September 18 the Scottish people will be voting on whether or not they want to be their own country, independent from the United Kingdom.
Governor Rick Snyder has ordered flags at half-staff September 15 to honor a Kalkaska County fire official.
Michigan’s top health official says parents who want to opt out of vaccinating their children should first have to be counseled about the risks.
People visiting many of the Internet’s most popular sites Wednesday encountered a symbolic slowdown aimed at blocking a government effort to create “fast lanes” and “slow lanes” for websites. The protest was aimed at encouraging people to take a stand on Net Neutrality.
Net Neutrality generally means that web content is not prioritized. You as a user can go where you want on the Internet without the interference of your broadband provider.
The FCC is currently considering how to enact new rules to change Net Neutrality.
If you went to websites like Reddit, Netflix, Kickstarter, Foursquare or Vimeo, Wednesday, you may have seen an image that some call ‘the spinning wheel of death’. That little animation that tells you your content is loading.
Timothy Karr is the senior director of Free Press.
He said this week’s protest may have been symbolic – but it reflects serious public concerns about the need to keep a free and open Internet. “An organization called the Sunlight Foundation looked at public comments to the FCC – and there’ve been more than a million already,” he said. “They found that 99 percent of those comments were in support of net neutrality. So, this is an issue where the public is strongly unified.”
September 15 is the last day the FCC plans to take comments on Net Neutrality.
ON THE WEB:
FCC Net Neutrality Comment page: http://apps.fcc.gov/ecfs/upload/display?z=j9pg9
The annual Great Lakes Restoration Conference began in Grand Rapids on September 9th and will continue through the 11th. The DeVos Place Convention Center is abuzz with environmentalists from across the state to participate in panels, workshops, and presentations that will be hosted by over 300 Great Lakes advocates.
Todd Ambs is the director of Healing Our Waters, one of the Great Lakes advocacy groups in attendance. He says that the event is important to show what the government is capable of.
“What I like to say about this Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, is in an age where we justifiably are often concerned about what the government will do to us, the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative is really a shining example of what the government can do with, and for us.”
Ambs went on to say that the problems the conference is currently facing, are ones everyone can agree on.
“There’s a federal program called the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, which we did a lot to get in place, which has broad bipartisan support in Congress. One of the few things left in Congress that has broad bipartisan support. And thats brought 1.6 billion dollars back to the Great Lakes and its already producing tremendous results for us. But again, because of those successes we know we have the wherewithal to move forward and work on those remaining challenges.”
This year marks the tenth anniversary of the conference.
The seven lecture series will feature topics like water shortages, urban renewal, education and immigration.
Carlos Ramet is the Executive Director to the President at SVSU, “Ideally people who attend all seven lectures will have the same kind of growth that someone would have from taking a class,” he said. “I think the cumulative effect of the seven lectures is that we go away learning a great deal about global challenges that can be brought down to the local level.”
ON THE WEB:
SVSU lecture schedule: http://svsu.edu/fallfocus/events/
Legislation that would add LGBT protections to Michigan’s anti-discrimination law will probably have to wait until after the November election.
Some people call them rats with wings, while others say they’re cute.
No matter what you call them, bats in the Eastern part of the country – including those in Michigan- are dying from a fungus, but federal grant money may help.
A historic lighthouse that has greeted generations of visitors to Mackinac Island is up for auction.