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Interview: Journalist and Author Richard Louv

Interview: Journalist and Author Richard Louv

by David Roberts RICHARD LOUV IS an anecdote machine. As we milled about awaiting lunch-hour seating, he kept up a constant stream of witty, telling stories —…

Interview: Urban Farming Legend Will Allen

Interview: Urban Farming Legend Will Allen

by Twilight Greenaway IN HIS AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL book, The Good Food Revolution: Growing Healthy Food, People, and Communities, we see a different side of MacArthur Genius and urban…

ARTS & LEISURE: An Interview With Dror Burstein

ARTS & LEISURE: An Interview With Dror Burstein

by Jesse Kohn Dror Burstein is a telescope. To read Netanya, the Israeli author’s new memoir, is to pass inside the Givatayim observatory where Burstein’s grandfather once…

Investigations

Commissioners Unaware of Investigation of Head Start Director As County Administrator Pushed to End Funding For Head Start & Transfer Administration to WISD

Commissioners Unaware of Investigation of Head Start Director As County Administrator Pushed to End Funding For Head Start & Transfer Administration to WISD

Information about the outside investigation was shared with commissioners “after the fact” and after commissioners had voted to eliminate county funding for Head Start. One commissioner asks…

Costco Democrats Vs. Home Depot Republicans—Consumers Watching Where Businesses Target Political Contributions

Costco Democrats Vs. Home Depot Republicans—Consumers Watching Where Businesses Target Political Contributions

The Koch brothers, billionaires, have created a tangled web of 17 nonprofits, PACs and businesses through which they funneled over $400 million dollars in 2012 aimed at…

Former County Head Start Director’s Extensive Travel Months Before Retirement, Including A Trip To Hawaii, Received “Verbal” Approval

Former County Head Start Director’s Extensive Travel Months Before Retirement, Including A Trip To Hawaii, Received “Verbal” Approval

Washtenaw County’s former Head Start Director Patricia McGee was put on leave weeks before she retired in December 2011. A county official told a reporter in December…

Restaurant Reviews

A Weekend In Detroit—Where To Eat: The Russell Street Deli

A Weekend In Detroit—Where To Eat: The Russell Street Deli

by Katie Sutton DETROIT’S HISTORIC EASTERN Market is known for its huge pavilions chuck full of local produce, greenery, and snacks, but the real treat of this…

The Foodist: Wood-Fired Pizza—Mani Osteria Versus Bigalora Cucina

The Foodist: Wood-Fired Pizza—Mani Osteria Versus Bigalora Cucina

by Eleanor Shelton PIZZA IS LIKE a favorite pair of jeans—you can dress them up and look great, but they are still jeans. Wood-fired pizza, takes the…

Restaurant Review: Teriyaki Time—Asian In Need Of Tiger Mothering

Restaurant Review: Teriyaki Time—Asian In Need Of Tiger Mothering

Teriyaki Time — New Ann Arbor Japanese/Korean Restaurant  314 Detroit St., Ann Arbor, MI 48104 Hours: Mon-Sat: 10am – 9pm, Sun: 12am – 8pm Ph:734-929-2272 I WAS…

The Parent Trap

THE PARENT TRAP: Success = Online Friends, Soccer Games & Meds

THE PARENT TRAP: Success = Online Friends, Soccer Games & Meds

by Amanda Whiting WHEN HE WAS nine, he wrote poems that made me weep. When he was ten, I found pornography in his room. When he was…

THE PARENT TRAP: Child-Centric Parents: What to Do About Them

THE PARENT TRAP: Child-Centric Parents: What to Do About Them

By Jason Hill I LOVE KIDS. Honestly. For years I dreamed of adopting one, but my partner has no interest in being a parent and, truth be…

Econ

Ann Arbor’s Unemployment Rate Up Slightly While Number of Unemployed Individuals Decreases

Ann Arbor’s Unemployment Rate Up Slightly While Number of Unemployed Individuals Decreases

ACCORDING TO FIGURES released by the State of Michigan, seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates in February increased in 15 of the state’s 17 major labor market regions, according…

Consumer Confidence Levels in March Unchanged From December 2013 Levels

Consumer Confidence Levels in March Unchanged From December 2013 Levels

CONSUMER CONFIDENCE has remained largely unchanged in the past three months despite the hard winter, as well as a severe drought. Consumer finances were just as strong…