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Professors at CMU conducted a study on selfies

image1The study surveyed people who posted selfies on platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat. It found two common reasons.people post.

Patricia Williamson is an associate professor with the school of broadcast and cinematic arts at CMU. She started the study.

“The most common self disclosure goal people have is information storage and entertainment. The entertainment part is pretty simple, either they find it entertaining or they think other people will find it entertaining. The information storage is more about people posting selfies because they want to go back and see what they looked like at a certain time or what they were doing on a certain date. So that’s another self disclosure goal.”

Williamson says the study also shows a generational gap in selfie posting. Younger people tended to post on newer platforms like Snapchat. Older people tend to stick with the tried-and-true, Facebook.

Two foundations merge to create Parkinson’s Foundation

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The Michigan Parkinsons Foundation says more than one million people in the U.S live with Parkinson’s disease. It’s most common in people over the age of 60, but it can be diagnosed as early as age 20.

Now two national foundations are merging,in order to help further research for a cure.


The National Parkinson’s Foundation and the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation are joining forces. Under a new name, the Parkinson’s Foundation, the organization hopes to do more good more efficiently.

Officials said the organization’s goals for 2017 are to complete the merger, make resources for patients more accessible, and increase funding for research.

John Lehr is the Chief Executive Officer for the Parkinson’s Foundation. He said the Parkinson’s community supports the merger..

“I think the community is looking for there to be some consolidation, so that you can get efficiencies, you can have a uniformity of programs, that you can go to one website and get all the information that you need, and really just feel like you can turn to one organization that represents you and doing all the things you would want the organization to do.”

Lehr said the foundation will look to the community for their input on how the organization can better serve them.

24/7 PBS kids channel

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If you’re feeling frazzled because yours kids favorite tv show went off, relax. On Monday, PBS is launching a new 24/7 kids channel.


The new channel, which is strictly for kids, will include shows like Daniel Tiger, Sesame Street, and Ready, Jet, Go!

Tanya Schripsema is the program director for CMU Public Television. She said the new channel will keep the same educational mission as the primary channel.

“It is very exciting for us to give children the opportunity to watch quality programming with their families,during the primetime hours, after school, and during the weekend.”

Schripsema said improved technology allows CMU Public TV to offer the new children’s channel AND CONTINUE to offer the main channel – with shows like Poldark, Masterpiece and Nova, that they’ve been running for nearly 50-years.

For information on the new TV offerings, you can contact CMU PUblic TV at 800-727-9268. Or go online to WCMU dot org for the full program schedule.

24/7 PBS Kids Program Schedule

Photographer reveals “ghosts” of Lake Erie

lake_erie_2_mediumDave Sandford is has been a professional photographer for 20 years. He’s based in London, Ontario -– about a half hour from Lake Erie. Over the years he’s dabbled in several genres of photography, from sports to wildlife, but says he always returns to the Great Lakes in his spare time.
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Roadwork to begin on I-475 in Genesee county

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One of Mid-Michigan’s most traveled freeways will soon be under construction. The state department of transportation plans to reconstruct I-475 in Genesee county. The state has reached out to local residents for their input on the changes to be made.


Construction is scheduled to begin in April of 2018 and run to the fall of 2019.

As part of the 39-million dollar project workers will remove two pedestrian bridges, and they’ll replace loop ramps with what are called diamond interchanges.

Ryan Doyle is the Cost and Scheduling Engineer for the Michigan Department of Transportation. He said reconstruction on I-475 is overdue.

“First and foremost it was in poor condition and we needed to address that, so we we’re looking to reconstruct, and we looked at everything through that section of road to what improvements we can make through there.”

Doyle said the work will also include reducing parts of the freeway down to two-lanes. He said that’s in response to population loss in and around the Flint area.

Michigan students to be trained in CPR before graduation

_DSC6201A new law requires Michigan schools to teach students how to perform hands-only CPR training as well as defibrillator use.

The training must be administered sometime between seventh and 12th grade.

Sarah Poole is with Michigan’s American Heart Association.

“This is legislation that we started talking with lawmakers about probably a year and a half ago, and a number of lawmakers at that point expressed support and really came on board in fact a number of them shared stories of using CPR to save somebody.”

Poole says Michigan is the 36th state to require CPR training in public schools.