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An early morning fire at University Green Apartments in Ypsilanti appears to have been caused by candles that were left lit after residents went to sleep.  Eastern Michigan University officials confirm that students have been affected by this fire; two were injured, a few were treated for smoke inhalation, and a handful have been displaced as the buildings have been evacuated.  

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The United Arab Emirates' Ambassador to Russia, Omar Saif Ghobash, came to Ann Arbor to promote his new book,  "Letters To A Young Muslim."  The book is a collection of letters to his sons urging them to reject extremism.

I spoke with him about the book and what changes he hopes to bring about.


EMU Stem
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Eastern Michigan University and the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum have formed a new collaborative initiative in an effort to take STEM education into the community:


Ypsilanti District Library
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As students continue to protest at Eastern Michigan University, their movement could soon become a permanent part of our history.  The Ypsilanti District Library launched an African-American Oral History Archive last summer that has expanded since then.


Pincause founders Nate and Kate
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Kate and Nate from Ann Arbor have created "Pincause" and a special pin featuring the American sign language symbol of love from the deaf culture.

It includes many different colors created to unite women of all backgrounds, colors, shapes and sizes, and beliefs as they participate in women's marches across the country on January 21st.  It is their intention to create something that encourages people to come together wearing one same symbol of love.

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On this week's Art & Soul, I am joined by local restaurant writer Jessica Webster, who takes a look back at the local restaurant scene in our area.

There were fewer changes and some interesting trends, according to Webster.  She says there have been a lot of new pizza places opening in the Ann Arbor area recently. 

Michigan Theater
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The Michigan Theater marks 89 years today, so let's celebrate with a good flick.  In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's Patrick Campion talks to Michigan Theater executive director Russ Collins about the movie business and all of the films coming to the big screen this weekend.


Eastern Michigan University
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Eastern Michigan University students released a video through social media to express how they feel about how the administration addresses race relations issues on campus. 


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2017 has begun, so it's time to make some resolutions, especially for your personal and environmental habits.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair speaks with Melissa Cooper Sargent, Green Living Resources Director for the Ecology Center in Ann Arbor, about tips for being and healthier and more environmentally responsible for the New Year.


Money
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The New Year has arrived.  Among the changes for 2017 is an automatic pay raise for thousands of workers across Michigan.  The state's minimum wage has increased by 40 cents to $8.90 an hour.  There is a lot of conversation on the longer-term impacts of higher wages.


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Every summer, there is the nationally known art fair in Ann Arbor, and the area is known for its large number of local artists.  One of those artists is gaining attention for his locally historic creation that was a popular gift for Christmas.


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It's no secret that trying to lose weight and eat healthier are at the top of many people's New Year's resolution list.  An expert on the issue has the following tips.


WEMU’s first free Sesi Motors 5:01 Jazz Show for 2017 will be a salute to the legendary trumpet player and widely respected teacher, Louis Smith.  Louis passed away in August, 2016.  He had suffered a stroke, but recovered valiantly and lived for years afterwards with his loving and generous wife, Lulu.  Louis was equally generous and was very wise as a teacher.  Trumpeter Paul Finkbeiner will lead the Louis Smith salute on Friday, January 6th at 5:01PM sharp at Rush Street Nightclub, 314 South Main Street in Ann Arbor.

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New Year's Eve is right around the corner.  For many, it's a time to gather friends and family and celebrate into the early morning hours.  Many of those celebrations are accompanied by indulgence in alcohol.  Ringing in 2017 in that kind of environment can pose serious difficulties for those struggling with addiction.


Conan Smith
Metro Matters

2016 was a year for many changes in local government in Washtenaw County.  One elected official garnered much of the attention.


Islam
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Islamophobia continues to affect many communities around the country, including right here in Washtenaw County.  Earlier this year, anti-Islam messages were written at the University of Michigan's Diag.  As the New Year approaches, local Muslims hope for a better future in 2017.


Michigan Theater
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2016 is coming to a close, so let's look back at the best that the world of cinema presented this past year.  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 films that have made an positive impact in 2016.


Jeff Irwin
Michigan House of Representatives / housedems.com

The legislative session in Lansing came to an end this year with a flurry.  Numerous bills were passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature and sent to Governor Rick Snyder to be signed into law.  For some, it marks an end to time in office, but it also doesn't necessarily mean goodbye.


Christopher Taylor
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As 2016 draws to a close, it's a chance to reflect on the past year and look forward to what's coming in the year ahead.  Here's what that means for Ann Arbor's mayor.


Deer
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The City of Ann Arbor will roll out a deer cull once again early next year to help control their population.  


Jerry Clayton
Washtenaw County / ewashtenaw.org

2016 has brought its share of challenges, not the least of which has been racial and ethnic tensions from the police shooting deaths of unarmed black men around the country, to the campaign rhetoric of the President-elect, to the white supremacist messages spray-painted on campus buildings at Eastern Michigan University.  The Washtenaw County Sheriff is hoping, by taking it head-on, this area will be a model for how to address these issues.


Ypsilanti Community Schools
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With the first half of the academic school year behind us and most classes on hold until the New Year, we take a look at what's happening in one local school district.


Recycle Ann Arbor
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The holidays are all but wrapped up, but now you have deal with a lot of trash and unwanted decorations.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks to Christine Chessler-Stull, Outreach & Zero Waste Coordinator for Recycle Ann Arbor, about the best ways to reduce your holiday waste.


Recycling
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It's been an adventurous year in Ann Arbor when it comes to recycling.  Perhaps it's better characterized as a year of misadventures, as the city continues efforts to revamp the recycling program.


Ypsilanti
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The City of Ypsilanti will start the New Year looking for ways to improve its financial crisis.


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