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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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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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Saturday Radio Diary
8:45 am
Sat December 13, 2014

Being Known

For several years now, I’ve been trying to simplify Christmas in our family—without much success.  I would especially like to reduce gift-giving to a minimum.  “We don’t really need more stuff,” I repeat. “It’s about being together.”

People agree with me in principle and keep on shopping.  Especially my daughter who shops year round for this favorite holiday.  “Could we just do one gift per person?” I negotiate and she shakes her head.  “Maybe next year.”

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Drug Enforcement
3:03 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Funding shortfalls mean TNT wants local governments to pay more

Benzie County recently approved a millage to add a drug enforcement officer to the Traverse Narcotics Team.
Credit Linda Stephan

The Traverse Narcotics Team (TNT) is looking for more money from local governments to replace funding shortfalls.

Eight counties in northern Michigan, along with Traverse City, fund the drug taskforce. But TNT also gets money from federal grants and drug forfeitures.

Missaukee County sheriff Jim Bosscher says those sources are drying up.

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