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Hepatitis C diagnoses rise; health cost concerns spread

More patients with the hepatitis C virus, the leading cause of liver failure, are turning up in doctors' offices across Metro Detroit with liver damage - a phenomenon likely to drive up health care costs. About 20 percent of persons with the virus will eventually need liver transplants, but "there\'s just not enough livers to go around,\" said Dr. Milton Mutchnick, head of gastroenterology at Wayne State's School of Medicine. \"It\'s really an epidemic here in Detroit.\"

Halloween fun shifts

A story about trick-or-treating on Halloween includes a comment from Charo Hulleza, managing director of Wayne State\'s Center for Urban Studies. She said the choice to trick or treat in affluent subdivisions where houses are close together is a market-driven choice. \"There is a perceived opportunity of maximum benefit from minimum effort,\" Hulleza said. \"And you will see parents from all sorts of communities facilitating this by driving (their children) around.\"

Hispanics testify before State Commission on Higher Education

Hispanic educators and community leaders testified before Lt. Gov. John Cherry's Commission on Higher Education and Economic Growth at Wayne State on Oct. 18. Among those on hand to make presentations was Jorge Chinea of Wayne State's Center for Chicano-Boricua Studies. He cited findings from a report on the state Hispanic population published by the WSU Center for Urban Studies and the Skillman Center for Children. Andre Furtado, acting director of CBS, emphasized the importance of boosting Detroit's college completion rates across all ethnic and racial lines.

P. Diddy takes to the skies in his political party plane

The newspapers listed above are a few of dozens across the country that carried an Associated Press story that mentions Wayne State University. The story chronicles the Sean "P. Diddy" Combs' "Vote or Die" tour to major cities in five swing states, including Michigan, where the entertainer addressed a large crowd from an outdoor stage on the WSU campus Tuesday. The purpose of the tour is to encourage young adults in urban areas to vote in the November election.