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Bee ordinance gets first OK from Council

(11/22/09 7:54pm)

City Council unanimously passed an ordinance on first reading Tuesday allowing Ypsilanti residents to keep bees. The ordinance had been considered by City Council last month, but decided a permit process should be included with the original language and postponed the matter before a vote was taken. If approved on a second reading the ordinance would give residents the opportunity to apply for a permit to keep no more than two bee hives on a parcel of land.

Senate votes to begin health-care debate

(11/22/09 8:13pm)

WASHINGTON- Without a vote to spare, Democrats pushed their health-care overhaul legislation over its first obstacle on the Senate floor Saturday, as the chamber voted to begin formal debate of a sweeping measure to guarantee medical coverage for all Americans. The 60-39 procedural vote, backed by all 58 Democrats and two independents, with Ohio Republican George Voinovich not voting, overcame a Republican-led filibuster designed to block consideration of the bill and kept up momentum behind President Barack Obama’s top legislative priority.

House panel: U.S. losing dominance in space race

(11/22/09 8:21pm)

WASHINGTON- America’s once clear dominance in space is eroding as other nations, including China, Iran and North Korea, step up their activities, a panel of experts told the House subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics Thursday. “Others are catching up fast,” said Marty Hauser, vice president for Washington operations at the Space Foundation, an advocacy organization headquarters in Colorado Springs.