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The snow has started to arrive.  In this week's edition of "Civic Matters," get a reminder on snow policy and how to keep track of Ann Arbor snow plows.  Additionally, WEMU's David Fair and the CivCity Initiative's Mary Morgan will discuss a financial strategy meeting of the Ann Arbor City Council and whether City Administrator Howard Lazarus will be leaving for Texas.  


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Michigan Medicine is a renowned medical center, lauded for its research, teaching and quality of care.  It is also at the fore of recognizing the healing powers of art.  89.1 WEMU's David Fair and President of the Arts Alliance, Deb Polich explore the innovative and expanding "Gifts of Art" program and the impact it's having on patients, doctors, nurses, and hospital staff.  The director of the Gifts of Art program is Elaine Sims and she is the guest on this week's edition of 'creative:impact." 


Ann Arbor City Council and the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners meet this week and each will have discussions, and potentially take action, on the controversial Broadway development proposal.  That's just one of many topics covered by WEMU's David Fair and Mary Morgan of the CivCity Initiative in this week's edition of "Civic Matters." 

There is plenty going on in Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County this week. WEMU's David Fair and CivCity Initiaitive executive director, Mary Morgan, cover it for you in this week's edition of "Civic Matters." 

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While the big football rivalry plays out at the Big House on Saturday, 89.1 WEMU’s Lisa Barry reports on another competition between the University of Michigan and Ohio State University.


Are you ready for the November 7th elections? WEMU's David Fair and Mary Morgan direct you to some resources that can help you make informed decisions. And, that's only part of the conversation in this week's, "Civic Matters." 


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Former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton stopped by Ann Arbor last night to talk about her new book called "What Happened."  In it, she reflects about the 2016 election.  Listen to the story below. 


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No matter who we are or where we live, all human being have one thing in common:  we all have the night sky above us.  But can we actually see it?  Studies say nowadays only 20% of the world’s population lives somewhere dark enough to see the heavens untouched by light pollution.  Luckily, this is one form of pollution that can be reversed.  Join Barbara Lucas as she explores how.


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J.T. Abernathy has been a potter for 71 years.  The 94 year-old Ann Arbor man hasn't missed an Ann Arbor Art Fair since it first began in 1960.  I visited him at the Ann Arbor Potters Guild to talk to him about his work and his Art Fair memories.


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The University of Michigan will launch a driverless shuttle service this fall on campus after testing it for six months at its Mcity research facility.
 


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As part of its bicentennial celebration, the University of Michigan is hosting a self-guided walking tour that features historically or horticulturally important trees to the university. 
 


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Lovers of art will find that there will be plenty to do this summer in Ann Arbor.

89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry speaks with Omari Rush from the Ann Arbor Art Center, and Deb Polich, director of Artrain and the Ann Arbor Arts Alliance, about a special film event taking place this month benefiting the five Michigan Medicine programs of Big Hearts for Seniors.


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Ernestine Ruben, or "Ernie" as she prefers to be called, toured the Willow Run Industrial Complex a few years ago in Ypsilanti Township and took a series of pictures.  The plant was designed and built by her grandfather, famed architect Albert Kahn.  Those pictures are now on display at the University of Michigan Art Museum in an exhibit called "Mobilizing Memory."

Lisa Barry recently had a chance to tour the exhibit with the 86 year-old artist, and she explains what she was trying to capture.


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Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths among men in the United States, and Michigan Medicine is opening a new clinic considered to be the first of its kind in the nation to deal with high-risk cases.


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The FBI is now involved in the investigation of suspicious and racist emails sent to some University of Michigan students.


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The University Musical Society has existed since 1879. For the last 30 years, Ken Fischer has served as its president. Fischer retires on June 30th, and, on July 1st, the tenure begins for just the 7th president of the organization.  I caught up with Mathew VanBesien  shortly after the public announcement:


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There is a unique musical ensemble in Ann Arbor comprised of amateur musicians who all work and/or study in the science and medical fields.  I spoke to two members of the University of Michigan Life Sciences Orchestra.


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Thousands of students gathered at the University of Michigan's Diag for a rally and march to protest white supremacy.
 


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A University of Michigan symposium is planned today in honor of civil rights leader Jesse Jackson.  Meanwhile, students at U of M are planning a "campus walkout" around the same time.


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Every week during the University of Michigan's football season, a group of Ann Arbor women make sure the players get a taste of "home" by baking them cookies.

Known as the "Cookie Ladies," the women bake up an assortment of cookies which are delivered to the team for every home and away game.

I spoke with the lead baker, Ann Arbor resident Penny Griffin.


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While the federal advisory level is 3.5 parts per billion, the amount of dioxane the State of Michigan allows in drinking water is 85 ppb, one of the highest standards in the country.  High levels mean less extensive remediation plans, a boon to industries responsible for the cleanups.  But, could the resulting water pollution negatively impact other businesses, and the local economy in general?  In this installment of  WEMU’s “The Green Room,” Barbara Lucas looks at various perspectives on this question.

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The University of Michigan Health System has started using a new, smaller pacemaker to treat patients with heart conditions.

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"Declare the Pall-Gelman 1, 4 dioxane plume a federal Superfund site."  That’s the message from the Sierra Club of Huron Valley.  The Sierra Club has passed a resolution urging the City of Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County to seek Superfund designation from the US Environmental Protection Agency. 

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For 40 years Bob Quinn has been interested in change - Positive change.

He's a professor at the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business, the author of 18 books and one of the co-founders of the University of Michigan's Center for Positive Organizations.

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It’s been over three decades since Ann Arbor’s groundwater contamination was discovered, and throughout this time, citizen science and community advocacy have had a crucial role.  In this edition  of 'The Green Room,' Barbara Lucas looks at the uphill battle from its earliest steps.


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