Ann Arbor

3:16 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Anonymous Top Of The Park Donor Gives Free Food And A Message: 'Ann Arbor Is A Great Place To Live'

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A number of families received a pleasant surprise Tuesday evening when an anonymous donor passed out $100 bills to at least three vendors on food row at the Ann Arbor Summer Festival’s Top of the Park.
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A number of families received a pleasant surprise Tuesday evening when an anonymous donor passed out $100 bills to at least three vendors on food row at the Ann Arbor Summer Festival's Top of the Park.
Special Programming
2:57 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Capitol Steps: 'Politics Takes A Holiday!' (7p - 8p)

This Independence Day, enjoy the Capitol Steps one-hour long special, “Politics Takes a Holiday!” 
 
The Capitol Steps will address timely issues set to show tunes!  There’s John Kerry singing “How Do You Solve a Problem Like Crimea?” and Hillary Clinton admonishing Joe Biden to “Let it Go” when it comes to running for President.  It’s a show so clogged with jokes that Chris Christie threatened to shut it down!
 

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WEMU News
5:51 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Nicola's Books Changing Hands

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Ownership of one of Ann Arbor's biggest independent book store is changing hands.

Nicola's Books has been acquired by Schuler Books, an independent bookstore chain based in Michigan.

Schuler Books spokesperson Emily Stavrou-Schaefer s

ays Nicola's Books' staff and programming will remain largely unchanged and its current owner, Nicola Rooney, will stay on during the transition to ensure everything goes smoothly.

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Community
2:48 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Art Exhibit Shines Light On Human Trafficking

A brothel scene from the art exhibit "Broken".
Susan Clinthorne and Sally Theilen

The issue of human trafficking has come to an art gallery in downtown Ann Arbor. 

Artists Susan Clinthorne and Sally Theilen created the exhibit called "Broken".

Clinthorne says the exhibit was featured at ArtPrize 2013 as Art to Change the World.  ArtPrize had asked for another piece following their exhibit titled "Letters Home" regarding homelessness.

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Community
4:33 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Ann Arbor Officials Looking At Options To Register Rideshare Service Drivers

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Shortly after rideshare services Uber and Lyft came to Ann Arbor the city sent the companies cease and desist letters.  Now a proposal to amend the city's taxi cab ordinance is being considered to but some teeth behind the letters.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on a possible amendment to Ann Arbor's taxi ordinance.

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Community
4:29 am
Mon June 30, 2014

2014-15 Ann Arbor Public Schools Budget Includes Salary Freeze

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Additional students, a freeze on employee pay, and outsourcing custodial work are keys to Ann Arbor Public Schools having a balanced budget for next year.  The school board approved the $197 million general fund plan early Thursday morning.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the Ann Arbor School Board passing the district's 2014-15 budget.

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Community
4:25 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Ann Arbor And Ypsilanti Mayoral Candidates Share Plans Together At Forum

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Ypsilanti Mayoral candidate Amanda Edmonds believes Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and neighboring communities will succeed or fail together.  She made these remarks Thursday at the Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber's unique mayoral forum that brought together candidates for the job in both cities.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the unique Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber's Mayoral Forum.

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Community
4:23 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Opponents Of Putting Train Station In Ann Arbor Park Develop Concept For New Station At Current Site

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

A group opposed to Ann Arbor using parkland for a new train station has developed a concept to keep the Amtrak facility on Depot Street.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on a concept for a new Ann Arbor train station at the current Amtrak location.

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Community
4:22 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Federal Grants To Fight Homelessness In Washtenaw County Show Policy Shift

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Ann Arbor's shift from public housing to a voucher based program is being helped by changes in federal policies.  Washtenaw County is receiving about $2.6 million in US Housing and Urban Development Grants. 

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on federal grants to fight homelessness in Washtenaw County by keeping people in permanent homes.

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Education
5:42 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Concerns Remain Over Plans To Outsource Ann Arbor Schools Custodial Work

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

A group of parents, union members, and others in the community continue to object to Ann Arbor Public Schools plan to outsource custodial work.  Earlier this month the school board accepted a bid from GCA Services that will reduce custodial costs by $2 million annually.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on community members still protesting Ann Arbor Public Schools decision to outsource custodial work.

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Community
5:26 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Literati Bookstore Hosting Ann Arbor Mayoral Debate

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

How will Ann Arbor's next mayor take on the challenges around the city's always changing downtown?  That will be among the primary topics discussed Wednesday night at a mayoral debate hosted by Literati Bookstore.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the Ann Arbor Mayoral Debate Literati Bookstore is hosting.

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Education
5:09 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Ann Arbor Teachers Considering Salary Freeze Agreement

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Ann Arbor teachers are voting on an agreement that will freeze wages for next school year.  The deal was reached after the district announced they would cancel the entire teachers contract  if necessary to hold salaries flat.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on Ann Arbor teachers considering an agreement that will hold their salaries flat in the fall.

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WEMU News
4:39 am
Tue June 24, 2014

AAATA Rolling Out Transit Improvements Soon

Credit TheRide.org

Next month we'll start to see some of the improvements promised by the Ann Arbor Transportation Authority with approval of its .7 mil transit levy.

AAATA says it will begin offering extended hours on many routes starting August 24th. 

It will also start a new route with hourly service between the Ypsilanti District Library and the Ypsilanti Transit Center.

Find a complete listing of transit improvements coming in August online:

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WEMU News
4:38 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Ann Arbor VA Director Says Patient Care Allegations Taken 'Very Seriously'

Credit AnnArbor.VA.gov

The director of Ann Arbor's VA hospital says the facility will continue to cooperate with any and all reviews of the facility.

This comes on the heels of the release of a letter to President Obama from an investigator that says a whistleblower at the facility reported that employees were "practicing unsafe and unsanitary work practices" and untrained workers were improperly handling instruments. 

Ann Arbor VA Healthcare System director Robert McDivitt says any allegations about patient safety are taken very seriously.

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Michigan News
4:30 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Ann Arbor VA Under Investigation For Unsafe Practices

  A federal investigator says a health care center for veterans in Ann Arbor has not dealt adequately with complaints about unsafe practices.

     The VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System was among facilities mentioned in a letter to President Barack Obama from Carolyn Lerner of the U.S. Office of Special Counsel.

     The letter released yesterday says a whistleblower reported that employees were "practicing unsafe and unsanitary work practices" and untrained workers were improperly handling instruments.

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Michigan News
4:32 am
Fri June 20, 2014

U-M Keeps Undergraduate Tuition Hike To 2.6 Percent

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The University of Michigan has approved a 2.6 percent increase in tuition and fees for in-state undergraduates. 

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Community
4:16 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Ann Arbor Skatepark Grand Opening Saturday

Andrew Cluley 89.1 WEMU

Years of planning and fundraising will be worth it for area skaters as they celebrate the grand opening of Ann Arbor's new skatepark tomorrow.  The event will include a demonstration by skating legend Tony Hawk and other professional skaters at 4 PM.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the grand opening of the Skatepark.

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WEMU News
8:28 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

DTE Energy Working To Restore Power Across Washtenaw County

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Storms that rolled through Washtenaw County knocked out power to several thousand DTE Energy customers Wednesday afternoon.

The utility's outage map shows three main affected areas:

  • Dexter Township area:  500-1500 customers without electricity.
  • Webster Township area:  100-500 customers affected.
  • Southern edge of Ann Arbor into Pittsfield Township:  1500-2500 customers in the dark.

Numerous smaller scattered outages have also been reported.

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Community
6:32 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

University Of Michigan Cancer Center Back To Normal Operations After Hazardous Materials Scare

Credit University of Michigan Health System

The University of Michigan Cancer Center was briefly evacuated Tuesday due to a hazardous material scare. A solvent being used in an autoclave in a seventh floor research area was the cause.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on a hazardous material scare at the University of Michigan Cancer Center.

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Education
1:15 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Digital Library Partnership Including University of Michigan Wins Court Case

Credit HathiTrust Digital Library

The HathiTrust Digital Library has been cleared of accusations of copyright infringement by a Federal Appeals Court. The University of Michigan is part of this collaboration of over 90 libraries and universities that are compiling digital information on nearly every topic throughout history.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the HathiTrust Digital Library.

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Community
3:24 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Women's Center Of Southeastern Michigan Still Trying To Serve Clients After Closing Doors

Credit Women's Center of Southeastern Michigan

Women who need mental health counseling, job coaching, and divorce support have one less local resource to turn to for assistance.  The loss of several important grants forced the Women's Center of Southeastern Michigan to close it's doors last week.   

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the uncertain future of the Women's Center of Southeastern Michigan and the services they provided.

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WEMU Newsommunity
5:17 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Plans To Consider Re-Design Of Ann Arbor's Liberty Plaza Sent To Parks Advisory Commission

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Ann Arbor City Council is unified in concerns over Liberty Plaza but differ in their thoughts on how to move forward on improving the urban park.  Council referred a resolution to start a re-design process to the Parks Advisory Commission.   

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the latest efforts to improve Ann Arbor's Liberty Plaza.

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WEMU News
2:42 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Ann Arbor, DTE Energy Help Landlords Save On Utilities

Credit dteenergy.com

The City of Ann Arbor wants to help provide some energy relief to rental property owners.

They are teaming up with DTE's Multi-Family Program on a pilot program that offers free upgrades like compact flourescent light bulbs, water-saving shower heads and programmable thermostats. 

Heidi Muir, the principal program advisor, says they usually focus on rental properties with five or more units.

This effort targets smaller properties.

"We will accept multi-family properties with two to five units under one contiguous roof," Muir says.

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Community
2:37 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Etched Glass Artwork Approved For Ann Arbor's Stadium Bridges

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Etched glass panels depicting images of trees in Ann Arbor will be installed above and under the Stadium Bridges.  City council has approved spending $385,000 on the final project funded by the old Percent For Art Program.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on artwork approved for Ann Arbor's Stadium Bridges.

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Community
3:42 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Ann Arbor City Council Considering Extended Stay Hotel Plans

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Plans for an extended stay hotel in downtown Ann Arbor should clear their last hurdle tonight.  Ann Arbor City Council will consider the site plan and development agreement for a nearly 90-thousand square foot building at Huron and Ashley.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on an extended stay hotel proposal Ann Arbor City Council will consider Monday night.

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