TIME Food & Drink

The Beer List at This Bar Looks Like a Stock Ticker

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The Beer Exchange

A bar in Kalamazoo, Michigan, takes the fun of happy hour to a whole new level.

The Beer Exchange has been going viral on Reddit and Imgur in the last day because its beer list resembles a stock ticker — or a Bloomberg Terminal that dispenses alcohol. It displays the current prices for various kinds of beer, and as demand for the different types ebbs and flows, the prices rise and fall. Once in a while, there’s even a market crash that brings the beverages to their all-time low.

It’s a happy hour all the time—as long as you’re interested in the right beer. But unlike stock trading, there’s no reward for buying low and selling high. Besides getting buzzed, that is.

TIME justice

Insane Clown Posse Appeals Dismissal of Gang Lawsuit

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Joseph Bruce, aka Violent J, left, and Joseph Utsler, aka Shaggy 2 Dope, members of the Insane Clown Posse, address the media in Detroit, Jan. 8, 2014. The U.S. Justice Department is asking a judge to dismiss a lawsuit by Insane Clown Posse, which objects to a report that describes its fans as a dangerous gang. Carlos Osorio—AP

ACLU lawsuit says FBI violated band's free speech when it labeled their "Juggalo" fanbase a "hybrid gang"

The music group Insane Clown Posse Tuesday appealed the dismissal of a lawsuit it filed against the Justice Department over a 2011 FBI report that designated the rap duo’s fans, known as “Juggalos,” as a gang.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan in January filed a lawsuit on behalf of the group alleging their free speech and due process rights, and those of their fans, were violated when the FBI labeled juggalos a “loosely organized hybrid gang.” ICP and Juggalos say they’ve been unfairly targeted by police because of the report.

U.S. District Judge Robert Cleland ruled last week that the Justice Department is not responsible for how other groups use their recommendations and that the report “does not recommend any particular course of action for local law enforcement to follow, and instead operates as a descriptive, rather than a prescriptive, assessment of nationwide gang trends.” The ACLU has appealed the decision to dismiss the suit.

In a statement, Tuesday, ICP member known as Violent J, also known as Joseph Bruce, said “This is not the end—we’ll keep fighting to clear the Juggalo family name.”

“Juggalos are not an organized fan club,” the ACLU says in its statement, “but a group of people who bond over the music and a philosophy of life, much like “Deadheads” bonded around the Grateful Dead.”

Juggalos, according to the FBI report, have been responsible for assaults and vandalism and a “small number” for more serious crimes. They were not included in the FBI’s most recent report.

TIME Developmental Disorders

Michigan Teen Carries Brother 40 Miles for Cerebral Palsy Awareness

Brotherly Walk
Braden Gandee, 7, rides on the back of his brother Hunter, 14, as they close in on the final miles to the University of Michigan's Bahna Wrestling Center on Sunday, June 8, 2014. Hunter carried Braden, who has cerebral palsy, 40 miles from Temperance, Mich., to Ann Arbor. Chris Asadian—AP Photo

Valiant 14-year-old Hunter Gandee carried his 7-year-old brother Braden strapped on his back for 30 hours to urge engineers to invest in innovative tools for increased mobility

A Michigan teen trekked 40 miles with his 7-year-old brother on his back to raise awareness of cerebral palsy, the cerebellar degenerative disorder that prevents his sibling from walking himself.

Hunter Gandee, 14, braved blustery conditions during the two-day hike from his hometown of Temperance, Mich., to the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. His brother Braden has struggled with cerebral palsy his entire life. Hunter told ABC that although he wrestles in 100-degree conditions at Bedford Junior High, “it’s nowhere near how hard Braden works.”

The teenager originally concocted the idea after raising $350 in green wristbands for cerebral palsy awareness month at his school. Afterward he wanted his efforts to reach beyond his classmates. “We want kids to understand Braden,” Hunter told MLive.

He was further inspired by a dream that his mother had of him carrying Braden to Mackinac, Mich., where the family had often vacationed. This led to two months of preparation for carrying his 50-lb. brother on his back.

The courageous duo were joined by other family members for the final portion of the journey, which nearly ended early because Braden’s legs were badly chafing. But after a brief rest-stop and repositioning Braden, the brothers completed the mission in 30 hours.

“We pushed through it,” an exhausted Hunter told ABC. “And we’re here.”

On the walk’s Facebook page, the Gandees express hope that the walk will earn the attention of engineers and doctors for “the need for innovative ideas in mobility aids and medical procedures.”

TIME cities

Detroit Cuts Deal With Retired Police and Firefighters

A protestor holds a sign outside the federal courthouse in support of Detroit city workers Rebecca Cook—Reuters

The city going through one of the largest bankruptcies in U.S. history has agreed to preserve pension benefits for some retired civil servants even as it announces cuts for other employees

Detroit has reached a deal with some retired workers over pension benefits while cutting monthly payments for other former employees in a move that could give a boost to the city’s plan to exit bankruptcy in October, officials said Tuesday.

According to tentative agreements, retired police officers and firefighters will continue to receive their full pensions while those who do not work in public safety will have some of their benefits curtailed. Those cuts include a 4.5 percent decrease and the elimination of cost-of-living payments for general fund pensioners, said Tina Basset, spokesperson for the fund.

The agreement will cover more than 20,000 retired workers in a city going through one of the largest public bankruptcies in U.S. history. Both the retirees, as well as current workers who qualify for a future pension, will be allowed to vote as creditors in the bankruptcy.

Retired Detroit Police and Fire Fighters Association attorney Ryan Plecha said preserving the pension benefits was the “crown jewel.”

Bill Nowling, a spokesperson for Detroit emergency manager Kevyn Orr, who is overseeing the bankruptcy process, said the deal with retired workers had been possible because of an improved financial performance of the pension funds.

However, both deals depend on the $816 million that Detroit is hoping to raise from foundations, philanthropists and the state of Michigan. Lawmakers are yet to approve Michigan’s $350 million contribution.

TIME Gay Rights

Feds Will Recognize Michigan Same-Sex Marriages

Attorney General Eric Holder says the U.S. government will extend marriage benefits to the 300 same-sex couples who wed over the weekend

The 300 same-sex couples who married over the weekend in Michigan during a brief period in which gay marriage was legal in the state will soon be eligible for federal marriage benefits, Attorney General Eric Holder announced Friday.

“I have determined that the same-sex marriages performed last Saturday in Michigan will be recognized by the federal government,” Holder said. “These families will be eligible for all relevant federal benefits on the same terms as other same-sex marriages.”

Hundreds of same-sex couples were married in Michigan Saturday during a brief period after the state’s gay marriage ban was struck down in court but before a higher court judge temporarily halted that ruling pending appeal. The move by Holder’s Department of Justice contravenes a decision by Michigan’s governor not to recognize the marriages until the legal challenges have been resolved.

Holder’s full statement is below:

“I have determined that the same-sex marriages performed last Saturday in Michigan will be recognized by the federal government. These families will be eligible for all relevant federal benefits on the same terms as other same-sex marriages. The Governor of Michigan has made clear that the marriages that took place on Saturday were lawful and valid when entered into, although Michigan will not extend state rights and benefits tied to these marriages pending further legal proceedings. For purposes of federal law, as I announced in January with respect to similarly situated same-sex couples in Utah, these Michigan couples will not be asked to wait for further resolution in the courts before they may seek federal benefits to which they are entitled.

“Last June’s decision by the Supreme Court in United States v. Windsor was a victory for equal protection under the law and a historic step toward equality for all American families. The Department of Justice continues to work with its federal partners to implement this decision across the government. And we will remain steadfast in our commitment to realizing our country’s founding ideals of equality, opportunity, and justice for all.”

 

TIME Gay Rights

Michigan Won’t Recognize Gay Marriages in Legal Limbo

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Renecia Hall, left, and Kristen Martin, right, wait for their marriage license from Rev. Bill Freeman during their wedding ceremony at the Harbor Unitarian Universalist church in Muskegon, Mich., on Saturday, March 22, 2014. Natalie Kolb— The Chronicle/AP

Hundreds of same-sex marriages performed over the weekend after a court overturned the state's ban won't be recognized because an appeals court stayed the ruling. Gov. Snyder said that the "marriages are suspended until the stay is lifted or [the] decision is upheld"

Michigan will not recognize more than 300 same-sex marriages that took place over the weekend, Gov. Rick Snyder said Wednesday, a blow to couples who were married after a court overturned the state’s gay marriage ban but before an appeals court stayed that ruling.

Snyder acknowledged that the marriages, which took place on Saturday between the time the law was struck down and the federal appeals court stayed that decision, were legal at the time they were officiated. But, he said, they won’t be recognized by the state until the appeals court rules on the lower court’s decision overturning the state’s 2004 constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, a process that could take months.

“The couples with certificates of marriage from Michigan courthouses last Saturday were legally married and the marriage was valid when entered into,” Snyder said in a statement. “Because the stay brings Michigan law on this issue back into effect, the rights tied to these marriages are suspended until the stay is lifted or [the lower court's] decision is upheld on appeal.”

TIME animals

Coast Guard Rescues Dog on Frozen Lake, Nicknames It “Lucky”

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It has reportedly been handed over to a local animal shelter

The U.S. Coast Guard rescued a dog that was having a ruff week.

The crew of the cutter Bristol Bay found a dog that was stranded on the ice of frozen Lake St. Clair Monday, about four to five miles off the coast of the Detroit suburb St. Clair Shores, the Associated Press reports via The Detroit Free Press. Tasked with icebreaking in the Great Lakes region, crew members were en route to extract another vessel that got stuck in the ice when they came across the dog with what looked like some foxes.

(WATCH: Winter Satellite Photography Shows Great Lakes Freeze Over)

“They noticed three burrows the dog tried to dig for itself for protection,” Chief Petty Officer Alan Haraf told the Detroit Free Press. “They said the paws were bleeding, and the nails were pretty much down to nothing.”

The Coast Guard officials fed and cared for the dog on their ship, nicknaming it “Lucky” before handing it off to a local animal shelter.

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Crew members assigned to Coast Guard Cutter Bristol Bay hoist aboard the ship a dog and gave it food and care before before taking it to an animal shelter.

TIME Bizarre

Send All Your Engaged Facebook Friends to Grand Rapids, Where It’s Now Legal to Be Annoying

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"This is the song that never ends, yes it goes on and on my friends..."

Now instead of telling your mouth-breathing cubicle-mate to “go to hell,” you can tell him to go to Grand Rapids.

That’s because Grand Rapids, Michigan is about to nix a 38-year old city ban on being an irritating nitwit. The section of the city code actually reads, “no person shall willfully annoy another person,” which sounds much more official than “Mo-om, tell him to sto-op!”

City officials are lifting the ban, calling it “simply unenforceable,” which is good news for all the annoying people out there who have been looking for a safe haven where they can practice their Olde English aloud.

Grand Rapids real estate agents should be expecting calls from annoying people all over the world, from Susan Patton (aka Princeton mom) to fictional Dana Brody to that one college roommate who named her plants. The city will soon be overrun with more amateur drummers than they know what to do with.

Good thing Hell is also a city in Michigan, so it won’t be too far to go from Grand Rapids.

TIME Congress

Longest-Serving Congressman John Dingell Is Retiring

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Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., in 2013. Tom Williams—CQ-Roll Call,Inc.

87-year-old Democrat John Dingle, who has represented Michigan since 1955, announced on Monday that he is retiring

Congressman John Dingell of Michigan, the longest-serving member of Congress, is retiring.

Dingell, who represents Michigan’s 12th district, announced his retirement Monday. The 87-year old Democrat and dean of the House of Representatives was first elected in 1955, and is the longest-serving member at 58 years last year. He was first elected at the age of 29.

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle paid tribute to the Michigan representative’s historic career. “Congressman Dingell is a living legend and one of the most prominent and accomplished lawmakers in American history and it has been a great honor to serve beside him,” said Rep. Frank Pallone (D—N.J.). “From Medicare, to the Affordable Care Act, to the Clean Air Act, Congressman Dingell’s work endures and continues to improve people’s lives every day.”

“By any standard, he will not only be viewed as the ‘Dean of the House,’ but also one with an incredible record of getting the job done,” said Rep. Fred Upton (R—MI). “The term ‘legendary’ will always be associated with the name ‘John Dingell.’”

The retiring congressman’s wife, Deborah, is considered a possible candidate for his congressional seat.

In 2009, TIME asked Dingell, who was representing Michigan’s 15th district at the time, whether he would run for Congress in 2010.

“When that time comes, Deborah and I sit down and we decide what the people of the 15th want, we decide what the good Lord wants, and then we decide what we want,” he said. “That’s a decision I make every two years, and I don’t make it before the right time.”

He did run again—twice.

TIME Crime

Prison Escapee Arrested In San Diego After 37 Years

'Her eyes gave her away,' said police.

A prison escapee has been arrested by the police in San Diego after 37 years on the lam.

Judy Lynn Hayman was sentenced on Jun. 28, 1976 to 16 months to two years in jail for attempted larceny, but she escaped on April 14, 1977 from a Michigan prison and has been on the run ever since, the Detroit Free Press reports.

The Michigan Department of Corrections contacted San Diego police on Monday and said Hayman could be in the city. Three officers stopped her at a local residence later that day with a decades-old mugshot. Although she initially gave a fake name, officers said they recognized Hayman.

“The officer had a photograph of her from back in 1977, and when he compared the photo to the person who was claiming to be Jamie Lewis,” said San Diego Police Lt. Kevin Mayer. “The officer told me her eyes gave her away. To him, the eyes looked like the suspect.”

Hayman is expected to be extradited back to Michigan, Mayer said.

[Detroit Free Press]

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