Ray Mullins thinks America needs some people in congress who "give a damn about the poor and middle class." The Ypsilanti Attorney faces Debbie Dingell in the Democratic primary for the 12th U-S House district.
Blood is not like drinking water - you can't stockpile large supplies for use in emergencies. It has to be fairly fresh. And so the American Red Cross finds itself in its usual summertime bind of critically needing donations.
Red Cross Communications Manager Angie Bermudez says it's tough when 20 percent of blood drives take place on college campuses and at high schools.
She says with summer vacations, this is the time of greatest need.
"We're missing a large percentage of our regular donations," Bermudez says.
Organizers of this year's Ypsilanti Heritage Festival want the festival parade to spotlight the fun, creative side of the community.
"We really want to foster a little bit of that New Orleans spirit," festival director Andrew Clock says, "where neighborhoods come out and put together floats and acts just to say 'look how cool our neighborhood is'. We've got a lot of that spirit in Ypsilanti, so we want to make the Heritage Festival parade the opportunity to do that."