Category Archives: Ypsilanti

Wagering beers with Ypsi’s new superintendent, fighting with my daughter, and talking about Blackbeard with a young radical …on episode 22 of The Saturday Six Pack

We tried something new this past episode of the Saturday Six Pack. We cranked the heat in the studio to 120-degrees, nailed the door shut, and watched as our guests slowly melted into their chairs… If you listen closely, you can hear it happening. What starts with tiny droplets of sweat falling gently onto our […]

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“Let’s do this in a peaceful way,” Ypsilanti pastor urges law enforcement agencies participating in gang crack down

I decided to take my lunch hour today and attend the press conference called by the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Department on the subject of gang violence in Ypsilanti. What follow are my rough notes. If, after reading through them, you find yourself wanting more, I’d suggest watching the video at the end of the post, […]

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Saying, “This type of unlawful behavior will not be tolerated,” Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton announces response to Ypsilanti gang violence

The office of Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton, who will be joining me on the radio next weekend, just sent out the following press release concerning actions being taken to address the increasingly violent teen activity we’ve been seeing in Ypsilanti over the past two weeks. Washtenaw County Sheriff, Jerry L. Clayton along with Eastern […]

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Another daytime shooting has some people thinking twice about being in Ypsilanti

I didn’t think I’d be posting about downtown gunshots again so soon, but apparently there were more this afternoon. According to police reports, several shots were fired in a parking lot off of Ballard, near the intersection with Cross, right behind Golden Wall, less than a block away where a drive-by shooting took place earlier […]

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Teen violence in Ypsilanti brings “savage inequality” into focus

It must be because I’ve been out of town for the past few weeks, but it didn’t even occur to me, when I posted last night about this new epidemic of youth violence we’re experiencing in Ypsilanti, to look at it through the lens of our relationship with Ann Arbor. While I noted in my […]

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