Ann Arbor daily telegraph for September 14, 2012: Belle Isle, Busch’s recall, Guatemala eruption, Detroit Free Press exodus

Please note that the name of this newsletter has changed from the "Daily Telegram" to the "Daily Telegraph", to avoid confusion with the Adrian, Michigan "Daily Telegram" newspaper.

Apples, cheese, sticks, lava, speeding bicycles, noise-making devices and old VHS tapes with big 1970s hair all feature prominently in the Friday edition of the Ann Arbor Daily Telegraph. To subscribe via email, fill out the form at or send a note to . This is an experimental production; please forward to your friends.

Middle East: Anti-American protests have spread across the region to Sudan [Reuters], Yemen [Voice of America], and continue for a fourth day in in Egypt [NY Times].

Guatemala: Tens of thousands of citizens are evacuated from villages after the Fuego volcano erupts. [Guatemalan goverment (in Spanish)] [BBC] [Wikipedia] The government is issuing volcano updates via Twitter. [@ConredGuatemala] The volcano has erupted frequently, with historical records of ashfall and lava flows noted since 1524. [Smithsonian] Video: [Daily Motion]

Detroit / Lansing: Under a proposed 30 year lease, Belle Isle in Detroit would come under the authority of the State of Michigan parks system which would upgrade long-neglected park facilities. [Bloomberg/SFGate] The proposal would institute a $10 annual fee for park use, the same fee now used to grant access to all state parks. [Detroit Free Press] Some Detroit city council members have expressed opposition to the parks deal, leading a chant of "It’s the people’s park! Whose city? Our city! Keep the Vote No Takeover!" at an August 1 rally. [Voice of Detroit]

New York: Attorney Richard Bernstein of Birmingham, Michigan is suing New York City after being hit by a bicycle and badly injured in Central Park. The lawsuit alleges violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act because the park cannot be reached without crossing a road on which speed limits for bicycles are not enforced. [Oakland Press] The crash came a week after a New York Daily News story on the dangers of speeding bicyclists. [New York Daily News]

Detroit: The latest Detroit Free Press buyout will thin the ranks of the newsroom with the early retirement of 22 staffers from the Gannett paper. [Deadline Detroit] The buyouts had been announced in July. [Poynter] [Gannett Blog]

Westland, Michigan: A new policy places a $5 minimum fee for Freedom of Information Act requests, even if no documents are found in a search. [Observer and Eccentric] [FOIA Coordinator]

Michigan Apples: Area apple orchards, hard hit by springtime frosts, are planning to still open up this fall, relying on entertainment like corn mazes to make up for a short crop. [Detroit Free Press, with map] The Dexter Cider Mill is open and is bringing in apples from other parts of Michigan. [] The apple harvest is going very slowly for growers, with some varieties ripening out of their normal order. [MSU Extension]

Listeria contamination: Busch's Markets in Ann Arbor have announced a recall of chicken pot pies due to concerns of contamination with Listeria. [Ann Arbor Journal] [CBS] Spartan Stores, which has stores throughout Michigan and distributes some products to Busch's, has issued recalls for over 100 deli products including pot pie mix. [Petoskey News] [FDA] The Centers for Disease Control is tracking a multistate outbreak of Listeria-related disease from contaminated cheese; none of that cheese was distributed to Michigan. [CDC]

Ann Arbor: The Ann Arbor District Library is negotiating digital licenses directly with publishers to allow patrons to download their works for use. [Jon Udell] Among the first of these is a license for music through Magnatune, with over 1,000 albums available for download. [AADL]

University of Michigan: The Board of Regents will require a security screening before allowing attendance at upcoming meetings. This policy takes effect with the September 20, 2012 meeting, and is said not to be in response to any specific threat. The announced restrictions do not place any specific limits on cameras, cell phones, or other recording devices, but "sticks, poles, and noise-making devices" are prohibited. [University Record]

University of Michigan: Construction crews ruptured a small gas line on Thursday. [UMich Police] They are working as part of $29 million expansion of the Institute for Social Research. [] [UMich AEC]

Detroit Tigers vs Chicago White Sox rained out; the game will be played on Monday. Fans waiting for the game to be called watched the Bears-Packers game on the stadium screen; Green Bay beat Chicago, 23-10. [Micki Maynard] [NFL]

Michigan vs Massachusetts at Michigan Stadium football is on Saturday; game time is 3:30 p.m. Plan your game-day travel accordingly. Michigan is favored by over 45 points. [The Spread] Last week's Pioneer High School game-day parking price was $50.00. [Facebook] UMass has lost their first two games this year, but almost upset the Wolverines in 2010. [Massachusetts Daily Collegian]

Former Michigan governor Jennifer Granholm was once on The Dating Game. Check out the big 1978 hair in this newly restored VHS dub. [Youtube]


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