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Ypsilanti, MI – About 60 Ypsilanti public school teachers picketed outside the high school, then filed in to last night's school board meeting to tell district leaders they want a new contract.
Mediation efforts on a new agreement ended unsuccessfully last week, and teachers are asking school board members to get more involved in negotiations.
The district's teachers have been working eight months without a new contract.

Ann Arbor, MI – Ann Arbor school district voters will decide in June if school board members should serve longer terms, and if there should be fewer board members.
The Board of Education voted last night to put the issue on the regular school board election ballot in June.
If approved, the school board would be reduced from nine to seven members, but each member would serve four-year terms instead of the current three years.

Ann Arbor, MI – After a lengthy public hearing, Ann Arbor's city council has tabled a proposal to expand the Washtenaw-Hill historic district. Council tabled the motion last night based on concerns raised by many homeowners in the proposed expansion area.
Members of non-profit groups in the area, including churches and co-ops, plus fraternity and sorority groups in the area say maintenance costs will be too high if the district expands to include them. Some said they would face bankruptcy if forced to comply with historic district rules covering building maintenance.

Ypsilanti, MI – WEMU-FM, Eastern Michigan University's public radio station, fired radio host Terry Hughes, also known as Thayrone, April 2 for violating station policy and refusing to follow the station manager's directions.

Hughes, host of the Bone Conduction Music Show (BCMS), refused to air segments of National Public Radio news during his show and repeatedly voiced political opinions despite management's warnings that by doing so he was directly violating station policy.

Ann Arbor, MI – It looks like the third time may be the charm for the city of Ann Arbor's quest to hire a new Fire Chief.
City administrator Roger Fraser told city council last night that Joseph Gorman has accepted the job.
Back in January, Rick Tye never showed up to take the post after accepting it. The second candidate for the job also turned it down.
Fraser says Gorman will start sometime in May, depending on when he can get moved here from Saudi Arabia, where he currently directs a fire department.

Ypsilanti, MI – The Ypsilanti Board of Education has opted to allow Superintendent David Zuhlke's contract to automatically be extended. Zuhlke's contract with the district remains at four years as the board voted four to two last night against a motion aimed at not extending his contract.
Trustee Diane Kerr called the vote a good decision, based on Zuhlke's performance. Trustee Floyd Brumfield said he preferred a three-year contract, saying it would make better business sense.

Ann Arbor, MI – More than three-thousand people participated in a peace march and candle-light vigil in Ann Arbor Thursday night.
The Ann Arbor Area Committee for Peace organized the demonstration. City police say there were no arrests and the demonstrators were peaceful. Committee spokesperson Phillis Engelbert says the protests are specifically modeled to show what a non-aggressive society could, and should, look like.

Ann Arbor, MI – A student anti-war protest on the University of Michigan campus yesterday brought out more than 500-people. While students made their case for peace, a much smaller group of those supporting the u-s led effort in Iraq arrived. While there was heated debate between the two groups, the rally on the central campus diag in Ann Arbor remained peaceful. There were no arrests reported.

Ann Arbor, MI – A civil disobedience action in downtown Ann Arbor Thursday led to several arrests. The anti-war demonstrators blocked entrance into the Federal Building in downtown Ann Arbor Thursday afternoon. 19-arrests were made. Law enforcement officials say the arrest were made without incident.

Ypsilanti – The Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents have approved revisions to the Code of Conduct created back in 2000. Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs, Karen Simpkins, says there are few major changes, and students had plenty of input on the review of the 2000 code. The revisions include making sure there are enough students to hold regular conduct code hearings in the summer.

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