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Education
9:21 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Ypsilanti Community Schools Early Childhood Group Addresses Learning at Earliest Levels

Early Childhood Advisory Committee addresses the Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education
Credit Bob Eccles

The Ypsilanti Community Schools Early Childhood Advisory Committee is working on ways to improve education at the earliest levels, going as far as finding ways to give parents pre-natal help in making education choices. 

The committee presented a draft plan to the school board last night. 

Margy Long co-chairs the group.  She's also director of the Success by Six Great Start Collaborative.

Long says achievement gaps happen when every child isn't ready to learn by the time they enter kindergarten.

She says the Early Childhood Advisory Committee is trying to expand on what's been done in the area before. 

She says teachers can't do everything, so a Family Resource Center could help. 

The committee will make its formal report to the school board in early 2014.

Education
9:17 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Ypsilanti School Board Adopts Anti-Gun Resolution

Ypsilanti Community Schools trustees Tony VanDerworp, Greg Myers and Vice-President Don Garrett, Jr. (l-r)
Credit Bob Eccles

The Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education has adopted a resolution asking the state legislature to change the laws on the open carrying of firearms to specifically prohibit the practice on school property. 

Board President David Bates says students need a safe environment to thrive, and staff need safe schools to properly do their jobs.

The resolution adopted Monday night is similar to one adopted last month by the Rockford, Michigan school board.  

Also Monday night, the Ypsilanti Community Schools board approved a six-month contract with Margolis Companies for snow removal services.

Click here to listen to Bob Eccles' report.

1:02 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Jazz in 1959: One Year for All Time presented by Nik Thompson

Lead in text: 
With over a century of rich and colorful history (so far!), American jazz has no shortage of marquee and impactful eras worthy of study. It is possible, however, that preceding and formative jazz evolutions expressed their culmination during the final year of the decade of the 1950s. The special sound of 1959 brought us genre-defining recordings from some of the most important artists of jazz history. Even more remarkable is the fact that these standout recordings came from both the new faces in modern jazz (Dave Brubeck, Omette Coleman) and the veterans of early jazz (Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald). Join us here to enjoy the unique musical experience of 1959 – the transcendent year that bridged the post-bop, modern, and avant-garde jazz movements, and set a lofty standard for the second half of the 20th century.
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Elections
11:25 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Election Preview: Ann Arbor's 5th Ward City Council Race

Voters in Ann Arbor's 5th ward tomorrow will have a choice of three candidates, although only one name will appear on the ballot. Incumbent Democrat Mike Anglin is seeking re-election. His name will be the only name voters see. 

But, as WEMU's David Fair reports, there are two Democratic write-in candidates seeking to pull off an upset:

Ann Arbor's 5th Ward Election preview 2013

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Elections
11:13 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Election Preview: Ann Arbor's 1st Ward City Council Race

Ann Arbor's first ward council member, Sabra Briers is being challenged by independent Jeff Hayner in tomorrow's election.

WEMU's Andrew Cluley has more:

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Elections
11:07 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Election Preview: Ann Arbor's 4th Ward City Council Race

Election Day is tomorrow, and in Ann Arbor's 4th ward, the outcome is just about certain. Democrat John Eaton, or Jack, as he prefers to be called, defeated current councilwoman Marcia Higgins in the August Primary, and appeared to be unopposed for the general election. 

But, as WEMU's David Fair reports, voters do have the option of a registered write-in candidate:

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Community
1:36 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Progress Expected This Week on Sale of YMCA Lot in Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor will look to sell the former YMCA lot to Dennis Dahlmann who made a $5.25 million offer for the property. 

City Council will consider a resolution Thursday to have the city administrator negotiate with the owner of the Campus Inn and Bell Tower Hotel.  Dahlmann's proposal for the site includes a development that wouldn't maximize what's possible for D-1 zoning. 

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Local News
5:40 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

ACA Symposium set for Monday

The public is invited to a free symposium where the Affordable Care Act will be discussed by media and policy experts. 

Marianne Udow-Phillips is Director of the Center for Health Care Research and Transformation, which is hosting Monday's event. 

Udow-Phillips says journalists from the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post and the New York Times will discuss how the Affordable Care Act has been portrayed in the media. 

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Sports
3:28 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

EMU E-Club Alumni Chapter Announces 2013 Athletic Hall of Fame Class

Credit Eastern Michigan University Athletics

Eastern Michigan University's E-Club Alumni Chapter says seven former school athletes are being added to its Athletic Hall of Fame. 

Men's basketball stars Earl Boykins and Derrick Dial are being honored, along with women's basketball stand-out Wondella Devers, women's track and field star JoyAnn Clark, swimmer Dennis Betts, football and basketball player Donald Stewart, and former EMU Athletic Director Gene Smith, who currently serves in the same capacity at Ohio State. 

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Environment
3:16 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

1st Friday Focus on the Environment: Michigan's Energy Future

Credit Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council

On the first Friday of every month, WEMU Morning Edition Host David Fair partners with Michigan League of Conservation voters Executive Director Lisa Wozniak. Together they invite a guest to spend 20-minutes discuss a topic of environmental importance. 

This month, our guest is Dan Scripps. Dan is a former State Representative and current President of the  Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council. Today's conversation centers on progress that has been made in both energy efficiency and renewable energy usage in the state, where we are going next, and how we'll get there.

Michigan's Energy Future: That's the topic on WEMU's First Friday Focus on the Environment.

1st Friday Focus on the Environment for 11/01/2013

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Holidays
2:54 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Workshops Promote Meaning over Consumerism in Holiday Celebrations

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The University of Michigan Credit Union is hosting a couple of workshops designed to steer people towards a life of meaning rather than a life of consumption this holiday season.  

Washtenaw County Treasurer Catherine McClary is a co-sponsor of the "Tis The Season to Hang Onto Reason" workshops. She says the program provides alternative ways to celebrate the upcoming holidays, not based on consumerism. 

The workshops are taught by Kathryn Greiner, Director of Education at the U-of-M Credit Union and a renowned speaker and budget guru. 

The workshops are free of charge, but pre-registration  is required.

The first is scheduled for Saturday from 10 to 11:30 a.m.  The second is Thursday, November 7th from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Both take place at the University of Michigan Credit Union. 

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Music
5:20 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

An Interview with Dave Sharp: Worlds, 5:01 Jazz and More!

Ahead of his new CD release, Dave Sharp sits down with Linda Yohn in the WEMU studio to talk about about  his upcoming 5:01 Jazz performance, the release of his new album Worldslife as a musician, and more on this Halloween morning. 

Listen to the full-length interview from 89.1 WEMU:

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Health
3:37 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Participants Sought for Long-Term Cancer Prevention Study

Ann Arbor's St. Joseph Mercy and University of Michigan hospitals are partnering in a nationwide cancer prevention study, and they'd like to enroll at least 500 Ann Arbor residents to participate. 

John Stout is Oncology Services director at St. Joseph Mercy.  He says this is a great opportunity to take part in an important long-term study.

Stout says to take part in the study you must be between the ages of 30 and 65 and never have been diagnosed with cancer.

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Education
3:24 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Teacher Preparation Summit Friday at EMU

Eastern Michigan University is hosting a day-long summit in the EMU Student Center ballroom Friday on the state of teacher preparation in Michigan.

The event is called, "Educator Preparation: A Call to Action in Michigan", and will include keynote speaker Marilyn Cochran-Smith, a Boston College Professor. 

Regina George is Director of Urban Community and International Outreach at EMU's School of Education.  She says the conference is for K-12 educators, students of education, instructors, and administrators.

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Arts
3:00 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Cinema Chat: Halloween 2013 Edition

Credit The Michigan Theater

Michigan Theater Executive Director Russ Collins paid his weekly visit with David Fair for this week's installment of Cinema Chat:

Halloween Cinema Chat 2013

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Halloween
2:55 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

DTE Energy warns of High Winds during Trick-or-Treating

A little rain might be the least of your worries during trick-or-treating this evening.

DTE Energy warns of the potential for high winds, and suggests people who will be out trick-or-treating this evening get their goodie-grabbing done earlier rather than later, when winds will pick up.

High winds can lead to downed power lines. 

DTE spokesperson Erica Donerson  says if you come across a downed power line, stay away from it.

She says if the winds become strong in your area, it may be better to stay inside rather than risk coming across a downed power line.

Education
2:52 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

EMU Flash Mob performs Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' [Video]

Laura Heffner WEMU

A flash mob at the Eastern Michigan University Student Center re-enatcted Michael Jackson's "Thriller" video at lunchtime today.  

Dinah Nasari is Director of Student Relations for EMU's Student Government, and also participated in the spur-of-the-moment performance.  She says the idea came from members of student government:

Nasari says part of the reason for organizing the flash mob was to help take students' minds off recent serious events, including the death of an EMU student-athlete.

Environment
7:12 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Environmental Group says U.S. is Distorting Coal Reserves

Credit Clean Energy Action

An environmental group lists Michigan among a dozen states in which the cost of delivering coal for use in energy production has grown at two to three times faster than inflation over the past decade.

Clean Energy Action Director of Research and Policy Leslie Glustrom says the government is also over-estimating the amount of affordable coal reserves. 

Bob Eccles reports

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Local News
7:10 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Trick-or-Treat Hours for Local Communities

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It's Halloween, and while many communities in the area are holding trick-or-treat hours from six 'til eight tonight, there are a few exceptions. 

  • In Chelsea and Dexter, trick-or-treating takes place from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 
  • Manchester's trick-or-treat hours are 5 p.m.  to 7 p.m.. 
  • Kids in Ann Arbor get an hour more than ghosts and goblins in most other communities to gather treats: five 'til eight. 
  • In Ypsilanti, trick-or-treating starts at dusk, with no specific end time.

Special events planned tonight include:

WEMU's Bob Eccles reports

Eastern Michigan University
7:07 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

EMU Officials Meet with Students Again to Talk Safety

Eastern Michigan University has launched a new website with information about off-campus housing as part of its ongoing efforts to improve safety on and around campus. 

The website includes neighborhood crime stats and questions students should ask when apartment hunting. 

EMU Vice President of Communication Walter Kraft says it's very important that the university provide the information and resources to help students make good, wise and informed choices on where to live.

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Safety
7:05 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Police offer Halloween Safety Tips

WEMU's Bob Eccles reports on Halloween safety tips

Local police want you and your kids to be safe if you'll be out trick-or-treating Thursday night.

With low visibility, awareness of your surroundings is key.  Choosing a costume that doesn't inhibit your vision, and using a flashlight are two tips from Ann Arbor police.

Officer Candace Dorsey of the Eastern Michigan University police department says being visible to drivers is important.

And officer Dorsey says monitoring your intake of alcohol is critical to having a safe Halloween.

Education
2:01 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Budget Update: Ann Arbor Public Schools

Ann Arbor Public Schools have gotten some good news about cash flow issues that likely means the district won't need to borrow money to pay salaries next month. 

WEMU's Andrew Cluley has more:
 

Andrew Cluley reports on the AAPS Budget

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Environment
1:07 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Issues of the Environment: Solar Energy in Ypsilanti

A solar installation at The Corner Brewery
Credit Solar Ypsi

Ypsilanti continues to push forward with a goal of becoming a solar destination. 

What began as a grassroots effort in 2005, has progressed to the point where the Ypsilanti City Council has passed a resolution establishing a goal of having one-thousand solar roofs in the city by the year 2020. 
Our guest this week is Dave Strenski.

He launched Solar Ypsi back in 2005, and you can see the grassroots efforts successes at a variety of locations around the city.

Issues of the Environment: Solar Ypsi 10/30/13

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Community
8:28 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

A Day in the Life of an Arbor Hospice Therapy Dog [PHOTOS]

Bob (l) with Jean VanFaasen (c) and Helen Buccella-Costa (r)
Jaclyn Klein

Back in July we introduced you to Arbor Hospice volunteer Helen Buccella-Costa and Alpine, the therapy dog. Helen was a finalist for the Governor's Service Award for Volunteer of the Year.

WEMU's Bob Eccles spent a day tagging along with Helen and Alpine as they made their rounds in the community.

Click here for Bob's report.

Music
8:19 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

A Preview of the 37th Ann Arbor Folk Festival

The 37th Ann Arbor Folk Festival
Credit The Ark

One of the biggest music weekends in Ann Arbor is just around the corners. As WEMU's Bob Eccles reports, the 37th annual Ann Arbor Folk Festival is just three months away. 

Click here to hear Bob's report.

See below for a selection of musicians from the festival lineup:

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