little knowledge of human nature as to seek happiness by changing anything but his own disposition will waste his life in fruitless efforts" -- Samuel Johnson, 18th century English essayist.

* City officials in Birmingham want lawmakers to change Michigan’s open-carry law to bar weapons in council chambers:

http://www.hometownlife.com/article/20120814/NEWS02/120814008/Birmingham-seeks-ban-guns-public-buildings?odyssey=nav%7Chead

* Disease is taking its toll on deer in at least eight Michigan counties:

http://www.mlive.com/news/index.ssf/2012/08/michigan_deer_disease_ehd.html

* Thirty-one new charter schools are to open this fall, but due to closures and mergers, the net gain is only 21 – a total of 276, compared to 255 last year:

http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120814/SCHOOLS/208140405/1361/Michigan-to-have-31-new-charter-schools-this-fall

* It may surprise you to know that the state has a process that can lead to this: A rejection of a plan by a hospital to shift beds from one location to another:

http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20120812/FREE/308129956/mclaren-to-appeal-states-rejection-of-bed-transfer#

* For those wishing for a replacement for Joe Louis Arena or a new downtown Detroit home for the Pistons, the costs of said replacement -- and the identity of the payers -- should be carefully scrutinized:

http://www.slate.com/articles/sports/sports_nut/2012/08/seattle_sonics_arena_is_chris_hansen_s_promise_of_a_no_strings_attached_sports_facility_too_good_to_be_true_.html

 

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