In an April 2, 2017, story by Amy Davidson titled “Trump v. The Earth,” the New Yorker magazine ran a cartoon. It featured a cartoon President Donald Trump standing in front of coal plant smoke stacks with black smoke emerging from them.

ForTheRecord says: The New Yorker claims it is “fighting fake stories with real ones.” But in this instance, the “fake news” was the idea that coal plants have black smoke polluting the sky.

“The picture of the flue-gas stacks with black smoke coming out is a deliberate misrepresentation of what actually happens,” said Jason Hayes, director of environmental policy for the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. “No coal plant in the U.S. could ever have black smoke coming out of its flue gas stacks. It would be shut down immediately, fined, and forced into repair mode. … The stuff coming out of the flue-gas stack is primarily water vapor.”

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Renting out the family summer cottage is a common practice in Michigan, and with today’s technologies, it’s easier than ever, empowered by services like AirBnB, HomeAway, VRBO and more. These short-term rentals mean vacationers can find a place much more easily and inexpensively, while owners can earn some extra money. It seems like a win-win. Not everyone agrees. Some in the accommodations and tourism industries aren’t happy with the increased competition and are advocating for limiting people’s rights to rent out their homes. Some homeowner associations are pushing back as well. And while cities like Detroit and Grand Rapids have mostly embraced home sharing, some local governments have restricted and even banned the practice.

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