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Remember when people use to turn to their record player to enjoy music?  Holding the sleeve and looking through booklets as the record played is an experience that slowly started to fade for some as technology improved.  But as 89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan reports, records are becoming more and more popular again these days, especially with events like National Record Store Day that will be celebrated April 22 in areas like Washtenaw County.


WEMU is hosting our Jazz Brunch featuring performances by the Rick Roe Trio with live music, great food and an awesome view. Don’t forget to bring your friends and family to this special Sunday Brunch!

A gift of $300 gets you entrance for two. The Rick Roe Trio entertains at an elegant Sunday morning brunch (May 21 from 10:30am – 1:00pm) at this Ann Arbor landmark. Seating is limited.

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Washtenaw County resident and politician Alma Wheeler-Smith has dedicated most of her life to helping others.  She has served the community in many roles:  school board member, county commissioner, state representative and state senator. Wheeler-Smith even declared candidacy for governor in 2010, but decided to end the campaign to prevent a split, progressive  vote in the Democratic primary.  WEMU’s Jorge Avellan made occasion to meet with Alma Wheeler-Smith at the county administration building in Ann Arbor. 


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Women have played an important part in Ypsilanti’s 200 year-old industrial heritage.  During the late 19th century and early 20th century, women were hard at work in mills throughout the region. They worked for low wages while often standing for long hours in silence.  We took a history tour to reveal how important women were in developing a future for the Ypsilanti area. 


The Administration's FY 2018 budget blueprint released yesterday proposes to elimnate the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) end future funding for public broadcasting. This step by the Administration is one of the first in a long process to decide funding levels for the federal government. Ultimately,  Congress will make final decisions on continuing the annual federal investment in WEMU and the public broadcasting system. We recognize the seriousness of this moment and also know of the long-standing, bipartisan congressional support for public broadcasting.

For a gift of $200 to WEMU, you and a guest can join the whole WEMU crew with a pair of tickets for the Blues Barbecue Thursday, June 1st, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. featuring Laith Al-Saadi.  The concert and picnic will be held outside of the EMU Convocation Center patio (inside in case of rain).  Note: due to the potential for record attendance, tickets will be mailed after pledge is paid instead of the traditional names at the door. Please indicate the barbecue as your premium choice when you make your gift as this is a ticket event, rather than a bonus.

Residents and city officials are on alert in Ypsilanti. Today, Ypsilanti's expanded human rights ordinance takes effect. Among other things, it offers more protections to undocumented immigrants. Meantime, several residents have reached out to city officials, and WEMU, reporting sightings of federal immigration enforcement officials working in the area.  CLICK THROUGH FOR UPDATE:


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Frederick Douglass is one of the most iconic figures in American history, and, during the height of his career, he visited Ypsilanti to give three separate speeches.   We take a look back at his time in Washtenaw County, learn why he was here, and explore where he spoke.


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This week on Art & Soul, I am joined by longtime local food and dining reporter, and host of The In Crowd here on 89.1 WEMU, Jessica Webster as we talk to Frank Fejeran to discuss his newest restaurant: "Ma Lou's Fried Chicken," which will be located in Ypsilanti.

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Ypsilanti’s Ugly Mug is becoming Cross Street Coffee.  Even though they haven’t officially changed the signage outside, there have been upgrades made to the interior. 


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Beatriz Vargas is the general manager of Maiz Mexican Cantina in Ypsilanti and came up with an idea to build a wall of stories and sentiments about what it means to immigrants. 

Here you'll find the full coverage of local elections from around Washtenaw County.

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Sunday will mark the 15th anniversary of the terror attacks on America.  The world has changed since September 11th of 2001 in a number of ways, but on this day, it is a time for reflection.  Listen below for the emotional story of how a piece of history came to rest in Ypsilanti. 


Ypsilanti Heritage Festival

The Ypsilanti Heritage Festival is happening this coming Friday through Sunday in Riverside Park and includes a wide range of activities from historic building tours to the annual duck drop.

Former Ypsilanti Mayor and festival committee member Cheryl Farmer explains the festival began in the late 70's...


Ypsilanti's Water Street
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Ypsilanti's city council voted against putting a Water Street debt millage on the November ballot.  The decision was made early this morning during a special meeting. 


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A lot of attention is being focused on a Washtenaw County senior housing complex because of malfunctioning equipment in the building that has residents feeling trapped and unsafe.  But the situation is not only affecting the elderly. 


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On this week's Art and Soul, the culinary arts M-Live reporter Jessica Webster and I talk about the bounty of summer produce now becoming available and grown locally.

We also discuss an upcoming celebration at the vegan restaurant "The Lunch Room" in Ann Arbor's Kerrytown market.


The 2.3 mill Water Street Debt - Retirement millage lost by just around 40 votes in Tuesday’s election. The millage was an effort to allow the city to more quickly pay down debt from the Water Street Redevelopment Project.  

 

Ypsilanti Mayor Amanda Edmonds said that the city will consider a recount since the vote was so close. Then, she explained that the city may have to make some difficult decisions, including the possibility of an emergency manager.

 

 

 

Hundreds of Ypsilanti residents filled the city’s high school auditorium Monday night for a community forum on policing and violence.

 

 

Ralph Lange Resigns As Ypsilanti City Manager

Jul 9, 2016
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Ypsilanti officials announced the retirement of City Manager Ralph Lange, effective August 5.

 

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Ypsilanti continues to sell city-owned vacant lots for $1,000 to help bring in tax revenue. 

 


Ypsilanti officials are pushing to convince voters to pass a 2.3 mil on the August ballot to pay down debt on Water Street.

 

 

There's A New Mural In Downtown Ypsilanti

Jun 22, 2016
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Ypsilanti's City Hall building has a new addition. It's an 11' by 22' mural designed by local artist Jermaine Dickerson.

 

 


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President Barack Obama has announced he will award retired Lieutenant Colonel Charles S. Kettles the Medal of Honor.  The award comes nearly 50-years after  the act of "conspicuous gallantry" took place. Kettles will receive the award for service in the U-S Army at the White House on July 18th. . 

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Ypsilanti City Council members will vote later today on the city’s budget for the next fiscal year.


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