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Thursday, January 13, 2005

Five Things You Need to Know for Thursday, January 13, 2005

Record high temperatures across Michigan yesterday & today, even some thunderstorms.

200 car I-96 Pileup
The Lansing State Journal has an in-depth report on a fog-induced, 200 vehicle pileup that killed 2 and closed I-96 from Webberville to Okemos for 10 hours yesterday. The photo on the LSJ front page is pretty disturbing.

Proposals Could Bring Lower Insurance Rates to Michigan
The Detroit Free Press reports that Gov. Jennifer Granholm and Office of Financial and Insurance Services Commissioner Linda Watters said Wednesday they sent a legislative panel a set of proposed rules to reduce base insurance rates and prohibit insurers from using credit scores to determine insurance rates. The Insurance Institute of Michigan responded that credit scoring allows insurers to provide discounts to about two-thirds of policyholders.

Lions Back Joey Harrington
The Detroit News reports that the Detroit Lions' President Matt Millen and Coach Steve Mariucci issued a joint statement Wednesday, calling "baseless and untrue" a published report that the franchise is considering releasing Harrington, or that such an action has been a point of discussion in the front office. This was in reaction to a story posted by Tom Kowalski on MLive.com.
MLive story: Sources say Lions considering releasing Harrington

Upper Midwest Cross Country Ski Lodges
The Detroit Free Press has a review of some great lodges & cross-country skiing destinations in the upper Midwest that includes Hilltop and River houses at Active Backwoods Retreat (Ironwood, Michigan). As for the ones that are in Minnesota & Wisconsin ... well, sometimes it's nice to travel out of state.
Read Cross-country ski, or chill, in Upper Midwest in the Freep

Technology & Intellect to Drive Michigan's Auto Future
The Detroit News reports that a group of top auto executives and industry experts who spoke Wednesday at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit feel that brains, not brawn will be most important commodity in an automotive future that will see hydrogen-powered cars, people-friendly designs and computers taking over many driving functions.

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