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City Council debates Liberty Plaza redesign

BY MATTHEW JACKONEN

Monday night, the Ann Arbor City Council opted out of a vote on a resolution to improve Liberty Plaza, and instead referred it to the Parks Advisory Commission for review and suggestions.

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City council approves budget for fiscal year 2015

BY MATTHEW JACKONEN

City council had seventeen separate amendments to the $334 million fiscal year 2015 city budget on its plate Monday night.

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City Council ordinance bans smoking in public areas

BY MATTHEW JACKONEN

The Ann Arbor City Council passed the long-debated smoking ordinance Monday night by a vote of 9-2 with only Councilmembers Jane Lumm (I–Ward 2) and Jack Eaton (D–Ward 4) voting against the ordinance.

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City council passes read of smoking ordinance and same-sex marriage resolution

BY MATTHEW JACKONEN

After being deferred twice, the Ann Arbor City Council passed the first reading of an ordinance that would prohibit smoking in certain parts of the city.

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Candidates prepare for Ann Arbor judicial election

BY EMMA KERR

As Washtenaw County judges Nancy Wheeler and Donald Shelton prepare to step down from their posts in January, the race to fill their positions is heating up.

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City council concludes arts funding debate

BY MICHAEL SUGERMAN

In a continuation of the public arts discussion from its meeting two weeks ago, the Ann Arbor City Council turned its attention to two tabled funding resolutions and passed them both Monday night.
The first arts bill that passed approved a general timeline for the city’s Public Art Commission to create a plan to adjust to a future with reduced City Council funding.

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AATA may expand its operations if vote succeeds

BY EMMA KERR

The future of the AATA’s services is hinged on a proposed $700,000 millage that will appear on the May 6 ballot in three Washtenaw County communities.

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City council addresses disputed arts funding

BY MATTHEW JACKONEN

The Ann Arbor City Council debated and voted on a trifecta of issues regarding the allocation of city public art funds Tuesday, a night when only Councilmember Christopher Taylor (D–Ward 3) was absent.

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City council to consider new smoking restrictions

BY MATTHEW JACKONEN

A recently proposed ordinance in the Ann Arbor City Council would ban smoking near bus stops and city building entrances — a move that public health advocates say would cut down on instances of second hand smoke and protect non-smokers.

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Briarwood to change layout of many shops

BY ARIANA ASSAF

Briarwood Mall announced plans last week to relocate several stores after completing an extensive renovation in November.

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Local Arts

School of Music, Theatre & Dance to weave plot and dance in lighthearted 'Crazy for You'

BY REBECCA GODWIN

Choices play an important part in the School of Music, Theatre & Dance’s upcoming production of “Crazy for You,” directed by Associate Professor of Musical Theatre Linda Goodrich and opening on Thursday.

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Bobby McFerrin to bring latest vocally indulgent endeavor to University Music Society

BY SHAMIK GANGULY

On Thursday, Bobby McFerrin comes to Hill Auditorium to present his latest project, “spirityouall.” This new endeavor of McFerrin’s seeks to pay homage to African American spirituals and to his father, an operatic baritone who was himself a dedicated performer of these traditional songs.

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Ann Arbor-based website MyFab5 uses new ranking system to judge restaurants

BY TYLER BAILEY

The website, created by Engineering junior Nick Ruff and University alumni Omeid Seirafi-pour, Calvin Schemanski and John Gulbronson, utilizes an exclusive restaurant ranking system instead of the typical star rating system used by other similar sites.

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CollegeHumor duo talk comedy, Ann Arbor in advance of live show

BY STEVEN TWEEDIE

As to what the offline version of their show will contain Friday, expect the usual hilarious content of any CollegeHumor production, with a few surprises.

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Local teens pick literary favorites for the Best American Nonrequired Reading anthology

BY JOEY STEINBERGER

The texts for the Best American Nonrequired Reading anthology are chosen annually by two groups of high school students, one from Valencia California and the other from Ann Arbor.

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