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Scientists: Timber in Lake Michigan centuries old


The Griffin

abouthegreatlakes.com

June 18, 2013 | AP  Marine archaeologists from the U.S. and France are studying the timber and digging a pit beneath it. They said Tuesday a probing device has detected what appears to be a solid surface 18 to 20 feet below the lake floor.     

They say they're still not certain they're dealing with a shipwreck. But Michel L'Hour of France's Department of Underwater Archaeological Research says the timber appears to be a bowsprit, which is a pole that extends from a vessel's stem.     

The Griffin disappeared in 1679.

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Today
Lawmakers to hear testimony on religious objections bill
  April 28, 2015  |  AP  Lawmakers will consider whether Michigan needs a law protecting people who say their exercise of religion has been substantially burdened by the government.   
Detroit suburb grounds plan to ban drones after pushback
  April 28, 2015  |  AP  Officials in a Detroit suburb have grounded plans to ban drones from flying over the city.    
Man sentenced to life in slaying of 2-year-old son
  April 28, 2015  |  AP  A western Michigan man will spend the rest of his life in prison in the slaying of his 2-year-old son.   
Michigan State Police to investigate inmate death
  April 28, 2015  |  AP  Authorities say a 39-year-old Delta Township man being held at a Lansing police lockup has died.   
Historic hotel becomes luxury living in Kalamazoo
  April 28, 2015  |  AP  A building in downtown Kalamazoo that is on the National Register of Historic Places is being repurposed as luxury living space.    

Yesterday
Man gets coffee, doughnut - and $250,000 lottery windfall
Jackson MI  April 27, 2015  |  WGVU  A man who stopped at a store called the Minnow Bucket in Jackson walked out with a whopper.    
AAA Michigan: Gas prices rise 6 cents in past week to $2.48
Dearborn, MI  April 27, 2015  |  WGVU  AAA Michigan reports statewide gas prices have increased by about 6 cents a gallon within the past week.    
Vigil marks 2-year anniversary of mother's disappearance
Norton Shores, MI  April 27, 2015  |  WGVU  People gathered outside a western Michigan gas station on the two-year anniversary of a mother's disappearance from her job at the business.    
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Woman who lost grandson to heroin takes on drug addiction
St. Joseph, MI  April 27, 2015  |  WGVU  A St. Joseph woman whose grandson died of a heroin overdose is among those fighting against drug addiction in the community.    
Girl with leukemia dismissed from school offered return
Battle Creek MI  April 27, 2015  |  WGVU  The mother of a Michigan girl dismissed from a Catholic school for not meeting academic and attendance standards during leukemia treatments says she's been invited back but will attend a public school for now.    
Modern Family' co-producer speaks at college commencement
Ypsilanti MI  April 27, 2015  |  WGVU  Eastern Michigan University alum and ABC's "Modern Family" co-producer Sally Young told students at her alma mater that they need to invest in themselves.    
GRPD seeks ShotSpotter approval
  April 27, 2015  |  WGVU  Grand Rapids officials review a $1.2 million purchase of technology said to identify gunfire in real time.   
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GM ignition switch death toll rises to 90
  April 27, 2015  |  AP  Families of at least 90 people killed in crashes caused by defective General Motors ignition switches will get compensation from the automaker.   
Democrats blast proposed state House budget for funding Senate office move
  April 27, 2015  |  MPRN  The state House could vote as soon as this week on its state budget priorities.   
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SCOTUS to hear challenge to Michigan same-sex marriage ban
  April 27, 2015  |  MPRN  Large crowds and rallies are expected in Washington tomorrow as the US Supreme Court takes up the question of whether same-sex marriage bans like Michigan’s violate the Constitution.    
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Friday
ArtPrize announces jurors for this year's Grand Rapids event
  April 24, 2015  |  WGVU  Two artists will join a contemporary art curator from Los Angeles as judges at the ArtPrize competition in Grand Rapids.    
Tree-felling along Michigan river may impact trout habitat
Woodland Township, MI  April 24, 2015  |  WGVU  A fishing group leader says it may take years before a western Michigan trout habitat recovers from damage caused when crews felled trees along a 13-mile stretch of river.    
The "big idea" behind LiveArts
  April 24, 2015  |  WGVU  Friday night at Van Andel Arena, the Grand Rapids Symphony, Broadway Grand Rapids, Opera Grand Rapids and Grand Rapids ballet will perform together in an once-in-a-lifetime show called “LiveArts”. How did the concept come to fruition?   
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Kalamazoo woman crashes vehicle during police chase, dies
Portage, MI  April 24, 2015  |  WGVU  A 52-year-old Kalamazoo woman has been killed in a crash while fleeing police in western Michigan.    
Gay marriage recognition for man with cancer remains on hold
Grand Rapids MI  April 24, 2015  |  WGVU  A western Michigan man stricken with cancer has failed to persuade a judge to order the state to recognize his New York same-sex marriage.    
Dairy cow herd in Alpena County tests positive for bovine TB
Lachine, Michigan  April 24, 2015  |  WGVU  A medium-sized herd of dairy cows in Michigan's northeastern Lower Peninsula has tested positive for bovine tuberculosis.    
Muskegon County may tackle plastic bag ban
  April 24, 2015  |  WGVU  Muskegon County officials may look at a ban on plastic bags.    
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Grand Rapids downtown an Emerging 2030 District
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.  April 24, 2015  |  WGVU  Grand Rapids has joined a number of U.S. cities working toward reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gases contributing to global warming.   
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Tree-planting efforts planned across state to mark Arbor Day
LANSING, Mich.  April 24, 2015  |  AP  The Michigan International Speedway and Consumers Energy are pairing to promote the planting of 50,000 trees throughout Michigan.   
MI Supreme Court report guides judges on indigent defendants
  April 24, 2015  |  MPRN  A report ordered by the state Supreme Court gives judges some guidance on what they can do when defendants can’t pay their fines or fees. The report courts should look for alternatives to jail or prison.    
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Thursday
White Cloud teen sentenced in abandoning newborn case
White Cloud, MI  April 23, 2015  |  WGVU   A 15-year-old girl who abandoned her baby after secretly giving birth has been sentenced to six months of probation in Newaygo County Family Court.    
St. Joseph Catholic Church to unveil new 1,576-pipe organ
St. Joseph, MI  April 23, 2015  |  WGVU  A new 1,576-pipe organ is set to be blessed during a concert this weekend at St. Joseph Catholic Church in St. Joseph.    
Kevyn Orr to deliver keynote at Lansing chamber luncheon
East Lansing MI  April 23, 2015  |  WGVU  The man who shepherded Detroit through the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history is scheduled to speak during an event in East Lansing.    
U-M team gets $1.2M grant to research hydrogen-powered cars
Ann Arbor MI  April 23, 2015  |  WGVU  A team of University Michigan researchers has been awarded a $1.2 million Department of Energy grant to look into the development of hydrogen-powered vehicles.    
US ag secretary to announce voluntary efforts to reduce emissions
Detroit, MI  April 23, 2015  |  WGVU  Federal officials are unveiling a voluntary programs and initiatives for farmers, ranchers and foresters meant to build on President Barack Obama's efforts to combat global warming - and don't require approval from Congress.    
Detroit-area police chief quits after officer is charged
Detroit, MI  April 23, 2015  |  WGVU  A Detroit-area police chief has resigned, two days after one of her officers was charged with assault in the bloody beating of a motorist.    
Lunafest: Women's Film Festival In Grand Rapids
Grand Rapids MI  April 23, 2015  |  WGVU  The 14th annual National Touring Film Festival is in Grand Rapids this year. Lunafest is dedicated to promoting awareness about women’s issues and highlights women filmmakers. It’s hosted by the Kent County Girls on the Run.    
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Planned Middle East-North Africa census category progresses
  April 23, 2015  |  WGVU  There’s a proposal to update Census categories to include people of Middle Eastern-North African descent.   
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East GR millage on local ballot, tied to Proposal 1
  April 23, 2015  |  WGVU  East Grand Rapids residents are asked to approve a local road millage at the polls on May 5.    
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White Cloud teen sentenced in abandoning newborn case
WHITE CLOUD, Mich.  April 23, 2015  |  AP  A 15-year-old girl who abandoned her baby after secretly giving birth has been sentenced to six months of probation in Newaygo County Family Court.   
Michigan House committee OKs $15.8 billion school budget
LANSING, Mich.  April 23, 2015  |  AP  The Michigan House Appropriations Committee has passed a $15.8 billion budget bill setting spending for the state's schools, universities and community colleges.   
House approves 'early-warning' system for school finances
LANSING, Mich.   April 23, 2015  |  AP  Some schools would be required to submit more financial reports to the state under a package approved by the Republican-controlled House.   
Michigan unadjusted joblessness little changed, 5.7 percent
LANSING, Mich.  April 23, 2015  |  AP  The state says Michigan's seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate stood at 5.7 percent in March, little changed from one month earlier but down 1.8 percent from last year.   
Insurance panel OKs auto no-fault overhaul with rate rollback
  April 23, 2015  |  MPRN  A state House committee has approved some big changes to Michigan’s no-fault law.    
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Wednesday
Union doesn't want new test data used in teacher evaluations
Lansing MI  April 22, 2015  |  WGVU  Michigan's largest teachers union is asking state officials not to use data from new standardized testing in teacher evaluations.    
Michigan officials monitor bird flu outbreak in other states
Lansing MI  April 22, 2015  |  WGVU  Michigan agriculture officials are monitoring a bird flu outbreak that's affected other Midwest states and say they're ready to respond if needed.    
Attorney general to co-host vigil remembering crime victims
Lansing MI  April 22, 2015  |  WGVU  Attorney General Bill Schuette will co-host a vigil at the state Capitol remembering victims of crime in Michigan.    
Chinese woman seeks release from Calhoun County jail
Ann Arbor MI  April 22, 2015  |  WGVU  A Chinese architect held in a Michigan jail for nearly a year is asking a judge to release her while she tries to win the right to stay in the U.S.    
Woman gets 3-7-years for shooting over bacon-less burger
Grand Rapids MI  April 22, 2015  |  WGVU  A Michigan woman has been sentence do three to seven years in prison for opening fire at a McDonald's restaurant after workers twice failed to put bacon on her burgers.    
Not guilty plea for officer charged in taped beating
Inkster, MI  April 22, 2015  |  WGVU  A judge has entered a not guilty plea and set bond at $25,000 for a Detroit-area police officer charged in the beating of a motorist that was caught on video.    
WGVU free screening "Last Days in Vietnam"
  April 22, 2015  |  WGVU  On April 30th, 1975, when North Vietnamese troops took control of South Vietnam’s capital, the Fall of Saigon, officially ended the Vietnam War. WGVU and the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum are remembering the 40th Anniversary with a free screening of the “Last Days in Vietnam.”   
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New Report: Hunger Rate Rises In West Michigan
Grand Rapids MI  April 22, 2015  |  WGVU  For the first time in five years, the percentage of people struggling with hunger in West Michigan and the U-P has increased. This, from a new study released by Feeding America West Michigan.    
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West Michigan facilities awarded for efficiency upgrades
  April 22, 2015  |  WGVU  What do the Pyramid Scheme, Muskegon Area Transit Authority and the Grand Rapids Wastewater Treatment Plant have in common? They’re among West Michigan’s biggest 'losers'.    
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Gov. Snyder headed to Nevada for Republican Jewish meeting
LANSING, Mich.  April 22, 2015  |  AP  Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder will travel to Nevada Thursday to attend the Republican Jewish Coalition's spring meeting.   
Senate committee approves religious-objection adoption bills
LANSING, Mich.   April 22, 2015  |  AP  Faith-based agencies could refuse to participate in adoptions by gays or by others that violate their religious beliefs under bills approved by a committee in the Republican-controlled Michigan Senate.   
Former Justice Betty Weaver, frequent GOP critic, dies
  April 22, 2015  |  MPRN  Former Michigan Supreme Court Justice Betty Weaver has died at the age of 74.    

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