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Michigan Environment
12:22 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Threat of heavy oil at Straits worries environmental groups

Credit David Cassleman

An oil pipeline spanning the Straits of Mackinac continues to cause concern among many groups in Michigan.

Enbridge’s Line 5 is more than 60-years-old – and critics say it needs to be replaced or removed.

Now environmental leaders are worried the pipeline could one day carry heavy crude oils – like tar sands – into the Great Lakes region.

That's a future they want to avoid.

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Housing
11:10 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Communities looking to meet rental demand may be up against market forces

In Suttons Bay, community leaders are trying to loosen zoning rules in an effort to spur development of new rental housing.
Credit Paul Wilkinson

An extremely tight rental housing market in the Grand Traverse area is a big problem that’s getting worse.

Landlords report receiving 30 or more applications for a single rental unit and scams are popping up on Craigslist to take advantage of desperate renters.

The issue has local leaders searching for solutions.

A possible solution in Suttons Bay

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Michigan Arts & Culture
10:31 am
Fri September 19, 2014

We ask how to paint a quilt, as northern Michigan opens its latest barn quilt tourist trail

"The Windmill" quilt from John & Darlene Fuhrman.
Mason County Barn Quilt Trail

Mason County dedicates northern Michigan's latest heritage tourism trail today. It's the latest in a series of so-called "barn quilt trails" that have popped up around the region. As you can see from the images in our slideshow (above), the quilts center on a variety of themes important to the family who builds them, anything from national pride and cultural heritage, to something reminiscent of the region. 

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Dark Sky Park
7:00 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Autumn Equinox

Autumn Equinox is next Monday evening, September 22nd. Equinox, from the Latin, means “equal night” and is the time when it appears that the Sun crosses the plane of the Earth’s equator.

But how do we know it’s Equinox? Who’s measuring, and how do they do it?

Measuring time and our place in the universe is an ancient task. Many areas of our world are populated with the ruins of what can rightly be called “astronomical observatories”, designed specifically for timekeeping. Think of StoneHenge in England or the Great Pyramid at Giza.

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Stateside
6:58 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Taking notes from Kalamazoo College in recruiting and graduating low-income students

Kalamazoo College campus

 

When it comes to recruiting and graduating low-income students, one school that is clearly getting it right is Kalamazoo College.

The New York Times ranks Kalamazoo College No. 12 in the nation among elite colleges that enroll a large percentage of PELL-grant eligible students.


The PELL grant is a solid indicator, since many students in families above the poverty level do not qualify for these grants.


Eileen Wilson-Oyelaran is president of Kalamazoo College. She says attracting and keeping low-income students have been a priority of the college and part of its institutional mission: 

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