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Neurobiology (and ArtPrize) Confirms Conservatives Have Bad Taste In Art


by Amy Kerr Hardin Like to win a cool quarter million dollars?  You may be in luck if you are a socially conservative artist. ArtPrize, a community art contest founded by Rick DeVos, kicked-off its 2012 call for entries this past week. There are just a few caveats to keep in mind though: you must make something very, very big, […]

April 29th, 2012 | Posted in Art,Arts & Leisure,Featured,Politics | Read More »

AAPS Documents Reveal Middle and High School Classes Have 40+ Students

Like Sardines in a Can

by P.D. Lesko Between 2003 and 2010, while total enrollment in Ann Arbor’s middle and high schools fell, average class sizes increased significantly, and so have actual class sizes, resulting in classrooms stuffed with 10, 12 and sometimes even 20 students more than the District’s class size targets. Class size targets for 2011 were 23-25 […]

April 20th, 2012 | Posted in Edu,Featured,K-12 | Read More »

A New Copyright Lawsuit May Result in the Prosecution of Educators & Students Who Share Digital Materials


by Ernesto Van Dersar John Wiley & Sons, one of the world’s largest textbook publishers, is continuing its efforts to crack down on BitTorrent piracy. The company has now named several people who allegedly shared Wiley titles online, and is demanding a jury trial against them. If these actually go ahead it will be the first […]

April 19th, 2012 | Posted in Books,Crime,Edu,Featured,Higher Ed.,K-12 | Read More »

The Michigan Legislature — Picking “Best in Show” Requires An Eye For Pure-Bred Political Stupidity


by Amy Kerr Hardin A big show is going on in the Michigan Legislature — with all the pomp and circumstance of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show — our elected leaders are being trotted about on the leash in a celebration of their utter stupidity. Mind you, just like their canine counterparts, there are various breeds of stupid politicians, each with unique characteristics and […]

April 16th, 2012 | Posted in Featured,Michigan politics,Politics,U.S. politics | Read More »

The “Sustainable” Mantra — Organic, Local, and Slow — Won’t Save the World’s Hungry Millions


by Robert Paarlberg From Whole Foods recyclable cloth bags to Michelle Obama’s organic White House garden, modern eco-foodies are full of good intentions. We want to save the planet. Help local farmers. Fight climate change — and childhood obesity, too. But though it’s certainly a good thing to be thinking about global welfare while chopping […]

April 13th, 2012 | Posted in Arts & Leisure,Best of A2P,Columns,Featured,The Foodist,Urban Exile | Read More »

House Calls: Rep. Jeff Irwin — “Snake Oil Salesman” Republicans Have Slowed Michigan’s Recovery


Representative Jeff Irwin, a Democrat, served for a decade as a Washtenaw County Commissioner. In January 2011, he began his first term in the Michigan House of Representatives. In his regular column, House Calls, A2Politico will pose a single question to Representative Irwin and he will answer it. The questions will focus on his work in […]

April 11th, 2012 | Posted in Econ,Economic Development,Featured,House Calls,Michigan politics,Politics,Taxes | Read More »

Interview: Malik Yakini Is Changing the Face of the Food Landscape in Detroit


by Hannah Wallace When he was seven-years-old, Malik Yakini, inspired by his grandfather, planted his own backyard garden in Detroit, seeding it with carrots and other vegetables. Should it come as any surprise that today, Yakini has made urban farming his vocation? The Executive director of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network (DBCFSN), which he […]

April 10th, 2012 | Posted in Arts & Leisure,Best of A2P,Featured,Interviews,The Foodist | Read More »

“Immediate Effect” of Michigan Dem Lawsuit Against Michigan GOP? Rolling Eyes.


by Rob Smith It’s not unfair to say that the Michigan GOP has been muscling aside the Democrats in Lansing on their way to pass some pretty pernicious legislation. Cut 11,000 families off of state assistance? Check. Expand Public Act 4 (Emergency Manager law) to the point of thwarting democracy—imposed primarily on black folks? Check. […]

April 8th, 2012 | Posted in Featured,Michigan politics,Politics | Read More »

Local Dems Rally Behind Saline Mayor to Retake 52nd District Seat from Michigan GOP—Not.


by P.D. Lesko Saline’s mayor, Gretchen Driskell, formed an “exploratory committee” in February 2012 to see if she could have a snowball’s chance in hell of winning back the 52nd District State House seat from Repblican Mark Ouimet. The Michigan GOP targeted the seat, held by Democrat Pam Byrnes, in 2010 when Byrnes stepped down […]

April 6th, 2012 | Posted in Featured,Michigan politics,Politics | Read More »

The Many Faces of Margie Teall

Teall 1/1 AW

by P.D. Lesko Fourth Ward Council member Margie Teall has talked a good game for a long time. The incredibly incurious (Ann Arbor News/AnnArbor.com), overly obsequious (Ann Arbor Observer) or just plain naive (Michigan Daily) local media have made it possible for her to talk a good game. To date, the city’s local media have rarely […]

April 3rd, 2012 | Posted in Ann Arbor Politics,City Council,Elections,Featured | Read More »

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