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Detroit News Roundup for Tuesday, December 11, 2007

It is Tuesday, December 11, 2007 and these are my picks for articles published today.

5 Detroit schools among top-ranked in US

5 Detroit schools among top-ranked in U.S.

Five Detroit Public Schools have been ranked among the top 8% U.S. high schools by U.S. News and World Report.

Detroit is a big city with a big school system. It’s not a suburb with a single high school. There are tons of high schools and they are not all the same nor do they try to be the same. The top ranked schools were Renaissance High School, Cass Tech, Communicating Media Arts, Davis Aerospace, and the Detroit School of the Arts.
[via Detroit Free Press]

Health Plan of Michigan moving to Detroit this weekend

Health Plan of Michigan will move its operations and 111 employees to downtown Detroit over the weekend of Dec. 15-16.

As reported by Crains in September, the company is moving to the One Kennedy Square building at 777 Woodward Ave.

Another company moves to downtown Detroit bringing 111 people directly downtown everyday. The ball keeps rolling.
[via Crain’s Detroit Business]

Detroit makes traveling hot spot list for 2008

Detroit makes the New York Times list of the 53 places to go in 2008, just under San Francisco, and ahead of such intriguing locales as the celeb hot-spot of Itacare, Brazil Kilimanjaro, Algeria and the Moroccon port city of Essaouira, noted for ancient streets, surf and a world music festival.

The article acknowledges that Detroit might not first spring to mind as a tourist hot spot, but goes on to mention some impressive newcomers on the hotel and arts scene, among them: The MGM Grand Detroit, the MotorCity Casino Hotel and the $158 million renovation of the Detroit Institute of Arts .

[via MLive.com]

Entertainment Buzz

Grammy-winning R singer Mary J. Blige will perform next month on the Detroit riverfront at the GM Style event, a run-up to the annual international auto show. All concept and production vehicles at GM Style will be rolled out in a fashion runway show to live music. More cars and talent will be announced in the coming weeks. Blige has sold 40 million records since her debut in 1991 with What’s the 411? Her eighth album, Growing Pains, hits stores Dec. 18. General Motors staged the first GM Style event last year. It’s an invitation-only party.

The late son of reality TV star Anna Nicole Smith was killed by a combination of methadone and the antidepressants Zoloft and Lexapro — a cocktail that would have turned lethal after about five hours — a pathologist testified yesterday.

[via London Free Press]

City, ‘burbs in win-win situation

News like Livonias Quicken Loans plan to re-locate to Detroit may seem like a zero-sum game, but the benefit to the city and the region is immeasurable, according to area experts.

Excerpt: “The most successful metropolitan areas have the highest concentration of workers with four-year degrees. That’s going to mean more young people, and young people are drawn to high-activity downtown areas,” (President of Ann Arbor-based Michigan Future Inc Lou) Glazer said. “It’s hard to see this metropolitan area adopting that model without the city of Detroit playing that function.”

[via Model D]

LA artist lists reasons she loves Detroit (and Hamtramck)

LA-based fabric artist Lisa Auerbach has nice things to says about her visit to Detroit in The Little Red Blog of Revolutionary Knitting.

Excerpt: “I just got back from Detroit and I’m totally stoked. I love it there. I carried a loaf of break from the Avalon bakery all the way back to Los Angeles and it is truly one of the most delicious loaves of bread ever. Wow.

[via Model D]

Northwest opens New Service to London Heathrow

Scheduled to begin in the Spring of 2008, Northwests new nonstop services will conveniently connect London Heathrow with more than 250 destinations throughout the United States for customers traveling via Northwests Detroit and Minneapolis/St. Paul hubs, and Seattle gateway. Heathrow is the busiest international airport in the world, and until earlier this year, was restricted to just two American carriers.

In the increasing globalization of our economy, access to Londons business and financial districts has become a must. The London Heathrow airport became available this year as part of an Open Skies agreement between the U.S. and the European Union — which reduces regulatory constraints for air transportation services in the trans-Atlantic market.

[via Boarding.no]

New Google Street Views

Google Street Views which lets you see panoramic photos shot by camera-equipped vans which were driving around a city. According to the Google Operating System blog, the new cities are Boston, Dallas, Detroit, Fort Worth, Indianapolis, Minneapolis, Providence and St. Paul*.

*Google Maps is slightly broken here; I often get just gray areas. I was able to see some cities, but not all.

So really that’s just six cities: Detroit, Boston, Dallas/Fort Worth, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Indianapolis, and Providence.
[via Search Newz]

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