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2008-07-20 18:00:17

By Lindsay Vanhulle, The Record-Eagle, Traverse City, Mich. Jul. 20--TRAVERSE CITY -- The family computer sits in a public spot in Melissa Fournier's house, so she sees everything her children view online. They are limited to an average of 30 minutes of "screen time" a day which includes both the computer and television. And Fournier and her husband installed filters to block pop-up advertisements they don't want their children, ages 6 and 9, to see. "I don't let them go on it alone,"...

2008-07-18 18:00:28

By Vanessa Mccray, The Record-Eagle, Traverse City, Mich. Jul. 18--INTERLOCHEN -- The Coal Miner's Daughter whose unlikely success story inspired an Oscar-winning movie and more than 50 Top 10 hit songs believes it's her authentic approach that keeps fans coming back for more. "I've always been pretty honest," said Loretta Lynn, the Kentucky-born country icon who will perform Saturday at Interlochen Center for the Arts. She's been straightforward about her humble upbringing, during...

2008-07-18 18:00:27

By Marta Hepler Drahos, The Record-Eagle, Traverse City, Mich. Jul. 18--NORTHPORT -- It may be a presidential election year, but the yard signs and bumper stickers cropping up in Northport these days are for an even more rancorous contest: the Jets vs. the Sharks. The rival gangs of "West Side Story" will face off July 24-Aug. 3 as part of the Northport Community Arts Center's performance series. The Oscar-winning musical is one of several the arts center has presented over the years....

2008-07-15 18:00:20

By Lindsay Vanhulle, The Record-Eagle, Traverse City, Mich. Jul. 15--TRAVERSE CITY -- Early ticket sales for the Traverse City Film Festival should resume at noon today after a massive power outage hit the Canadian company that processes the event's ticket requests. TixSys, the festival's Vancouver-based ticket vendor, went dark Monday after the outage shut down much of the city's financial district. The Vancouver Sun reported on its Web site that a failed circuit was to blame. The...

2008-07-13 18:00:15

By Sheri McWhirter, The Record-Eagle, Traverse City, Mich. Jul. 13--GRAYLING -- Opponents of a plan to drill for natural gas beneath a wilderness area known as the Mason Tract are celebrating a federal judge's decision to block mineral exploration there. A judge determined federal officials failed to perform adequate environmental assessments prior to granting approval to drill. "Absent of going back and doing the full environmental impact statement or appealing, it's dead," said...

2008-07-13 18:00:14

By Vanessa Mccray, The Record-Eagle, Traverse City, Mich. Jul. 13--TRAVERSE CITY -- Imagine planning a party for hundreds of people, some of whom have been MIA for 20 years. That's the daunting task organizers of the Traverse City High School class of 1988 reunion face. Coordinating a class reunion can be tough: Finding the right location, time of year, not to mention tracking down all those graduates. But planners who pull it off say getting reacquainted with old friends is worth the...

2008-07-13 12:00:26

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) -- A federal judge has overturned a decision by the U.S. Forest Service to allow oil and gas drilling near a forest and a river in Michigan's northern Lower Peninsula. U.S. District Judge David Lawson of Detroit ruled Thursday the agency had acted "arbitrarily and capriciously" in 2005 by giving Savoy Energy LP of Traverse City a permit to drill an exploratory well near the Au Sable River's south branch. The proposed wellhead would be located in the...

2008-07-12 18:00:14

By Victor Skinner, The Record-Eagle, Traverse City, Mich. Jul. 12--TRAVERSE CITY -- The issue of recycling hits close to home for Port Huron residents Dave and Sandy Hietikko when they watch hundreds of trucks each day haul Canadian trash through their hometown. The Hietikkos are concerned over what the depressing sight could mean for Michigan's future and, in an effort to reduce their own waste, Sandy started making her own reusable, cotton shopping bags. "It's amazing to see tons of...

2008-07-10 18:00:00

By Vanessa Mccray, The Record-Eagle, Traverse City, Mich. Jul. 10--TRAVERSE CITY -- Blisters, sunburns, slivers and scrapes -- those are the types of medical maladies that send visitors to the National Cherry Festival's first-aid tent. And, there was that one problem with the plastic top from a pop bottle. "Somebody got one of those stuck on his girlfriend's toe last year," remembered Dennis Mikko, the festival's emergency services coordinator. Fortunately for the girlfriend, the...

2008-07-04 18:00:18

By Art Bukowski, The Record-Eagle, Traverse City, Mich. Jul. 4--TRAVERSE CITY -- Times have changed for Buck Fraly. The Thompsonville man hauls scrap metal for a living, and he periodically "scouts" around to see if area residents have metal or junk vehicles with which they're willing to part. People used to let him lug away such items for free, but high metal prices changed that. "You're paying a little bit better for it," he said. "If you treat people like they're stupid, you're...


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  • A bookseller; now, especially, a dealer in rare and curious books.
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