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High School Heroes: Slaying the Dragon—Joe Miller, Recovering Heroin Addict

High School Heroes: Slaying the Dragon—Joe Miller, Recovering Heroin Addict

This second piece in her High School Heroes interview series, The Ann Arbor Independent’s high school intern Stavi Tennenbaum talks to Pathways to Success Junior Joe Miller…

Media to Blame for Ypsilanti’s Negative Image Says City’s Mayor Pro Tem Lois Richardson

Media to Blame for Ypsilanti’s Negative Image Says City’s Mayor Pro Tem Lois Richardson

The Ann Arbor Independent’s EMU intern Ryan Hunter sat down with Ypsilanti Mayor Pro Tempore Lois Richardson to talk about blight, crime, education and her city’s reputation…

High School Heroes: To Be a Homeless Student in the Ann Arbor Public Schools—Ali Shahin

High School Heroes: To Be a Homeless Student in the Ann Arbor Public Schools—Ali Shahin

The Ann Arbor Independent’s Skyline High School intern Stavi Tennenbaum kicks off an original High School Heroes interview series with a conversation about homelessness among AAPS students. …

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 Consumer Confidence at Highest Level Since 2005

Michigan Consumer Confidence at Highest Level Since 2005

by Diane Swinbrow CONSUMER OPTIMISM rose in the January 2015 survey to its highest level in the past decade, according to the University of Michigan Surveys of…

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…

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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