CNS budget, May 6, 2022

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May 6, 2022, CNS Bonus Week Budget 

To: CNS Editors

From: Eric Freedman and Judy Putnam

For technical problems, contact CNS technical manager Eryn Ho at (616) 485-9295,

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BONUS WEEK: This is our traditional Bonus Week with still-timely stories we previously moved this semester but you may have lacked space for. We also plan at least two packages this summer of Michigan environmental stories in collaboration with our partner, Great Lakes Echo.


AFRICAN AMERICAN GRADUATES: New data from the magazine Diverse: Issues in Higher Education show Michigan universities fall behind many of their peers nationally in the number of African American undergraduate and master’s students who receive degrees. U-M Ann Arbor, U-M Dearborn, Wayne State and MSU did make the top 25 in some categories. We talk to university officials and the Michigan Association of State Universities. By Jada Penn. FOR ALL POINTS.

CRAFT BEVERAGES: Call the nematodes that threaten Michigan’s hop crops “ninjas” that work in darkness, in secret – then do research to protect the state’s craft beer production. Most of the hops grow in the southwest part of the state. We talk to the state Craft Beverage Council and MSU scientists who are tackling that question, which has a big economic impact. Those already hit hard include hop growers in the Traverse City area. By Jack Falinksi. FOR ALL POINTS.

FIRE DEATHS: Local fire departments are pushing resident safety, including distribution of free smoke detectors, amid a dramatic jump in fire-related deaths. This year’s fatal fires so far include ones in Houghton County’s Laird Township, Detroit, Norwich Township, Acme and Jackson. We talk to the Holland fire marshal and to the president of the Michigan Association of Fire Chiefs, who is from Wixom. By Hope O’Dell. FOR ALL POINTS.

RESOLUTIONS: Each year, legislators introduce hundreds of resolutions to express the opinion of the Senate or House. While many address public policy or propose changes to the state Constitution, a good portion are less than sweeping and some sound, well, of picayune concern to state government. We talk to sponsors of resolutions marking International Women’s Day and one proposing that Michigan replace the U.S. Capitol’s statue of former U.S. Sen. Lewis Cass, who owned slaves, with one of former Detroit Mayor Coleman Young. By Sydney Bowler. FOR ALL POINTS.

FISHTOWN: Each day, the executive director of the Fishtown Preservation Society receives a visit from a local elderly man who grew up in the area and checks on ongoing preservation efforts. “It’s so easy for people just to tear things down and start over. It can be very hard to keep and protect a place like Fishtown” on the Leelanau Peninsula, one of the last thriving commercial fishing districts on the Great Lakes. The National Park Service just added it to the National Register of Historic Places. We also hear from the state’s national register coordinator and the co-owner of 100+-years-old Carlson’s Fishery. By Lindsay McCoy. FOR ALL POINTS.

w/FISHTOWN PHOTO 1 w/FISHTOWN PHOTO 1: Morris Shanty being lifted to new and higher foundation in November 2020. Credit: Fishtown Preservation Society

w/FISHTOWN PHOTO 2: Bill Carlson, left, the previous owner of Carlson’s Fishery, is shown side by side with his nephew, Nels Carlson, co-owner and the company’s fifth-generation owner. Courtesy of Carlson’s Fishery

w/ FISHTOWN PHOTO 3: Fishtown, as shown around 1905-06, is the subject of ongoing preservation efforts. Courtesy of Barbara Gentile, Fishtown Preservation Society Collection

SLAVE OWNERS: Michigan played a crucial role in the North’s victory during the Civil War, but little-remembered is the fact that Michigan voters elected two former slave owners to Congress. George Wallace Jones brought two slaves when he moved from Missouri to what was then Michigan Territory. Jones, who served as the delegate from Michigan Territory (and then Wisconsin Territory), was one of more than 1,700 members of Congress who had owned slaves, according to a Washington Post database. The more prominent ex-slaveholder was former Gov. and U.S. Sen. Lewis Cass, whose name has been stripped from a state office building. By Eric Freedman. FOR ALL POINTS.

w/SLAVE OWNERS JONES PHOTO: George Wallace Jones, a delegate to the U.S. House from Michigan Territory, formerly owned two slaves. Credit: Library of Congress

w/SLAVE OWNERS CASS PHOTO: Lewis Cass, a former Michigan Territory governor, U.S. senator, Secretary of State and Secretary of War, had owned slaves. Credit: Wikipedia.


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