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The City of Ann Arbor will install a new solar and energy storage system at the Northside Community Center as part of its A2 Zero Carbon Neutrality plan.??

A Message From Daniel Long

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Hey everyone, Daniel Long, host of the Groove Yard on Sundays and the Groove Break on Mondays. 2020 has been one wild ride, and WEMU has been by your side throughout it all. COVID-19 has impacted each of us in different ways, and WEMU has been there to help keep you informed at a local and state level. When loneliness and claustrophobia set in during the stay-home-stay-safe order, WEMU lifted you up with music to fill your soul with joy and beauty. And in an age of social unrest around the disparities in communities of color, WEMU uplifts and amplifies Black voices through the Black American musical tradition.

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The local and national dialogue on racism continues.? To understand where we are and where we are going, it is important to understand how we got here.? In this week's "Washtenaw United," WEMU's David Fair checks in with Sam Killian from the Ypsilanti District Library.? They'll discuss the resources available while the library branches remain closed and look forward at what may come as they reopen.?

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Ann Arbor police chief Michael Cox brings a different perspective to the wave of excessive police force against people of color and incidents of police brutality.? He shares his personal story with WEMU's Lisa Barry and talks about his concerns for current officers who he says sometimes feel hated by the community.

Washtenaw County

The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners says virtual, or online public services, will become a bigger priority for the county because of COVID-19.??

City of Ypsilanti

The City of Ypsilanti will start making improvements to Frog Island Park this week as part of a pedestrian path accessibility project that includes other parts of the city.??

The blues has a long and rich tradition and Southeast Michigan and WEMU have been part of that tradition for over 50 years. Clubs, festivals and radio have made our area a blues hotspot. Now a different kind of hotspot threatens all that history. Clubs are closed, Festivals cancelled and Covid 19 threatens blues on the radio, too.

A Message From Marc Taras

? Jun 27, 2020

"You may not recognize me, but I work for you!"


This is the honest greeting which I have offered audiences at live music events where I have had the pleasure and privilege of being the MC over the last few years. It's literally true. Listener support provides the salaries of all of our "live and local" weekend music hosts...Wendy Wright (From Memphis To Motown), Jeremy Baldwin (The Roots Music Project), Nik Thompson (The Sunday Best), Daniel Long (In The Groove Yard), Jessica Webster (The In Crowd), and Joe Tiboni (The Big City Blues Cruise): we ALL work for you. And we are happily honored to do that thing!?

A Message From David Fair

? Jun 26, 2020

I've been working in news since?since?1989. Every one of those 31 years in radio have been spent in Washtenaw County, 26 of them here at 89.1 WEMU. Never... and I mean never...have we had a year like 2020 and we're only half-way through. Never has LOCAL radio been so important. We have a lot to talk about in the months and years ahead but we are in the midst of massive change. It is my mission to have those conversations and to help bring you the information you can use to help guide those changes in your homes, neighborhoods and communities. The scope of that mission is largely determined by you.?

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The White House Coronavirus Task Force renewed calls for vigilance on Friday, acknowledging rising cases across Southern states and in parts of California.


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Dear WEMU Listeners, Donors, and Friends: Like you, we have been overwhelmed by the events of the past three months. From the time the EMU campus shut down on March 12, through stay home/stay safe, the effects of the pandemic on our community and in the world at large, and the current civil rights demonstrations, it has been a whirlwind that shows no signs of letting up any time soon.

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The head of the World Health Organization is warning that the COVID-19 pandemic is actually speeding up and he criticized governments that have failed to establish reliable contact tracing to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

Speaking at a briefing in Geneva, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said: "We all want this to be over. We all want to get on with our lives. But the hard reality is this is not even close to being over."

"Although many countries have made some progress, globally the pandemic is actually speeding up," he said.

The drugmaker behind the experimental COVID-19 treatment remdesivir has announced how much it will charge for the drug, after months of speculation as the company tried to figure out how to balance profit and public health needs in the middle of a pandemic.

Two members of the Senate are calling for an investigation of five states that ordered nursing homes to accept COVID-19-positive patients who were discharged from hospitals. Republicans Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Greg Walden of Oregon are asking Christi Grimm, Principal Deputy Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to determine if the states violated federal health care guidelines and regulations.

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