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1:06 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Another fire burns a Heidelberg Project house

The Birthday Cake House at the Heidelberg project was damaged in a fire.
Credit Heidelberg Project

This morning's fire marks the ninth house in the Heidelberg Project to be damaged by suspected arson. The Project is an outdoor art installation on Detroit's east side.

The house, called the Birthday Cake House, was a vacant home on Heidelberg Street that Tyree Guyton, Heidelberg's creator, had boarded up and beautified.

Katie Hearn is the marketing and communications director from the Heidelberg Project.

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Stateside
12:59 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

The past and future of the Ford Mustang

The 2015 model year Mustang is scheduled to be in showrooms by November.
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This year marks the 50th birthday of a car that has carved out a big place for itself in American automotive history: the Ford Mustang.

Today on Stateside, we'll take a 50-year look back at the history of the pony car and look ahead to the newest generation. The 2015 Mustang is heading to showrooms next month.

Jay Follis is an automotive historian. He's Director of Marketing at the Gilmore Car Museum in West Michigan, and he's looked at the history of the Mustang in the current issue of Michigan History Magazine. Follis says before the introduction of the Mustang, Ford didn't plan on anything new.

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The Environment Report
12:43 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

15 years later, Great Lakes levels rebound

The water levels of Lakes Michigan and Huron have recovered after more than a decade of low levels.
Credit Jennifer Guerra / Michigan Radio

Lakes Michigan and Huron have recovered after more than a decade of low water levels.

Government scientists say the lakes rose above their historic average this month.

Just two years ago, the water was at the lowest level ever recorded.

The quick recovery has stifled an effort to engineer a solution to the problem of low lake levels in Huron and Michigan.

But proponents say it would be shortsighted to forget about the issue.

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Auto
11:48 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Ford Motor Company gets a "D" for planning for climate change

A Chevy Volt, being charged at a solar charging station at GM's Detroit-Hamtramck facility
General Motors

Ford Motor Company Executive Chairman Bill Ford, Jr. has long been a leader on the issue of climate change.

He was the first executive of a major auto company to call for global action on the threat, more than 15 years ago.

So it may come as a surprise that his company did so poorly on this year's CDP S&P 500 Climate Change Report.

The group gives Ford a "D" for the actions it is taking to prepare for climate change. 

Here's another thing that may come as a surprise: 

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Families & Community
11:33 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Is Detroit missing out on the "goat revolution"?

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Back in June, Idyll Farms Detroit and the Brightmoor community teamed up to clean-up the weeds and trash that had overrun the Brightmoor neighbors. 

Their method of choice: goats.

At the time, Detroit Animal Control enforced a Detroit ordinance against farm animals within city limits, demanding Idyll Farms remove the goats immediately.

Practically speaking, did Detroit make the right call?

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Opinion
11:05 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Judge’s ruling doesn’t mean he was unsympathetic to those facing water shutoffs

I once knew an opinion pollster who told me he could usually determine how anyone was going to vote without ever asking who they were going to vote for.

He did this by asking a series of litmus-test type questions about someone’s life, background and beliefs.

If you were a single mom with limited income, for example, that probably indicated you were a Democrat – unless you were a fundamentalist Christian. White professional male with a six-figure income?  Likely Republican if in business, for example. But probably not if he is a nonreligious professor.

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Arts & Culture
10:21 am
Tue September 30, 2014

PHOTOS: Local artist dots Ann Arbor with whimsical pieces

Zinn art found in Berkley, MI
David Zinn Facebook

For over a decade, David Zinn has been creating impromptu, temporary street art across the Ann Arbor area. With nothing more than some chalk and charcoal, Zinn is able to transform ordinary objects - sidewalk cracks, street curbs, light fixtures - into whimsical, visually deceptive pieces of art.

Recently, Zinn completed a permanent mural on S. Fifth Ave., near Liberty St, which features Gene Kelly from his iconic scene in "Singin' in the Rain."

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Sports
9:51 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Michigan's Athletic Director admits mistakes in handling Morris concussion

Michigan Athletic Director, David Brandon.
Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

University of Michigan Athletic Director Dave Brandon says the university will make changes to ensure student-athlete safety.

This comes after U of M confirmed overnight that quarterback Shane Morris did play after suffering a mild concussion in Saturday’s game against Minnesota.

Here’s how Morris appeared after the hit:

Brandon issued a statement blaming  “a serious lack of communication” for allowing Morris to return to the game. He says the communication problem involved the team’s medical staff and coaches.

Brandon released the details of the communication breakdown in his statement:

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Politics & Government
10:22 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Gov. Snyder draws supporters and opponents to Kalamazoo town hall event

Not everyone in Kalamazoo was happy to see Gov. Rock Snyder. About two dozen protesters picketed outside Snyder's town hall event in Kalamazoo.
Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

The race for Michigan governor is moving into its final weeks.

Gov. Rick Snyder held the first of 10 town hall events last night in Kalamazoo on the campus of Western Michigan University.

  

Snyder was greeted by a group that wants to make him a one-term governor.  Protester JoeAnne Peterson is a retired teacher who's angry with the governor for several reasons, including right-to-work laws and increasing taxes on Michigan pensioners.

“I do have a right to say you took. You didn’t ask,” Peterson said.

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Politics & Government
7:24 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

AG’s office to investigate Aramark employee accused in ‘murder-for-hire’ plot

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State Attorney General Bill Schuette says his office will investigate a possible murder-for-hire plot involving a prison food service worker.

Michigan State Police suspects an Aramark employee of approaching an inmate of an Upper Peninsula prison about having another inmate killed.

The Detroit Free Press first reported the story last week. Now the attorney general’s office says it will launch its own investigation into the incident. It says the local State Police post in Sault Ste. Marie requested the investigation.

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Stateside
6:49 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Judge rules there's no guaranteed right to Detroit water service without paying bills

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Water shutoffs to Detroiters who haven't paid their bills are not going to stop.

That's the result of a ruling today by federal bankruptcy judge Stephen Rhodes.

Michigan Radio's Detroit reporter Sarah Cwiek says this ruling came in response to a lawsuit filed by Detroit residents and activists who wanted Judge Rhodes to issue a six-month moratorium on the controversial water shutoffs.

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Stateside
6:44 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Food stamp cuts looming in Michigan

Bridge Cards are accepted at the Fulton Street Farmers Market in Grand Rapids.
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Tens of thousands of Michigan families will soon see their food stamp benefits trimmed.

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, known as SNAP, was scaled back in the new farm bill.

Many states have been using a loophole to combat SNAP cuts through paying a higher cost for a "heat and eat" assistance program. By providing just $1 in heating assistance, states had been able to help families qualify for extra food stamps. But under the new farm bill, the minimum "heat and eat" payment is jumping to $21.

And Michigan is one of only four states that hasn't decided a way to continue engaging in these loopholes to avoid SNAP cuts.

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Stateside
6:39 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Students in some Michigan high schools learn history of nearly 14 billion years in one course

One of the assignments in the Big History course is to have students use their personal narratives to understand the importance of scale.
Credit User: Big History Project / facebook

 

If you had a typical American high school experience, chances are you trudged through the day, going from one period to another – maybe starting with algebra, then over to American lit, then chemistry or biology, on to history, and so on.

History in particular gets a bum rap, with grumbling about memorizing dates and names.

What's missing? A sense of all of this knowledge being connected.

Enter the Big History Project. Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates has become a champion of this new way to teach history, and he's using his own money to develop this new history curriculum for high schools.

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Politics & Government
5:38 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Detroit police use new technology to fight gun crime

ShotSpotter Graphic
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A Detroit Police Department pilot project is using gunfire detection technology to reduce gun crime.

Police spokesman Sgt. Michael Woody said the ShotSpotter system identifies "gunfire in a specific area wherever the technology is set up." He said it is designed to also pinpoint the location, time, and direction of gunshots.

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Health
4:47 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

U of M plans genome sequencing project to study bipolar disorder and schizophrenia

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Researchers at the University of Michigan's School of Public Health and Medical School are working on a genome sequencing study to help better understand bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

The Ann Arbor university announced Monday that its researchers are leading the collaboration with researchers at the University of Southern California as well as the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT to sequence the genomes of 10,000 people.

They received three separate four-year awards totaling $16 million from the National Institute of Mental Health to help fund the work.

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Education
4:41 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

For $150, you could see Neil deGrasse Tyson speak in Detroit

Credit Neil deGrasse Tyson / Facebook

Tomorrow, Sept. 30, the world-renowned science educator and astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson will deliver a keynote speech at the Wayne County Community College District Chancellor's Banquet. 

The event will be held at 6 p.m. at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center. Event proceeds will benefit the Wayne County Community College district scholarship fund. 

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Education
4:08 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Michigan community colleges receive $5 million in federal funding

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In an effort to raise employment through increased job training, the Obama administration has distributed $450 million to nearly 270 community colleges across the country.

Among these recipients are two community colleges in Michigan: Alpena Community College and Wayne County Community College District in Detroit. The community colleges were selected for their partnerships with employers on job training. Together, they will be receiving nearly $5 million in federal funding.

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Politics & Government
4:04 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Snyder: US, not Canada, should pay for customs plaza

Rick Snyder wants the US, not Canada, to pay for the Ambassador Bridge's customs plaza.
Credit Michigan.gov

Gov. Rick Snyder told a business conference in Grand Rapids today that he expects the new international border crossing between Detroit and Ontario will provide a boost to the entire Michigan economy.

The bridge will be largely financed by the Canadian government, which agreed to pay for both sides of the bridge after the Michigan Legislature balked at funding the project. However, Snyder believes it to be the United States' responsibility to to pick up the costs of the U.S. customs plaza. 

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Law
3:30 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

ACLU says "pay or stay" is modern-day version of debtors prisons

Debtors' prisons were abolished long ago, but the ACLU of Michigan says some district judges in Michigan never got the memo.

ACLU attorney Sofia Nelson says a recent case shows just how wrong things can go for people who can't afford to pay their fines.

Victim went to jail instead of a domestic violence shelter

In September, Nelson says a Port Huron woman fled to her local emergency room after her boyfriend threatened her with a gun.   

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Sports
3:24 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

U of M football coach Brady Hoke responds to critics

“You know there should be some criticism when we talk about the performance. That’s me and coaching. I understand that," says U of M football coach Brady Hoke. "But when your integrity and your character are attacked, I think that is really unwarranted.”
Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

University of Michigan head football coach Brady Hoke is on the defensive against allegations he continued to field a player who may have suffered a concussion during Saturday’s game against Minnesota.

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