Protests in the house of the UM President, father accused of missing his daughter: Ann Arbor headlines October 9-14

ANN ARBOR, MI – Hundreds of protesters gathered outside the home of the University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel this week to speak to him about sexual abuse hundreds sustained by a late sports doctor.

Here is that headline and a few more that you may have missed this week.

“Wake Up Mark”: Nassar and Anderson survivors join forces with University of Michigan students to protest the president

Former University of Michigan running back Jon Vaughn huddled in a blue tent in front of President Mark Schlissel’s home for about a week.

Vaughn, a survivor of the sexual abuse of the late UM sports doctor Robert Anderson, said he just wanted a face-to-face conversation with Schlissel. Schlissel was seen getting on and off through the side of his house on South University Avenue, said fellow survivor Bill Evashevsk, but no words were exchanged.

Father charged with murder in 1982, infant disappearance

A father suspected of being involved in the disappearance of his young daughter in 1982 has been charged with murder.

An open murder charge was passed on October 5 against Isiah Williams for the murder of his young daughter Olisa Williams, who has been missing since July 1982 and is believed to be dead according to Michigan prosecutors.

University of Michigan professor resigns from class after blackface incident

A University of Michigan music professor resigned from one of his classes earlier this month after being outraged after showing his students a black-faced film.

Bright Sheng, a respected composition professor and native of China, agreed to stop teaching his seminar class at the School of Music, Theater and Dance for the fall semester. David Gier, the school’s dean, emailed students in the class Oct. 1 of the move, saying it was a joint decision between him and Sheng.

Parents file lawsuit against schools in Manchester for enforcing the mask mandate

The parent of a Manchester Community Schools student is suing the county, claiming the county’s Department of Health’s enforcement of the K-12 mask mandate is in violation of his daughter’s constitutional rights.

Parent James Stewart’s lawsuit alleges that his daughter Morrah, 17, and other Manchester High School students were treated harshly and unfairly after entering high school without masks on Sept. 7 to challenge a Washtenaw County Health Department issued mask mandate to protest. The federal lawsuit was filed in the Eastern District of Michigan District Court on Monday, October 11th.

Crews fight fire at Michigan Medicine in Ann Arbor

Several fire departments across Washtenaw County responded to a fire with three alarms at Michigan Medicine in Ann Arbor on Tuesday afternoon.

Firefighters were called to a fire at Michigan Medicine University Hospital at 3:28 p.m. on Tuesday, October 12, to report a fire on the third floor, according to the Ann Arbor Fire Department.

Trustee Social Media Usage Again Condemned by Ann Arbor School Board

Tired of trustee Jeff Gaynor using social media to discuss their business, members of the Ann Arbor School Board voted to reprimand the trustee.

The board passed the resolution at its meeting on Wednesday October 13th, reprimanding Gaynor 6-1, with Gaynor casting the only dissenting vote. The resolution also recommends that the board chairman remove Gaynor from all committee assignments.

“That filled a gaping hole”: Abandoned grocery store turns into Manchester Market

When Liz Stacy first moved to Manchester from Chelsea, virtually her only housewares option was the local Dollar General.

Buying fresh groceries and produce meant driving out of town to Adrian, Ann Arbor, or other nearby communities.

But with the opening of Manchester Market, Stacy can now buy her fresh produce without a car.

The University of Michigan feared that a bridge failure could limit access to the hospital

As the main access bridge to the Michigan Medicine Complex in Ann Arbor deteriorates, University of Michigan officials hope to avoid repeating what happened to another pair of city bridges over a decade ago.

In 2009, after an engineering firm postponed repairing or replacing the crumbling East Stadium Boulevard bridges near Michigan Stadium, the city warned the city of the danger of football-sized chunks of concrete falling on the people below.

The Ann Arbor Library creates a self-guided walking tour of the historically black neighborhood

From the black-owned shops that lined Ann Street to the Dunbar Community Center and the Colored Welfare League on Fourth Avenue, what is now downtown Kerrytown was once a major center of life for the Ann Arbor Black Community.

In collaboration with the African American Cultural and Historical Museum of Washtenaw County, the Ann Arbor District Library is now offering the public the opportunity to travel back in time with a tour of the Historically Black Quarter.

Ann Arbor’s Grange Kitchen & Bar will be permanently closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic

The pandemic has claimed another restaurant.

Ann Arbor’s Grange Kitchen & Bar will be permanently closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the owner shared on Facebook.

Grange, located at 118 West Liberty St. in Ann Arbor, focused on serving local food, with more than 90 percent of the ingredients coming from nearby farms, according to its website.

Campsite to subdivision? Developers reveal plans for 47 homes on wooded land outside Ann Arbor

Scio Township residents and officials have peeked at a property developer proposal to build 47 homes on wooded grounds that once housed a Knights of Columbus campground just west of Ann Arbor city limits.

Ann Arbor-based Norfolk Homes submitted preliminary plans in late August for the property located between Dexter-Ann Arbor Road and I-94 in Scio Township. The developer asks the community officials to approve a planned residential unit that combines site plans with an application for rededication that allows greater flexibility within the framework of the community planning ordinances.

State taxpayers will contribute $ 1.5 million towards Zeeb Road, intersection I-94

A project to expand a multipurpose walkway along Zeeb Road in Scio Township that connects it to Washtenaw County’s border-to-border walkway and plans to increase pedestrian safety where the street crosses I-94 is getting an upgrade of $ 1.5 million.

State Representative Donna Lasinksi, D-Scio Ward, who serves as the minority leader in the Lansing House of Representatives, secured the money in the Michigan state budget for the fiscal year. She told local leaders at the Scio Township Board of Trustees meeting on Tuesday October 12th that this will help “fill the funding gap” for the Zeeb Road path and speed up construction by a full year.

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