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8:45 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Ann Arbor Recognized For Stroke Care

Linda Watkins of Ypsilanti practices putting away dishes in the St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Ann Arbor rehabilitation center.
Bob Eccles

When Linda Watkins of Ypsilanti suffered a stroke about a week ago, she went to St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Ann Arbor for treatment.  The hospital had just recently received recognition for it's stroke rehabilitation center from the Joint Commission.

The commission named St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Ann Arbor the first hospital in Michigan to be a certified stroke rehabilitation center of excellence. 

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WEMU News
8:36 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Former Smith Furniture Store Getting New Lease On Life

The former Smith Furniture Store at 15 S. Washington St.
Credit Bob Eccles

A long-time downtown Ypsilanti eyesore appears to be getting a new lease on life.  The former Smith Furniture Store at 15 S. Washington Street has sat empty, collecting rainwater and mold, for about 20 years.

The building was sold at auction in August, and the people who bought the property have hired Stewart Beal to be their real estate broker. 

Beal is President of Beal Properties. 

His vision for the building is to create Washington Market + Shops - sort of a mini Kerrytown, with a grocery store or market surrounded by shops. 

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Community
4:35 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Former County Administrator To Serve As Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority's Temporary CEO

Credit ewashtenaw.org

A well known name in Washtenaw County has been tapped to lead the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority until a new C-E-O is hired.  Former County Administrator Bob Guenzel is expected to run The Ride for about six months.


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WEMU News
7:41 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Sports Writers Call For Michigan Football Coach Brady Hoke To Be Fired

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UPDATE: Dave Brandon, U-M Director of Athletics has issued a statement taking joint responsibility for this situation along with head football coach Brady Hoke.  

Sports writers for the Michigan Daily newspaper say head football coach Brady Hoke should be fired, and not just because the team has struggled this season.

 

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-Michigan News
7:36 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Attorney General's Office To Look Into Alleged Murder-For-Hire Plot

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AG's office to investigate Aramark employee accused in 'murder-for-hire' plot

State Attorney General Bill Schuette says his office will investigate a possible murder-for-hire plot involving a prison food service worker.

Michigan State Police suspects an Aramark employee of approaching an inmate of an Upper Peninsula prison about having another inmate killed.

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Community
5:38 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Mixed Thoughts On Dexter Becoming A City

Credit dextermi.gov

For nearly a decade officials in Dexter have been in the process of making the switch from a village to become a city.  Voters get a final say in November.  Some see it as an opportunity, while others are concerned with what could be lost.


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Community
2:28 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

New Partnership To Bring Together Economic Development Efforts In Washtenaw and Lenawee County

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The next high tech start-up in Ann Arbor could get support from economic development efforts in Lenawee County.  Officials with the Ann Arbor Ypsilanti SmartZone think a partnership with the new Adrian Tecumseh SmartZone will benefit both communities.


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WEMU News
12:08 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

EMU College Of Business Offers Graduate Programs

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Graduate business programs are the focus of an Eastern Michigan University open house Tuesday in Livonia.

EMU-Livonia and the EMU College of Business will host a free open house for prospective students interested in graduate business programs Tuesday, Sept. 30, 4:30-7:30 p.m. in Livonia.

EMU-Livonia is conveniently located at 38777 W. Six Mile, Suite 400, just west of I-275 in Livonia.

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WEMU News
11:35 am
Mon September 29, 2014

More Than 30 Teams Compete In Ypsi 24 Hour Film Shootout

The "IPSY" trophies.
Bob Eccles

Over 30 teams of filmmakers competed in the 2014 Ypsi 24 Hour Film Shootout Friday night through Saturday night.  I tagged along with one of the film crews whose night began at Cafe Ollie in Depot Town.

*Listen to the audio.

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WEMU News
11:34 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Bona Sera Cafe Re-Opens With Development Liquor License

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A big crowd turned out Friday for a grand re-opening at Bona Sera Cafe in downtown Ypsilanti.  The restaurant now has a development liquor license, a tool the state created to help boost economic development.

 

It costs less than a normal liquor license, but it comes with the requirement that the business owner make at least $75,000 worth of improvements over a five-year period. 

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Education
10:38 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Academic Stress Cause Of Mental Health Concern Among Teens

Parents want their children to do well in school and get into college. But almost 40 percent of parents in an NPR, Robert Wood Johnson poll say their high school student is experiencing a great deal of stress from school. The impact of academic stress on student mental health is a growing concern.


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10:34 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Musician gets his show on the road, and brings it to Muscatine

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The Muscatine Journal highlights Mr. B's Joybox Express visit to town. As always, stick with WEMU to keep up with The Joybox Express' Mississippi River Ride for updates throughout the whole journey!
MUSCATINE, Iowa - It was a musical day for visitors to the Muscatine Arts Center Sunday afternoon when Mr. B's Joybox Express rolled into town. The Express was part of a musical parade and show sponsored by the center as part of a free program that day.
Live Music
2:47 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Free Sesi Motors 5:01 Jazz Is Back: Mike Jellick Trio At Rush Street

Credit Courtesty of the artist

 

Mike Jellick Trio plays @ Rush Street, Friday, October 3rd - 5:01 pm to 7 pm.

89.1 WEMU and Sesi Motors present the 5:01 First Friday Jazz Series dedicated to the memory of the late Dr. Jan Winkelman.

Join us for a 5:01 pm celebration of music and fun at Rush Street.  We will return to Rush Street, 314 South Main between Liberty and William Streets in Ann Arbor.  This show also marks the return of pianist Mike Jellick to Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti.

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Community
2:07 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

University Of Michigan Calling For Measures To Keep Nutrient Pollution Out Of Great Lakes

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There are a myriad of concerns over the health of the Great Lakes. From toxic algae blooms to urban chemical run-off, the quality of the world's largest fresh-water system is under constant scrutiny. A University of Michigan professor confirms the concern is warranted, and is urging action throughout the basin. 


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Music
10:34 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Gary Schunk, A Jazz Survivor's New Lease On Life

Jazz pianist, Gary Schunk
Credit Detroit Music Factor

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The Green Room
6:50 am
Fri September 26, 2014

'The Green Room' Return Of The Osprey: A Southern Michigan Success Story

Osprey "Paparazzi"
Jane Purslow

DDT wiped out Osprey from Southern Michigan, but a reintroduction program has resulted in over fifty breeding pairs in the region.  It is reason to celebrate, but several challenges remain. Listen for more in the September edition of WEMU’s “The Green Room”. 

     


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Community
8:12 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

ReImagine Washtenaw Project Continues Make-over Efforts

Credit ytown.org

Connecting Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti, Washtenaw Avenue is the busiest street in the county.  An effort to give this corridor a more pedestrian friendly make-over is now five years old.  Most of the progress made so far is only on paper, but is expected to produce long term results.


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WEMU News
8:05 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Ypsilanti Community Schools Developing Its Own Version Of 'The Kalamazoo Promise'

Credit Bob Eccles

Some help is on the way for Ypsilanti Community Schools students who want to go to college but can't afford the tuition.  The Ypsilanti Promise scholarship program is similar to the Kalamazoo Promise.

 

It would pay for college at Washtenaw Community College or Eastern Michigan University for students who graduate from Ypsilanti Community High School. 

Karen Gabrys chairs the committee setting up the scholarship program. 

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Community
7:59 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority Offered Land For Park And Ride Lot To Ease U-S 23 Congestion

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Over 60,000 cars a day use U-S 23 between M-14 and I-96.  It's frequently the site of accidents and slow morning and evening commutes.  The Michigan Department of Transportation hopes the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority can help ease congestion.


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Cinema Chat
10:39 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Cinema Chat: 'The Skeleton Twins', 'Valentine Road', The Equalizer', 'The Boxtrolls' And More

Michigan Theater Marquee
Credit www.michtheater.org

A heartbreakingly tragic story, an acting tour de force from a couple of Saturday Night Live alums and some unique film events and opportunities. It's all covered in this week's edition of "Cinema Chat."   

  

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News
10:09 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Conyers To Receive First Jazz Advocate Award

House Representative from Michigan, John Conyers
Credit US House of Representatives

Longtime Michigan Congressman John Conyers is being honored for his advocacy of jazz.

The Detroit Democrat receives the first-ever Jazz Advocate Award Thursday from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. The performing rights organization is honoring Conyers for public and legislative efforts to support jazz.

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WEMU News
8:31 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Making Better Jobs Available To Disabled Residents

Credit annarborcil.org

Michigan Lt. Governor Brian Calley says he'll propose changes to help Michigan's disabled residents have access to better jobs.  Calley hasn't offered specifics, but the head of one local organization that advocates for the disabled has some thoughts on the subject.

Carolyn Grawi is interim President and CEO of the Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living, which works to help ensure the success of disabled residents in school, at home, at work and in the community. 

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WEMU News
8:11 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

2014 Ypsi 24 Hour Film Shootout Begins Friday Night

Credit ypsi24.com

Making a movie is challenging enough, but shooting and editing a film in just 24 hours?  That's the challenge facing about 30 film teams entered in the 2014 Ypsi 24 Hour Film Shootout, which begins Friday night.

Event founder and director Mark Ducker says films will have to include three elements revealed at the start of the competition, and the finished product must run between four and seven minutes. 

The film chosen as best of the best by a panel of judges will win a $1,000 cash prize.

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Community
7:52 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Dexter Residents Decide In November If They Want To Live In A City

Credit dextermi.gov

Michigan's next city could be in Washtenaw County.  Voters in the Village of Dexter decide in November if they approve of a proposed city charter.  Don't expect a lot of changes regardless of the outcome of the vote.


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Community
7:35 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Ann Arbor Reviewing Confusing Fees For New Water And Sewer Connections

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Building a new house or office always includes challenges meeting all codes and getting permits.  In Ann Arbor just figuring out how much it costs to tie into the water and sewer system can be difficult.  The city is looking at developing a fee structure that is more easily understood.


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