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Mayor Amanda Edmonds, Sheriff Jerry Clayton, Superintendent Ben Edmondson, and community activist Jeannette Hadden join local teens Justin Thomas, Cameron Reid and Andres Stockdill in discussing how we empower young people in Ypsilanti, and the music of Soft Milk …on this weekend’s Saturday Six Pack

It’ll be a really tight fit, but, this Saturday evening, I’ll have Mayor Amanda Edmonds, Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton, Superintendent of Ypsilanti Community Schools Dr. Benjamin Edmondson, and community activist Jeannette Hadden, along with Ypsi teens Justin Thomas and Cameron Reid from Dedicated to Make a Change, Andres Stockdill from Washtenaw Interfaith Coalition for […]

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Yet another unarmed black man has been killed by police… What’s next?

I would have thought, given the rapid proliferation of video recording devices throughout society, and the intense media scrutiny that came in the wake of the Eric Garner and Michael Brown killings, that police officers might be a little more inclined to show restraint when dealing with members of the public. Apparently, though, old habits […]

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Ypsi police confirm Julia Niswender’s stepfather is a “person of interest” in her killing… but that doesn’t mean we should expect an arrest anytime soon

It was all over the news today that Ypsilanti police had announced that James Turnquist (seen above), the stepfather of Julia Niswender, is a “person of interest” in her December 2012 murder. What wasn’t in the news, however, was that this was nothing new, and did not indicate that a break had been made in […]

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Jelly Roll Morton and the gritty origins of jazz

At some point in 1938, while employed by the Library of Congress Archive of American Folk Song to record and preserve regional American music being put at risk by popular music like jazz, music archivist Alan Lomax found himself at a Washington, DC club by the name of the Jungle Inn, one of the few […]

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Shooting at snow plow operators in the Libertarian paradise that is Michigan

According to a report in today’s Ann Arbor News, a snow plow operator working outside the Valley Ranch apartments in Pittsfield Township this morning was shot at by a 39-year-old male. The shooter, it would appear, didn’t like the snow plow operator’s decision to deposit snow, which had fallen in the parking lot of the […]

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