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WHISPER: Ann Arbor Mayor Pro Tem Launches Campaign Website On Which She Pledges to “Reform Foreign Policy” and “Immagration”


by P.D. Lesko “Ann Arbor is ranked as the 15th most intelligent city in United States by Lumosity, a cognitive training site, according to Business Insider….NerdWallet, a consumer advocacy website also recently ranked Ann Arbor as the 17th most educated city in America,” according to an AnnArbor.com post today. In 2011, Ann Arbor was listed among America’s 20 Geekiest […]

June 27th, 2013 | Posted in Best of A2P,Featured,Whisper | Read More »

WHISPER: AnnArbor.com Loses Trio of Staffers…Again. Layoffs to Follow?


A2Politico Notes: This is filed under “Scoops & Scores!!” because you read it here first. by P.D. Lesko England’s Queen Elizabeth had her “annus horribilis” in 1992. AnnArbor.com had its own annus horribilis in 2011. First, in late-February 2011 the news blog lost a trio of its most experienced staffers to the Detroit Free Press. […]

March 27th, 2012 | Posted in Best of A2P,Featured,Media,Scoops & Scores!!,Whisper | Read More »

WHISPER: After $4.9 Million Face Lift, Photos Show Larcom Basement Filled With Mold, Unrepaired 8 Months After Flood


by P.D. Lesko “I just hope everyone who’s asked to sign a petition gets all the information about the condition of the spaces we’re trying to replace and the cost of not doing anything,” said Council Member Chris Easthope, who’s worked on the plan for a new police-court building for several years.—Ann Arbor News, April […]

September 21st, 2011 | Posted in Best of A2P,Featured,Money,Police,Safety,Scoops & Scores!!,Taxes,Whisper | Read More »

WHISPER: City & County Staffers Held Secret Meetings to Further Reduce Ann Arbor Police Staff


On Sunday July 31, 2011, Ann Arbor Police Chief Barnett Jones and Mayor John Hieftje hauled out the dog and pony show for AnnArbor.com. In a lengthy piece meant to calm citizen concerns about a the sharp increase in violent crime in Ann Arbor—stabbings, shootings, armed robberies, assaults and, rapes—the two men talked about the […]

August 1st, 2011 | Posted in City Council,City Services,County Politics,Featured,Police,Safety,Whisper | Read More »

WHISPER: Award-Winning Writer Pete Bigelow Quits AnnArbor.com


I don’t read newspaper sports writing very often. It’s a little too breathy and panting for my tastes, usually. Pete Bigelow’s writing could be an exception. Last week, Pete Bigelow gave his notice at AnnArbor.com. He’s a sports writer, and when he wrote a well-crafted column it was sports writing that was as thought-provoking and […]

April 30th, 2011 | Posted in Media,Whisper | 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 »

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 »

WHISPER: AnnArbor.com Email To Fired Community Contributors Offering To “Highlight” Their “Valued” Content


A2Politico Notes: This is filed under Scoops & Scores because you read it here first. Let me make this simple. The Newhouse family owns a billion dollar company that includes AnnArbor.com. Part of the AnnArbor.com business model is for community contributors to provide content. Cheap content. At first, there were about 100 community bloggers. That […]

March 14th, 2011 | Posted in Scoops & Scores!!,Whisper | Read More »

WHISPER: AnnArbor.com Executive’s “Explanation” of Recent Layoffs From Site


A2Politico Notes: This is filed under “Scoops & Scores!!” because you read it here first. The common definition of “omertà,” from the southern Italian dialect, is “code of silence.” To depart from omertà results in swift and sure retribution. Omertà applies not only to those who are directly involved in the three Italian mafias (La Cosa […]

March 13th, 2011 | Posted in Media,Scoops & Scores!!,Whisper | Read More »

WHISPER: AnnArbor.com Slashes Staff, Fires Paid Contributors, and Loses Lead Blogger Ed Vielmetti


A2Politico Notes: This is filed under “Scoops & Scores!!” because you read it here first. A2Politico readers read here last week that AnnArbor.com recently lost three staffers to The Detroit Free Press. Higher education reporter David Jesse, and editors Stefanie Murray and Amalie Nash were joined by their colleagues at Main Street pub Conor O’Neill’s […]

March 11th, 2011 | Posted in Scoops & Scores!!,Whisper | Read More »

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