I began to hear Christmas music in stores even before Thanksgiving. The Christmas music you usually hear in the malls and supermarkets is rather secular — "Jingle Bells" and the like — pretty tame stuff with no religious message. Much of it is awful, especially in the supermarket renditions.
Michigan's estimated population grew a fraction of a percentage point this year, the first increase in the measure for the state since 2004, according to figures from the U.S. Census Bureau the state announced Thursday.
Dozens of Michigan schools canceled classes for thousands of students to cool off rumored threats of violence and problems related to doomsday scenarios based on the Mayan calendar, officials said Thursday.