Two pieces from the Ann Arbor News on the construction boom on the Michigan campus: first one, second one.
There has been construction around Lorch Hall, home of the economics department, every year since I arrived nine years ago, including the policy school's new building, the law school's new building (and re-model of their old building) and the business school's first (they are about to get another) new building. Most recently, "our" lawn has been filled with temporary office (and classroom?) space for the business school during the next round of construction there.
Oh, and be sure to note the bit about spending 300K to move a tree. It is Ann Arbor after all.
The line that struck me the most was: "the first advances have been secured with surprisingly little loss of life". According to wikipedia, allied dead on just the first day of the Normandy landings exceeded 4,400. That one-day total is just a bit less than the number of American soldiers killed in the entirety of the Iraq war.
The NYT discovers agreements not to compete, about which the Massachusetts legislature is presently debating.
The article is not too bad as these things go, but is very short on evidence. Also, the notion that, whether good or bad, the effect of non-competes could be determined by comparing state level unemployment rates is ludicrous. They are just not that important relative to the other factors that push around unemployment rates. I was also entertained by the fellow who stayed on UI for a year rather than endure a long commute.