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December 5, 2008

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It’s Movie Mania in Michigan! ROBIN MINOR-SPORTS AND HUGE MICHAELS

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Single-tire track plowing cuts costs

EMSPOT officials report workers are saving lots of money on gas and overtime by manually making roads barely passable after storms (above) under the new winter road-nonclearing rules.

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ollywood filmmakers have started their rush to make Michigan movies. “In no way is this just a cheap attempt to get the 42-percent kickback,” a movie mogul said. “We’re genuinely interested in telling Michigan stories.” Asked what they were, he hesitated for a moment. “You know — stories about snow and polar bears and things.” “And wolverines,” an assistant said. “And hardy, happy, autoworkers.” Some people have been skeptical; the first rush of proposed Michigan films seemed like blatant knockoffs, they said. That included “One Flew Over the Kirtland Warbler’s Nest,” “Beauty and the Bear” and “You Open for business: Michigan officials bought and refurbished a old decrepit sign from California to promote the state to movie producers. Can’t Take It With You, Eh?” One proposed movie inexplicably had Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet aboard the S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald. Another — supposedly set in modern Michigan — was simply the Depression-era classic “The Grapes of Wrath,” only with

In theaters soon: SHIPS IN THE NIGHT starring Leo and Kate together again

Ready for the future: Schoolchildren practice their “drop, cover and hold on” technique, as they participate in mandatory state training for weathering the stock market.

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