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Michigan Education
6:10 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Charter school authorizers vow to higher standards

A group of institutions that oversee Michigan charter schools has come up with a system it says will lead to better oversight.

It’s a voluntary accreditation system that would judge authorizers based on things like transparency and efforts to turn around failing schools.

The authorizers would also shut down any charters that “consistently” rank in the bottom five percent of Michigan schools.

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6:01 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Judge disqualifies himself from Gomery case

Credit David Cassleman

Judge Thomas Power has disqualified himself from the Clarence Gomery trial.

David Cassleman speaks with Linda Stephan about the motion hearing.

Gomery – a former prosecutor for Leelanau County – is accused of trying to hire someone in July to kill attorney Christopher Cooke.

Judge Power made the decision at a motion hearing on Friday afternoon. Gomery's attorney filed the motion asking for a new judge because of Power's past involvement in a civil suit between Gomery and Cooke.

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Diocese of Gaylord
7:41 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Pioneer priest invoked at Bishop Raica's installation

Frederic Baraga

When a new pope is chosen for the Roman Catholic Church, he takes on a new name to indicate the kind of leader he plans to be.

That is not the case with bishops, but at Steven Raica's installation this week in Gaylord, a pioneer priest in Michigan was frequently invoked as a source of inspiration for the new bishop.

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Michigan Healthcare
5:34 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Northern Michigan agency looks to help mentally ill smokers quit

15,500 cigarette butts displayed in an old aquarium by the Traverse Bay Area Tobacco Coalition. Nurse Lisa Danto says this represents one person's habit on two packs a day for a year.
Credit Linda Stephan

Have you ever noticed there are certain places where smokers seem to congregate? How about mental health agencies? People with mental illness are far more likely to smoke than the rest of the population.

Part of the problem is that smoking has been seen as therapeutic for people with anxiety or schizophrenia. But advocates in northern Michigan say the short-term calming effects of nicotine hardly outweigh the long-term consequences of smoking. They say it’s time to help a vulnerable population quit.

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Dark Sky Park
1:07 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

The Constellation Cassiopeia

Rod Cortright, Wildwood Observatory, Boyne City, MI

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