While President Obama and Gov. Romney battle for the hearts and minds of the middle class this election season, there's a huge swath of Americans that are largely ignored. It's the poor, and their ranks are growing.According to a recent survey by The Associated Press, the number of Americans living at or below the poverty line will reach its highest point since President Johnson made his famous declaration of war on poverty in 1964.Close to 16 percent of Americans now live at or below the poverty line. For a family of four, that's 23,000 a year.
It's not the nicest home at "North Camp" -- a settlement of homeless shanties that has grown in recent years. That honor goes to Cookie's place, just down the way. But Gary Owczarzak and Cookie still live on the same side of the tracks. "He's got a mailbox down there," said Gary Owczarzak, a resident of this homeless camp in the city of Walker. He's pointing down the railroad tracks, toward the home of a homeless man known as Cookie.
Like something out of a movie or crime drama, Kailey Doherty studied the DNA strand, looking for a possible match.The 17 year old was trying to catch a killer.OK, not a real killer. But the lab simulation did use real DNA, and the teenage girls gathered at Kettering University were using the same techniques put to work to solve high-profile cases across the country.
Randi Dale and her 15-year-old daughter walked away from the farmers market in Battle Creek on Wednesday with bags full of locally-grown corn, cantaloupe, peaches and cucumbers.But instead of cash, the Battle Creek resident made her purchase with a different type of currency — tokens, provided by the Double Up Food Bucks (DUFB) program.“It helps me in so many ways,” Dale said. “It allows my kids and my family to eat healthy.”
There's not many studies on school quality that give Loy Norrix High School an "A" and Schoolcraft High School a "D."But that's the results of a statewide analysis by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, a Midland-based (conservative) think-tank.