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94 Year-Old Artist Has Participated In The Ann Arbor Art Fair Since It First Began

J.T. Abernathy has been a potter for 71 years. The 94 year-old Ann Arbor man hasn't missed an Ann Arbor Art Fair since it first began in 1960. I visited him at the Ann Arbor Potters Guild to talk to him about his work and his Art Fair memories.

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Getting to know the oddly informative Mo Rocca, panelist of NPR's Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!, which will be featured as a part of this year's Ann Arbor Summer Festival.

Ypsilanti, MI – Ypsilanti City Manager Ed Koryzno says preliminary demolition work will begin this week on four buildings in the Water Street re-development area.
This week's preliminary work will include asbestos abatement, and Koryzno says building demolition will begin no later than next Monday. He says that work should take about a month, with new building construction beginning next fall.

Ann Arbor, MI – The Ann Arbor service office of the state's Family Independence Agency will close later this month.
F-I-A director Nanette Bowler says staff will begin moving to the Ypsilanti office by May 23rd, in a move Bowler says will save the state over 300-thousand dollars next year.
She says about 40 percent of Washtenaw County's F-I-A clients use the Ann Arbor office,but half the county's clients live closer to the Ypsilanti office.

Ypsilanti, MI – Ypsilanti's city council has approved first reading of a tax increment financing and development plan for expanding West Cross Street. The 25-year plan calls for nearly three-point-two million dollars in improvements. The first goal in the plan is to add on-street parking, and make the historic area more pedestrian friendly. The city hopes to have approval by summer from the Michigan Department of Transportation for the on-street parking phase of the project.

Ypsilanti, MI – Ypsilanti's city council has approved the sale of 10-million dollars in bonds for continued infrastructure improvements throughout the city in general, and for the Water Street development project.
City Manager Ed Koryzno says over six million dollars will be used to continue the city's water main replacement projects. An additional one-point-five million will go to replace old and failing sewer connections, and two-million will be used for land acquisition, demolition, and soil improvements in the Water Street area.

Ann Arbor – A reduced spending plan for the City of Ann Arbor has been proposed for the upcoming fiscal year. City Manager Roger Fraser, Monday night, presented the 82-and-a-quarter million dollar budget. That represents of cut of one-point-75 million dollars from the current year's spending plan. Much of the savings are realized through the elimnation of empty positions that are equivalent to 80 full-time jobs. Fraser says city services will be maintained through better cooperation and efficiencies between departments. The plan does not call for tax increases or lay-offs.

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Young Pioneer Tours, which organized Otto Warmbier's fateful visit to North Korea, says it has been told the U.S. government is preparing to ban American citizens from traveling to the pariah nation.

"It is expected that the ban will come into force within 30 days of July 27," the China-based company said in a statement posted to its website.

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