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


Can't make it to the Detroit Jazz Festival? Got a massive case of FOMO? Get the highlights and see what's up going on with our live-blog. WEMU hosts and staff will bring you updates from the Detroit Jazz Festival all throughout Labor Day weekend.

Mlive's Jenn McKee writes: U-M music professor emeritus George Shirley and the University Musical Society will both receive that National Medal of Arts, the highest award given to artists and arts patrons by the United States government.

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The Hip-Hop Caucus brings its Act on Climate national bus tour to Dearborn today. In this month's edition of WEMU's 1st Friday Focus on the Environment, Hip Hop Caucus President, Reverend Lennox Yearwood, joins Lisa Wozniak to discuss the activist movement and its goals. 

  

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Maybe you're aware (or maybe you're not) that burger you're having for lunch, or that steak you had for dinner could  impact the environment. I spoke to Nicolette Hahn Niman a rancher, lawyer, author, mother and University of Michigan law school graduate about her upcoming presentation about the "sustainability of beef" at Zingerman's on September 13th.


We hone in on the terrific regional ‪‎jazz‬ talent you can hear this weekend at The Detroit International Jazz Festival - like Robert Hurst, Evan Perri, Wendell Harrison, Sean Dobbins and many other hometown heroes all week.

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Kevin Leeser filed and got approved for what's known as a "declaration of intent" of write-in candidacy. Leeser will run against candidate Chip Smith in Ann Arbor's 5th Ward city council general election in November.


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Ann Arbor City Administrator Steve Powers has announced he will turn in a letter of resignation on September 15th.

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The Ann Arbor Public Schools Board and teachers union have reached an agreement, just before the start of the 2015-2016 school year slated to begin on Tuesday, September 8th.

Chris Collins, artistic director of the Detroit Jazz Festival joined me Friday to describe many 2015 Detroit Jazz Festival highlights.  

His philosophies as both a jazz educator and musician come to full expression over the four music-filled days.  From the opening multi-media presentation of "Benny's Threads" in tribute to Benny Goodman to the closing concert by Pat Metheny with a string orchestra honoring the late bassist Ebehard Weber, Chris Collins and his team have created a jazz festival unlike any other in the world.  

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Disability advocates filed a class action lawsuit against MDOT and the Washtenaw County Road Division Thursday.

  

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A lawsuit claiming juvenile inmates were sexually assaulted and harassed while being housed as adults has been dismissed.

 Plaintiffs claim guards failed to protect their safety in prison. 

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Programs aiming to help low-income students and military veterans are growing at Eastern Michigan University. 

Here's an experience some of us have had. The phone rings. You pick it up and say "Hello. Hello. Helloooo." But nobody answers.

It turns out there could be someone on the other end of the line: an automated computer system that's calling your number — and tens of thousands of others — to build a list of humans to target for theft.

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Vijay Balasubramaniyan, CEO of Pindrop Security, a company in Atlanta that detects phone fraud, says that in any number of ways, the criminal ring gets your 10 digits and loads them into an automated system.

Lots of magazines do big lists, but few rely on them as heavily as Rolling Stone does. The magazine cranks out a list for just about every aspect of popular music. All promise authoritative, canonical overviews of various elements of the art; at their best, these offer context and critical insight, helping readers fill gaps in their knowledge.

Lem Turner made the shot during a freshman pep rally at Ball State University in Indiana. With the half-court shot, he won free tuition for a semester.

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Something happened.

In my radio career I have been fortunate enough to interview hundreds of people from all walks of life (an interview with Jimmy Carter from not too long ago has been on my mind this week). 

Five community artists (including visual, literary, and performing artists) have been selected to take “residence” at UMS performances, using these experiences as a resource to support the creation of new work or to fuel a new artistic journey.

Ypsilanti residents will see an increase to their water bills beginning in October. 

The Chipotle Cultivate Festival in Kansas City, Mo., on July 18 had it all: an indie pop band onstage, long lines at the beer booths. It was like a Grateful Dead concert, only with free burritos.

But this and the three other Chipotle Cultivate events held across the country this summer were more than just a classic summertime music festival. Billed as offering "food, ideas and music," the festival offers a chance to "learn a free burrito," by going through four exhibits.

Ah, back-to-school season in America: That means it's time for the annoyingly aggressive marketing of clothes, and for the annual warnings of a national teacher shortage.

But this year the cyclical problem is more real and less of a media creation. There are serious shortages of teachers in California, Oklahoma, Kentucky and places in between.

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 The City of Ann Arbor is always looking for ways to become more environmentally friendly and eliminate waste. In its efforts, Recycle Ann Arbor was recently awarded $51,500 in grants by the State of Michigan for two educational programs. 

If we have $300,000 by September 10th, we will cut our on-air pledge drive to just FOUR DAYS.  We have some new special gifts to celebrate our 50th anniversary including a very exciting anniversary dinner celebration with Jarl Mohn, President and CEO of NPR on Tuesday, December 8th.  Make your financial gift now to WEMU.

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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