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Thursday, January 20, 2005

Five Things You Need to Know for Thursday, January 20, 2005

Michigan last in employment? How far we've fallen.

Michigan Unemployment Rate Climbs for December
The Detroit News reports that Michigan's jobless rate climbed to 7.3 percent in December (the high for 2004). With Oregon improving and Alaska yet to report, it could leave Michigan with the highest unemployment rate in the nation.

Congress Could Put More Local Food Into Schools
The Great Lakes Bulletin News Service has a look at how the US Congress could use the federal Child Nutrition Act (and the $200 million that Michigan schools spend each year on food) to benefit Michigan farmers and growers.

Darko Milicic Myths ... Debunked?
Detroit Free Press columnist Michael Rosenberg has a thought-provoking look at the myths surrounding Piston's center Darko Milicic that's worth a read. (if, of course, you're interested in pro basketball!)

U-M research may cut fuel cell costs
The Great Lakes IT Report passes along an AutoTech Daily report that researchers at the University of Michigan are working on a new process that could cut fuel cell production costs by 90 percent, according to the researchers.

AAA to Sponsor Roush NASCAR Vehicle
The Detroit Free Press reports that the Auto Club Group (AAA) will be sponsoring a Roush Racing NASCAR vehicle. The writer notes that there may seem to be a disconnect with an auto insurance company sponsoring a vehicle in a sport that is inherently dangerous, but AAA points out that safety innovations like rearview mirrors, seat belts and anti-lock brakes owe much to auto racing.

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