Thanks to big advances in pediatric heart care, people with Down Syndrome can now expect to live well into adulthood, which raises new issues around the questions of love, marriage and children for developmentally disabled adults.
Thursday at the Traverse City State Theatre, a love story that won a best documentary award at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2010: Monica & David.
The title characters and the film’s director will be in town for a panel discussion following the film, which starts at 5:30pm. IPR talked with them this week.
A group of workers with disabilities will get to keep their jobs in Traverse City – for now. Grand Traverse Industries plans to pay the salaries of up to 20 workers out of their own pocket – instead of laying them off.
Funding for those workers used to come from the state – but was eliminated during the expansion of Medicaid.
Northern Michigan’s largest school district has fewer students than it did last year – 70 fewer according to the head count yesterday. Traverse City Area Public Schools still serves more than 10,000 students.
Funding for schools in Michigan is based on student numbers. 70 fewer students would mean about $500,000 less for TCAPS.
On Sunday and Monday, the waxing crescent Moon will sweep past a dramatic encounter of ancient rivals in the evening sky: the red planet Mars; and the red supergiant Antares, the star at the heart of the Scorpion.
There’s no distinct mythology regarding this rivalry, but the star-name “Antares” means, “anti-Ares.” “Ares” is the Greek name for the Roman god Mars, god of war. The region of the Scorpion, on the other hand, is always related to the Underworld.