Another season at Isle Royale National Park will end in two weeks, leaving the island park closed to visitors until next spring.
But as the last boat pulls away to cross Lake Superior, it will leave behind an endangered population of wolves which, for only the second time in more than four decades, has apparently failed to reproduce.
Scientists who study Isle Royale wolves and moose in a famed 55-year research project say they found no evidence of new wolf pups during their summer stay on the island.
For more information, see "Silence of the Wolves : A Lansing State Journal Special Report
For the full article, see Louise Knott Ahern, "More bad news for Isle Royale wolves", Lansing State Journal, October 22, 2014.
A fired Aramark prison food worker filed a whistle-blower complaint Wednesday with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, alleging she lost her job for complaining about falsified records and kitchen practices that endangered health and food safety.
Amy McVay, 25, was hired Dec. 3 as Aramark Correctional Services began its three-year, $145-million contract with the state of Michigan and worked at the Gus Harrison Correctional Facility in Adrian until she was fired by Aramark on Oct. 14. The stated reason for her dismissal was insubordination.
But in a Tuesday interview with the Free Press and in the complaint filed with OSHA through her Detroit attorneys, McVay alleges she was harassed and retaliated against for complaining about a lack of temperature monitoring in cooking; the serving of raw or undercooked meat; falsified records related to dishwater temperature and cleaning solution quality; the serving of meat that had been dropped on the floor; changing the dates on stored leftover food so it could be served after its throw-away date; suspected inflating of the count of meals served — part of the basis for which Aramark is paid by the state — among other issues.
For the full article, see Paul Egan, "Ex-staff: Aramark falsified records, served filthy food", Detroit Free Press, October 23, 2014.
The Michigan Senate voted 32-4 to extend the state's film subsidy program beyond its 2017 sunset and eliminate a cap on what taxpayers will pay for out-of-state workers.
Senate Bill 1103 is sponsored and championed by Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville, R-Monroe, a long-time proponent of the program which has lost luster and clout in the Legislature in recent years. Sen. Richardville unsuccessfully tried to double the annual budget to $100 million in the past. The senator said about the $100 million goal in 2011, “We will be fighting and I intend to win.”
The just-passed bill actually reduces the top 32 percent subsidy to 25 percent. But it also revises the subsidy calculation formula by lifting a cap how much out-of-state actor salaries can be included. The amount the state will pay to cover expenses represented by highly paid workers (actors, producers, directors) will no longer be capped at $540,000.
For the full article, see Tom Gantert and Jarrett Skorup, "Michigan Senate Votes to Remove Sunset Provision Ending Hollywood Subsidies; Bill also removes cap on high-paid actors; now moves to the House", Michigan Capitol Confidential (CAPCON), October 22, 2014.
Bill McGraw, "Border crossing – the long, fraught history of the Detroit-Grosse Pointe divide" : The sudden closing this summer of a road leading from Detroit into Grosse Pointe Park reignited accusations that Detroit’s largely African-American and poor population was not welcome. Residents on both sides are pushing for change.
Michigan Truth Squad, "Foul on Bishop for accusing opponent of tripling staff" : Truth Squad cites warning after warning for Mike Bishop’s “Fighting for Our Families” video, and then a foul in his attack on Eric Schertzing.
Chelsea Maralason, "Making Detroit’s streets safer" : The Motor City was designed for residents who buy and drive cars and trucks. But those planning Detroit’s future envision a design that is more friendly and safe for pedestrians, bikers and people using public transportation.
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