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Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Five Things You Need to Know for Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow...

Granholm Asks Watkins to Resign
The Detroit Free Press reports that Governor Jennifer Granholm on Tuesday said state Superintendent of Schools Tom Watkins should resign, calling him an ineffective education leader. The Department of Education, however, has sole power to hire or fire the State Superintendent.

Motown Winter Blast - January 21st - 23rd
Mother Nature has brought winter galore in time for the Motown Winter Blast, to be held this weekend, January 21-23, 2005. The new event is designed to be the backdrop for the 2006 Super Bowl and will be in preview mode this weekend. Events include snow sculpture, ice show, live music, a Tour d'Art, food & entertainment including a Stevie Wonder Tribute Concert.

Over Half of Michigan Votors Favor Affirmative Action Ban
WOOD TV (Grand Rapids) reports that a new poll finds that 53% of likely voters favor a state constitutional amendment banning affirmative action in university admissions and government hiring. 33% were opposed and 14% were undecided.

Michigan Programmers Fight Hackers
Detroit Free Press technology writer Mike Wendland has an article on two Michigan programmers who are helping in the fight against spyware and hacking: Oakland County's Richard Stiennon with Webroot (anti-spyware/adware software) and Mike Klein, CEO of Ann Arbor's LucidLink (wireless security).

Super Seiche of 1939
The Marquette Mining Journal has a feature about a tremendous seiche (pronounced "saysh") that raised Lake Superior's water level at Marquette Harbor 8 feet on June 16, 1939, shortly after 10:30 AM. A seiche is caused when wind or air pressure changes cause the entire surface of a body of water to rhythmically rock back and forth from shore to shore, and this feature does an excellent job of explaining the phenomenon.

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