Monday, March 31, 2008

Late night open thread

Strange laws edition:

*In Illinois, the law is that a car must be driven with the steering wheel.
*In Tennessee, it is against the law to drive a car while sleeping
*In Kentucky, it's the law that a person must take a bath once a year
*In New Jersey, cabbage can't be sold on Sunday
*In Ohio, one must have a license to keep a bear

Time for Ypsilanti, After Dark

YCD Doppler Radar 220 shows our first thunderstorms of the year

And YCD wanted to let you know first. YCD Action Weather Storm Team is on the job.

Armed teens roving the Ann Arbor night

Amazingly, three teenagers, aged 14-17 were arrested for home invasions and having stolen property in the Platt Road/Champagne Drive area early this morning. A woman arriving home noticed her garage door had been kicked in and police did a search and found nothing. Later a man awoke to find three people in his bedroom and when they realized he was awake they fled into the early morning air. When police caught up with them they found LOADED GUNS and a knife on the utes. A police spokesman said their parents had yet to be contacted as of 7 am.

You better believe we'd notify the parents. We'd haul them into court to and ask them what THEIR problem is. 2:30 am and your 14 year old is running around with loaded weapons breaking into homes? It's our opinion these are not poor misunderstood kids who need a break. Far from that. It sure looks we were one panicked moment from a teenager with a gun from having a dead homeowner in Tree City last night.

Whatever their sentence may be perhaps the parents can help them with their mandated trash pick up along the highways.

Retrial of Orange Taylor III begins today

The retrial of Orange Taylor III, charged in the murder of EMU student Laura Dickinson in December of 2006, will begin in Washtenaw County court this morning. Taylor claims he is innocent of Dickinson's murder and the original trial ended with a hung jury as one juror held out for a not guilty verdict meaning a jury deadlock. Taylor will be represented by a public defender in this case, Laura Graham, not Alvin Keel as he was in the first trial.

We've got a pretty darn good idea what happened but in the interests of fairplay and respecting the justice system, we'll keep personal feelings and raw emotions in the comments section. We look forward to your commentary on this highly charged case.

We did find one quote in the Detroit News interesting. Previewing today's case they had a quote from Taylor's mother in which she finally remembers asking him if he was innocent, she doesn't remember his verbatim answer but recalls him saying "Mom, you know this is not me".

We would have just said YES.

Late night open thread

Baseball is in the air. Johnny ran a few errands about town today and saw a dozen or so Tigers hats on the peoples.

Go get 'em, Tigers

Time for Ypsilanti, After Dark

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Despite the temperatures, EMU baseball is hot hot hot

Even today, at Oestrike Stadium on a miserable day (Johnny drove by toying with the idea but had groceries in the car), when the Ypsilanti 9 beat Miami (O) (And Miami come back when you learn how to play baseball) 3-2 in 11 innings. What a day for a few innings of free baseball. Senior Jeff Davis sent the fans home happy knocking in the winning run.

EMU has won five in a row and took the weekend series in a sweep over Miami (O) by also winning both games yesterday. Eastern is 3-0 in the MAC and 5-17 overall.

EMU is at Cleveland State Tuesday and at MSU on Wednesday this week.

Nice article on body art in today's A2 News

Johnny has had a tattoo done in both Ann Arbor (Lucky Monkey) and in Ypsi (Ink for Life), what about you YCD readers, what are your thoughts on such things?

Here's the A2 News article on it. We especially like the part where they ask psychiatrists why people do such things LOL.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Late night open thread

Michigan did earn their trip to the Frozen Four tonight with a 2-0 victory over Clarkson. The could have some familiar company as MSU is tied with Notre Dame in the second period 1-1.

Time for Ypsilanti, After Dark

Saturday open thread

For free space for your free speech

Friday, March 28, 2008

Late night open thread

The Michigan hockey team advanced in the NCAA hockey tournament defeating Niagara 5-1. The Wolverines will play Clarkson in the regional final tomorrow night at 7 pm.

Time for Ypsilanti, After Dark


Shivaree, a three person band with Ambrosia Parsley, Danny McGough, and Duke McVinnie. This song, Goodnight Moon, was used as the closing credits of the Quentin Tarantino film Kill Bill: Volume 2


Shirley Mason, Butch Vig, Duke Erikson and Steve Marker, the fabulous band from Madison, Wisconsin. Well yes Shirley is Scottish but the band did form in Madtown. Did you know Butch Vig produced the mammoth album Nevermind by Nirvana? Garbage with 'Special'

Friday morning open thread

Sadly, YCD coverage the next couple days will be light as family matters are tended to. Feel free to grouse about the snow, talk some gardening, the Freighthouse or whatever else you wanna discuss. The staff will be back tonight with our weekly concert series.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Late night open thread

Did ya know then:

*Men get hiccups more often than women
*Percentage of Americans who say that God has spoken to them: 36
*Percentage of American men who say they would marry the same woman if they had it to do all over again: 80
*Percentage of American women who say they would marry the same man: 50
*Vanilla accounts for 1/3 of all ice cream sold
*Average life span of a major league baseball: 7 pitches
*Only food that does not spoil: honey
*Which country, per capita, consumes more Coca Cola than anywhere else? ANSWER

Time for Ypsilanti, After Dark

One WHOPPER of a road mess--M-14 CLOSED in BOTH directions

At Gotfredson Road a crane has (it looks like) broken through the overpass on Gotfredson and pieces parts of road and crane are splayed on M-14.

This could take a few days citizens, work on your alternate routes now.

Image via WDIV-TV

Plan for highway ramp closings around town this weekend

So the state can install big new shiny signs to replace the old shiny signs.

The schedule (beginning at 6am Saturday):

The ramps are expected to be closed in the following order (weather permitting):
* Westbound M-14 exit ramp to Main Street.
* Southbound US-23 exit ramp to eastbound Washtenaw Avenue.
* Southbound US-23 exit ramp to eastbound I-94.
* Northbound US-23 exit ramp to westbound Washtenaw Avenue.

Each closing is expected to last no longer than 90 minutes.

Two great events coming up to help the Freighthouse

Fullfreight Banjo Event
Come out in support of the Freighthouse on April 5th! Some of the areas finest indie, old-time, punk, roots and bluegrass performers will be plucking on the ol' banjo from 5-10 p.m. at the Corner Brewery in Ypsilanti, Mich. Donations of $5 or more are appreciated at the door. All proceeds benefit the hardworking Friends of the Ypsilanti Freighthouse.

Freighthouse Benefit 2008
By eating dinner at The Sidetrack on Tuesday, May 13th you can help support our fundraising efforts. 50% of your meals proceeds will go to saving the freighthouse! Not only will there be super yummy food, there will be piano playing and an all around good time!

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Late night open thread

Dare we say it, 1-2 inches of snow possible by this time tomorrow. Thrilling.

Time for Ypsilanti, After Dark

Lookie here, fun for the whole family, boys AND girls

Because EVERYONE enjoys fireworks. Screw the law on fireworks in Michigan. Open your windows near July 4th and just listen how well it works. Just pass a "your fault" law that says any fireworks accidents are YOUR fault, you can't sue. We need to stop being such wussies about fireworks in Michigan.

Look here, an entire family playing together, having fun, and living the phrase 'you only live once'.

Frog Island, 11pm July 4th, let's do this....

We interrupt Johnny's day of fun for this concert announcement

Jazz legend of the highest order, "Little" Jimmy Scott will be coming to The Ark at 8 p.m. May 9.

Tickets go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m.

Be there, aloha...

U-M spring football game to be played at Saline High School, no word if U-M Gradzillas have approved this deal

The U-M gradzillas may insist this holy spring football event (scheduled for April 12th) NOT be held elsewhere off campus as this would CHEAPEN the University of Michigan football experience by not having it in the Big House. Some grads may insist the game be played in Crisler Arena.

BTW, the game will be OFF LIMITS to the public, no kidding.

Kids, see what happens when you CHEAT!?

This FOX News reporter, (now known online as the Grape Lady) tries to squish a few more grapes after she calls time to 'win'. Cheaters never prosper but they do make amusing noises when they fail.

Hey hey, it's the Rolling Stones

With Johnny's all time favorite video, Undercover. Keef gets a gun. I'll say that again, Keef gets a gun. This video was banned on MTV.

And we HAVE to have a Clash video, we do

This is London Calling.....

Time to go buy a new waterbed with your stimulus check

Remember Francis Buxton in 'Pee Wee's Big Adventure'?

The one who told Pee Wee "Today is my birthday and my father said I could have anything I wanted". Well today is Johnny's birthday so he's turning YCD into his own personal 'Cavalcade O' Crap' today with fun, music and stupidity for no good reason other than:

"Today is my birthday and my father said I could have anything I wanted"

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Late night open thread

On this day in 1941, Yugoslavia joined the Axis. Hey Yugoslavia, how's that working out for ya? A-X-I-S, just listen to it, you know you're joining the losing side. They sure could make a mean sportscar though.

Time for Ypsilanti, After Dark

YCD would like to welcome MyBuys to Ann Arbor

A small company, with 15 employees, run by a former University of Michigan grad will be hanging out the shingle at the corner of Huron and Main at One North Main in Tree City. CEO Robert Cell said the company wants to expand to 250 employees over the next 5 years. MyBuys helps online retailers track customer buying habits and spotting trends to suggest other items they may want to buy.

Last week, the company was approved for a $3.9 million tax credit over 10 years by the Michigan Economic Growth Authority.

As expected, Eastern Michigan softball changes schedule for this week

Due to snow, and the possibility of snow, the EMU softball team will not be playing doubleheaders today and tomorrow (the 26th) but will host Northern Illinois on Friday at Varsity Field at 1 pm.

(picture via

U-M graduate student instructors hit the pickets today

University of Michigan graduate student instructors took to the picket lines this morning, unable to reach a contract resolution with the University.

Grad students want a NINE percent raise in the first year of the contract while U-M has countered with a 3 percent offer. Grad students also want summer stipends for when school is out.

This is part of a two day walkout on the U-M campus and grad student teachers are vowing not to teach their classes.

OK, first off, student teachers, NINE percent in the first year? Do you live in the borough of Oz? Hell we'd ALL love a 9% raise. Ridiculous, try again. Wait, AND you want to be paid while there is no school in session? Don't people denigrate the jobs bank program for the UAW for this reason? You want guaranteed money for not teaching? Maybe you should sit in on an economics class if you think that's how the world should work. You already get full medical and dental and over 15K a year plus a full tuition waiver.

As for U-M, stop being so goddamned chintzy. You're sitting on a 7 billion dollar endowment and the only time you want to spend money is on the football stadium or building new buildings. Maybe you've heard PEOPLE make up a university, not a stadium. You cannot educate a building. A football stadium will not read your doctoral thesis.

A pox on both their houses this morning.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Late night open thread

Ugly day on tap tomorrow (Sorry Eastern Softball), chance of snow beginning around 4 am, 1-2" of snow then changing over to rain around 2 pm. An awful nasty cold rain with delightful winds from the south at 20-30 mph.

Time for Ypsilanti, After Dark

Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy

We're not in the business of trying to make people look bad but this one is served up on a platter.

Say you're a gem thief. Say you want to know the value of the pieces you've just 'allegedly' stolen. Would you:

A) Wait a while for the heat to blow over
B) Try to have them appraised out of state
C) Take high definition pictures and send them to shady dealers online
D) Take the gems, march right over to the nearest jeweler and have them appraised.

If you chose D you are EMU student Michael Edward-Lopez Sherer who was arrested at Abracadabra which is a jewelry store and gem GALLERY, which recognized the gems from a flyer given to them that morning by a grad student in the geology department. The gems were stolen last week from the C. C. Little Building.

More on the gems from the Ann Arbor News:

"The collection consists of crafted gems, uncut minerals and several small pieces, about an inch long or less, that is conservatively valued at at least $20,000 but is believed to be significantly higher, department officials said.

Many were mined in the 1800s and were displayed by the department long before officials consolidated the collection for building renovations in 1995, said Robert Patterercq, department administrator.

Patterer said the collection, pieced together over decades from around the globe, is a significant department symbol and has great sentimental value to faculty and staff."

County jail, 100K bond, April 2nd court date yadda yadda yadda

Have you heard about "Earth Hour" when you turn your lights out?

Well apparently a well meaning Scio Township woman, Robin Kahler, is trying to get you to do just that, turn your lights out for an hour, the "Earth Hour".

Saturday, between the hours of 8-9 pm people are urged to turn off all unnecessary lights, and those at the Touchstone Cohousing, where the official event is taking place, will light candles and take a walk to look at the stars. There will be a potluck dinner preceding the "Earth Hour". The potluck will be held in the Touchstone community room at 560 Little Lake Drive. For more information go HERE.

While you are all looking up at the night sky see if you can't find the Andromeda Galaxy which is hurtling headlong towards our own Milky Way Galaxy and will collide with it in roughly 3 trillion years, really putting the ziggy on all these 'save the earth' programs.

Ann Arbor boil water advisory lifted

The recent boil water advisory for parts of SE Ann Arbor has been lifted according to the City.

The affected area was south of Stadium Boulevard between Packard Street and Washtenaw Avenue, south of Washtenaw between Stadium and Manchester Road, east of Packard between Stadium and Colony Street, and west of County Farm Park and Buhr Park. Also included is the area of Overridge Street east of Glenwood Street and Bedford Road.

--Ann Arbor News

U-M hockey to begin NCAA tournament Friday

Michigan, the #1 overall seed in the NCAA Hockey Tournament set to begin this weekend, drew a first round matchup with Niagara, the #4 seed in the region. Let's face facts, barring a tremendous upset, Michigan will play the winner of Clarkson-St. Cloud State for the right to go to the Frozen Four.

The Wolverines play Friday night at 7:30 and the Regional Championship game will be Saturday at 7pm.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Late night open thread

So, did you eat yourselves sick on candy?

Time for Ypsilanti, After Dark

EMU Softball opens at home this Tuesday

Johnny's a long-time Eastern Michigan softball fan. The tournament win over Central Michigan was a great moment in EMU sports history. Oh Johnny actually tried out for the EMU baseball team at one time, made the first cut in fact and still loves a May evening or three at Oestrike Stadium but really really enjoys the view at Varsity Field in spring and the chanting and vim and vigor the gals have.

Home opener vs the Cleveland State Vikings at 2pm at Varsity Field. And Eastern Michigan fans, you not only get ONE game for a home opener, no, friend-o, you get TWO games (weather permitting and watch this space later where we tell you we're supposed to get 2 inches of snow Tuesday).

EMU is 7-12 and coming off a 12-4 beat down of Woodsy Owl (And at some point we'll stop telling you that means Bowling Green so write that down) Friday in Columbus, O.

Freshman Stacie Skodinski went 3-for-4 with a home run, a double and a single and 3 RBI's.

Happy Easter from Ypsi City Desk

We hope you all enjoy your day.

Late night open thread

Emily Brunemann. University of Michigan swimmer. Know that name. She just did something very few people ever do. She won a collegiate National Championship. Emily won the the 1,650-yard freestyle in 15 minutes, 53.69 seconds. Almost 16 minutes of competitive swimming of the highest order.


"What's that Flipper? Johnny's at the bottom of the pool and he's not breathing?"

Hail to the Victors indeed

Time for Ypsilanti, After Dark

Saturday, March 22, 2008

But WHY?! Eastern Michigan cancels weekend baseball games at Oestrike Stadium

The weekend Easter baseball series between EMU and Kent State's Golden Flushes has been postponed.

Apparently Uggs don't make an effective baseball cleat.

Hockey on a snowy Saturday

U-M staged a furious comeback last night defeating Northern Michigan at Joe Louis Arena 6-4 to gain a slot in the CCHA title game tonight vs Miami (O). Northern went into the third period leading 3-2 but Michigan got goals by Tim Miller (2) and Travis Turnbull to pull out the win. Miller's first goal broke a 4-4 tie with 4 minutes to play.

The CCHA title game is tonight at 7:30 pm at JLA

Late night open thread

Johnny will be away for a good portion of tomorrow. The interns won't stroll in before 5 pm on weekends.

Time for Ypsilanti, After Dark

Friday, March 21, 2008


Another happening tune from 1991 with a beat you can get your swerve on with and a video that, well, let's just say it's all abut the music. Fresh outta London, the Stereo MC's with 'Elevate My Mind'.


A way back to 1991 with that English-electronic beat with sassy guitar licks thrown in for good measure. The pride of Liverpool no doubt as they haven't had much luck breaking any bands. Here's The Farm, with 'Groovy Train'

Sounds like U-M are responding like petulant children over the Ann Arbor News reporting over athletic academics at U-M

The Ann Arbor News has been running a four part series over the academics or lack thereof at the U-M for student athletes. The University of Michigan is not denying really any facts stated in the reporting, instead trying to smear the reporting and confuse the issue. Comments from U-M over this story sound like this:

"The committee noted its particular concern over the unauthorized release and subsequent publication of private student information without the permission of the student involved,"--Regent Andrew Richner, R-Grosse Pointe Park

Later Mr. Richner declined to mention other issues the regents may be upset about. Thanks Andrew, thanks for backing your words. However, yours were not as bad as:

(The Ann Arbor News report) "contains many misstatements of fact, several blatant errors, and the use of information completely out of context." --psychology professor John Hagen

Mr Hagen then went on to offer NO specific examples of what he was talking about. Smear the messenger, not the program you helped build eh Mr. Hagen?

YCD supports the Ann Arbor news reporting in this and we also realize U-M usually responds like caffeinated squirrels when they are called out over almost anything. Until U-M representatives can offer specific point by point examples of poor reporting or actual proof and not hyperbole, the A2 News reporting stands.

Michigan hockey plays tonight in CCHA semi-final

The competition will be the Wildcats from Northern Michigan University who upset defending national champion Michigan State last weekend.

The game as at 8:05 tonight on FOX Sports cable 32

Our winter storm warning just got bigger

It's no longer 3-5", it's 5-8", starting around 4pm.

Good Friday indeed

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Late night open thread

Johnny has entered talks about buying Borders. He'll keep everything the same except each employee will be required to post a motivational placard in their office and or cube that reads "What have YOU done to buy Johnny a Cadillac today?"

He will enter those talks as soon as they begin returning his calls.

Any day now.


Any day now.

Time for Ypsilanti, After Dark


You remember winter don't you? It's about to pay us yet another visit here in the Huron Valley.

Winter Storm Watch in effect from 2 PM Friday until 4 am Saturday...
Mostly cloudy. A chance of snow through 2 PM...then snow likely. Accumulations 1 to 2 inches likely. Highs 34 to 38. Light and variable winds...becoming southeast 5 to 15 mph...then turning to east. Chance of snow 70 percent.

Friday Night
Snow likely into the early morning...then a chance of snow. Additional accumulations 1 to 3 inches possible...for a storm total of 2 to 5 inches. Otherwise cloudy and brisk. Lows 19 to 23. East winds 10 to 15 mph...becoming northeast 10 to 15 mph. Chance of snow 70 percent.

T-Minus 4 hours to March Madness

Who ya got? Tell us now Bunky, for if you pick Mount Saint Mary's over North Carolina and you don't tell us now, we won't believe you!

Johnny has Drake going a couple rounds and is taking a flyer on the Tom Izzo train and picking MSU for the Final Four (blastphemy around here but when money is involved ya gotta do what ya gotta do).

Again, who ya got?

So, what makes a good Easter basket?

What kind of candy and or chocolate bunnies made your Easter basket a good one? We know it wasn't the plastic grass, only the cat would eat that. As we know certain kinds of jellybeans are edible, some are more like buckshot.

So what made a great Easter basket out of just a good Easter basket?

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Late night open thread

Easter fever, catch it. Johnny sure has and instead of decorating eggs, he's broken out the Photoshop to help spread the Easter joy.

Time for Ypsilanti, After Dark

YCUA signs 30 year deal with Detroit to provide water

The YCUA (Ypsilanti Community Utilities Authority), has signed off on a 30 year deal with the city of Detroit to provide water for our fair city. The agreement, the FIRST of it's kind with the city of Detroit, will allow Ypsilanti to buy water during non peak hours and store it for when it is needed. This will save the city of Ypsilanti money says YCUA's executive director Larry Thomas:

"(the new deal) is an advantage to us, It'll help us with our rates."

The contract still needs to be approved by the Detroit Board of Water Commissioners.

Currently YCUA buys an average of 13 million gallons a day from Detroit.

Would you support or frequent a "no kids allowed" movie theater locally?

Or, it could be movie times and theaters set aside at a big movie theater like Showcase where there were kid free times. By kids Johnny also means teens, say 0-17.

We realize there will be people who think such a suggestion is child bashing because "their children" are little angels all the time in every situation (except when they aren't) but sometimes adults just want to leave the text message crowd and screeching kiddies out of the mix for a couple three hours.

What say you?

EMU places vice president for business and finance on paid leave

EMU is not discussing why they placed Janice Stroh, vice president for business and finance, on paid adminstrative leave, citing privacy statutes. If this is a personal matter fine, we're not in the business of embarrassing people over personal matters, however, if it's something more serious and involves the university we will find out why and report back on this.

Todd Ohmer, assistant to the vice president, will be handling the daily operations.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Late night open thread

If today is your birthday you share it with Neville Chamberlin, John Updike, and Queen Latifah

Time for Ypsilanti, After Dark

The Huron Valley is under a dense fog advisory until 6am

So that stuff you are seeing is FOG. No need to worry, no need to panic, once again, that's FOG.

Did ya know then, in most all driving simulators drivers facing heavy simulated fog tend to speed up. WAY up. Extrapolate (yes, 10¢ word) that out to real life conditions and maybe we can see why so many bad accidents happen in fog. Not just the blind driving but the higher speed.

Mitch Ryder will take your questions Saturday night at the Michigan Theater

If you are going to the show Saturday (and why else would you ask a question if you didn't plan on hearing the answer) email your question to Rock critic Gary Graff will be asking Mitch your questions before the show.

Mitch will also be discussing his life and times at a sit down in the Ann Arbor Public Library (or Libary if you're Homer Simpson) TOMORROW night (Wednesday) at 7pm.

The Ann Arbor News has announced the Peeps Diorama Contest winners

Now it just wouldn't be right for old Johnny to steal their contest thunder. So follow THIS link to see if YOU were a winner

Two Washtenaw County deputies and a sheriff's sergeant face federal criminal charges

From the Ann Arbor News:
According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Deputies Joseph Eberle, 35, and Eric Kelly, 37, and Sgt. Shawn Hoy face civil rights violations in the June 1, 2006, incident in the West Willow neighborhood of Ypsilanti Township. They were indicted March 12, but the indictments were not unsealed until Monday.

Eberle is charged with 'excessive' force while Kelly and Hoy are charged with using 'unreasonable' force. The cases stem from the death of Clifton Lee, who, along with his brother Bruce Lee were involved in a traffic stop with their nephew near the corner of Cayuga Street and Eugene Avenue in Ypsilanti Township in June 2006. Details are sketchy coming from both sides.

It IS of note Washtenaw County has paid out in the lawsuit brought by Clifton Lee's family. They paid out 4 million dollars. Does this make the Sheriff deputies guilty? Certainly not. Does it mean this more than likey needs it's day in court one way or another? You bet it does.

We depend upon police every day and they in turn don't get called when you are having a good day, that being said YCD will NEVER just side with police because they are police. This makes no sense. We've all seen police break the law and they must be held accountable. No doubt this case will raise emotions, but since this is Washtenaw County and we constantly seem to be dealing with edgy cases that cause consternation, there is no need to panic over this one and overreact.

We'll let this play out before passing judgements. Everyone gets their day in court, even cops.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Late night open thread

One more time we dip into the Emerald Isle tonight for a band O' Johnny thinks one day will be pretty big. They have a lot of potential ya know.

U2 with Sunday Bloody Sunday

Time for Ypsilanti, After Dark

That's more like it! "I'm not as think as you drunk I am" Part 1

That pavement looks oh so comfy on a 43 degree day

The line grows

With thanks to Chris X, with this picture for the Ypsi City Desk

The festive crowd outside Conor's grows, riiiight Sarah?

We ran into this friendly young "Irish" gal ready to begin her holiday along with hundreds of others of her closest friends! Erin Go Bragh, Sarah!

3 cute lasses getting ready to perform at Conor O'Neill's

Michael Flatley has nothing on these gals!

St. Patrick's Day with the Chieftains and the Corrs

Lucky Sez:
It doesn't get anymore Irish than this laddies

Our first bagpiper sighting outside Conor's

No word on if he's the Piper from the Gates of Dawn

Lunchtime outside Conor O'Neill's--Our first casualty?

Looking forlorn and none to eager to get back inside. OR she's following the words of Mick and Keef and she's just "Waiting on a Friend"

St. Patrick's Day with Sinéad O'Connor

Lucky sez: I'm glad she tore up that picture of the Pope. I shot Killians out my nose when I saw that...

We interrupt this St. Patrick's Day fun for a strange proposal in Ann Arbor

"Chicken make lousy housepet"

Ann Arbor City Council Member Steve Kunselman wants to change existing laws to allow Ann Arbor residents own and use for valuable egg purposes up to FOUR hens.. Roosters would be expressly prohibited. You also cannot under any circumstances use your chickens for slaughter or meat purposes which on it's face is ridiculous, if you can only have four it doesn't sound like Orwell's Animal Farm ya know? If they are YOUR chickens, and you can legally own them, where does the Ann Arbor City Council's legal interest in keeping you from some tasty BBQ? Answer, they HAVE no interest legally or otherwise. If they say you can own hens, and how you must keep them in coops, that's where the control will stop. Besides, try enforcing that.

"Jimbo, I noticed you had 4 hens yesterday and you ate BBQ last night and today you have 3 hens, by God, I'm calling the police."

YCD is a live and let live kinda place. If Ann Arbor wants chickens in every yard, sobeit. We'll be right here fanning the flames on the BBQ.

St. Patrick's Day with the Dubliners and the Pogues!

Performing "Irish Rovers"

All is calm at Conor O'Neill's....for now

Our first look down at Conor O'Neill's this morning. All is calm as it appears some of the early revelers have come dressed as empty boxes.

St Patrick's day with the Cranberries!

Lucky Sez:
The English and UDF and UDA were such monsters! Screw Ian Paisley!

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Late night open thread

Get your brackets, get your brackets HERE

Time for Ypsilanti, After Dark

In honor of St. Patrick's Day tomorrow, and with Johnny being Irish..

...AND with the advertising budget being next to zero, Ypsi City Desk is proud to present guest VJ for St. Patrick's Day Irish videos, Lucky, the Lucky Charms Leprechaun.

Lucky will guide us through the Irish flavored videos and fun we're going to have tomorrow INCLUDING aerial shots of the parking lot out behind Conor O'Neill's. If police are involved, or gunplay breaks out, YCD will bring it to you with big words and maybe even some verbs. Good luck getting a burger at the Fleetwood tomorrow. Or a dog from Le Dog.

Guinness Beer is magically delicious.

'Failte' is an Irish word meaning welcome

So let's use that in a sentence:

"Failte to Conor O'Neill's on St. Patrick's Day, that'll be a 20$ cover charge"

Let Johnny clue you in now to another Irish saying, 'Faith and Begorrah' which roughly translated means 'say it isn't so'.

Nothing escapes the great YCD news eye

And APPARENTLY, Jesus has been meddling in state boys basketball outcomes. How else does one explain that boys basketball state champs came from the following schools:

Lansing Catholic-Class B Champs
Kalamazoo Christian-Class C Champs
Muskegon Western Michigan Christian-Class D Champs

The fix is in, except for Saginaw who won the Class A state title. Then had four flat tires and the bus overheated on the way back home.

Sunday morning newsiness

*Michigan defeated Nebraska-Omaha last night at Yost Ice Arena 2-1 thus advancing to the Final Four of the CCHA at Joe Louis Arena next weekend.

*If you've recently quit your diet or you carry around several extra thousand pounds in your vehicle you'll need to know the bridge weight limit on the Stadium Boulevard Bridge over State Street has been LOWERED yet again this year:
* For single unit trucks, such as a school bus or moving van, 19 tons.
* For two-unit trucks, such as a semi with one trailer, 24 tons.
* For three-unit trucks, such as a semi with two trailers, 26 tons.
Be ye warned!

*Tiffany Ofili, a former standout at Ypsilanti High School won the 60-meter hurdles at the NCAA Championships for the University of Michigan where she is a junior. She ran a 7.94 for the finals.

*Michigan lawmakers, along with Governor Granholm are all aligning AGAINST the citizen initiative to legalize marijuana for medical purposes while according to a non-scientific poll on MLive 88% of Michigan voters SUPPORT it. Why is it the citizenry is always ahead of our so called thinkers and doers in government? Oh it's going to be on the ballot which YCD thinks is part of the rub. Legislators hate, they hate citizen initiatives. How dare they have a say in their own lives.

Late night open thread

Johnny has seen a few revelers wander by the old homestead tonight suffering the effects of "St. Practice Day".

Time for Ypsilanti, After Dark

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Saturday open thread

Johnny's gonna be gone for most of the day and the interns are off doing intern things today (nursing hangovers and getting ready for St. Patrick's Day Monday).

In the CCHA last night Michigan put the hurt to Nebraska-Omaha 10-1. The Wolverines will look to win the series tonight at Yost Arena at 7:05pm.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Late night open thread

Eastern Michigan has released their 2008 football schedule. HOME games in capital letters, * notates a MAC game
Day Date Opponent
Thursday Aug. 28 INDIANA STATE
Saturday Sept. 6 at Michigan State
Saturday Sept. 13 TOLEDO*
Saturday Sept. 20 at Maryland
Saturday Sept. 27 NORTHERN ILLINOIS*
Saturday Oct. 4 at Bowling Green*
Saturday Oct. 11 at Army
Saturday Oct. 18 AKRON*
Saturday Oct. 25 at Ball State*
Saturday Nov. 1 at Western Michigan*
Saturday Nov. 8 Bye
Saturday Nov. 15 Bye
Saturday Nov. 22 at Temple*

Time for Ypsilanti, After Dark


OK, enjoy this clip now, it often vanishes from that wonderful YouTube place.

This is it. No, really, this is the last song the Sex Pistols ever performed together, after this song, it was all over but the Sid and Nancy movie. Seriously, you can actually SEE Johnny Rotten deciding he'd had enough of this circus halfway through the song "Oh Bollocks, why should I carry on?" And of course graces us with one of, if not THE best line in rock history at the very end. No hints, you gotta watch. There are rumors that Sid Vicious was so high and so incapable of playing bass somebody was playing one backstage while his was turned off. Rotten had a terrible flu and the end was nigh.

Here's the Sex Pistols with the Stooges classic 'No Fun'


Psssst, all the kids are out at the new Horton Hears a Who movie, let's have a punk rock night shall we? 'Ever Fallen in Love' fits the bill nicely. This song has been covered quite a bit recently, even showing up in Shrek Part Pi. Here's a spot of Pete Shelley and the boys from Manchester (no, England).

Ann Arbor Film Festival is looking for your help in housing filmmakers

Yes, it's that time of year when the Ann Arbor Film Festival gets set to kick off. This year it runs from March 25-30th and festival organizers are looking for volunteers to help house some of the participants.

If you have a spare bed perhaps you can help. Contact Myrna Rugg at

Big apartment fire at Oakland and Church, avoid that area!

Ann Arbor firefighters are battling an apartment fire near the corner or Church and Oakland and have evacuated nearby residents. Maybe a good area to avoid this morning...

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Late night open thread

Chauncey Billups will be at Puffer Red's Saturday around 3pm as part of an Adidas shoe campaign. Puffer Red's is located at 113 W. Michigan Avenue in downtown Cool City.

Time for Ypsilanti, After Dark

Gabriel Richard falls in Class C basketball semi-finals

Kalamazoo Christian defeated Gabriel Richard 54-48 in a Class C state semifinal at the Breslin Center in East Lansing today. Junior Eso Akunne led Gabriel Richard with 29 points.

MORE from the Ann Arbor News

A bevvy of basketball this afternoon

First off, Michigan, whom Coach John Beilein said was packing for more than one day proved right as rain as Michigan beat down Iowa in the first day of the Big Ten tournament 55-47. The game wasn't THAT close. U-M pretty much owned the day with Manny Harris leading the way with 19 and DeShawn Sims with 14. The Wolverines improved to 10-21 and will play tomorrow against Bucky the Wisconsin Badger at noon.

EMU was not as lucky as they fell to Western Michigan in the second round of the MAC tourney 70-61. EMU came back, way back, from 18 down at one point but in the last ten minutes, Western hit their free throws and did what they needed to do to win a chippy, very intense game between these two longtime rivals. Jesse Bunkley led the Eagles with 15 points. Jarred Axon added 14 and Carlos Medlock had 12. EMU did not lack for effort today, Western was just the better side.

We'll have a complete EMU season hoops wrap-up this weekend looking back over this last season (and we saw some real good things, conference wins improved again from 6 to 8 and EMU was 8-1 at home in the MAC) and ahead to next year.

2nd half update, EMU has battled back from 16 down to tie WMU 44-44

With 7 minutes left.

Ann Arbor area business parks can sleep easier, the Heckle and Jeckle of crime arrested!

Two brothers, whom police say have a long storied history of burglary from office and office parks around town, have been arrested and night watchmen everywhere can breathe a sigh of relief.

Leonard Alan Vogel, 47, and Carl Vogel, 48, were arraigned Tuesday at the Washtenaw County Jail on multiple felony charges on the types of crimes you'd think they'd be involed in, breaking and entering, conspiracy and now, fleeing and eluding police.

Leonard Vogel, has been arrested seven times now (get your card punched Leonard, three more and you get a free latte).

Pittsfield Township Police said they saw a van matching the description of one used in previous break ins near Ellsworth and State St and attempted to pull it over but the Vogels, well being Vogels, took off and were later arrested after a short chase. Police found boxes of computers inside the vehicle.

YCD will give the last word to Leonard Vogel (no, really)
"I mean well, but I mess up"

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Late night open thread

Wacky factoid edition:

*A group of ravens is called a murder
*A group of toads is called a knot
*A group of rhinos is called a crash
*Al Capone's business card said he was a used furniture dealer
*Duelling is legal in Paraguay as long as both parties are registered blood donors (Don't tell Bravo TV)
*On a Canadian two dollar bill, the flag flying over the Parliament building is an American flag (PWNED)
*All of the clocks in the movie "Pulp Fiction" are stuck on 4:20
Drop one of these on someone tomorrow and act like you knew all along

Only one state in the good old USA has a name one syllable long........Did you guess RIGHT?

Time for Ypsilanti, After Dark

Citizens enter Depot Town Freighthouse into Hamburger Helper program

By Daniel X for Ypsi City Desk

Ypsilanti, MI – Last week, the Friends of the Ypsilanti Freighthouse submitted a request for funding to the My Hometown Helper project, which is a community aid project from Hamburger Helper.

The organization laid out a short history of the freighthouse, detailed why it is important to the community and requested $15,000 for repairs. My Hometown Project accepted the request and has posted it on their website where members of the community can show their support by writing comments.

The Ypsilanti Freighthouse is a 125-year-old landmark building in Depot Town. It was originally used to store freight for Michigan Central Railroads and was bought by the city in 1979. It housed the Ypsilanti Farmers market for about 25 years. In 2004 insurers withdrew coverage fearing that the building was not structurally sound. Without the funds for much needed repairs, the city closed the freighthouse. The Friends of the Ypsilanti Freighthouse, a non-profit community group, took over management of the building in 2005 and has been working to raise money for repairs so that it can be reopened.

My Hometown Helper is a nationwide initiative by Hamburger Helper that helps local groups make a difference in their own community.

Citizens can show support by going HERE and entering a comment to show why this project is important to them.

EMU men win game 1 of the MAC Tournament vs Ball St 59-55

EMU did have things under control the last minute so don't let a couple of late Ball State 3 point baskets worry you.

This game was very much in doubt until EMU went through a series of plays in this game where they got their hands dirty, played ugly, and did what it took to change the game. Leading 45-44 with 6:34 to play, Justin Dobbins missed a short shot. 6'2" Travis Lewis went up in the land of the giants to tip Dobbins shot home and giving EMU a three point lead 47-44. On Ball State's ensuing posession, an EMU player (sorry, Johnny's notes are sloppy) took a charge from Ball State's Peyton Stovall. This gave the ball, and a three point lead back to EMU. Jarred Axon made a layup giving EMU a 5 point lead and when Jesse Bunkley hit a threeball just over a minute later, EMU had secured a hard fought, feels good to get dirty kinda tournament win. They played inside today, they didn't fall in love with the three point shot and coach Charles Ramsey (who we're more impressed with every game) again and again got the ball inside to Justin Dobbins who dominated the Ball State paint with 21 points. Travis Lewis was huge with 12 and 10 rebounds, Carlos Medlock had 15, Jarred Axon 7 and Jesse Bunkley only hit the one three point shot, but it was huge.

EMU has a short turnaround before playing the Sissy Broncos from Western Michigan tomorrow afternoon at noon in Cleveland. EMU split the season series with our good friends from Kalamazoo, with both teams enjoying convincing wins at home.

YCD thinks playing today will be a benefit tomorrow, playing early and being used to the floor and sightlines. We look for another strong EMU performance.

EMU defeated Ball State last year in the first round of the MAC Tourney as well. PWNED

Intrepid reporter Daniel X will have a GREAT story on the Freighthouse this afternoon--Look for it!

He's uncovered some amazing news about the Ypsilanti Freighthouse and will report it this afternoon....

So what's YOUR first hint spring is coming?

Is it the robin? Is it a tulip pushing up in your garden? Is it the Hash Bash? Tell us, what is YOUR surest sign spring is on the way...

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Late night open thread

Fantastic news (and we debated what to lead with tonight and you'll soon see why) as Gabriel Richard won their quarterfinal game in the MHSAA Basketball Tournament tonight. From the Ann Arbor News:

The Gabriel Richard High School boys basketball team advanced to the Class C semifinals with a 75-72 overtime win against Melvindale Academy for Business & Technology Tuesday night.

Now, and even more detached from reality, YCD has plumbed the incredible depths of the interwebs to bring you a story so strange we don't know what the hell to make of it. A Creepy Gnome? Terrorizing a town in South America? Video? It's all there. The trinity of a good news story.

A TOWN in South America is living in fear after several sightings of a 'creepy gnome' that locals claim stalks the streets at night. The midget - which wears a pointy hat and has a distinctive sideways walk - was caught on video last week by a terrified group of youngsters.

Yes, we said video too

Time for Ypsilanti, After Dark

EMU women are out in the MAC quarterfinals to Ohio U 76-62

They fell behind big early and bravely tried to battle back but Ohio U was able to handle things in the end. Eastern trailed by 18 early in the second half and cut that lead down to 5 but in the end it was the Lady Bobcats (We don't know if they actually call themselves that but it rolls off the tongue you gotta admit) who prevail. EMU finishes their season at 17-12 and a share of the MAC West Championship under first year coach AnnMarie Gilbert. They didn't get as far in the tournament as we'd hoped BUT, Ypsilanti, Gilbert is one good coach and this program maintained poise after a mediocre start as the entire gameplan changed and they hung together and met with some success. With Canea Williams, Kelly Watts and Alyssa Pittman all back next year this team can do some things.

108-22 over Temple Baptist, man everybody got free tacos that night. The guy at the Taco Bell was crying.

Intern Kiki heard this song while 'dancing' last night and is bugging us to put it up on YCD

So, here you go Kiki, get your toes tapping before you head out for your "exotic dancer" job later tonight. What we won't do for our interns...

If you turn your speakers up you'll make new friends.

The movers and shakers and citizens have met on a plan for Ypsilanti

Or, a rough outline of a plan to revitalize Ypsilanti using the current buzz around downtown restaurants as a springboard. People KNOW about coming to Ypsi for great food (and we mean GREAT food) but HOW to capitalize and revitalize downtown business district.

A few highlights and suggestions from the meeting which drew over 100 citizens last night at the Riverside Arts Center:

*Work with DTE to keep downtown well lit to improve safety.
*Conduct one on one business retention meetings with existing businesses
*Encourage more evening business hours.
*Encourage restaurants to go with maximum outdoor seating
*Enhance downtown online presence (Johnny stands ready to do his part here)
*Install signs to guide visitors.

Some basic ideas here that we think work quite well. Of course there were others as showing off our best side and drawing in new talent is hard work but as always, Ypsilanti will prevail. The artists and restaurants are here now, and in just about ever other city studied once the artists and restaurants are up and running, the city itself is only 3-5 years behind in economic recovery of some kind.

Remember, don't YOU be afraid to stand up and tell people great things are happening here. Yes some things still suck, every town has those issues, but if we attack which sucks in a postive manner, we can unsuck those things over time. Case and point, when Johnny moved to Ypsi in January of 1983, Depot Town sucked. BIG. Now look. It's a shining jewel in our city crown. It didn't take 10 years or 15 years to fix, it took about 5.

And we'll do the same with the city proper. Hats off to the attendees last night for all your energy!

Monday, March 10, 2008

Late night open thread

A man goes to a barbershop and asks, "How many ahead of me?" "Five." The man leaves. He comes back the next day and asks, "How many ahead of me?" "Four." The man leaves. He comes back the next day and asks, "How many ahead of me?" "Six." The man leaves, and the barber says to one of the waiting customers, "Follow that man, find out where he goes!" The man comes back and says, "He goes to your house!" --Henny Youngman

Time for Ypsilanti, After Dark

The one size fits all handy dandy tourney primer for EMU and U-M this week

Hello again sports fans, here is your MAC and CCHA and Big Ten tourney schedule for EMU and U-M.

Men's basketball begin their MAC Tournament on Wednesday at 12:30 vs Ball State (boo hiss) in Cleveland.

Women's basketball begin their MAC Tournament Tuesday at 3pm vs Ohio (boo hiss) in Cleveland


Men's basketball will begin the Big Ten Tournament Thursday at 12:00 noon vs Iowa (boo hiss)
Other Big Ten first round games (3/13):
#7 Penn State vs. #10 Illinois 2:30pm
#6 Minnesota vs. #11 Northwestern 5pm
Games on (3/14)
#4 Michigan State vs. #5 Ohio State 2:30pm

Men's hockey will begin their portion of the ongoing CCHA Tournament vs Nebraska-Omaha (boo hiss) in a best of three series that begins Friday night at 7:35pm. Saturday's game is at 7:05, one half hour earlier. Should Sunday's game be necessary the time will be announced.

Elsewhere in the CCHA this weekend:
Northern Michigan (woo hoo!) vs Defending National Champions Michigan State
Ferris State is at Notre Dame
Bowling Green is at Miami (O)

EMU women share MAC West basketball title

The Eastern Michigan women have proven the last couple years to be no fluke as they again won at least a share of the MAC West baskketball title under first year coach AnnMarie Gilbert. EMU finished the regular season at 17-11 and 11-5 in the MAC.

The MAC women's basketball tournament kicks off later today. EMU will play tomorrow.

Also, Colleen Russell and Alyssa Pittman were named to the all MAC teams.

Sidetrack wins yet ANOTHER fan, Terry Foster of the Detroit News

In town this weekend covering girl's basketball championships at the ACC, Mr. Foster posted in his Detroit News blog some comments on Sidetrack:

Sidetracked in Depot Town
YPSILANTI -- I do not go to this town much.

Why? I really do not know. But I made a discovery many of you already know about. Sidetrack Bar and Grille in Depot Town is a great place for a burger and a brew.

Read the rest

On a side note, Johnny needs to tell Mr Foster about La Fiesta Mexicana who served up yet another brilliant meal of tamales Saturday night...

U-M implements campus wide 'Emergency Broadcast System'

In the wake of recent campus shootings at Virginia Tech and Northern Illinois University, the U-M has instituted a text message system to alert students should a campus shooting take place or should another campus emergency (such as Ann Coulter being re-admitted to the Law School there) present itself.

Some examples given as to when students would be alerted:

* When a person actively shooting a weapon is on the loose
* When a tornado is predicted to strike the campus area
* When a major hazardous material spill is impacting a large portion of campus.

If you would like to be set up with such a message program, please follow the link to U-M Emergency Alert

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Late night open thread

Michigan fell short to Gene Keady's toupee and the West Lafayette five at the Crisler Arena 72-58. The Wolverines fell to 5-13 in the Big Ten and 9-21 overall.

Michigan bids adieu to seniors David Merritt and Ron Coleman.

Time for Ypsilanti, After Dark

With 54 seconds left in the season, Merlynd Ameti scored his first point

And as it turns out his only point of his freshman season. 1 point, made the first free throw, missed the second. This in no way is being mentioned to ever denigrate his point. We're so not piling on. In fact we think it's a perfect example of sticking with it, working hard and in some strange small way, being rewarded. Thats how life works, where small victories are to be savored. We hope Mr Amaeti turns out to be the next Lorenzo Neely or Earl Boykins one day, but today he scored his point and officially joined the fraternity guys like George Gervin, Grant Long, Fred Cofield, and Marcus Kennedy all belong to and that's not too shabby. That's a good club to be a part of.

And when he Googles his stats this summer (we kid we kid) he'll see his name also associated with the greats of Eastern Michigan basketball.

Eastern beat Northern Illinois today at the ACC 82-63. Carlos Medlock dominated the floor with 23 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists. Justin Dobbins hit for 20 and Senior Jesse Bunkley said goodbye to Ypsilanti with 11. Besides Bunkley YCD would also like to give a tip of the cap to #0 Nenad Banjanin, Jarred Axon, and Travis Lewis.

8-8 in the MAC was a pleasant surprise with the injuries, a dismissal and chronic low expectations but EMU doesn't look like an easy out in the MAC Tourney. Go get 'em Eastern!

MDOT to begin closing lanes on M-14 starting tomorrow

OK, here's the story, those traveling into and out of Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti east of US 23 will begin seeing lane closures but NOT during peak travel times. The schedule:

A single lane will be closed in each direction from Ford Road east to Gotfredson Road from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, an announcement from the Michigan Department of Transportation said.

On weekends, closures can be expected from 7 p.m. on Friday to 6 a.m. on Monday.

Bridge work and what not. The project will last into next football season.

A State Title for the River Rats!

That's right aquatic fans, Ann Arbor Huron high school won the Division 1 state swimming championship over Ann Arbor Pioneer who came in second by a score of 279-260. Dan Thurston won a couple state titles and Chris Berloth grabbed one for Huron while Pioneer's Robert Nichols also won one.

This was Ann Arbor Huron's first state title in 20 years so all power and glory to them.

Late night open thread

Both EMU and Michigan are home for their last regular season games tomorrow afternoon. EMU at 2 pm at the ACC and Blue at the Crisler Arena at 3 pm on Senior Day for both. Eastern looks to go .500 in the MAC against Northern Illinois while Michigan is playing for pride and to perhaps cost the Boilermakers a seed or two next Sunday.

Time for Ypsilanti, After Dark

Saturday, March 8, 2008

3 people wounded in Ypsi Township shooting

Not much real factual info to pass along as Washtenaw County Sheriff's Cmdr. Dave Egeler said "Let's just say not everyone was being totally cooperative".

Two women 19 and 21, one man were shot early this morning about 3:25 am. The women were found sitting on a couch inside a home in the 1300 block of Andrea Avenue, and a man was found a few houses down on a porch. It appears the shots came into the home from the outside. No word on if the man was with the women at the time they were shot. All received non-life threatening injuries.

Be a silent hero, 734-973-7711

Set those clocks forward tonight, Daylight Savings Time arrives at 2 am

YCD thinks you'll find this sound file most excellent in helping you set your clocks and will act as a handy reference point to help get you started.

Friday, March 7, 2008

Late night open thread

Late word into the YCD newsroom tonight, Madonna has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The State of Michigan presents The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame®

Time for Ypsilanti, After Dark

Friday night MULTIMEDIA EXTRAVAGANZA with Carole King!

THE most important woman in American music. Let us say that again. THE most important woman in American music.

*"Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow"
*"You've Got a Friend"
*"Pleasant Valley Sunday"
*"The Loco-Motion"
*"Go Away Little Girl"
*"One Fine Day"
*"Up on the Roof"
*"I'm into Something Good"
*"Don't Bring Me Down"
*"(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman"

Like those? Yeah, those are hers. Add to that her hits like "Jazzman", "I Feel the Earth Move" and this song, which Rolling Stone picked as song number 469 in their Top 500 of all time, "It's too Late". King's 'Tapestry' album was named the number 36 best album ever by Rolling Stone. She's an inductee into both the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.


In honour of International Women's Day tomorrow, let's have a couple ladies tonight. A very intriguing video by Bjork, directed by Michael Gondry, Human Behaviour is a video that reaches through the screen and grabs you. It'll also teach you to mess with bears, perfect killing machines.

American Axle strike to sideline some 1000 GM Willow Run employees

The possibility of 1000 workers being temporarily laid off grows with each hour the American Axle plant remains on strike. According to spokesperson Daphne Adams:

462 workers at Ypsilanti Transmission Operations, which makes six-speed transmissions, will be laid off. Portions of the Willow Run transmission plant will also be affected, as 521 tradesman and people who work on the 4L80 transmission and two converters will be laid off.

The layoffs would impact basically one third of the Willow Run workforce.

Here's to a short strike at American Axle.

Don't say baby powder, say Butt Aid

Relief for the unhappy butt, we think

No more weather alerts it appears

A small amount of snow will hit now it seems, maybe a couple inches.

No big deal

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Late night open thread

KT Tunstall will be at the Power Center May 17 at 8 pm. Tickets shall be made available April 21 at 9 am via the telephone if you dial 764-2538 or online HERE. 30$ will get you close. 40$ will get you closer.

Time for Ypsilanti, After Dark

Oh look, a kitty!

Awwww, isn't it cute? Good, while you're feeling all warm and contented

WINTER STORM WARNING from 1 pm Friday thru 1 am Sunday
Yep, a possible 9 inches of snow starting tomorrow afternoon and going through late Saturday-Early Sunday.

Hey, we just report this stuff, it's not like we have some evil Mojo Jojo weather station on Mt Ypsilanti and can control the weather, as far as NASA knows.

What's that Bunky? You say you have extra shoeboxes and uneaten Peeps?

Then the Ann Arbor News has a contest for YOU! That's right the Ann Arbor News is having a diorama/peeps contest. You remember dioramas from school, shoeboxes that in a sad pathetic way show some piece of history or science tidbit.

Maybe you want to show Peeps in a boat crossing the Delaware with George Peep Washington, maybe you want to show Peeps landing on the Moon, or maybe you want to show intern peeps being brow beaten and having things thrown at them in a faux shoebox YCD office. The choice is yours and here now the rules and regulations:

MONDAY is the deadline, click HERE for full rules

* Make a diorama - a three-dimensional scene - using Peeps.

* Take a picture of your work and send it to us at You can also mail it to Peeps Contest c/o Ann Arbor News, 340 E. Huron Street, Ann Arbor, 48106. Don't send us any Peeps.

* Only one entry per person, but everyone in your household can play.

* We'll choose the best among two categories: adult and children 14-and-under. Prizes will be awarded to the best Peep show in each category. Winners will be chosen from entrants from the Ann Arbor News coverage area.

* All entries must be received by Monday. Winners will be published in The Ann Arbor News on March 13.

* Be sure to include your name, phone number, age and hometown.

* Decisions made by The Ann Arbor News are final.

* Questions can be directed to Dave Holzman at or 734-994-6837.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Late night open thread

Region 18 title game tonight.....Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard 72, Ottawa Lake Whiteford 46. If they win a couple more games and the state title, Gabriel Richard basketball players will be allowed to loot and pillage for the customary 48 hour period.

Time for Ypsilanti, After Dark

Pssst, are you cool? Are you coooool?

OK, tickets on sale Monday at 10 am for Eddie Izzard at the Detroit Opera House.

May 20th, 8 pm sharp bucko. One show. Don't broadcast it, we don't want the rabble getting in the Opera House.

Be there, aloha

So, a canoe livery wants a spot on the Huron River do they?

Those were the first community minded words into Johnny's head when he thought of his super secret fishing spot (should one exist) on the Huron River. Then he realized it was below his spot on the river they want to put it in so a HEARTY WELCOME to Nathan Hill and his Moby Dix Watersport Rental endeavor. NO WAY would Johnny and uh, other community minded fishermen, OK both of us, want them by our spot (should one exist).

Mr Hill wants to put in a canoe and kayak livery near Waterworks Park near Catherine and Spring streets. The City Council has been engaged, Mayor Paul Schreiber says council's behind it. Lois Richardson D-1 is on record in favor sooooo, let the zoning gods begin their tasks. Bring them their sacrifices and tokens and let's get a cool summer business underway.

By the way, for really big catfish in the Huron, ya can't beat minnows. That's what we heard.

Our good friend Ypsi~Dixit has a new blog address

And it is now being reflected in the LINK section. Check out her new and improved site!

Johnny won't bow to the man--The WINNER of Project Runway (a mole has spilled) IS....

drumroll please...........

Christian Siriano

Johnny simply CANNOT tell you how he found out but rest assured, while the rest of the suckers tune into this crap show, YOU already know the winner.

How's THAT for an embargo buster?!

Eat that Heidi Klum and Michael Kors

More changes at Domino's, sadly including layoffs

Domino's Pizza Inc will be cutting 30 jobs at it's Ann Arbor World Headquarters, part of what they say is a continued restructuring. Domino's says the moves will help it save 4.5 million annually, but will end up costing them 1.3 million to do with buyouts and severance packages.


Get those funky mood rings and pet rocks out, WAR will be playing the Michigan Theater!

That's right, 70's funk supergroup WAR, will be performing May 6th at the Michigan Theater. They'll be performing all your 70's AM Gold faves such as 'Lowrider', 'The Cisco Kid' and 'Why Can't We Be Friends?'.

Tickets on sale this Saturday. 10 am at any Ticketmaster (sucks) locale.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Late night open thread

The Nuggets O' Newsiness Edition

*EMU lost at Toledo tonight 72-63

*Keith Richards is to become the new public face of Louis Vuitton

*Gabriel Richard High School boys basketball team (19-5) will play Ottawa Lake Whiteford (21-3) in a 6:30 p.m. regional championship game Wednesday.

Time for Ypsilanti, After Dark

BOIL WATER ADVISORY in effect for parts of Ypsi

Ever vigilant, the Ann Arbor News gives us this:

A boil-water advisory was issued Tuesday for residents living on River Street between East Cross Street and Michigan Avenue in the city of Ypsilanti.

Residents should boil water for about five minutes before consumption, said Gwyn Belcher, director of administrative services with the Ypsilanti Community Utilities Authority.

A2 News with the rest of the story

The city of Ann Arbor moves to close Studio 4

The city of Ann Arbor is getting all Popeye on the rogue nightclub Studio 4 as by reporting out five complaints to the state's Liquor Control Commission, the city is saying "That's allz I can stand I can't standz no more"

Know what? YCD agrees. Studio 4 is a disgrace. Have you ever walked by that place the following morning? Paper flyers, other paper items all swirling around the busses on 4th Street. It looks like the bar simply swept everything out to the street. Not to mention, shall we say OTHER signs on the sidewalk alcohol was consumed there.

As for what goes on inside?
*Minors drinking
*An employee improperly using a weapon
*An employee pepper spraying a man outside the bar

Sure some of this goes on elsewhere, just not as much or as often. The city wouldn't lose anything by closing this dump down.

In like a lion--An early March Winter Storm Warning

Well lookie here, ANOTHER winter storm warning

From Wunderground:

Mostly cloudy. Snow likely possibly mixing with sleet after 4 PM. Snow accumulations around an inch. Highs 29 to 33. Northeast winds 10 to 20 mph...with gusts to 30 mph after 2 PM. Chance of precipitation 70 percent.

Snow with periods of snow heavy at times. Possibly mixing with sleet through 10 PM through 4 am...then a chance of snow. Additional snow accumulations 4 to 6 inches likely...for a storm total of 5 to 7 inches. Otherwise cloudy and brisk. Lows 19 to 23. Northeast winds 15 to 25 mph...becoming north 10 to 20 mph. Chance of precipitation 100 percent.

Monday, March 3, 2008

Late night open thread

After 4 pm tomorrow the greater Huron Valley will be asked to honor the age old unwritten rules of bad weather driving, "every man for himself"

Time for Ypsilanti, After Dark


Johnny hauled himself from his sickbed to do some checking and got word from a manager at the A2 La Shish, and he told me the Ann Arbor location has nothing to do with the other locations and will remain open.

You may now celebrate or not but at least Johnny will still get to eat those wonderful cornish hens there.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Late night open thread

Johnny is so pilled up on NyQuil he thought he heard the weatherman say it was gonna be 51 degrees tomorrow. As if...

Time for Ypsilanti, after dark

La Shish is no more

The Lebanese food slinging days at La Shish are over. The restaurant chain went out of business Saturday night, leaving some 350 workers at 11 restaurants out in the cold.

According to the Detroit Free Press:

...the Dearborn-based chain, consisting of 11 restaurants and a central food preparation commissary, suffered a 50% drop in revenue after federal agents raided Chahine's homes and businesses in 2005 looking for evidence of a $6.5-million tax evasion scheme.

Federal prosecutors said Chahine sent much of the money to his native Lebanon, where he fled in 2005 to avoid prosecution, and that he had links to Hizballah, which the U.S. State Department has designated as a Lebanese terrorist group.

Johnny is saddened. He ADORED the cornish hens and Arabic coffee there. He's also bummed some of his money MAY have been used for shady purposes.

On this date in history

On this day (March 2) in 1904, Theodor Geisel, better known to the world as Dr. Seuss was born in Springfield, Massachusetts.

If a door-to-door salesperson shows up peddling Universal Gas, close your door

Lately, representatives from Universal Gas, have been going door-to-door in Ypsilanti trying to get customers to switch to their gas service. Don't do it.

It's a scam as their prices are WAY above what you are paying now. They stand at the door with few answers to your specific questions and only try to confuse the issue and only really want your signature. Once they have that you'll find your gas rates doing nothing but going up and if you wanna opt out from what you have signed it can cost upwards of $250.

Tell them to hit the bricks and THEN make sure to call your neighbors. Help protect them the same way you just protected yourself.

Some things are meant to be sold door-to-door, say girl Scout cookies and Jehovah, not gas power.

A Consumerist report on this ongoing scam

Late night open thread

Michigan basketball lost tonight at Penn State but the men's swimming team clinched the Big Ten title.

Time for Ypsilanti, After Dark

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Michigan Women's basketball coach Kevin Borseth needs a hug

So if you see Mr. Borseth around town, let him know it'll be OK.

This is the post game press conference after the Michigan women's team lost an 18 point lead and lost the game to Wisconsin Thursday.

Make it 5 out of 7, EMU 75-Ball St. 64

Carlos Medlock scored 20 points, Jarred Axon had 16, and Jesse Bunkley had 14 as surging EMU dropped the Cardinals of Ball State 75-64 at the ACC. Ball State took a quick lead after halftime but EMU's defense was just too much.

Unfortunately, EMU lost Sophomore center Justin Dobbins to a leg injury in the first minute of the game. Further proof this EMU squad plays hard, won't quit and comes to the gym to win.

Eastern is at Toledo on Tuesday. EMU leveled their MAC record at 7-7 with this win and improve to 12-15 overall.

Saturday afternoon matinee with Mitch Hedberg

A few good minutes with the late and oh so hilarious Mitch Hedberg

Ya got 45 minutes to get to the ACC to watch EMU hoops

EMU vs Ball St. See you all there.

2 pm tip off and a chance to see the EMU basketball team, winners of 4 of their last 6 games.

Steve Earle, Wednesday night at the Michigan Theater

One of the real independent voices in music comes to the Michigan Theater Wednesday night (yes THIS upcoming Wednesday March 5th). Steve Earle will be playing songs from his new album, Washington Square Serenade.

The show is at 7:30 pm

YCD would like to pass along condolences

To the family and friends of Leo Felty, the man who was tragically killed in a fall while working on expanding the University of Michigan Museum of Art. There is some added honor in helping expand the art world and opening up minds in viewing such. Sad is sad but when you work on something that helps expand minds and brings joy there IS an added level of honor we think.

Felty is survived by his wife, Pinckney Village Clerk Amy Felty, and two small children.

We'll give the last word on this to Marina Roelofs, of the U-M News Service:

"We are deeply saddened by this tragic accident and loss of life. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and co-workers."