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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 and 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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Veterans Healthcare
12:41 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

New law may shorten long haul doctor's visits for some veterans

Credit Aleda E. Lutz VA Medical Center

Veterans of northern Michigan spoke out against having to drive long distances for medical care at a hearing on Wednesday in Traverse City.

Veterans are often required to drive to Saginaw – or Ann Arbor – to visit doctors at Veterans Affairs medical centers. But that could soon change for many in the area because of a new federal law.

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The Environment Report
11:49 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Green goo growing in Lake Erie is not what you think it is

Western Lake Erie turns green from cyanobacteria blooms.
Mark Brush Michigan Radio

The Environment Report for Thursday, August 28, 2014- Experts debate proper terminology for Lake Erie's green slime


Lately, that green slime in the lake has been all over the news after it shut down Toledo’s water supply.

Journalists, city and government officials have been calling that green slime  “blue-green algae”, “toxic algae” or “toxic algal blooms.”

Well, turns out that’s not exactly right.

“That’s just maddening,” said James Bull, a professor of biology and environmental science. He works at Wayne County Community College and Macomb Community College.

He says it’s not accurate to call the green slime that shut down Toledo’s water system “a toxic algal bloom.” 

He wrote to Michigan Radio because we were some of the people using the wrong term.

“It’s wrong because even though these organisms superficially look like algae, I think we ought to understand that these really are a kind of bacteria,” Bull said.

He says scientists used to call this stuff “blue-green algae.” Now they call it “cyanobacteria”. He says calling cyanobacteria "algae" is like calling a dolphin a fish.

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11:09 am
Thu August 28, 2014

War photographer stirs emotions with pictures and stories from Vietnam

School Girls is on display at the exhibit "through the eyes" in Ludington.
Credit John Hosier

One corner of John Hosier’s traveling museum looks a lot like the tent the doctors lived in on the TV show "M.A.S.H." They called it the swamp.

Hosier says in Vietnam, the place you lived was called your hooch. It had a cot, a standing locker, and a footlocker with a lock on it.

The cot on display now in Ludington is not the one he used as a soldier, but it was built in 1965. It’s made up with bedding and a pillow and on it is a mesh baseball cap with the emblem of the 173rd Airborne Brigade -- the unit Hosier fought with as an Army ranger.

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