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The Townships’ Revenge

“As long as we stick together,” says county commissioner Jessica Ping, “we can do this again next year.”Ping lives in Lodi Township, which contracts with the county sheriff’s department to provide...

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Downtown’s New Buildings

“Why are so many of the buildings going up around town so ugly?” asks Joan Lowenstein. Standing in City Hall’s cramped main entrance, the not-yet-former city council representative isn’t afraid to name...

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Where’s the sheriff?

“Dan Minzey seems to have fallen off the face of the earth,” says county commissioner Leah Gunn. “The fact is nobody I know has laid eyes on him since the election.” That election would be the August Democratic primary—the one...

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The Return of Spalding Clark

Charlie Nielsen beat Spaulding Clark in 2004, only to lose to him in this year’s Democratic primary. Nielsen blames an anti-incumbent mood—”Of the five supervisors up for election, all five lost to...

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Wild ride 2008

In late October the Ann Arbor Transportation Authority voted to become the authority responsible for WALLY—the “Washtenaw and Livingston Line” that may, someday, deliver commuters from Howell to Ann Arbor. Though...

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Argo Ultimatum

The future of the aging impoundment off North Main has been debated for years. Rowers want the pond preserved and dredged, while the Huron River Watershed Council advocates removing the dam to restore the river’s natural...

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Deadly season

Just a year ago, a forty-seven-year-old homeless man was found dead at a park-and-ride lot on Ann Arbor–Saline Road. While no one tracks the grim statistics, people in the homeless “business” say his fate was...

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The Pentagon’s Pet Projects

An expanse of sky and treetops on North Campus spreads out in the windows behind Wei Shyy as he describes his work designing tiny planes that fly and perch like insects and birds. Talking about an insect’s arms, the chair...

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Past Present

The dirt road to Ray and Karen Berg’s Victorian style home in Manchester takes visitors past farms, cornfields, and rolling green pastures to a light blue Queen Anne perched on a hill. The house and its pastoral setting...

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Trash Takeover?

Most of the solid waste produced by Ann Arbor households is now recycled-but businesses still landfill 80 percent of their trash.The city doesn’t have much leverage to change businesses’ practices, because its free...

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Winning brand

The city of Ann Arbor is no longer growing—but you’d never know it to look at Ann Arbor SPARK’s renamed website, AnnArborUSA.org. The economic development group’s map of the “Ann Arbor region”...

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Horse Play

To Ted Kennedy, riding a Clydesdale around Kerrytown is a form of performance art.His performance atop Duncan, on the afternoon following Election Day, was a crowd-pleaser.Duncan’s literally a ton of horse, rescued from...

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The Two-Man Judge Race

One election this year won’t be touched by the expected tidal wave of Democratic voters turning out to support Barack Obama: the contest for Fifteenth District judge. The successor to retiring judge Ann Mattson will be...

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Two Parks Proposals

They’re not generating anything like the excitement of the state ballot proposals, which would legalize medical marijuana and loosen restrictions on stem cell research. But parks supporters are strongly interested in a...

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The Lonely Republicans

Nothing brings out voters like a presidential contest—and even by that standard, the November 4 vote is shaping up to be exceptional. County clerk Larry Kestenbaum says his office is preparing for the largest turnout in Michigan...

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The Hatch Act Strikes Again

An obscure 1939 federal law originally designed to curb rampant patronage in the post office, the Hatch Act is now being used as a blunt political object to force candidates out of elections—or jobs.The act’s changed the...

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StoryCorps

In September the national StoryCorps visited the U-M’s Silver Club enrichment program for folks with dementia. The corps’s goal: recording people’s stories before the memories fade. A Georgia-born...

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Medical Celebrities

Hey, aren’t you the doc in the commercials?”Robert Bartlett gets asked that a lot these days. The surgeon and researcher has long been hot stuff in his professional world—he invented a life-support system called...

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Crop Crackdown

In September market manager Molly Notarianni ordered Fusilier Farms to stop selling cherries and peaches at the downtown market. Another grower, Glenn Heim of Chelsea, was expelled outright. The sanctions grew out of a new farm...

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Window war

Last spring Heather O’Neal asked the Ann Arbor Historic District Commission for permission to re-place three rotting windows in her B&B, the Eighth Street Trekkers’ Lodge. The HDC made two site visits—and denied...

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