Ann Arbor http://michiganradio.org en Community group near Ann Arbor tries to stop new oil drilling http://michiganradio.org/post/community-group-near-ann-arbor-tries-stop-new-oil-drilling <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Exploratory oil drilling could come to Scio Township</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">, near Ann Arbor, soon. But a community group has a filed a lawsuit to try to prevent it.</span></p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 21:03:47 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 18418 at http://michiganradio.org Community group near Ann Arbor tries to stop new oil drilling This Michigan-bred musician nails 29 celebrity impressions in one song http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-bred-musician-nails-29-celebrity-impressions-one-song <p></p><p><em><a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-bred-musician-did-zero-out-29-celebrity-impressions-i-was-punked">Update: Rob Cantor has posted a new video showing how he faked every one of the 29 celebrity impressions, using the voices of 11 different impressionists. I'm a fool</a>. &nbsp;&nbsp;</em></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">How's your work day going? Productive? Ready for a break? Good.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Rob Cantor is a Los Angeles-based musician who grew up in Michigan.</p><p>You might know him as the guy in the yellow tie from <a href="http://tallyhall.com/">Tally Hall</a>, a band that formed while Cantor and his band mates attended the University of Michigan in 2002.</p><p>Tally Hall took a run at stardom after signing with Atlantic Records. They had some <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2YAYZiBvvw">appearances</a> on <em>The Late Late Show</em> with Craig Ferguson, and, as the band's <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tally_Hall_(band)">Wikipedia page </a>claims, Tally Hall continues to have a "relatively significant cult following<span style="line-height: 1.5;">."</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">More recently, Tally Hall's band members have been working on solo projects, and Cantor is promoting <a href="http://www.robcantor.com/">a new solo album</a>.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">That brings us to the crazy video Cantor posted today.</span></p><p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 18:12:03 +0000 Dustin Dwyer 18221 at http://michiganradio.org This Michigan-bred musician nails 29 celebrity impressions in one song Senior prank season in full swing at Michigan high schools http://michiganradio.org/post/senior-prank-season-full-swing-michigan-high-schools-5 <p>The end of the school year is upon us. It puts high school administrators on high alert.</p><p>Sometimes they don't have to worry about much.</p><p>Even though their seniors try it, no, their high school won't be sold on Craigslist. Seniors at&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Skyline High School in Ann Arbor </span><a href="http://annarbor.craigslist.org/for/4493126436.html" style="line-height: 1.5;">gave it a go</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. As did seniors at&nbsp;</span>Freeland<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;High School in Mid-Michigan.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This kind of prank is harmless and fun. Even the more mature members of the community can appreciate this type of prank – as this news segment shows:</span></p><p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 17:13:32 +0000 Mark Brush 17859 at http://michiganradio.org Senior prank season in full swing at Michigan high schools 80-year-old agave plant about to show its only bloom in Ann Arbor http://michiganradio.org/post/80-year-old-agave-plant-about-show-its-only-bloom-ann-arbor <p></p><p>It was 1934. The nation was deep in the Great Depression. Franklin Delano Roosevelt was in the White House. William Comstock was Michigan's 33rd governor.</p><p>And a University of Michigan graduate student in botany found an agave plant while on a botanical expedition to Mexico. He brought it back to Ann Arbor.</p><p>Now, 80 years later, that agave plant is getting set to bloom – for its first and only time.</p><p>Michael Palmer is the horticultural manager at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens and the Nichols Arboretum and he joined us today.</p><p><em>*Listen to the interview above.</em></p><p> Wed, 21 May 2014 22:22:39 +0000 Stateside Staff 17703 at http://michiganradio.org 80-year-old agave plant about to show its only bloom in Ann Arbor Better late than never? A Transformer reveals himself in Ann Arbor http://michiganradio.org/post/better-late-never-transformer-reveals-himself-ann-arbor <p>We in the media world go crazy for anything that might get shared by thousands... nay millions of people around the Internet.&nbsp;</p><p>Entire sites like Gawker, Buzzfeed, and ViralNova are dedicated to getting these shares. The New York Times <a href="http://www.niemanlab.org/2014/05/the-leaked-new-york-times-innovation-report-is-one-of-the-key-documents-of-this-media-age/">gazed at its navel</a> and didn't like what it saw. "More shareable content!" they said.</p> Wed, 21 May 2014 14:45:24 +0000 Mark Brush 17688 at http://michiganradio.org Better late than never? A Transformer reveals himself in Ann Arbor Ads aimed at future students claim "Michigan has a rape problem" http://michiganradio.org/post/ads-aimed-future-students-claim-michigan-has-rape-problem <p><em>"University of Michigan has a rape problem. Find out more before you decide."</em></p><p>"<em>Accepted to University of Michigan? You should know about its rape problem."</em></p><div><p>Those are the Facebook and mobile ads seen recently by some prospective Michigan students and their parents.</p><p></p><p>They ran during the critical weeks when students have their acceptance letters and are deciding where to enroll.</p><p></p><p><strong>“This is information a lot of colleges have been trying to hide.”</strong></p><p></p> Fri, 16 May 2014 16:20:25 +0000 Kate Wells 17636 at http://michiganradio.org Ads aimed at future students claim "Michigan has a rape problem" Childrens hospital uses art to help parents, patients http://michiganradio.org/post/childrens-hospital-uses-art-help-parents-patients <div><p>Felicia McMillon and her husband are the kind of people who do not like hospitals.&nbsp;</p><p>"My family, we really don’t do too well with hospitals,” she says, standing in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit of C.S. Mott Children's Hospital in Ann Arbor.</p></div><p>And that was before they gave birth to their first child, Elijah.</p><p>He was born a month early with an intestinal infection. He’s now in his fourth surgery.</p><p> Mon, 12 May 2014 17:15:40 +0000 Kate Wells 17560 at http://michiganradio.org Childrens hospital uses art to help parents, patients Ann Arborites will pay for more buses http://michiganradio.org/post/ann-arborites-will-pay-more-buses <p></p><div align="left"><span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 12pt; ">Ann Arbor stayed true to its reputation for being eco-loving and tax-friendly in today's vote to expand the local bus system.</span></div><p><span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 12pt; ">Some 20,000 Ann </span>Arborites<span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 12pt; ">&nbsp;went to the polls Tuesday, with 70% of them voting for more buses running expanded routes for longer hours.&nbsp;</span></p><div align="left"><p>There's a price tag, of course: higher property taxes.</p> Wed, 07 May 2014 03:33:40 +0000 Kate Wells 17503 at http://michiganradio.org Ann Arborites will pay for more buses Criminal conviction check-off box to be removed from Ann Arbor city job applications http://michiganradio.org/post/criminal-conviction-check-box-be-removed-ann-arbor-city-job-applications <div style="background-color:#fff;display:inline-block;font-family:'Helvetica Neue',Arial,sans-serif;color:#a7a7a7;font-size:11px;"><iframe frameborder="0" height="398" scrolling="no" src="//embed.gettyimages.com/embed/155118225?et=95aNulT0QVlpK7Pj0zj9-w&amp;sig=A-kOmnk83DzZQzSgP5gdQHxZOdqMl6b69bFkmE2WF8o=" style="display:inline-block;" width="507"></iframe><p style="margin:0;">&nbsp;</p> Tue, 06 May 2014 20:36:52 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 17499 at http://michiganradio.org Chief barista for Zingerman's shares her thoughts on the future of coffee http://michiganradio.org/post/chief-barista-zingermans-shares-her-thoughts-future-coffee <p>It's pretty tough to imagine an American city that does not have a coffee shop.</p><p>For many places, Starbucks blazed the trail, followed by other chains. And, of course, the hip, locally owned coffee shops.</p><p>The variety of flavors and roasts has certainly evolved, from the big brands – the Folgers&nbsp;and the Maxwell Houses – to regionally labeled coffees, and now to beans that are sourced from farms, not just from countries.</p><p>So, what's in the future for coffee shops, now that so many of us have discovered we can't do without a really fine cup of coffee?</p><p>Anya Pomykala is the chief barista at Zingerman's Coffee Company in Ann Arbor. She joined us to share her thoughts.</p><p><em>*Listen to the interview above.</em></p><p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 19:53:10 +0000 Stateside Staff 17385 at http://michiganradio.org Chief barista for Zingerman's shares her thoughts on the future of coffee Anger, concern over petroleum drilling in Scio Township http://michiganradio.org/post/anger-concern-over-petroleum-drilling-scio-township <p>"How many of you are here to stop the drilling?" one woman asked the crowd of about 200 at a town forum in Scio Township last night.</p><p>Big applause broke out.</p><p>It was the first indication that the crowd was not going to be a friendly one for the executives from West Bay Exploration, a Traverse City-based drilling company that has asked several landowners in Scio Township to sign over leases for their mineral rights.</p><p>The town forum was billed as an opportunity to "become educated about oil and gas leasing."</p> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 14:58:20 +0000 Kate Wells 17357 at http://michiganradio.org Anger, concern over petroleum drilling in Scio Township Ann Arbor staple Blimpy Burger finds a new home http://michiganradio.org/post/ann-arbor-staple-blimpy-burger-finds-new-home <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The&nbsp;</span>Blimpy<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Burger lives on.&nbsp;</span></p><p>According to <a href="http://www.mlive.com/business/ann-arbor/index.ssf/2014/04/blimpy_burger_owner_signs_leas.html#incart_river_default">MLive’s Lizzy Alfs</a>, owners of Krazy Jim’s Blimpy Burger signed a lease on 304 S. Ashley Street — the former home to the Eastern Flame restaurant.</p><p>And more notably, right next store to the Fleetwood Diner.</p><p>As Michigan Radio’s <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/ann-arbors-iconic-blimpy-burger-holds-last-supper-public">Mark Brush reported</a> in August, the 60-year-old restaurant shut its doors last summer after the University of Michigan bought the burger joint to make room for a new dormitory.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:30:15 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 17281 at http://michiganradio.org Ann Arbor staple Blimpy Burger finds a new home President Obama stops at Zingerman's in Ann Arbor http://michiganradio.org/post/president-obama-stops-zingermans-ann-arbor <p>President Obama was in Ann Arbor today to <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/watch-president-obamas-speech-ann-arbor?nopop=1">give a speech</a> on raising the federal minimum wage. Prior to the speech, Mr. Obama stopped at Zingerman's Delicatessen&nbsp;and ordered a Reuben sandwich.&nbsp;</p><p>From the White House pool report:</p><blockquote><p>POTUS and motorcade stopped at Zingerman's Deli in Ann Arbor just before 1:30 p.m.&nbsp;With his suit coat off and U.S. Rep. Gary Peters by his side, the president ordered a Reuben sandwich.</p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 18:35:22 +0000 Mark Brush 17077 at http://michiganradio.org President Obama stops at Zingerman's in Ann Arbor President Obama in Ann Arbor today calling for a minimum wage increase http://michiganradio.org/post/president-obama-ann-arbor-today-calling-minimum-wage-increase <p>A minimum wage increase is something President Obama has been calling for since he was a candidate.</p><p><a href="http://www.buzzfeed.com/andrewkaczynski/as-candidate-obama-promised-to-raise-the-minimum">Buzzfeed </a>has a whole collection of "I'm going to raise the minimum wage" videos from campaign stops Obama made in 2008.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Here's one of them:</span></p><p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 17:28:50 +0000 Mark Brush 17076 at http://michiganradio.org President Obama in Ann Arbor today calling for a minimum wage increase Banjos will be banned at this year's Water Hill Music Festival in Ann Arbor http://michiganradio.org/post/banjos-will-be-banned-years-water-hill-music-festival-ann-arbor <p>A collective sigh of relief was heard today in Ann Arbor when the organizers of the Water Hill Music Festival announced a ban on banjo playing during this year's fest.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">From the&nbsp;</span><a href="http://waterhill.org/post/81391135878/banjo-ban-today-water-hill-music-fest-organizers" style="line-height: 1.5;">Water Hill Music Fest:</a></p><blockquote><p>Today Water Hill Music Fest organizers received a petition with over 500 signatures urging a ban on banjos at the festival. &nbsp;</p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 15:42:49 +0000 Mark Brush 17056 at http://michiganradio.org Banjos will be banned at this year's Water Hill Music Festival in Ann Arbor Ann Arbor Schools losing kids; is $10 million short http://michiganradio.org/post/ann-arbor-schools-losing-kids-10-million-short <p>First, there's the mystery of the disappearing kids.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Ann Arbor's enrollment dropped by about 200 students this year.&nbsp;</span></p><p>That's a surprise, School Board&nbsp;Treasurer Glenn Nelson says, because enrollment was basically stable last year.&nbsp;</p><p>Administrators do know where about 50 of those kids went: the Washtenaw Intermediate School District, which offers specialized programming.&nbsp;</p><p>But the other 150 students?</p><p>"I don't know," says Nelson. "And that's something I wish we knew more about."&nbsp;</p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 15:43:22 +0000 Kate Wells 16889 at http://michiganradio.org Ann Arbor Schools losing kids; is $10 million short Meet Heywood Banks: Michigan comedian, lover of toast http://michiganradio.org/post/meet-heywood-banks-michigan-comedian-lover-toast <p>One of Michigan's big contributions to the world of comedy is Heywood Banks.</p><p>Whether he's playing his guitar or his trusty toaster, he's made audiences laugh all over the country.</p><p>He's appeared on A&amp;E, MTV, and Entertainment Tonight. And he was the MC for both nights of the 2012 Ann Arbor Folk Festival.</p><p>He'll be playing at The Ark on March 15; he joined us today on Stateside.</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SHptn_3RyYE</p><p><i>Listen to the full interview above.</i></p><p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 20:25:23 +0000 Stateside Staff 16827 at http://michiganradio.org Meet Heywood Banks: Michigan comedian, lover of toast In Ann Arbor, public art money will be spent on sewers, roads http://michiganradio.org/post/ann-arbor-public-art-money-will-be-spent-sewers-roads <p>Ann Arbor's city council is sending almost $100,000 of public art money back to city services.&nbsp;</p><p>Last year, they pulled the plug on a controversial plan called "Percent for Art."&nbsp;</p><p>For five years, it set aside money from some new city construction projects and put it towards art installations.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Now, council members are sending the leftover money back to city services, to pay for things like roads and sewers. &nbsp;</p><p>They will hold onto enough money to wrap up a few art projects, and they're asking for a new plan for future public art.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 20:39:45 +0000 Kate Wells 16706 at http://michiganradio.org In Ann Arbor, public art money will be spent on sewers, roads Ann Arbor teen uses snow days, writes legal brief in defense of juvenile lifers http://michiganradio.org/post/ann-arbor-teen-uses-snow-days-writes-legal-brief-defense-juvenile-lifers <p>Sixteen-year-old Matelyn Sarosi&nbsp;wasn't building snow men or sipping hot chocolate during her&nbsp;recent snow days. Instead, she was drafting an 18-page legal document calling for a chance at parole for Michigan prison inmates&nbsp;sentenced to mandatory life in prison for crimes they committed before the age of 18.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 18:45:51 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 16477 at http://michiganradio.org Ann Arbor teen uses snow days, writes legal brief in defense of juvenile lifers Students to hold all-night event to discuss race on UM campus http://michiganradio.org/post/students-hold-all-night-event-discuss-race-um-campus <p>University of Michigan students are holding an all-night event later this month to discuss race on campus.</p><p>The event, billed as a "Speak Out," is being organized by the United Coalition for Racial Justice, a student organization consisting of students and faculty members.</p><p>The event will build on momentum gained by the university's Black Student Union to make the campus more inclusive and diverse.</p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 21:43:02 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 16383 at http://michiganradio.org Students to hold all-night event to discuss race on UM campus