Apollo mission featuring all University of Michigan crew celebrating 50th anniversary
ANN ARBOR, MI - The Apollo 15 mission, whose crew was made up of all University of Michigan alumni, celebrate its 50th anniversary this week. The event, which launches at 1 p.m., features speakers, professors and researchers that will discuss the aerospace engineering department’s role with the Apollo 15 mission, as well as projects to enhance future space missions. The Apollo 15 mission ran from July 26 to Aug. 7, 1971, with the crew helmed by astronauts David Scott, James Irwin and Al Worden. One of their ideas is a voice-activated system akin to Amazon’s Alexa to be deployed aboard the Lunar Gateway, a proposed outpost to stage future space missions. The 50th anniversary event is sponsored by the Michigan Space Grant Consortium, UM Space Institute, and UM Space Physics Research Laboratory in collaboration with the UM Departments of Aerospace Engineering and Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering.mlive.com
Key departures signal agriculture shakeup for Capitol Hill
MINNEAPOLIS – The reelection defeat of U.S. House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson in Minnesota and some key retirements mean a shakeup is coming for the industry on Capitol Hill, with power likely to shift from the Midwest to the South and the coasts. Both the House and Senate agriculture committees will get new chairs, and there will be a new top Republican on the House panel. Fischbach plans to seek a seat on the Agriculture Committee, but she'll have to draw heavily on her legislative skills to have much of an influence as a freshman in the minority party. Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan is the only one of the top four agriculture committee leaders returning in 2021. Neither Roberts nor Rep. Michael Conaway of Texas, the ranking Republican in the House committee, sought reelection.
'We don't speculate': How AP counts votes and calls races
On election night, state-based analysts and editors in Washington at AP's Decision Desk also use that vote count to “call races," or declare the winners. HOW AP GATHERS THE VOTESShortly before polls close, roughly 4,000 stringers — temporary freelancers — arrive at county election offices. As officials begin to release results, these stringers phone in the raw vote totals to AP colleagues around the country. These include asking whether there are problems in the stringer's county and challenging the details if the results seem suspect. PRECINCT REPORTING CAN BE TRICKY BUSINESSWhen tabulating results, AP publishes the percentage of precincts reporting alongside the vote count.
Booby-trapped Trump campaign sign injures Oakland County worker; sheriff's office is investigating
click to enlarge Shutterstock.comA subcontractor for Oakland County sliced open his fingers when he tried to move improperly placed President Donald Trump campaign signs that were lined with razor blades.The Oakland County Sheriff’s Office tellsit is investigating the booby-trapped sign in Commerce Township after the subcontractor reported receiving deep cuts that required 13 stitches.The worker was trying to remove the signs because they were improperly placed in the right-of-way on Sleeth Road.“Anyone passing by could have grabbed ahold of the sign and been injured — a kid, a dog walking, whatever the case may be,” Commerce Township Supervisor David Scott told Fox 2 Detroit . “You can’t booby-trap signs with the intent to hurt someone. This was simply laid out to hurt someone, and it did.”Anyone with information on who booby-trapped the signs is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 248-858-5000.metrotimes.com
7 seek to follow Lewis in House, but long-term prospects dim
Seven candidates qualified Friday for the Sept. 29 election, but declining to run is replacement Democratic nominee Nikema Williams, a state senator and chair of the state Democratic Party. They both said they're holding their fire for the Nov. 3 general election, which will decide a full two-year term. The 5th Congressional District includes most of the city of Atlanta, as well as some suburban areas of Fulton, DeKalb and Clayton counties. The district is overwhelmingly Democratic and Lewis rarely faced any serious challenge in his 17 terms. "I will fight tirelessly to earn the support of voters in the 5th Congressional District and would be honored to serve as their voice in Congress in January.