An odd collection of large and small ..... Michigan is #3 in the list:
The Larry Nassar scandal at MSU has potentially deepened considerably, per the Detroit News article linked above. Nothing to be joyful about, so let's keep it civil on the board.
Also note that this is, at brass tacks, a civil suit adding defendants to an action - that doesn't mean that the allegations are necessarily true. I know one faculty member at the MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine, and the general reaction regarding Nassar is one of shock.
But if the allegations are true, this scandal gets even closer to Penn State territory. An institutional cover-up spanning decades.
(PLEASE keep any comments tasteful - again, there is nothing to celebrate here, IMO.)
Several individuals with ties to Michigan State University on Wednesday were added to a civil lawsuit against former MSU and USA Gymnastics Dr. Larry Nassar, accused of sexually assaulting dozens of athletes over two decades. Among the individuals added were former MSU Gymnastics Coach Kathie Klages, College of Osteopathic Medicine Dean William Strampel, Sports Medicine Clinic Director Jeff Kovan, former MSU clinical psychologist Gary Stollak and Twistars USA Gymnastics Club owner John Geddert.
Per the article, these new defendants allegedly all were told about Nassar's alleged sexual assaults, all were allegedly required to report the behavior to authorities, and all allegedly failed to do so.
“There are certain people who have the higher duty to report (suspicion of sexual assault), such as a medical professional, a mental health provider, a clergy, a coach, a teacher,” said David Mittleman, an Okemos-based attorney who is representing several Jane Does in the case against Nassar.
So we've definitely covered the "first car" bit, and while the first car you own is important, it's not the same as the first time. For most of us, it was one of our parents cars, as they, terrified, tried to tell us to let off slowly on the brake and not crash into parking lot lightpoles. For others, it was a sibling's car, or an uncles, etc. So - what was the FIRST car you drove? How'd it go? Pictures and stories highly encouraged, no one forgets their first.
Today is The Day of the Dude -- the anniversay of the release of The Big Lebowski.
From this article (http://www.vocativ.com/culture/religion/anniversary-big-lebowski-12-ques...), here is a brief description of the event and the importance of it for Dudeists.
The Day of the Dude is especially “high” because it marks the birth of our sacred text, the film The Big Lebowski. Generally we ask that people observe the day by doing something relaxed and convivial. Most people get together with friends and go bowling or drink White Russians.
Clearly off-topic, but being on-topic is not really something the Dude worries about.