10 most-read All About Ann Arbor stories of 2020 that weren’t COVID related
The Juneteenth March for Change drew hundreds to the Diag on the University of Michigan's downtown Ann Arbor campus. We’re taking a look at the most-read stories on All About Ann Arbor this year, minus COVID-19 related coverage (because we’re making another list for that). Driver killed, passenger extracted after car vaults from ditch into Ann Arbor WalgreensFrom December: On Dec. 24, an 82-year-old Ann Arbor man was killed when the car he was driving “vaulted” from a ditch into a Walgreens in Ann Arbor. The man was killed and an injured passenger, a 77-year-old Ann Arbor woman who was “significantly pinned” in the vehicle was extracted after 45 minutes. Ann Arbor police on scene of barricaded gunman situation at apartment complexFrom February: On Friday, Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to multiple reports of shots being fired in the Hidden Valley Club Apartments in Ann Arbor.
Democrats sweep Washtenaw County State Rep. races
ANN ARBOR, MI - Voters have elected four Democrats to represent Ann Arbor-area communities in the Michigan House of Representatives. Brabec, who represents District 4 on the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners and is a clinical psychologist. Lasinski, a former Ann Arbor School Board member, will fulfill third and final term. The Ann Arbor Democrat and former county commissioner was first elected to the state House in 2016 and re-elected in 2018 by a nearly-identical margin over Holland. In the 54th District, State Rep. Ronnie Peterson, D-Ypsilanti Township, won his third and final term.mlive.com
Women’s march in Ann Arbor encourages people to vote, empower women
ANN ARBOR, MI — Dozens of people gathered at the University of Michigan Diag Saturday afternoon in an effort to encourage people to vote in the November election. “We see this march as an extension of that mission, to be able to elevate and amplify women’s voices and make sure that all women’s voices are heard, but also that everyone’s voice is heard and everyone’s vote is counted in this election,” Oberly said. On the Diag, women held signs with various messages about women’s reproductive rights, health care and empowering both women and men to vote. “We want to make sure that the voter’s rights are upheld, and that we’re not suppressing the vote, eliminating options to vote,” Todak said. The duo were marching for all rights for women, but the two main topics were women’s reproductive rights and representation in government.mlive.com
Independent music venues look to Lansing for assistance amid pandemic
Many stars -- from Motown to Bob Seeger, Big Sean, Madonna, Kid Rock, Jack White and Eminem -- became big names playing big venues, but the smaller venues have fostered an ongoing business and culture that’s in danger of disappearing. In May, the organization estimated 90% of independent venues nationwide could close down permanently due to COVID-19. There are more than 80 Michigan venues that are a part of NIVA, most are in Metro Detroit. These independent venues asked the federal government for assistance and didn’t receive any. NIVA said it needs about $10 million for the more than 80 independent venues across the state to stay afloat.