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ANN ARBOR, MI – A robotic delivery service that roamed the streets of Ann Arbor for the last year will no longer be bringing people tasty goods.

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Robotic delivery service pulls commercial fleet from Ann Arbor streets

An Ann Arbor “last mile” technology company has pulled its commercial operations out of the city due to an expansion in Texas.

Refraction AI, a robotic delivery service, announced to its employees earlier this month that it would be shutting down commercial operations in Ann Arbor but would be keeping design operations in the city, a spokesperson confirmed Friday, Oct. 15.

Life in the ‘dead zone’: How thousands in Washtenaw County get by without broadband

Christine Deacons went to McDonald’s when the world shut down.

The COVID-19 lockdowns pushed the college lecturer’s classes online. But her home on a dirt road minutes outside the village of Manchester, 25 miles southeast of Ann Arbor, remained stuck in an internet “dead zone,” Deacons said.

Downtown Ann Arbor serial break-in suspect arraigned on 6 felony charges

A man is facing six 10-year felonies after being accused of perpetrating a string of break ins in downtown Ann Arbor in early October.

Matthew Jonathan Gibbings was arraigned Thursday, Oct. 21, on six felony breaking and entering charges in connection with a string of break ins reported between Oct. 9-11.

Gibbings, 42, is accused of breaking into six downtown Ann Arbor businesses in a two-block area, smashing his way into each business and stealing cash after breaking open cash registers, according to the Ann Arbor Police Department.

‘Bigger, better and glowier’: YpsiGLOW set to light up Ypsilanti streets

The sixth-annual luminary festival in Ypsilanti will be “bigger and better and glowier” than ever before, according to organizers of the festival.

YpsiGLOW, organized and hosted by WonderFool Productions, is 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29, in downtown Ypsilanti. The theme of this year’s event is “Connections: Stars Shine Brightest Together.”

Saline parents among those suing AG Garland over directive addressing threats targeting school boards

Saline Area Schools’ display of a Black Lives Matter flag, promotion of culturally responsive teaching and adoption of policies for transgender students are part of a federal lawsuit alleging parents are being silenced in speaking critically of such topics.

The lawsuit was filed Tuesday, Oct. 19, on behalf of parents from Saline and Loudoun County, Virginia, against U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland, who recently directed federal authorities to have strategy sessions with law enforcement to address increasing threats targeting school board members, teachers and other school employees.

Ann Arbor School Board member removed from committees for social media use

Ann Arbor School Board member Jeff Gaynor has been removed from his committee duties for the remainder of the year.

Board President Bryan Johnson informed Gaynor he was being removed, effective immediately, on Wednesday, Oct. 20, for his use of social media to discuss board and district business.

His removal comes a week after the board voted to censure Gaynor, with a recommendation he be removed from committee assignments. In his email, Johnson said he can reassess Gaynor’s committee assignments at the board’s organizational meeting in January 2022.

Woman pleads no contest to killing man in drunk driving crash

A woman accused of driving while intoxicated and causing a crash near Chelsea that led to the death of a man has taken a plea offer.

Karan DeWalls pleaded no contest Thursday, Oct 14, to one count each of operating while intoxicated causing death and operating while intoxicated causing serious injury, court records show.

Ypsilanti couple to stand trial for resisting and obstructing police in shooting investigation

The Ypsilanti Township woman who was punched by a Washtenaw County sheriff’s deputy will stand trial with her husband for resisting and obstructing police in a 2020 shooting investigation.

Sha’Teina and Daniyal Grady El face the charges after an AG review of an alleged police misconduct incident by Deputy Austin Pearson, who struck Sha’Teina Grady El three times in response to her biting his arm hard enough to draw blood. Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel found in September 2020 that the deputy was justified in his actions.

‘We are powerful’: EMU students protest fraternities named in sexual abuse lawsuits

Hannah Berberoglu is unafraid to talk about the rape she experienced when she was 14. She recalls how the man “walks free” to this day after assaulting her in her own home.

Berberoglu, now a 16-year-old high school junior taking advanced classes at Eastern Michigan University, derives from that experience a level of indignation over sexual assault on campus. On Tuesday, that anger was focused on the EMU fraternities at the center of a federal sexual assault lawsuit.

Inspection photos reveal Ann Arbor bridge’s deteriorating condition

Ann Arbor officials are still discussing and debating a proposed design contract for rehabbing and possibly widening the East Medical Center Drive bridge.

The nearly 40-year-old span, which serves as a main access drive off Fuller Road for Michigan Medicine, the University of Michigan hospital system, is in poor condition, an inspection report obtained by The Ann Arbor News/MLive shows.

Ann Arbor OKs plan to cut down hundreds of trees for 57-home luxury subdivision

City officials have OK’d plans for national homebuilder Toll Brothers to cut down hundreds of landmark trees and develop a 57-home luxury subdivision in a wooded area in northeast Ann Arbor.

City Council voted 8-3 this week to OK the controversial Concord Pines development, slated to take shape along the east side of Earhart Road north of Geddes Road.

Some council members argued the project is not in line with the city’s sustainability goals, which call for all-electric buildings powered by renewable energy and protecting the city’s urban forest, while council members who approved the project said, even if they don’t like it, it’s a by-right development that meets the city’s zoning code and they had to approve it.

Bridge in Ypsilanti’s Depot Town cracked, in ‘poor’ condition and needs replacing, inspections say

A bridge across the Huron River at the heart of Ypsilanti’s Depot Town sits on top of a shifting riverbed and has cracked beams, among other deteriorated features, leading inspectors to recommend replacement for several years running, according to three years of bridge safety reports.

On Tuesday, Oct. 19, city council took one of the first steps toward a new bridge — a costly proposition that could run more than $7 million, officials estimate — by unanimously authorizing a replacement study.

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Delivery robot out of service, how people get by without broadband: Ann Arbor headlines Oct. 16-21


Delivery robot out of service, how people get by without broadband: Ann Arbor headlines Oct. 16-21