opinion Jonathan Scruggs Published 11:00 PM EDT Jul 31, 2019 Campaign season is quite tiresome. Political ads are everywhere. Frequent television debates. Social media outrage is non-stop. Division is everywhere. But this is democracy at work. Better to fight it out with words on Twitter than with clubs in the street. To be sure, we need more civility and tolerance in our political discourse. But the ballgame changes when the government starts compelling people to promote political beliefs they oppose. That’s not tolerance. It’s totalitarianism. And it’s exactly what one law in Ann Arbor, Michigan, produces. And that warrants our attention — no matter where we live. Updated in 2014, Ann Arbor’s law bans “public accommodations” — organizations that offer services to the general public — from discriminating on the basis of various classifications, including “political beliefs.” But consider how this affects Grant … [Read more...] about Opinion: Ann Arbor anti-discrimination law threatens freedom
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The Associated Press Published 1:18 PM EDT May 5, 2019 Providence, R.I. – A self-driving shuttle service is launching in Providence. Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo and state Department of Transportation Director Peter Alviti say the “Little Roady” autonomous vehicle pilot program is scheduled to begin May 15. It’s the first service of its kind in the state. The free service will operate seven days a week, with 12 stops between Olneyville Square and Providence Station. There’s no public transit along the full route. Each vehicle holds six people, including an attendant who has the ability to take control at any time to ensure safety. May Mobility of Ann Arbor, Michigan, was awarded a contract by the state to operate the service. The state will pay $800,000 for the first year. The contract includes options to extend the service for two more years. … [Read more...] about Ann Arbor company launching self-driving shuttle service in R.I.
Dejanay Booth Detroit Free Press Published 11:09 AM EST Feb 11, 2019 Police are investigating attacks against two people near the University of Michigan's Ann Arbor campus Saturday night. According to the university's Division of Public Safety and Security, an unknown man allegedly hit a university student over the head with a chair as he sat inside Starbucks in the 200 block of South State Street. A few hours later, a woman was punched 15 times in West Park on Chapin Street near Huron and First streets. Authorities said the attacks were unprovoked and it is unclear if the same person was involved in both incidents. A witness described the suspect as 5-foot-10, in his late 20s, wearing a grey coat or hoodie and a khaki hat. Anyone with information is asked to call the U of M Division of Public Safety and Security at 734-763-1131, or the Ann Arbor Police Department tip line at 734-794-6939 or [email protected] More: Emails show how fake university in metro Detroit … [Read more...] about 2 random attacks reported near University of Michigan in Ann Arbor
Many travelers know that college towns are good bets when it comes to finding interesting vacation spots. Madison, Wis., has a quintessential campus vibe. Austin, Texas, is famous for its lively music scene. Boulder, Colo., has great scenery, and Cambridge, both Massachusetts and England, has deep history to explore. Ann Arbor, Mich., the home of that other U of M, deserves a place on the list of appealing college towns worth visiting. Life is a bit different in college towns than it is in the rest of America. The presence of a university, supported by tax dollars and tuition payments, buffers the economy somewhat from the ups and downs of the “real world.” Perhaps no place in America shows this as plainly as Ann Arbor. Less than an hour’s drive away are Detroit, Flint, Toledo and a few other hardscrabble industrial towns that are at the top of practically nobody’s vacation bucket list. Yet in the midst of the Rust Belt, Ann Arbor is youthful, prosperous, and … [Read more...] about Palates and palettes: Discovering the flavors and colors of Ann Arbor, Mich.
Brian McCollum Detroit Free Press Published 6:00 AM EST Jan 24, 2019 A full list of upcoming shows follows Brian McCollum's highlights below: Friday The Magpie Salute The spirit of the Black Crowes runs strong through the Magpie Salute, the project helmed by Rich Robinson with ex-Crowes mates Marc Ford (guitar) and Sven Pipien (bass) and a strong cast that includes Matt Slocum on keyboards and English singer John Hogg up front. (Detroit's Eddie Harsch was aboard until his death in 2016, weeks before the band's live premiere.) After a self-titled concert album in 2017, the Magpie Salute released "High Water," a studio record deftly showcasing the band's Southern-rock swagger and timeless '70s vibes. 7 p.m., Saint Andrew’s Hall, 431 E. Congress, Detroit. 313-961-6358. $25. Stewart Francke The veteran singer-songwriter, having made it through another round of medical issues, steps back in front of an audience to celebrate life and music. Francke will mix acoustic … [Read more...] about Detroit concerts: Ann Arbor folk fest, Spinners, Native Howl, more