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Jorge Avellan

News Reporter

Jorge is an Emmy Award winning journalist who has more than ten years of experience covering Metro Detroit.   He started his career with the Spanish language television network Univision in Texas.   After an Univision executive saw him over a television news feed he was offered a job as a television news reporter in Detroit Michigan.  A few years later he moved on to English television, also in Detroit.   Jorge has covered every big news story in the last decade in Detroit from presidential visits, bankruptcy, city hall scandals, Super Bowl, World Series and of course the North American International Auto Show.  He also once flew inside a Red Bull Air Race stunt plane reaching speeds of up to six G-forces.   But his favorite stories to cover are people stories, the ones that residents get to tell their stories. Jorge is now thrilled to be reporting for 89.1 WEMU.  Email him him story ideas or tips!

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As you can imagine, there are many traditions during the holiday season that people take part in.  An  a cappella group from the University of Michigan is keeping one alive by caroling.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan has the story.


WikiCommons

Recovering from addictions such as alcohol and drugs can be difficult during the holiday season.  But there are steps you can take to get through it successfully. 


Ramone Williams
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Most colleges the area shutdown for the holiday break, that complicates things for students who don't go back home.  But, that makes it even worse for homeless students. 


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Eastern Michigan University named a new interim president this morning.  This after current interim president Kim Schatzel, accepted the job as president of Towson University in Baltimore.


City of Ann Arbor

Twenty-six parks and nature areas in Ann Arbor that were scheduled to close daily for three months will now remain open on the weekends. 


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'Rosie the Riveter' would be proud. The new location for the Yankee Air Museum is a step closer to opening to the public. The site? Rosie's stomping grounds at the historic, former, Willow Run Bomber plant. Jorge Avellan has the details. 


Eastern Michigan University

Eastern Michigan University has a new interim provost. 


  Ypsilanti City Councilwoman Ann Brown wants to win election to the Michigan House of Representatives.  The 2nd Ward Democrat will run in the 54th district. That seat in Lansing is presently held by David Rutledge, a Superior Township Democrat. Brown, at one time, served  as a district manager for Rutledge who is being term-limited out of office in 2016. 

City of Ann Arbor

Twenty-six parks in Ann Arbor will close daily between 4PM and 7AM for three months to conduct a deer cull. 


Autism Collaborative Center

Eastern Michigan University's Autism Collaborative Center is currently enrolling autistic adults for a social skills program. 


Ypsilanti City Hall
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The city of Ypsilanti will host a public hearing Tuesday night to discuss transferring the deed of the low-income housing complex,  Parkridge Homes on Armstrong Drive, to the Ypsilanti Housing Commission.


Ann Arbor Rotary Club

The city of Ann Arbor has received a $300,000 grant for a Universal Access playground at Gallup Park.

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Low-income children got to shop for the holiday season through the Shop With a Cop program from the Washtenaw County Sheriffs' office. 

Eastern Michigan University

  Faculty weighed in, students protested, and members of the community voiced their opposition, but Eastern Michigan University's Board of Regents decided to not sever ties with the Education Achievement Authority.  

City of Ann Arbor

The city of Ann Arbor will host a public informational meeting on Wednesday regarding the Nixon Farms developments. 


City of Ann Arbor

Paperwork to recall Ann Arbor city council member Kirk Westphal from the 2nd ward has been filed. 


City of Ann Arbor

After another bicyclist was killed in Ann Arbor by a driver, city officials continue to look for ways to improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety.


WikiCommons

If you want to pay your parking tickets in person in the city of Ypsilanti you will have to go to a new location. 


EMU Dome Bubble
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The indoor athletic practice facility dome at Eastern Michigan University is still closed after it collapsed Sunday morning.


Visit Ann Arbor
Ann Arbor Area Convention And Visitors Bureau

The Ann Arbor Area Convention and Visitors Bureau needs your help to increase regional tourism. 


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3.6 million Americans are expected to fly this week for the Thanksgiving holiday.  


Ann Arbor District Library

The oldest and smallest branch of the Ann Arbor District Library will closed Friday and won't reopen until next summer for an expansion and renovations.


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Should you walk or drive through Ypsilanti, you may come across some new artwork. The murals were created by some of the area's young people to send messages about immigration and African-American History.  We spent time with the artists and has their story in this special feature.


Ann Arbor Educational Foundation

Ann Arbor Public Schools got a big gift from the Ann Arbor Educational Foundation. 


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