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Posted on Fri, Mar 11, 2011 : 11:30 a.m.

Ann Arbor news roundup: March 11

By Carol Tietz


Brandy Ekins of Jackson drives 70 miles round-trip five days a week to her job in Ann Arbor and is worried about the rising cost of gas.

Lon Horwedel |'s daily roundup offers you a look at some of the stories on our site today, as well as other content about Ann Arbor around the Web.

Top headlines on our site: • Ann Arbor entrepreneur at hotel in Hawaii is evacuated as tsunami wreaks havoc • University of Michigan officials solicit public input on the campus trespass policy • Former Ann Arbor real estate company owner sentenced to prison for possessing child pornography • Economic outlook: Oil prices present 'significant downside risk' to Washtenaw County's projected economic recovery


News: • Man accused of sexually assaulting two girls in Washtenaw County also faces charges in Wayne County • Purses stolen from two vehicles in Superior Township • Sheriff's department investigates 3 Ypsilanti Township burglaries • Daily Links to Ann Arbor: Settlement raises privacy vs. victims' rights issues; House Muslim hearings bring out strong emotions • Thief swipes unlocked car in Dexter • Overnight snowfall sends Ann Arbor-area motorists sliding off roads, freeways • Trash-bag brouhaha: Chelsea residents say see-through sacks violate their privacy • Changes on the way to clean-up plan for contaminated groundwater under Ann Arbor • What does Gov. Snyder's budget mean to you? Town hall meeting to address question • Man charged in connection with indecent exposure incidents on and near University of Michigan campus • 'Don't give me sympathy,' Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder tells fellow governors at national conference • Proposed charter high school in Ypsilanti Township hopes to take applications soon, organizers say • Students' personal information improperly provided to third party, Eastern Michigan University says • Portion of Liberty Road in Scio Township closed due to flooding • ACLU of Michigan invokes Westboro Baptist Church ruling in letter that urges specific revisions to University of Michigan policy • Detroit Free Press: Judge seeks compromise in naming inmates in $100-million prison sex abuse settlement • Chelsea Area Fire Authority expects fire station improvement project to start next month • Thief breaks car window, steals woman's purse on Orchard Street in Ypsilanti, police say


Business Review: • Retail Report: Champion Window replaces Hollywood Video in Packard Road store in Pittsfield Township • Former J Neil's Mongolian Grille in downtown Ypsilanti could reopen as US 12 Bar and Grill • Governor explains rationale behind 'tough calls' he's made to address state budget deficit • Live webcast of economic forecast and Rick Snyder's speech at's Outlook event • Economic outlook: Ann Arbor area poised to add 8,000 jobs over next 3 years, University of Michigan economists report • University of Michigan releases 2011-13 Washtenaw County economic forecast • Rick Haglund Column: If Michigan lives or dies by Detroit, it's time to take a hard look at Rick Snyder's revenue-sharing plan • Harvey Berman Column: Top 10: What every green building contract should consider • Michigan Innovation: University of Michigan engineers honored for pioneering efforts, work with high-tech start-ups • People & Achievements in the greater Ann Arbor area, including ArtServe and Fine Floors and Eastern Michigan University • Paparazzi: LaFontaine Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Saline announces winner of Kiss the Car contest


Sports: • With Polls: Huron and Skyline to play in district basketball final; 6 other Washtenaw County teams play for titles • Michigan basketball life on the bubble: The Wolverines get to make a case today • Live Chat: Join for a live chat during today's Michigan-Illinois Big Ten tournament quarterfinal • Notes, quotes and observations from the first day of the Big Ten tournament • State Finals Preview: Saline poised to repeat as Division 1 swimming state champions • Pioneer diver Nick Nemetz to vie for second state title this weekend • Pioneer swimming coach Denny Hill not going anywhere soon • Tim Hardaway Sr. will be on the mic for his son's Michigan basketball game • ESPN Radio: Former Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez offers some support to Jim Tressel • Q&A with Al Borges, offensive coordinator of the Michigan football team • Harrisburg Patriot-News: Ohio State coach Jim Tressel: Image is far from reality, columnist says • Michigan basketball's versatility led it to the brink of the NCAA tournament • Top 5 quotes from Michigan football team's press conference Wednesday • Life on the Michigan basketball bubble: Pay attention to these games today • Michigan football team renews emphasis on beating Spartans and Buckeyes • The natural: Michigan guard Darius Morris has displayed exceptional talent from a young age


Entertainment: • Metro Times: 'Battle: Los Angeles' tries to have it both ways • Metro Times: 'Red Riding Hood' a difficult slog • Comedian Kevin Hart brings down the house in EMU appearance • Nothing silent about filmmaker Kevin Smith as he screens latest film, hosts Q&A Thursday night • Druid and Atlantic Theater Company's 'The Cripple of Inishmaan' is a sturdy dark comedy • Irish band Blackthorn returns to The Ark for benefit concert • Cinema Chat: Kevin Smith, 'Somewhere,' 'Battle: LA,' 'Mars Needs Moms,' and more at the movies • No reservations about Ann Arbor Civic Theatre's engrossing 'Doubt' • MTV's 'The Real World' casting in Ann Arbor on Saturday • U-M alumni band plans concert Sunday • The New Theatre Project has new space and show updates • Quality 16 announces winners of Oscar predictions contest • Self-portraiture exhibit showcases the 'Faces' of the WSG Gallery • Eilen Jewell bringing her distinctive sound - and a tribute to Loretta Lynn - to The Ark • Ann Arbor composer wins first prize in competition • Kerrytown Concert House hosting 'Journey to Africa' • With Video: U-M cellist Madeline Huberth heading to Australia to perform with YouTube Symphony • With Video: Davy Rothbart-inspired film 'Easier with Practice' will have its Michigan premiere at the Yellow Barn


Community: • Column: Q&A with Sue McCormick: Responsibility for fixing sidewalks might shift to city • Area veterinarian uses Pulsed Signal Therapy to offer relief from chronic disease and to spur healing • Column: Frantically searching for inner peace, one elusive lesson at a time • Pet Photo Friday: Giving props to older pets • Candid Cancer: A report on the 40 year war on cancer, part 1 - Progress has been erratic • 'Invisible Children' film about child abduction and abuse in Uganda may inspire permanent change • Mentoring today to help train the next generation of veterinary medicine providers • On the House:Tips for insulating a drafty basement • Friday food web mashup w/a breakfast twist: Readers, I hear you • Peggy Lampman's Friday dinnerFeed: Asian-Tofu with Vegetables • The Gospel of John, a live off-Broadway and U.S. touring performance, at First United Methodist Church of Ann Arbor • Our Values: Is Wisconsin's budget crisis real? • With Poll: Who has the best Lenten fish fry? Your guide to fish dinners around town • When designing a kitchen remodeling project, traffic flow is the key • For Christians, Lent is a time to reflect and reconnect on a spiritual journey

News about Ann Arbor from elsewhere: • Detroit Free Press: House Muslim hearing brings out strong emotions • Detroit Free Press: Settlement raises issues of abused inmates' privacy, victims' rights • Michigan Daily: Plans for Monroe Street pedestrian mall delayed • Detroit News: Metro area natives watched buildings sway, trains shake in Japan • Dexter Leader: Michigan Department of Natural Resources recommends changes to Mill Creek Park plan • Daily Press & Argus: Officials expect to have land acquisitions in place this month for new I-96 interchange • Daily Press & Argus: State Police to search for motorist violations at railroad crossings