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Great new movies are opening downtown this week and there are some great special screenings available, we well. Get the details in this week's edition of 'Cinema Chat' with David Fair and Michigan Theater Executive Director and CEO Russ Collins.  


A crowd gathered at the Riverside Arts Center in downtown Ypsilanti last night to voice concerns about the proposed merger of local convention and Visitors Bureaus into one county-wide entity.

Hollywood news, local movie news, movie previews and some special events. It's all here in this week's 'Cinema  Chat' with David Fair and Russ Collins. 

The Ann Arbor Public Schools Educational Foundation is getting ready to celebrate its 25th anniversary and as part of it its focusing on specific areas of education by investing $350,000 in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math, in an effort to create hands-on experience labs in those areas for middle schools. 

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The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs has awarded $9.65 million in grants to various cultural groups in the State. 

Groups in Washtenaw County received a total of $891,055, the third highest amount in the state of Michigan. This was approximately a 19% increase from previous year's total of $749,984 to fund arts and cultural programs in the area.

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Ideas for video games to organic farms have become a reality through online crowd funding sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo. A University of Michigan grad has now found success through crowd funding for a women's winter coat designed for city life.



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Whether honeybees or native bees, local or global—bees are in trouble.  And since nearly a hundred of our crops are pollinated by them, their trouble is our trouble! What can we do?  In this installment of 89.1 WEMU’s “The Green Room,” Barbara Lucas talks with a few of the many people in our local area working to save bees. / City of Ann Arbor

Plans to redevelop an affordable housing building in Ann Arbor for more than $6.5 million have received the green light by the Ann Arbor city council.  

We are halfway through our yearlong 50th anniversary celebration.  Thanks to everyone who has attended one of our events, pledged for our commemorative 50th anniversary tile, and otherwise helped us to mark this historic year. We are delighted to partner with the Ann Arbor Summer Festival for one of the signature events of WEMU’s 50th anniversary celebration: the return of NPR’s wacky and irreverent news quiz, Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! to Ann Arbor on October 1 in Hill Auditorium.  Tickets for the show have been sold out for months. But, because you are a friend of WEMU, we an option available just for you. This event has sold out and there are no tickets available!

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The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners has postponed at vote on whether to merge the Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti convention and Visitor's Bureaus.

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Business owners in Ann Arbor are becoming more concerned about crime near Liberty Plaza after two people were stabbed in the park earlier this month.



Get a preview of this week's movie offerings in the area with the latest edition of Cinema Chat. Additionally, we cover Hollywood news and the latest on the film festival circuit. 

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The Homegrown Festival takes place in Ann Arbor on Saturday, September 12th. Homegrown Festival volunteer Tina Stephen tells us about the theme of this year's event- the importance of pollinators in sustainable food production.

It's official, it's now illegal to feed deer in Ann Arbor.  The Ann Arbor city council voted in favor of the ban to prevent deer from damaging residential gardens and landscaping. 

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Ann Arbor Public Schools students are back in school starting today.

The college experience began today for over 10,000 students who moved into the dorms at the University of Michigan. 

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Some terrific art films are opening in town this weekend, some classics return to the big screen and Robert Redford debuts his new movie at the multiplex. Find out about all of that and more in this weeks "Cinema Chat' with David Fair and Russ Collins. 

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Ann Arbor City Administrator Steve Powers has announced he will turn in a letter of resignation on September 15th.

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The Ann Arbor Public Schools Board and teachers union have reached an agreement, just before the start of the 2015-2016 school year slated to begin on Tuesday, September 8th.

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Michigan Theater Program Director Ruth Lednicer fills in for Russ Collins this week on "Cinema Chat." Find out what movies you may want to see by listeneing to her conversation with 89.1 WEMU's David Fair. 


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A lawsuit claiming juvenile inmates were sexually assaulted and harassed while being housed as adults has been dismissed.

 Plaintiffs claim guards failed to protect their safety in prison. 

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Members of Ann Arbor's renowned folk and blues scene came together Monday night to help longtime local music writer Kevin Ransom.  A set of debilitating health problems have music critic Kevin Ransom close to losing his home. 

Five community artists (including visual, literary, and performing artists) have been selected to take “residence” at UMS performances, using these experiences as a resource to support the creation of new work or to fuel a new artistic journey.

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The city of Ann Arbor now has a plan in place to use sharpshooters to cull 100-deer this winter.  In this week's 'Issues of the Environment' WEMU's David Fair Fair talks to Ann Arbor Mayor Christopher Taylor about the emotional decision to use lethal methods. Additionally,  they discuss the  environmental impacts of deer overpopulation and the city's environmental agenda, moving forward. 

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New help is available for Ann Arbor parents to get ready for the upcoming school year.