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Wednesday, March 09, 2005

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

Flown in a hot-air balloon? If it was over Michigan, you'll need to thank Bill Milliken for rescinding a 1931 law on this date in 1976. More from Michigan History Magazine.

Cougar Sightings in Lenawee County
The Detroit Free Press has a report on several cougar sightings over the last few weeks in Lenawee County. The article also points out a great information site for cougars in Michigan (with a cougar video!).

Virtual Detroit
The Detroit Free Press reports on a new, interactive Web site that lets users tour a virtual downtown launched by Technology Productions Inc. Mapdetroit.com is a free site that catalogs nearly every business, parking deck and monument from the Detroit River to I-75, and from I-375 to the Lodge.
Visit MapDetroit.com

Rather ... or not?
The Detroit Free Press reports that WWTV-WWUP, a Cadillac-based CBS affiliate in northern Lower Michigan is asking viewers to vote on whether it should air tonight's prime-time tribute to outgoing CBS anchor Dan Rather.
WWTV-WWUP web site

U-M Announces Grant Program, MSU Seeks Donors
The State News has a report on a new program announced by the University of Michigan this week called M-PACT, which would reduce loans students have to repay. The program would award grants in the amounts of $500, $1,000 and $1,500 to students based on their amount of need. An MSU official was quoted as saying that the school was looking for donors to step forward to start a similar program.

Board of Education Requests Changes in No Child Left Behind
MLive.com reports that the State Board of Education of Michigan is requesting changes from the U.S. Department of Education that would make it easier for Michigan schools to meet academic standards required under the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB). Without the changes, 1,444 schools next year, up from 861 this year, would not make Adequate Yearly Progress under NCLB.

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