PITTSBURGH – PITTSBURGH (AP) - Jordan Staal and Tyler Kennedy scored, and Marc-Andre Fleury made 25 saves as the Pittsburgh Penguins forced Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals by beating the defending champion Detroit Red Wings 2-1.
Coming off a 5-0 loss at Detroit on Saturday, the Penguins got a goal from Staal in the opening minute of the second period and one from Kennedy 5:35 into the third to make home teams 6 for 6 in these finals.
Lansing. MI – The state has re-opened the hotline that helps people quit smoking. It was shut down three months ago due to the overwhelming demand for free nicotine patches and gum. The hotline will no longer offer free smoking cessation kits.
Meanwhile, anti-smoking advocates continue to press the Legislature to ban smoking in workplaces. The state House passed a ban two weeks ago. It would outlaw smoking in all workplaces except for tobacco shops, cigar bars, and Detroit's casinos.
NEW YORK – NEW YORK (AP) - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts has named a new chair, who'll help guide its ambitious redevelopment project.
It announced Monday after its annual board meeting Katherine Farley is chair-designate.
Farley succeeds Chairman Frank Bennack Jr., who leaves next June after serving five years.
Farley has been a member of Lincoln Center's board since 2003 and a vice chair since 2005. She'll remain a director at the Tishman Speyer real estate firm and chair of the Lincoln Center Development Project.
UNDATED – UNDATED (AP) - More than 70 percent of high schools report in a new survey that more of their graduates are giving up on their "dream" colleges this year than in previous years.
The survey conducted by the National Association for College Admission Counseling found that the sour economy had parents less willing to shell out for prestige school unless they offered top-of-the-line assistance.
WASHINGTON – WASHINGTON (AP) - Black, Latino and Asian lawmakers want President Barack Obama to focus more on racial disparities reported in medical treatment as the White House works toward overhauling the health care system.
Members of the Congressional Black Caucus sent Obama a letter last week calling for more attention to minority health problems. They are expected to join lawmakers from Hispanic and Asian caucuses today at a news conference on Capitol Hill to call attention to the issue.
WASHINGTON – WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration says its economic recovery plan remains on track despite rising unemployment.
Jared Bernstein and other White House economists predicted four months ago the jobless rate now would be about 8 percent. It's actually nearly a point and a half higher. Critics are calling it fuzzy math.
Obama says critics should talk to business owners who decided not to cut jobs because of the stimulus plan.
MINNEAPOLIS – MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - New recommendations by Midwestern governors for a carbon cap-and-trade system include aggressive reduction goals that could bring big changes to a region that relies heavily on coal and manufacturing.
The plan calls for a nearly 20 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions over the next decade, and an 80 percent reduction by the middle of the century. That's from year 2005 levels.