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Posted on Thu, Jan 28, 2010 : 10:30 a.m.

Newsstand review: iPad, Toyota recall, Shakespearean Robert Bobb

By Edward Vielmetti

On Thursdays I'm writing a newsstand review of publications - quarterly, seasonal, monthly, weekly, and daily - that are available on newsstands and in places of free distribution in Ann Arbor. Free does not necessarily mean free for everyone; this week's roundup includes the Wall Street Journal, which you can pick up free at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business if you manage to pass as a student or faculty or (better yet) prospective donor.

This week's collection also includes the Michigan Daily, University Record, Ann Arbor Journal, Consider, Dividend, Detroit Metro Times, Real Detroit, and the Monroe Street Journal.

Jan. 28: Wall Street Journal, daily published by News Corp. and distributed free of charge to anyone who picks one up at the Ross School of Business. Photo: Steve Jobs announces the iPad, "gambles on a new line of gadgets"; Toyota dealer putting "No Sale" placards on recalled vehicles in sales lots; President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech. Cover: Stephon Marbury, former NBA star who endorsed shoes for the now defunct Steve and Barry's chain, is in Taiyuan, China, winning new friends with his basketball play and his blog. Inside: two page spread on the Toyota recall, with a focus on the Elkhart, Ind. auto supplier CTS which makes the accelerator assemblies that are the focus of the attention.

Jan. 28: Ann Arbor Journal, a weekly Saline-based newspaper that covers Ann Arbor. Front page: Some city leaders, unnamed, take pay cut; two different research groups based in Ohio, unnamed, survey county residents on a transit tax; several county commissioners, unnamed, go "off script" to praise presumptive incoming Washtenaw County Adminstrator Verna McDaniel. Photo: Austin Rudin and Jonathan Black like Ann Arbor because there are lots of fun things to do and places to go like the skatepark that hasn't been built yet.

Jan. 27: Detroit Metro Times weekly. Cover: "To Bobb or Not to Bobb," an unfinished tragicomedy of Robert Bobb and the Detroit Public Schools in Shakespearean style. "Double, double, toil and trouble / Appoint consultants, stay in your bubble."  Columnist Jack Lessenberry blames cable television and "working-class idiots" for - well, I'm not sure what for, you read the column. Insert: previews of the "Metrotimes Blowout," 200 bands, 15 venues, March 3-6 in Hamtramck.

Jan. 27: Real Detroit Weekly. Cover: Femila Coutre's Emily Thornhill and Fotoula Lambros from their studio and storefront in fashionable Ferndale. Theater: The Full Monty on stage at Stagecrafters in Royal Oak; The Wizard of Oz at the Fisher Theater. Beer: Royal Oak Brewery in Royal Oak; Winter Beer Fest at Royal Oak Music Theatre. Video: True crime documentary Detroit Mob Confidential from Scott Burstein. Music: Ann Arbor Folk Festival preview.

Jan. 27: The Statement, the Daily's news magazine, covers the Graveyard Shift: Ann Arbor's 4 a.m. workforce. Dameon Holmes sorts 546 dozen bagels for Barry Bagels; Jeremy Raiford makes the rounds for Housing Security; Keyshia Brown cooks pancakes at the Hill Dining Center; Dave Steiner cleans the Michigan Union. Back page: Faisal Masood goes home to the "normalcy that encircles sporadic tumult" in his native land of Pakistan.

Jan. 27: Michigan Daily, Wednesday. Photo: Forward DeShawn Sims blocked by Michigan State forward Raymar Morgan in 57-56 loss. University: Incoming provost Phil Hanlon was considering a position at the University of North Carolina. Crime: Only 500 students have registered their electronics with the Department of Public Safety. City: Hotel proposals for Library Lot. Events: review of New York Times reporter Micheline Maynard's speech at the Ross School Blau Auditorium on foreign investment.

Jan. 26: Michigan Daily, Tuesday. Math professor Phil Hanlon selected as provost. Photo: Carol Jantsch teaches the tuba to Charles Mann. University: Senate Assembly and SACUA support academic freedom; admissions up 4.9% over last year. Rackham Public Policy student Sara Bonner going to Haiti with Tearfund, a British relief agency.

Jan. 25: University Record. Photo: Visiting Urban Prep (Chicago) students Steven May, Lawrence Mead and Demetrius Russell with Michigan alumnus George Dong on the steps of Angell Hall. Front page: 2010 accreditation report; sustainability council. Historical photo: Intramural Sports Building, designed by Smith, Hinchman and Grylls, in a 1935 photo from the Bentley Historical Library. Obituaries: Political scientist J. David Singer, 84; Japanese politics specialist Robert Ward, 93; microbiologist Rolf Freter, 83.

Jan. 25: The Monroe St. Journal, published weekly for students at the Ross School of Business. Photo: Santa Babies Bar crawl. Front page: Citizens United v Federal Election Commission is "profoundly anti-democratic," says contributing writer Tom Carter. Travel report: 23 Ross students visit Istanbul, Turkey as part of BA685, "International Business Immersion - Turkey and the EU." Inside: profile of strategy professor Aneel Karnani, Ann Arbor Pedicab co-owner Calvin Schemanski. Back page: half page house ad "Writers wanted."

Jan. 20: Consider, 4-page weekly. Cover: Has the new Michigan smoking ban gone too far? Back cover: Recruiting for the University of Michigan team for the 2010-2011 Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl.

Fall 2009: Dividend, twice annual glossy marketing magazine from the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business. Cover: Detroit Lions team president Tom Lewand, MBA 1996; his "job mirrors the reality at many distressed companies, some of which are a short ride from the Lions' suburban Detroit headquarters." Inside: Photos of alumni club events in Boston, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Mumbai, India, and Frankfurt, Germany.

Edward Vielmetti sneaks into University of Michigan buildings to raid the news racks for  Reach him at 734-330-2465.