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Imperial Stormtroopers are invading the Cherry Capital Comic Con this weekend - but don't worry; it's just for fun! 

And - photographer Eric Hatch uses long exposures to capture big details in his images, partly because he can't really see the small things.

Plus: a graduating Interlochen student shares her favorite bassoon trick! 


Mecury retrograde

May 18, 2015

This week you will undoubtedly hear that the planet Mercury is moving retrograde and that you should be careful with all things communications related, but what’s the story behind this cosmic blame game?

From the Earth, it appears that all the planets move around the Sun in the same direction. Retrograde motion is the illusion created when it seems like the planets are moving in the opposite direction.

This motion confounded ancient astronomers for centuries, but the mythology of it was used to explain the mischief of the gods.

Northwest Michigan Horticulture Research Center

May 17th, 2002 was the official date when tart cherry trees reached full bloom in northern Michigan that year. The orchards looked normal but most of the cherry buds had been destroyed in April by freezing cold.

The Leelanau Enterprise ran a headline that summer that said “No Cherries.”

Ben LaCross is a second generation grower on a farm north of Cedar. He says nobody could recall a cherry crop failing so completely.

Traverse City's Joshua Davis has advanced to the final round of NBC's singing contest 'The Voice.' Now it's up to his supporters to get out the vote to try to bring him a victory.

Plus, 'The King and I' is once again selling out on Broadway, nearly 65 years after its debut. But you don't have to go all the way to New York City to see the musical – it's on stage in northern Michigan at Interlochen Center for the Arts.

Traverse City Ticker

The Traverse City Commission has chosen a new city manager. At a meeting yesterday, commissioners voted 4-to-3 to offer the job to Martin Colburn. Colburn is currently city administrator in Mason, Michigan – a small town near Lansing.

Commissioners said Colburn’s experience with budgeting and city planning put him ahead of two other finalists. Commissioner Jeanine Easterday said she liked what Colburn had to say about homelessness.