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Dan Oates

Dan Oates Speaks Out

The onetime AAPD chief on why it's so hard to fire bad cops.
"Reform advocates are starting to focus on police unions' immense power to block the discipline of bad cops. Where have they been? Police chiefs have been fighting this lonely battle for years."

That was how
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The Chop House restaurant in Ann Arbor

Hard Times

Three harrowing months for Ann Arbor restaurants
CORRECTION: This article has been corrected since it was published in the July Ann Arbor Observer, which mistakenly said that TeaHaus had closed its Tea Room. Seating is closed, but the Tea Room will reopen as soon
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Hugo Mack, Arienne Slay, Eli Savit

A Pivotal Race for Prosecuting Attorney

Three very different candidates promise to transform the criminal justice system.
Even with five hotly contested Ann Arbor city council races, easily the August 4 Democratic primary's most consequential race is for county prosecutor. Councilmembers generally come and go, but whoever wins the
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Valerie Vaughn (center) with Covid C unit staff

Peak Medicine

Reflections on the Battle of Covid-19
"One of the indoor track-and-field stadiums was going to be a hospital," Valerie Vaughn recalls. "I remember walking through and just imagining it with people laying down on cots on it, and just being scared to
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