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Downtown Dining
5:58 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Proposal To Add Cafe Seating Along Traverse City Streets On Hold

Credit traversecitymi.gov

A bold idea to use downtown street parking for additional outdoor restaurant seating in Traverse City appears to be on hold for now.

That’s the new recommendation of an ad hoc committee charged with studying the issue. The new recommendations will be presented to city commissioners Monday.

The committee now says the concept should be studied more, and broadened to include other, more park-like uses.

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Michigan Healthcare
5:27 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

State Might Disclose More On Hospital Infection Rates

The state’s top health official says Michigan could be more transparent about how many people get infections while at hospitals.

A recent MLive.com series suggests the state has withheld that information from the public. That includes infection rates at specific hospitals.

Jim Haveman, director of the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH), says that information is becoming more important for many patients.

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Splash Pad
4:16 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

TC Splash Pad Needs Major Repairs -- According To Preliminary Report

Credit Laura Herberg

The Traverse City splash pad needs major repairs, according to a preliminary report by consultants hired by the city.

The report details 18 different issues -- including safety hazards. It also says the splash pad at Clinch Park doesn't meet state code in several areas.

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Veterans Affairs
10:13 am
Fri July 18, 2014

New Legal Guides For Military Personnel

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette introduces new legal guides for veterans and military families Thursday in Detroit.
Credit Jake Neher / Michigan Public Radio Network

Michigan veterans and active duty military families now have new resources to help handle legal issues. Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette released two new legal guides Thursday.

“Sometimes trying to help veterans in transition coming back from a deployment, it can get a bit complicated,” said Schuette.
“It could be anything from child custody to divorce to employment issues, what have you. And so what we’re trying to do is put out a practical guide to try to help veterans across Michigan.”

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Mary Stewart Adams
8:25 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Endymion

Original text of Keats' "Endymion" composed in 1818, to celebrate this week's morning apparition of Moon and Venus (aka "love") on July 24th

The most storied about objects in our night sky have a beautiful gathering this week, looking toward the east before sunrise. These objects are the Moon, the star cluster known as the Pleaides, and the brilliant planet Venus.

Starting Monday, July 21st, the waning crescent Moon will sweep below the Pleiades, the seven sisters of ancient Greek lore that are the shoulder region of the constellation Taurus, the Bull.

On Tuesday, July 22nd, the Moon, now slightly thinner, will meet the campfire-orange star Aldebaran, the Bull’s Eye, also found in the constellation Taurus.

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