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College towns like Ann Arbor beget more notable people

Why do famous folks come from college communities? Apparently it's a combination of nature (smart parents) and nurture (innovative environment). Or so says Wikipedia.
 
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"Another key element he adds is "exposure to early innovation," citing the businesses that take off in colleges and, particularly for notable musicians, the exposure to innovative record stores, concerts and radio stations.
 
He attributes exposure to ideas as key to the success of those born in cities. "It's much better to grow up around ideas than to grow up around backyards," Stephens-Davidowitz remarks."
 
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Car share works better in suburbs when paired with transit

I know it seems impossible to believe but there are suburban communities working on transportation strategies that don't rely on everyone owning a car. I know, wacky, huh?
 
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"For that reason, it was suggested that potential suburban car-sharing services form partnerships with regional transit providers. The coordination makes good sense: transit agencies put some money up front now with the expectation of gaining new habitual riders in the future, while the car-sharing service breaks into the suburban commuter market. That idea is already starting to play out; Portland's TriMet recently partnered with Zipcar to offer car-sharing at three transit stations."
 
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Ann Arbor area among happiest metros in the US

Though you might not know it reading the comment section of the local paper, Ann Arbor is a happy happy place.
 
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"Some metro areas scored higher than others for the different factors used to determine well-being. Ann Arbor, Mich., scored highest in life evaluation. Meanwhile, Honolulu, Hawaii, scored highest for emotional health and San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles in California scored highest for work environment. Holland-Grand Haven in Michigan scored highest for physical heath and access to basic necessities, and Salinas, Calif., scored highest for healthy behaviors."
 
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Do you understand the Ann Arbor male fashion sense?

Apparently the Ann Arbor male has a dress style that distinguishes him from the rest of the collegiate pack. 
 
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"What makes this Fashionisto and other fashion conscious Ann Arbor males really stand out though are their unique accessories that add both edginess and dimension to their combinations. I enjoy how he embraces color in his outfit, confidently wearing a plum colored scarf rather than a neutral black or gray one. It adds a pop of color to his otherwise neutral outfit and is also quite practical for the weather. Moreover, as a fellow "four-eyed" comrade, I love his glasses. They accentuate his facial features, bring out his eye color, and give off a sense of intellectual curiosity -- something that truly distinguishes and unites all Michigan students in our welcoming academic community."
 
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Researchers plan for 9000 talking cars in Ann Arbor

The real question is how many of them will just complain about potholes?
 
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"Nearly 3,000 wirelessly connected cars, buses, trucks and motorcycles already are operating in Ann Arbor as a part of the study conducted by the university’s Transportation Research Institute and funded in large part by the U.S. Department of Transportation.
 
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U-M among best colleges for families with children

BestColleges.com compiiled their list of best colleges for families with kids and U-M once gain muscled its way onto another list.
 
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""To be recognized as first in the nation on the "Best Colleges For Students With Children" list is a tremendous accomplishment that highlights the type of campus culture that we've built at Purdue North Central," said PNC Chancellor Dr. James B. Dworkin. "We work very hard to make PNC and a Purdue University degree accessible for all students. Our tuition rates, financial aid, class schedule, campus child care, tutoring services, even our PNC - Porter County location, are all factors that help our students succeed.
 
Second on the list is the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor. Other Indiana universities making the list are Indiana University-Southeast - New Albany listed at 14 and Ball State University at 28."
 
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The Ann Arbor Film Festival Opens

Last night was the opening night gala but that's no reason to imss out on the rest of the fun! Now in its 52nd year the Ann Arbor Film Festival, under new directorship with Leslie Raymond, is looking to attract audiences to its one-of-a-kind work.

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"The Festival’s boundary-blurring legacy lives on bringing us brilliant tastes of what’s happening in experimental and independent film today. Program Director David Dinnell travels to film festivals around the world as part of his job. He spoke about some of his favorites, beginning with “From Deep,” a feature-length, experimental documentary about basketball created by Brett Kashmere — a timely choice as the Wolverines bask in the glow of the Sweet Sixteen."

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More coverage here. And here. Recommendations for what to check out here.

A.V. Club to shoot secret performance in Ann Arbor this weekend

The location is a secret but if you follow the Onion's non-satiric site A.V. Club on Twitter you may end up with an invite to a rock show with Those Darlins.
 
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The second city The A.V. Club intends to visit on their road-trippin' series is Music City, where they'll chill out with Cream faves (and recent inaugural performers in the Cream's "Live in the Morgue" series) Those Darlins. The Club will also kick it in Ann 
Arbor, Mich., with Protomartyr, who I very recently described as making "extremely The Fall-esque post-punk that vacillates between heavy and tuneful." This Friday, March 21, 
 
Those Darlins will play their "Pioneering" set in a secret location, and if you'd like to attend, all you have to do is a Twitter thing.
 
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Popular podcast reveals secret Ann Arbor destination

Okay, so not only do I have a new podcast I must listen to but there's a place in Ann Arbor I simply need to find. If anyone can take a lowly editor to Heyoon it would be much appreciated.
 
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"Mars focuses on the nearly invisible. "It tries to focus on all the thought that goes into the little things that people don't think about,” he added. For example, a personal favorite was when he delved into the logic behind revolving doors. The simpler the concept, the better it resonates with listeners, such as one of his bigger hits about a secret place in Ann Arbor, Mich. called "Heyoon."
 
Read the rest here. Here's the episode in question.
 

U-M grad student ends Jeopardy! champion's reign

Brilliant strategist or cold-blooded villian? Whatever your opinion of Jeopardy! champ Arthur Chu, his nearly 3 month reign has come to an end - at the hands of an Ann Arborite. I knew we were smart.
 
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"She won the game that aired Wednesday night, ending an 11-win streak by Chu that earned him $297,200 -- the third-largest haul in the popular show's history."
 
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Transit use outpaces vehicle use in U.S.

Ann Arbor is just one of many communities cited where transit use is on the rise. While local naysayers argue that expanded public transit isn't a necessity, trendlines show that they may be on the wrong side of history.
 
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"Cities showing big ridership increases include Ann Arbor, Denver, Cleveland, New York, New Orleans, Los Angeles (yes, car-crazed L.A.), Indianapolis and Tampa. Some 17 of 27 transit systems report light rail drawing bigger crowds. Bus ridership, meanwhile, is stable, but up 3.8 percent in smaller cities (those with a population below 100,000.)"
 
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Could Michigan's minimum wage get a raise?

All across the country there are states wrestling with the issue of minimum wage. Michigan is just the latest to start debating an increase to $10.10 per hour, and polls indicate there's string support for such a change.
 
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"Denno Research conducted the poll of 600 likely voters in the state’s general election.
 
"We had 65 percent were strongly supportive or somewhat supportive,” Dennis Denno told WWJ’s Marie Osborne. "Only 32 percent that were somewhat opposed or strongly opposed."

Denno said he had expected a wide variety of the results."Not surprisingly 85 percent of Democrats were supportive, but even 65 percent of independents were supportive,” Denno said. “I thought we would see significant drop off in older voters, but we didn’t see that either."
 
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Oscar nominees get taste of Zingerman's Zzang! candy bars

We wonder how many Hollywood celebs still have those delish Zingerman's chocolate bars left in their Oscar gift bags? Probably not many.

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"This year's Academy Awards ceremony was famous for all-star selfies, Liza Minnelli potshots, John Travolta's name mangling, Jennifer Lawrence's red carpet pratfall, and Ellen DeGeneres's pizza delivery. But for Zingerman's Candy Manufactory,  the highlight of the Oscars this year was the inclusion of the company's Original Zzang! Bar in swag bags handed out to celebrities and Hollywood insiders at events leading up to the awards."

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And in other Zingerman's news, website delish named the deli to its list of the nation's top cool grocery stores.

Ann Arbor-based Underground Printing makes Inc. "Build 100" list

Just out: Inc. magazine's list of companies that have consistently upped their headcounts every year, recession or not. Custom T-shirt and apparel maker Underground Printing is one of a tiny percentage of U.S. mid-market companies that consistently hired.

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"We began the Build 100 project by collecting  data  on more than 100,000 U.S. mid-market companies (those with 85 to 999 employees). We then looked at how many increased head count in every year from 2007 to 2012. Remarkably, fewer than 1.5 percent of the companies met that standard...We focused on head count rather than revenue because we found that increased hiring is more predictive of future sustained growth, and that’s what this project is all about."

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Try Ann Arbor's Sky-Tri triathlon, WSJ says

Area fitness buffs with day jobs don't have to travel far to get to the nearest triathlon. If you're already in good shape, how about Ann Arbor's Sky-Tri?

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"I'm a Jock who is...
Just Dabbling Training 4 to 6 hours per week – Six to eight weeks  could prepare you for a short-distance  event, like the  Sky-Tri  in Ann Arbor, Mich., on April 27."

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