Traverse City Record-Eagle
---- — Man injured during explosion, fire at marina
SPRING LAKE — A man has been injured and three large pleasure boats damaged in an explosion and fire in a storage building at a West Michigan marina.
Authorities say more than 30 firefighters responded to the blaze about 11 a.m. Saturday at North Shore Marina in Spring Lake.
Grand Haven Public Safety director Jeff Hawke says the man was working on a boat at the time of the explosion. He suffered serious burns and was hospitalized.
Boats put away for winter storage were inside the 80,000-square-foot metal-frame building. Damage estimates were not immediately available. Some boats were believed to have suffered smoke damage.
The injured man's name was not released.
Spring Lake is northwest of Grand Rapids.
Man fights to keep supersized political signs
GAINES TOWNSHIP — A West Michigan man who expresses his political opinions on large trailers awaits a judge's ruling on whether the supersized signs violate a local ordinance.
Vern Verduin appeared in a Kent County district court Friday to defend his messages on two trailers parked in his Gaines Township field. They read "Obama's Mission Accomplished: 8% unemployment. 16 trillion debt." and "Marxism/Socialism (equals) Poverty & Hunger."
Township attorney Crystal Morgan says the ordinance limits political signs to 20 square feet. Verduin says that violates his constitutional rights and objects to language that allows larger signs for commercial purposes.
Judge Steven Servaas asked if a sign saying "I love America" would violate the ordinance. Morgan said yes — if it exceeds 20 feet.
He says he'll issue a decision in about 10 days.
Mich. museum to host exhibition of fair artifacts
DEARBORN — An upcoming exhibition at The Henry Ford museum in Dearborn will feature nearly 150 artifacts from six Depression-era fairs and expos.
"Designing Tomorrow: America's World's Fairs of the 1930s" runs from April 27 to Sept. 2.
Developed by the National Building Museum in Washington D.C., the exhibition explores how fairs served as platforms for innovators such as Henry Ford to showcase their visions of the future.
The artifacts on display will include architectural models, furniture, appliances, period film footage and a full-scale model of Elektro the Moto-Man cast from the original robot created by Westinghouse engineers for the 1939 New York World's Fair.
Admission is free for members. Tickets for non-members are $17 for adults.
2 train cars flipped, others off track in Saginaw
SAGINAW — Officials are looking into an early morning train car derailment in Saginaw.
MLive.com reports that two train cars had rolled onto their sides and were blocking a street about 4 a.m. Saturday.
The train cars were hauling coal. At least five of the railcars were off the tracks, about 85 miles northwest of Detroit.
Five train cars hauling grain derailed last month along tracks in Saginaw County.