How the Government Rakes in Big Money with Student Loans - David Jesse, Higher Education Reporter, Detroit Free Press – The federal government projects a record $50 billion profit on ...
David Lee Gavitt spent half of his life in prison wrongfully convicted for the murder of his wife and two children who died in a house fire in Ionia, Mi. in 1985. After 27 years behind bars he was exonerated and freed earlier this month, thanks to the University of Michigan Law School’s Innocence Clinic. Clinic co-director David Moran estimates that 3% of all prisoners are innocent of the crimes for which they are convicted. That would represent about a thousand prisoners in Michigan. In an interview on 1290 WLBY, Moran said the first place Gavitt asked to go after his release was to the cemetery where his family is buried.
Before a nationwide campaign is launched promoting the Ann Arbor region, some are suggesting that it be corrected for grammatical errors. The Pure Michigan promotion touts the slogan, “Ann Arbor Does It Up Different.” The Ann Arbor Area Convention & Visitors Bureau has been using a variation of that slogan, using the word “different” rather than “differently”, on its website, as well. Even the University of Michigan posts “Drive Safe” on game scoreboards.
Ann Arbor isn’t the only place doing things differently when it comes to the English language. The adverb seems to be disappearing, along with proper punctuation, and handwriting. Dr. Anne Curzan, a University of Michigan associate professor of English and director of the UM English Writing Program, appeared on The Lucy Ann Lance Business Insider on 1290 WLBY and said such language may not be wrong, but rather just a sign of the times.
The federal antitrust case against Apple got underway a couple weeks ago. The Justice Department contends that Apple plotted with five publishers to artificially inflate the cost of books in 2009-2010. At the time, prior to the existence of the tablet device market that Steve Jobs created with the iPad, Apple did not sell e-books while Amazon sold 9 of 10. Justice claims Jobs forced Amazon and every other e-book distributor to adopt a new e-book pricing model that harmed consumers. Is this the “Right Thing to do?” Did Apple violate antitrust laws that restricted competition and harmed consumers?
A study that included almost 4,600 men with non-metastatic prostate cancer suggests that healthy unsaturated fats can inhibit progression of prostate cancer. The study was published in the June 10, 2013 issue of JAMA Internal Medicine and evaluated mortality rate in men with prostate cancer who substituted healthy unsaturated fats from plant sources, such as nuts and avocados, for saturated fats found in meats and high-fat dairy.
This past week brought food industry news that has potential for a significant impact on public health. The Alcoholic beverage industry has received temporary approval from the Treasury Dept. to add nutrition labels to their beverages. Also this week, the processed food industry’s pledge to cut 1.5 trillion calories from the U.S. food supply hit their goal two years early. Overall, this is very good news for consumers.