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The Chelsea District Library received nearly 66-percent support from voters in winning approval of a tax measure on Tuesday.  As 89.1 WEMU’s David Fair reports, the money generated with the 10-year renewal will fund about 80-percent of library operations.


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Fashion is cyclical in nature--what is tacky now is retro later.  But what about the fashions from long ago with the flouncy hats and pointed shoes you might see in a Shakespeare play?  Melanie Schuessler Bond, EMU professor of costume design, knows.  WEMU’s David Fair and The Arts Alliance’s Deb Polich talk with her to explore the craft of costume design and her recently published book "Dressing the Scottish Court, 1543-1553 Clothing in the Accounts of the Lord High Treasurer of Scotland" on "creative:impact" this week.


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Just like we've been trained for a fire drill or other emergencies, local groups and organizations are now receiving training for active shooter crises or how to deal with an aggressive intruder.  89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with Dr. Kenneth Wolf.

Dr. Wolf consults on Threat Management, Protective Intelligence, and Crisis Response Strategies.  He is a fully licensed clinical psychologist in Michigan and is the Executive Director of the Incident Management Team.

He recently taught an active shooter survival course in Saline about the growing reality of being prepared for such a disaster.


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President Trump, responding Monday to the deadly weekend shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, that killed 31 people, condemned white supremacy and called for the death penalty for mass murderers and domestic terrorists.

Speaking at the White House, Trump said the nation is "overcome with shock, horror and sorrow."

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Childhood trauma takes time to heal.  It also requires resources that may not be easy to find.  Deb Gordon-Gurfinkel decided to use her experience in drama education to create a program called "Telling It."  It uses arts as a means to help troubled youth in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti.  Gordon-Gurfinkel joined WEMU's David Fair to discuss "Telling It" on this week's "Washtenaw United."


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A new bill in the state Legislature would ban the manufacturing and sale of personal care products with microbeads.  But, as Cheyna Roth reports, the small plastic beads are already banned in some products at the federal level.


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Summertime is starting to wind down, but the movies still keep on coming.  In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair talks to Michigan and State Theater executive director Russ Collins about the latest movie news and all of the flicks landing on the big screen this weekend.


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High Point School in Ann Arbor serves the special needs of students with disabilities from all school districts in Washtenaw County.  It is operated by the Washtenaw Intermediate School District and serves students aged from three to 26.  Next Tuesday, voters will decide a bond issue that allow for investment of over $53 million in making the facility more accessible and functional.  WEMU’s David Fair sat down with WISD Superintendent Scott Menzel to learn more about the school, its students, and the details of what could be accomplished with passage of the ballot issue.


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After two decades as executive director of the Huron River Watershed Council, Laura Rubin is expanding her environmental mission.  Back in April, Rubin was named director of the Healing Our Waters, Great Lakes Coalition.  On the August edition of  “1st Friday Focus on the Environment,” WEMU’s David Fair and Lisa Wozniak of the Michigan League of Conservation Voters talk with Rubin about the first few months on the job and where the coalition is headed. 


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Eastern Michigan University's Police Department will host a Bike Rodeo this Saturday to educate the public on bike safety.  As part of the free event, kids will get to ride their bikes through an obstacle course, get fitted for a helmet and register their bikes with the police department.  Sgt. Joseph Torres is helping organize the Bike Rodeo.


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