Northern Express - Features http://www.northernexpress.com/michigan/articles.sec-143-1-features.html <![CDATA[Unemployed and Under Attack - ]]> Martin was later exonerated. Her attorney, Mark Risk of Traverse City, said Martin was snared by an out-of-control computerized fraud-detection system developed by the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) in 2012 that automated determinations of fraud and sought to collect penalties without legal findings of guilt.]]> <![CDATA[Wonderful Waterfalls! - ]]> There are over 200 named waterfalls in Michigan, each as unique as their name. Our state’s waterfalls glisten and glimmer as they tumble through rocks and cliffs, burble past stands of trees, and add a little extra something special to Michigan’s scenery.]]> <![CDATA[An Auto Race For Everyone - ]]> VOLUNTEER SPIRIT Today, the drag races run a little differently, although the spirit behind them is still the same.]]> <![CDATA[Local Transgender Community Strives For Understanding And Acceptance - ]]>

Even within the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) community, one subgroup is arguably the least understood and most marginalized: transgender folks.

There have been clear steps forward for many members of the non-straight world in many ways — same sex marriage, health benefits, and other protections. But understanding, accepting — let alone embracing — trans-specific issues seems to lag behind.

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<![CDATA[A Heapin’ Helpin’ Of Country Fun At The Emmet-Charlevoix County Fair - ]]> As American as apple pie, the annual Emmet-Charlevoix County Fair has been a beloved Up North summer tradition for more than a century.]]> <![CDATA[20 Fascinating People - ]]> Welcome to our third annual look at twenty of the most interesting people around. We’ve featured the likes of astronauts and ten-year-old prodigies, and this year we have a full-time Elvis, an arts legend, and one of the world’s best sailors. What all twenty all have in common? They call northern Michigan home.]]> <![CDATA[Get Social at the Super Swirl! - ]]> But while every Swirl is well worth attending, CTAC’s once-per-summer Super Swirl engages CTAC fans on another level entirely, throwing open its doors to 600+ attendees for a giant, interactive art and music party where they can eat, drink, explore the arts center, view the summer exhibitions, and watch artists and musicians in action.]]> <![CDATA[Wildfire - WILL VIGILANT FOREST FIRE PREVENTION BURN NORTHERN MICHIGAN?]]> Northern Michigan’s success in preventing forest fires worries wildfire fighter and expert Jed Jaworski. We’ve done so well keeping our forests intact, he said, we’ve created a situation where wildfires could emerge as the region’s greatest threat. Counterintuitive? On the surface, maybe. But dig a little deeper into the symbiosis of the forest environment, where all elements coexist to create a balanced ecosystem...]]> <![CDATA[Runway Report: Top Picks For Fall 2016 - ]]> 2 Whether your fall involves plucking apples, buying boots, or strutting your stuff at your local cider house, you’ll need some great new autumn wear for the brand new season. So here are some just ripe for the picking: this fall’s top trends, right from the runway.]]> <![CDATA[Get Smart! - ]]> At first glance, the term smart clothing might drum up visions of your clothing assembling itself onto your body, transporting itself to the washing machine, or voluntarily lying across the iron until all wrinkles have disappeared.]]> <![CDATA[An Ally for Special Ed Families - ]]> Those trying to navigate the ins and outs of special education have an ally: Nicole Miller and the Michigan Alliance for Families (MAF). The statewide network offers expertise and fellowship, both of which are crucial for parents of children with disabilities.]]> <![CDATA[Summer Steps - ]]> <![CDATA[Yearbook Memories - ]]> Pretty much everybody has some unforgettable yearbook photos. The question is, are you brave enough to share them? Thankfully for the Express, some well-known locals certainly are.]]> <![CDATA[Big Changes at the Women’s Resource Center - ]]> Staff has turned over, and some former employees and supporters don’t like the direction the Women’s Resource Center Grand Traverse Area (WRC) has taken.]]> <![CDATA[Eat Like a Chef - ]]> With all of that culinary knowledge at their disposal, do you ever wonder what our local chefs prefer to prepare … and eat … at home? We tapped some of the region’s top chefs to find out the go-to meals they make when they’re off the clock and have a hankering for something delicious.]]> <![CDATA[Two Foodies Aim at a Fruit Juice Revolution - ]]> The amount of sugar in most fruit juices today rivals that of manufactured sodas — a problem that turns off many health-minded consumers, and one that friends and foodies Chad Anderson and Luc Hobson decided to tackle with their new product, Edit Fruit Juice, made right in Traverse City.]]> <![CDATA[An Extra Dime For Every Lunch - ]]> One dime per meal might sound like peanuts, but it can have a drastic impact on the quality of food and on the local farm economy, said Diane Conners, a Groundwork senior policy specialist. Consider that the amount spent on food for each school lunch is just $1.]]> <![CDATA[Nothing Tastes Better Than Home Cookin’ (that someone else makes) - ]]> What’s for dinner? That familiar lament can bring the response “Let’s order pizza,” “Whatever you’re fixing,” or everyone’s favorite: “Leftovers.” With busy lives focusing on work, school, vacation, visitors and the like, folks today seem to have less time than ever to fix a healthy, appealing meal.]]> <![CDATA[Michigan’s Ironmen - ]]> Fundraising and planning takes place year-round for the festival, which takes many volunteers and hundreds of manhours to make happen. It’s also a reunion of sorts, as men who worked on the bridge, as well as many other ironworkers from across the United States and Canada, meet up for this annual event.]]> <![CDATA[A Native American Showcase - ]]> The Annual Odawa Homecoming Pow Wow, an extensive all-day event that runs annually every summer in Harbor Springs, doesn’t only bring together the Odawa people to honor their own.]]>