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Thursday, May 18, 2006

Thursday, May 18, 2006: Five Things You Need to Know

Absolute Michigan was on WMKT AM 1270 Charlevoix this morning. Thanks to host Greg Marshall for having me on and thanks to everyone who added links and contacted us as result!

Check out: Henry Ford Museum's bicycle built for 10, Old Blue (license plates) out in 2007, and (because everyone is talking about it and we don't want to be left out) Searching for Jimmy Hoffa on a Milford farm.

Study Finds Trees Function as a Public Utility

Michigan.gov reports that a recently completed study by American Forests in partnership with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the USDA Forest Service has determined that although communities make huge investments in building gray infrastructure to manage stormwater and clean air and water, the same services are performed every day by trees and other vegetation. The study found Detroit's trees are currently providing $38 million worth of annual stormwater management and air pollution mitigation cost savings. Additionally, these trees store 1.2 million tons of carbon and sequester 9,000 pounds of carbon annually.
Read New Study of Southeast Michigan's Land Reveals Tree Canopy Acts as a Public Utility from the Michigan Newswire
View the full report at Urban Ecosystem Analysis from American Forests

Stevie Wonder to Attend Walk of Fame Celebration
The Lansing Principal Shopping District confirmed last night that Michigan Walk of Fame inductee Stevie Wonder will attend the Walk of Fame celebration at the Michigan Historical Museum on Thursday, May 25 from 6:30 - 10:30 PM. Also on hand will be famed White House correspondent Helen Thomas, another of the inaugural inductees.
Explore the Michigan Walk of Fame (includes link to inductees info on Wikipedia)
Stevie Wonder's web site

Wildlife Conservancy Says Michigan Definitely Home to Cougars

WOOD-TV reports that researchers with the Michigan Wildlife Conservancy say they have found evidence of cougars in eight northern Michigan counties. The study was published in April's issue of Notre Dame's American Midland Naturalist. "Michigan is definitely home to resident cougars that are here year round," said Patrick Rusz, a co-author of the study.
Read Study finds cougars live in Michigan from WOOD-TV (includes a nice video)
Check keyword "Cougar" for many more articles from Absolute Michigan

Will the Real Detroit Pistons Please Call Home? Your Fans are Worried.
"We got nobody to blame. We done a lot of talking. We haven't done enough playing."
-Ben Wallace
Read Mighty Pistons take a fall on ESPN
Read MITCH ALBOM: PANIC TIME! from the Freep
Observer Mike at Metroblogging Detroit smells a conspiracy
Need4Sheed has Detroit Pistons Unity Wallpaper for these trying times
Detroit Bad Boys asks "Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?"

Fight the Blight
Yesterday's Detroit Free Press had a feature on a 6-foot-high concrete wall stretches for a half-mile, starting just south of 8 Mile Road, along an alley between Birwood and Mendota that was built to divide the blacks living on one side from the whites living on the other. Now Motor City Blight Busters, a nonprofit that cleans up Detroit neighborhoods and rehabilitates properties, is working with the neighborhood to paint a mural on a 310-foot section of the wall that runs along the western edge of Alphonso Wells Park.
Read A divisive wall is becoming a sign of unity in the Detroit Free Press
Motor City Blight Busters

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