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Auchter's Art: Have we learned nothing?

"You're an editorial cartoonist? Wow, you must really love the current political climate! So much to draw about!" I can't tell you how many times I've heard this in the past two years. Yes, there is plenty of material, but it often comes out like a fire hose — too much, too quickly (and in many cases already beyond satire).

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Chevy Volt at charging station
Mariordo (Mario Roberto Durán Ortiz) / Wikimedia

Consumers Energy is proposing a $7.5 million rebate and education pilot project to encourage electric vehicle adoption.

If approved by the Michigan Public Service Commission, individuals could apply for up to a $500 rebate towards the cost of installing a home charger, generally around $2,000 - $2,500.

Businesses and apartment complexes could receive larger rebates to help defray the cost of installing chargers for public use, including fast chargers, which can replenish an EV battery to about 80% in 15 or 20 minutes.

Idioms generally don't get clearer the longer you think about them. They simply mean what they mean.

For instance, have you ever thought about the phrase "get someone's goat"? You may already know that it means to annoy or anger someone, but why?

Our advice is don't spend too much time on this phrase -- it'll just get your goat.


An image of a pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilm
Scott Chimileski and Roberto Kolter, Harvard Medical School, Boston / https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.0/

Michigan State University researchers have found that a common ingredient in toothpaste may be a game-changing treatment for cystic fibrosis.

Triclosan is an antibacterial agent that has been used in products like soap and toothpaste for more than 40 years.

It's not effective on its own against the bacteria that cause chronic lung infection in cystic fibrosis, Pseudomonas aeruginosa. However, it was highly effective at killing P. aeruginosa when combined with the antibiotic tobramycin.

Daniel Howes / Detroit News

Now we know what incompetent governance cost at Michigan State University.

Half a billion dollars. That's the price to settle with 332 women sexually abused by Dr. Larry Nassar and a reserve fund to compensate women who still might come forward. It’s the prospect of a 2.5 percent budget cut to free up cash to make good on the settlement. It’s untold damage to the university’s reputation, to its attractiveness to would-be students and, yes, to the state.

The Detroit incinerator
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A coalition of groups is demanding Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan shut down the city’s controversial incinerator.

The groups, led by Breathe Free Detroit, delivered a petition with nearly 15,000 signatures to Duggan’s office Friday morning.

Ahmina Maxey, regional director for the group Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives, says most of the waste burned at the incinerator comes from outside the city, but Detroiters suffer the most from negative health and quality of life effects.

Former Governor John Engler
WikiCommons

We know now that Michigan State University has reached a possible settlement with more than 300 victims of sexual assault.

The lawsuit stems from the actions of former Michigan State University sports doctor Larry Nassar. Nassar sexually assaulted young women for years under the guise of treatment.

The proposed settlement would give $425 million to the current victims – and set aside $75 million for victims who come forward in the future.

Jack Lessenberry
Michigan Radio

Longtime Michigan journalist Jack Lessenberry has resigned from the Metro Times.

This comes after a Deadline Detroit story that accused Lessenberry of having inappropriate interactions with female colleagues. He was a columnist for the Metro Times, though he did not work in the office.

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After scathing criticism of a proposed Medicaid work requirement many saw as racist, the lawmaker behind the plan is backing off.

Under the plan, people who live in Michigan counties with more than 8.5 percent unemployment would've been exempt from the work rule.  Those are rural, mostly white counties. 

The DEQ PFAS Investigation Map near Rockford, MI.
From Goole map provided by Wolverine Worldwide

Michigan will spend $1.7 million to test water supplies around the state for certain kinds of industrial chemical contaminants. The chemicals are known as PFAS, which stands for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances.

group bikeride in Detroit
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The bike share program, MoGo Detroit, turns one year old this month.​ 

Lisa Nuszkowski, founder and executive director of MoGo, joined Stateside to discuss the company’s first year of business, its mission of equity, expansion goals, and methods for evaluating success.

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