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Washtenaw County continues to set records for Covid-19 infections, with seventy six new infections confirmed yesterday. There were 838 new cases between 10/8 and 10/21, sixty-two percent among 18-22 year olds. Fatalities continue to be low, with 121 total in the county since the pandemic began.
Early voting among U-M students down after stay-in-place order. Students are allowed to leave their residences to vote, but City Clerk Jackie Beaudry is concerned about the large drop in turnout at the Clerks’ satellite office in the U-M Museum of Art. MLive.
New Michigan laws replaced Whitmer’s overturned executive orders. The new laws include extension of unemployment benefits, allowance for K-12 schools to remain virtual, liability protections for businesses, and protections for employees from being fired for taking precautions to prevent exposure. MLive.
Washtenaw County ballot proposals include a ten-year renewal of the county millage to preserve farmland and natural areas; it would raise $4.4 million the first year. Ann Arbor’s affordable housing millage would raise $130 million over the next twenty years to create 1,500 affordable housing units. Other communities will vote on twelve proposals, including renewal of the Chelsea School District operating millage and a limit on the sale of public property designed to block a Dexter affordable housing development.
What’s it like to be a Trump supporter in Ann Arbor, where 86 percent of voters rejected him in 2016? “I don't even feel like I can say I'm a Republican because the hatred and the intolerance spill over,” says one. Observer.
A county report estimates that it will cost between $41.7 million and $61.3 million to expand broadband service to 8,000 homes and businesses in fourteen townships. Burying the cables would be more costly than aerial construction but offers greater stability. WEMU.
Ypsilanti couple launch arts organization for creative youth. Yolanda and Keith Ragland’s nineteen-year-old son Brandon Cross was an artist, but his life was cut short by gun violence. Yolanda was “devastated that I wouldn’t be able to back his career.” In honor of Brandon, the Raglands formed the arts education nonprofit Elevation Youth Corp to help young people develop skills to pursue careers in the arts. Concentrate.
The Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry L. Clayton will serve on the National Police Foundation (NPF) Council on Policing Reforms and Race. The Council will address issues such as enhancing accountability and how cultural attitudes affect policing. WCSD Facebook.