The county’s Covid-19 snapshot reports 1,463 cases in the two weeks ending yesterday, up by about a hundred from last week’s 1,358. The county is once again at a “medium” CDC risk level, up from “low” last week. The weekly test positivity rate is 12.9 percent according to MI Safe Start, down from 14.7 percent last week. There are 204.6 cases per 100,000 residents.
A man robbed the Chase Bank on E. Stadium last Saturday, ClickOnDetroit reports. The man threatened the teller by implying he was armed before driving away in a silver sedan. Anyone with information is asked to call the AAPD tip line, (734) 996-3199.
A man suspected of a series of pharmacy robberies was arrested earlier this month after a worker slipped him a tracker in a fake pill bottle, ClickOnDetroit reports. He reportedly admitted to five similar robberies in the last two months, stealing more than $40,000 worth of controlled substances by threatening staff with what turned out to be a BB gun.
August’s Democratic primaries are heating up. Mayor Christopher Taylor and his allies on city council want to continue pushing for rapid growth and climate mitigation, while a more cautious opposition headed up by mayoral candidate and former councilwoman Anne Bannister wants to move more slowly. Jim Leonard reports in the July Observer.
TheRide is asking voters to triple its regional tax levy on the Aug. 2 ballot, Leonard reports. If voters approve, the current 0.7 mill tax will be upped to 2.38 mills, or an extra $168 annually per $100,000 of taxable value. With that money, the AAATA hopes to create an express route between Ann Arbor and Ypsi, expand hours of operation and bus frequency, upgrade stations, and more.
The US-12 ramp to southbound US-23 closed yesterday for water main permit work, according to the Michigan Department of Transportation. Traffic will be detoured using Platt and Willis roads until Aug. 3.
A proposed train between Ann Arbor and Traverse City, under discussion for more than a decade, got a $1 million boost from the state legislature, WXYZ reports. The money will fund a study to determine the viability of a passenger train between the two cities – the latest attempt to revive passenger travel on the Great Lakes Central Railroad north of town.
Ann Arbor is inviting input on downtown improvements. Hosted by City Administrator Milton Dohoney Jr., there’s an online meeting on Wednesday, July 26, an in-person session on August 8, and another virtual meeting on August 9.
Ypsilanti Community High School hired a new principal, MLive reports. Chelsea Harris-Hugan has previously led YCS’ Achieving Career and College Education program, and also worked as a classroom teacher, literacy coach, curriculum director, early childhood director, and a principal in the Oak Park School District.
Around 1,000 nurses at Michigan Medicine rallied in support of a new contract Saturday, the Detroit Free Press reports. The crowd at Fuller Park demanded an end to mandatory overtime, better compensation, and contractually enforceable nurse-to-patient ratios. Michigan Medicine’s current proposal includes annual pay of $121,541 by nurses’ fourth year and a 5 percent raise every year for four years.
The first Washtenaw County Vet Fest is this Saturday, July 23, MLive reports. Running from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the free event will include live music, raffles, a free lunch, and service providers for veterans. Veterans are encouraged to bring their families to the event.
The Michigan Summer Beer Festival is Friday and Saturday in Ypsi’s Riverside Park. More than 100 Michigan breweries will offer over 1,000 beers. A day pass is $50 to $65, and food will be available for purchase.
Wallethub ranked Ann Arbor as the country’s most educated city yet again, ClickOnDetroit reports, beating out competitors like Washington, Madison, San Francisco, and Boston. At 56.7 percent, the Ann Arbor metro area has the highest share of bachelor’s degree holders aged twenty-five and older.