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Friday, January 21, 2005

Pistons Get Arroyo for Campbell

The sports bloggers are afire after the NBA approved a trade bt the Detroit Pistons of Elden Campbell + a 1st round draft pick for Utah Jazz point guard Carlos Arroyo.

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Five Things You Need to Know for Friday, January 21, 2005

This is a little late, but hey, it was -8 degrees this morning!

Detroit Public Schools May Need to Close Schools, Slash Budget
The Detroit Free Press reports that Detroit Public Schools officials have projected that the district will have to close nearly half (110) of its 252 schools and cut $380 million from its budget over the next three to five years to climb out of debt and keep up with declining enrollment.
More about Detroit School District's challenges in the Freep

Washtenaw Considers Countywide WiFi
The Great Lakes IT Report reports that Washtenaw County commissioners were to be asked last night for their support in implementing a countywide wireless high-speed Internet access system by the end of 2007.
Sign up for the Great Lakes IT Report

Coast to Coast Adventure Race - June 1st - 5th
The June 2005 Michigan Coast to Coast Adventure Race sold out in 3 days earlier this month. It looks like an interesting concept: Frankfort to Lake Huron with canoeing, mountain biking, orienteering, pack rafting, trekking & fixed ropes all part of the mix.
Infiterra Sports detailed race information

Auto Show's Coolest Rides ... Pre-teen Style
Apparently, after 3+ weeks of North American Auto Show coverage, you really have to work for the stories. The Detroit News has a feature wherein a panel of elementary schools students rate the best & worst vehicles of the show.

West Michigan Golf Show - February 4th-6th
The West Michigan Golf Show set for February 4-6, 2005 at the DeVos Place in downtown Grand Rapids. The show features hundreds of exhibits, interactive golf areas, equipment, merchandise, clinics and free lessons.

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Thursday, January 20, 2005

George Week's Take on Judge Elizabeth Weaver's Departure

A reader pointed out this column (Departing justice urges judicial term limits) from Suday's Detroit News by George Weeks.

I'm not a fan of term limits and was glad to hear one such fan, GOP chairwoman DeVos, say on Friday there might be merit to extending the state House terms from six to eight. But DeVos is right: The public climate is not yet ripe for change.

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Five Things You Need to Know for Thursday, January 20, 2005

Michigan last in employment? How far we've fallen.

Michigan Unemployment Rate Climbs for December
The Detroit News reports that Michigan's jobless rate climbed to 7.3 percent in December (the high for 2004). With Oregon improving and Alaska yet to report, it could leave Michigan with the highest unemployment rate in the nation.

Congress Could Put More Local Food Into Schools
The Great Lakes Bulletin News Service has a look at how the US Congress could use the federal Child Nutrition Act (and the $200 million that Michigan schools spend each year on food) to benefit Michigan farmers and growers.

Darko Milicic Myths ... Debunked?
Detroit Free Press columnist Michael Rosenberg has a thought-provoking look at the myths surrounding Piston's center Darko Milicic that's worth a read. (if, of course, you're interested in pro basketball!)

U-M research may cut fuel cell costs
The Great Lakes IT Report passes along an AutoTech Daily report that researchers at the University of Michigan are working on a new process that could cut fuel cell production costs by 90 percent, according to the researchers.

AAA to Sponsor Roush NASCAR Vehicle
The Detroit Free Press reports that the Auto Club Group (AAA) will be sponsoring a Roush Racing NASCAR vehicle. The writer notes that there may seem to be a disconnect with an auto insurance company sponsoring a vehicle in a sport that is inherently dangerous, but AAA points out that safety innovations like rearview mirrors, seat belts and anti-lock brakes owe much to auto racing.

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Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Detroit News Guide to Motown Winter Blast

In depth report on what's on tap for this weekend for the inaugural, prequel, winter festival.

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Five Things You Need to Know for Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow...

Granholm Asks Watkins to Resign
The Detroit Free Press reports that Governor Jennifer Granholm on Tuesday said state Superintendent of Schools Tom Watkins should resign, calling him an ineffective education leader. The Department of Education, however, has sole power to hire or fire the State Superintendent.

Motown Winter Blast - January 21st - 23rd
Mother Nature has brought winter galore in time for the Motown Winter Blast, to be held this weekend, January 21-23, 2005. The new event is designed to be the backdrop for the 2006 Super Bowl and will be in preview mode this weekend. Events include snow sculpture, ice show, live music, a Tour d'Art, food & entertainment including a Stevie Wonder Tribute Concert.

Over Half of Michigan Votors Favor Affirmative Action Ban
WOOD TV (Grand Rapids) reports that a new poll finds that 53% of likely voters favor a state constitutional amendment banning affirmative action in university admissions and government hiring. 33% were opposed and 14% were undecided.

Michigan Programmers Fight Hackers
Detroit Free Press technology writer Mike Wendland has an article on two Michigan programmers who are helping in the fight against spyware and hacking: Oakland County's Richard Stiennon with Webroot (anti-spyware/adware software) and Mike Klein, CEO of Ann Arbor's LucidLink (wireless security).

Super Seiche of 1939
The Marquette Mining Journal has a feature about a tremendous seiche (pronounced "saysh") that raised Lake Superior's water level at Marquette Harbor 8 feet on June 16, 1939, shortly after 10:30 AM. A seiche is caused when wind or air pressure changes cause the entire surface of a body of water to rhythmically rock back and forth from shore to shore, and this feature does an excellent job of explaining the phenomenon.

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Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Manitou Music Festival Site Launched!

Sorry for the lack of updates through the day -- a lot to do in a little time.

The site has been completed and can be reached at manitoumusicfestival.org. Have a look and let us know what you think!

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100 Days Update: 11 AM

Click the link above to view the initial design template for the Manitou Music Festival.

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Every Hundred Days, Opening Thoughts

The Manitou Music Festival is a presentation of the Glen Arbor Art Association and has given Leelanau County 15 years of amazing musical offerings every summer.

Our goal with the web site will be to present their calendar in a way that is rich and dynamic and also to allow site visitors to learn much more about the musicians.

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Five Things You Need to Know for Tuesday, January 18, 2005

The wind stopped blowing ... now it'll start snowing!

Every Hundred Days Today!
Today the staff of Leelanau.com will spend the entire day creating a new web site for the Manitou Music Festival. We hope that you will follow our progress and post comments in the Five Things You Need to Know Blog.

Land Bank Helps Flint Redevelopment
The Michigan Land Use Institute has an in-depth article exploring how Genesee County is using new state laws to redevelop abandoned properties in the city of Flint. The Land Bank Fast Track Authority legislation allows people to acquire abandoned property more quickly. It also enables township, city, and county governments to assemble and redevelop large amounts of long-abandoned property.

George Weeks Reflects on Watkins School Issues Report
Detroit News columnist George Weeks writes that while State School Superintendent of Education Tom Watkins raised a stir with the report titled "Structural Issues Surrounding Michigan School Funding in the 21st Century", his position that the state's public education system needs major reform is right on.

Olympic Education Center at NMU to Host Speedskating Championships
The Associated Press reports that the National Speedskating Short Track Championships, which will determine who represents the United States during the 2006 Winter Olympics, are scheduled for December 12-16, 2005 at the Berry Events Center on the campus of Northern Michigan University.

Kayak for a Cure, Kayakers to Attempt Lake Michigan Crossing
The Grand Rapids Press reports that Bill Beland and 9 others plan to kayak 90 miles across Lake Michigan this August to raise at least $25,000 and awareness for the American Cancer Society.

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Monday, January 17, 2005

Five Things You Need to Know for Monday, January 17, 2005

Memo to thermometer: Double digit temperatures ARE allowed!!

Michigan Prep Girls Season Likely to Change
The Detroit Free Press reports that Federal courts have ruled that Michigan's prep athletics seasons discriminate against girls in some sports. Michigan is the only state to play girls volleyball in the winter, and one of two to play girls basketball outside of winter. The Michigan High School Athletic Association argues the current schedule is not discriminatory and say altering the seasons could lead to fewer girls playing sports and could also pose scheduling problems for schools.

Martin Luther King Day in Michigan
The Detroit News has a feature looking at how metro Arab-Americans are looking at Martin Luther King's message and has a comprehensive listing of the day's events around the area.
Martin Luther King Day features in the Detroit Free Press

Every Hundred Days Project - January 18, 2005
Every 100 days, the staff of Leelanau.com (the folks behind Absolute Michigan) dedicates an entire day to the production of a web site for a deserving nonprofit or community organization. Tomorrow (Tuesday, January 18 2005) a new web site for the Manitou Music Festival will be created and you are invited to follow along through the Absolute Michigan Blog.

To date, the project has created 10 web sites and has had a northern Michigan focus. Leelanau.com has elected to extend the project to the entire state of Michigan and organizations may apply online at www.leelanau.com/100/.


91% of Michigan's Teachers "Highly Qualified"
MLive.com & Booth Newspapers report that 9% of Michigan teachers must prove by the end of next school year that they are highly qualified to teach their core academic subjects under the Federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.

Making Sense of Keweenaw Snow Totals
No place in Michigan gets more snow than the Keweenaw Peninsula. As this Houghton Daily Mining Gazette reports, accurately calculating that total is no easy matter.

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