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Radio Made in Michigan
1:48 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Current State #108 | June 14, 2013

Today on Current State: the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on gene patenting; Ann Arbor Summer Festival; Lansing Lugnuts; A Father’s Day memory and Mackinac fudge.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:46 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

SCOTUS rules against gene patenting

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that naturally occurring human genes cannot be patented. However, synthetic DNA created in laboratories are still under patent protection.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

 

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled unanimously that naturally occurring human genes cannot be patented. The ruling will affect researchers, universities and industries. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:44 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Ann Arbor Summer Festival features live music, outdoor movies and more

The Ann Arbor Summer Festival runs from June 14 to July 7.
Credit Flickr / Jeremy Peters

The Ann Arbor Summer Festival bills itself as "an international arts gathering." Events are indoors and outdoors over the next three weeks. It will be a good time for everybody -- kids, music lovers, film buffs and even public radio fans. Current State’s Scott Pohl spoke with Robb Woulfe about the 30th Ann Arbor Summer Festival. Woulfe has been the festival’s executive and artistic director for nine years. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:41 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Lugnuts owner discusses team performance, sports business

Lansing Lugnuts owner Tom Dickson says attendance is vital to the team's economic success.
Credit Becky McKendry / WKAR

The Lansing Lugnuts -- the capital city’s minor league baseball team -- are into their 18th season playing at Cooley Law School Stadium at Michigan and Cedar, and around the Midwest League.  As the end of the first half of the regular season approaches this Sunday, the Lugnuts are struggling with 31 wins and 35 losses, ranking them in fourth place in their division.  But Lugnuts owner Tom Dickson asserts that it’s the second half that matters.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:37 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

For the Abood family, food triggers memories on Father's Day

Maureen Abood with her father, Camille, who passed away on June 27, 2000.
Credit Courtesy of Maureen Abood

Thirteen years ago, right around Father’s Day, Lansing native Maureen Abood’s father, prominent local attorney Camille Abood, passed away from cancer.  

 Maureen, who pens a popular blog about Lebanese food and culture called Rose Water & Orange Blossoms, was gracious enough to share her memories of her father and explain how the healing power of food helped her and her family cope with their loss. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:33 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Mackinac Island lays claim to fudge capital of the world

There are more than 15 fudge stores on Mackinac Island.
Credit Flickr/mackinacislandgal

This Sunday isn’t just Father's Day -- it's also National Fudge Day. By most accounts, the first batch of fudge was concocted in Baltimore in the 1880's. By the turn of the 20th century, fudge making arrived on Mackinac Island in northern Michigan.

 

The Michigan Public Radio Networks Rick Pluta tours the modern day "fudge capital."

 

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