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Community
12:04 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Ann Arbor City Council May Have Resolved Debate Over Public Art Program

Public art in front of Ann Arbor City Hall.
Credit Andrew Cluley

Ann Arbor will use general fund money to help the public art program transition to a new funding model, but over $940,000 in old percent for art funds are being returned to their original sources.  That’s the result of three resolutions passed by city council Monday night to hopefully end the long debate over the program.  

WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on Ann Arbor City Council resolving issues around the city's Public Art Program.

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Community
1:17 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Ann Arbor City Council Might Resolve Public Art Program Issues Tonight

Public Art in front of Ann Arbor City Hall.
Credit Andrew Cluley

Ann Arbor City Council may have finally found a way to move forward with the city’s public art program.  A series of three resolutions on tonight’s agenda could resolve the long-running debate over the issue.  

WEMU's Andrew Cluley previews three resolutions Ann Arbor City Council will consider tonight around the city's Public Art Program.

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Community
1:00 am
Mon March 3, 2014

U-M Central Student Government Seeking Review of Accused Sexual Assault Documents

Credit Andrew Cluley

Changes in how universities handle reports of sexual misconduct by students continue to leave questions on campus.  Even as a federal investigation is ongoing, the University of Michigan Central Student Government wants to review documents around sexual assault investigations, including of a former football player.  

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Community
6:11 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Debbie Dingell Officially Kicks Off Congressional Campaign

Debbie Dingell speaks with reporters at Ann Arbor's Downtown Home and Garden.
Credit Andrew Cluley

Debbie Dingell formally announced today she's running for the 12th Congressional seat her husband has held for nearly 60 years.  Dingell had kick-off events in Dearborn, Ann Arbor, and Ypsilanti.

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Construction
2:24 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Thompson Road Closure Starts Monday

Thompson Road construction will begin Monday, 03/04/2014
Credit Flickr / jakelv7500

Southbound Thompson Road between Jefferson and Packard will be closed starting Monday, March 3rd through May 31st of 2015.

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The Green Room
6:58 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Rental Housing in Washtenaw County and Wasted Energy: Who Pays?

Credit Barbara Lucas

 Energy conservation is low-hanging fruit--no new technology, power plants or pipelines are required.  But it can be a stubborn nut to crack if there is no financial motivation to conserve, and the question of motivation all depends on who pays the bills. 

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Community
1:51 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Ann Arbor City Council to Consider Resolution Outlining Specific Park Location on Library Lot

The left edge of the picture is the proposed park location.
Credit Andrew Cluley

Monday Ann Arbor City Council will consider a resolution that would designate about 10-thousand square feet of the surface lot on top of the Library Lane parking garage as the site of a future park.  City officials have long stated a portion of the area will become park space, but this resolution would nail down the specific location. 

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Community
8:11 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Ann Arbor Public Schools to Start Accepting Schools of Choice Apps Monday

Credit Andrew Cluley

Ann Arbor Public Schools officials are excited to kick off their largest ever Schools of Choice effort.  Monday the district will begin accepting applications to fill up to 750 slots. 

Communications Director Liz Margolis says they’ve carefully looked at current and projected enrollments. After studying these projections they've made seats available for nearly every grade in all of the district's schools.  The district however isn't accepting high school juniors and seniors.

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Community
8:03 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Briarwood Mall to Host Summer Camp Expo Saturday

Credit Andrew Cluley

The cold winter weather continues, but Briarwood Mall will be focused on summer Saturday.  The mall is hosting the annual summer camp expo.  

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WEMU News
7:57 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Concerns Over Main Breaks Continues With Cold Weather

The bitter cold is back for another round in Southeast Michigan, raising concerns about more water pipe breaks. Ann Arbor has seen a high number of water main breaks this winter already.

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WEMU News
6:23 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Ann Arbor Seeks Feedback on Urban and Community Forest Plan

A portion of Ann Arbor's urban forest in Burns Park
Credit Andrew Cluley

Ann Arbor’s publicly maintained trees are in fair to good condition according to the city’s Urban Forestry and Natural Resources Planning Coordinator Kerry Gray.   Maintenance efforts have been hurt by budget cutbacks and the need to deal with the Emerald Ash Borer. 

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3:42 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Zingerman's Deli makes list of 'Cool Grocery Stores Around the U.S.'

Lead in text: 
Food and cooking website Delish has put together a list of some of the "cooler, hipper, and more fun" grocery shops in the country, and Ann Arbor's Zingerman's Deli has made the list.
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Jessica Webster
Other stores on the list include Mario Batali's Eataly, the Wegman's chain, and Pike's Place Market in Seattle.
Community
3:33 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Ann Arbor District Library Now Offering Local Label Music

Credit Andrew Cluley

A new partnership between the Ann Arbor District Library and a local music label is making over 250 albums available to library patrons.  

WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on a new partnership between the Ann Arbor District Library and a local music label to make their songs available to download for free.

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Community
12:01 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Ann Arbor Officials Planning for Controlled Burn Season

The Ann Arbor Volunteer Burn Crew
Credit a2gov.org

 With plenty of snow still on the ground and cold temperatures continuing longer than expected, Ann Arbor officials may be delayed in starting an ecological restoration program that has gotten great results over the last 20 years.

Ann Arbor's Natural Area Preservation Manager Dave Borneman says controlled burns are a powerful tool used to help enrich the soul, remove dead thatch, and allow diverse native plant and animal communities to thrive.  

The city targets a low impact timeframe for these burns.  Doing them in late winter or early spring means little or no people in the parks, dormant plant life and lower smoke volumes.

Crews will be executing the burns weekdays between noon and six.

More information on Ann Arbor's controlled burns can be found here.

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Community
11:03 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Michigan LGBT Community Closely Following DeBoer-Rowse Case

Credit Equality Michigan

People across Michigan are closely following the trial of a lesbian couple challenging Michigan's ban on marriage and adoption by same sex couples.  The trial began Tuesday with April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse seeking the ability to marry and adopt each other's children.  

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Community
2:49 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Pittsfield Township Fire Department Conduct Training Exercise

Credit Andrew Cluley

The Pittsfield Township Fire Department conducted a training fire at an old building on Ellsworth this afternoon.

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Community
1:20 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Ann Arbor Not Buying Edwards Brothers Property

Credit Courtesy Photo

The University of Michigan can go ahead with plans to buy the Edwards Brothers property on State Street for nearly 13 million dollars.  Ann Arbor City Council voted six to five Monday night against using the right of first refusal to match the university’s offer.  

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WEMU News
6:58 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Competing Groups Form Around May Vote On Ann Arbor Area Transit

Groups form to both support and oppose a Transit millage issue in May
Credit Facebook/The Ride

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Voters in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti and Ypsilanti Township are expected to decide in May on a proposed public transit tax to raise nearly $4.4 million in annual funding.  The Ann Arbor News reports campaigns with competing messages are taking place after the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority voted last week to place a 0.7-mill transit tax on the May 6 ballot in the three Washtenaw County communities

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Community
12:24 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Ann Arbor City Council Expected to Decide Tonight if the City Will Buy the Edwards Brothers Property

Credit Courtesy Photo

A decision is expected Monday night as Ann Arbor officials debate whether they should buy a State Street Property or have it permanently removed from the tax rolls.  City Council is holding a special meeting to consider using a right of first refusal to buy the Edwards Brothers property.  

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Community
1:53 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Voters To Decide in May if They will Pay For Expanded Transit Service

Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority officials hope to begin making service upgrades in August.  That’s if voters in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and Ypsilanti Township pass a .7 mill tax that will be on the May ballot. 

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Community
2:41 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Platt Road Site to be Springboard for Larger Affordable Housing Talks

Washtenaw County will be engaging neighbors of the old Juvenile Center on Platt Road in Ann Arbor and other community members to determine how to redevelop the site.  The County Commissioners have given final approval to a community driven process for planning for the 13.5 acre property. 

WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on planning for redevelopment of Washtenaw County's old Juvenile Center site on Platt Road in Ann Arbor, and a larger discussion on affordable housing issues in general.

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Community
4:56 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Ann Arbor Officials Asking Residents to Clear Sidewalks, Drains During Warmer Weather

Ann Arbor Mayor John Hieftje calls on residents to take advantage of the warmer weather and clean off their sidewalks.  Hieftje admits the amount of snow, and the freezing rain a few walks ago caused a mess, but many people rely on walking to get to jobs and other important appointments.

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WEMU News
10:30 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Hundreds Call For Enrollment Diversity At the University of Michigan

Shapiro Undergraduate Library
Credit University of Michigan

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Hundreds of University of Michigan students participated in an all-night protest over what they call low minority enrollment and inclusion.  The Ann Arbor News reports students crammed into Shapiro Undergraduate Library for the 12-hour, overnight event.  The "Speak Out" was hosted by the United Coalition for Racial Justice, a group comprised of undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff.

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Environment
10:12 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Issues Of The Environment: Pharmaceuticals in Ann Arbor Water

Drinking tap water in Ann Arbor is common practice. It rates rather highly in terms of quality and taste, and most find it difficult to tell the difference between city water and bottled water. Many may not know that research shows pharmaceutical drugs are making it into the water supply.

In this week's "Issues of the Environment"  89.1 WEMU's David Fair explores the issue and what it may mean for you. The guest this week is Larry Sanford, the city of Ann Arbors' Assistant Manager of Water Treatment Services. 

Issues of the Environment for 2/19/14

Community
3:08 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Debate Continues Over Ann Arbor's Public Art Program

Ann Arbor City Council remains conflicted on the city’s public art program.  Council Tuesday night voted ten to nothing for an ordinance amendment that allows them to return old percent for art funds to their original source.  Two resolutions to actually do this however were postponed.  

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