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Ann Arbor
2:48 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Ann Arbor Plow Crews seek Help from Residents

The City of Ann Arbor is asking for some help from residents this weekend in clearing snow from residential streets.  

Folks who live on Iroquois between Stadium and Packard are asked to have their cars off the street Saturday from 6am to 2pm so plow crews can come through.  

Same thing for people who live on White between Stimson and Stadium, South Boulevard between Packard and Ferdon, Baldwin from Packard to Stadium, and Cherokee between Baldwin and Ferdon.

On Tuesday of next week, overnight plowing is planned on some other streets.

Residents on Norfolk and Suffolk Avenues are asked to have their cars off the street by 10pm Tuesday. Same for those living on Saxon street, and Dicken from Kent to the end of the street.

WEMU News
1:07 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Certified EMU College of Business Students offer Free Tax Preparation

Credit Bob Eccles

If you earned $52,000 or less in 2013, students from Eastern Michigan University's School of Business will do your taxes for free. 

WEMU's Bob Eccles reports.

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance or VITA service is staffed by student volunteers who are certified by the IRS. 

VITA program coordinator Umar Rabbimov says offering the tax help is a great way for students to give back to the community, and for community members to get some relief from the cost of having their taxes done. 

Your next chance to take advantage of the free tax assistance is Saturday from ten a.m. to five p.m. at the College of Business. 

You can find other dates, times and locations here.

11:39 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Take your Valentine home for dinner with some great take-out options

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Mlive Food writer and WEMU host, Jessica Webster shares some great tips to make your Valentine's Day stress-free.
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Jessica Webster
It's almost time for Valentine's Day dinner, and you find yourself with no reservations. Don't panic. You can still wow your sweetheart with a delicious meal without a whole lot of effort. All you need is a nicely set table, maybe a few candles, a decent bottle of wine and a strategically placed takeout order.
Music
6:00 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Stacey Kent's 'The Changing Lights' Will Light Up Your Valentine's Day

Stacey Kent - The Changing Lights
Credit Courtesy photo

This Valentine’s Day, WEMU will premiere the romantic music of singer-guitarist Stacey Kent and the new CD, The Changing Lights released on  Warner Brothers/Parlophone Reacords.  Each of her previous recordings have been a marvel of delicacy, swing, precision, subtle passion and just-barely disguised emotional frailty.  It is hard to believe that she and her band could top Breakfast On The Morning Tram or Dreamer In Concert  but The Changing Lights further explores Ms.

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9:54 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Coleman Jewett Chair Project

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Coleman Jewett held a special presence in the Ann Arbor educational community and at the Ann Arbor Farmers Market, where he sold his handcrafted furniture from a corner post for over forty years. When he died in January 2013, the community response was filled with calls for some kind of memorial to honor a man whose example touched hundreds of lives.
A Creative Memorial to Honor Colemant Jewett
Michigan News
8:23 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Michigan Corrections Director takes responsibility for Prisoner Escape

Michigan Department of Corrections Director Dan Heyns testifies in front of a state Senate budget panel Thursday on a recent prisoner escape in Ionia.
Credit Michigan Public Radio Network

MI corrections director: Ionia prison escape "had nothing to do with" budget cuts
By Jake Neher

The head of the state's prison system blames a murderer's recent escape from an Ionia prison largely on human error. That prisoner escaped earlier this month, and was caught in Indiana the next day.

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Education
3:19 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Count Day appears to have been Kind to Ypsilanti Community Schools

Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education President David Bates (l) and Superintendent Scott Menzel (r).
Credit Bob Eccles

Student count day appears to have shown a substantial rise in the number of students in Ypsilanti Community Schools.  

Superintendent Scott Menzel says unaudited numbers from Wednesday's count showed 4547 students in class - 55 more than in the fall.  

It's possible some students who may have been out sick or not in school for another legitimate reason could be added to the total.  

Similarly, not all the students counted Wednesday may be the "full-time equivalent" students the state uses to determine funding for school districts.  

It'll be several weeks before the official numbers are known.  

Wednesday's count represents 10 percent of the funding equation, while the fall count represents 90 percent.

3:13 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Remembering J Dilla: Hip hop artist’s legacy inspires hope in troubling times

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WEMU's Adrienne Ayers contributed this report for the MotorCity Muckracker. It’s been 8 years since the passing of native Detroiter, hip hop artist, producer, and innovator, James Yancey, who was better known to the public and hip hop world as J Dilla.
Dilla Day started three years ago and is celebrated throughout the city of Detroit every year on Feb. 7, the date of Dilla’s birth. It gains success every year.
Cinema Chat
10:17 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Remembering Shirley Temple Black and Sid Caesar; Events for Your Valentine's Weekend

Credit Michtheater.org

This week's edition of Cinema Chat, Michigan Theater Director, Russ Collins sits down to talk with WEMU's Program Director, Patrick Campion to talk about about the latest upcoming movies downtown and around town. The conversation starts with a discussion on the impact of Shirley Temple on film and American culture.

Listen here:

Cinema Chat is a regular feature heard each Thursday during Morning Edition on 89.1 WEMU.

 

SHIRLEY TEMPLE A GREAT, PINT-SIZED MOVIE STAR

Shirley Temple, Hollywood’s most famous child star ever, has died in Woodside, CA at the age of 85. The cause of death was not disclosed. She made her first appearance on the screen at the age of 3, and by the time she turned 13, she had already appeared in 46 feature films. She made seven movies in 1934 alone, including Bright Eyes, in which she sang the song with which she was most closely identified, “The Good Ship Lollipop.” She did a memorable tap dance with Bill “Bojangles” Robinson in the Civil War musical The Little Colonel. During the Great Depression, She was the top box-office attraction from 1935 through 1938. At one point, President Franklin Roosevelt famously declared, “As long as our country has Shirley Temple, we will be all right.” In middle age she was a diplomat to the UN and ambassador to Ghana and Czechoslovakia and finally chief of protocol at the State Department.

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Education
2:16 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Ann Arbor Public Schools Welcomes New Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations

Marios Demetriou

Ann Arbor Public Schools new Assistant Superintendent of Finance and Operations is excited to work closer to students in a k-12 district again.  The district Wednesday night hosted a reception for Marios Demetriou  who comes to Ann Arbor from the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District.  

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Education
2:09 am
Thu February 13, 2014

School Districts Following Up After Count Day

School Districts across Michigan including Washtenaw County are working to find and verify all students that missed school Wednesday.  That's because the February count day is the basis for ten percent of per-pupil funding.  The bulk of state aid is based on the fall count day.  

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WEMU News
8:53 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Area Auto Repair Shops Seeing Results of Nasty Crop of Potholes

Some nasty potholes are gobbling up wheels and tires, and Washtenaw County drivers are paying the price. 

One tipster told WEMU last night that a pothole on Packard Road just west of Platt had a line of cars pulled over to the side of the road with flat tires. 

Jason Gary has seen the damage first-hand.  He's parts manager at AutoMotion in Ann Arbor, where they've seen a lot of bent rims.

Gary says if a wheel can't be balanced or repaired, it's sent to a wheel straightener in the Detroit area.  He says they usually make two or three trips a week to Detroit, but lately they've been sending two or three wheels a day to the vendor.

Gary says the potholes in our area are the worst he's seen in almost 20 years of living in Michigan.

That's consistent with a warning earlier this week from the state transportation director, who warned the pothole season may be the worst drivers have experienced.

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Michigan News
8:38 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Report Says Parole System costs Taxpayers Millions

Report says parole systems costs taxpayers millions
By Rick Pluta

A new report says Michigan's parole system is too stingy when it comes to releasing prisoners with sentences of up to life in prison.

The report by the Citizens Alliance on Prisons and Public Spending says there are 850 lifers in Michigan prison for second-degree murder and other violent crimes who could be paroled. In many cases, they're older and the report says very unlikely to re-offend.

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Michigan News
8:34 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Backyard Farmers Upset with State Proposal

Backyard farmers blast proposal to exclude them from "Right to Farm" law
By Jake Neher

A state board is expected to decide next month whether to strip protections from Michiganders who raise chickens and other livestock in residential areas.

Dozens of "backyard farmers" and their supporters blasted the proposed rule change Wednesday at an agriculture commission meeting in Lansing. It would exclude them from Michigan's Right to Farm Act, which protects farmers from nuisance complaints and lawsuits.

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Black History
7:35 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Moments of the Movement: Joseph Lowery

Joseph E. Lowery

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Community
2:42 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Education Achievement Authority Slammed at Community Forum in Ann Arbor

Critics of the Education Achievement Authority want to not only stop the spread of the reform effort but also want it out of Detroit, that was the message Tuesday night at a community forum on the issue hosted by the Ann Arbor Education Authority.  

WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on a forum in Ann Arbor on the Education Achievement Authority.

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WEMU News
10:30 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

EMU Laying Off nearly All Full-time Lecturers in College of Education

Almost all of Eastern Michigan University's full-time lecturers in the College of Education have received layoff notices.   College of Education Dean Jan Joseph says declining enrollment in the program means fewer lecturers are needed.   She says EMU is not unique in seeing enrollment for education students dropping. She says it's a trend that most teacher training programs have seen over the past decade or so. College of Education lecturers teach student teachers and place them in area school districts for hands-on training.

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WEMU News
10:27 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Ypsilanti City Council Rates City Manager's Job Performance

Ypsilanti City Council last night approved City Manager Ralph Lange's first performance evaluation.   Council member Brian Robb chaired the committee that oversaw the review.

Michigan News
10:24 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

State School Board Putting School Funding Front and Center in Election Year

The Michigan State Board of Education hopes public school funding will be a top priority for voters when they head to the polls in November.

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Michigan News
10:23 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

State Agriculture Commission Weighing Backyard Livestock Question

MI agriculture commission closer to decision on backyard livestockBy Rick Pluta The Michigan Commission on Agriculture and Rural Development is about to hold its final hearing on a controversial new rule. It would end Right to Farm protections for people who raise chickens and other livestock in residential areas.  The 1981 Right to Farm Act is the state's effort to preempt nuisance lawsuits filed against farmers as more people moved from cities and suburbs to rural areas.

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Ypsilanti
7:57 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Amanda Edmonds launches Ypsilanti Mayoral Bid

Credit Bob Eccles

Growing Hope Executive Director Amanda Edmonds Tuesday night launched her bid to become Ypsilanti's next mayor with a party for supporters in Depot Town.

Edmonds said she believes her leadership skills are what the city needs to help it to continue to move forward.

Among those in attendance was current Mayor Paul Schreiber, who has announced he won't seek re-election.

Also on hand were former Mayor Cheryl Farmer and Washtenaw County Commissioners Yousef Rabhi and Conan Smith.

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Community
7:42 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority Board to Vote Next Week on Putting Tax Hike on May Ballot

The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority board will vote next week on a proposal to place a point-seven mill tax question on the May 6th ballot in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and Ypsilanti Township. 

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The Two-Way
5:55 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Graco Recalls Nearly 3.8 Million Child Car Seats

The My Ride 70 was one of the models recalled by Graco.
Graco

Originally published on Tue February 11, 2014 7:24 pm

Graco is recalling nearly 3.8 million car seats because buckles may be hard to release, posing a danger in the case of an accident.

The AP reports that despite the massive recall, which involves 11 models sold from 2009 through 2013, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration is unhappy with the company.

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4:27 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Eastern Michigan University layoffs: Majority of full-time education lecturers get notices

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This story comes from the Ann Arbor News. WEMU is following up on the matter, stay tuned for an update.
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kellie Woodhouse
Eastern Michigan University is laying off most of its full-time lecturers in the College of Education. The Ypsilanti school issued layoff notices to 10 of its 11 full-time lecturers in the college in December, according to a group of lecturers at the school. The layoffs are effective Aug. 31, 2014.
2:07 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Jazz artists unite to play Brubeck's 'Gates of Justice' at the Fillmore

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Jason Moran and his trio will play Dave Brubeck's 'The Gates of Justice' at the Fillmore Detroit on Sunday.
  • Source: Freep
  • | Via: Mark Stryker
Chris Collins has organized an ambitious Brubeck revival, 'The Gates of Justice' (1969), an hour-long oratorio for choir, brass-and-percussion orchestra, jazz trio and vocal soloists from both the African-American and Jewish traditions. Pianist Jason Moran, a leading-edge voice in contemporary jazz, will anchor the ensemble with his trio, Bandwagon, but also offer a set of civil rights-themed music with bassist Tarus Mateen and drummer Nasheet Waits.

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