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Learn About Migrating Birds Tomorrow at For Mar

Retirees aren't the only "snowbirds" that migrate to warmer climates when the weather turns cold in Michigan.  For-Mar Nature Preserve and Arboretum has a program to teach you about migratory birds tomorrow

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This is Substitute Teacher Appreciation Week Please Don’t Duct Tape Us to the Wall

The third full week of September is set aside as Substitute Teacher Appreciation Week.  As a substitute teacher for the last 12 years, I know firsthand that this is a group that doesn't always get a lot of love. 

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Should You Let Your Kids Taste Alcohol? [Poll]

I remember as a kid getting to taste a sip of my mom's glass of wine or my dad's beer on very special occasion. My parents thought that by exposing me to alcohol at a young age I wouldn't go crazy when I got older, but there was always someone who was quick to point out that they were running the risk of turning me into an alcoholic. As you can imagine, there have been studies about this topic, and their findings may surprise you!

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Pledge of Allegiance Could Soon Be Law In Michigan Schools

That along with a requirement that every public school classroom have a U.S. flag. The Michigan Legislature has approved the measures with little resistance.

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For-Mar Nature Preserve and Arboretum Presents ‘Made in Michigan’

In the last couple of years, a movement has taken hold to buy more products produced in the USA.  To take that a step further and really help the local economy, it helps to buy products made in Michigan.  For-Mar will present a free event Saturday, September 15th that showcases Michigan-made products.

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Homework Or Thirty Minutes Of Reading A Night – What Lets Kids Learn Best [Poll]

An elementary school has abolished homework. Don't think they're going home with nothing to do! The principal gave the parents and students an alternative. Details after the jump.

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Survey Says 17% Of High Schoolers Drink, Smoke Use Drugs During Day [VIDEO]

That number is a little higher in Michigan. Nearly two out of five students will be self medicating in Michigan high schools this year.

It's no surprise to their classmates either: 86% say they know the 2.8 million who are abusing substances during the day.

Here are some factors that can increase substance abuse, according to the survey.

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Penn State Bans ‘Sweet Caroline’

With the Jerry Sandusky scandal still fresh in their minds, Penn State University has taken some unusual steps to make changes to the way things used to be. There were many innocent victims in the Sandusky story including the young boys molested by him, the past, present, and future athletes at Penn State who will bear the NCAA punishments, and now you can add Neil Diamond to that casualty list.

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Michigan Middle High School Students Assigned Laptops Instead of Textbooks

A pilot project in Michigan is exploring ways of delivering instruction without textbooks. In place of the textbooks, students will receive laptop computers. Do you think our education system is headed in the right direction?

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Oklahoma Teen Denied Diploma for Saying ‘Hell’ in Graduation Speech [VIDEO]

Kaitlin Nootbaar was valedictorian of her graduating class at Prague High School in Prague, Oklahoma, but she has not yet officially graduated. The 4.0 student used the word 'hell' in her commencement speech, and school officials are now refusing to grant her a diploma.

Is it fair?

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Oxford Dictionary Update: New Words To Add

It's that time again! Time to get the "official" new words that will soon be accepted as legitimate words. New words like “micropig”. Micropig is just one of the new words/terms  that became official as part of ODO’s most recent quarterly update of new words and definitions, which includes “soul patch,” “hosepipe ban” and “vajazzle.”

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University Of Michigan Pop-Tarts Go On Sale In September

Are these going to be on your shopping list or are you switching to toaster strudel? Kellogg will soon begin producing strawberry flavored "go blue" University of Michigan pop-tarts.

What about Michigan State?

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