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University of Michigan Closes Ethics Center, Claims Ethics in Public Life Achieved


The University of Michigan has a long history of breakthroughs. A quick look at any patent search engine, and you will find over 2,000 patents have been registered by U of M for advances in science, medicine and other fields. Here are just a few of the patents held by the University based on research […]

March 31st, 2011 | Posted in Edu,Higher Ed. | Read More »

Urban Hunter: Illinois, The Supreme Court, Amazon.com & You


A 1992 U.S. Supreme Court decision found that, in general, out-of-state retailers can’t be required to collect sales taxes unless Congress changes the law. The justices noted in a 1992 case called Quill v. North Dakota: “Congress is now free to decide whether, when, and to what extent the States may burden interstate mail order […]

March 30th, 2011 | Posted in Arts & Leisure,Urban Hunter | Read More »

WHISPER: Weeks After Reorganization Allegedly Prompted By “Community” Input, AnnArbor.com Surveys Readers


Two weeks ago, AnnArbor.com “reorganized” its newsroom with much the same results as Ann Arbor’s oft-touted (at least by the city’s politicos when running for re-election) “reorganization” of city government. Mayor and council members stick feathers in their caps, and call it macaroni. In reality, fewer people are doing the work and, in essence, services […]

March 29th, 2011 | Posted in Best of A2P,Media,Whisper | Read More »

Library Lot Underground Parking Garage Retaining Wall Collapses: DDA Contractor Has History of Wall Collapses on Projects


A2PNotes: This is filed under “Scoops & Scores” because you read it here first. The Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority and Christman Construction released a joint statement today concerning the retaining wall collapse that happened over the weekend at the site of the Fifth Avenue underground garage site. The statement, titled, “Christman response to incidences […]

March 28th, 2011 | Posted in Ann Arbor Politics,Best of A2P,DDA,Infrastructure,Scoops & Scores!! | Read More »

The Politics of Policing: Crime Up In Ann Arbor


Ann Arbor Mayor John Hieftje has a track record of making it up as he goes along, particularly where the issue of crime in the city is concerned. Over the past several months, there have been multiple armed robberies of banks. In September of 2009, in response to a citizen email about a spate of […]

March 28th, 2011 | Posted in Crime,Safety | Read More »

The Parent Trap: Make a Behavior Chart? Have a Martini? Let Me Think….


I am so sick of charts. If I draw up, Google, copy, fill out or even see another chart, I may just hop on the next AATA bus that conveniently goes by my house every 20 minutes, and  go to the nearest martini bar. Confession: There is one chart on the side of our fridge. […]

March 27th, 2011 | Posted in Columns,The Parent Trap | Read More »

“Retired” Ann Arbor City Employees Earning $100K+ While Collecting Taxpayer Funded Healthcare/Pension Benefits


Detroit Mayor Dave Bing, in his State of the City address, verbally slapped around Governor Snyder (who was in attendance) a bit about the proposed state budget which would, Bing said, do the “most harm to Detroit.” A few minutes later, Mayor Bing stressed that he is “…committed to change the way we deal with […]

March 25th, 2011 | Posted in Best of A2P,Econ,Investigations,Scoops & Scores!!,Taxes | Read More »

Millions in TIGER II Grant Funds Distributed, But Not To Ann Arbor


A2PNotes: This is filed under “Scoops & Scores!!” because you read it here first. From the March 20, 2011 issue of The Clarksville Business & Heritage newspaper: “On March 17, 2011 Governor Bill Haslam and ECD Commissioner Bill Hagerty traveled to Union City, Tenn. on Thursday, March 17, to discuss the development of the Port […]

March 25th, 2011 | Posted in Best of A2P,Infrastructure,Politics,Scoops & Scores!!,U.S. politics | Read More »

WHISPER: Local Citizen Group Disappointed With AAChronicle.com For Refusing Ad


It must be something in the water. March Madness in the air? Ann Arbor’s local news blogs are competing with each other for the month’s Most Embarrassing PR Disaster Award. AnnArbor.com was the clear winner until today, when AnnArborchronicle.com’s Publisher, Mary Morgan (pictured left), refused to allow a recently formed Citizens Against the Conference Center group […]

March 24th, 2011 | Posted in Best of A2P,Scoops & Scores!!,Whisper | Read More »

National Media Slam AnnArbor.com For Ethical Lapse & Conflict of Interest


March has not been a good month for Ann Arbor’s 18-month-old digital media extravaganza AnnArbor.com. Today, the digital site was lambasted by national media for a perceived ethical lapse and conflict of interest in appointing a U of M PR man to the site’s editorial board. March started with the loss of three of AnnArbor.com’s […]

March 23rd, 2011 | Posted in Best of A2P,Media,Scoops & Scores!! | Read More »

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