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Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Five Things You Need to Know for Wednesday, March 2, 2005

Due to a speaking engagement at the Michigan Wine Industry Annual Meeting, there won't be anything you need to know for Thursday, March 3rd!!

Modern Day Voyaguers
This morning's Great Lakes IT Report had a feature on 17 Lawrence Technological University students and three professors who will paddle their historic replica (plus a few modern-day canoes) from Detroit to Pittsburgh to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the French and Indian War. A study of the five watersheds will fulfill civil engineering & science requirement of the course.
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State Ski Championships
The Traverse City Record-Eagle reports on last weekend's State Ski Championships. In Class A action, the Traverse City Trojan girls team upset six-time defending champion Marquette to win their first title since 1998 while the Petoskey boys edged Marquette for the championship. Harbor Springs won the Class B-C-D boys championship while Traverse City St. Francis won their first B-C-D girls title.
Read Trojans stun Marquette in the Record-Eagle
Read Behan, Chopp lead Petoskey to championship in the Record-Eagle
Harbor Springs boys win back crown in the Record-Eagle
Gladiator girls win first state title in the Record-Eagle

GM to Close Historic Lansing Car Plant
The Detroit News reports that General Motors told workers yesterday that the 85-year-old Lansing Car plant. Hourly workers will be temporarily laid off, and then most will transfer to a new GM plant under construction in nearby Delta Township.
Also see Workers ponder life after closing in the Lansing State Journal

Port Huron Granted "Maritime Capital" Trademark
The Detroit Free Press reports that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has granted a trademark to the city of Port Huron for "Maritime Capital of the Great Lakes". The news drew fire from other cities, including Duluth, MN (which handles more freight than any city on the Lakes.
Also check out City's slogan prompts furor in the Duluth News Tribune

Blue Cross Rates to Climb
The Detroit News reports that Michigan's largest insurer, Blue Cross, will increase its insurance premiums for group medical coverage by an average of 7-9% this year while individual policy rates will jump by nearly 15%.

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