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12 months ago

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12 months ago

Dan Benishek, Michigan GOP Congressman, Faces Tough Tea Party Balancing Act

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. Shortly after newly elected Rep. Dan Benishek arrived in Washington, staffers raised a banner that proclaimed to visitors in his Capitol Hill suite: "If you are here to ask for more money, you're in the wrong office!"

The message was fitting for a tea party favorite who had railed against federal spending and a "nanny-state mentality" during the 2010 campaign that led to a Republican takeover of the House. But it was something new for his constituents in northern Michigan, a largely rural area where a spirit of self-reliance coexists with the reality that government popular or not is a crucial economic player.

For decades, Michigan's 1st Congressional Di

12 months ago

Holly Holm's biggest problem with Ronda Rousey rematch at UFC 200? Too far away

Holly Holms biggest problem with Ronda Rousey rematch at UFC 200? Too far away | MMAjunkie

LAS VEGAS - UFC women's bantamweight champion Holly Holm doesn't care what opponent she faces in her first title defense. Of bigger concern is the amount of time she'll have to wait to fight.

"The only thing about July is that it's eight months away from my last fight," she told MMAjunkie on Saturday. "That's the biggest thing. I don't like to wait that long."

UFC President Dana White recently told the that former champ Ronda Rousey is targeted for an immediate rematch with Holm at UFC 200, which takes place July 9 in Las Vegas. Holm (10-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) knocked out Rousey (12-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC) with a second-round head kick this past month at UFC 193 in a massive upset.

Holm's reps indicated a fight with former title challenger Miesha Tate might take place in the interim before a rematch against Rousey, with the champ's manager questioning whether the ex-champ was capable of such a quick turnaround after a brutal knockout. White dismissed that concern.

Holm wants to make the UFC happy and will abide by the promotion's wishes about her career. But she said waiting until this summer to fight again puts her in unfamiliar territory.

"I feel like a rematch is just the unspoken, yeah, that's got to happen," she told MMAjunkie. "A fight in between now and then, I feel like that's like, yes, let's stay active. There's a lot of things that can be.

"In boxing, I did 10 years straight of having four fights a year, and so to wait eight months, it's out of my norm."

Since she's embarked on a career in MMA, Holm has had to slow down a bit. Prior to signing with the UFC, she was inactive for 10 months as her management engaged in sometimes contentious negotiations with the promotion. She debuted in February, winning back-to-back bouts before her title shot against Rousey.

After winning the bantamweight title, the new champ is preparing herself for an even slower pace.

"I'll be OK with it if (I fight at UFC 200)," she said. "We'll just see what happens, and see how the cards unfold."

For more on UFC 200, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

12 months ago

'Bonnie and Clyde' TV crime drama features star studded cast

"Bonnie & Clyde," an upcoming miniseries on History and Lifetime TV and A&E Networks will tell the story of the infamous crime couple from the 1930s. The televised film stars Emile Hirsch and Holliday Grainger. Oscar winners Holly Hunter and William Hurt also star in the film about the fabled criminals.

Update: Bonnie & Clyde debuts on three cable networks on Dec. 8, 2013. Bonnie & Clyde a dramatized version of real life gangsters on three networks

The four-hour, two-night event is planned to debut sometime this fall, according to press information from Lifetime Networks. The mini-series will be broadcast on History Channel, Lifetime TV and A&E in a simulcas

12 months ago

6 Small Towns to Visit This Summer | Claire Gallam


As a travel writer and a budding photographer, there are things I crave in my own vacations. Unique and surprising culture, off-the-beaten-path hikes and adventures, locally sourced, simple cuisines and one-of-a-kind sights void of mass tourists and instagram photos. Simply put, I'm looking for a location, a moment and a feeling that hasn't already been experienced by thousands of other people.

That's why when summer rolls around and I find myself with time to spare, I'm not hitting the splashy cities, urban jungles or over-hyped beach

1 year ago

Traverse City, Michigan, Popular Lakeside Town And Travel Destination, Fights 'Festival Fatigue'

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) Lou Colombo insists he's no Grinch and enjoys festivals. But so many were held along this Lake Michigan town's grassy waterfront over the summer that he applied to City Hall to throw a bash of his own, called "The Quiet Festival." The event lineup would consist of absolutely nothing.

Officials turned him down, but got the message from Colombo and others. The City Commission is reconsidering its policy on using parks for festivals.

"We're not trying to shut down tourism," said Mayor Michael Estes. "But we're trying to ask people who put on these events to be more courteous to our neighborhoods."

The idea of "festival fat

1 year ago

Brookwood Financial Partners, LLC Continues to Build its Property Management Team in California and Florida | Reuters

Brookwood Financial Partners, LLC Continues to Build its Property Management Team in California and Florida

Brookwood Financial Partners, LLC (Brookwood), a leading real estate investment and asset management company, today announced that Delio D. Contreras, Deborah D. Java, Joseph L. Lesley, Rachel Olmeda-Rodriguez and Shannon R. Sarmiento have joined Brookwood Management Partners, LLC (Brookwood Management) in its south Florida and San Diego, CA property management offices. Brookwood Management is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Brookwood and provides property management services for the firms portfolio in the United States.

1 year ago

What Are the Benefits of Stevia Sweetener?

Also called "sweet leaf" or "sugar leaf," stevia has been used since ancient times as both a sweetener and medicine. Stevia sweetener has many health benefits over conventional sugar and other sugar substitutes. Stevia sweetener is derived from the Stevia rebaudiana Bertoni plant.Stevia ChemistryGlycosides, steviosides and rebaudiosides, stevia's sweetening agents, are extracted from the leaf of the plant. These agents are not metabolized by the body, therefore the caloric intake is zero.

Stevia in Many FormsStevia leaves are found in most health food stores: whole, crushed, in tea bags or as a fine green powder. For use in dressings and marinades, baking cookies or sweetening iced tea, stevia sweetener is available in liquid, powder and extract form.

Stevia Versus SugarTwo teaspoons of sugar register about 32 calories; the same amount of stevia sweetener has zero calories. Stevia powder has concentrated sweetness, so much that it must be measured "by the pinch," as opposed to sugar which is measured by the cup. Stevia is about 300 times sweeter than sugar.

Vitamins and MineralsOften labeled as a dietary supplement, stevia leaves contain proteins, fiber, carbohydrates, iron, phosphorus, calcium, potassium, sodium, magnesium, zinc and vitamins A and C.

Diabetes and Weight LossBecause stevia has no calories or sucrose (the active agent in sugar), the sweetener is an attractive substitute for those interested in weight loss. The glycemic index of stevia sweetener also registers zero, which may appeal to diabetics looking for a healthy, alternative sweetener.

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1 year ago

Michigan offers lighthouse enthusiasts a working vacation

Georgienne Hammer's time as a volunteer living and working at a local lighthouse wasn't exactly what she expected.

Week-long stays at the Grand Traverse Lighthouse in Northport over the last three years allowed Hammer to share her passion for lighthouses through public tours and small maintenance projects.

But it was the connection she made with the area's maritime history that took her by surprise and kept her coming back.

"I definitely got more out of it than I thought I would. You think about what other lighthouse keepers' lives were like back when these buildings were built," she said. "It just made you more appreciative of not only what they did, but also our lives today compared to what they had to deal with."

Hammer is one of numerous history buffs from across the country who've been drawn to Leelanau County by the unique lighthouse-keepers program since it started five years ago, a successful venture Peninsula Township officials hope to duplicate at Mission Point Lighthouse this summer.

Since January, the township has coordinated with lighthouse officials across the bay to solicit volunteers to work at the 19th century structure when it opens to the public for the first time in May, said Fred Stoye, chairman of the township park board.

"There are very few places in Michigan that allow you to live in a lighthouse," said Grand Traverse Lighthouse director Stef Staley, who's accepting applications for the Mission Point program.

"I think the biggest benefit is the fact that people get to help us restore and preserve the lighthouse and surrounding property."

Located on M-37 at the tip of Old Mission Peninsula, the lighthouse was built in 1870, and its first keeper, Jerome M. Pratt, guided boat traffic into Grand Traverse Bay by a kerosene lamp atop the 30-foot building.

The Mission Point Lighthouse functioned until 1933, when the U.S. Coast Guard switched to electric, self-timed beacons, Stoye said.

Township maintenance director Grant Blackmer last week prepared rooms in the two-story home for a series of historic displays designed to give visitors a glimpse of lighthouse life at the turn of the century. Guests also will be allowed to climb the steep, narrow stairway to the glass tower that once housed the original navigational lamp, Blackmer said.

"We are anticipating a really busy summer because ... it's always been a private residence. It will be interesting to see what comes of it," he said.

Volunteers will be charged an $800-per-month program fee to live in the rear section of the historic home's ground floor. The township hopes those funds, along with admissions fees for visitors, will be the first step toward a self-supporting park system.

1 year ago

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