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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
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 latimes.com 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.
"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
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
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
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.