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The school year started with an internet blackout for University of Michigan students.

And now we know a little more about why.

A third party hacked into the school’s computer system, prompting university officials to shut it down on Aug. 27, Sam Dodge recently reported.

An investigation into the hack revealed an unauthorized individual was able to access certain university systems from Aug. 23-27. The hacker had access to Social Security numbers, driver’s licenses or other government-issued identification numbers, financial account of payment card numbers and/or health information.

The university is continuing efforts to make the network more secure, according to the story.

Meanwhile, steep rents continue to cause a headache. They’ve even prompted a lawmaker who rents in the city to speak out.

State Rep. Carrie Rheingans, D-Ann Arbor, recently received an email notice from her landlord stating that her rent will increase by $6,000 per year, according to Ryan Stanton’s story. And if she doesn’t act soon, that price could go up.

The lawmaker introduced a bill into the Michigan Legislature on Sept. 7 that would repeal Michigan’s 1988 ban on rent control, restoring the ability of communities to enact local rent regulations.

Read more about those stories and others below.

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John Counts is editor for MLive/The Ann Arbor News where he started as a police and court reporter in 2012. He lives in Whitmore Lake with his wife, two daughters and two dogs. He can be reached at [email protected].


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