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Jorge Avellan

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Jorge is an Emmy Award winning journalist who has more than ten years of experience covering Metro Detroit.   He started his career with the Spanish language television network Univision in Texas.   After an Univision executive saw him over a television news feed he was offered a job as a television news reporter in Detroit Michigan.  A few years later he moved on to English television, also in Detroit.   Jorge has covered every big news story in the last decade in Detroit from presidential visits, bankruptcy, city hall scandals, Super Bowl, World Series and of course the North American International Auto Show.  He also once flew inside a Red Bull Air Race stunt plane reaching speeds of up to six G-forces.   But his favorite stories to cover are people stories, the ones that residents get to tell their stories. Jorge is now thrilled to be reporting for 89.1 WEMU.  Email him him story ideas or tips!

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Halting construction projects on campus, reinstating sports teams, and putting a stop to staff layoffs were among seven demands the "Better University is Possible Coalition" presented to Eastern Michigan University's president today. 
 


March For Our Lives
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A large crowd is expected to gather this Saturday at Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor as part of a national movement called "March for Our Lives." 


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As part of a budget restructuring plan, Eastern Michigan University will cut four of its sports teams.  Softball, men's swimming and diving, women's tennis, and wrestling are the teams that will be eliminated this year.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan covered the announcement this morning at Eastern's Convocation Center.


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Ann Arbor Public Schools students hosted a town hall Thursday evening to continue the discussion on the need for better gun control laws in the country.  Over 50 people attended the peaceful town hall.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan was there and has the story.


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Washtenaw County students took part in a school walkout this morning that was held across the country.  Students are demanding better gun control laws after 17 people were killed in Florida last month during a school shooting.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan was there when students walked out and has the story.


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As we celebrate Women’s History Month, we take a close look the role women played in establishing some of the public libraries in Washtenaw County.  This history is extra special for one district library in particular this year. 


Lisa Barry

As the Washtenaw County Road Commission continues to clear trees from several roads where there have been serious accidents, a Dexter woman staged a protest there Monday morning hoping to stop the over 200 year-old tree from being cut down.  Hours later, she was gone, and all that remained was a big stump and tree debris.

The Washtenaw County Road Commission is using a federal safety grant to cut downs trees in Dexter.  The goal is to create a ten foot safety zone for drivers on Mast Road and North Territorial.  But as 89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan tells us, some residents oppose the project.

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Residents who live in the Ypsilanti area now have an official process they can follow to file mail delivery complaints with the U.S. Post Office
 


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Ypsilanti Community Middle School students were evacuated Monday morning after a hand written bomb threat was found in a bathroom.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan was there as parents picked up their children from school.
 


Bentley Historical Library

Black History Month comes to an end today. As such, we bring you a story about an early 20th century interracial club at the University of Michigan.  89.1 WEMU’s Jorge Avellan tells us why it was founded and about some of the obstacles its members faced.


Milan Area Schools

Milan Area Schools students will be heading back to school tomorrow after the district received a bomb threat today.
 


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About 350 people attended a town hall yesterday in Ypsilanti to address the U.S. Postal Service mail delivery issues in that area. 
 


Ann Arbor Art Center

The City of Ann Arbor needs your help to choose the winners of a manhole cover art contest. 
 


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As part of our Black History Month coverage, we’re taking a closer look at a project in Ypsilanti, that once completed, will highlight African-American history in that area.


The Lunch Room Bakery and Cafe

It's probably safe to say that the most popular treat on Fat Tuesday is the Paczki.  But did you know that you can get a healthier version of the pastry in Ann Arbor? 

EMU

Eastern Michigan University, along with Saint Joseph Mercy Health System and Integrated Healthcare Associates, announced a $6.5 million project Friday that will improve health care services in Ypsilanti. 
 


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Perhaps you’re familiar with a wine sommelier.  At most of your finer eateries, you’ll find one who can assist in selecting the best wine pairing for your meal.  These are highly trained people who have become experts in all things wine.  But, we’re betting many of you have never heard of a tea sommelier?  While rare in the United States, they do exist, and, as a matter of fact, one such person is running a successful business in Ann Arbor’s Kerrytown District.  89.1 WEMU’s Jorge Avellan introduces you to a certified tea sommelier, who has been publicly drafting tasty brews, while “Hidden in Plain Sight!” 


Destination Ann Arbor
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The Ann Arbor Area Convention and Visitors Bureau has changed its name and is rebranding itself.


Health Care
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The Washtenaw County Health Department revealed that local enrollment in health insurance is up through the Affordable Care Act.


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You don’t have to travel halfway around the world to see historic artifacts from the ancient world.  Treasures have been procured from around the globe and are available for you to see, right in Ann Arbor. Where?  It’s a museum on the University of Michigan campus.

You’ll find it clearly visible on State Street, and yet for many, it’s hidden in plain sight.  


City of Ypsilanti

A sitting member of Ypsilanti City Council is looking to change job titles.  2nd Ward representative Beth Bashert has formally announced her candidacy for Mayor. 
 


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The Ypsilanti Housing Commission unveiled 86 apartments and townhouses today.  The units were built for affordable housing.

 


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The Women's March returns again this year to Washtenaw County.  Events will be held in both Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti.


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The 2018 North American International Auto Show is hosting its media days in Detroit, and this is the role Washtenaw County is playing at the show.


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As part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration at Eastern Michigan University, MSNBC host Joy-Ann Reid served as the keynote speaker. 
 


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