What You Should Know: Oct. 14

Courtsey of @Doug88888 from the Flickr Creative Commons.
Courtsey of @Doug88888 from the Flickr Creative Commons.

Let’s be honest, keeping up with the news has not been your first priority. Luckily for you, we have made a quick and dirty guide to what’s happening on our campus, state and nation.

A new establishment has opened in downtown Mount Pleasant. 120 South claims fine dining for young professionals and those seeking a night out on the town.

It features more than 200 types of wines, spirits and liquors, and appetizers and hors d’oeuvres to soak up the booze.
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The bar, which specializes in wine, from-scratch cocktails and small-plate “tapas,” opened this month at 120 S. University Ave. It is open from 4 p.m. until midnight Tuesday through Saturday.
120 South is open from 4 p.m. until midnight, Monday through Saturday. For more information, call 989-817-4433.
Adorned with the mugshots of famous gangsters — and a liquor stockpile that would make Eliot Ness blush — 120 South is steeped heavily in the speakeasy aesthetic. The play on history and American fashion is what co-owner Chris Stovak hopes will attract a “cultured” clientele.
“(120 South) is for those looking to expand their horizons,” said Stovak, a 2004 Central Michigan University graduate. “It doesn’t feel like Mount Pleasant here. We want our guests to feel like they’re getting away from the norm.”
Even with the building itself plays with crime tropes — Stovak said it was once an Isabella County Sheriff’s post.
“Originally we wanted to do a true ‘speakeasy’ with whiskey products, but we thought that might date itself,” he said. “Seeing as this was once a jail, we were still able to play off of that era.”

Senate Bill 442 is being debated morethan two weeks after the nation’s latest deadly mass shooting incident. It occurred at a community college in Oregon, and only one week after a heavily publicized Michigan incident where a CPL holder opened fire on suspected shoplifters fleeing a Home Depot in Auburn Hills. Nobody was struck by bullets.

The debate explores the issue of guns and the bill, which would allow concealed-pistol-license holders to carry weapons in places now off-limits, such as schools, churches and taverns.
More from the Detroit Free Press:

Michigan proponents are selling the legislation as a compromise that would restrict the open carry of firearms, which is not currently prohibited by state or federal law at many public venues such as libraries, community colleges and universities. Opponents say the bill would move Michigan in the wrong direction at a time when gun rights need to be restricted, not expanded.
Virginia economist and gun rights activist John Lott is to testify before a Michigan Senate committee in support of the legislation that would allow CPL holders to carry their weapons in schools, churches, sports arenas, bars and other places where the concealed carrying of guns is now banned.

Officials from Planned Parenthood said Tuesday they will no longer accept payments from any company that uses post-abortion tissue for research.
More from the Washington Post:

In a letter to the director of the National Institutes of Health,Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards said that the payments had become fodder for anti-abortion activists. While the organization will continue to donate the tissue, its affiliates will no longer be permitted to recoup any costs from providing those donations, she said.
“Our decision is first and foremost about preserving the ability of our patients to donate tissue, and to expose our opponents’ false charges about this limited but important work,” Richards wrote.
The letter comes three months after a little-known anti-abortion group called the Center for Medical Progress began releasing undercover videospurporting to show that Planned Parenthood profits by selling to research companies the body parts of aborted fetuses, which is illegal under federal law. The videos have dinged the century-old women’s health nonprofit’s reputation and triggered several state and congressional investigations.

Editor’s Note: This post has been altered after its time of publication to better clarify sources of information and ensure proper attribution.

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