2020 deer cull plans released; Bloomberg: Ann Arbor a top tech hub; progress for affordable housing?

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Happy Friday!

A lot has happened in town this week. One new development was the city’s release of its 2020 deer cull plan. The city hopes to kill up to 150 deer from Jan. 2 through Jan. 26 in city parks, nature areas, and private land including parts of University of Michigan’s property. New this year? It will not be carrying out sterilizations of females. Here’s what you should know.

Have a great weekend.

- Meredith (@meredith_A4)

What’s been happening:

🏠 Has progress been made on the affordable housing front? Possibly. City Council approved this week the immediate development of two sites, but efforts to meet net-zero energy goals could slow the process down. (MLive)

🏙 Bloomberg named Ann Arbor the No. 3 “new top tech hub” in the U.S. (A4)

🎄 Ann Arbor received another -- more unexpected -- ranking. Country Living Magazine named it the No. 9 “best Christmas town” in the country. (A4)

💵 An Ann Arbor dispensary received the first recreational marijuana license in the state. It plans to open its doors on Dec. 1. (A4 | Local 4)

🧪️ A 14-year-old junior at the University of Michigan has joined the school’s chemistry lab. He’s also the only undergrad working there. (A4)

📰 National treasure: A Huron High School teacher and U-M alum has had more than 100 of his crossword puzzles published in the New York Times. Here’s his story. (WEMU)

🤝 Looking for a job in tech? Don’t miss the annual Tech Homecoming at Cahoots next Wednesday. (Ann Arbor SPARK)

🥫 Get in the giving spirit. Busch’s is running a food and fund drive now through Nov. 27 to support Food Gatherers. (A4)

Fun to know:

🎞 Jeff Daniels will be in town next Friday for a screening of his new feature film at The Michigan Theater. (A4)

🏈 Why do Michigan fans cheer for Slippery Rock? Your answer to one of the weirdest traditions around. (A4)

🦉 See owls up close at Gallup Park on Saturday. The family-friendly event is hosted by Leslie Science & Nature Center. (A4)

👗 Vintage fans, rejoice. The Getup Vintage on State St. has announced a new sustainable, locally-made clothing line and will be offering sizes XS through 3XL. (A4)

Feature interview of the week:

“Cakes and cupcakes, it’s just one of those sweet things that hits the spirit and hits the body, and makes the mouth feel good. And so that’s why I just love it - I just love to see people enjoy nice, delicious cupcakes.”

- LaFawn Pughsley, owner of Plush Cupcakes in Briarwood Mall

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