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Washtenaw Housing Alliance
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It's still summer but some in Washtenaw County are already looking ahead to the challenges winter poses for the homeless community.  The Washtenaw Housing Alliance and the county's Office of Community and Economic Development are trying to find a location suitable to serve as a warming center for homeless people.


Sharing and exchanging skills is not a new concept, but the A2 TimeBank hopes to corral locals into organizing into a true community resource, building for the future.  

  

Washtenaw County's First Same Sex Marriage
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In courtrooms from Cincinnati to Detroit the issue of marriage equality is being decided.  Still, it is likely that the U-S Supreme Court will have the final say.  No matter the decisions along the way, Washtenaw County will be prepared.


Ann Arbor-Saline Road
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The major headache that is the Ann Arbor-Saline road project is about to improve some. The project isn't over, but beginning Wednesday Phase III gets underway.


Ann Arbor Public Schools
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With Ann Arbor Public Schools starting in just over a week, staff is closely monitoring enrollment figures. It's always a fluid number at this time of year, but the district faces more uncertainty this year.


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As parents get ready to send children back to school, health officials are calling for kids to get appropriate vaccinations.  The request comes at a time when more Washtenaw County parents opt out of vaccinations than other counties in the state.     

Washtenaw County Public Health Immunizations Coordinator Chris Karpinski says vaccines are a safe easy way to prevent illness from spreading.

Liberty Plaza
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Panhandling, drug use, and public safety concerns continue to plague Ann Arbor's Liberty Plaza. The Parks Advisory Commission intends to study whether more programmed activities is the right solution.


Citizens for Oil-Free Backyards
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The Scio Township Board of Trustees unanimously passed a six month moratorium on all oil and gas operations.  A lead critic of the drilling says this is already making a difference.


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Movie openings, special screenings and Hollywood news. It's all covered in this week's installment of Cinema Chat with Michigan Theater Executive Director and CEO Russ Collins!   

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For now, you can still catch a ride in Ann Arbor from alternative providers Uber and Lyft.  Proposed regulatory changes to the city's taxicab ordinance to include those services stalled out before City Council this week and the reaction has been mixed.


Ann Arbor Senior Center
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Bridge isn't a game typically played at Burns Park Elementary School, but it will for the next few weeks.  Burns Park is among the sites hosting Ann Arbor Senior Center events while repair work is finished at the senior's damaged facility. 


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A new school of fish is Ann Arbor's latest public art project, and one of the last works to be funded by the city's now defunct percent for art program.  The sculptures were installed Monday at the rain garden on Kingsley and First.


Ann Arbor
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Ann Arbor City Council is considering a $20,000 public engagement plan that will begin an effort to manage the local deer population. 


Ann Arbor
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Protesters calling for Ann Arbor to boycott Israel will be back at the City Council meeting after dozens were escorted out of the last meeting by police for causing a disruption.


Ann Arbor District Library
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The Downtown Library is temporarily closed in Ann Arbor.  Work will keep the doors shut through at least early next week.


Performance Network Theatre
Performance Network Theatre

Less than three months after Ann Arbor's Performance Network Theatre closed its doors in the middle of a show, the re-launched company is set to hold a kick-off weekend.  


United Association
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After a quarter century, the new deal being signed Wednesday will keep the United Association at WCC for 15-more years 


United Association
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Finding a hotel room in Washtenaw County might be a bit of a challenge this week, restaurants will be a little more crowded, and toilets will be racing tonight in Ann Arbor.  Plumbers, pipefitters, and other members of the United Association are in town for their annual training conference.    


Ann Arbor
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A growing number of Great Lakes communities are concerned about climate change.  Ann Arbor is applying for a grant to identify what it can do to adapt to this new reality. 


University of Michigan Health System
University of Michigan Health System

Medical science may be one step closer to preventing the formation of malignant brain tumors. A University of Michigan study has found suppressing the production of certain proteins can help the body's immune system eradicate cancerous cells. 


the ann arbor chronicle
Ann Arbor Chronicle

The back corner of Ann Arbor City Council and other meetings in the city will soon be missing a familiar face.  That's because after a six year run providing the most in-depth online coverage of local government the Ann Arbor Chronicle will be shutting down.  


Ecology Center Solar Panels Installation
Ecology Center

Ann Arbor is getting greener. The non-profit Ecology Center is installing eight solar panels on its roof Friday.

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Ann Arbor's mayor and council members were held in a side room while police confronted the group.  

Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority
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The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority ramps up service in a few weeks.  The changes are the first improvements funded by a new .7 mill transit millage.


Washtenaw County
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Many area residents live their lives without being able to prove who they are. A proposal to help these people will be discussed at tonight's Washtenaw County Commissioners work session.


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