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Ann Arbor still has plenty of summer activities left for you, especially in the realm of performing arts.

This week, blogger Jenn McKee and I spoke with Ann Arbor Summer Festival executive director Amy Nesbitt about David Dimitri's "one-man circus" which is coming to Ann Arbor in August.


Pence Stumps For Trump In Grand Rapids

Jul 29, 2016
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Donald Trump running mate Governor Mike Pence was in Grand Rapids Thursday.


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Environmental Protection Agency risk assessments indicate that the drinking water concentration representing a one in a 100,000 cancer risk level for 1,4-dioxane is 3.5 parts per billion, and for a one in a million cancer risk it is .35 ppb.  Only three states still have double-digit drinking water guidelines for dioxane:  New York, South Carolina, and Michigan.  Obviously, what is “safe” is subject to subject to interpretation, and is influenced by many variables.  But there is growing awareness that what is safe for you, may not be safe for your children or grandchildren. 


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The dog days of summer keep on coming, but so do the movies at your local movie house.  In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair talks to Michigan Theater executive director Russ Collins about the movie business and all the flicks heading to the big screen this weekend.


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A charter amendment proposal to renew a sidewalk repair and bridge construction millage will appear on the ballot next week in Ann Arbor.  


Vote Here
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Three Washtenaw County townships will be voting on three separate millage issues next week.  


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The National Health Service Corps is helping bring in doctors to medically underserved areas of Washtenaw County through a special program.

 


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A state panel will be named soon to look into improving Michigan’s dismal literacy rate.  Governor Rick Snyder signed an executive order Wednesday creating the new PreK-12 Literacy Commission. 


Michigan Casinos Working To End Human Trafficking

Jul 28, 2016
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A southwest Michigan casino is trying to help fight human trafficking. 


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With the increase in social media, is the art of interpersonal communication being lost?

I spoke with Michael Angelo Caruso, an expert on human communication, about some of the strategies that can be used to deepen relationships.


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The Democratic National Convention is over. Here are some of the big takeaways from a week in Philadelphia that had more suspense and drama than expected.

The Democrats Are Really, Really Good At This

Just like Barack Obama's two conventions, this one was flawlessly choreographed. Even the revolt of the Bernie Bros had a more-or-less happy ending.

A hot air balloon carrying at least 16 people crashed in central Texas, and the Caldwell County Sheriff said "it does not appear there were any survivors."

Sheriff Daniel C. Law said in a statement that "investigators are determining the number and identities of victims at this time."

The emergency dispatchers received a 911 call at 7:44 a.m. local time, and "when the emergency responders and the sheriff's office arrived on scene, it was apparent that the reported fire was the basket portion of the hot air balloon," Law said.

As tens of thousands of politicians, party delegates and protesters swept through the City of Brotherly Love this week for the Democratic National Convention, dozens of homeless Philadelphians and out-of-towners pitched tents on a grassy lot.

They were part of a protest over the four days of the convention organized by Cheri Honkala, a Philadelphia-based activist with the Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign.

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Residents Gather At EMU Student Center For Town Hall On Policing And Community Relations

More than 500 people attended Thursday night's town hall forum on policing and community relations at Eastern Michigan University. It was moderated by WEMU. Panelists included a representative from Black Lives Matter, the ACLU of Michigan, and the Washtenaw County Prosecutor's office. It also featured the organizers of the event, Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton and 12th District Congresswoman Debbie Dingell.
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