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A group of state lawmakers has introduced bills aimed at permanently yanking the licenses of physicians who intentionally break the law.
The bills are in response to the case of Dr. Farid Fata, who last week admitted to prescribing “unnecessary” chemotherapy to patients as he pleaded guilty to 16 counts of health care fraud, money laundering and conspiracy to give or receive kickbacks.
For the full article, see Oralandar Brand-Williams, "Bills would revoke license of law-breaking doctors", Detroit News, September 25, 2014.
Michigan's Global Talent Retention Initiative receives coverage in Inside Higher Education.
Michigan has developed a series of career conferences for international students in the state and a registry of employers that are open to hiring international students. Athena Trentin, the executive director of the initiative, said staff are currently putting the finishing touches on a registry that will allow international students from across the country (not just Michigan) to create a job-seeker profile and upload a résumé so that Michigan employers looking for, say, a Mandarin speaker with a master’s degree in mechanical engineering can find them.
By definition international students must demonstrate “non-immigrant intent”: that is, they have to convince a U.S. consular officer that they don’t intend to immigrate in order to get a visa to study in the United States in the first place. This is, as Peter Briggs, the director of Michigan State University’s Office for International Students and Scholars, acknowledges, the “elephant in the room.”
Elephant or not, immigrants in Michigan in the STEM fields are six times more likely to start their own business than the domestic population.
For the full article, see Elizabeth Redden, "Retaining International Students Post-Graduation", Inside Higher Education, September 26, 2014.
Ron Riekki, "One main street, many bars, and a stubborn U.P. problem" : Alcohol – and, increasingly, drugs – are deeply ingrained in over-the-bridge culture. And like everywhere, they are behind the area’s crime statistics.
Rich Robinson, "Elections should be about ideas, but they’re mostly about ads" : Big contests increasingly benefit one cohort: Broadcasters, ad agencies and consultants who profit from the seemingly unceasing barrage of campaign ads. Discuss issues? Who wants to do that?
"Join us for Ballot Bash 2014!" : The Center for Michigan is teaming up with MLive Media Group and Michigan Radio to bring voters a series of unique events this election season. Ballot Bash 2014 will give you the chance to watch live and in person as candidates for governor, attorney general, secretary of state and U.S. Senate answer questions from the MLive Media Group statewide editorial board. You’ll also get to discuss issues that matter to you this election year with top political reporters, including Center for Michigan and Bridge staff, from the three partner organizations....There will be three evening events — one each in Grand Rapids, Lansing, and Royal Oak. The format will be upbeat, with live music and refreshments. About 200 people are expected to attend each event, and the crowd will be a mix of readers, media representatives, and candidates and their guests.
On Sept. 26, 1981 tennis champion Serena Williams was born in Saginaw, Michigan. Her parents, Richard and Oracene, later relocated to Los Angeles, and Serena and her four sisters (Lyndrea, Isha, Yetunde, and Venus) grew up in Compton, a L.A. suburb. At young ages, both Serena and Venus became excellent tennis players and began to compete. With the passage of time, both sisters have made a name for themselves as professional athletes.
Michigan Historical Calendar, courtesy of the Clarke Historical Library at Central Michigan University.
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