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Tuesday, January 25, 2005

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Grand River Ice Jam Continues to Grow
WZZM TV 13 of Grand Rapids has a pair of features on the ice jam along the Grand River that is backing water up all the way to Comstock Park. The National Weather Service says heavy snow and bitter cold temperatures over the weekend caused the ice jam to make a big leap east all the way through Grand Rapids to Comstock Park.
More on the Grand River Ice Jam

Blame St. Clair River Dredging for Low Water Levels
The Detroit Free Press reports that a study released Monday by W.F. Baird & Associates Coastal Engineers of Toronto finds that Lake Michigan and Lake Huron have permanently lost a foot of water because of erosion in the St. Clair River caused by dredging and other activities. "It's like a drain hole at the bottom of a bathtub," said Rob Nairn of W.F. Baird.

Michigan Chambers Speak Against Rasing Minimum Wage
In response to a legislative proposal unveiled by House and Senate Democratic lawmakers to hike the state minimum wage to $7.15 per hour and tie future increases to the rate of inflation, the Michigan Chamber of Commerce said that raising the state minimum wage will increase the cost of doing business in Michigan and reduce low-skill, low-paying jobs. Michigan's minimum wage rate is currently $5.15 an hour, the same as the Federal rate.
Statement by the Detroit Regional Chamber opposing increasing minimum wage

SCO Refused by Michigan Court of Appeals
This story comes all the way from Utah and reports that the Michigan Court of Appeals has refused a bid by Utah's SCO Group to resurrect its Linux-related lawsuit against auto giant DaimlerChrysler. SCO is pursuing lawsuits against IBM ($5 billion), Novell, Autozone and RedHat that claim its Unix code has been illegally incorporated into the freely distributed Linux. Leaders in the pro-Linux open source community hailed the Michigan ruling as a possible portent for the SCO-IBM case, expected to go to trial this coming fall.

Interview with Snow Boat Inventor Harry Haney
The Detroit Free Press has an interview with Harry Haney, inventor of the snow boat - a 14-foot floating snowmobile that could be a lifesaver (or at least a snowmobile saver) for ice fishermen.

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