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"Me too."

Just two words are being used on social media as a way for women--and some men--to share that they've been sexually harassed or assaulted.  It's a national conversation that began following the growing number of complaints of sexual harassment or abuse against Hollywood movie producer Harvey Weinstein.

89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry spoke with Barbara Niess-May, the executive director of Safe House Center, which provides support for women who've been abused, about the discussion in Washtenaw County.


Lisa Barry

There have been several recent racist incidents on local university campuses and in Ann Arbor.  That, combined with all the troubling news across the country and around the world, made Eastern Michigan University professor Lolita Cummings-Carson decide she wanted to get students involved in performing random acts of kindness to combat evil with good.

89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry visited her EMU classroom and joined students as they walked around campus looking for ways to share something positive.


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As people spend more and more time on social media, the lack of true friendship or in-person connections could be harming their health.

I spoke with Ann Arbor psychologist, author, and adjunct professor at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business, Dr. Robert Pasick about the impact this is having on people.

Michigan Medicine

Getting a good night's sleep seems to be a rare event for a lot of people.  A Michigan Medicine doctor is blaming our smart phones for the problem and is issuing a "sleep challenge!"


Cathy Radovich

A suicide ends one life and  it forever alters the lives of family and friends. It is an issue that, despite increased awareness, is still discussed in hushed tones and often with stigma attached. On Tuesday, February 7th, the Washtenaw County Public Health Department will host a town hall forum on suicide prevention at the Learning Resource Center in Ann Arbor.  With that in mind, 89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan delves into the deeply personal impact of suicide and what measures are being taken to better protect at-risk lives in our community. 


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Even though it's illegal in Michigan, a high percent of young adult drivers admit to using social media while driving.


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Some voters like to take “selfies” with their ballots on Election Day.  But, in Michigan, that’s against the law.

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You see it or experience it more and more: cell phones at the dinner table.


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The Ann Arbor Police Department continues to work on improving its relationship with the community.  Chief Jim Baird discussed the issue.


Ken Varnum

A petition to move the annual Ypsilanti Color Run out of some neighborhoods has started a strong debate online.

 


It's back to business as usual on the the Facebook pages of the University of Michigan football and basketball teams after they were hacked twice in one day.  University officials say they still don't know how it happened but have apologized to the two million followers who may have caught a glimpse of the pictures of scantily clad celebrities.  

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Social media is a valuable marketing tool for businesses, and expertise in the field is a highly sought after commodity.  Eastern Michigan University's new Center for Digital Engagement is taking students and clients to new online heights.