Reporter Julie Rose unravels the unique art of the carillon. A carillonneur is someone who, at a wedding or funeral, hammers away on wooden pegs with their fists and hands to coax music from large bells. Brigham Young University has a particularly active carillon, with recitals every afternoon — often involving students who have only recently discovered the instrument.
Iconic Rock and Blues guitar slinger Johnny Winter has passed away while touring in Europe.
Johnny Dawson Winter III has passed away. He was 70. ”Texas blues icon Johnny Winter has passed away on July 16th, 2014, in his hotel room in Zurich, Switzerland,” read an official email from Winter’s PR company, Kid Logic Media. “His Wife, family and band-mates are all saddened by the loss of one of the world’s finest guitarists.”
The email promised an official statement at the appropriate time.
Half a million visitors are expected for this year's Ann Arbor art fairs. Traffic tie ups and parking shortages are bound to follow. 89-one WEMU’s Andrew Cluley opted to use the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority’s Art Fair bus this year.
89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on his trip to the Ann Arbor Art fair on the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority's bus from Briarwood Mall.
In less than ten minutes the art fair bus took me from free parking at Briarwood Mall to the edge of the Summer Art Fair on State Street. The early morning bus was full with people enjoying the cooler than normal weather.
Charter Schools at Eastern Michigan University - an overview by Dr. Malverne C. Winborne, Published July 14, 2014 Eastern Michigan University has been authorizing charter schools since the state of Michigan first passed laws allowing the practice in the early 1990s. The University is deeply experienced in overseeing charter schools, and has a clear goal in doing so.
An association of non-union construction companies has asked the state Supreme Court to strike down local prevailing wage laws. The Associated Builders and Contractors says a state law preempts the ordinances.
Nearly two dozen Michigan communities have their own prevailing wage ordinances. They're supposed to ensure that workers on city-financed projects are paid something close to union wages.
Ann Arbor homeless advocates hope the large turnout at a mayoral forum on the issue will show it's a priority to voters. If nothing else all four City Council members appearing on the democratic ballot for mayor pledged to commit financial and political capital to ending homelessness in the city by 2018.
The group Citizens for Oil-Free Backyards is taking the effort to prevent an exploratory well from being drilled in Scio Township to court.
The group would not say who it's targeting with the suit, but president Laura Robinson says the state Department of Environmental Quality failed when it issued a permit to West Bay Exploration Company.
Citizens for Oil-Free Backyards holds an informational meeting at 7 tonight at the Scio Township hall.
If you've spent anytime boating on Lake Erie over the last few summers, you may very well have been diverted by huge patches of algae blooms.
It would appear you'll have the same issue later this summer.
Scientists predict another large toxic bloom will appear on the western side of Lake Erie this summer. The blooms are caused by excessive amounts of phosphorus and other chemicals typically found in agricultural run-off.
Don Scavia is Director of the Graham Sustainability Institute at the University of Michigan.
Things could soon look a lot different on Ann Arbor's Research Park Drive near State Street.
City Council has approved a zoning change that will allow the currently vacant land to be developed for mixed-use purposes.
Developers have already submitted a plan for the area that includes an 8-court indoor/outdoor tennis facility as well as two five-story buildings for research, office or limited industrial uses. City Planner Jeff Kahan says the developer's plan for the other lots in the area is less detailed, but will be used for office and research buildings.
An Eastern Michigan University professor has been honored for her efforts in social work. The Michigan chapter of the National Association of Social Workers gave Marjorie Ziefert a Lifetime Achievement award.
Half a million people are expected to roll into downtown Ann Arbor over the next few days, here to celebrate the Ann Arbor Art Fair. Streets will be closed off, parking will be a challenge, and even a quick walk can be frustrating when art fair patrons clog the sidewalks.
The Ann Arbor Art Fairs begin tomorrow and run through Saturday evening. As a result, there are several street closures downtown. The closures begin at 7:00am Tuesday morning and run through noon, Sunday, July 20th.
According to the City of Ann Arbor, closures include:
79 Illegal Water Users Caught In 3 Days A spokesman for Detroit's water system says it cited 79 customers for illegal water use in one three-day period and levied $21,750 in fees. The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department has been cracking down on tens of thousands of nonpaying residential and business customers.
Corn Acreage Down Nationwide Michigan farmers have reduced the amount of land they use for growing corn. The Detroit News reports weather and falling market prices caused farmers to start growing corn later than usual this year. Michigan's corn farming area has shrunk by about 10,000 acres to 2.24 million.
Lawsuit: Michigan Regents Break Open Meetings Act The Detroit Free Press has sued the University of Michigan, saying its Board of Regents routinely violates the state Open Meetings Act. The newspaper says it filed the suit Friday in the Michigan Court of Claims. The Associated Press left phone messages Sunday seeking comment from university spokespeople.