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Facing $21 million shortfall, AAPS tries to keep cuts out of the classroom

Aaron Augsburger/Daily

BY DYLAN CINTI

Todd Roberts, superintendent of Ann Arbor Public Schools, told more than 100 people at a meeting last night that the district faces up to $21 million in cuts over the next two years, largely resulting from state funding reductions.

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2010 Governor's Race

House Speaker launches exploratory committee for gubernatorial race

BY JOSEPH LICHTERMAN

Andy Dillon, the speaker of Michigan’s House of Representatives, announced yesterday he was forming an exploratory committee for a potential gubernatorial run. The announcement came two days after Democratic front-runner, Lt. Gov. John Cherry announced he wouldn’t be running for governor because of fundraising problems.

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Ann Arbor attorney to run for seat in state House

BY BETHANY BIRON

Christine Green, an Ann Arbor attorney, announced yesterday that she will be running to represent Ann Arbor and other parts of Washtenaw county in the Michigan House of Representatives.

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Ann Arbor rental vacancies up, officials say

BY MICHELE NAROV

Though the number of rental units that remained vacant in Ann Arbor last year was higher than in recent years due to the tough economy, experts and Ann Arbor landlords say they expect the number of vacancies to return to normal in the next year.

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Campus group pushes for more info at local pregnancy centers

BY BETHANY BIRON

FemDems, the Women’s Issues Committee of the University’s chapter of College Democrats, is working to implement legislation in Ann Arbor that would require pregnancy centers that don’t offer or make referrals for abortions or birth control services to post disclaimer signs.

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Lt. Gov. Cherry officially out of race for governor

BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Longtime fundraiser Faylene Owen says Lt. Gov. John Cherry has decided against running to succeed Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm.

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Suspect in South University fire waives right to preliminary exam

BY DEVON THORSBY

Justin Arens, one of the defendants charged with setting fire to an abandoned building on South University Avenue less than two months ago waived his right to a preliminary examination Wednesday afternoon.

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Suspect moved from University hospital to federal prison

BY STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS

The suspect charged with attempting to destroy a Detroit bound flight on Christmas Day is no longer being held at the University of Michigan Health System, according to a statement released by hospital officials Sunday afternoon.

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smoking ban

Michigan becomes 38th state to ban smoking statewide

BY NICOLE ABER

Governor Jennifer Granholm signed a bill that prohibits smoking in public areas statewide into law today, making Michigan the 38th state to enact such legislation.

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Preliminary hearing for suspect in South U. fire postponed

BY JILLIAN BERMAN

Justin Arens, one of the suspects arrested in connection with the blaze at the former location of Pinball Pete last month, appeared in Washtenaw County Court today to postpone his preliminary hearing until Dec. 16 to allow for additional investigation.

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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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Courtesy of Vincent Peone/CollegeHumor.com

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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