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9:43 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Cinema Chat: 'Life Itself', 'Violette', 'Sin City: A Dame to Kill For', 'If I Stay' and

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Movie openings, special screenings and Hollywood news. It's all covered in this week's installment of Cinema Chat with Michigan Theater Executive Director and CEO Russ Collins!   

Cinema Chat for 08/21/2104

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Michigan News
8:36 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Detroit Public Schools Granted Emergency Loan

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State approves loan for Detroit Public Schools requested by emergency manager

Jake Neher reports.

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Community
4:18 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Mixed Reaction To Ann Arbor City Council Failing To Amend Taxicab Ordinance

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

For now, you can still catch a ride in Ann Arbor from alternative providers Uber and Lyft.  Proposed regulatory changes to the city's taxicab ordinance to include those services stalled out before City Council this week and the reaction has been mixed.

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the mixed reaction to Ann Arbor City Council failing to amend the taxicab ordinance to address concerns over Uber and Lyft.

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Community
4:08 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

West Bay Begins Oil Drilling Before Scio Township Board Votes On Moratorium

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Efforts to block West Bay Exploration from drilling for oil in Scio Township have failed. The township board will still consider a temporary moratorium even though drilling has begun.

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports oil drilling is underway in Scio Township before a proposed moratorium is considered.

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11:31 am
Wed August 20, 2014

The Bad Plus Call Their Own Tune on ‘Inevitable Western’ (Album Premiere)

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After the Bad Plus tackled an interpretation of Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring” on their last album, the avant-jazz trio was happy not to have any specific direction in mind for their latest, “Inevitable Western.” The Minneapolis group premieres the album today on Speakeasy.
  • Source: Wsj
  • | Via: Eric R. Danton
There’s still plenty of math on “Inevitable Western.” It’s a nine-song instrumental album that showcases the composition and performance chops of Anderson and his bandmates, pianist Ethan Iverson and drummer Dave King.
Community
8:01 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

What Makes A Business Bicycle Friendly?

Credit City of Ypsilanti Non Motorized Advisory Committee

Ypsilanti's Non-Motorized Advisory Committee wants to know how residents would define a "bicycle-friendly" business.

 

It's part of the process of developing a bike friendly business program, where businesses that cater to bike riders and employees who ride bikes to work would get a sticker to put on their store window and be listed on several related websites. 

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Education
7:54 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Holmes Elementary Making Progress Toward Removing 'Priority' Tag

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The principal at Ypsilanti's Holmes Elementary School says they're making progress toward climbing out of the bottom 5 percent in the state's top-to-bottom rankings of schools.

 

The Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education got an update from Charles Raski and other school staffers at Monday night's meeting. 

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Michigan News
7:05 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Audit: Michigan Prisoners Need Better Access To Education

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Audit finds problems with prisoner education programs in Michigan

Jake Neher reports.

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Community
5:37 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Ann Arbor Senior Center Programs At Alternative Sites While Building Closed For Repairs

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Bridge isn't a game typically played at Burns Park Elementary School, but it will for the next few weeks.  Burns Park is among the sites hosting Ann Arbor Senior Center events while repair work is finished at the senior's damaged facility. 

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports Ann Arbor Senior Center events are taking place at alternative locations while repairs are done on the facility.

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Music
2:56 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Joybox Express Ready To Roll: Mr. B Prepares To Hit The Road

WEMU's Michael Jewett sits down with Mr. B (Mark Braun) to talk about his efforts to traverse the length of the Missisippi River by piano bike to promote and increase access for children's arts and athletics programs in local communities all over the US.  

  • Listen to the full interview, above.
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1:47 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Shuttle To The Detroit Jazz Festival

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Golden & WEMU Detroit Jazz Fest Shuttle is Back!
Golden & WEMU Detroit Jazz Fest Shuttle is Back! Saturday, August 30th thru Monday, September 1st The 35th annual Detroit Jazz Festival, a Labor Day tradition in Southeastern Michigan, will once again be filled with many different styles of our beloved....Jazz!
Michigan News
7:20 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Michigan Pushing For Federal Flood Assistance

Gov. Rick Snyder (r) and Congressman Sander Levin (l) speak with flood victims in Warren on Monday.
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Michigan congressional delegation to push FEMA for flood help

Jake Neher reports.

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Community
6:07 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Washtenaw Area Transportation Study Wants A Better Huron Street Bridge Over I-94

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Whether walking or biking, if you've ever tried to  cross the Huron Street Bridge over I-94, you know how dangerous it can be.  Those dangers have been recognized and now the Washtenaw Area Transportation Study is looking for solutions.  WATS is seeking public input for a better bridge design. 

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports the Washtenaw Area Transportation Study is seeking public input as they look for the preferred design for a non-motorized path over I-94 at Huron Street.

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Community
4:35 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Fish Sculptures Installed In Ann Arbor's Kingsley Rain Garden

Andrew Cluley 89.1 WEMU

A new school of fish is Ann Arbor's latest public art project, and one of the last works to be funded by the city's now defunct percent for art program.  The sculptures were installed Monday at the rain garden on Kingsley and First.

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on new artwork installed at Ann Arbor's Kingsley Rain Garden.

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WEMU News
3:27 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

U-M Water Center Gets $20 Million Contract To Study Sensitive Coastal Areas

Donald Scavia, Director of the University of Michigan's Graham Sustainability Institute.
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The University of Michigan Water Center will be working with NOAA to help protect our coastlines.

The center has been awarded a five-year, $20 million contract for the job.  

In addition to being director of U-of-M's Graham Sustainability Institute, Donald Scavia is principal investigator for the project, which will find researchers doing work in a number of areas.

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Music
10:20 am
Mon August 18, 2014

WEMU's Weekend Rewind: 08-16-14 and 08-17-14

Listen to last weekend's programs here:

WEMU News
3:41 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Ypsilanti District Library Seeking Input On Technology Services

The Ypsilanti District Library's Michigan Ave. branch.
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The Ypsilanti District Library wants to know what sort of technology services patrons expect from the library, but if you want to offer your thoughts on the subject, you've only got today to do it.

The library system is wrapping up an online survey, which Communication and Development Director Gillian Ream Gainsley says it's part of the library's strategic planning process.

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WEMU News
3:40 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Ypsilanti Community Schools Busses To Be Outfitted With Surveillance Cameras

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Cameras are everywhere these days.  On building corners, utility poles, cell phones, you name it.  And starting this fall, you'll also be able to find cameras in Ypsilanti Community Schools district busses.

Superintendent Laura Lisiscki says putting cameras on busses is being done for the safety of everyone on that bus.

 "It's just about making sure that we understand that it's just one more tool in the toolbox for keeping kids safe in this day and age," Lisiscki says. "That's it."

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Community
5:03 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Ann Arbor Looking To Develop Deer Management Plan

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Ann Arbor City Council is considering a $20,000 public engagement plan that will begin an effort to manage the local deer population. 

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports Ann Arbor City Council is considering funding the development of a deer management plan.

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Community
4:41 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Group Calling On Ann Arbor Boycott Of Israel Expected At Monday City Council Meeting

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Protesters calling for Ann Arbor to boycott Israel will be back at the City Council meeting after dozens were escorted out of the last meeting by police for causing a disruption.

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on protesters calling for Ann Arbor to boycott Israel expected back at Monday's City Council meeting.

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Community
4:24 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Elevator Work Has Downtown Ann Arbor Library Closed

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

The Downtown Library is temporarily closed in Ann Arbor.  Work will keep the doors shut through at least early next week.

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports Ann Arbor's dowtown library remains closed because of on-going elevator work.

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WEMU News
3:02 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Ypsilanti Heritage Festival Underway

Last-minute preparations in Riverside Park for the Ypsilanti Heritage Festival
Bob Eccles

After some last-minute setting up of tents and displays, the Ypsilanti Heritage Festival is underway. 

The path to this year's festival was a bit bumpy, with some long-time participants striking out on their own and the city failing to consider a financial contribution in the form of a sponsorship to help offset the higher fees that all events held on city property are dealing with this year. 

Still, festival director Andrew Clock says they're ready to go.

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Music
2:40 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Detroit Jazz Festival Music: Rodney Whitaker Celebrates Life, Jazz ‘When We Find Ourselves Alone'

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Detroiter and bassist Rodney Whitaker’s list of accomplishments is long and impressive. It includes a discography of 7 CDs as a leader including his newest “When We Find Ourselves Alone” on Detroit’s Mack Avenue Records label and over 80 sessions as a sideman.

His sideman associations are stellar. Leading luminaries of jazz including Roy Hargrove, Terence Blanchard, Dianne Reeves, Johnny Griffin, Kevin Mahogany, Eric Reed and Wynton Marsalis have relied on Rodney’s impeccable timing, tone, strength and grace.

"Reliable" is great word to describe Rodney Whitaker. He is father to a family of 7, leads the internationally recognized jazz studies program at Michigan State University and performs and records world-wide. Rodney joined WEMU’s Linda Yohn to discuss his life in music and his new CD as well as the Mack Avenue Superband recording from the 2013 Detroit Jazz Festival.

Rodney directed the Superband and will lead the 2014 version of the star-studded assembly at the upcoming Detroit Jazz Festival over Labor Day Weekend. He will also lead the MSU Big Band and his Soul-R Energy Quartet in celebration of “When We Find Ourselves Alone”. Linda Yohn found herself in great company with Rodney Whitaker.

*Listen to the audio above and you are bound to agree.

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Community
8:52 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Ypsilanti Officials Celebrate Ground Breaking For First Water Street Project

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Ypsilanti  leaders hope "Family Dollar" Groundbreaking is first of many to come, but there is community concern over what kinds of developments may locate in the Water Street re-development area.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on ground breaking ceremonies for the first Water Street redevelopment project in Ypsilanti.

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WEMU News
8:37 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Pesticide Protest Targets Ann Arbor Farmers Market

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If you see a bunch of people dressed as bees buzzing around the Ann Arbor Farmers Market Saturday, it's not your imagination.

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