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Facts About Trails I would like to correct some misinformation provided in Kristi Kates’ article about the Shore-to-Shore Trail in your April 18 issue. The Shore-to-Shore Trail is not the longest continuous trail in the Lower Peninsula. That honor belongs to the North Country Trail (NCT), which stretches for over 400 miles in the Lower Peninsula. In fact, 100 miles of the NCT is within a 30-minute drive of Traverse City, and is maintained by the Grand Traverse Hiking Club...

North Korea Is Bluffing I eagerly read Jack Segal’s columns and attend his lectures whenever possible. However, I think his April 24th column falls into an all too common trap. He casually refers to a nuclear-armed North Korea when there is no proof whatever that North Korea has any such weapons. Sure, they have set off some underground explosions but so what? Tonga could do that. Every nuclear-armed country on Earth has carried out at least one aboveground test, just to prove they could do it if for no other reason. All we have is North Korea’s word for their supposed capabilities, which is no proof at all...

Double Dipping? In Greg Shy’s recent letter, he indicated that his Social Security benefit was being unfairly reduced simply due to the fact that he worked for the government. Somehow I think something is missing here. As I read it this law is only for those who worked for the government and are getting a pension from us generous taxpayers. Now Greg wants his pension and he also wants a full measure of Social Security benefits even though he did not pay into Social Security...

Critical Thinking Needed Our media gives ample coverage to some presidential candidates calling each other a liar and a sleaze bag. While entertaining to some, this certainly should lower one’s respect for either candidate. This race to the bottom comes as no surprise given their lack of respect for the rigors of critical thinking. The world’s esteemed scientists take great steps to preserve the integrity of their findings. Not only are their findings peer reviewed by fellow experts in their specialty, whenever possible the findings are cross-checked by independent studies...

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Kristi Kates - April 1st, 2004
A toast to The Corrs

Irish sister-brother band The Corrs will be back this spring with their first album of new songs since 2000‘s *In Blue.* Producer Olle Romo, who has played as a musician on albums by the Backstreet Boys, the Eurythmics, and Shania Twain, teamed up with The Corrs to put together the album that they‘ve dubbed *Borrowed Heaven.* The new disc will reportedly include tracks “Long Night,“ “Hideaway,“ “Baby Be Brave,“ “Confidence,“ and the title track. The album‘s first single, “Summer Sunshine,“ will be accompanied by a music video as directed by Kevin Godley; *Borrowed Heaven* is expected in May, with the single and video out later this month...

While you‘re waiting for the new Polyphonic Spree CD, you can catch them on DVD as soon as April 6th - the band of nearly two-dozen members will release a CD/DVD called *The Adventure of Listening* that will feature lots of audiovisual extras along with Spree concert footage from a 2003 Chicago show. The catch? You can only get the DVD through the group‘s website or at a Polyphonic Spree live show. But hey, that‘s not so bad - check them out online at www.thepolyphonicspree.com , or catch them live opening for David Bowie, where their stops will include Philadelphia (3/29), Toronto (4/1), Los Angeles (4/22), and New Orleans (4/30)...

Campus music network MTVU will be sponsoring The Distillers upcoming North American tour, which is set to kick off on March 25th in Chicago. The band, touring in support of their latest album, *Coral Fang,* will hit Detroit (3/26), Toronto (3/30), Boston (4/3), Atlanta (4/10), and Minneapolis (4/17) before wrapping in Santa Barbara, California on April 25th. The U.S. dates will be followed by a pair of German dates in Cologne (6/14) and Hamburg (6/16). The Icarus Line will serve as The Distillers‘ opening act for all U.S. shows...

Blink 182 have announced that they will continue with at least some of their U.S. tour dates in spite of Travis Barker‘s recent mishap in which the drummer broke his foot, causing the trio to pull out of a number of shows in Japan and Hawaii. The band played one of their scheduled dates in Australia on March 13th, but were forced to cancel subsequent Aussie dates. The band all remain in support of Barker during his healing process, and they‘ll be playing selected U.S. dates between now and when they hook up with No Doubt for their upcoming co-headlining tour, which hits the road in Indianapolis on June 1st, with stops in Camden, New Jersey (6/6), Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio (6/12), and Chicago (6/12)...

MINI BUZZ:
The Donnas will serve as reps for this summer‘s upcoming DayJams Rock and Roll Summer Camp, where eleven chosen girls will snag a new guitar and a trip to rock band camp...
Wilco will kick off a tour on April 21st in Maryland in support of their new album, *A Ghost Is Born*...
Alanis Morissette just shot a music video for her new single, “Everything,“ which precedes her new album, *So-Called Chaos,* which is due out May 18th...
Iceland‘s latest rock band The Singapore Sling have hit the studio to begin recording their next album...
Former Screaming Trees frontman Mark Lanegan, who had recently been touring with Queens of the Stone Age, will soon have a new album of his own out called *Bubblegum*...

And out this week are these new releases... ON CD: Living End drops *Modern Artillery*... Paul Oakenfold presents his *Greatest Remixes*... Chris Smither releases *Honeysuckle Dog*... and Gary Numan releases *Resonator*... ON DVD: U2‘s *Rattle and Hum*... *Switchfoot: Live in San Diego*... Bob Dylan‘s *MTV Unplugged*... and *Kelly Osbourne - Live at The Electric Ballroom*... and that‘s the buzz for this week‘s Modern Rock.

*Questions, comments, rants, raves about your fave artists or this column? Send ‘em to Kristi at expressmodernrock@hotmail.com!*

 
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