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  • Ypsilanti mayor said she ‘would be crucified’ for not supporting a black commissioner. Her colleagues on council called her racist.

    06/20/2020 12:44:37 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 30 replies
    Mlive ^ | 06 20 2020 | Andrew Mullin
    Ypsilanti Mayor Beth Bashert suggested recently that she had no choice but to support the reappointment of a black man to the city’s Human Relations Commission — despite absentee issues. The color of his skin, not his performance was the key factor, Bashert indicated. “Since I will be crucified if I vote against any black person on a commission, I’m going to vote yes,” Bashert said during a discussion on whether to reappoint Ka’Ron Gaines to the HRC at a June 16 public meeting on Zoom. The comment drew immediate criticism. Her colleagues said Bashert’s assertion wasn’t true, and said...
  • Native American elder Nathan Phillips, in his own words

    01/21/2019 4:58:49 PM PST · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 106 replies ^ | 1/21/19 | Sara Sidner
    Native American elder Nathan Phillips, in his own words Native American elder Nathan Phillips, who has made headlines everywhere after a video showed him in a face-off with a Catholic school student in front of the Lincoln Memorial, spoke at length with CNN the day after the incident. Phillips described what he felt was hatred coming from the young people in the crowd, who are pupils at Covington Catholic School in Kentucky and who had traveled to the nation's capital to attend the March for Life rally, also held Friday. The interview was conducted Saturday after the video went viral....
  • Are There Any Freepers Who Live Near Washtenaw County In Southern Michigan?

    01/21/2019 5:23:35 AM PST · by an amused spectator · 62 replies
    Free Republic ^ | January 21, 2019 | moi
    The native American activist Nathan Phillips who is involved in the targeting of the Covington teens is a REAL sketchy character. He apparently has TWO active voter registration records in Ypsilanti (the Berkeley of Michigan). He's a "Vietnam veteran" - but was born in 1955... His wife also has an active voter registration record in Ypsi. She died in 2014...
  • Protesters detained after disrupting 'American Sniper' showing at EMU

    04/13/2015 6:05:27 AM PDT · by cripplecreek · 25 replies ^ | April 12, 2015 | Darcie Moran
    The University of Michigan isn't the only area university whose showing of the film "American Sniper" on Friday caused controversy. Four protesters were temporarily detained after disrupting an 8 p.m. showing of the film April 10 on the Eastern Michigan University campus, according to university officials. EMU spokesman Geoff Larcom said during the first of two planned showings at university's Student Center, protesters got on stage and disrupted the movie. The EMU Police Department received complaints for subjects causing a disturbance and refusing to leave at about 8:10 p.m. at the Student Center, according to their police log. About 40...
  • Pentagon Deploys ‘May I Kiss You?’ Training

    04/13/2015 6:07:53 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 47 replies ^ | April 13, 2015 | Elizabeth Harrington
    An issue that could “dramatically affect” the mission of the United States Armed Forces is telling soldiers when it is okay to kiss a girl. The Air Force is the latest branch to employ the services of Mike Domitrz, a speaker and author known for his “May I Kiss You?” training session, to teach servicemembers about consent and sexual assault prevention. On Thursday the Air Force awarded Domitrz’s company, the Date Safe Project, $10,000 for three training sessions. Domitrz’s 60 to 90 minute sessions offer a “unique combination of humor and dramatic story telling,” the Air Force said in an...
  • Controversy over 'offensive' Fox News broadcasts at public recreation center in Ann Arbor

    01/14/2015 11:56:44 AM PST · by TopDeadCenter · 95 replies
    MLive ^ | January 14, 2015 at 2:00 PM | Ryan Stanton
    Ypsilanti Township residents Dave and Sue Weber argue a county-run facility is no place to be showing what they consider offensive, right-wing political propaganda. They said they started going to the county's recreation center on Washtenaw Avenue last fall and were dismayed to see Fox News show up on four of the 12 television screens in the cardio area during election season. "In September, when we toured the facility before joining, we didn't notice Fox on at all," Dave Weber said. "But now October comes around, pre-election time, that's when it multiplied onto four screens, four out of the 12...
  • School replaces 'hall of heroes' mural honoring Mother Theresa,others with Oprah,JK Rowling

    11/14/2014 12:08:48 PM PST · by massmike · 12 replies ^ | 11/14/2014 | Todd Starnes
    For years, boys and girls at South Arbor Charter Academy have been inspired by Heroes Hall – a corridor featuring murals that honored the Space Shuttle Columbia astronauts, Mother Teresa, Betsy Ross and Albert Einstein. But many parents are furious after the principal had the murals replaced with paintings honoring President Obama, J.K. Rowling and Oprah. “This is no longer a hall of heroes,” parent Craig Bergman told me. “Now we have a hall of celebrities.” So what the heck is going on here? Why did the South Arbor Charter Academy remove a mural memorializing the fallen Columbia astronauts and...
  • Deputies release sketch of man who assaulted woman in gay marriage hate crime

    04/02/2014 4:21:16 PM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 28 replies
    Mlive ^ | 4-2-2014 | Kyle Feldscher
    Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office deputies released a sketch of the man believed to have assaulted a woman who he called a gay slur in Ypsilanti Township. The Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office detective bureau is now investigating the assault of a woman who was targeted by her assailants because she is a lesbian. Sheriff’s office spokesman Derrick Jackson said detectives met the 28-year-old woman again Wednesday to further develop a suspect description. Jackson said the sketch will hopefully help identify the suspect. Snipped Sheriff’s office officials have said they have no reason to doubt the woman’s report and her injuries —...
  • 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...
  • Lincoln pays $25,000 to be named one of the top school districts in Michigan

    02/04/2010 9:03:03 AM PST · by Darren McCarty · 6 replies · 401+ views ^ | 2-4-08 | David Jesse
    The banner ad across the Lincoln school district’s website proudly proclaims it has been recognized as one of the best school districts in Michigan. The criteria for Lincoln and eight other districts being selected? A $25,000 check. Nine southeast Michigan school districts paid $25,000 each to a Detroit-area public relations firm to be “named,” a top school district. That firm, in turn, bought airtime on a Detroit-area television station to broadcast a feature on the state’s best schools. A website - - also features the nine schools. Mentioned nowhere on the videos or the website is the fact that...
  • German SPD leader won't be Hesse premier [party members say no to communists]

    11/03/2008 4:39:33 AM PST · by wolf78 · 1 replies · 198+ views
    REUTERS ^ | Mon Nov 3, 2008 | Reuters
    BERLIN, Nov 3 (Reuters) - The leader of Germany's Social Democrats in Hesse does not have enough support in her own party to win a vote in parliament on Tuesday and become premier of the influential western state, party sources said on Monday. The news is an embarrassment for the SPD and strengthens Chancellor Angela Merkel, whose conservative ally Roland Koch will continue for now as premier of an important state which is home to Germany's financial centre of Frankfurt. Merkel's conservatives rule in an uneasy federal coalition with the SPD in Berlin, but will battle them in the next...
  • 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...
  • School officials place assistant principal on leave (for taking students' ADD drugs)

    12/02/2004 12:01:21 PM PST · by lindor · 9 replies · 634+ views
    Ann Arbor News ^ | Dec 2, 2004 | CATHERINE O'DONNELL
    West Middle School administrator says he is on leave for taking students' ADD drugs Thursday, December 2, 2004 BY CATHERINE O'DONNELL News Staff Reporter An assistant principal at West Middle School in Ypsilanti was placed on paid leave Wednesday while authorities investigate allegations that could lead to criminal charges, school officials said. Marcus Burlingame, 33, of Ypsilanti Township, who has worked for the Ypsilanti district seven years, said Wednesday night that he is on leave for taking attention deficit disorder drugs intended for students at the school. In an interview at his home, he apologized and said he plans to...
  • 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...
  • Former U.S. Rep. William D. Ford dies at 77

    08/14/2004 10:34:56 PM PDT · by Dan from Michigan · 7 replies · 355+ views
    AP ^ | 8-14-04
    Former U.S. Rep. William D. Ford dies at 77 The Associated Press 8/14/2004, 7:04 p.m. ET YPSILANTI TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. William D. Ford, a Democrat who spent three decades on Capitol Hill and was recognized for helping expand educational opportunities for students, has died. He was 77. Ford died early Saturday at his Washtenaw County home of complications from a stroke that he suffered about six weeks ago, said Adam Benson, a spokesman for U.S. Rep. John D. Dingell, D-Dearborn. A House member from 1965 to 1995 representing Michigan's 15th and 13th Congressional Districts, Ford served...