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Opinion

Tips for a healthier pregnancy, avoiding birth defects

Editorial

Every 4 1/2 minutes a baby is born with a birth defect in the United States. That’s why the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is joining with leading prenatal health experts from the National Birth Defects Prevention Network, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, ...

Pick up a shovel

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: On Jan. 14, I took note of Escanaba’s downtown. The temperature was about 38 degrees. Most of the sidewalks were covered in snow and ice. There were few, very few, that had clean sidewalks. I have noticed a lot of radio ads promoting shopping downtown. What would it take to get a ...

‘Nations with allies thrive’

Local columns

WASHINGTON — Retired Marine Corps Gen. Jim Mattis, the former secretary of defense and an exceptionally well-read warrior, has said, “Throughout history, we see nations with allies thrive, and nations without allies wither.” Mattis’ words brought to mind those 13 fateful days in ...

The Iran protests

Local columns

WASHINGTON — The latest protests in Iran by people angry over the Iranian military’s missile launch that “unintentionally” downed a Ukrainian jetliner killing many Iranians, Canadians and others, is different from past protests over rigged elections, rising gas prices, and what ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, Jan. 17, the 17th day of 2020. There are 349 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On Jan. 17, 1995, more than 6,000 people were killed when an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.2 devastated the city of Kobe ...

Climate change predicted to impact lamprey control

Editorial

Weíve noticed Great Lakes basin residents often observe that the negative impacts from climate change happen to people who live elsewhere, out west, for example, the Gulf coast states or, more recently and dramatically, Australia. Yes, we endure the occasional odd snowstorm, lake gale or ...

Parent of an adult

Local columns

TRAVERSE CITY — There’s this profoundly odd moment as a parent where you look at your kid and see — as improbable as this may seem — an adult. Suddenly, he’s not the toddler who peevishly swatted the rump of a well-dressed society lady who unwisely stepped between him and the tubs ...

How They Voted

Local columns

The 100th Michigan Legislature began its 2020 session on the second Wednesday in January, as specified in the state Constitution, with a few votes on bills of general interest. Senate Bill 434, Authorize cosmetology “mobile salons”: Passed 102 to 5 in the House To direct the state ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, Jan. 16, the 16th day of 2020. There are 350 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 16, 1991, the White House announced the start of Operation Desert Storm to drive Iraqi forces out of Kuwait. (Allied ...

Move to allow cellphone use in court a positive step

Editorial

The Michigan Supreme Court should be applauded for its decision that cellphones and other electronic devices must be explicitly allowed in courthouses and courtrooms starting May 1, on the basis of equal access. As it currently stands, courthouses across Michigan have different standards and ...

American companies are free agents

Local columns

BERKELEY — Donald Trump’s “phase one” agreement with China, expected to be signed this week, is intended partly to slow China’s move into new technologies like electric cars by protecting the intellectual property of American corporations. Which lends a certain irony to Tesla’s ...

What I’d like to hear from candidates

Local columns

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s strategy of holding on to the two weak articles of impeachment against President Trump was starting to rattle some Democrats, who felt they were losing the political battle. Last Wednesday, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) told reporters, “If we’re ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, Jan. 15, the 15th day of 2020. There are 351 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 15, 2009, US Airways Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger ditched his Airbus 320 in the Hudson River after a flock of ...

Safety hazards peak during Great Lakes high water

Editorial

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District urges individuals to use caution around Great Lakes structures and to be aware of safety hazards resulting from high water levels. Many accidents and incidents near harbor structures occur during the turbulent weather seasons of fall and ...

The Culture War comes to the Old Dominion

Local columns

WASHINGTON — Since 1969, “Virginia Is for Lovers” has been the tourism and travel slogan of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Advertising Age called it “one of the most iconic ad campaigns in the past 50 years.” But the Virginia of 2020 seems to be another country than the friendly ...

A lawless political assassination

Local columns

WASHINGTON — “America ... goes not abroad in search of monsters to destroy.” — President John Quincy Adams (1767-1848) — — — Recently, President Donald Trump ordered the U.S. military to invade a then-friendly country without the knowledge or consent of its government and ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, Jan. 14, the 14th day of 2020. There are 352 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 14, 1994, President Bill Clinton and Russian President Boris Yeltsin signed an accord to stop aiming missiles at any ...

Schools, other bodies vulnerable to cyberattack

Editorial

Educators, including decision makers on university campuses, are in all likelihood closely watching events that unfolded in a small school district downstate last week. That’s because the district — the Richmond Community Schools in Macomb County — was hit with a sophisticated ...

It’s war: Are we in it to win it?

Local columns

WASHINGTON — Prior to Iran’s missile attacks on U.S. bases inside Iraq, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said, “We are not seeking war with Iran, but we are prepared to finish one.” Esper said the U.S. prefers a “diplomatic” solution to the escalation of tensions in the ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, Jan. 13, the 13th day of 2020. There are 353 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 13, 2012, the Italian luxury liner Costa Concordia ran aground off the Tuscan island of Giglio and flipped onto its side; 32 ...