Verbal Coercion and Sexual Assault on College Campuses

The article published by Time sheds light on how college campuses, mainly the University of Michigan, are putting more focus on sexual misconduct and the role of verbal pressure. It explains how schools have found, through surveys, that there is a large population of students who have experienced unwanted sexual activity as a result of verbal […]

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Trans Abuse in US Detention Centers

This article from Human Rights Watch documents abuse faced by transgender women in the United States, focusing on their experiences in detention centers. People who identify as transgender are already at a higher risk of being sexually abused, and their vulnerability is even greater as immigrants. As the article points out, the United States does […]

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Scientific Journalism: Discussing Climate Change

In this article by David Abel, he writes about the difference in understanding of climate change between meteorologists and climate scientists. Though overall I thought this was an interesting and relatively unbiased article, I do not think it was as effective as it could have been. He opens the article with “They” and he does […]

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Looking Back on Zika a Year Later

This New York Times article tells about how the response to the Zika epidemic left us with more questions than answers. The article speaks to the dangers we are facing now that there was not a coherent way in which the epidemic was handled. Because tourists and residents were given different advice on how to avoid contracting […]

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Scientific Journalism: How to Separate Fact from Fiction

In this piece written by Anna Clark for the Columbia Journalism Review, the author describes three methods to get to the truth behind scientific journalism. She first explains the main issue many people have with scientific journalism: how to identify which articles to trust for factual information. To do this, the author presents a real example […]

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The EPA’s Office of Civil Rights and Environmental Racism

The Center of Public Integrity recently published “Commentary: the deeper meaning of Flint,” which briefly describes the environmental racism embedded in institutions like the EPA’s Office of Civil Rights that enable public health crises like the Flint Water Crisis. Initially, it was unclear how “newsworthy” this article was. What new information was given and why is this […]

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Flint residents seek $722M over water crisis

This article from The Detroit News covers a recently-filed suit by Flint residents against the Environmental Protection Agency. It begins by describing the details and motivations of the lawsuit, then expands its scope to describe how the lawsuit fits in the larger Flint water crisis. It uses the experience of Jan Burgess, a former Flint […]

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EPA Transition Team: the Koch Brothers?

An article published in Reuters highlights Donald Trump’s EPA transition team and each member’s connection to the oil and mining industry. The transition team, according to the article, is tasked with preparing the EPA for new leadership. Overall, the message was clear: this star-studded lineup may foreshadow how the EPA will enforce environmental regulations under […]

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Volkswagen Car Emission Scandal

The article published by The Atlantic discusses how a group of researchers at West Virginia University discovered major disparities in the expected emission levels from clean diesel Volkswagen cars. It explains how the findings from this research led to further investigations by the California Air Resources Board as well as the EPA. It mentioned that Volkswagen denied any […]

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Children of Opium

This article from the New York Times highlights the opium epidemic in the United States, arguing that opium is the cause of the increasing number of children in foster care. The article’s first sentence contains statistics, and although it does highlight a very sad personal story in the third sentence, the lead isn’t very strong.  The […]

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New education initiatives to combat the spread of invasive species implemented in Michigan

On a cold, snowy, Thursday morning in December, twenty people gathered at the For-Mar Nature Preserve and Arboretum in Saginaw County, Michigan—some private citizens, some on behalf of stakeholder organizations—to learn about identification, reporting, and removal of exotic invasive species. The second of three planned Working with Invasive Species workshops sponsored by the Saginaw Bay […]

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The Ambiguity of the Gluten-Free Diet

Crunching the burgundy leaves under their boots as they scurry inside, Claire Jilek, 20, and her roommate Elizabeth Hinckley, 21, escape the assertive fall winds to enter the warm, cozy abyss that is the Ann Arbor Farmers’ Market. Pumpkin pie, apple cider and cinnamon donuts aromatize the air as the overwhelming crowd stocks up on […]

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Refugees struggle rejoining medical field after resettlement

  Kaes Almasraf with his Refugee Health Empowerment Program recertification certificate in ACCESS’ Sterling Heights, MI office Kaes Almasraf remembers exactly how he felt the day he arrived in Michigan three years ago as a refugee. “Just close your eyes and then open your eyes… you’re in a new country with new people, new culture, […]

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