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Nassar sentencing hearing moves into fifth day as more victims choose to speak

One week ago, state prosecutor Angela Polivaitis announced that 88 women and girls would give victim impact statements in the sentencing hearing of disgraced sports doctor Larry Nassar. Now the prosecution says that number has risen to 144, and more may decide to speak before the sentence is announced this week.

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Waves on Lake Michigan.
Nathaniel May / UM

Scientists have found organic matter from toxic blooms in the Great Lakes can get airborne.

Andrew Ault is an assistant professor at the University of Michigan, in the departments of environmental health sciences and chemistry. He’s an author of a new study in the journal Environmental Science & Technology.

“Anytime a wave breaks on the ocean or in a lake, you push bubbles below the surface. When those come up, they burst and that bursting process essentially, ends up leading to aerosols being formed,” he says.

Wayne State University
Wayne State University

This week, Wayne State University will begin a year-long celebration of what it is calling its sesquicentennial or 150th anniversary. Though I may get in trouble for saying this, the fact is that this anniversary is essentially an invented public relations one.

While the ancestor of the university’s medical school was indeed founded in 1868, Wayne State really grew out of the Detroit public school system, which began to offer junior college classes around the time of World War I. Nothing resembling a complete university existed before the 1930s, and the medical school was grafted on years later.

DPSCD Superintendent Nikolai Vitti
Detroit Public Schools Community District

Principals and assistant principals in Detroit Public Schools Community District could soon get their first raises in nearly a decade. Monday the district’s school board’s finance committee approved the proposed increase – a priority for Superintendent Nikolai Vitti.

“One of our many strategies in rebuilding the district is to recruit and retain the best talent, and salary pays a role in that,” Vitti said.

CMU outgoing president George E. Ross
Courtesy of CMU

The president of Central Michigan University today announced he will resign at the end of July. George E. Ross says his contract doesn’t expire until 2019, but he and his wife had discussed stepping down sometime sooner. He made up his mind, he says, after the birth of his grandson in December.

“[In the hospital] he squeezed his little ... fingers around mine, and I’m going, ‘This is pretty special.’ I kind of liked it,” Ross said.

ICE agents
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

A Kalamazoo doctor was arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement last week, after living in the U.S. for nearly 40 years.

News outlets are reporting that Lukasz Niec and his family left Poland when he was five years old.

Those outlets have also reported that Niec has two convictions from when he was 17. One was for destruction of property worth less than $100 and receiving and concealing stolen goods.

Brad Maze is an immigration attorney in metro Detroit. He says ICE will try to use those convictions against him in court.

Vote Here sign
Jodi Westrick / Michigan Radio

A petition drive hopes to put a voters’ rights amendment to the state constitution on the November ballot.

The amendment would let people vote absentee without giving a reason. It would allow early voting. And it would guarantee the right to vote a party-line ticket with one mark on the ballot. 

“We need to make sure that voting is accessible to all citizens and that everyone’s vote gets counted,” said Judy Karendjeff with the League of Women Voters.

Grand Rapids
Steven Depolo / Flickr

The Next Idea

The federal government may not be making climate change action plans a priority, but Grand Rapids is stepping up, despite the various hurdles associated with reducing greenhouse gas emissions. One of these is an energy efficiency standard for buildings. Alison Waske Sutter, the Grand Rapids sustainability manager, is leading the city’s participation in the Zero Cities Project, which aims to reduce net carbon in the city to zero by 2050.

On the meaning of “zero net carbon”

larry nassar in court
Kate Wells / Michigan Radio

 

While the sentencing hearing of Larry Nassar continues, the top leadership of the board of directors at USA Gymnastics resigned today. The chair, vice chair, and treasurer are all out.  

And there are more demands for the resignation of Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon. While the MSU Board of Trustees last Friday again stated support for Simon, one trustee, Mitch Lyons, has broken with the rest of the board. He says Simon has lost the confidence of the public.

John U. Bacon, Michigan Radio sports commentator, joined Stateside to discuss some of the issues facing the university.

Bailey Lorencen hugs Rachel Denhollander
Cheyna Roth / Michigan Radio

One week ago, state prosecutor Angela Polivaitis announced that 88 women and girls would give victim impact statements in the sentencing hearing of disgraced sports doctor Larry Nassar.

Now the prosecution says that number has risen to 144, and more may decide to speak before the sentence is announced this week.

Chatter House Press, 2017

 

Literature and popular culture haven't been particularly kind to single women. 

Just think of those common terms "spinster" or "old maid."

 

Writer Maureen Paraventi is taking that mean-spirited term and turning it inside out to come up with a modern look at women who choose not to marry.

 

Her new book is "The New Old Maid: Satisfied Single Women."

 

Paraventi, a Detroit-based journalist, novelist, and playwright, joined Stateside to share the story.

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