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Rick Haglund: Will billionaire Dan Gilbert lead Michigan in developing long-awaited transit?

Rick Haglund, Michigan Advance December 17, 2023 Dan Gilbert has been a major force in revitalizing downtown Detroit, over the years acquiring about 100 office towers and other buildings in the city’s once moribund center. Gilbert owns so much of the central city that it’s sometimes called “Gilbertville.” But the billionaire mortgage mogul recently said one critical …

Small farms, ranches hope for better treatment in new Farm Bill

Farah Siddiqi Congress passed a one-year extension of the current Farm Bill, which means the debate over a new bill will continue well into 2024. Advocacy groups said they will be using this time to push for bold policy changes, including an end to subsidizing factory farm manure management, and taking steps to restore competition in …

Health misinformation is rampant on social media – here’s what it does, why it spreads and what people can do about it

Monica Wang, Boston University The global anti-vaccine movement and vaccine hesitancy that accelerated during the COVID-19 pandemic show no signs of abating. According to a survey of U.S. adults, Americans in October 2023 were less likely to view approved vaccines as safe than they were in April 2021. As vaccine confidence falls, health misinformation continues to spread like wildfire on …