For a state so mired in its economic past, the news that Google is coming is an important herald of the future. This is not just about 1,000 jobs -- although every one of them is welcome news -- but about 1,000 of the kind of jobs that signal Michigan is more than just a manufacturing state.
Free Press business columnist Tom Walsh reports today that Google plans to put the headquarters of its AdWords unit in Ann Arbor. Google is the Internet's premier search engine, and AdWords is its major source of revenue.
Michigan already has a substantial high-tech workforce, but most of it is tied to the auto industry, which, despite the abundance of electronics in a modern motor vehicle, doesn't quite have the 21st Century cachet of Google.Story Continues
WASHINGTON (AP) Michigan's congressional delegation has gained traction on an issue that consistently unifies both parties: the battle against the influx of Canadian trash into state landfills.
A measure that gives states the authority to regulate the shipment of international municipal solid waste, pushed by Reps. Mike Rogers, R-Brighton, and John Dingell, D-Dearborn, won approval last week in a House panel.Full Dirty Story
SAN ANTONIO -- It wouldn't be a Detroit Pistons playoff series if they didn't fall behind at some point in the series.
And it wouldn't be a Pistons playoff series if they didn't come back to even things up. That trend will be put to the test tonight when the Pistons try to bounce back from a Game 1 loss to even up their NBA Finals series against the San Antonio Spurs.
"This is another game we have to win," said Pistons guard Lindsey Hunter. "We realize that." Full Story
Thursday, March 17, 2005
By Barton Deiters
The Grand Rapids Press
NIRVANA -- The Lake County couple alleged to have purchased a Kentucky baby for $5,000 say they have done nothing illegal.
"Our lives have been turned upside down by these false allegations," said Kim Brick, 29, from her home atop a hill in the tiny crossroads of Nirvana, overlooking M-10 between Reed City and Baldwin. "No one is telling the whole truth."
Brick said she has been inundated with calls from reporters around the nation and said she just wants to get her life back.
"We haven't done anything wrong," she saidFull Story
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BY THERESA D. Mcclellan
THE GRAND RAPIDS PRESS
GRAND RAPIDS -- Hours before he allegedly entered a local bank with a toy gun, tears fell from Lamont Davenport's face as he listened to his 2-year-old son cry for something to eat from the empty cupboards of his family's Southwest Side home.
Wednesday, March 16, 2005
By Nate Reens
The Grand Rapids Press
BALDWIN -- A Lake County couple who wanted an infant girl to call their own are again childless while the Kentucky couple accused of selling the 10-month-old to them for $5,000 could face criminal charges, police say.
Lake County Undersheriff Michael Dermyer said police in Williamsburg, Ky., contacted deputies in Baldwin Sunday and asked them to retrieve the girl after the mother's boyfriend, who is not the biological father, confessed they sold the child last week.
"Our first reaction was shock, of course," Dermyer said. "This is certainly a new one to me, but at this point we've got to wait and see what Kentucky doesFull Story
The Japanese automaker has submitted a bid of $9 million to the state for a 690 acre site in York Twp., south of Ann Arbor. The proposed R&D center could create as many as 2,000 jobs according to York Twp. supervisor Bill Dean.
GREENVILLE -- Federal-Mogul Corp. and the United Auto Workers reached a deal that will save more than 300 jobs in Greenville, according to the city's mayor.
The pact, if approved by UAW local members, is the last piece of an incentive package created to keep the engine bearing plant open.
"It is good news," said Mayor Lloyd Walker who has been in contact with the Livonia-based company. "I am very hopeful that the union ratifies the contract." Full Story
GRAYLING, Mich. (AP) Dozens of members of a Michigan National Guard unit have returned from Iraq after a 16-month tour of duty.
Several hundred relatives and friends gathered at Camp Grayling and cheered and cried with the arrival of a C-138 Hercules cargo plane carrying members of the 1438th Engineering Detachment. Mobilized in February 2003, 54 members of the unit left for Kuwait one year ago.Full Story
LANSING, Mich. (AP) Michigan K-12 schools could avoid having to cut $28 per student from their current budgets under legislation approved Tuesday by the state Senate.
The Senate voted 37-0 to transfer $50.1 million from the state's main check book, the general fund, into the school aid fund to resolve its deficit for the current fiscal year. The Legislature approved a similar shifting of funds last year.Full Story
MACKINAC ISLAND -- General Motors Corp. Chairman Rick Wagoner says the next president -- be it President Bush or challenger John Kerry -- must act quickly to stem skyrocketing health care costs, which he said have become a national crisis.
Speaking Friday at the Detroit Regional Chamber's annual policy conference here, Wagoner called on the next president to establish a commission of government, business and labor leaders to reform the nation's health care system. Full Story
John Kerry's joking over his vice presidential choice caused some confusion Friday. Shortly after Kerry gave an interview with a Detroit radio station Friday morning, rumors started flying that he said he would pick a running mate in a matter of days. The Kerry campaign made things worse when it released what turned out to be an inaccurate transcript of his interview with WJR.Full Story
STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) A city police officer was shot in his cruiser in a shopping center parking lot Friday. story continues..
WASHINGTON -- Out of work and not in school, a growing number of Michigan kids between the ages of 16 and 19 are losing their chance at becoming successful adults, a report released today suggests. story continues..
The annual KIDS COUNT report shows that more Michigan teens were out of school and out of work in 2001 than in 1996, while the number of so-called "disconnected" teens nationally was shrinking.
According to the Detroit Free Press
, Drew Lane and Mike Clark signed a three year, $4 million dollar contract this past summer.
According to census figures, Metro Detroit has lost at least 33,000 young adults, age 25-34, since 2000.
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