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Posted on Fri, Mar 23, 2012 : 1:48 p.m.

5 most popular stories on March 18-23

By Elizabeth Edwards

From reported cougar sightings to a literary argument, it was an interesting week in Ann Arbor. Football news trumped the list with the announcement of a verbal commitment from a top-ranked tailback.

Here's the list of this week's five most popular stories:

1. Michigan football picks up commitment from Ohio's No.1 tailback, Deveon Smith: The Wolverines picked up a verbal commitment Saturday from top-ranked Ohio running back Deveon Smith, according to The Wolverine and other recruiting outlets.

2. Ann Arbor man punched during literary argument: A 34-year-old Ann Arbor man was sent to the hospital with a head injury after another man punched him on Saturday during a literary argument, according to police.

3. U-M Police: Possible cougar spotted on North Campus: The University of Michigan Department of Public Safety is alerting the public that an animal described as a “possible cougar” was spotted Thursday near Hubbard Road between Green Road and Stone Road.

4. Evan Smotrycz's mom says he 'wasn't happy,' holds no ill-will toward Michigan basketball program: Evan Smotrycz's decision to leave the Michigan basketball program was far from spur of the moment.

5. Ann Arbor pediatrician Howard Weinblatt must move as part of peeping sentence: On Tuesday, Washtenaw County Trial Court Judge Donald Shelton decided to sentence Weinblatt to five years of probation, which included a condition that he must move from his home, situated just 11 feet from the victim’s family’s home in Burns Park.



Fri, Mar 23, 2012 : 8 p.m.

What surprises me is why there was no mention of the 500+ people who demonstrated against the HHS Mandate and associated attacks on First Ammendment freedom of religion in front of the Ann Arbor Federal Building at noon today. It's not just Ann, it's the press in general. Rallies were held in 400 cities across the US and the main stream media has not mentioned a word. Amazing, one would have thought religious freedom was worth more than a man punched over a literary argument.

Nathan Bomey

Fri, Mar 23, 2012 : 8:02 p.m.

@Sailor, here's our story about the protest: