3:37 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

'Pinhole' gas leak found on Enbridge's Line 5

Enbridge officials deploy boom during a mock oil spill along the Indian River in September.
Credit David Cassleman

The company running oil through the Straits of Mackinac says it found a gas leak in another part of the same pipeline.

Last week, Enbridge discovered what it calls a “pinhole” defect in Line 5, near Manistique in the Upper Peninsula.

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6:09 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Overrun by outbreaks, health department asks for reinforcements

So far, Grand Traverse County has seen 63 reported cases of pertussis.
Credit Aaron Selbig

The Grand Traverse County Health Department wants another nurse to help fight outbreaks of measles and pertussis.

The health department has been stretched thin since the pertussis outbreak began six weeks ago. Workers have put in more than 1,000 hours of overtime and many worked through Thanksgiving.

Health Officer Wendy Trute says her team has been busy re-tracing the steps of people who have come down with pertussis and measles.

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9:35 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Morning fun with homelessness

In 2008 a guy nicknamed Tuna worked for the WKLT morning show “Omelette & Friends”. His real name is Daniel Scott Delater.

Delater was an intern for the station, and he willingly took part in various pranks. He ran around the neighborhood wearing a Speedo. He had paintballs shot at him. And he went through a carwash in the back of a pickup truck.

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Dark Sky Park
8:06 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Finding Ourselves in the dark at Solstice

Discovered in the Sagittarius region of the Milky Way in 1764, the Trifid Nebula is so named because it appears in telescopes to be divided into three distinct lobes. The Sun comes to its Winter Solstice moment in front of this nebula at 6:03 pm Sunday, December 21, 2014.
Credit Rod Cortright from his Wildwood Obersvatory, Boyne City, MI

Does being in the dark give us greater awareness of ourselves?

The Earth is tilted from its plane of orbit, so as we move through the cycle of the year, it looks to us like the Sun is moving above and below our equator.

When the Sun is furthest below, there’s a period of a few days when it seems to stop.  This ‘stop’ is called Winter Solstice. Solstice means the standing still of the Sun. In the Northern Hemisphere, this marks the darkest time of the year.

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National Writers Series
10:21 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Brian Castner and Brian Turner

On this program from the National Writers Series, Benjamin Busch talks with Brian Castner and Brian Turner. Brian Castner's book, "The Long Walk," draws on his experience as the commander of an explosive disposal unit in Iraq. Poet and professor Brian Turner's memoir, "My Life As a Foreign Country," retraces his time at war, from pre-deployment, to combat, homecoming, and its aftermath. Castner and Turner talk with former U.S. Marine Corps officer and actor Benjamin Busch, author of the memoir "Dust to Dust."