Less religion, more astrology – part II: The stars say you’re a loser

For young people struggling to embrace their identity, online astrology forums can be a safe space. The use of social media has taken astrology to new heights. Quizzes, guides and other articles written around the Zodiac signs tend to be a running theme on young media sites like Buzzfeed, babe and Refinery29, which are widely circulated on social media platforms.

Facebook groups are popular for users interested in a particular topic, and some of the more dedicated groups can foster a sense of community. Enter “the stars say you’re a loser,” one of the largest and most active astrology communities on Facebook. With 7,000+ members and thousands more added each month, it’s hard to believe that it has only been around for a year.

Supreme Court mulls more privacy in protection order cases

By DARCIE MORAN
Capital News Service
LANSING — After some courts failed to comply with federal law, a proposed rule by the Michigan’s Supreme Court aims to stop courts from posting individuals’ personal information on the Internet. “The point of it is to protect individuals that might be the victims of stalking or other crimes,” said John Nevin, communications director for the court. But some judges worry the new rule is redundant and too vague. Currently, a federal law shields those with protection orders from having their information put on the Internet, Nevin said. But Nevin said the proposed rule would draw more attention and reinforce the federal law.

More online classes on the horizon

By STEPHEN INGBER
Capital News Service
LANSING – Would you send your child to an online virtual school? Many schools around the state are now offering supplemental courses online. “Having these classes has only enriched the curriculum,” said Scott Moellenberndt, superintendent of Blissfield Community Schools. The district has added foreign language options that it could not afford before. “We are not losing any money at all,” said Moellenberndt of the extra classes.