Affordable Housing
10:45 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Planners face legal question on 'granny flats' proposal

City planners are re-working a proposal to allow “granny flats” in Traverse City. Granny flats are small apartments attached to a house or garage.

Originally, the plan required a lease of at least six months for the apartments. But the city commission delayed a vote on the issue after the city attorney said that requirement may not be legal.

Planning Director Russ Soyring said he’s working with the city attorney on a solution.

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Classical Music
9:29 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Kids’ Commute Trumpet Week: "What else can the trumpet do?"

It's Trumpet week with Abigail Rowland, on Kids' Commute!

It’s all about the Trumpet this week on Kids’ Commute! 

To help us learn more about the Trumpet, we’re talking with Abigail Rowland, who is majoring in trumpet at Interlochen Arts Academy. Throughout the week, we’ll hear what a trumpet is, why Abigail chose to play it, and get to listen to some of her favorite trumpet music. One thing is clear, she loves her instrument, and she just might convince you to play the trumpet yourself!


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Metropolitan Opera
8:46 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Lucia di Lammermoor

Albina Shagimuratova in the title role of Donizetti's "Lucia di Lammermoor."
Credit Cory Weaver/Metropolitan Opera

Donizetti’s tragedy Lucia di Lammermoor. Russian coloratura soprano Albina Shagimuratova makes her network role debut as the title character, who comes undone in opera's most famous mad scene. Maltese tenor Joseph Calleja stars opposite her as Lucia's beloved Edgardo, her family's enemy. Italian baritone Luca Salsi makes his network role debut as Lucia’s villainous brother, Enrico; and English bass Alastair Miles is the chaplain Raimondo. Bel canto specialist Maurizio Benini conducts. 

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3:57 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Detroit Public Schools miss pension payments, sink deeper into debt

Originally published on Fri March 27, 2015 8:29 am

Detroit Public Schools is $53 million behind in pension payments with no end in sight for the financial free-fall.

According to Chad Livengood of The Detroit News, the district is predicting a deficit of $166 million.

"The biggest driver to the DPS deficit is legacy costs and past debt," Livengood says.

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The Environment Report
12:27 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Researchers work to understand how our plastic waste affects the Great Lakes

Phillippe Van Cappellen examines plastic particles in the lab.
Martin Schwalbe

There’s plastic trash in every one of the Great Lakes.

That plastic includes junk people leave at the beach, microbeads from consumer products such as shower gel, face wash and toothpaste, and pellets from plastic manufacturing.

Researchers at the University of Waterloo in Ontario say it’s a growing problem and they say we don’t know enough about that plastic garbage.

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