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Eli Lilly, Patron of the Arts

The pharmaceutical giant started with a single location in the Original Fair on North University in 2022. This year, it will be everywhere as the first-ever presenting sponsor of all three fairs.

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Preparing Public Defenders

The U-M Law School’s Public Defender Training Institute, led by Primus with assistance from three alumni, prepares students for the realities of work— and life—as a public defender.

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Hands-Free Means Hands-Free

June 30 marks one year since the law banning “manual use” of cell phones in cars took effect. At their discretion, officers can give warnings or issue citations; the consequences can range from fines to community service to mandatory driving-improvement courses.

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Cancer Gratitude

An Ann Arbor native, Joan Belgrave is a two-time Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter. Four years after her husband died, her life took another dramatic turn when a routine biopsy resulted in an especially dangerous diagnosis: “triple-negative” breast cancer.

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The Next Sheriff

Washtenaw County sheriff Jerry Clayton is retiring after four terms. Three candidates are vying to take his place in the August 6 Democratic primary.

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BYOC is Back

A regular customer of the former location on E. Liberty, Jessica Cichowlas secured a new storefront in a plaza along the burgeoning Jackson Rd. corridor in Scio Twp.

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The Litmus Test

Jeff Hauptman’s office on the seventh floor of the 777 Building at Eisenhower and State has stunning views north to the U-M campus and downtown. But when he toured the building seven years ago, what really stayed with him was what he saw when he looked down—and saw how much space was used for nothing but parking cars.

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MIFarmLink

Dohner compares MIFarmLink to “a matchmaking service that connects farmland owners and seekers who would otherwise never meet.” According to the Conservation District, land access is the greatest barrier for beginning farmers; meanwhile most farmland owners lack a succession plan. MIFarmLink neatly solves the problem with an online tool that lets owners list their available properties and farmland seekers post their professional profiles.

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Main St. Mystery

The nine-story building was developed by DTE’s real estate division, and floors two through seven once bustled with nearly 400 company employees. But in March of 2021, with many of them working from home, DTE vacated the building and listed 105,727 square feet of office space for sale. California-based REalta Capital purchased it in late 2022 for an estimated $21 million.

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Emerson Turns Fifty

Emerson celebrated its fiftieth anniversary in April at Michigan Stadium. “We raised a significant amount of money,” Beckerleg emails, “with the bulk of it going to support our financial aid program—including a new middle-school scholarship in honor of Jean Navarre.

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No Parties?

August will see the first city council primary in at least twenty years with just one contested race. Six folks pulled petitions to collect signatures but only one turned them in: Mozhgan Savabieasfahani, who is running for a third time in the Fourth Ward.

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Funding Fight

The assembly controls a budget of about $1.2 million that traditionally supports dozens of student organizations. Chowdhury and Atkinson, who spent nights at the encampment on the Diag in April and May, want to give it to Palestinian groups instead.

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Bob Lutz

For decades, Bob Lutz was one of the most influential executives in the auto industry, shaping models that ranged from the first BMW 3 series and Dodge Viper to the Ford Explorer and Chevy Volt. And now, after a succession of high-level jobs and dozens of distinctive vehicles, he’s once again making paper models.

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Seniors Betrayed

With great wealth come great opportunities for financial exploitation. According to a 2023 report from the Justice Department’s Office of Victims of Crime, senior-service agencies that the office funds report that 14 percent of the people seeking their help are victims of financial crimes.

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Turkeys in Traffic

Ask most Michiganders about the hazards of driving in a state full of wildlife and you’re likely to hear about run-ins with deer. But on a recent Saturday afternoon, a different kind of traffic hazard asserted itself.

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