Stateside: Benton Harbor fights for high school; teens facing terminal illness; best of MI theater

Jun 11, 2019

Today on Stateside, Detroit police have identified a person of interest in the murders of three women in the city, cases that officials believe may be connected. Plus, how one research scientist at the Wayne State University School of Nursing approaches end-of-life conversations with teens and young adults.

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Boarded up buildings searched as Detroit police continue investigation into suspected serial murders

  • Detroit Police Chief James Craig went before Detroit City Council today to announce that the department considers Deangelo Martin a "person of interest" in the murders of three women found in abandoned houses in the city. Martin was also recently charged in a rape case. George Hunter has been covering this story for The Detroit News. He breaks down the case that’s being built against Martin, and how confident police are that they have the right suspect.

Albion students fared better after high school closure. Would Benton Harbor students too?

  • After years of troubled finances and poor academic performance, Governor Gretchen Whitmer says closing Benton Harbor High School is the best way to save the district. But she's giving the school board until Friday to come up with a viable alternative to closure. The district's dilemma is similar to the one Albion Public Schools faced in 2013. Albion's school board voted to close the city’s only high school and become a K-8 district.
  • Ron French is a senior writer with Bridge Magazine. He explains the similarities between the two situations, and what lessons Benton Harbor — and Governor Whitmer — should take from what happened in Albion.

Theater Talk: Trials of Oscar Wilde; an odd couple’s adventure; mistaken identity in a comedy farce

  • Like the Tonys, which aired on Sunday, Michigan's Wilde Awards celebrate the best of profressional theater.
  •  Encore Michigan's David Kiley gives us an update on the awards, and tells us what to expect from the summer theater season. He talks about Be My Baby at the Tibbits Opera House in Coldwater, Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple at the Jewish Ensemble Theater in Walled Lake, and Fun Home at the Farmer’s Alley in Kalamazoo.

How a well-designed summer program can help low-income students avoid falling behind

  • Forty-four percent of Michigan kids come from low-income families. Getting an extra education boost over the summer could help those kids get through school and, eventually, into college.
  • Elizabeth Isidro directs the McGinnis Reading Center and Clinic at Western Michigan University, where she’s an assistant professor of Literacy Studies. She talks about the summer programs the center runs for students in Kalamazoo, and what parents can do during the summer to keep their children on track.

Book review: Debut poetry collection explores tension between bustle of everyday life and the natural world

  • David Hornibrook grew up in the suburbs of Detroit where he worked for many years as a caregiver and non-profit administrator. Now, he's added "published poet" to his resume with the recent release of his debut poetry collection, Night Manual. Stateside's book reviewer John Freeman tells us how Hornibrook brings empathy and imagination into his writing in this debut collection.

How medical providers can help teens facing life-threatening illness

  • A diagnosis of a life-threatening illness is an enormous shock to any family. But when that diagnosis happens to be for a teen or young adult, there are extra challenges. Helping those kids get through that experience is the mission of Cynthia Bell, an assistant professor and research scientist at the Wayne State University School of Nursing. Caitlin Sall is a high school student who participated in Bell’s study called “Ready or Not” after being diagnosed with cancer at the age of 14. Bell talks about what she's learned about how to have end-of-life conversations with teens and young adults, and Sall shares her experience talking about her illness with friends, family, and new people in her life over the years.

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