Students protest the Michael Brown verdict on CMU campus

20141125_112033Following the announcement of the grand jury’s decision on the Michael Brown verdict, protests have sprang up across the country.

One took place on the campus of CMU today.

A crowd of more than 70 students gathered to show solidarity with the protesters in Ferguson. Students held signs and chanted things like , “Hands up, don’t shoot!”.

Kim Raymond, a senior at CMU, attended the protest.

She said, “I think it’s sad but seeing all the violent protests in Ferguson I think that’s even sadder. I feel like they should practice non-violence like Martin Luther King did and not light things on fire or hurt people.”

CMU Senior Hannah Mollett helped organize the protest.

She said she’d like to see a couple of changes in society.

“I think one is underlying racist culture. I think that the exponential amount of young black boys and men that are killed by police in this country is absolutely disgusting. I also think that relates back to violence and gun violence in our culture, the police misuse of power, so I think it’s kind of a combination of factors.”

Another protest also took place in front the University Center on campus later in the afternoon.

The family of Michael Brown and President Obama have called for protests to be peaceful in the wake of the verdict.

Michigan files response brief in time to get marriage case before SCOTUS

Jayne Rowse and April DeBoer on the steps of the federal courthouse in Cincinnati before the 6th Circuit US Court of Appeals hears arguments in their challenge to Michigan’s same-sex marriage ban.

Jayne Rowse and April DeBoer on the steps of the federal courthouse in Cincinnati before the 6th Circuit US Court of Appeals hears arguments in their challenge to Michigan’s same-sex marriage ban.

Michigan has filed its response with the US Supreme Court to the legal challenge to the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.
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Kalamazoo County re-count to begin Dec. 8

The November election results are now official. The Michigan Board of State Canvassers certified the returns today. But there is at least one re-count pending in a state Senate race out of Kalamazoo County where Democrat Sean McCann lost to Republican Margaret O’Brien. Read more

Detroit is debating positives and negatives of Ilitch development

Ilitch development1Detroit media have given favorable reviews of the new hockey stadium planned along Woodward Ave. It’s a $650 million project. More than half, 58%, is coming from taxpayers. It’s expected to create thousands of jobs.

Last Thursday at City Council, Ilitch family business representatives asked for a zoning change that could allow them to demolish two historic buildings 100 feet from where the arena will go.
Michigan Now’s Chris McCarus heard from people who want to stop the Ilitch’s and save the buildings
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November snowfall record broken in the Sault

After being bombarded by lake effect snow for nearly two weeks non-stop, meteorologists say Sault Ste Marie has broken its November snowfall record.

The record was originally set in 1989 at nearly 47 inches.

Dave Lawrence is a meteorologist from the Gaylord National Weather Service. He says this amount of snowfall is unprecedented for the Sault in this short amount of time.

“Ya know I think the only interesting thing is that they’ve seen 56.8 inches for the month and their entire season average snowfall is just over 120 inches. So that really puts it into perspective, ya know in an average season we’d see 50 inches spread out over three months instead of two weeks.”

The new record has bested the previous one by a solid 10 inches.

CMU leading the way with fermentation program


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College and beer is usually a traditional combination with the students on the drinking side of the operation, says a Central Michigan University official, but a new program at CMU is hoping to train the next generation of users.
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Preliminary testing shows contamination on highschool practice field

The St. Louis school district has sent out letters of warning to parents after preliminary testing of the high school practice football field returned a positive result for DDT contamination.

Edward Lorenz is the legal committee chairperson for the Community Action Group in St. Louis.
He says the EPA found significantly high levels of DDT.

“Where they have found contamination is on the practice field. They found DDT at 40 parts per million. So now they’re gonna do a more comprehensive sampling of the whole field and see if something has to be done.”

The amount of DDT found is 8 times higher than the allowable limit set by the EPA.

The contamination likely came from flooding of the field by the Pine River, which was originally contaminated by the Velsicol chemical company decades ago due to their chemical dumping practices.

More comprehensive testing of the practice field and the main playing field are expected in mid-December, weather permitting.