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It will be another exciting event for sky watchers this weekend. There will be a total lunar eclipse Sunday evening, the last one visible from our area until May of 2019.

Norbert Vance is a professor and director of the Sherzer Observatory at Eastern Michigan University. Some people are calling it a "Super Moon" professor Vance calls it a "pumpkin moon"

Eastern Michigan University

 Eastern Michigan University on Friday will host a social justice forum and workshops.

A Day in Social Justice is a one day forum addressing issues like class, race, sexism, and education.

WHite Crosses
Jorge Avellan / 89.1 WEMU

660 white crosses have been put on display in front of the Ypsilanti Township Civic Center by the Veteran's Refuge Network. 


Each cross represents the number of military veterans who will commit suicide in September.  That's nearly 22 suicides each day, according to the organization.

Lincoln Consolidated Schools

Superintendent Ellen Bonter of the Lincoln Consolidated Schools has announced her resignation as of Monday, Sept. 21. Bonter served as the district's superintendent since 2011.

Brick Elementary School principal, David Northrop will serve as interim superintendent after being appointed by the Board of Education until the Human Resources Department fills the vacancy. 

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Plans to redevelop an affordable housing building in Ann Arbor for more than $6.5 million have received the green light by the Ann Arbor city council.  

Michigan Child and Adult Protective Services workers are eligible for more overtime pay after a recent arbitration decision. There are now more situations that qualify on-call employees working at home for overtime.

State elections officials say there’s nothing in the law that says former Representatives Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat can’t run for their old seats in the upcoming special election. 

We are halfway through our yearlong 50th anniversary celebration.  Thanks to everyone who has attended one of our events, pledged for our commemorative 50th anniversary tile, and otherwise helped us to mark this historic year. We are delighted to partner with the Ann Arbor Summer Festival for one of the signature events of WEMU’s 50th anniversary celebration: the return of NPR’s wacky and irreverent news quiz, Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! to Ann Arbor on October 1 in Hill Auditorium.  Tickets for the show have been sold out for months. But, because you are a friend of WEMU, we an option available just for you. This event has sold out and there are no tickets available!

The development of better, affordable housing. It's not just about where people live. A new foundational grant and programs that Eastern Michigan University are involved in.

We talk with Russ Olwell, Director of the Institute for the Study of Children, Families and Communities at EMU and Zac Fosler, the Executive Director of the Housing Comission about efforts in Ypsilanti to secure and ensure there's affordable housing options.

Korin Hancherlian-Amos / Piano's 'Round Town

Don't be surprised if you hear pianos being played around the city of Ypsilanti during the next few weeks.  You'll see them where you least expect it.

Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners
Jorge Avellan / 89.1 WEMU

The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners approved a Community Support and Treatment Services budget that will allow the county to continue to offer mental health services, but it won't stop layoffs.

Nick Azzaro, Ypsilanti Community Schools

More than 800 Ypsilanti Community Schools students will receive brand new tablets to use this school year, for free. 

Every student at Washtenaw International Middle School and 600 at Ypsi Community Middle School will have a new Samsung tablet and 24/7 internet access through the academic year.

Yen Azzaro is with the district:

“They’re really going to be on the cutting edge of using classroom software that hasn’t been used in a widespread fashion in the past. So we will be models for other schools that are looking to do similar programs.” 

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Every day thousands of motorists pass by a field of Bison (or Buffalo if you prefer) near a busy intersection on the north east side of Ann Arbor outside Domino’s Farms.

I had a chance to tour the field and get close to these amazing iconic animals:

Yousef Rabhi
Patrik Holubik / 89.1 WEMU

Ann Arbor's 53rd district will have a new state representative in 2016.  Jeff Irwin currently holds this seat, though he faces term limits and will be unable to seek re-election. 

Washtenaw County Commissioner Yousef Rabhi officially announced his intent to be Ann Arbor's next State Representative Monday afternoon at the Buhr Park Wet Meadow Project to a group of nearly 30 supporters, elected officials, and local media.

Ypsilanti has dropped charges against a community activist.

Prosecutors had charged Ypsilanti resident Anthony Morgan with interfering with police and disturbing the peace after he was arrested during a vigil for the victims of the Charleston church shooting in June. Morgan, who is black, was the only person arrested by police out of the dozens who attended.

Washtenaw County Conducts First Latino Health Survey

Sep 10, 2015

Washtenaw County's Public Health Department conducted its first comprehensive Latino Health Survey and the results show that group needs to make improvements. 

Art and Soul
89.1 WEMU

Today we begin a new monthly feature on WEMU's All Things Considered called Art and Soul. 

It's a look at the visual arts experience in our community. We're going to focus on the rich and vibrant arts scene available locally because of our area's firm embrace of the arts and culture.  Omari Rush, Curator of Public Programs at Ann Arbor Art Center will guide us through some of the great new and wonderful artistic opportunities to be found around Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor.

Leon Bridges

We probably should have shot this Tiny Desk Concert in black-and-white.Listening to Leon Bridges, I hear a sound with its heart and soul rooted in 1962. There's purity in his soulful voice that's unadorned, untouched and unaffected by 21st-century pop.

Still, the songs from this 26-year-old Texas singer feel refreshing in the context of the day. Surely there are touches of Sam Cooke's sound, but Bridges has a way of making the familiar feel adventurous and new.

It's official, it's now illegal to feed deer in Ann Arbor.  The Ann Arbor city council voted in favor of the ban to prevent deer from damaging residential gardens and landscaping. 

Volunteer For The 2015 WEMU Fall Pledge Drive

Sep 9, 2015
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During WEMU's Fall Pledge Drive,  September 17-24, 2015, we will need your help.

  We rely on the support of volunteers like you to provide the essential services of answering calls and entering new pledges from listeners. All volunteer work will take place at our studio in King Hall on Eastern Michigan University's campus.

How to sign up:  

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Ann Arbor Public Schools students are back in school starting today.

Patrik Holubik / 89.1 WEMU

Around 100 volunteers showed up this morning at eight Ypsilanti Community Schools to cheer students on as the new school year began. 

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It's a time of many changes for students, their families and communities with the start of classes in most of Michigan.

The college experience began today for over 10,000 students who moved into the dorms at the University of Michigan. 

Patrik Holubik / 89.1 WEMU

Couldn't make it to the festival? Got a massive case of FOMO? You can catch all the highlights from WEMU hosts and staff from the 2015 Detroit Jazz Festival right here: