Traverse City Record-Eagle

January 1, 2013

Michigan in Brief: 01/01/2013


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Federal judge halts contraceptive mandate

DETROIT — A federal judge has ruled a property management company owned by the founder of Domino's Pizza doesn't have to immediately implement mandatory contraception coverage in the health care law.

U.S. District Judge Lawrence Zatkoff ruled Sunday in favor of Tom Monaghan and his Domino's Farms Corp., near Ann Arbor. Monaghan, a devout Roman Catholic, says contraception isn't health care but a "gravely immoral" practice.

Zatkoff granted Monaghan's emergency motion for a temporary restraining order until a final decision is made in the case. The mandate would have taken effect Tuesday.

The government says the contraception mandate benefits women's health and removes financial barriers. There are about a dozen similar lawsuits pending nationwide.

Last Borders signs come down at store

ANN ARBOR — The signs have come down at the flagship store of the now-defunct Borders book store chain.

Work crews on Monday removed the Borders signage from the site on East Liberty Street in downtown Ann Arbor, where the chain began. says the building's owners are donating the letters to the Book Industry Charitable Foundation for use in raising funds.

Founded in 1971, Ann Arbor-based Borders Group Inc. pioneered the big-box bookselling concept and grew to 1,249 stores at its peak in 2003.