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From left to right, Katie Larson, Michael Dause, and Sav Buist make up The Accidentals.
Dan Wanschura / Interlochen Public Radio

The Accidentals kicked off another tour last night with a sold-out show in Leland. The Traverse City band had a unique request for the 150 people in attendance — help pick the songs for their next album.

Kaye LaFond

This week on Points North, democrats worry the controversial Line 5 pipeline is dividing labor,  environmental and tribal groups ahead of the Michigan primary.

Plus, hear how environmental policies could impact the presidential race in Michigan. 


STEVE CARMODY / Michigan Radio

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel says she’s willing to investigate allegations of sex abuse leveled against a University of Michigan doctor.

But she set some conditions that would have to be met first.

Former UM students and athletes have stepped forward with claims of abuse by Dr. Robert Anderson, who died in 2008.

They also say UM failed to protect them from the abuse.

The attorney general says she’s willing to investigate to determine whether UM is culpable. But Nessel says she cannot do that unless UM agrees not to use the attorney-client privilege.

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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden in Michigan’s March 10 presidential primary.

Kaye LaFond / Interlochen Public Radio

Michigan Democrats can usually rely on at least three groups for support: environmentalists, tribal nations and labor unions.

But there’s one issue they don’t all agree on — the future of Enbridge Energy's Line 5 oil pipeline. Some Democrats worry about uniting those groups ahead of the Michigan primary.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer addresses the media recently.
Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

A federal court has struck down Michigan’s requirement that adults enrolled in the Healthy Michigan plan must be working or in school, but Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Legislature’s Republican leaders are at odds on what to do next.

Voters will decide the next public art display in Traverse City.

Tonight, five local artists will pitch ideas for a public art display downtown near the Boardman River, and audience members will vote to decide the winner. The Traverse City Arts Commission is hosting the event.

Aaron Selbig

Grand Traverse County has joined a growing list of Michigan counties declaring support for the second amendment with a resolution passed by county officials.

Assad Al-Shamma

Steve Jobs, of Apple. Vic Atiyeh, the former governor of Oregon. NPR’s Diane Rehm. Celebrities like Paula Abdul and F. Murray Abraham. They are just a few of the many notable Americans of Syrian descent.

 


One Syrian-American who made his mark right here in northern Michigan is Assad Al-Shamma, who came to Traverse City to oversee the construction of a new harbor for the Great Lakes Maritime Academy of Northwestern Michigan College (NMC). 

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In a January Gallup poll, voters ranked health care the top issue for the upcoming U.S. presidential election.

As Michigan votes in its presidential primaries next Tuesday, March 10, northern Michigan health care workers say local health care challenges are similar all over the country.

Until the reign of Julius Caesar in the first century BC, the month of March was considered the first month of the year, with its start date determined by the first visibility of the Moon after its Spring New Phase. The weather and the stars also played a part in helping ancient communities get ready for the Spring, and it was out of this connection to natural phenomena that folk loric ideas arose, like the one that claims that March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb.

Max Johnston / Interlochen Public Radio

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer was in Traverse City Friday to support Democratic State House candidate Dan O'Neil. She spoke to donors at a fundraiser at the Park Place Hotel. 

Noelle Riley / Interlochen Public Radio

ATLAS Space Operations is looking to expand its footprint in northern Michigan. 

The Traverse City-based company is working with the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians to open a space technology center at the former Pugsley Correctional Facility in Kingsley. 

  

 

Michigan likely needs realtor buy-in to pass a septic code

Feb 28, 2020
A man in jeans and a lightly-colored coat stands on a front porch dusted with snow.
Mike Krebs / Traverse City Record-Eagle

Realtors and interest groups opposed to regulation are shaping septic system policies in Michigan's state and local politics.

Realtors don't like the idea of inspections tied to home sales. Anti-regulation lawmakers don't like the alternatives.

My husband and I are playing Monopoly with our granddaughter, Emmy. She’s 11 years old and loves the game, although she rarely wins.

Taylor Wizner / Interlochen Public Radio

Immigration Customs Enforcement will get help from a northern Michigan county jail to hold and transport immigrants.

Golam Rabbani / Courtesy

In 2013, Ahnaf Rabbani was a young boy attending school in Bangladesh. Within a year, that all changed.

Ahnaf’s father, Golam, was a human rights lawyer and activist for minority rights in Bangladesh. On the eve of national elections, Golam was severely beaten by supporters of the main political party in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh.

 

Ahnaf and his family were also threatened.

 

 

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Traverse City Attorney Dan O’Neil announced his bid for Michigan’s 104th State House District, which represents Grand Traverse County.

Were it not for the significant 16th century event that took place on Monday of this week, then we’d be reckoning time according to a different date come Saturday, which is Leap Day, February 29th, a date that only rolls around once every four years, providing the year is divisible by 400.

Samantha York / Star Line Mackinac Island Ferry

This week on Points North: Grand Traverse Bay is freezing less and less, according to historical data.

Plus, making music that sounds like melting glaciers.

Ice cover on Lake Michigan is happening less and less, and that’s why Grand Traverse Bay hasn’t frozen this year. 

The bay had already frozen out to Power Island by this time last year and the year before.

Read the full story. 

Max Johnston / Interlochen Public Radio

Ice cover on Lake Michigan is happening less and less, and that’s why Grand Traverse Bay hasn’t frozen this year. 

Treeskin is a side solo project from Michael Dause, drummer for The Accidentals.
Tess Starr

You might know Michael Dause as the drummer for The Accidentals, but the Michigan musician is much more than that. 

Treeskin is the name of a solo side project by Dause, who recently released a new album called "Learning."


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Nestlé Waters will not get the water pumping building it wants in northern Michigan. 

The company did not appeal a court decision in December, effectively stopping the bottler from being able to build on land it wasn’t zoned for.  

Max Johnston

The 86th District Court in Traverse City has changed their policy on third party bond payments. It comes after a letter sent Tuesday from The American Civil Liberties Union that accused the court of using an unconstitutional bail policy.

In a letter to the court and the Grand Traverse County Sheriff's Office, the ACLU says the court used bail payments from the family and friends of defendants to cover various court costs on their cases, which they say is unconstitutional.

Courtesy Anibal Pepper

Shortly after arriving in the United States from Peru in the late 1960s, and despite the fact that he wasn’t a U.S. citizen, Dr. Anibal Pepper found himself "invited" by the U.S. Army to "volunteer" for service in Vietnam. 

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