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Sharing the Trail

If you take a hike on the Potawatomi Trail in the Pinckney State Recreation Area, you’ll see majestic trees, lovely wildflowers, twittering birds, skittish squirrels—and waves of mountain bikers approaching head-on. Such...

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Crime Map: May 2009

Click here to view this month’s Crime Map.Sexual assaults and burglaries both rose in May compared to May 2008, while vehicle thefts and robberies declined.#PAGEBREAK#May 2009 Crime totals (including attempts)Burglaries...

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Reduced Tolerance

Last fall, two Chelsea teens died in a motorcycle crash, and a nineteen-year-old Chelsea resident later was charged with supplying them alcohol.It was the latest in a series of accidents involving area youths, vehicles, and...

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The 11 percent solution

Faced with a $26 million revenue shortfall over the next two years, the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners voted in early June to cut its own $600,000 budget by 11 percent. But at first glance, even the new $534,000 figure...

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The U-M Innocence Clinic

This morning, two men who were wrongfully convicted of attempted murder finally got the news they’d been waiting for years to hear. And the U-M Law School’s Innocence Clinic won a spectacular victory.On a Sunday...

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Fiat + Chrysler = ?

Jerry Colone tested trucks at the Chrysler Proving Grounds for ­thirty-four years. Now, he says, the huge complex southwest of Chelsea is “like a ghost town.”Employment at the grounds has fallen from 700 five years...

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Defusing Mental Health Crises

It’s a weekend night, and Ann Arbor police respond to a call about an agitated man expressing homicidal thoughts. When they get to the scene, though, they realize he’s doing nothing illegal—he’s made no...

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AnnArbor.com competition

Heritage Newspapers, which publishes the Saline Reporter, the Chelsea Standard, and other area papers, will debut its weekly A2 Journal on July 9, less than two weeks before AnnArbor.com ‘s July 20 launch. Heritage, whose...

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Bankruptcy Boom

“I fear for my community and my state,” says bankruptcy trustee Doug Ellmann.Ellmann sees Michigan’s raw economic wounds in Ann Arbor’s federal bankruptcy court. “I’m definitely seeing a lot...

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Ron Olson’s Challenge

It’s not easy being Ron Olson these days. Olson, who headed Ann Arbor’s parks system for twenty years, now runs the parks and recreation division of Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources. And managing one...

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GO Ask Voters

Pat Lesko has a simple but radical idea: require voters’ permission before the city issues “general obligation” bonds. She got the idea after working on a petition drive last year that tried to force a vote on...

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Shakeup at Car and Driver

It’s been a tough year for the world’s most popular car magazine. In the past twelve months, Car and Driver has shed its longtime Ann Arbor location, some veteran staff members, and its editor, Csaba Csere.Csere...

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Fixed up, finally

As the Ann Arbor Farmers Market prepares to celebrate its ninetieth anniversary, the market will get new lights, a PA system, and a paint job. But it will not get more stalls, a pavilion, or a storm-water management system....

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Great Lakes Google

Early versions of Google’s Earth-imaging software were mocked as “Google Dirt” by renowned marine explorer Sylvia Earle, because they showed topography on land, but not the ocean floors. Google fixed that in...

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Infinium Unveiled

“This year, we want to win the World Solar Challenge,” says U-M Solar Car Team business director Julia Hawley. In the past twenty years, the U-M team has won five of nine biennial North American Solar Challenges—but...

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Crime Map: April 2009

Click here to view a zoomable version of this month’s Crime MapReported sexual assaults rose in April compared to one year earlier. Both burglaries and robberies fell, while vehicle thefts remained...

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County Layoffs

“If the unions don’t make concessions, we’ll have to cut jobs,” warns Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners chair Rolland Sizemore.Falling home values and disappearing state funding are expected to...

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Family Feud

Ray Herrick—a master toolmaker and close friend of Henry Ford, Harvey Firestone, and Thomas Edison—started Hillsdale Machine & Tool Company in 1930. Four years later, it was on the brink of bankruptcy when the town of...

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Walk signs and candles

Q: Several stoplights seem now to be out of sync with the pedestrian crossing signal. For instance, when you are headed west on William and waiting for the light at Main Street, pedestrians get the white OK-to-cross sign while...

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The Death of the News

The trio might have been candidates campaigning as they smiled, shook hands, and spoke to half-empty auditoriums around Ann Arbor in April. Instead, they were publishing executives working for the Newhouse family, and their...

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