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WCC Student & Trustee-Elect Christina Fleming: “I’m in Shock, Actually.”

WCC Student & Trustee-Elect Christina Fleming: “I’m in Shock, Actually.”

CHRISTINA FLEMING says she’s still in shock. It’s almost two weeks after her election to the Washtenaw Community College Board of Trustees. Fleming, a Dexter resident and…

CANDIDATE INTERVIEW: Ann Arbor Board of Education Incumbent: Christine Stead

CANDIDATE  INTERVIEW:  Ann Arbor Board of Education Incumbent: Christine Stead

CHRISTINE STEAD IS the Vice President of the AAPS Board of Education. She comes to her interview dressed conservatively. She is not an Ann Arbor Birkenstock Board…

Q & A: Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton

Q & A: Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton

Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton talks about recent drug busts in the county jail, the socio-economics of crime in the county and “Orange is the New Black.”…

Investigations

Records Reveal Donor Did Not Pay for $2,873 “Farewell” Party WCC Prez Charged to Taxpayers

Records Reveal Donor Did Not Pay for $2,873 “Farewell” Party WCC Prez Charged to Taxpayers

The Ann Arbor Independent filed a Freedom of Information Act request for the credit card records of WCC President Dr. Rose Bellanca. Records revealed a $2,873 meal…

Crime in Ann Arbor: 35 Percent of Crimes Solved—Since 2012, 8,000+ Crimes Uncleared

Crime in Ann Arbor:  35 Percent of Crimes Solved—Since 2012, 8,000+ Crimes Uncleared

LET’S BE CLEAR: In the U.S., Michigan and Ann Arbor crime rates are down. According to data gathered by the FBI, in Ann Arbor, about 1,300 more…

Ann Arbor Independent & ACLU Press Police to Release Public Records About Rosser Shooting

Ann Arbor Independent & ACLU Press Police to Release Public Records About Rosser Shooting

The Ann Arbor Independent filed a Freedom of Information Act request for the incident report filed by AAPD officers after the shooting of Aura Rosser. The ACLU…

Restaurant Reviews

Restaurant Inspections Reveal Even Ann Arbor’s Priciest, Well-Known Eateries Cited By Washtenaw County Health Dept.

Restaurant Inspections Reveal Even Ann Arbor’s Priciest, Well-Known Eateries Cited By Washtenaw County Health Dept.

IT’S EASY TO conclude that pricey meals and national media coverage might guarantee that a restaurant would be free from the most serious violations of a state’s…

Main Street Restaurant Health Code Violations Increase Between 2013 and 2014

Main Street Restaurant Health Code Violations Increase  Between 2013 and 2014

IN 2013, THE newspaper did a comprehensive look at the restaurant inspection reports for Ann Arbor’s Main Street restaurants. The number of priority violations (violations, such as…

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 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

Michigan to Require Amazon, Other Stores to Collect Sales Taxes for Online Purchases

Michigan to Require Amazon, Other Stores to Collect Sales Taxes for Online Purchases

MICHIGAN RESIDENTS who buy from Amazon, Overstock and some other online retailers will be forced to pay the state’s 6 percent sales tax starting in October, a…

Hired to Fight the “Good” Fight for Local Businesses in Washtenaw County

Hired to Fight the “Good” Fight for Local Businesses in Washtenaw County

by P.D. Lesko CHRIS GOOD IS a former People’s Food Co-op staff member. He also served as the President of the Co-op’s Board of Directors. In 2013,…

Recycling

Recycle Ann Arbor Celebrates “America Recycles Day” Nov. 15

Recycle Ann Arbor Celebrates “America Recycles Day” Nov. 15

RECYCLE ANN ARBOR, a local nonprofit organization committed to waste reduction, will be celebrating “America Recycles Day” on Saturday, November 15th (10:00 am – 2:00 pm) at…

Michigan Landfill Use Declines, But Not Ann Arbor’s

Michigan Landfill Use Declines, But Not Ann Arbor’s

by Qing Zhang Despite a slight increase in Michigan’s population, 2013 witnessed a decline of 0.5 percent in solid waste generated in the state, continuing a 10-year …

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