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Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Five Things You Need to Know for Wednesday, February 9, 2005

If Aretha doesn't sing the national anthem at Super Bowl XL, I'll want my money back. (note: the censors pulled our Bob Seger wardrobe malfunction bit)

Gov. Granholm Touts $2 Billion Tech Plan
The Detroit News reports that in her State of the State address last night, Gov. Jennifer Granholm wants Michigan voters to approve a $2 billion bond proposal this fall. The proposal would create 72,000 jobs in advanced automotive development, new life sciences technologies and other high-tech industries.

UM Prof Teaching Businesses to Blog
Today's Great Lakes IT Report highlights a University of Michigan business school assistant professor's new Web site and business. The Community Engine is designed to help companies learn the ways blogging can help them get closer to their customers.
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Showcase Detroit Music at Super Bowl XL
Detroit Free Press Entertainment columnist Brian McCollum asked readers who should perform at the Super Bowl XL halftime show. The consensus? Motor City music should take center stage. A Motown revue and Bob Seger topped the list with other artists including Stevie Wonder, Eminem, Kid Rock, Aretha Franklin and Madonna.

Michigan Climate to be like Ohio ... or Northern Arkansas?
The Kalamazoo Gazette reports that while there isn't (yet) a lot of hard data, signs in Michigan like migratory bird species arriving earlier in the spring and some flowers blooming earlier than decades ago are convincing some scientists that global warming is having an impact in Michigan. The article also discusses a 2003 report on the potential impact of climate change in the Great Lakes states that predicted by 2030, Michigan's climate will resemble Ohio's today, and by the end of the century it will be more like northern Arkansas is now.

Barnstorming Social Security Changes: President Speaks in Detroit
The Detroit News reports that President George W. Bush pitched Social Security reform Tuesday to the Detroit Economic Club. The article gives reactions of Michgan legislators, economists and citizens.

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