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Small Towns Explore New Solutions to Spike in Heroin Overdoses

John Kirby points approvingly to a worn but cheery mural, its “Recovery is everywhere!” message plastered across a red barn. He is weaving his way across a field of puddles, heading towards a group of goats and chickens before meeting with his mother, a resident here at the Dawn Farm addiction treatment center. Kirby, a […]

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Fish of the Past Poised for Comeback in Lake Michigan

Kevin Donner, a scientist with the Little Traverse Bay Band of Ottawa Indians (LTBB), devotes a large part of his career, and most of his twitter, to what was in Lake Michigan until recently a forgotten fish. “The Cisco was one of those animals central to tribal existence,” Donner said. “But if you’d asked two […]

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Community Solar Is One Solution For Climate Change And Solar Taxes, Energy Experts Say

The Energy Commission of Ann Arbor is pushing for a new method of renewable energy production that will free homeowners from a solar tax and help meet the city’s Climate Action Plan.

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Rise In Cremations Saving Lives Abroad

I remember the last funeral I went to was four years ago. My grandfather had passed away. There was a week-long period of mourning but the day of the funeral, we never left the funeral home. I hadn’t thought about it then, but my grandfather was part of a growing group of people who chose […]

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Trump’s Proposed Budget Cuts Pose New Questions for Future of Great Lakes Water Quality

Pam Taylor, a member of the Environmentally Concerned Citizens of South Central Michigan, outside of Danley’s Country House in Tecumseh, MI.   Pam Taylor sits at a table in Danley’s Country House, a restaurant in the northeast corner of Lenawee County, MI.  Her tone is straightforward when she speaks; she has had this conversation before. […]

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Dueling Environmental Ideals Delay Ontario Nuclear “Dump”

Grey mountains of snow and rock-hard sand indicate it’ll still be a few weeks before the shores of Lake Huron’s Station Beach are warm enough to draw flocks of tourists to the quaint port town of Kincardine, Ontario. If you squint toward the north on the pebbly beach, past the lighthouse and boardwalks, you’ll be […]

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Genetics study finds 94% of consumers pleased with test results

  Throughout most of her childhood and adulthood, University of Michigan librarian Patricia Anderson has endured the burden of dozens of chronic health conditions, numerous diagnoses, and a high incidence of disease in her family. Signing up to participate in a genetics study changed Anderson’s life because of information she received about a gene associated […]

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Despite Uncertainty, Eating Disorder Awareness Groups Advocate for Increased Treatment Coverage

While the thought of a family vacation to Europe would please many college students, the thought of it terrified Sarah Barnitt, 22, student at the University of Michigan. Barnitt was diagnosed with anorexia nervosa in November 2015, prior to this trip. “We were eating every meal out. I was always around family, and had little […]

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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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