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Parks and Recreaction
2:16 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Pieces Of Border-To-Border Trail Falling Into Place

Credit eWashtenaw.org

The Washtenaw County Border-to-Border Trail is a step closer to completion, thanks to an easement obtained by the City of Ypsilanti from Fischer Honda on Michigan Avenue. 

Ypsilanti City Planner Teresa Gillotti says the easement will clear the way for a pedestrian bridge to be built from Riverside Park to a corner of the Fischer Honda property, with an improved Michigan Avenue crossing then linking the trail to the Water Street re-development area. 

Gillotti says the Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission is covering the $38,000 cost of the easement.

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Washtenaw County Commissioners
8:44 am
Thu March 21, 2013

County Approves Long-Term Contracts Ahead of RTW

Before Michigan's right-to-work law takes effect later this month, the Washtenaw County  Board  of Commissioners has approved new long-term contracts with nearly all of the unions representing county workers.  Similar policy for non-union employees has been set as well.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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Movies & More
8:41 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Cinema Chat: The Ann Arbor Film Festival

The 51st annual Ann Arbor Film Festival is underway.   Everything you need to know about it is on this week's Cinema Chat from WEMU.

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Local News
10:15 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Generational Differences Evident At Mascot/School Colors Forum

Some of the animal-related mascot suggestions for Ypsilanti Community Schools
Credit Bob Eccles

A group of about 35 people, most of them students, got together last night in the Ypsilanti High School media center to talk about mascot and school colors suggestions for Ypsilanti Community Schools. 

The generational divide between the students and the adults was obvious, as most of the adults favored a mascot with historical significance, such as Bombers or Liberators, and the kids preferred something new, like Royals or Grizzlies. 

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89.1 Jazz
8:23 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

89.1 Jazz honors Marian McPartland, turns 95

Today we honored a woman who helped shape the history of jazz as a musician, band leader, composer, 

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Ypsilanti City Council
2:37 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Urban Gardening Measure Approved

Credit Creative Commons- Sown Together

Ypsilanti residents can plan for nice vegetable gardens on their property this summer, now that city council has approved an ordinance text amendment to allow for urban gardens in residential yards and vacant lots.  

City Planner Teresa Gillotti says gardens can be grown in front, side and back yards, but must be set back three feet from the sidewalk and cannot obstruct the view for motorists. 

Gillotti says area churches have been among those anxious to put vacant city lots to good use by planting gardens.

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Ypsilanti City Council
12:56 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Council Delays Family Dollar Plan for Water Street

Ypsilanti's city council has put off a decision on a purchase agreement that would have a Family Dollar store built on the northeast corner of the Water Street redevelopment area.  The delay is due, in part,  to the city's master plan update.  Hear more from WEMU's Bob Eccles.

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Environment
9:45 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Issues of the Environment: Energy Efficient Vehicle Infrastructure

Plug-In Ready Michigan is a statewide plan that provides the necessary information and tools to planners, local officials, consumers, and private enterprises to prepare for an increase in plug-in electric vehicle use.

This week's Issues of the Environment from WEMU examines infrastructure needs to meet the growing demand for electric vehicles and hybrids.  Our guest is the project manager for "Plug-in Ready Michigan", Mark Rabinsky. 

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Arts and Culture
9:41 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Ann Arbor Film Festival Underway

The 51st annual Ann Arbor Film Festival kicked off Tuesday night with the opening gala at the Michigan Theater.   WEMU's Andrew Cluley was there.

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Local News
5:01 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

New York Times columnist speaks at EMU

New York Times Columnist addressing the audience during his "Times Talk" at the EMU Student Center
Credit Patrick Holubik

New York Times  columnist Joe Nocera spoke Tuesday afternoon at the Eastern Michigan University Student Center auditorium. The EMU Student Government brought Mr. Nocera to campus to talk about "How to fix big-time college sports". WEMU's Bob Eccles had the chance to speak with Mr. Nocera before his appearance.

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New Music
4:13 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

'The Blue Room' by Madeleine Peyroux

Madeleine Peyroux's "Blue Room" is available now from Universal Music

Blue is more than a color – it is a basic musical form and blue is a mood. Madeleine Peyroux explores all aspects of blue with her new CD The Blue Room. However, this isn’t a blues CD.

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Ann Arbor City Council
8:38 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Council Rejects Site Plan Moratorium

Ann Arbor's city council has rejected a proposed moratorium on new site plan approvals in the downtown area, but has yet to approve the site plan and development agreement for a proposed project at 413 East Huron.   Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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Ypsilanti - Willow Run Schools
8:35 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Board Acts on Layoffs and Schools of Choice

Unified board President David Bates
Credit Bob Eccles

The joint Ypsilanti-Willow Run school board approved layoffs and schools of choice designation at its meeting Monday night.  Hear more from WEMU's Bob Eccles.

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Ann Arbor City Council
8:31 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Council Delays Action on DDA Tax Limits

Ann Arbor's city council has again delayed a decision on limiting the amount of tax increment financing the Downtown Development Authority can collect.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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Local News
4:10 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Mascot, colors forum for unified district Saturday

The unified Ypsilanti-Willow Run school district holds a public forum Saturday morning to give the public a chance to talk about suggestions that have been received for a district mascot and colors. 

Board member Maria Sheler-Edwards is co-chair of the committee looking into mascots and colors.  She says the process will be similar to the way the district's name was chosen, with a pair of public forums to narrow the options down.  She says a final recommendation is expected at the board's March 28th meeting. 

Local News
3:13 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Dexter Marks 1 Year Anniversary Of Tornado

It's been exactly one year since an F-3 tornado tore through the Village of Dexter, damaging some 400 homes, with 36 of those homes suffering major damage.

Dexter Village Assistant Manager Courtney Nichols says there 's still some repair work going on, specifically at the car wash and the laundromat.  She says most of the homes have been repaired or re-built. 

Nichols says it was very fortunate that the financial cost to the village was only $45,000, which mainly went to cover clean-up and tree removal service.

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Local News
11:01 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Year-Round School Recommendation Accepted

Unified school board members Dan Raglin (l) and Tony VanDerworp
Credit Bob Eccles

The unified Ypsilanti-Willow Run school board last night accepted a recommendation that the consolidated district move toward a year-round educational model.  The board's High Quality Teachers and Teaching Advisory Committee believes year-round school will help keep students from losing much of what they've learned over an extended summer break.  The board will now establish a work team to look into the different types of balanced calendar models and figure out which is best for the district.  The public's input on the idea will also be sought.  Year-round school wouldn't begin until the 20

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Ann Arbor School Board
9:39 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Board Again Recommends Moving Roberto Clemente Program to Pioneer High

Roberto Clemente Student Development Program

Ann Arbor's public school administration is again recommending that the Roberto Clemete alternative program can be successfully relocated to Pioneer High School.   The school board rejected the move last year, but it's being considered again as the district deals with a projected budget deficit.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

Roberto Clemente Student Development Center

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Dexter Tornado Run/Walk
9:35 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Dexter Tornado Recovery Fundraiser: A Year Later

Dexter Tornado Aftermath
Credit Daveb - Creative Commons

A Dexter couple whose home was destroyed by last year's tornado is helping to host a run to raise money for those who helped in the recovery effort.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

JazzRunning.com:

On March 15, 2012 Dexter was hit by an F3 Tornado. Immediately after the tornado the community and surrounding communities came together to put the pieces back together. All proceeds from this run will began to pay back those organizations that supported our community.

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Ann Arbor Schools
9:26 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Prosecutor Asked to Re-Evaluate Charges in Football Brawl Case

The Ann Arbor school board has approved a resolution asking Washtenaw County's Prosecutor to re-evaluate the degree of criminalization of adolescent behaviors he's making in connection with the fight following last fall's Pioneer - Huron football game.  WEMU's Andrew Cluley has the story.

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Race Card
9:19 am
Wed March 13, 2013

'Race Card' Project Comes to UofM

As part of the University of Michigan's understanding race theme this semester, National Public Radio's Michelle Norris is bringing the Race Card Project to campus.  Norris met with students and others on campus Tuesday for the official kickoff.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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Ann Arbor City Council
8:45 am
Tue March 12, 2013

Council Readies Budget Plan and Priorities

Ann Arbor's city council discussed budget impacts from work plans created around council's five priority areas at a work session Monday night.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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Washtenaw County Commissioners
9:05 am
Mon March 11, 2013

County Considers Landbank

Credit creative commons- stuck in customs

Washtenaw County officials are taking a second look at creating a landbank to help deal with foreclosed properties.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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Sweet 16
3:28 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Kevin Eubanks Six Strings Top Sweet Sixteen

Kevin Eubanks at the 2012 Detroit Jazz Festival
Credit Detroit Jazz Festival

WEMU wrapped up February and kicked off March with sixteen excellent choices for “our most played” category.  “The Messenger” by guitarist Kevin Eubanks for Detroit’s Mack Avenue Records was at the top of the list where it deserves to be.  Kevin came from a great jazz family in Philadelphia.  From this essential foundation, Kevin Eubanks became one of Los Angeles’ in demand recording artists and the leader of The Tonight Show Band.  After cooking in the cauldron of these experiences, Kevin Eubanks emerged with a strong individualistic sound on jazz guitar, borrowing liberally from the blues

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Local News
3:16 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Boil Water Advisory Lifted

Credit Bob Eccles

The boil water advisory that had been in effect for Ann Arbor's northeast side has been lifted.  The city says tests have confirmed the water is safe to use.  The advisory was put in place after the system lost pressure during routine valve maintenance.

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