November 17, 2022

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For those of you on the move this week, stay safe on your travels! Enjoy the holiday, and look for the next a2view on Wednesday, November 23. 

This week, city council rezoned the Maple Rd./Stadium Blvd. business district for much taller buildings over the objections of several departing members. Aftershocks of this month’s midterm elections continued, with the failed GOP candidate for secretary of state falsely accusing Ann Arbor of voting violations.

On campus, U-M police are investigating an alleged assault and ethnic intimidation incident, while the investigation into the fight in the Big House tunnel after the MSU game was handed over to prosecutors.

A motorist was killed last week in a hit-and-run on I-94, while another fatal incident on the highway two years ago came closer to resolution after a woman pleaded guilty to killing two highway workers. Up North, a woman will stand trial for killing two charity cyclists last summer, including an Ann Arborite, while in Saline a school bus smashed through an elementary school wall after the driver lost control during a medical emergency.

Dayton Hare, editor

U-M students turned out in huge numbers for last week's midterms, resulting in long lines at the polls downtown. Failed GOP secretary of state candidate Kristina Karamo falsely pointed to voters casting ballots after 8 p.m. as evidence of malfeasance. Photo: Jenna Hickey / Michigan Daily

The News...Briefly

The county’s Covid-19 snapshot reports 895 cases in the two weeks ending yesterday, barely changed from 821 last week. There are 156.7 cases per 100,000 residents, significantly up from last week’s 106.9, and the test positivity rate is 11.4 percent, up from 10.1. The CDC community level is still “medium,” and will be updated at 8 p.m. tonight.

C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital reached 100 percent capacity last week due to surging RSV cases, the Michigan Daily reports. Mott has seen 259 cases of the respiratory syncytial virus this year, a 46 percent increase from 2021. The majority of children who are sick with the virus can recover at home, but those who display signs of severe illness, such as trouble breathing, should be brought in.

The outgoing city council rezoned the Maple Rd./Stadium Blvd. commercial area at their final, contentious meeting, MLive reports. The new TC1 zoning will allow for denser development, and was approved along factional lines, 7–3. Mayor Taylor will have an 11–0 majority on the incoming council.

Losing GOP secretary of state candidate Kristina Karamo falsely accused Ann Arbor election officials of “lawlessness,” the Detroit News reports. She claims they illegally allowed voters to register after polls closed; however, Michigan law allows any voter in line by the time polls close to cast a ballot, even those who still need to register, and city staff prevented any newcomers from joining the line after the 8 p.m. deadline.

A motorist was killed in a hit-and-run on I-94 last Wednesday, ClickOnDetroit reports. A black sedan collided with another vehicle before leaving the scene. Anyone with information on the incident can contact state police at 810-227-1051.

A woman entered a guilty plea for killing two highway workers while driving drunk, MLive reports. Ryann Danielle Musselman pleaded guilty to the second-degree murders of Nicholas Andres Sada and Davyon Desmon-Aereailes Rose, who she struck on I-94 two years ago. A sentencing date has not yet been set.

A woman who killed two cyclists in July will stand trial for murder, MLive reports. Mandy Benn made a blind pass in Ionia County and collided with a line of oncoming cyclists who were riding in a Make-A-Wish charity event. Edward Erickson, of Ann Arbor, and Michael Salhaney, of Bloomfield Hills, were killed, and three other riders were injured.

A school bus crashed through the wall of Harvest Elementary in Saline Sunday after the driver suffered a medical emergency, the Saline Post reports. The driver was taken to the hospital, but there were no passengers, and the school was empty. Classes were canceled Monday,

U-M police are investigating an alleged case of ethnic intimidation last week, ClickOnDetroit reports. On Thursday afternoon, a female student reported that a college-aged white man grabbed her arm as he passed her near Baits Field and made antisemitic comments before letting go. Anyone with information can contact the U-M Division of Public Safety at 734-763-1131.

Unionized Starbucks workers planned a one-day strike today, USA Today reports. The “Red Cup Rebellion”—timed to coincide with the chain’s “Red Cup Day”—protests what the union says is Starbucks’ failure to bargain in good faith, as well as staffing and pay issues. According to a union press release, the protests at the Jackson and Zeeb, Main and Liberty, and Glencoe Crossing stores will continue until 7 p.m.

“It’s like they turned out the lights and walked away, and whatever was there was there,” says Northside Grill owner Jim Koli of the frozen-in-time Broadway Party Store. “It’s kind of bizarre.” Photo: Mark Bialek.

Things are looking up for two of the three prominent storefronts that have sat empty on Broadway since 2020, Dave Algase reports in the November Observer. A coffee shop and bar is planned for the former barber shop and bicycle garage at the corner of Moore. The future of the abandoned Broadway Party Store and its Victorian storefront, however, is still up in the air.

U-M police have finished their investigation into the post-MSU game tunnel incident, the Detroit News reports. The county prosecutor will now determine whether the apparent assault on two Michigan players merits criminal charges. U-M has changed tunnel policies to reduce the likelihood of such an event occurring again.

Last Saturday, the Wolverines clobbered the Nebraska Cornhuskers 34-3, the Daily reports. The victory continued the team’s unbroken winning streak this season and pushed them past the 10–0 milestone for the first time since 2006. They face off against Illinois at noon Saturday at the Big House.

Residents of South Quad were evacuated after a minor fire Friday, the Daily reports. The “minimal” fire was detected in the kitchen and quickly contained Friday morning, with residents back inside the building within an hour.

Eleven Washtenaw County organizations received more than $3 million from the latest round of Community Priority Fund disbursements, Concentrate reports. The fund, created to distribute federal money from last year’s American Rescue Plan Act, will help the organizations address housing, homelessness, and child care needs.

The YMCA got a grant to help fund a new PEDALS curriculum, ClickOnDetroit reports. The Positive Emotional Development and Learning Skills program for preschoolers will be the first of its kind in the county; proponents say it improves children’s social and emotional skills.

For the second year running, Ann Arbor has been recognized for environmental leadership by CDP, the city announced. It’s one of only 122 cities globally to make the non-profit’s “A” list. Among other things, A-listers must keep a carbon emissions index and have an adaptation plan to respond to climate hazards.

Jamie Kwon spent fifteen years in the automotive industry, but starting a restaurant was not a foreign concept: Her uncle Ben owns Bell’s Diner, and cousin Andrew owns Saline’s Biwako Sushi. Photo: J. Adrian Wylie.

Marketplace Changes

Korean chicken franchise Noori is open for business on S. University, Dave Algase reports in the November Observer. Pioneer High and U-M alum Jamie Kwon came back to town to open the fried chicken restaurant in the old Belly Deli spot.

The pizza vending machine that opened on South University Ave. earlier this year is no more, MLive reports. PizzaForno, which has about sixty vending machines around North America, said it pulled the plug on the location due to foot traffic patterns, rent cost, and other factors, but plans to return to the city with a new location in the near future.

Bulk store By the Pound is celebrating forty years in business, MLive reports. The store offers a variety of spices, teas, and dried goods by the ounce and, well, by the pound, with many customers bringing their own containers to reduce their environmental impact.

Michigan quarterback J.J. McCarthy scoring a touchdown at the Nebraska game last Saturday. After their win last weekend, the Wolverines are 10–0 for the first time since 2006. Photo: Bryan Fuller.


Join the annual Turkey Trot 5K Thanksgiving morning to raise funds for brain tumor research. A portion of participants’ $29 entry fees will go to the ChadTough Defeat DIPG Foundation, and there are awards for the three fastest men and women in each age group, as well as for the three ugliest sweaters and best holiday costumes.

A GoFundMe has been launched for a Milan family who lost everything in a house fire. The community has shown Shannon and Kyle Ellis an outpouring of support, and the page reached its $8,000 goal by time of publication, but remains open for donations.

The Ark is asking for volunteers to staff its shows throughout the year. According to the venue’s front of house manager, the ranks of volunteers the nonprofit relies on have been thinned by the pandemic. To find out more, visit the music club’s webpage.

Things to Do

By Jennifer Taylor

18 Friday: Join Leslie Science & Nature Center naturalists on an all-ages “New Moon Night Hike” exploring Black Pond Woods to learn hiking skills that minimize impact on the land and on other hikers—and how nocturnal creatures thrive when the lights go out. Then share legends about the moon around a campfire. Dress for the weather. 8–9:30 p.m., LSNC, 1831 Traver. $5 (kids age 4 & under, free). Preregistration required by 7 p.m. Nov. 17.

19 Saturday: Hear the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra play “The Music of Studio Ghibli.” Wilbur Lin leads the AASO in a program of music composed by Joe Hisaishi (aka Mamoru Fujisawa) for films produced by Hayao Miyazaki’s much-loved anime studio, including selections from such favorites as My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away, and Howl’s Moving Castle. Nov. 19-20, 8 p.m. (Sat.) & 3 p.m. (Sun.), Michigan Theater. Tickets $35–$40 in advance at & the AASO office (35 Research Dr., ste. 100), and (if available) at the door. 994–4801. 

20 Sunday: Start your eco-friendly holiday shopping by hunting for antiques and vintage items at the “Frosted Flea” Vintage Market at Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds. Deliveries are available if you buy something big. Concessions. 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor–Saline Rd. $5 (kids age 12 & under with an adult, free)., 624–0781.

See the Observer’s online calendar for many more local events. 

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