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Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Five Things You Need to Know for Tuesday, February 1, 2005

On a gray day like today, you have to be thankful for evergreen trees.

February is National Cherry Month
Michigan is the largest producer of Montmorency tart cherries, growing 70-75% of the crop. The Cherry Marketing Institute has information available for educators and other folks regarding the history and present state of the cherry industry including growing research showing that antioxidants in tart cherries may relieve the pain of arthritis and gout & help fight cancer and heart disease.
Tons of cherry information from the Cherry Marketing Institute
Cherry Links from Absolute Michigan

Impacts of Potential SBC Purchase of AT&T
The Detroit Free Press reports that SBC Communications Inc.'s proposed purchase of AT&T Corp ($16 billion) could change Michigan's telecommunications industry substantially. In addition to creating the nation's largest telecommunications company, the purchase could impact thousands of Michigan workers and possibly raise rates for business customers. The deal remains to be approved.

Pistons Meet the President
The Detroit Free Press has a feature on yesterday's visit to the White House by the 2004 NBA Champion Detroit Pistons. President Bush praised the Pistons' teamwork and unselfishness and was presented with an "04" jersey (instead of the usual #1).

CMU Study Finds Early Computer Use Beneficial
The Great Lakes IT Report reports that a study by three Central Michigan University researchers finds that children who begin using computers earlier are better prepared to meet the challenges of an information technology society and the demands of college. Makes sense, doesn't it?
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Michigan Gas Prices Soaring
The Detroit News reports that the average cost of a gallon of gas in southeastern Michigan was $1.95 (and three cents more statewide) after starting 2005 at $1.72. Industry analysts believe that prices may climb as much as 30 cents more, which would top Michigan's previous high of $2.13.

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