The Basketbowl was a college basketball game between Michigan State University and the University of Kentucky held on December 13, 2003 at Ford Field, a domed American football stadium in Detroit, Michigan. The announced crowd of 78,129 set a record for verified attendance at a basketball game in history. While the record was broken at the 2010 NBA All-Star Game, which drew 108,713 to Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, the Basketbowl still holds the record for attendance at a college basketball game. Kentucky won the game 79–74, never trailing throughout the contest. The NCAA was so impressed with the massive size of the crowd that they decided in 2008 to expand the seating capacity for the Men's Division I Basketball Championship to a minimum of 70,000 starting with the 2009 Final Four, which would be held in that stadium.
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On December 13, 1983, the Detroit Pistons defeat the Denver Nuggets by a score of 186-184 in triple overtime, in the highest scoring game in the history of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
Both teams entered the game on a three-game losing streak. With Denver leading by two after a strong offensive performance on both sides, Pistons center Bill Laimbeer intentionally missed a free throw with four seconds left in regulation, enabling Isiah Thomas to grab the rebound and drive to the basket, tying the game at 145. With Denver leading again, Thomas scored a three-point shot to help keep Detroit in the game and end the first five-minute overtime at 159-159 after Denver’s Dan Issel missed a last-second shot. In the second, Thomas netted a lay-up just after the buzzer sounded, leaving the score tied at 171. John Long put the Pistons ahead for good at 181-179 with one minute, 11 seconds left in the third overtime, with Thomas adding a lay-up after a steal seconds later and two points on free throws with 28 seconds left. Despite a three-pointer by Richard Anderson in the last two seconds of the game, Detroit emerged on top, 186-184.
Thomas (47 points) and Long (41) were the Pistons’ leading scorers, while Denver was led by Kiki Vandeweghe (51) and Alex English (47). In all, six players from each team scored in the double figures. The two teams shot a combined 142-for-251 (.566) from the field and both of them smashed the previous team record for most points scored in a single game--173, set by the Boston Celtics in a game against the Minneapolis Lakers (who moved to Los Angeles the following year) on February 27, 1959. Their combined total also easily surpassed the previous mark of 337, set by the San Antonio Spurs and Milwaukee Bucks in a 171-166 triple overtime win by San Antonio on March 6, 1982.
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On December 13, 1819, the Pontiac Road, Michigan's first surveyed road, was laid out in Detroit. It is now known as M-1, or Woodward Avenue.
Source : Detroit Historical Society
Food supplies for fish and other organisms are declining in some areas of the Great Lakes, particularly Lakes Huron and Michigan, according to a newly released scientific report.
The study, based on years of data compiled by government agencies and university researchers, found evidence of drop-offs in phytoplankton — tiny plants essential to many food chains — since the late 1990s. A decline in tiny invertebrates and prey fish, such as alewives and round gobies, also was detected.
It’s likely that invasive quagga and zebra mussels have played a significant role by gobbling plankton, according to the paper, which was published online this month in the journal BioScience (December 5, 2013). The mussels arrived in the Great Lakes in the 1980s after being scooped into cargo ships’ ballast tanks in foreign ports and hauled across the Atlantic.
Another crucial factor is government policies that have reduced the flow of phosphorus — a key food source for plankton — as a means of preventing runaway algae blooms.
Cited article : David B. Bunnell, Richard P. Barbiero, Stuart A. Ludsin, Charles P. Madenjian, Glenn J. Warren, David M. Dolan, Travis O. Brenden, Ruth Briland, Owen T. Gorman, Ji X. He, Thomas H. Johengen, Brian F. Lantry, Barry M. Lesht, Thomas F. Nalepa, Stephen C. Riley, Catherine M. Riseng, Ted J. Treska, Iyob Tsehaye, Maureen G. Walsh, David M. Warner, and Brian C. Weidel, "Changing Ecosystem Dynamics in the Laurentian Great Lakes: Bottom-Up and Top-Down Regulation",
BioScience, December 5, 2013.
For the full newspaper article, see John Flesher, "Study: Food supplies drop in Lakes Huron, Michigan", Detroit Free Press, December 12, 2013.
Also see "Limited food may be significantly changing Great Lakes ecosystems", University of Michigan News, December 12, 2013.
Medical marijuana laws were eased and clarified by the state House of Representatives Thursday.
Two bills – one which would let communities allow and regulate medical marijuana dispensaries and the other which would legalize marijuana-infused products like brownies and oils – passed the House and now move to the Senate, which could begin considering the bills next year.
A third bill, SB 660 which passed on an 87-22 vote, would provide for the licensure and regulation of facilities to grow and test pharmaceutical grade pot and allow those facilities to sell the drug to pharmacies to dispense. The bill, which has already passed the Senate, is contingent upon the federal government reclassifying marijuana from an illegal to a prescription drug. Since minor changes were made in the bill in the House, it needs to go back to the Senate for concurrence before it heads to Gov. Rick Snyder for his signature.
For the full article, see Kathleen Gray, "Michigan House passes bills to legalize 'edible' pot products, clarify law", Detroit Free Press, December 12, 2013.
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