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With few coronavirus cases, Michigan U.P. colleges plan in-person classes

With few coronavirus cases, Michigan U.P. colleges plan in-person classes

May 5, 2020 | Ron French

Michigan Tech and Lake Superior State University plan to return to in-person classes this fall, joining Northern Michigan University that had announced the same decision earlier. That’s an easier call in the Upper Peninsula, where there are currently few COVID-19 cases

Shakur, Senghor, and Burton-Harris wants to change the narrative around prisons to acknowledge the humanity of inmates (BridgeDetroit podcast)

Shakur, Senghor, and Burton-Harris wants to change the narrative around prisons to acknowledge the humanity of inmates (BridgeDetroit podcast)

May 5, 2020 | Orlando Bailey, Donna Givens

In this episode, hosts Orlando Bailey and Donna Givens explore the dangers of the COVID-19 pandemic in Michigan prisons.

These Michigan doctors treated coronavirus: Here’s what they learned

These Michigan doctors treated coronavirus: Here’s what they learned

May 5, 2020 | Kate Wells, Michigan Radio

Southeast Michigan doctors got a crash course in treating COVID-19, an experience that caused them to question what they thought they knew about the coronavirus and how to keep patients alive. Some hospitals reached different results.

Violating Michigan social distancing orders? Big Brother may be watching.

Violating Michigan social distancing orders? Big Brother may be watching.

May 5, 2020 | Kelly House

Government agencies are using drones, cameras and other technology to keep tabs on the coronavirus pandemic, and more is on the way. That begs the question: How much individual freedom should Michiganders trade in exchange for increased public safety?

Detroit children’s hospital ousts 25 pediatricians in war with Wayne State

Detroit children’s hospital ousts 25 pediatricians in war with Wayne State

May 5, 2020 | Robin Erb

Wayne State University School of Medicine’s new dean calls the action an “egregious” violation of the Detroit Medical Center’s mission. It’s the latest turn in a years’ long legal drama.

With higher suicide risk during coronavirus, Michigan makes plans to help

With higher suicide risk during coronavirus, Michigan makes plans to help

May 5, 2020 | Ted Roelofs

Mental health advocates highlight a rise in anxiety from the pandemic and economic disruption in Michigan, as experts devise ways to help health care workers and ordinary residents in an extraordinary time.

In Michigan, mandatory masks a flash point for violence amid coronavirus

In Michigan, mandatory masks a flash point for violence amid coronavirus

May 5, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Three incidents, including a murder, highlight tensions betweeen retailers trying to enforce Michigan’s mask order and customers. One retail group is calling on Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to dump the mask rule because it puts clerks in a ‘horrendous position,’ one official says.

Opinion | Coronavirus is opportunity for case study on business survival

Opinion | Coronavirus is opportunity for case study on business survival

May 4, 2020 | John Moore

Our future business leaders will emerge more flexible and adept if they examine what it’s like to ride through a crisis.

Mike Shirkey: Heed Michigan Gov. Whitmer’s COVID orders now. We’ll sue later.

Mike Shirkey: Heed Michigan Gov. Whitmer’s COVID orders now. We’ll sue later.

May 4, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Michigan Republicans say they are still planning to sue Gov. Gretchen Whitmer over her emergency power, contemplating a large-scale petition drive to limit her authority and preparing to begin oversight hearings on her handling of the coronavirus pandemic. Just not this week.

Bridge is starting a Michigan book club to counter the quarantine blues

Bridge is starting a Michigan book club to counter the quarantine blues

May 4, 2020 | Monica Williams, Amber DeLind

In this time of social distancing, connect with fellow Bridge readers while discussing a Michigan-focused book.  

13 Michigan books to get you through the stay-at-home order

13 Michigan books to get you through the stay-at-home order

May 4, 2020 | Monica Williams

Bridge suggests a list of Michigan-centered nonfiction and fiction books that will help you lean into or mentally escape from the coronavirus pandemic.

As coronavirus eases, Michigan hospitals ramp up more lucrative procedures

As coronavirus eases, Michigan hospitals ramp up more lucrative procedures

May 4, 2020 | Robin Erb

Michigan hospitals were forced to halt non-emergency surgeries and procedures as COVID-19 surged. The state is now blessing their decision to take patients with less urgent but “time-sensitive” cases. 

Opinion | Lessons from India help us fight coronavirus in Detroit, Seattle

Opinion | Lessons from India help us fight coronavirus in Detroit, Seattle

May 4, 2020 | Teena Chopra, Anita Chopra

Physicians and sisters Teena and Anita Chopra draw inspiration from a grandfather they never saw, whose tireless efforts in 1945 helped save vulnerable residents in Punjab, India during a cholera epidemic.

Remembering 11 Felician Sisters in Livonia who died in April

Remembering 11 Felician Sisters in Livonia who died in April

May 3, 2020 | Robin Erb

At least five of the deaths were linked to the coronavirus, which tore through the convent. There were 60 to 70 sisters, many of them elderly, living at the convent prior to the pandemic.

Opinion | Guns and screaming at Michigan Capitol drown out message of protest

Opinion | Guns and screaming at Michigan Capitol drown out message of protest

May 3, 2020 | Ken Horn

Protesters had good reason to descend upon the Michigan Capitol last week to protest Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s stay-at-home orders. Their voices went unheard, however, because some protesters waved guns and screamed at police.

Few coronavirus cases, lots of land. Should northern Michigan reopen?

Few coronavirus cases, lots of land. Should northern Michigan reopen?

May 3, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson, Kelly House

Northern Michigan has more than half of the state’s land mass and 2 percent of its coronavirus cases. As Gov. Whitmer says she’ll take geography into account to reopen the economy, Bridge examines regional differences in cases, hospital capacity, testing and unemployment.

Opinion | Why instructing online is an inadequate way of teaching

Opinion | Why instructing online is an inadequate way of teaching

May 2, 2020 | Paul Ruth

The rigor is still there, the assignments are still there, the reaching out and motivation are still there, but the human component is lacking in some of the crucial moments as a teacher.

Opinion | What's behind the racial disparity in COVID-19 cases

Opinion | What's behind the racial disparity in COVID-19 cases

May 2, 2020 | Melissa S. Creary, Paul J. Fleming

The conditions in which you grew up, live, learn, work, and play—are key drivers of health disparities and are much more important and influential than individual behaviors or genetics. Put simply, race is not a risk factor—racism is.

Opinion | How the pandemic will hit local government pension systems

Opinion | How the pandemic will hit local government pension systems

May 2, 2020 | Craig Thiel, James M. Hohman

Local governments were already carrying pension debt before recent market declines. Now they will struggle to pay for losses their plans have incurred during the coronavirus pandemic.

Grand Valley State to return students to campus in fall during coronavirus

Grand Valley State to return students to campus in fall during coronavirus

May 2, 2020 | Ron French

Grand Valley State University plans to resume traditional, in-person classes in September. So far, Michigan colleges that have made decisions about the fall semester run the gamut from fully online to back-to-normal.

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