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The Ann Arbor Police Department continues to look for ways to improve community relations.  It hopes a television show that airs on the local access channel CTN can contribute to that. 


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The business value of joy.

Richard Sheridan is the owner of Menlo Innovations in Ann Arbor and the author of a book called "Joy, Inc." He started working as a computer programmer before he could even drive a car back in the early '70s.  He got a couple of degrees in computer science and computer engineering at the University of Michigan and settled in the area which he says is a great area to run a software business.

He talks about what lead him to write the book "Joy, Inc."  He also talks about what it takes to build an intentionally joyful culture and taking a different approach to running a business that gives employees satisfaction.

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The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners has conditionally appointed a county administrator. 


Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton faced off in the final presidential debate Wednesday night at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

NPR's politics team, with help from reporters and editors who cover national security, immigration, business, foreign policy and more, have annotated the debate. Portions of the debate with added analysis are highlighted, followed by context and fact check from NPR reporters and editors.

Follow highlights of the debate in NPR's updating news story here. 


Note: This page will update automatically as the debate proceeds. We will work to correct the transcript as it comes in, but due to the live nature of the event, there may be some discrepancies.


How big of a role does texting play in your life?

I talked with Anne Curzan, a professor of English language and literature, linguistics, and education from the University of Michigan about how it's changing the way we write and communicate.

Curzan says texting has become "the wild west of the written language," and she sees it as another genre of writing.

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A new light-up street party called "ypsiGLOW" will be taking place in downtown Ypsilanti on October 27th.

The creators of Festifools and FoolMoon helped create the glowout block party for every age.

I spoke with Shary Brown, the president of Wonderfool Productions, and Adriana Zardus, the company's production coordinator, about how this event is intended to get the community involved on another level where people are creating the event themselves.

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A team from the University of Michigan lead the recovery of a nearly complete "ice age" mastodon from Michigan's thumb area.

U of M paleontologist Dan Fisher says it was 11 to 13-thousand years old and quite large...

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Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright made a campaign stop for Hillary Clinton this morning in Ann Arbor.

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After resigning from the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners to apply for a full time job with the county, Conan Smith has now withdrawn from consideration for that position as well.

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This week on Art & Soul: The Visual Arts, the director of community engagement for the Ann Arbor Art Center Omari Rush and I talk about a number of events going on in our community.

There is a new event called "YpsiGLOW," taking place in Ypsilanti later this month.

That's where the conversation begins...

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New information has been revealed regarding the future of Eastern Michigan University's Kresge Environmental Center, also known as Fish Lake.

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The Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office held the third in its community education series  at Mill Creek Middle School in Dexter on Wednesday evening.  The overall idea is to improve the department's relationship with the community by informing offering insights into how the Sheriff's office operates.

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It's the seventh day of WEMU's fall pledge drive and we want to hear from you this morning with a pledge of financial support. To those who have already given this fall, we thank you so much.  But, if you haven't yet made your gift, haven't pledged in a few years, or have never made a pledge to WEMU why not do that today?

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New Jersey Senator Cory Booker made a campaign stop for Hillary Clinton at Eastern Michigan University. 


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The field of finalists for Washtenaw County administrator has been narrowed down to four, and there are now two people in the running for another county position.

Students at Eastern Michigan University gathered once again to protest the racist graffiti that was recently discovered on campus. 

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Senator Bernie Sanders made a campaign stop for Hillary Clinton at the University of Michigan.  

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A protest was held Thursday in Ann Arbor outside the McDonald's on Washtenaw Avenue near the Arborland Center.  

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Eastern Michigan University students who face food insecurity have a resource, right on campus, that they can turn to.  Swoop's Student Food Pantry was created to "provide EMU students in need with food assistance and additional resources to positively affect well-being and college success."  The Pantry recently moved and expanded.  

Democrat Tim Kaine and Republican Mike Pence square off in the vice-presidential debate tonight at 9pm EST. 

NPR's politics team, with help from reporters and editors who cover national security, immigration, business, foreign policy and more, is live annotating the debate. Portions of the debate with added analysis are highlighted, followed by context and fact check from NPR reporters and editors. Moderator: Elaine Quijano of CBS News

Despite an increased national spotlight on domestic violence, it is an issue that, too often, is still discussed in hushed tones. In Washtenaw County, law enforcement agencies, the prosecutor's office and community leaders are standing up and speaking out. Additionally, they are working closely with Safehouse Center to bring the issue out of the shadows.

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King Hall, the site of last week's racist graffiti message, played host to an event devoted to unity, diversity, and hope.  The students and staff of the Early College Alliance, whose offices are in King Hall, gathered to ask questions, alleviate concerns, and put forth the message that hate is not a part of the EMU community.  WEMU was there to speak with the students and staff about how they've been dealing with a climate of fear and uncertainty that has been created by these acts of hateful cowardice.

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Ji Hye Kim plans to open a Zingerman's-backed Korean restaurant in Ann Arbor's Kerrytown by late fall.

She joined Jessica Webster and me to talk about what lead her to create the restaurant and how it will involve her culture and family and travels around the world in offering the freshest ingredients and unique Korean dining.

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It's been over a week since racist graffiti was found in several locations on the Eastern Michigan University campus.  

The campus is home to the Early College Alliance, where high school students can earn college credit.  ECA organized a "unity in the community" event Thursday to unite against the recent incident outside King Hall, where the program is located.

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There’s a special graphic art exhibition on display inside the Eastern Michigan University Student Center, featuring 74 politically based posters from artists around the world.

The “Posters of Discontent” exhibition was organized by EMU professor of graphic design in the school of art and design, Andrew Maniotes.

I spoke to him about the graphic art display…