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Radio Diaries: All about Love

Jul 22, 2016

A friend sends me a play list of favorite songs and I slide the CD into my car stereo.  Suddenly, instead of the news, I’m listening to Frank Sinatra.

Instead of driving my car, I’m lying in my dormitory bed at college, singing “In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning.”  I know all the words and all the feelings by heart—by broken heart.

A Traverse City man has been charged with assaulting a group of homeless men earlier this month.

Prosecutors allege 19-year-old Maayingan Brauker attacked the men twice. The victims were kicked and had firecrackers and stones thrown at them as they slept behind near Central United Methodist Church on July 6th and 7th.

Prosecutors allege Brauker attacked eight men who were sleeping at the camp and two of the victims were hurt badly enough to be taken to the hospital.

An HIV smoker tries to quit one cigarette at a time

Jul 19, 2016
Morgan Springer

We all know cigarettes are bad for you, and it’s incredibly hard to quit. It takes most people between five and eight attempts to actually quit, according to a Farid Shamo, a public health consultant with the Tobacco Control Program the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Lately, DHHS is focusing on a particular group: people with HIV. Half of them smoke.


A lot has happened in the world since the goddess of love and beauty disappeared from view last March, and this week she’s welcomed back to the stage of the sky as evening star.

The goddess of love and beauty is the planet Venus and she was born out of the foaming waters of the sea. 

This week, Venus will emerge in the evening sky in the west, in front of the constellation Cancer, the crab.

David Cassleman

Dr. Flora Biancalana, a family practice physician, began prescribing abortion pills when she opened her Traverse City practice 15 years ago. At the end of this month, she is closing her practice, Rising Star Wellness Center. She's the only abortion provider for women in the region. So next month, women will have to drive to Grand Rapids or Marquette to get an abortion.

"Certainly that has become glaringly obvious that abortion services are missing any place north of Saginaw or Bay City," says Lori Carpentier, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Michigan.

She says Planned Parenthood only found out about the closure a few weeks ago. Its health clinic in Traverse City refers patients seeking an abortion to a list of providers in the state. Dr. Biancalana is one of the referrals on that list.