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SELMA Cafe celebrates 5th anniversary

For five years now Selma Cafe, a completely volunteer local-foods breakfast party, has been bringing together Ann Arbor neighbors in support of a sustainable regional food economy. 
Their blog has a wonderful photo essay about their celebration and info on what they've done and what they're up to next.
Check it out here.

Ann Arbor Schools gets cyber liability insurance

Data breach has become a big problem in our Internet-reliant age. As a result APPS has decided that it needs cyber liability insurance coverage. Who knew there was such a thing?
"While Target fights to recover from the breach and is now paying for free credit monitoring for all of the affected customers, other organizations are looking into the difference that cyber liability insurance could make in case they should ever experience 
their own data breaches. Ann Arbor Public Schools has realized that this threat is a real one and that a data breach could be very harmful to them if they were to experience one without this additional security protection."
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The Huffington Post likes Ann Arbor food and drink

For everything from tomme dolce cheese to Belgian Elvis waffles to cosmopolitan night spots, this writer from the Huffington Post suggests staying, eating, and drinking a while in Ann Arbor.


"The midwestern city of Ann Arbor has a lot going for it. It's now the fifth largest city in Michigan. It is home to the University of Michigan. And this vibrant town might surprise you with its dining scene. Perhaps it's all the international residents that call it home thanks to the University. Perhaps it's the fact that Michigan is one of the country's most agriculturally diverse states. Regardless, in the last five years this city has come into its own culinarily. Some even say, after Chicago, it's the dining capitol of the midwest."

Get a taste here.

Ann Arbor is America's 12th most romantic city

No Valentine's date yet? No worries. If you're looking for V-Day dinner out in Ann Arbor, you're in good company.


"OpenTable calculated a city's romance level by ranking the percentage of restaurants in the area rated as "romantic," according to OpenTable diner reviews, the percentage of tables seated for two, and the percentage of people who dined out on Valentine's Day last  year.

More here.

Old House Gardens grows national reputation for flowers

It's early yet for flowers, but the nation's gardeners are setting aside space to plant bulbs from Ann Arbor's Old House Gardens.


"Although I have never met owner Scott Kunst, I consider him an old friend. His newsletters and catalog entries are delightfully conversational. Charlie the company cat lived a good life, and now there is a rescued black-and-white terrier named Toby installed in Charlie’s place...

I have planted numerous pint-size hardy gladioli from the Ann Arbor, Mich., company’s American-grown inventory, with great success, in big pots and in the ground. Their colors and markings are remarkable, and they come back year after year."

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U-M ranks 8th nationally for international student population

With over 6,800 international students, U-M continues to attract students from around the globe.


"Michigan's first two international students -- one from Mexico, one from Wales -- enrolled in 1847. Now the prestigious Big Ten university hosts the 8th-largest population in the country, 78% of whom come from Asia."

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Second place winners of Miami Herald Business Plan Challenge are now U-M students

A quartet of Florida students took home the second place prize from The Miami Herald's Business Plan Challenge, a fashion app called How Do I Look, which would allow customers to share pictures of themselves wearing outfits. Two of the team are now U-M students.
"Kaplan and Altman, who were seniors at Ransom Everglades when they won the award, are now at University of Michigan and will most likely pursue the study of business. Greenwald, also from Ransom, is at Tulane University studying political science. Lieberbaum, who was at Miami Beach Senior High, is now at the University of Florida and studies business.
Currently, progress has slowed, but the four had an entrepreneurial summer. “To begin with, we met with experienced entrepreneurs that we know to figure out the first step in starting our project. We then met with programmers to learn what they needed to be able to create the app,” said Greenwald. “Our first big step was working on designing the app, creating each and every possible individual page, how users could move between pages; basically deciding how it would look and work. We worked on this step for a couple months and had the app completely designed and ready to hand over to programmers.""
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A plan for assessing a community's parking needs

Is there anything uglier than a surface parking lot in a bustling downtown? Not to our eyes. Yet communities all over the country still don't understand how to effectively manage their parking needs.
"The realization that creating a place where people want to come and spend time is more important than parking unfortunately eludes many municipalities. Worrying about and wasting public money on parking is taking over the public planning process and subsequently parking is taking over our communities. So how can we put parking in its place and draw people back to public spaces?
One big step forward is to assess the supply of parking in relation to what is actually needed."
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U-M Athletics has 8 docs on the 2014 Best Doctors in America list

Best Doctors Inc lists over 50, 000 U.S. physicians on its annual list. 493 U-M docs, more than any other institution in Michigan, made the cut.
"Team physicians and orthopedic surgeons Dr. James Carpenter, Dr. Bruce Miller and Dr. Ed Wojtys were named to the prestigious list along with neurologist Dr. Jeffrey Kutcher. In addition, four consultants that work with the athletic department on a case-by-case basis received selection: James Holmes (orthopedics - foot and ankle), Anthony Chiodo (physical medicine and rehabilitation), Jennifer Kim (ENT/plastic surgery) and Jon Jacobson (radiology)."
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U-M Kellog Eye Center implants first bionic eye

<Insert Bionic Man sound effects here> Last month surgeons at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center implanted the very first bionic eye in patients with  late stage Retinitis Pigmentosa.
"The device is implanted in one eye. The patient wears glasses with a camera that converts images into electrical pulses that go to the retina.
It won't completely restore a person's vision, but it's giving people who can't see some hope."
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Ann Arbor singer competes on American Idol

Local singer/songstress Keri Lynn Roche made a play for the git TV show last after auditioning in Chicago. This year, she got the "golden ticket" during the Detroit auditions. Can she go the distance. Time will telll...
Listen to a musical sample of her pipes by clicking the video.

Did you know Ann Arbor has a Dinnerware Museum?

Okay, we knew about the reptile museum. And, of course, the kids museum, dinosaur museum, art museum and even the fire engine museum in Ypsilanti. But this one was a new one to us. And it took our friends in Toledo to draw our attention to it.
"Established in 2012 by art historian and dinnerware guru, Dr. Margaret Carney, The Dinnerware Museum holds more than a thousand international pieces in a permanent collection. Nostalgic pieces from Grandma’s table; celebrity place settings of Liberace and Henry Ford and familiar pieces that made designers famous."
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Michigan's URC gets A+ for talent, 'Needs Improvement' for startup creation

A five-year study from the Anderson Economic Group gives mixed grade to University Research Corridor, a research partnership between the University of Michigan, Michigan State University and Wayne State University. While it placed high in many categories it came in dead last in tech transfer and next to last in when it came to creating startups.
Some might see that as a black-eye. We see it as room to grow.
"However, the URC had a strong showing in other categories against the other clusters, which included North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park, California’s two Innovation Hubs and Massachusetts’ Route 128 Corridor. In fact, the URC placed first in talent production and fourth in research and development spending."
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Visions of driverless cars in Ann Arbor

The prediction: 2,000 driverless vehicles on Ann Arbor roads within eight years. Mark my words, this may be the most culturally revolutionary innovation since the Internet. And we're ground zero!
"The university has already started to make this a reality. For the last two years, Sayer has been leading a project called Safety Pilot that includes 2,800 volunteers from Ann Arbor who agreed to outfit their own cars with wireless radio communications devices that can “talk” to traffic signals at 25 intersections. The cars can also receive warnings when they are going too fast around certain curves.
By the time the 18-month project, done in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Transportation, is finished in a few months, Sayer estimates it will have collected 12 billion wireless transmissions from the volunteer vehicles--each broadcasting 10 times a second."
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A love of books begat a marriage begat Literati Bookstore

No, it's not the plot line of a some old timey literary romance. But there is literature. And there is romance. And the result is that Ann Arbor got a very cool bookstore.
"Sitting in a cozy café, a swirl of snow outside the ?frost-glazed windows and this young couple across the table from me, I suddenly feel as though I’ve stumbled into a Nora Ephron movie. The casting and plot are spot-on: Attractive, intellectual twentysomethings—of the earnest, nonhipster variety—fall for each other via an epistolary romance. Cue the film montage: Gustafson arrives in Manhattan a few months later, he and Lowe spend a romantic fall dating in New York City, and the following year they move in together. In November 2011 they get engaged (close-up of the ring), in July 2012 they move to Ann Arbor with the sole purpose of opening a bookstore together (long shot of a U-Haul on the highway heading west), and in January 2013 they sign a lease and begin construction (dial up the sounds of saws and hammers)."
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