Wednesday, August 3, 2016 - 8:53pm
Ann Arbor City Council election results

Of the five City Council members up for re-election this year, only three were challenged in the Democratic primary. In the Tuesday primary election, all three prevailed, and, because Ann Arbor traditionally votes overwhelmingly Democratic, Councilmembers Sumi Kailasapathy (D–Ward 1), Graydon Krapohl (D–Ward 4) and Chuck Warpehoski (D–Ward 5) will most likely be re-elected in November.

Monday, August 1, 2016 - 11:32pm
Chuck Warpehoski at an election party Tuesday evening

Incumbent Councilmember Chuck Warpehoski (D–Ward 5) has won the Democratic primary election for Ann Arbor City Council’s Fifth Ward recieving 2,424 votes, defeating his challenger Kevin Leeser who recieved 1,120.

Because no candidate is running as a Republican for the council seat, Warpehoski will be the most likely winner of the November general election. 

Monday, August 1, 2016 - 11:28pm
Yousef Rabhi addresses supporters after declaring victory at his watch party on Tuesday.

Yousef Rabhi has been announced as the winner of the Democratic primary for the Michigan House of Representatives’ 53rd District seat with 16 precints reporting, edging out his opponent Steven Kwasny.

With all but four precints reporting, Rabhi recieved 7,237 votes to his opponents' 1,225 with a voter turnout of at least 14 percent.

Washtenaw County Commissioner Yousef Rabhi declared his candidacy when incumbent State Representative Jeff Irwin (D–Ann Arbor) was barred from running for re-election due to term limits.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - 6:49pm

Editor's Note: The print edition of this article referred innacurately referred to Leeser and Warpehoski as residing in Ward 3. The two candidates are Ward 5 residents.

Kevin Leeser, a nurse at the University of Michigan Health System, hopes his bid to unseat incumbent City Councilmember Chuck Warpehoski (D–Ward 5) can shift the state of affairs in city government to be more receptive to the needs of constituents.

Saturday, July 16, 2016 - 12:30pm

All University of Michigan-affiliated personnel in Turkey are safe and accounted for as of Saturday morning, according to the University’s Public Affairs Office.

Thursday, July 14, 2016 - 6:54pm

Citing recent national events and instances of police brutality, the Ann Arbor Human Rights Commission — which is composed of City Council appointees — unanimously passed a statement Wednesday calling on city officials to expedite the creation of a civilian board to monitor the Ann Arbor Police Department.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016 - 1:25am

In Money Magazine’s annual ranking of best-value colleges, the University of Michigan jumped from 18th to second place nationally in one year, behind only Princeton University.

In addition to be the highest-ranking Michigan university on the list — with Michigan State University in 54th place and Michigan Technological University in 90th — the University was also the highest-ranking public university.

Thursday, July 7, 2016 - 10:42pm
Ann Arbor Mayor Christopher Taylor listens during a City Council meeting on Thursday.

In November, Ann Arbor residents will vote on a ballot measure that would extend the terms of city councilmembers and the mayor to four years — with the goal of boosting voter turnout in local elections — following a 7-4 vote by City Council Wednesday evening.

However, a parallel resolution seeking to overhaul municipal elections into non-partisan blanket primaries — where party identification would not be listed for candidates — failed in a 7-4 vote.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016 - 9:06pm
Ann Arbor Township supervisor Michael Moran speaks at Washtenaw County Commission Wednesday

Citing more than three decades of disappointment with state environmental regulators, local authorities in Washtenaw County are increasing their support for the designation of a toxic plume of groundwater as an Environmental Protection Agency Superfund site — a federal designation for areas in need of major clean up of harazdous substances.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016 - 8:54pm
Miranda Riggs

After enrolling 6,505 freshmen in 2014 — overshooting a target class size of 6,000 — administrators expressed frustration that over-enrollment was straining the University’s housing and instructional resources. To combat this over-enrollment, admissions procedures were changed for the subsequent freshman class by reducing early admission offers and making greater use of the waitlist. As a result, only 6,071 freshmen entered campus in 2015.