David Fair

News Director

Nearly three-quarters of David Fair’s 20+ years in radio has been at WEMU. Since 1994, he has been on the air at 5am each weekday on 89.1 FM as the local host of NPR’s Morning Edition. Over the years, Fair has had the opportunity to interview nationally and internationally known politicians, activists and celebrities. But he feels the most important features and interviews have been with those who live and work here at home. He believes his professional passions and desires fit perfectly into WEMU’s commitment to serving a local audience.

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Ruth Ann Jamnick / ruthannjamnick.com

Ruth Ann Jamnick beats  out three others in primary race to take seat currently held by Rolland Sizemore Jr.  

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Fire protection and prevention measure passes 

Manchester Community Schools

Tax renewal for Manchester Community Schools passes by wide margin 

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Less than 1,000 vote on tax question 

Conlin and Liem to face off in November  

With the retirement of the Honorable Donald Shelton, three candidates decided to make a run to serve as Judge in the 22nd Circuit Court. Pat Conlin and Veronique Liem are still in the race. Michael Woodyard is not.   

Owdziej and Van den Bergh top two vote-getters in five-way primary race. 

Sitting Judge Julia Owdziej and Tracy Van den Bergh    have won the right to face off in the November election for Washtenaw Probate Judge. 

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Main Street Bridge, over the River Raisin, to be replaced 

Moore wins Republican Primary for right to face off with the Incumbent Democrat. 

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Nearly three-quarters of voters give thumbs up to renewal of tax levies for Police and Fire protection.  

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Tax renewals to pay for Law Enforcement Services and Fire Protection. 

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Police and Fire Public Safety Services millage passes by nearly a 4-to-1 margin 

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Better than 60 percent of voters turn down withdrawal question. 

Voters in Freedom township have elected to stay in the Manchester Library District.  

 Follow up  here with Michigan Primary election results.  A recap of stories and reaction from the Washtenaw County Primary Elections is found below:

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Ann Arbor is home to one of the nation's two net-zero energy homes. Its owner is Matt Grocoff. Listen below as Michigan League of Conservation voters Executive Director Lisa Wozniak talks with Matt about sustainability and moving this area, and the nation, towards a new energy future. 

  

Cinema Chat begins with a discussion on efforts to preserve the art of making movies on film.  

  

Citizens for Oil-Free Backyards
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A Grassroots Organization Vows To Fight On To Prevent Oil Drilling Despite Court Loss 

 Residents of Scio Township are somewhat divided about drilling for oil in their neighborhoods.

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Residents Clean-Up After Severe Thunderstorms  

There are still more than 5,000 residents and businesses in Washtenaw County without power this morning. Residents are cleaning up after a series of severe thunderstorms Sunday that knocked out power to more than 200,000 homes and businesses.

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Movie Openings, Hollywood News And Cinema-Focused Conversation   

  Opening Downtown

In “A Most Wanted Man” a half-Chechen, half-Russian, brutally tortured immigrant turns up in Hamburg’s Islamic community, laying claim to his father’s ill-gotten fortune, forcing both German and US security agencies to take close interest. 

In this week's installment of 'Issues of the Environment', we explore the growing benefits of salvage wood and the difference it's making right here at home.  


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Zingerman' Co-founder Honored With 'Champions Of Change' Award  

The White House today will honor Paul Saginaw at a ceremony in Washington. he is among those being recognized with a 'Champions of Change' award.

Saginaw is co-founder of the Zingerman's community of businesses. During a visit to Ann Arbor in April, President Barack Obama praised Saginaw for paying his restaurant workers above minimum wage.  

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Iconic Rock and Blues guitar slinger Johnny Winter has passed away while touring in Europe. 

Johnny Dawson Winter III has passed away. He was 70. ”Texas blues icon Johnny Winter has passed away on July 16th, 2014, in his hotel room in Zurich, Switzerland,” read an official email from Winter’s PR company, Kid Logic Media. “His Wife, family and band-mates are all saddened by the loss of one of the world’s finest guitarists.”

The email promised an official statement at the appropriate time.

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Meet the Gold family from Superior Township. They've turned their land into an innovative,  self-sustaining property. 

  Overview   

The Gold family owns and operates a farming “homestead” in Washtenaw County known as “Our Handmade Life”, where they live a self-sustaining, green life and they offer courses to the public on how they do it.

The farm, on Vreeland Road, features a bio-intensive passive greenhouse (no fossil fuels!), the Michigan Folk School, dozens of varieties of organic produce, mushrooms, goats, and chickens.

Jason and Julia Gold have operated “Our Handmade Life” since 2011, and both the farm and the school have expanded every year since. They are currently offering classes on chicken butchering, earth ovens, soap making, fermentation, ale brewing, and much more.

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The Ann Arbor Art Fairs begin tomorrow and run through Saturday evening. As a result, there are several street closures downtown. The closures begin at 7:00am Tuesday morning and run through noon, Sunday, July 20th.   

According to the City of Ann Arbor, closures include:

Presidential Inauguration Won't Be held Until Fall     

The new President of the University of Michigan is on the job.  Mark Schissel officially took the helm today.   

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There are a number of good films opening in the area this weekend, and plenty of Hollywood news to discuss. It's all here in this week's installment of Cinema Chat. 

Opening at the Multiplex

In “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” a growing nation of genetically evolved apes is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth's dominant species. “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” opens Friday.

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