Number of citations issued each year from 2010 to 2020 in Michigan for texting while driving. Source: State Court Administrative Office.

Dialing for danger? Many Michigan drivers do, new study shows

It’s no surprise that cell phone use is a major cause of distracted driving crashes. A new study details groups in Michigan most likely to use handheld phones while driving: drivers under 29, women, non-whites and truck, SUV and van drivers. Study by MSU engineering researchers analyzed data based on roadside observations of 179,779 vehicles at 200 locations in the 35 counties with the most crash-related deaths, including St. Joseph, Marquette, Wexford, Montcalm, Lenawee, Hillsdale, Ionia, Ottawa, Livingston, Kent, Grand Traverse, Branch and Ingham counties. The lead researcher and the Iron County sheriff discuss By Eric Freedman. STURGIS, THREE RIVERS, MARQUETTE, CADILLAC, GREENVILLE, IONIA, HILLSDALE, FOWLERVILLE, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, TRAVERSE CITY, HOLLAND, LANSING CITY PULSE, COLDWATER, BAY MILLS, SAULT STE. MARIE AND ALL POINTS.

Cover of cookbook "Eating with the Seasons, Anishinaabeg, Great Lakes Region"

New cookbook highlights food of Great Lakes Indigenous peoples

NATIVE AMERICAN COOKBOOK: A new cookbook serves up the culture along with the food of the Anishinaabeg people of the Great Lakes region.“Eating with the Seasons, Anishinaabeg, Great Lakes Region,” combines recipes, language and the history of the culturally related tribes of Indigenous tribes such as the Odawa, Saulteaux, Ojibwe, Potawatomi, Oji-Cree and Algonquin peoples. mostly in Michigan, Canada and elsewhere in the Great Lakes area. We talk to the author and the illustrator. By Carin Tunney. FOR BAY MILLS, TRAVERSE CITY, LEELANAU, MARQUETTE, SAULT STE. MARIE, PETOSKEY, HARBOR SPRINGS, STURGIS, THREE RIVERS, CHEBOYGAN AND ALL POINTS

COVID-19 pandemic revealed underlying energy justice crises, study finds

ENERGY CRISIS – A new Michigan study uses the COVID-19 pandemic to help reveal existing energy crises such as costly utility bills and the dangers of energy pollution. It cites problems in rural areas and tribal nations from Michigan, but the same issues can be seen across the United States and globally. The study by a Michigan Technological University researcher was inspired by the state’s controversial pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac. By Taylor Haelterman. For SAULT STE. MARIE, TRAVERSE CITY, PETOSKEY, CHEBOYGAN, BAY MILLS AND ALL POINTS

Disappearing history: Michigan sites dropped from National Register of Historic Places

The once-honored Beechwood Store in Iron River Township, the Flint Brewing Co., the shipwrecked schooner Alvin Clark in Menominee, the Fenton Seminary and the majestic Grand Riviera Theater in Detroit have all disappeared from the prestigious National Register of Historic Places. The National Park Service recently removed their recognition because they’ve been demolished, no longer retain their historic integrity and cannot convey their historic significance, the State Historic Preservation Office says. By Eric Freedman. FOR MARQUETTE, BAY MILLS, SAULT ST. MARIE, LANSING CITY PULSE, ST. IGNACE AND ALL POINTS.

Child safety advocates push for new car seat rules

Safety advocates want to put more children in car seats under proposed legislation that has been stalled for years. Last year, 4,544 children ages 14 and under were injured in Michigan traffic accidents. Of those, 43 died. But car injuries are the second-highest preventable injuries in children. We talk to a Grand Rapids injury prevention expert and the director of the Michigan Chapter for the American Academy of Pediatrics. The bill is cosponsored by a Grand Rapids lawmaker. By Megan Castleberry FOR GRAND RAPIDS, LANSING AND ALL POINTS.

Half a million Michiganders might be at risk of eviction by the end of year

Half a million Michigan families could risk eviction by the end of the year without financial help from the federal government, housing advocates say. One in every five Michigan rental households have fallen behind on their payments because of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Michigan League for Public Policy. And 242,000 Michigan children are in families that haven’t been able to keep up with rent or get enough to eat. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently ordered a ban on evicting low-income tenants who cannot pay their rent because of COVID-19. The order is effective until the end of the year, but it doesn’t relieve tenants from paying back rent that they owe landlords. By Zholdas Orisbayev FOR LANSING AND ALL POINTS

Cover Photo of Wolf Island by L. David Mech (with Greg Breining and Rolf O. Peterson)

Remembering the birth of Isle Royale’s wolf-moose study

When L. David Mech arrived at Isle Royale in 1959, he had no idea he would pioneer the nation’s longest-running prey-predator study, one that would become a model for wildlife biologists around the world. Nor did he likely expect to eat beaver brains or loon there. His new memoir tells of his first three summers and three winters at one of the country’s most remote national parks. We talk to Mech and a Michigan Tech professor who is now a leading wolf-moose researcher. By Eric Freedman. FOR MARQUETTE, BAY MILLS, SAULT STE. MARIE, ST. IGNACE AND ALL POINTS.