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Urban Exile: Memorial Day Feasts Versus Every Day Childhood Hunger in Michigan

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by Erika McNamara A quick review of the menu for Memorial Day grill extravaganza left me wondering if hotdogs, short ribs, steak, and all of the side dishes that accompanied the main meat feast this year would all be enough. Well if it weren’t, then we could always just nip out to the store and get […]

May 31st, 2011 | Posted in Featured,Urban Exile | Read More »

The Parent Trap: The Art of the Back-Handed Compliment (Zingers)

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by Betsy McMillin Parent says: “Great job cleaning your room kiddo!  Oh man, if only you did everything this quickly and thoroughly!’” Ouch. May as well give the kid a big hug then punch the kid in the gut. Such back-handed compliments are called Zingers. They are by definition sarcastic comments and put downs. For […]

May 29th, 2011 | Posted in Columns,Featured,The Parent Trap | Read More »

Solo Practitioner: In Love With My Crock Pot. Really.

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A2P Notes: According to a study published in February 2011 by the Pew Research Center, Americans are pretty evenly divided in their attitudes toward the “sweeping changes in the structure of the American family that have unfolded over the past half century. About a third generally accepts the changes; a third is tolerant but skeptical; […]

May 28th, 2011 | Posted in Columns,Featured | Read More »

Savaged: Thousands Rally at the State Capitol Building, Detroit Newspapers Decide it’s Not “News”

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by Chris Savage On Saturday, May 21st, 2011, at least 6,000 people gathered on the lawn of the Michigan Capitol building to protest Governor Rick Snyder’s budget proposal which slashes nearly $1 billion from education funding in our state. The rally drew educators, parents, students and other supporters of public education from all over the […]

May 26th, 2011 | Posted in Columns,Featured,Michigan politics | Read More »

The Culture Vulture: Ann Arbor Fourth Best Read City in the U.S.

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Today, Amazon.com released its list of the Top 20 Most Well-Read Cities in America. The company compiled sales data of all book, magazine and newspaper sales in both print and Kindle format since January 1, 2011. According to that information, on a per capita basis in cities with more than 100,000 residents, the Top 20 […]

May 26th, 2011 | Posted in Arts & Leisure,The Culture Vulture | Read More »

MEA Attack Ad Slams Voting Record of 52nd District Representative Republican Mark Ouimet

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The Michigan Education Association is neither openly supporting nor contributing financially to the effort to recall Republican Governor Rick Snyder as well as the nine Republican state legislators who have been targeted. That’s according to the organizers of the Committee to Recall Rick Snyder (formerly Michigan Citizens United) in a May 9, 2011 interview A2Politico did […]

May 25th, 2011 | Posted in Michigan politics | Read More »

Ann Arbor Pays Thousands Monthly in Car Allowances and Mileage Reimbursements to City Employees With Desk Jobs

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According to information provided to A2Politico in response to a FOIA, in Ann Arbor government, an attorney, planning department staffers, police officers, and even a DDA employee receive stipends worth $50 to $400 a month to put toward vehicles despite doing the majority of their work in city offices, or being provided a city vehicle […]

May 23rd, 2011 | Posted in Best of A2P,Econ,Investigations,Money,Scoops & Scores!!,Taxes | Read More »

Pushing Our Kids Away….Just A Bit

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by Betsy McMillin I am celebrating today. As well as mourning. My tiniest tot, my sweet two and a half year old, fell asleep and slept in her own “big girl bed,” all night.  Okay, so her bed is right beside ours, but baby steps, right? I wanted to pull her in, snuggle her tight, but […]

May 22nd, 2011 | Posted in Columns,The Parent Trap | Read More »

As Budget Woes Mount, City Managers/Staff Spend On Extravagant Meals & Luxury Resorts At Taxpayer Expense

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A2P Notes: This is filed under “Scoops & Scores” because you read it here first. Over the past 36 months Council has struggled with budget “deficits,” threatened to close Mack Pool and the Burns Park Senior Center to make ends meet, powered down streetlights, cut spending on parks, cut fire coverage to inadequate levels, left vacancies in […]

May 20th, 2011 | Posted in Best of A2P,Econ,Investigations,Money,Scoops & Scores!!,Taxes | Read More »

A2PFoodist: Styrofoam Takeout Containers Are Killing Us All (Maybe)

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TKWU, my favorite Chinese restaurant, doesn’t use Styrofoam takeout containers, but our favorite burger place does, and so do loads of other local restaurants, as well as local food carts. Takeout orders at TKWU are packaged in durable plastic containers which we hoard. The black plastic containers are roomy, tough, and dishwasher safe. We have a […]

May 19th, 2011 | Posted in Arts & Leisure,The Foodist | Read More »

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