Author Archives: Mark

No Indictment in Ferguson… Local protests planned for Tuesday

As expected, the St. Louis County grand jury that we’ve all been waiting to hear from these past several weeks has decided not to indict Darren Wilson, the white police officer who shot an killed Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, in Ferguson, Missouri this summer, setting in motion weeks of tense protest that would […]

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My day in the Ann Arbor drunk tank… with chest pains

I spent all day yesterday, and much of today, at the University of Michigan hospital. I’d gone in at about 10:00 AM on Saturday with chest pains, and, after putting me through the standard battery of tests, the folks in charge told me that I’d need to stay the night and talk with someone from […]

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Just one week after the midterm elections, an all out assault on the EPA has begun… This is what we get for not voting

Just after winning reelection a little over a week ago, Republican Senator Mitch McConnell announced that his top priority would be to “rein in” the EPA. That’s right, the incoming Senate Majority Leader, when telling his constituents what he intended to do with his newfound power, didn’t mention the fighting for the middle class, or […]

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Art, Food, Sex and Trauma: Mark Maynard shoots the shit with the most important artists to live within a five minute walk from him… Episode 5: Jim Cherewick

Local song and dance man Jim Cherewick, when he’s not singing and dancing his way into the enlarged, slowly-beating hearts of Americans everywhere, can generally be found hunched over napkins and the like, feverishly scratching away, making what he refers to as “art.” Well, I caught up with Jim on one such occasion and forced […]

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Antiques Road Show: historic Ypsilanti edition

A few months ago I received an email from a fellow by the name of Roger Pellar. He’d apparently read my interview with historian Matt Siegfried about Ypsilanti’s Native American past, and was hoping that, through this site, I might be able to help him identify a few artifacts that he’d uncovered while making his […]

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