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Friday, February 18, 2005

Five Things You Need to Know for Friday, February 18, 2005

Late again today ... or is it just very early for Monday?

History of UP Sled Dog Racing
The Mining Journal has an excellent feature on the history of sled dog racing in the Upper Peninsula. The article has photos from the Marquette County History Museum of sled dog racing from Ishpeming in the early 1900s that make it more than worth the click!

Impact of Michigan Merit Scholarship Changes
The Detroit News reports that while proposed changes in Michigan's Merit Scholarship program will cost more money, hurt some low-income students and reduce the total number of students receiving scholarships, they might also help increase the number of college graduates in Michigan.

AC, DC or HTTP?
Detroit Free Press technology writer Mike Wedland reports that a report from a task force of regulatory officials chaired by Michigan Public Service Commissioner Laura Chappelle concluded that BPL (broadband-over-power-line) will serve the public interest by expanding efficient broadband access.

US Fish & Wildlife Service to Seek Lake Sturgeon in Saginaw Rivers
The Bay City Times reports that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plans to begin a three-year project next month to see if lake sturgeon, a species native to the area, are swimming in from Saginaw Bay and up the Saginaw River to drop eggs in the Tittabawassee and Cass rivers. Sturgeon can grow to be 9 feet long, weigh up to 300 pounds and live to be 150 years old.

Deficit Forces Lansing to Close Five Schools
The Lansing State Journal reports that the Lansing school board voted Thursday to close five schools. The decision will save the district $4.6 million a year but displace more than 1,000 students. The 16,750-student school system is facing a $10 million to $12 million deficit and losing about 400 students every year.

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