Friday, November 25, 2005
Five Things You Need to Know for Friday, November 25, 2005
Sorry, connection is too slow to blog today's stories, so click the link above to read them on Absolute Michigan.
Wednesday, November 23, 2005
Pig Toss Game Forerunner to "Horseshoes" by ypsi~dixit
ypsi~dixit writes: FOR ALL ITS PRIVATIONS, pioneer life had its moments of fun. Here you see a group of county residents playing the challenging Pig Toss Game, a forerunner of the more familiar "horseshoes."
Cool photo (not if you're a pig)!
Simple Sudoku by :neadfiles
neadfiles writes: It's kind of like a crossword puzzle but you only deal with the numbers 1-9. You are presented with a series of nine-square grids which are connected making a series of rows and columns. Some of the numbers (1-9) are already filled in. It's up to you to use each number only once within each nine square grid *and* each number can only be used once for each row and column.
Fighting for our Furry Friends by NOISE PhotoBlog
NOISE PhotoBlog writes: Erin Edwards, 23, right, and Michelle Cho, 23, protested J.Crew selling fur at Eastwood Towne Center in Lansing Tuesday. They dressed in leotards painted red to simulate skinned animals. The protest was part of a nationwide campaign by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).
A pretty graphic representation!
Democratic Party Plan for Iraq: Hoist the White Flag by Dr. Sanity
Dr. Sanity writes: Kerry, along with his fellow Democrats are desirous of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. The kindest explanation for this is that they are all a bunch of idiots.
Winter's First Smack by French Road Connections
French Road Connections writes: ...linemen worked their rear ends off last week, trying to get everyone's power back on. Some friends in Leland were without power for three days.
Five Things You Need to Know for Wednesday, November 23, 2005
Opinions: ...For the state, which bears the brunt of GM plant closings nationwide, there is renewed urgency to diversify Michigan's economy (LSJ), Gov. Jennifer Granholm took a gutsy stand for the average Michigander and for good government Monday...
Three Thanksgiving Features
The Detroit Free Press a couple of Thanksgiving features: One is a Q&A about turkeys, stuffing and other common Thanksgiving cooking issues and the other looks at stars from the Detroit Pistons and what they're holiday traditions. In case you missed it, our Home-Grown Thanksgiving offers some great information as well!
Read Pistons: Thanks 'Fro everything in the Freep
Read Home-Grown Thanksgiving from Absolute Michigan
Report on Michigan Adoption Day
The Detroit News has a feature on Michigan Adoption Day (the Tuesday before Thanksgiving every year). More than 40 Michigan counties participated in the event, the largest Adoption Day in the nation for the third year in a row. Some 4,400 children in Michigan's foster care system are still waiting to be adopted. Most are older, minorities or members of sibling groups.
Michigan Adoption Resource Exchange web site
Group Markets Michigan to China
Crain's Detroit Business reports on a bit of good news in a week where doom and gloom have ruled the roost. The Right Place Inc., an economic-development organization serving Grand Rapids, is pitching Michigan to Chinese suppliers as an automotive research-and-development mecca. The hope is that Chinese suppliers will emulate Korean suppliers (26 Korean suppliers have operations in Michigan).
Hendrix Files for Recount, Could Cost Detroit $500,000
The Detroit News reports that mayoral challenger Freman Hendrix (who trailed by 14,540 votes after results were certified Tuesday) filed for a recount in all 720 Detroit precincts, saying a review is needed to bring the city together again. The hand-counting process could take a month and cost city taxpayers more than $500,000.
Toys to Watch Out For
WWJ Newsradio reports that the Public Interest Group in Michigan (PIRGIM) is out with its 20th annual Toy Safety Survey "Trouble in Toyland." In addition to toys with choking hazards, PIRGIM also listed a number of toys containing phthalates, chemical compounds which give plastic balls and similar toys their flexibility.
Tuesday, November 22, 2005
Today's Photograph: Kelly by The Snowsuit Effort
The Snowsuit Effort writes: "I'm from Delaware. I can't get into a shelter because I don't have an identification card."
TEN THREATS: SEWAGE IN THE LAKES By GLRC
GLRC writes: Point source pollution means just that. It's pollution that comes from a single point; usually out the end of a pipe. It's easy to identify. Since the passage of the Clean Water Act more than 30 years ago, most of that kind of pollution has been cleaned up, but today, there are still some pipes dumping pollution into lakes and rivers, but Mark Brush reports stopping that remaining pollution isn't that easy
I hate being so busy! by Northern Michigan Detroit Sports Blog
Leelanau Sports Guy writes: Most of the time, that is true, but this weekend it was great. Why you ask? Because I didn't have to watch much of the weekend that was Detroit sports.
Steve Jobs spoof by PC Mike's E-Journal
PC Mike writes: Have you heard about Apple CEO Steve Job's latest appearance on Saturday Night Live?
Thanksgiving Plans by ypsi~dixit
ypsi~dixit writes: Thanksgiving will be on Sunday due to sister's inlaws' plans, which is fine with me--three more days to clean this house. May I ask, what would be a good appetizer or finger food with which to greet guests, and give them something to nibble while I'm fussing in the kitchen?
The Paint Man by dETROIT fUNK
dETROIT fUNK writes: A massive part of Detroits history went up in flames on Grand River this morning...I spoke with Mr. Costa briefly at the scene, and according to him and his partners, a massive collection of Detroit historical memorabilia was destroyed in this fire. Including one of the largest collections of Rosa Parks data in Detroit.
Five Things You Need to Know for Tuesday, November 22, 2005
Michigan History Magazine has a photo feature on the restoration of Saginaw's Temple Theatre that's pretty cool. Mitch Albom writes about the collapse of Red Wing Jiri Fischer.
GM News Doesn't Cut Quite as Deeply as Feared in Michigan
The Detroit News reports on General Motors' bombshell that it will cut 5000 additional jobs (30,000 total) and close nine North American plants by 2008 (MI plants in Lansing, Flint and Ypsilanti). Even though the state is home to 65% of the GM's production, just 10% of the jobs lost will be in Michigan. Flint is expected to be hardest hit and is also facing the loss of Delphis Flint East plant.
Also see GM's big shakeup from CNN Money
And read General Motors restructuring takes some by surprise in Michigan in the Detroit News
2005-2006 Michigan Skiing Update
CNN has a Ski Magazine feature by the Michigan Skier's Jim Neff about Boyne Mountain's new winter-themed indoor water park, Avalanche Bay, Michigan's first surf simulator (also reports on the hill). First Tracks Online reports that Crystal Mountain is ramping up for a Thanksgiving Day opening. With nothing but snow in the forecast, it looks like Michigan's ski season is off to a great start!
Read Nearly Two Feet of Snow Readies Michigan's Crystal Mountain Ski Area for Thanksgiving Opening from First Tracks Online
Jim Neff's Michigan Skier web site
The Story Behind Michigan County Names
Detroit News writer Tom Greenwood looks at where Michigan county names came from. Most of our county names come from Native American (Schoolcraft named many using quasi-Native American names) and from French, British (5 after Irish counties) and early American heritage (including 10 named after men in Andrew Jackson's administration). It's a gold mine for trivia buffs!
Michigan Place names web page
Governor Signs Business Bills, but Vetos Linked Bills
WZZM TV-13 Grand Rapids reports that Gov. Granholm signed bills that would cut business taxes and create an investment fund to encourage more high tech jobs in state. Only the investment fund will take effect as the tax cuts were tied to bills in the package that the governor vetoed. Republicans were sharply critical of the vetos.
Read Business tax relief in limbo in the Detroit News
Forget Oil, Water's the New Hot Resource
The University of Toledo's Independent Collegian has an interesting report on a conference of attorneys, law students and community members looking at the future of the Great Lakes water supply and recent laws and regulations. Factoid: In the 1970s, about 300 million gallons of water were used for bottling compared to today's 22.3 billion gallons.
Monday, November 21, 2005
Every Hundred Days - Bay Bucks 2.0 Launched!
On Friday (November 18, 2005) we worked on the new site for the Traverse Bay Community Currency Corporation (aka "Baybucks"). We ran into some difficulties and didn't get it launched till today (so while it was made in one day, we had to spend part of another fixing it!)
A bad day all around by Motown Sports Revival
Motown writes: Saturday was quite possibly the worst sporting day in the state of Michigan's history. Sure, there have been bad sporting days in the state before, but no other day can equal the amount of losses combined with the circumstances surrounding the losses.
Moments matter by A Life Extraordinary
A Life Extraordinary writes: I've been reading this book called Seizing Your Divine Moment by Erwin Raphael McManus, and it has really gotten me thinking....In his book, McManus concludes that unique opportunity-filled moments are happening all around us, all of the time. These 'Divine Moments' are affording us the chance to make something of the dreams we have, to pursue the unlived adventures that continually call to us, and to positively impact the lives of people around us.
American Life in Poetry: Column 034 by The Poetry Factory
Poetry Factory writes: In this poem by Pittsburgh resident Jim Daniels, a father struggles to heal his son's grief after an incident at school. The poem reminds us that when we're young little things can hurt in a big way.
Fun with Rodents by Find the River
Find the River writes: Squirrel baffling is evolving into a mamalian analog to catch and release fishing.
Nikola Tesla: Master of Lightning, Politics of History by ypsi~dixit
ypsi~dixit writes: Born during an 1856 lightning-storm in Croatia, Nikola Tesla immigrated to America with four cents in his pocket and a letter of introduction which he nervously gave to his hero, Thomas Edison.
Five Things You Need to Know for Monday, November 21, 2005
The Freep goes deeper into the cost of the Kalamazoo Promise (roughly $25 million annually by the time this year's kindergarteners are in college). The Detroit News finds that Women are pouring (election) cash into Michigan. Looking at today's stories, we think you might need to read Businesses find much to be thankful for despite economy in the LSJ.
Michigan Food Assistance Reaches 10 Year High
The Lansing State Journal reports that the number of people in the Michigan needing government help buying groceries is at an all-time high, topping 1 million in a month for the first time since 1994. That's one out of every nine Michiganians (11% of residents) buying their daily bread with food stamps. On Friday and over the objections of anti-hunger groups, the U.S. House voted Friday cut $700 million from the Food Stamp Program. Michigan could lose about $1 million in federal money if that passes.
Also see Local agencies raising funds as requests for food aid climb in the LSJ
Food Bank Council of Michigan
Gov Bill Milliken Calls for End to Partisan Bickering
MITECHNEWS.COM reports that former Michigan Governor William Milliken has called on Michigan's government leaders to end growing partisan bickering surrounding the Single Business Tax. "We must put aside the kind of one upmanship that is going on, the semi-name calling," Milliken said. "...our leaders must deliberately seek out opportunities to find ways to work together."
Less Than Cheery Job Forecast for 2006
The Ann Arbor News reports that a University of Michigan forecast released Friday says that it may be years before the state sees a significant economic recovery and that 2006 will be the sixth straight year of job losses - the longest stretch of employment decline since World War II. The study predicts a net loss of 9,600 jobs next year, followed by a net increase of 10,600 jobs in 2007.
UM Launches Sustainability Institute
Crain's Detroit Business reports that the University of Michigan has has launched the Graham Environmental Sustainability Institute. The Institute will fund new fellowships, internships and faculty research in five areas: energy, freshwater systems, human health and its link to the changing environment, global change and biodiversity, and infrastructure and manufacturing systems.
Companies Scour UP for Minerals
The Mining Journal has a report on the many mineral exploration efforts taking place in the Upper Peninsula. Kennecott Mineral's proposed Eagle Project mine in the Yellow Dog Plains in northern Marquette County has grabbed most of the attention in recent years, but there are other prospecting efforts for zinc, copper, gold, silver and even uranium.
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