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Washtenaw County is now part of a national program called  The initiative to addresses the opportunity gaps facing boys and young men of color with local branches is a White House program supported by President Barack Obama.

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Students, faculty and transplant recipients lined up on the University of Michigan's Diag Monday to highlight the ongoing need for more organ donors.

  The event was organized by the Wolverines for Life advocacy group to raise awareness of the ongoing shortage of organs available for transplant.

  "We wanted to create a line where there shouldn't be a line. We don't think people should have to wait for life-saving donation," said the director of the University of Michigan Transplant Center, Dr. John Magee. 

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The 100th session of the Positive Links Speaker series is being held at the University of Michigan Ross School of business.


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Art & Soul is a new feature from 89.1 WEMU that looks at the visual arts experience happening in our community.

  It focuses on the rich and vibrant art scene available locally with information on what's happening now, soon and what's coming up around town.
  This week I spoke with Omari Rush from the Ann Arbor Art Center about a new outdoor art festival called Pop-X. It's an outdoor exhibition of art in downtown Ann Arbor's Liberty Plaza Park and it launches on October 15th.

Domestic Violence

  Washtenaw County is designating October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.


Around 5,000 Washtenaw residents, the majority of whom are women, seek help each year at the SafeHouse Center in Ann Arbor.

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A public forum was held at Eastern Michigan University's College of Business to get input on a new mass transit system that will be developed by the Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan.

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Washtenaw County commissioners passed a resolution Wednesday night to merge local convention and visitors bureaus into one countywide department. Some arts advocates, including Arts Alliance CEO Deb Polich, are critical of the proposal for not specifying how much funding the new CVB will devote to arts and culture.

Great new movies are opening downtown this week and there are some great special screenings available, we well. Get the details in this week's edition of 'Cinema Chat' with David Fair and Michigan Theater Executive Director and CEO Russ Collins.  

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The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners will vote Wednesday night on a proposal to merge local conventions and visitors bureaus into one county-wide entity. The merger has been a contentious issue, especially in Ypsilanti.

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The animal rights group FARM, paid one dollar to any Eastern Michigan University student who watched an animal abuse video of undercover footage from factory farms and slaughterhouses during their visit to campus this week.  


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