CNS budget, Dec. 2, 2022

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Week 13 – 12/2/22

CNS Budget

To: CNS Editors

From: David Poulson and Judy Putnam

Welcome to the 13th CNS file of the 2022 fall semester. 

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

For other matters, contact Dave Poulson at (517) 899-1640;

Here is your file:

URBAN WOOD: City trees and demolished buildings could help save the environment and small businesses. A growing “urban wood” movement is producing building materials and lumber salvaged from city streets and buildings. The practice also locks global warming greenhouse gasses into products. We talk to mill operators in Hillsdale and Detroit and an Ann Arbor-based wood recycling expert. By Liam Jackson. FOR HILLSDALE, DETROIT, PLANET DETROIT, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, TRAVERSE CITY, LEELANAU AND ALL POINTS.

DONOR FRAUD: Fertility doctors who secretly substitute their own or others’ sperm would be punished under a bipartisan package of bills that nearly passed this legislative session. Advocates, including a Traverse City resident who found out her biological father was her mother’s fertility doctor, want regulation of the medical service. Sponsors, including ones from Novi and Traverse City, say they will push the package again next session. With list of all sponsors. By Sarah Atwood. FOR TRAVERSE CITY, ADRIAN, BENZIE, GREENVILLE, GRAND RAPIDS, LANSING CITY PULSE, DETROIT AND ALL POINTS.

RECREATIONAL GRANTS: A difficult process for local units of government to apply for recreation grants through the DNR could be discouraging applicants. Hundreds of applications have been started but only one submitted for the program. The state has received $65 million in federal grants from the American Rescue Plan Act to help communities create public recreation opportunities and renovate existing recreational activities. We talk to officials in Bay County and Northville. By Janelle James. FOR DETROIT, PLANET DETROIT, MIDLAND AND ALL POINTS.

SCHOOL SAFETY: State safety grants will help digitally map schools and enhance video systems to detect guns. The high tech opportunities are among the measures to be funded by $168 million this year for programs to prevent school violence. The digital maps can help police navigate a school threatened by a shooter and can be sent directly to them while they are on route to the scene. Also, schools could also use the money to program existing cameras to detect if someone is carrying a firearm. References to Oxford High School, Vassar Schools, Lansing Catholic Central High and the Michigan Education Association By Janelle James. FOR DETROIT, LANSING CITY PULSE AND ALL POINTS.

SINKHOLES: Special microbial mat systems in Lake Huron sinkholes are helping scientists search for extraterrestrial life and also lead to advances in other scientific fields, such as evolutionary biology and medicine. A diver with the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary in Alpena and a researcher from Grand Valley State’s Grand Valley State University’s Annis Water Research Institute explain. By Daniel  Schoenherr. FOR ALPENA, ALCONA, MIDLAND, CHEBOYGAN, MONTMORENCY AND ALL POINTS.

w/SINKHOLES PHOTO: These microbial mats in a Lake Huron sinkhole have fingerlike protrusions caused by a buildup of methane gas in small pockets beneath them. Credit: Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

COMMENTARY BEACHES: What happens when you detour 45 minutes from a destination wedding in Traverse City to explore a beach in Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore? You may fall in love with Lake Michigan. Commentary. By Emile Rizk. FOR LEELANAU, TRAVERSE CITY AND ALL POINTS.

w/COMMENTARY: BEACHES PHOTO: A view of Lake Michigan’s vast waters. Credit: Sydney Takla

COMMENTARY CHANGE: Returning to East Bay Park in Traverse City with memories of childhood pleasures, with evidence of climate change and with thoughts of the park’s future. Commentary. By Sierra Moore. FOR TRAVERSE CITY, LEELANAU AND ALL POINTS.

w/COMMENTARY CHANGE PHOTO: Sunrise paddleboard at East Bay Park in Traverse City. Credit: Sierra Moore

COMMENTARY TRAILS: Trails beckon us outdoors, even in cities, and can be surprisingly alive with wildlife, including Canada geese, turtles, red-winged blackbirds and even transplanted shrews. An East Lansing walker’s trail tale. Commentary. By Vladislava Sukhanovskaya. FOR LANSING CITY PULSE AND ALL POINTS.

w/COMMENTARY TRAILS PHOTO 1: Tree Hotel for shrews. Credit: Vladislava Sukhanovskaya

w/COMMENTARY TRAILS PHOTO 2: Crunchy leaves. Credit: Vladislava Sukhanovskaya


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