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The 2018 Ann Arbor Art Fairs take center stage for the next four days, but there's always time to catch a good flick!  In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair talks to Michigan and State Theater executive director Russ Collins about the films worth checking out this weekend.

Elizabeth Nelson is running for City Council in Ann Arbor's Ward 4.  This is the candidate's submission to WEMU's 2018 Soapbox Summer.  


Katie Scott is running for Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners in District 9.  This is the candidate's submission to the 2018 WEMU Soapbox Summer.


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Today is the first day of the four-day art fair in Ann Arbor, and while most artists will be selling their finished products, one local artist will be creating several new works of art as fair goers pass by.

89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry reports on this unique and somewhat unusual Art Fair event.


Michigan Supreme Court
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The Michigan Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday about whether a redistricting proposal can go on the November ballot.


Glen Lake
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There are more than 11-thousand inland lakes in Michigan.  The greatest threat to the health of these water-bodies is a loss of nearshore habitat.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks to Julia Kirkwood, chair of the Michigan Natural Shoreline Partnership, about the ongoing efforts to increase protections. 


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Each week, 89.1 WEMU partners with an embedded reporting program called "On the Ground-Ypsi" highlighting some of the positive things happening in the community.  This week, 89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry spoke with Concentrate Media reporter Brianna Kelly about a book written by a sixth grade class at Ypsilanti's Estabrook School.  They are joined by Estabrook teacher Jennifer Gray and Megan Gilson of 826michigan, which oversaw the project.  The book features local superheroes and is called "In The Clouds Over Ypsilanti."


Ann Arbor Art Fair
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The 59th Ann Arbor Art Fair opens to the public on Thursday, and the annual event has a mixed impact on the local business community.


Sign
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Street closures for the Ann Arbor Art Fair went into effect Wednesday morning and will last through the weekend.  


Justin Hodge would like your vote to be the Washtenaw County Commissioner in District 5.  Here is the candidate's submission to the 2018 WEMU Soapbox Summer.  


Kirk Westphal is running to continue serving as the Ann Arbor City Council member in the 2nd Ward.  This is the candidate's submission to WEMU's 2018 Soapbox Summer.


David Barrett
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Many of you may have heard the song "One Shining Moment" during the NCAA basketball tournament.  IT has been used as the close to the March Madness tournament every year since 1987. What you may not know is the writer of that tune is an Ann Arbor resident.  Composer and singer-songwriter David Barrett talks about his illustrious career with WEMU's David Fair and Arts Alliance CEO Deb Polich in this week's "creative:impact."


Gretchen Driskell is running to be the Democratic candidate in Michigan's 7th Congressional District.  This is the candidate's submission to the 2018 WEMU Soapbox Summer.  


Kathy Griswold would like your vote to represent Ann Arbor's Second Ward in City Council.  This is the candidate's submission to WEMU's 2018 Soapbox Summer.


League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area

On this week's "In The Public Interest," 89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with the League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area's Nancy Schewe about VOTE411.org, the online voter guide, and the paper copy that is available in newspapers and at libraries.  They discuss VOTE411 history and how to use it effectively for August 7th primary, which is only a few weeks away.  


Conan Smith would like your vote as a Washtenaw County Commissioner in the 9th District.  This is the candidate's submission to the 2018 WEMU Soapbox Summer.


Jason Maciejewski is running for Washtenaw County Commissioner in District 1.  This is the candidate's submission for the 2018 WEMU Soapbox Summer.

  

Townie Street Party
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It's a special week in Ann Arbor.  It's Art Fair week which kicks off tonight with a special gathering for residents with the "Townie Street Party."


Michigan Supreme Court
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The Michigan Supreme Court will hear arguments this week about whether a redistricting measure can go on the November ballot.  This is the last stop for the contentious proposal.


LEO
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The University of Michigan Lecturers' Employee Organization voted to approve a new contract agreement.  The new agreement was reached in late June following eight months of negotiations.  

University of Michigan
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Bargaining will resume Monday on a new contract for some 6,000 nurses working at the University of Michigan hospital.  A special rally and informational picket is planned for Saturday to show support for the nurses' union.


Alice Liberson is running for Ann Arbor City Council in the 3rd Ward.  Here is the candidate's submission for the 2018 WEMU Soapbox Summer.


Jeff Irwin would like your vote in the 18th District State Senate race.  Here is the candidate's submission for the 2018 WEMU Soapbox Summer.  


Tom Copi

This week, Art and Soul is about the visual arts in our community.  89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry is joined by the executive director of CultureSource and chair of the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affiars Omari Rush, and another guest, the executive producer of the Ann Arbor Blues Festival James Partridge.

The three talk about a special photo exhibit of past festivals which will be on display at the Ann Arbor Art Fair later this month.

Jorge Avellan / WEMU

Like many municipalities in Washtenaw County, Ypsilanti Township is looking for ways to improve traffic safety.  Residents and community leaders in the township are concerned over the increases in neighborhood traffic caused by changes made to accommodate the American Center for Mobility at Willow Run.  89.1 WEMU’s Jorge Avellan takes a closer look. 


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