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  • The Coming End of Affirmative Action

    04/26/2014 7:09:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 42 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 26, 2014 | Paul Greenberg
    Amidst all the opinions out of the nation's highest court on Tuesday -- majority and minority, concurring in part and dissenting in part, or just too vague to classify -- was there any clear message? Yes. Definitely. But you had to peer through all the legal haze, an admix of angry rhetoric and discreet evasions, in order to divine where the Supreme Court of the United States is headed on the always simmering issue of race-based admissions to the country's colleges and universities. But it's finally headed in the right direction, however many zigs and zags the learned justices may...
  • Obama's Stand-up Routine is Laughable Indeed

    04/04/2014 4:59:34 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 4, 2014 | Jonah Goldberg
    resident Obama was doing his favorite thing this week: talking to crowds of adoring young people who already agree with him while acting like he persuaded them about something. They also seemed to give Obama the impression that he's a really funny guy. On Wednesday, he told a crowd of 1,400 at the University of Michigan that he visited a local deli, Zingerman's. He proceeded to tell a long story about ordering the small Reuben sandwich, which he said was "killer." That description got a good laugh. Then he explained how he thought the sandwich was too big, so he...
  • Obama Talks Minimum Wage Over $13.99 Reuben Sandwich

    Our post-partisan President reached a new low yesterday. Speaking at Zingerman’s in Ann Arbor, Michigan he declared Paul Ryan’s budget a “stinkburger” or “meanwich.” Obama is apparently promoting an increase in the minimum wage. He went to Zingerman’s because they allegedly offer a “fair” wage. The left doesn’t seem to understand that a “fair” wage is whatever an employee agrees to work for. In other words, it isn’t determined by government bureaucrats or academics. That’s beside the point of course, we know Obama believes everything in our lives must be decided in Washington. The problem of course is that Zingerman’s...
  • BDS Leader Posts ‘Overtly Threatening’ Photo to Facebook Violent images, death threats roil

    03/26/2014 8:46:57 AM PDT · by Nachum · 34 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 3/26/14 | Adam Kredo
    A pro-Palestinian activist on the University of Michigan’s campus recently posted what experts described as “an overtly threatening” photo of himself wearing a traditional Arab headscarf and jamming a knife into a pineapple. The emergence of the photo comes just days after Palestinian activists on the University of Michigan’s campus leveled death threats and racial epithets at pro-Israel students who opposed a resolution to divest from Israel. Pro-Palestinian campus activists, angered by the student government’s recent decision to reject their divestment measure, leveled death threats at one student and have reportedly called other pro-Israel students “dirty Jew” and “kike.” The...
  • Pro-Israel Students Called ‘Kike,’ ‘Dirty Jew’ at University of Michigan

    03/24/2014 10:57:27 PM PDT · by Nachum · 59 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 3/24/14 | Adam Kredo
    The University of Michigan would not explain how it is responding to death threats and racial epithets that were reportedly issued by pro-Palestinian activists at students who oppose a resolution to divest from Israel. University of Michigan police were first contacted last week after two pro-Palestinian activists shouted “threats of violence” at a student who refused to support their boycott initiative during a “sit-in” at the student government’s headquarters. The Washington Free Beacon has further learned that the pro-Israel student received death threats and that others have allegedly been called “kikes” and “dirty Jews” by backers of the virulently anti-Israel...
  • Palestinian Activists Violently Threaten Pro-Israel Students

    03/21/2014 2:38:52 PM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 3/21/14 | Adam Kredo
    Pro-Palestinian activists on the University of Michigan campus have had the cops called on them for threatening pro-Israel students and staging a sit-in over the student government’s refusal to back an anti-Israel initiative to divest from the Jewish state. University of Michigan police were contacted Wednesday evening after two pro-Palestinian activists allegedly threatened a student who refused to support their boycott initiative. The threatening rhetoric used by these pro-Palestinian activists is part of wider campaign by the University of Michigan’s pro-Palestine group Students Allied for Freedom and Equality (SAFE), which is part of the virulently anti-Israel Boycott, Sanctions and Divestment...
  • Report: U.S. Rep. John Dingell considering retirement

    02/17/2014 3:09:17 PM PST · by cripplecreek · 42 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | February 16, 2014 | Kyle Feldscher
    John Dingell, the longest-serving member of the United States House of Representatives, is considering not running for re-election, according to a report in the Detroit News. Dingell, who represents the Ann Arbor area along with areas of Wayne County, has run successfully 29 times since 1955. The 87-year-old Dearborn Democrat recently broke the record for the longest-serving congressman in history. According to the report, Dingell is considering retirement. His spokesman, Christopher Schuler, states Dingell is doing the same thing as he has always done before running for re-election, which is determining how to best serve his constituents. The News states...
  • Black Woman Recalls Saving White Man With Nazi Tattoo At Klan Rally

    10/30/2013 3:22:18 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 41 replies
    Newsone ^ | Oct 30, 2013 | Hannington Dia
    Keshia Thomas, a Black woman who protected a White man at a Ku Klux Klan rally back in 1996, recently recalled her act, according to BBC News. “I knew what it was like to be hurt,” Thomas said. “The many times that, that happened, I wish someone would have stood up for me.” Thomas was 18 years old, when Klansmen decided to hold a rally in Ann Arbor, Mich., her hometown. Known for being a heavily liberal and multiracial area, hundreds of residents gathered in a show of force against the group. Though officers protected the White supremacists with riot...
  • Pam Byrnes announces she will run against Tim Walberg for Congress (MI 7th)

    07/18/2013 1:28:42 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 13 replies
    Annarbor.com ^ | Jul 18, 2013 | Ryan J. Stanton
    Former state Rep. Pam Byrnes, a Democrat from Washtenaw County's Lyndon Township, announced Thursday she's running for Congress to help fix a "broken system" in Washington. Byrnes is seeking the 7th District seat held by Tim Walberg, a Republican from Tipton who unseated Democrat Mark Schauer in 2010 to regain the seat. Walberg held the seat in 2007 and 2008 before losing to Schauer in November 2008. Byrnes will take her shot at unseating Walberg in 2014. "Washington is broken and Tim Walberg is part of the problem. He puts special interests and corporations ahead of middle-class Michigan families," Byrnes...
  • Judge halts contraceptive mandate for Mich. firm

    12/31/2012 3:23:00 PM PST · by opentalk · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | December 31, 2012 | staff
    Detroit - A federal judge has ruled a property management company owned by the founder of Domino´s Pizza doesn ´t have to immediately implement mandatory contraception coverage in the health care law. U.S. District Judge Lawrence Zatkoff ruled Sunday in favor of Tom Monaghan and his Domino´s Farms Corp.,near Ann Arbor. Monaghan,a devout Roman Catholic,says contraception isn´t health care but a "gravely immoral" practice. Zatkoff granted Monaghan´s emergency motion for a temporary restraining order until a final decision is made in the case.
  • A Victory in the War on Christmas - Thomas More Law Center's Success in Nativity Display Lawsuit

    12/01/2012 7:42:30 PM PST · by Coleus · 9 replies
    Right Side News ^ | 11.30.12 | Thomas More Law Center
    ANN ARBOR, MI — After four years of litigation by the Thomas More Law Center, John Satawa will once again be able to erect a Nativity display on a public median in Warren, Michigan—a tradition that his family and neighbors have been observing every Christmas since 1945. Richard Thompson, President and Chief Counsel of the Law Center, commented: “Every December, militant secularists declare war on Christmas celebrations. This is one battle they lost. And we are extremely pleased that Mr. Satawa and his neighbors will be able to resume their wonderful tradition just in time for this Christmas.” The Nativity...
  • Ann Arbor-to-Detroit commuter rail: SEMCOG says demonstration trains could start next year

    11/14/2012 11:46:34 AM PST · by Darren McCarty · 21 replies
    annarbor ^ | 11-14-2012 | Ryan Stanton
    Six newly refurbished, bi-level commuter rail cars made their first test run from Pontiac to Jackson and back Tuesday night, passing through Ann Arbor. Officials involved in the Ann Arbor-to-Detroit commuter rail initiative are hoping to hear back sometime next week whether the cars passed the test, which is required to be cleared for service. And if that happens, the public could be invited to ride demonstration trains starting next year. "Things seemed to go well," said Carmine Palombo, director of transportation programs for the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments. Tuesday's train, led by an Amtrak locomotive, made stops in...
  • Memo that prompted Pentagon to purge ‘Offensive to Islam’ material released

    09/23/2012 9:37:55 PM PDT · by neverdem · 47 replies
    Examiner ^ | SEPTEMBER 23, 2012 | CHRISTOPHER COLLINS
    The Thomas More Law Center (TMLC), a national public interest law firm based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, announced late last week that it is representing U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Dooley, a 1994 Graduate of the U. S. Military Academy at West Point and released the letter sent by 57 Muslim groups demanding the removal of military instructions that they say is offensive to Islam. In April 2012, LTC Dooley, a highly decorated combat veteran, was publically condemned by General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and relieved of his teaching assignment because of the negative way...
  • The TSA’s Freudian Craigslist Slip "[b]e part of a imperious security team protecting airports ..."

    04/07/2012 8:43:04 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 25 replies
    Jalopnik ^ | April 2, 2012 | Matt Hardigree
    The TSA’s Freudian Craigslist Slip Either someone just attempted the subtlest of jabs at our nation's force of uncomfortably invasive rent-a-cops or the recruiters at the Transportation Security Administration need to invest in a better thesaurus. A job posting on the Ann Arbor, Michigan Craigslist invites would-be screeners to "[b]e part of a imperious security team protecting airports and skies as you proudly establish your future." Imperious, indeed. The Dictionary.com definition of imperious is "domineering in a haughty manner; dictatorial; overbearing." The definition from Google is even better, describing it as "assuming authority without justification." If it was a joke...
  • University of Michigan: More Staff, Higher Revenue, Higher Pay ... Wants More Money From Taxpayers

    01/12/2012 7:01:24 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 12 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/9/2012 | Tom Gantert
    In a letter to President Barack Obama, University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman blamed the rising costs at state colleges on “declining state support.” “Higher education is a public good currently lacking public support,” Coleman wrote in her Dec. 16 letter. “There is no stronger trigger for rising costs at public universities and colleges than declining state support. The University of Michigan and our state’s 14 other public institutions have been ground zero for funding cuts.” The state is scheduled to give the University of Michigan and its two satellite campuses about $54 million less in 2011-2012 than the...
  • Ann Arbor schools starting new effort to close racial 'discipline gap'

    12/09/2011 7:14:46 PM PST · by Altura Ct. · 40 replies
    Ann Arbor.com ^ | 12/8/2012
    Superintendent Patricia Green told the Ann Arbor school board that she's taking new steps to close a so-called "discipline gap" and expects by March to outline a comprehensive district-wide plan to reach that goal. The information was presented Wednesday at a meeting when the Board of Education heard new student suspension data from the 2010-2011 academic year that shows consistent discipline disparity among students of different races and income levels. It’s no secret the district traditionally has had a disproportionate number of black, special needs and economically disadvantaged students be removed or suspended from the classroom, said Board President Deb...
  • ACLU sues AATA over refusal of anti-Israel bus advertisement

    11/29/2011 7:13:36 AM PST · by Darren McCarty · 9 replies
    Annarbor.com ^ | 11-28-2011 | Cindy Heflin
    The ACLU has sued the Ann Arbor Transportation Authority and CEO Michael Ford over the agency’s refusal to accept an advertisement calling for a boycott of Israel from pro-Palestinian activist Blaine Coleman of Ann Arbor.The lawsuit filed Monday in federal court in Detroit alleges AATA violated Coleman’s First Amendment right to free speech and 14th Amendment right to due process. It argues AATA’s policy is vague and overly broad. It asks the court to order AATA to display the advertisement under the same terms offered to other advertisers and to award Coleman damages, court costs and reasonable attorney fees...Coleman sent...
  • Ann Arbor City Council gives preliminary approval to Greenbelt expansion

    11/22/2011 10:09:45 PM PST · by Darren McCarty · 3 replies
    AnnArbor.com ^ | 11-22-2011 | Ryan Stanton
    Ann Arbor officials are considering an expansion of the Greenbelt district boundaries one mile east into Salem Township and one mile west and south into Lodi Township.The Greenbelt Advisory Commission recommended the expansion plan at its Sept. 14 meeting, and GAC Chairman Dan Ezekiel, a local science teacher, appeared before the Ann Arbor City Council Monday night to lobby for its approval by council."The result would be to add seven sections in Lodi and three sections in Salem, and a section is a square mile," Ezekiel told council members.The council voted 9-1 to give initial approval to the expansion, with...
  • Ann Arbor officials announce crackdown on graffiti to combat growing nuisance (Businesses on hook)

    10/24/2011 6:28:35 PM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 25 replies
    annarbor.com ^ | 10-24-2011 | Ryan Stanton
    An increase in the amount of graffiti in downtown Ann Arbor and other parts of the city has city officials responding to what they consider a growing nuisance. In recent months, city officials say, there has been a clear increase in the amount of graffiti, which they argue detracts from the aesthetic appeal of the community, can decrease property values and has a negative impact on sense of safety and security. This graffiti has been on a building on the 300 block of East Liberty Street in downtown Ann Arbor for several weeks and has not been removed yet. It's...
  • School Union Prez and Board Member Add Up Wrong Costs for Teachers

    10/06/2011 8:40:29 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/5/2011 | Tom Gantert
    An Ann Arbor Public School board member and president of the teacher’s union both underestimated the cost of hiring a teacher by more than 40 percent in a guest column the pair penned for a local newspaper. Glenn Nelson, a member of the school board, and Brit Satchwell, president of the Ann Arbor Education Association, wrote a guest column for Heritage Newspapers, in which they stated the average cost of a teacher including benefits was $65,000 in an article criticizing Gov. Rick Snyder’s budget cuts. But the average cost of a Michigan school teacher is about $94,195 while the average...
  • Ann Arbor Cuts Cops With $1.5 Million Surplus Sitting in Arts Budget

    08/16/2011 8:04:01 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 29 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/16/2011 | Tom Gantert
    While the City of Ann Arbor has laid off police officers and eliminated positions from the fire department this year, it is sitting on $1.5 million that it has set aside for public art. The city has raised $2.7 million for public art since 2009, but has only spent $1.1 million on two art projects, according to a city official and public documents received in a Freedom of Information Act request. The city set up its “public arts” fund in 2007, with the City Council agreeing to take 1 percent of the money that went into capital improvement projects that...
  • Not an idle threat: Ann Arbor considers ban on idling vehicles

    08/14/2011 8:54:01 AM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 102 replies · 1+ views
    AnnArbor.com ^ | 8-14-2011 | Kyle Feldscher
    A driver pulls up to the U.S. Post Office in downtown Ann Arbor and leaves the car running in a parking spot to go in and drop off a package in the outgoing mail.Another driver walks outside before leaving for work on a winter morning and starts their car to try and warm the car up before leaving for the officeUpon returning, both drivers - in these typical Ann Arbor scenarios - could find a $100 ticket pinned under a windshield wiper under a new ordinance that would ban idling vehicles in the city.The new law is being recommended to...
  • Heavy rains turn Ann Arbor soccer field into carp fishing hole

    05/28/2011 1:06:00 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 12 replies
    AnnArbor.com ^ | 27 May 2011 | Angela Cesere
    Paul Christensen cast his line deftly into the water. Seconds later, the line went taut and he went to work to reel in his catch. The outcome was never in doubt, but the fish was not giving up without a fight. After a couple of minutes, Christensen showed off his catch, a carp of about 5 pounds (more like 3 pounds), hooked on the soccer field at Fuller Park in Ann Arbor Friday. That’s right, a soccer field. “It’s sort of a making lemonade out of lemons situation,” said Dirk Fischbach of Saline, who came out with Christensen Friday to...
  • Detroit man pleads guilty in robbery of Ann Arbor medical marijuana clinic

    02/12/2011 8:38:24 PM PST · by Darren McCarty · 9 replies
    AnnArbor.com ^ | 2-11-2010 | Lee Higgins
    One of three men accused in a September armed robbery at a medical marijuana clinic in downtown Ann Arbor has pleaded guilty to various charges in the case. Terrence Robinson, 34, of Detroit, pleaded guilty Thursday in Washtenaw County Court to armed robbery, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, unlawful imprisonment and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. He also pleaded no contest to resisting and obstructing police officers, Washtenaw County Chief Deputy Assistant Prosecutor Steve Hiller said. Police said Robinson and two other men robbed the Liberty Clinic on South Main Street at gunpoint at 8...
  • Al-Qaeda terrorist's son an Obama fundraiser

    06/15/2008 12:54:25 PM PDT · by hecht · 34 replies · 69+ views
    Al-Qaeda terrorist's son an Obama fundraiser Here's another 'associate' that Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Hussein Obama may want to throw under the bus. This is a Debbie Schlussel exclusive. Al Churbaji is a Syrian national currently living in Ann Arbor, Michigan, from where he is fighting the Department of Homeland Security's endeavors to deport him. If successful, this will be the second deportation for Al-Churbaji, after a return to the U.S. that violated federal immigration and deportation policies. More on that later. But even if Al-Churbaji is deported, at least two of his six children, a son and a daughter,...
  • U of M Student Body President drops request for personal protection order

    10/25/2010 5:55:51 PM PDT · by Cardhu · 10 replies
    WXYZ ^ | Oct 25 2010 | Michael Rosenfield
    The high-profile case the Action News Investigators broke has taken a new twist. Chris Armstrong, the student assembly president at the University of Michigan, dropped his request today for a personal protection order against Andrew Shirvell, who works as an assistant prosecutor in the Michigan Attorney General's office. Court documents say the request is being withdrawn because Armstrong has not been contacted by Shirvell since the request for the PPO was originally made. Armstrong created a blog blasting Armstrong for allegedly promoting a radical homosexual agenda on campus. Armstrong called police when Shirvell showed up outside his Ann Arbor home...
  • Who is Mohammed Al-Churbaji?:; Islamic Terrorist "Mr. Mom"

    06/12/2008 2:12:46 PM PDT · by RaceBannon · 3 replies · 59+ views
    http://www.debbieschlussel.com/ ^ | June 12, 2008 | Debbie Schlussel
    12, 2008 EXCLUSIVE: Who is Mohammed Al-Churbaji?:; Islamic Terrorist "Mr. Mom" Mohammed Al-Churbaji, Dad of Obama Fundraiser Worked for Azzam, Bin Laden * How hard it is to get rid of known terrorists in our midst and how easy it is for a deported Al-Qaeda terrorist to return to America; * How corrupt U.S. embassy officials get away with re-admitting terrorists into the U.S.; * How easily terrorists and their families gain acceptance by our society, including the Barack Obama Presidential campaign; * How America's universities are not tools of moderation for Muslim foreigners, but breeding grounds for terrorist fraternization...
  • The Art of the Ann Arbor City Budget (water sculpture more important than Firefighters)

    07/22/2010 9:40:07 AM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 15 replies
    michigan capitol confidential ^ | 7/22/10 | Tom Gantert
    The debate in Ann Arbor, where firefighters are being laid off due to a multimillion dollar budget deficit, is over an $850,000 piece of art. That's how much the city has agreed to pay German artist Herbert Dreiseitl for a three-piece water sculpture that would go in front of the new police and courts building right by the City Hall. The city has the money to do it because in 2007, it agreed to set aside for public art 1 percent of money that went into capital improvement projects that were $100,000 or larger. Most capital projects involve streets, sewers...
  • Ann Arbor school district ends controversial program only open to black students (Update)

    05/11/2010 11:24:06 AM PDT · by Virginia Ridgerunner · 16 replies · 705+ views
    Ann Arbor.com ^ | May 7, 2010 | David Jesse
    The Ann Arbor school district has ended a controversial black-student only program at Dicken Elementary School. “Lunch Bunch is no longer,” district spokeswoman Liz Margolis said in an e-mail to AnnArbor.com. “It will be discussed among staff and some parents and be reworked. It has a valuable goal of assisting children who are not performing well on the MEAP, and this effort will continue.” Dicken Principal Mike Madison drew criticism from parents following his decision last week to take members of the African-American Lunch Bunch on a field trip to hear a black rocket scientist at the University of Michigan...
  • Field trip for black students sparks controversy at Ann Arbor elementary school

    05/04/2010 6:24:57 AM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 107 replies · 2,543+ views
    AnnArbor.com ^ | May 4, 2010 | David Jesse
    An Ann Arbor elementary school principal used a letter home to parents tonight to defend a field trip for black students as part of his school’s efforts to close the achievement gap between white and black students. Dicken Elementary School Principal Mike Madison wrote the letter to parents following several days of controversy at the school after a field trip last week in which black students got to hear a rocket scientist. “In hindsight, this field trip could have been approached and arranged in a better way," Madison wrote. "But as I reflect upon the look of excitement, enthusiasm and...
  • Field trip for black students sparks controversy at Ann Arbor elementary school

    05/03/2010 9:41:52 PM PDT · by FenwickBabbitt · 56 replies · 2,102+ views
    annarbor.com ^ | May 3, 2010 | David Jesse
    An Ann Arbor elementary school principal used a letter home to parents tonight to defend a field trip for black students as part of his school’s efforts to close the achievement gap between white and black students. Dicken Elementary School Principal Mike Madison wrote the letter to parents following several days of controversy at the school after a field trip last week in which black students got to hear a rocket scientist. “In hindsight, this field trip could have been approached and arranged in a better way," Madison wrote. "But as I reflect upon the look of excitement, enthusiasm and...
  • Tea Party members, protesters disagree at Tax Day rally on the Diag (Ann Arbor)

    04/16/2010 12:00:43 PM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 9 replies · 557+ views
    AnnArbor.com ^ | 4-16-10 | James Dickson
    The University of Michigan Diag was alive with the spirit of protest Thursday night as the Ann Arbor Tea Party Patriots took the stage to complain they'd been taxed enough already. The Tea Party phenomenon caught on last year, driven largely by opponents of President Barack Obama's legislative agenda. This year's Tax Day Tea Party focused on Obama's greatest success, the passage of health care reform designed to increase Americans' access to health insurance. ..... But while this year's Tea Party saw much greater attendance than last year's - 500 people versus 150 last year - a lot of its...
  • New Lab-Funded Magnetron May Help Defeat Enemy Electronics

    02/10/2010 9:39:46 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 22 replies · 640+ views
    Space War ^ | 2/11/2010 | Maria Callier/Air Force Office of Scientific Research
    Air Force Research Laboratory-funded researchers at the University of Michigan invented a new type of magnetron that may be used in defeating enemy electronics. A vital component of military radar systems since World War II, a magnetron is a kind of vacuum tube that serves as the frequency source in microwave ovens, radar systems, and other high-power microwave circuits. The newly devised technology--which is more compact, exhibits faster start-up, and demonstrates higher peak and average power than current devices--should enable higher-power, higher-frequency operation and, thus, improved potential for jamming and defeat of adversarial systems. While basic magnetron design has changed...
  • Tenured Radical Goes Global

    10/16/2009 10:47:30 AM PDT · by bs9021 · 1 replies · 558+ views
    Campus Report ^ | October 16, 2009 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Tenured Radical Goes Global Malcolm A. Kline, October 16, 2009 A professor whom Accuracy in Academia has covered extensively is getting ready to take his act on the road. “Juan Cole, the Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History at the University of Michigan, produces a steady stream of writings that downplays the threat radical Islam poses to America and the West,” Jonathan Schanzer writes in The American Thinker. “His opinions are at odds with the beliefs of most Americans.” “Now, through a project designed to foster an understanding of America in the Arab world, he appears to be at...
  • Ann Arbor sisters can't build fast enough to house new members

    08/27/2009 12:36:52 PM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies · 881+ views
    cna ^ | August 27, 2009
    The Motherhouse - view from heaven Ann Arbor, Mich., Aug 27, 2009 / 07:07 am (CNA).- Though the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist in Ann Arbor are celebrating the completion of the construction of their Motherhouse, they are already near capacity, with 17 new sisters entering at the end of this week.  The community has grown from four sisters to 99 in less than 13 years and shows no signs of slowing down. The community of sisters, which has an average age of 26, was founded in 1997 by four Dominican sisters responding to John Paul...
  • Why Ann Arbor Will be the First City to Lose Daily Newspaper (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    06/23/2009 6:05:03 AM PDT · by abb · 35 replies · 1,417+ views
    Poynter Online ^ | June 23, 2009 | Rick Edmonds
    I have been wondering for a year now which American city will be first to lose its only daily newspaper. The results are in, and the dubious distinction goes to Ann Arbor, Michigan, where the Newhouse family's Advance will shutter The Ann Arbor News in late July. Ann Arbor? Home to the huge University of Michigan, birthplace and headquarters of the Borders book chain and a pocket of relative prosperity with only light collateral damage from the auto industry, a literate place, population around 100,000, one might expect to be appreciative of what print newspapers offer. But some of those...
  • Thayrone X Conservative Talk Show LIVE from Ann Arbor

    05/12/2009 1:07:45 PM PDT · by FrdmLvr · 17 replies · 667+ views
    On the Edge with Thayrone X from WAAM AM 1600 AM, Peoples' Republic of Ann Arbor. Broadcasting from 4 to 6 pm est. If you're into Political Incorrectness, then listen and call in. http://www.waamannarbor.com/
  • Washtenaw County receives $4.1 in stimulus money for residential weatherization program

    03/12/2009 3:25:05 PM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 15 replies · 699+ views
    Ann Arbor News ^ | 3-12-09 | Tracy Davis
    Washtenaw County received a $4.1 million dose of stimulus money for its residential weatherization program. The program, which normally exists on a $350,000 annual budget, has 18 months to spend the money. Program coordinator Aaron Kraft said the funds should help assist some 600 low- to moderate-income households to make their homes more weather-proof. The program performs energy audits for homeowners. Based on the audit's findings, the program funds energy-saving retrofits like new insulation and efficient appliances. The program doesn't pay for aesthetic improvements such as new carpet or paint. An average of about $4,500 is spent per house.
  • 'Islamic Finance' Spreads to U.S. Heartland

    01/13/2009 7:54:10 PM PST · by Sammy67 · 12 replies · 685+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 1/13/08
    DETROIT -- Big financial institutions have been battered by mortgages gone bad. But a tiny Michigan bank is getting attention in the industry by turning a profit on loans without even charging interest. Its specialty: financial products that comply with Islamic law. That means no collecting interest, no short selling and no contracts that are considered exceedingly risky. It also rules out some of the activity that got Western finance in trouble — subprime mortgages, credit default swaps and the like. "When you look at the economic crisis we're in, if you were to follow Islamic or Sharia financing, you...
  • For McCain supporters, it can be a rough town - Ann Arbor

    11/02/2008 8:24:52 AM PST · by Darren McCarty · 34 replies · 940+ views
    Ann Arbor News ^ | 11-1-08 | Tom Gantert
    In a decidedly Democratic town awash in a sea of Barack Obama political signs, William Wedemeyer knows he is going against the political grain with the McCain-Palin sign he proudly displays on the front lawn of his Ann Arbor home. Still, Wedemeyer was taken aback when he recently received a package in the mail addressed to "Joe Six Pack'' and containing a couple of bags of dog feces. He said he'd like a few minutes alone with whoever sent it. "I'd like to have a five-minute talk about First Amendment rights,'' said Wedemeyer, who lives on the 1000 block of...
  • Racial slurs spray-painted across Obama billboard in Pittsfield Township (Ann Arbor or Ypsilanti)

    09/17/2008 12:34:48 PM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 82 replies · 2,006+ views
    Ann Arbor News ^ | 9-17-08 | Tracey Davis
    Racist slurs were spray-painted across a large Barack Obama presidential campaign billboard alongside a heavily trafficked stretch of US-23 in Pittsfield Township sometime overnight Tuesday. And the U.S. Secret Service is investigating what now appears to be two threatening letters against Obama that were received in Livingston County, according to news reports. Michigan State Police were on the scene of the billboard Wednesday morning, and have called in for tracking dogs, police said. Black spray paint was used to draw three swastikas, symbols of Klan hoods and to write "KKK," "Rebel" and two racial slurs. The billboard, roughly 10 feet...
  • What Happened At Three Ex-Terrorists Speaking Event At University of Michigan Last Night.

    01/31/2007 8:53:55 AM PST · by WmShirerAdmirer · 61 replies · 2,286+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | January 31, 2007 | Articles compiled by Gabrielle Cusumano
    <p>What Happened At Three Ex-Terrorists Speaking Event At University of Michigan Last Night.</p> <p>"We should raise our flag, our American flag, and say, Allah bless America," Saleem said. "Because - after all - if we don't like her, we should leave her." Kamal Saleem, One of Three Ex-Terrorists Speakers.</p>
  • Negroponte makes unannounced Iraq visit

    11/03/2006 12:54:26 PM PST · by SmithL · 2 replies · 390+ views
    AP ^ | 11/3/6 | SINAN SALAHEDDIN
    BAGHDAD, Iraq - U.S. National Intelligence Director John Negroponte met Friday with Iraq's prime minister in the second visit this week by a top U.S. official. The unannounced meeting comes amid spiraling violence that included seven American deaths and the discovery of 56 bodies in the Iraqi capital bearing signs of torture. The bodies found scattered around Baghdad were of Iraqi men between 20 and 45 years old, and all were apparent victims of sectarian death squads, police said Friday.All wore civilian clothes and had been bound at the wrists and ankles, police Lt. Mohammed Khayon said. He said the...
  • Ann Arbor bank creates subsidiary for Muslims

    01/02/2006 7:56:51 AM PST · by quantim · 53 replies · 1,348+ views
    AP/mlive.com ^ | 1/2/2006, 12:38 a.m. ET
    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A bank that has been offering special services for Muslims for two years has now formed a subsidiary to focus solely on the religious group.The Ann Arbor-based University Bank has created University Islamic Financial Corp. to offer Muslims home financing, deposit accounts and Islamic mutual fund shares."The formation of the subsidiary allows us to have a financial institution which is 100 percent in compliance with the Muslim Shariah, the legal code of the Islamic religion," bank President and Chairman Stephen Lange Ranzini told The Ann Arbor News for a Saturday story.Among the laws of Shariah...
  • So many houses, so few buyers (Ann Arbor real estate bubble)

    10/09/2005 7:28:41 PM PDT · by Dan from Michigan · 38 replies · 1,712+ views
    Ann arbor News ^ | 10-9-05 | Mike Ramsey
    An oversupply in housing that has been troubling other southeast Michigan communities has hit Washtenaw County in full force. The result has been stagnant home values for the past two years. There's also evidence that values may be depreciating slightly as competition forces down prices. Experts say the poor Michigan economy, coupled with a flood of new houses, has created the strong buyer's market. "The inventory is greater than Ann Arbor really has ever seen,'' said Elizabeth Brien, a leading agent with the Charles Reinhart Co., a real estate firm dealing with properties throughout Washtenaw County. "And I think it's...
  • Lone Republican won't run for re-election (Ann Arbor City Council)

    04/30/2005 3:30:53 PM PDT · by Dan from Michigan · 12 replies · 539+ views
    Ann Arbor News ^ | 4-30-05 | Tom Gantert
    Lone Republican won't run for re-election Reid to give up seat on Ann Arbor City Council Saturday, April 30, 2005 BY TOM GANTERT News Staff Reporter Saying he wants to spend more time with his family, the Ann Arbor City Council's lone Republican said he will not seek re-election to a third term. Mike Reid, R-2nd Ward, said he is stepping down after four years. Reid's departure gives Democrats an opportunity to claim all 11 seats on the council. "That would be - I hate to say the word 'travesty' - but it would be," said Marlene Chockley, treasurer of...
  • Appeals court tosses same-sex benefits case on technicality

    04/15/2005 2:24:31 PM PDT · by Dan from Michigan · 244+ views
    AP ^ | 4-15-05 | David Eggert
    Appeals court tosses same-sex benefits case on technicality 4/15/2005, 4:53 p.m. ET By DAVID EGGERT The Associated Press LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The state appeals court on Friday dismissed a challenge to the Ann Arbor school district's same-sex benefits policy but avoided the bigger legal issue by tossing out the case on a technicality. The court said 17 taxpayers, represented by a Christian law group, failed to follow the proper procedures for halting the alleged misappropriation of public dollars. Barring an appeal to the Michigan Supreme Court, the ruling means the broader issue will be decided by a lower court,...
  • Scalia Sounds Off on Religious Rulings

    01/25/2005 8:53:08 PM PST · by Chummy · 7 replies · 683+ views
    Associated Press ^ | January 25, 2005 | David Eggert
    Scalia Sounds Off on Religious Rulings ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said Tuesday that judges should look to historical practices when ruling on religious issues. Speaking at the University of Michigan, Scalia criticized judges for using what he called "abstractions" to interpret religious issues when they should be looking to the text of the Constitution itself. "The Constitution says what it says and does not say what it does not say," he said. Scalia's appearance was sponsored by Ave Maria School of Law, a private school in Ann Arbor backed by Domino's Pizza founder...
  • Panel discussion bans traditional Biblical viewpoint on homosexuality.

    10/22/2004 7:20:11 AM PDT · by Taggart_D · 14 replies · 711+ views
    Concerned Women for America ^ | 10/21/2004 | By Anne F. Downey, Esq.
    Public School Must Pay for Censoring Christian Student 10/21/2004 By Anne F. Downey, Esq. Panel discussion bans traditional Biblical viewpoint on homosexuality. A federal district judge has ordered Michigan’s Ann Arbor Public Schools to pay $102,738 in attorney fees and costs in a case involving a high school’s refusal to let a Christian student express her views on homosexuality. In March 2002, at Pioneer High School’s “Diversity Week” program, Elizabeth “Betsy” Hansen, then a senior, was told she could not express her Roman Catholic viewpoint at the school’s “Homosexuality and Religion” panel discussion. The school also discriminated in limiting members...
  • Democratic lawmakers say law keeps college students from voting (No it doesn't and Wahhhhhhhhhhhhh)

    09/26/2004 5:45:24 PM PDT · by Dan from Michigan · 17 replies · 1,078+ views
    AP ^ | 9-26-04 | David Eggert
    Democratic lawmakers say law keeps college students from voting 9/26/2004, 8:22 a.m. ET By DAVID EGGERT The Associated Press EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Kurtis Hussler, an 18-year-old Michigan State University sophomore welcoming any excuse for a study break, heard a knock on his dorm room door the other night. The visitor was a member of the MSU College Democrats who, after a brief introduction, asked: "Are you registered to vote?" Hussler signed up within minutes. Though he had wanted to vote in November, the Cass City electrical engineering major admitted he would not have gotten around to registering. "I...