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1 hr ago | MLive.com

West Michigan Avenue road diet to remain in place during traffic study

The Ypsilanti City Council approved a plan to restripe the road and add new signage to alleviate some of the confusion caused by the changes implemented last October.

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5 hrs ago | MLive.com

Two districts extend school year to make up for snow day cancellations

Two school districts in Washtenaw County have extended their school year further into the summer to make up for an excess of days of class cancelled due to inclement weather this winter.

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Related Topix: Education Etc.

13 hrs ago | MLive.com

$2.1 million project will connect cycling routes throughout Pittsfield and into Saline and Ann Arbor

In 2013, the township completed more than two miles of the non-motorized path's first phase, and the Pittsfield Township Board of Trustees recently approved committing $365,000 toward a $2.1 million extension of the second phase.

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Related Topix: Ann Arbor, MI, Saline, MI, Ellsworth, MI

17 hrs ago | MLive.com

Chainsaw and TV stolen during daytime home invasion

A chainsaw and TV were stolen from a York Township home during a daytime home invasion Monday, according to Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office deputies.

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Tue Apr 15, 2014

SFGate

Judge takes up ban on domestic partner benefits

A ban on benefits for domestic partners in Michigan public schools and local governments might not save much money, but that's not a reason to throw out the law, a lawyer for the state told a federal judge Tuesday.

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Related Topix: Michigan, Gay/Lesbian, Rick Snyder, US Governors, Ingham County, MI, Ann Arbor, MI

MLive.com

Crisis team deployed after 9-year-old girl struck by car and killed at Metro Detroit elementary school

Grief counselors and psychologists, part of a crisis team, were on hand to assist teachers and students as needed after a 9-year-old girl was struck by a vehicle while being dropped off at Eriksson Elementary School in Canton Monday morning.

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Related Topix: Ann Arbor, MI

MLive.com

After spiking crime in senior housing tower, officials consider recourse

Ypsilanti Township Attorney Doug Winters described the Clark East Tower senior housing complex as a "jewel" of the township prior to recent crime issues.

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Related Topix: Criminal Defense Law, Law, Family, Elderly (Senior Citizen), Ann Arbor, MI

MLive.com

Pittsfield Township to install speed humps to slow traffic on 'cut-through' residential streets

Some traffic calming devices like a small roundabout have been installed on Cloverlane Drive, but officials and residents believe speed humps will be more effective.

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Daily Press & Argus

Woman swaps home, car for long walk

Mary Holliday has sold her house and her car, has taken a leave of absence from her job and is going on what she calls a "walk of a lifetime."

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Related Topix: Europe, Spain, World News

Mon Apr 14, 2014

MLive.com

Environmental Excellence Awards presented to Washtenaw County businesses and nonprofits

The Ann Arbor District Library was award the Water Quality Protection award at Washtenaw County's Environmental Excellence Awards on April 10. (Ryan Stanton Washtenaw County announced its recipients of the 17th-annual Environmental Excellence Awards Thursday at the Washtenaw County Waste Knot and Community Partners for Clean Streams ceremony.

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Related Topix: Environment, Science, Ann Arbor, MI

MLive.com

Married gay couples from Washtenaw County join ACLU lawsuit against state of Michigan

Kelly Callison and Anne Callison, who have been together five years and have a 2-year-old son, are among those suing the state of Michigan to have their same-sex marriages recognized.

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Related Topix: Michigan, ACLU, Ann Arbor, MI, Wedding

MLive.com

Court asked to shut down illegal body shop

Ypsilanti Township is asking a Washtenaw County Circuit Court judge to order the temporary closure of a business where employees were discovered to be defecating behind the building and performing major auto repairs in violation of zoning ordinances.

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Related Topix: Ypsilanti, MI

Sun Apr 13, 2014

MLive.com

State of the Huron Conference will celebrate the Huron River's role in community

The Huron River Watershed Council is hosting a conference Thursday, April 24 in order to celebrate the Huron River and its place in the community.

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Related Topix: Ann Arbor, MI

MLive.com

Transit tax debate: AAATA defends $1.4M spent on countywide planning effort

While the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority is asking voters on May 6 to approve a new tax to fund an expansion of transit services in Washtenaw County's urban core - including Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti and Ypsilanti Township - opponents are criticizing the agency over its previous countywide expansion effort.

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Related Topix: Ann Arbor, MI, Ypsilanti, MI

MLive.com

Editorial: Why we're looking forward to the 2014 election season

Spring has finally arrived and as tulips begin to sprout and trees begin to bud we'll also begin to see the bloom of election signs around town signaling the arrival of another election season in Ann Arbor.

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Related Topix: Ann Arbor, MI, Rick Snyder, US Governors, Virg Bernero, Opinion

SFGate

Michigan ban on same-sex benefits back in court

A month after Michigan's same-sex marriage ban was overturned, the state is vigorously defending another law that's being challenged by gays and lesbians: a prohibition on domestic partner benefits for employees in public schools and local governments.

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Related Topix: Michigan, Gay/Lesbian, Rick Snyder, US Governors, Ingham County, MI, Ann Arbor, MI

Sat Apr 12, 2014

MLive.com

Michigan Court of Appeals affirms conviction, sentence of man who killed infant son

The Michigan Court of Appeals affirmed this week the conviction and sentence of a 31-year-old man serving 25 to 50 years in prison for killing his nearly 3-month-old son.

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Related Topix: Prison, McBain, MI

Fri Apr 11, 2014

Lansing State Journal

Jury deadlocked in sex case against Michigan man who ran away with 15-year-old; retrial planned

A hung jury led to a mistrial Friday in a Plymouth Township criminal sexual conduct case, but prosecutors plan to try the case again.

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Related Topix: Criminal Defense Law, Law, Plymouth Township, MI, Wayne County, MI, Northville, MI

MLive.com

Testimony: Suspects returned to crime scene day after Paul DeWolf was killed

That's what 20-year-old Shaquille Jones, of North Charleston, S.C., said at the court hearing Friday where codefendant 21-year-old Dajeon Franklin, of Pittsfield Township, was bound over to trial.

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Related Topix: Ann Arbor, MI, Ypsilanti, MI

Thu Apr 10, 2014

ClickOnDetroit

Pothole claims: Most drivers don't get paid

IT HAS BEEN AN EXPENSIVE AND PERILLESS POTHOLE SEASON. LIKE TERRIBLE. I HAVE BUSTD TWO TIRES.

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