Traverse City Record-Eagle

August 4, 2013

Michigan in Brief: 08/04/2013

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — Mini parade on Mackinac Bridge


The parade of small cars that crossed the Mackinac Bridge was large, but fell short of setting a Guinness World Records mark.

State Transportation spokesman James Lake says 848 Mini Coopers made the five-mile, one-way crossing Saturday morning from Mackinaw City to St. Ignace.

Officials have said the current record mark for a Mini Cooper parade of 1,450 cars was set in 2009.

Drivers of the Mini Coopers gathered on the Lower Peninsula side of the bridge before setting out for the Upper Peninsula side.

The event involved the Mackinac Bridge Authority, a Mini dealership from Grand Rapids and owners of the small cars.

World Dwarf Games in East Lansing


Athletes from across the country and world are set to compete at this week’s World Dwarf Games in East Lansing.

More than 400 athletes from 23 nations and every U.S. state are taking part in this year’s games, which organizers are calling the largest-ever sporting event exclusively for athletes with dwarfism.

The last games were held in Belfast in 2009. The games get underway with opening ceremonies and track and field on Saturday and run through Aug. 10.

47 mothers breastfeed


Several dozen mothers gathered at a West Michigan park and for one minute breastfed their children as part of an international effort to remove stigmas of nursing in public and increase awareness about the benefits of breast milk. reports that 47 women participated Saturday in The Big Latch On at Kalamazoo’s Bronson Park. The event and others like it across the globe also sought to break a world record of 8,862 women publicly breastfeeding.

Breastfeeding took place quietly from 10:30 a.m. to 10:31 a.m. Many of the mothers were joined by fathers, parents and friends.

Medical professionals say breastfeeding is one of the most effective preventive health measures for infants and mothers, yet only one-third of babies are breastfed in the U.S.