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The Michigan Supreme Court says religious schools cannot claim a blanket exemption from being sued for violating anti-discrimination laws.

A family sued a Catholic high school in Oakland County. They say the school violated an anti-discrimination law by refusing to admit their daughter because of a learning disability. Among other things, the school argued its operations are protected by religious freedom rights.

Andrew Cioffi

This Saturday at 1 PM, Classical IPR presents a recent production of Georges Bizet's "Carmen" from the Lyric Opera of Chicago

The new state medical marijuana licensing board met for the first time Monday.

The meeting was mainly for the board to hear public comment about how the new medical marijuana program should operate. It won’t start issuing licenses until next year.

John Kroneck came to the meeting to represent the Michigan Prevention Association. That group is concerned about potential consequences of expanding the medical marijuana system.

A doctor from Saginaw Township is the first candidate for governor to file petition signatures to appear on the ballot next year.

Jim Hines filed more than 22,000 signatures to appear on the August 2018 Republican primary ballot. It takes 15,000 signatures to qualify. The petitions must still be checked and certified by elections officials.        

On Friday this week, the waxing crescent Moon will sweep over the star gamma virginis in the constellation Virgo with Jupiter standing by, south of the Moon where the star Spica is at its back. This is a beautiful sight and it triggers one of the most famous legendary elements of Roman history.

The gamma star in Virgo is named Porrima, for a goddess of prophecy. Porrima was one of many types of female oracles that populated the ancient world, which included among them the sibyls.

  This year marks the 40th season for the Emerson String Quartet. They are celebrating with a new album called “Chaconnes and Fantasias.”

 

J. Paul Getty Museum

Thanks to listeners in St. Ignace, Frankfort, Interlochen, Royal Oak, Leland, and many other places for your requests this week.

1. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, “Bei Männern” from The Magic Flute; John Eliot Gardiner/English Baroque Soloists/Gerald Finley & Christiane Oelze

2. George Frederic Handel, Harp Concerto no. 6; Bernard Labadie/Les Violons du Roy/Valerie Milot

3. Johann Sebastian Bach, Cello suite no. 1, first three movements; Zuill Bailey

Dan Wanschura

 

Last night, hundreds of protesters gathered in downtown Kalkaska. Two groups stood on either side of U.S. 131 near the National Trout Memorial. The protest was over Facebook posts made by Kalkaska village president, Jeff Sieting.

Cory Weaver

 This Saturday at 1 PM, Classical IPR presents a recent production of Vincenzo Bellini's "Norma" from the Lyric Opera of Chicago

Molly Rubin

This weekend, Chas Helge will perform as the soloist in Antonin Dvorak’s Cello Concerto with the Benzie Area Symphony Orchestra. Helge, who grew up in Manistee and also attended camp at Interlochen, is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of Oklahoma. He visited IPR’s Studio A to perform some music and to talk about his Northern Michigan roots.

Michael Poehlman

 

Jenn Cameron co-founded UpNorth Pride in 2014. That year, Jenn says, 300 people came out for the parade. The next year, 1,200. Last year, Jenn says there were 3,000 people there.

Holly Wren Spauldling arranges the poems in her series called "Lost Lexicon." The poems get their names from nature words which have been removed from the "Oxford Junior Dictionary."
Dan Wanschura

The "Oxford Junior Dictionary" is aimed at kids seven and up. It’s not meant to be a comprehensive book – that’s why it has a limited space for word entries.

So, when the publishers added words like "analog," "broadband" and "chatroom" – other words like "ash," "beech" and "crocus" got the boot. 

The state of Michigan has scrapped a risk study on Enbridge’s Line 5 and fired the contractor just a week before a first draft of the report was to be released.

The state Department of Environmental Quality said a conflict of interest on the part of one of the researchers called the independence of the study into question.

Protesters plan to gather in Kalkaska Friday to speak out against Islamophobic Facebook posts made by the village president.

Jeff Sieting frequently posts content on his Facebook page directed against Muslims, immigrants and liberals.

Colin Way

The Honens Piano Competition is a sort of Canadian Van Cliburn competition, where an award is given just every three years. The competitors are all under the age of 30, and the winner receives not only a major cash award of $100,000 but also an extensive career development program valued at about half a million dollars.

 

University of Michigan study video

Enbridge Energy says pressure tests on two sections of Line 5 that runs under the Straits of Mackinac show the pipeline is well-maintained and does not pose a threat to the Great Lakes.

Enbridge says a test over the weekend of the line that runs under the west bay of the Straits of Mackinac showed no signs of leaks or breaks. Enbridge ran a successful test of the east line earlier this month.          

Next step in Boardman dam removal begins

Jun 19, 2017
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Boardman Dam removal begins this week.

 

 

On Thursday, engineers will start siphoning out water from behind the Boardman Dam in the first step to remove the 130-year-old structure. As a result residents downstream should expect cloudy water in the next few weeks, according to project manager Dan Devaun.

 

 

Michigan Sheriffs' Association

Law enforcement officials in Michigan are talking about what President Trump’s immigration policies mean for them. 

The Trump administration has made a priority of deporting people living in the country illegally. Normally immigration enforcement is the job of the federal government – not local sheriffs. But sheriffs and local police departments do sometimes play a role in the process. 

The cycle of the year is like a breathing process for the Earth, with the full in breath completing at Winter Solstice, and the full out breath completing at Summer Solstice, which happens this week on Wednesday. And if we imagine ourselves to be involved in this process, then right now is the time to ask: what are we breathing out into cosmic spaces with the Earth this year?

The Hyperion label presents the first studio album by the pianist Luca Buratto. The album is named for the three pieces by Robert Schumann that appear on it: “Davidsbündlertänze, Humoreske & Blumenstück.”

J. Paul Getty Museum

Thanks to listeners in Clare, Wolverine, Ann Arbor, Cheboygan, Midland, and many other places for your requests this week.

1. Leonard Bernstein, Symphonic Dances from West Side Story; composer conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic

2. Georges Enesco, Romanian Rhapsody no. 2; Antal Dorati/London Symphony Orchestra

3. Giacomo Puccini, “O mio babbino caro” from Gianni Schicchi; Renata Tebaldi

4. Bob James, Odyssey; performed by Nancy Stagnitta and the composer

5. Conni Ellisor, Blackberry Winter, first movement; Nashville Chamber Orchestra

Todd Rosenberg

  This Saturday at 1 PM, Classical IPR presents a recent production of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's "The Magic Flute" from the Lyric Opera of Chicago

The latest version of changes to the state’s teacher retirement plan passed full chamber votes Thursday.

This came after major changes were announced late Tuesday and received committee hearings early Wednesday morning. The House and Senate adopted identical amendments to bills their respective chambers had already introduced.

Jody Burns (left) acts in Shane Bagwell (center) and Michael Mittelstaedt's recent Cinemasports film. Teams only have 10 hours to write, shoot and edit their films.
Dan Wanschura

Cinemasports is an intense film event. Filmmakers have 10 hours to write, shoot and edit their films. Then the films are screened the same day.

“The value for the 10-hour, three-minute film?” asks Bill Dungjen. “Pretty much my entire philosophy of entertainment, which is, ‘Go do something.’”

Andrea Bitely

Two high-ranking state officials in Michigan face serious charges for allegedly keeping an outbreak of Legionnaire’s disease in Flint a secret.

Involuntary manslaughter is the most serious criminal charge filed yet related to the Flint water crisis.

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