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On March 2, 1799, an Act of Congress made Detroit a port of entry.
People die, but digital information can live forever.
Legislation introduced this week in the Michigan House would create a statewide policy governing social media or email accounts in the case an individual dies or is incapacitated.
The five-bill House package would treat the accounts as a personal asset, allowing a family estate to petition a court for access if an account provider denies it.
For the full article, see Jonathan Oosting, "What happens to your email, Facebook accounts when you die? Michigan bills seek access for family", MLive, March 1, 2014.
Student proficiency scores released Friday by the state signal the end of the official “paper and pencil” test for Michigan school districts and the beginning of a 17-month suspension of statewide assessments as educators prepare for digital testing.
Results of the final 2013 Michigan Education Assessment Program, released by the Michigan Department of Education, show statewide gains in science and writing since 2012 for all students who took the test, but mixed results in math and reading across all grades.
For the full article, see Jennifer Chambers, "MEAP testing to take 17-month break", Detroit News, March 1, 2014.
Repealing Michigan's rarely enforced ban against scalping tickets is, on its face, an effort to help out the average customer looking to sell a few unused tickets to a game or concert.
But it's also a high-stakes financial tussle — one between venue owners such as pro sports teams and public universities and brokers who buy and resell their tickets, mostly on the Internet.
So far, the brokers are winning in Lansing, where the Republican-led state House on Thursday voted 66-42 to legalize ticket scalping. Entertainment venues are hoping to block the bill in the Senate, despite its GOP supermajority that may be swayed that ticket holders should have no barriers in a free market.
For the full article, see "Michigan bill to legalize scalping splits venues, brokers", Detroit Free Press, March 1, 2014.
The temperature may be hovering around 15 degrees and it could snow later, but at Comerica Park downtown thoughts were on spring and the return of baseball.
Tickets went on sale Saturday and hundreds of die-hard Detroit Tigers fans made their way out to the ballpark for a chance to see their team play on Opening Day and other games.
For the full article, see Lauren Abdel-Razzaq, "A sure sign of Spring: Tigers tickets go on sale", Detroit News, March 1, 2014.
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