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Dec. 13, 2013 – Bonus Week
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BONUS WEEK FILE: This is our traditional end-of-semester bonus week file of still-timely articles you may not have had space for earlier. In addition, CNS subscribers still can use any of our other archived stories, photos and graphics.
IN THE SPRING: Dave Poulson will be at the helm of CNS in the spring, as he was in fall 2011, while Eric Freedman handles the environmental reporting course where students report for Great Lakes Echo, the Journalism School’s environmental news service. Our 1st file of 2014 will be Friday, Jan. 17.
FLYINGCOPS: The State Police’s three-aircraft fleet based in Lansing is flying more than ever – chasing suspects, conducting search-and-rescue missions, hunting for pot fields and more. The pilots also patrol Detroit, Pontiac, Flint and Saginaw from the air. The aviation unit commander would like to add another helicopter based in the Saginaw area and possibly more aircraft further north. By Matthew Hall. FOR ALL POINTS.
w/FLYINGCOPSPHOTO: State Police Eight-place Bell 430 helicopter. Credit: State Police.
BIOMETRICSPRIVACY: A recent U.S. Supreme Court case allowing mandatory DNA testing of criminal suspects who haven’t been convicted is raising privacy concerns among civil liberties experts. We hear from the head of the State Police Biometric and Identification Division, a Detroit attorney and a constitutional law professor at Cooley Law School’s Grand Rapids campus. By Lacee Shepard. FOR ALL POINTS.
ADOPTIONDISPARITY: While the number of Michigan children in foster care is shrinking, it’s still more difficult for agencies to place African-American children with adoptive parents than to place white children. We talk to a black author from Brighton adopted by white parents, a social worker in East Lansing and a Grand Rapids-based adoption agency. By Becky McKendry. FOR ALL POINTS.
MALPRACTICE: Some lawmakers want to make it tougher for patients to sue emergency room physicians and hospitals, making it easier to fill a shortage of ER jobs. The Michigan State Medical Society and Michigan College of Emergency Physicians like the idea but an organization of plaintiffs’ lawyers, including one from Berkley, disagrees. An Alpena hospital administrator says his hospital has enough ER docs but needs primary care specialists. Sponsors are from Troy, Clare, Livonia, Lake Angelus and Alto. By Justine McGuire. FOR ALL POINTS.
REVERSETRANSFER: Grand Valley State University has signed a reverse transfer agreement with Kalamazoo Valley Community College, its 25th with two-year institutions across the state including Alpena, West Shore community colleges and Northwestern Michigan College. Such agreements let some students who transfer from community colleges to four-year universities to “transfer back” enough credits to earn an associate degree. We talk to presidents of Alpena and Kirtland community colleges. By Stephen Ingber. FOR ALL POINTS
TRAINS&CARS: Amtrak passenger counts are up and some Michigan trains are accommodating bicycles and Wi-Fi users. Ford hired 1,400 workers to build Fusions at its Flat Rock plant. Yet a new book by a Kalamazoo author shows the glory days of railroading – new lines in U.P., Thumb and Western Michigan, for example, and passenger service to take Midwestern city dwellers to resorts in Petoskey, Harbor Springs, Alpena, Mackinaw City and Traverse City – are long past. And the auto industry’s World War II boom in Michigan where it made essential contributions to the war has gone dramatically bust as well, a Wayne State author explains in his new book. By Eric Freedman. FOR ALL POINTS.
w/TRAINS&CARSCARCOVER: Credit: Wayne State University Press.

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