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Oct. 3, 2014 – Week 4
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POLLING: Tis the season to be wary – of political polls. That’s the advice from a Grand Valley State University political scientist and the head of a Lansing polling and research firm. By Jordan Bradley. FOR GREENVILLE, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, LANSING CITY PULSE, DEADLINE DETROIT & ALL POINTS.
JOURNALISTDANGER: The beheadings of two U.S. journalists by ISIS has highlighted perils facing journalists abroad, but journalists at home face on-the-job perils too. We talk to three present and former Michigan journalists who have faced danger while covering violent crime and fires. By Anthony Cepak. FOR ALL POINTS.
ISISMICHIGAN: President Obama has announced plans for expanded U.S. military action against ISIS. Experts from Grand Valley, MSU and U of M express doubts about the likelihood of success of the airstrikes and new international anti-ISIS military coalition. By Katie Amman. FOR ALL POINTS.
TOXICAIR: The air near a mid-Michigan chemical plant that closed nearly 40 years ago because it threatened the environment remains contaminated with chemicals, a new study shows. Concentrations of banned DDT are about 18 times higher in bark collected near the Velsicol Chemical Co. site than in bark from trees more than half a mile away, and residents within six miles of the site are still subjected to “relatively high levels of HBB, PBBs, and DDTs in the air they breathe.” We talk to the lead researcher, Pine River Superfund Citizen Task Force and Mid-Michigan District Health Department, which covers Montcalm, Gratiot and Clinton counties. By Amanda Proscia. FOR GREENVILLE, LANSING CITY PULSE & ALL POINTS.
DISCOUNTFISH&HUNT: A U.P. lawmaker’s “come home to hunt” proposal would sell discount hunting and fishing licenses to property owners who don’t live in Michigan and to current non-residents who’d lived in the state for least 10 consecutive years. We talk to DNR, which would lose license revenue used for fisheries and wildlife programs and activities, and to Michigan United Conservation Clubs. For news and outdoors pages. By Eric Freedman. FOR MARQUETTE, SAULT STE. MARIE, BAY MILLS, ST. IGNACE, LUDINGTON, CADILLAC, CRAWFORD COUNTY, GLADWIN, BIG RAPIDS, MANISTEE, ALPENA, TRAVERSE CITY, PETOSKEY, GREENVILLE, LAKE COUNTY, HERALD STAR & ALL POINTS.
IRON&ICE: A new memoir by a Petoskey author recalls growing up after World War II on the Mesabi Iron Range of Northern Minnesota in a community much like that of the iron mining parts of the Western U.P. For news and feature pages. By Eric Freedman. FOR PETOSKEY, HARBOR SPRINGS, MARQUETTE, BAY MILLS, SAULT STE. MARIE & & ALL POINTS.
w/IRON&ICEQUOTEBOX: Author Gary Barfknecht’s thoughts on winter.
w/IRON&ICECOVER: Cover of “Rooted in Iron and Ice: Innocent Years on the Mesabi”

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