2012 May

The Allure of Baby Squirrels

Elena Wakeman has a husband, two kids, and a full-time job as a legal assistant. On any given day, especially in the spring, she’s also looking after anywhere from two to twenty injured or orphaned squirrels.Warm and...

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Paul Courant’s Second Act

Last summer, negotiations seemed to be moving along between the U-M and the Authors Guild of America, which represents some 8,000 authors. The guild was concerned that books still in copyright might be improperly shared through...

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In the Zone

“How can they just tear down these old houses?”The young woman, lips pursed, documented the spectacle with her phone as the last in a row of seven S. Fifth Ave. dowagers toppled into oblivion.”It’s really...

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Health Care “Coopetition”

Half of the lights on the tenth floor of St. Joseph Mercy Hospital are turned off, and there is an unnatural calm amidst the smell of fresh paint, curved wooden paneling, and newly tiled floors and walls. There is no hum of a...

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Hana Malhas

Hana Malhas (say HEN-a) was raised in Amman, Jordan, and came to Ann Arbor to attend business school at the U-M. She graduated a few years back, and now she says she’d like to spend the rest of her life making music. Based...

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Evil Robot Wins Election!

“It’s not every day you have an opportunity to hack a government computer without going to jail,” says U-M prof Alex Halderman.And it’s not every day an academic paper makes news around the world. But the...

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New faces at Arborland

Arborland hasn’t yet found anyone to fill Borders’ shoes, but down at the east end of Arborland the last year has been a busy one.Arborland’s mini-mall with the Starbucks on one end now has America’s Best...

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Jos. A. Bank

Nearby, next to Arhaus, Jos. A. Bank opened last August. It’s just now entering its high season, when graduating seniors begin hitting menswear departments everywhere to buy suits for job interviews, and manager Ashley...

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Arcade TV

“I haven’t had to make one call to the police since [the cameras] were installed,” says Hank Schoch.Schoch, of Van Boven clothing on State St. has worked in the campus business district for nearly forty years....

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Blue House Goes Mobile

Blue House, the craft studio and consignment gallery across the street from Michigan Stadium, still exists in a virtual kind of way, but the blue house for which it was named has been sold and will become rental property.Siobhan...

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Gary Conrad

Exploiting hypnotism for its comic potential is at least as old as vaudeville, and when vaudeville died, it had a good second run as a sitcom subplot in the 50s and 60s. In vaudeville and sitcoms, the audience laughed at victims...

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You are What You Read

Since John Weise and Stephanie Bentley started selling books, CDs, and DVDs on consignment almost seven years ago, they’ve processed more than 400,000 items, about 85 percent of them books.”One thing that’s...

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CHS on HuffPo

Like almost everybody else under age twenty, Eva Hattie Schueler has read the Hunger Games trilogy. “I read them all in the last three or four months,” says the Community High School junior, “once all the way...

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Abandoned bike blues

“I bike every day if it’s a nice day,” says Marilee Sturtevant, manager of the Red Hawk Bar & Grill on State St. “I need a place to park my bike, and the nice thing about the Maynard St. parking...

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Satchwell’s out at AAEA

“I think every teachers’ union in the state wishes they had” a contract like Ann Arbor’s, says Forsythe science teacher Dan Ezekiel. Negotiated two years ago, it called for small, temporary pay cuts and...

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Smoke Shops Catch Fire

In the last half-decade we’ve seen restaurant smoking outlawed and medicinal marijuana legalized. Hookahs and cigars seem to hover on the fringes of trendiness–now they’re in, now they’re out. All told,...

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Wurst Bar

Don’t let the sound of the place’s name–Wurst Bar–fool you. It’s not the worst spot; it’s not even a bad one. In fact, the Wurst Bar, located on Cross St. in Ypsilanti, is a surprisingly good...

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Huff and Puff

While a tornado was destroying homes in Dexter on March 15, builder Ken Trever and a worker were just a few miles away, in the garage of an unfinished home in the Polo Fields subdivision. When the worker’s wife called...

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Emerald City to Ypbor Yan

Last year, Frank Zhong bought Emerald City, the Chinese restaurant on the strip of Washtenaw between Ypsi and Ann Arbor. Originally from Zigong, Sichuan (aka Szechuan), Zhong owns restaurants in Detroit, Midland, and Lansing....

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