CLEVELAND – J.J. Hickson and Anthony Parker combined for 20 points in the decisive third quarter and Cleveland beat Detroit 104-79 on Sunday to give the Cavaliers their first season sweep of the Pistons in 30 years.
Cleveland held a double-digit lead most of the game, although the Pistons cut it to 55-47 on a basket by Jonas Jerebko with 10 minutes left in the third quarter. Hickson and Parker took charge, combining to score 16 of Cleveland's next 19 points while Detroit went more than five minutes without a field goal.
It's starting to look like the Legislature won't meet Governor Granholm's April first deadline for creating incentives to entice thousands of public employees into early retirement.
AUDIO: The governor estimates early retirements could save taxpayers $450 million during a budget crisis. But she says if school districts are going to take advantage of the savings, they have to make retirement offers next month.
EVANSVILLE, IN – A company that makes sealants and adhesives for the automotive and construction industries is closing a southern Indiana factory as it plans to shift production to a Michigan plant.
ADCO Products has told the nearly 100 workers at its Evansville factory that it will close by the end of the year. Company President Glenn Frommer says the plant is a century old and was inflexible for an expansion.
The company, instead, picked an ADCO factory near Jackson, Michigan, for the expansion that could add more than 200 jobs.
DETROIT – Emergency financial manager Robert Bobb says he is continuing to put together five plans to help lead the struggling Detroit Public Schools into a brighter future.
Bobb briefed a group of elected and community leaders Friday morning on his master plans for education and teaching, safety and security, facilities, parental involvement, and long-term finances for the district.
He is the featured panelist at the first 2010 session of Pancakes & Politics forum in Detroit.
EAST LANSING, MI – Lev Raphael has been indulging in a juicy book about a juicy subject--celebrity gossip, and the magazine that started it all. He reviews Shocking True Story: The Rise and Fall of Confidential, "America's Most Scandalous Scandal Magazine" by Henry E. Scott.
UNDATED – Making its seventh NCAA Tournament appearance in the last eight seasons, the Michigan State women's basketball team, the No. 5 seed in the Kansas City Regional, will face No. 12 Bowling Green on Saturday at 12:11 p.m. in Louisville, Ky. MSU has won six straight first round games.