BY DOMINICK SOKOTOFF AND SHANNON STOCKING
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.
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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.
“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.
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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