November 29, 2021

HOW ABOUT THAT GAME?! Michigan football defeated Ohio State 42-27 as an underdog in a raucous and snowy Big House on Saturday. Thousands of fans stormed the field to celebrate the Wolverines’ first win against the team in a decade, ending an eight-game losing streak.

POST OF THE WEEK: After The Game, the Ann Arbor Fire Department threw shade at Michigan’s in-state rival

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Senior running back Hassan Haskins scored five rushing touchdowns on Saturday. Maddie Hinkley/Daily. Buy this photo.

COMPLY OR GOODBYE: The city of Ann Arbor initiated the discipline process for several Ann Arbor city employees for failure to meet the city’s COVID-19 vaccine requirements for all city workers, according to MLive. The disciplinary action comes after deadlines have been repeatedly pushed back and months of encouragement for employees to receive the vaccine.

“Non-union staff have been placed on a 30-day unpaid leave. Those that are members of a labor organization will be progressed through the steps of the progressive disciplinary process as called for in their collective bargaining agreements,” City Administrator Milton Dohoney wrote in a memo to City Council, obtained by MLive. “Both union and non-union employees may come forward any time with proof of vaccination and the administrative process will cease. If they elect not to, then termination will be the final step.”

As of Tuesday, nine employees remained out of compliance with the mandate, according to a tweet from Councilmember Travis Radina, D-Ward 3.

IN THE RUNNING: Dharma Akmon, an Ann Arbor Library trustee, announced that she will be running for the Ward 4 City Council seat currently held by Councilmember Elizabeth Nelson, D-Ward 4. 

“I’m running for City Council because our residents deserve strong city services and good governance, because people who want to live here increasingly can’t afford housing, and because we’re at a critical crossroads with climate change,” Akmon wrote on her website.

A2 MAKES THE A-LIST:  Ann Arbor was named to a global “A-List” for climate transparency and leadership by the Carbon Disclosure Project. Over 1,000 cities from around the world were evaluated, and Ann Arbor was one of the 95 cities named to the A-List. 

“I’m so delighted that the people of Ann Arbor are committed to being climate action leaders,” Mayor Christopher Taylor said in a press release. “We have a plan to transform our community to carbon neutrality in a way that is equitable, urgent, and effective. We recognize that it is our moral obligation to do our part.”

“BO KNEW”: On Tuesday, the statue of former Michigan football coach Bo Schembechler outside of the University of Michigan’s Schembechler Hall was found covered with red paint and the words, “Bo knew” and “#HailToTheVictims.” The act references allegations that Schembechler knew about the sexual abuse of football players by former athletic doctor Robert Anderson.

An anonymous local resident claimed responsibility for the action in an email to local media and said the act was in solidarity with the Hail to the Victims campaign led by survivors of Anderson who have been protesting for the past few months.

“It is time for the world to know that Bo is responsible for the abuse of innumerable Michigan football players,” the resident wrote.

“We understand and appreciate the passionate advocacy on behalf of those who were abused by the late Robert Anderson,” University spokesperson Rick Fitzgerald wrote in an email to The Daily. “But the vandalism to the University of Michigan statue of Bo Schembechler will be investigated fully in order to hold those responsible accountable for their actions.”

CONSTRUCTION CONTINUES: From today until Friday, the city of Ann Arbor will be working on an infrastructure project installing underground conduits and fiber-optic cables. The undertaking will require lane and sidewalk closures of multiple downtown streets. 

“Parents are scrambling after schools suddenly cancel class over staffing and burnout”NPR

“Community coalition proposes pilot plan for non-police response in Ann Arbor”Concentrate

“Michigan-Ohio State sex abuse survivors will protest together before football game”MLive

“How a high school student inspired Ann Arbor’s groundbreaking tampon law”MLive

“Longtime Michigan Theater director still has passion for Ann Arbor, ‘a town that loves the arts’”MLive

“Kimchi, sauerkraut and pickles: The Brinery has been fermenting in Ann Arbor for a decade”MLive

“Ann Arbor fiber artist draws inspiration from nature for tufted rugs, wall hangings”MLive

“Ann Arbor’s Blank Slate Creamery receives national honor for three flavors”MLive

“Ann Arbor opening new recycling plant. Here’s what not to put in curbside bins”MLive

Washtenaw County reported 239 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours and 2,207 cases in the past two weeks. 76.2% of Washtenaw County residents aged 16 and over and 35.7% of residents aged 5 to 11 have received at least one vaccine dose. 

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