The second phase of the Ann Arbor Planning Commission's evaluation of the downtown zoning continues with more public meetings and online surveys planned.
The Kerrytown BookFest drew authors, readers and more to the Ann Arbor Farmers Market Sunday.
Brianne Bowen | AnnArbor.comWith students back in school, districts across Washtenaw County have been quickly tabulating enrollment figures to adjust class sizes and staffing levels.
In a sea of maize and blue Saturday night, I was a speck of orange.
No, it's not because I'm a fan of the Netherlands soccer team.
I was volunteering as an ambassador, serving as an extra set of eyes and ears for the University of Michigan and the Ann Arbor Police Department as 115,000 fans filtered into Michigan Stadium Saturday night and thousands more tailgated in the yards and bars downtown.
The game, which ended with Michigan beating Notre Dame 41 to 30, was the second night game in Big House history and the last time, for now, that the Wolverines will battle the Fighting Irish in Ann Arbor.
U-M and city officials knew from the start that the energy —as well as the potential for confusion and disorder— would be high and asked people to volunteer for two hour shifts Saturday to keep watch over downtown and help visitors with questions.
"Your visibility will be a great deterrent in itself, the fact that people see you're out and about," Ann Arbor Police Department officer Tom Hickey said during my 90-minute ambassador training Saturday. As it turns out, 72 people were ejected from the stadium on Saturday, out of a record-breaking crowd of 115,109.
About 100 people heeded the call to volunteer, and I was one of them. Here's what I learned during my 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. shift:
For Dr. Leslie Mertz, the crawlers and flyers of the insect world are a source of fascination.
"My favorite insect is whichever one I looked at last," she said, chuckling.
To share her passion for nature's smaller creatures, Mertz, a lecturer in the biology department at Eastern Michigan University, helped launch an interactive website, www.knowyourinsects.org, to help Michiganders identify the orders and suborders of insects in the state.
Tom Perkins | For AnnArbor.com
The fate of downtown Ypsilanti’s Smith Furniture Building will likely be decided on Wednesday.
The 24,000-square-foot structure has largely sat vacant since it was purchased by its current owner, James Pate in 1992. After recent pressure from the city, Pate opted to put it on the auction block.
In a quest to look at iconic photographs in a new light, Life.com revisited an old favorite from Ann Arbor involving a drum major and seven children on Ferry Field that they say might be the happiest photo ever made.
Ann Arbor Public Schools spent nearly $3 million on athletics during the 2012-13 school year. Here is a breakdown of where some of that money went:
Editor's note: This post is part of a series by Dr. Baker on Our Values about core American values. This week Dr. Baker is discussing immortality and longevity.
Is living forever (or at least a very long time) just the stuff of science fiction?
Not so, say an increasing number of scientists and futurists. Advances in medicine, biotechnology, and other fields hold the promise of slowing, stopping, or even turning back the human clock.
Let’s start with this question: If medical treatments and devices could let you live to age 120 or older, would you want to?
The possibility of radically extending human life raises a host of moral, ethical, and religious questions. This prompted the Pew Research Center to conduct a survey of Americans, asking about their views of radical life extension, aging, and related matters.
If you said that you would not want these life-extending medical treatments, you have a lot of company. The majority of Americans (56%) says that they, personally, would not want medical treatments that would allow them to live at least to 120. Just over a third (38%) says that they, personally, would want these life-lengthening treatments.
What about other people? Do you think that most people would want medical treatments that let them live decades longer, even if you would not want to?
Over-two thirds of Americans (68%) believe that most people would want medical treatments that greatly extended their lives. Just over a fourth (27%) believes that most people would not want these treatments.
So, we have a curious paradox: Most people think others would want radical life extension, while most people, personally, would not.
If medical treatments and devices could let you live to age 120 or older, would you want to?
Did the paradox surprise you?
How would you explain it?
Dr. Wayne E. Baker is a sociologist on the faculty of the University of Michigan Ross School of Business. Baker blogs daily at Our Values and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Facebook.
DEAR DOCTOR K:
I have been taking an SSRI for years for chronic anxiety. Are there side effects of long-term SSRI use?
Our nanny, who is 58, was diagnosed with breast cancer just before I delivered baby No. 2. The boys are now 15 months and 4 weeks old.
"Nora" has started chemotherapy after having surgery. I completely understand that she has to attend to her needs right now and focus on her health, but she wanted to continue working without it being an issue. Nora has had to take off several days already in addition to being -- as I expected -- tired and unable to keep up with my active toddler.
Harold Wilson, who was the British prime minister for two separate terms, said, "I believe the greatest asset a head of state can have is the ability to get a good night's sleep."
It does not pay to be sleepy at the bridge table, which is why many players consume caffeinated drinks. Today's deal, though, is about declarer making the most of his assets, the cards.
South is in four hearts. West leads a low spade. How should declarer proceed?
North gets three points for his singleton, so it is easily worth three hearts. (His hand also has eight losers.)
Adapted from a recent online discussion.
I live in a Washington, D.C., suburb where the school environment is highly competitive. More than 20 percent of the class gets straight A's, and many students are accomplished in their sport, music or other extracurriculars.
My children are not quite straight-A students (mostly A's, couple of B's), and good at their respective extracurriculars, but not among the best, either. I dislike attending award ceremonies or other events like it where everyone else's children are winning the awards and mine are getting "participation awards."
My children are healthy and well-adjusted, which is more than enough to make me happy. I do feel anxious, however, that my kids won't go on to good colleges or a good job because they are not the best.
-- Where All the Children Are Above Average
In the year ahead, you'll have the chance to learn a lot from working with others. Open your heart and express your desires and plans for the upcoming year. Strive to be true to yourself and conscientious of the world around you.
Peggy Lampman | Contributor
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Dawn Farm staff, clients, alumni and community members gathered on the organization’s 74-acre property between 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday in celebration of recovery from addiction as well as 40 years as a non-profit providing aid to those recovering from substance abuse.
You have to admit, the resemblance to the late singer-songwriter John Denver is uncanny.
A group of men robbed a University of Michigan student south of Central Campus early Sunday morning, according to a crime alert sent out by U-M Police.
Ypsilanti police are investigating a motor vehicle theft reported Friday afternoon when a woman went inside a gas station to pay and someone stole her vehicle, police said.