Saturday, December 31, 2016

GUNMAN HAS OPENED FIRE IN ISTANBUL NIGHTCLUB IN TURKEY


The Anadolu News Agency out of Turkey has reported that a gunman has opened fire inside a Istanbul nightclub during New Years celebrations.

Reports are that people have been injured, but there is little information at this time as this is a developing story. Medical teams and the police are at the scene.

Stay tuned for developments.

Jeff Brown
Editor/Publisher
Purple Walrus Press

Updated 7:58 pm.

Turkish officials have stated that at this time 35 people have been killed and 40 wounded in an attack in Istanbul, Turkey. This according to Aljazeera News.

Friday, December 30, 2016

EASTERN MICHIGAN BASKETBALL BLOWS AWAY LONG BEACH STATE


The Eastern Michigan Men's basketball team dominated the visiting Long Beach State 49ers by a score of 98-72 Thursday at the Convocation Center in Ypsilanti. It took a little while for EMU to get into the flow of the game, but by the 2nd quarter EMU effectively swept away Long Beach with a barrage of three pointers.

The 8-5 EMU Eagles shot 54% from the field (29 of 54) including 7 thee pointers. Not too shabby. Attendance for the game wasn't too shabby either considering students are home for Christmas break.

The leading scorer for EMU was redshirt senior Ray Lee who finished the game with 20 points. Willie Mangum and Jordan Nobles each added 15 points.

One thing that must be acknowledged is the giant knot that emerged on the forehead of EMU sophomore James Thompson after he crashed to the floor while rebounding under the net. The bump was the size of a Buick. Needless to say, Thompson did not return to the game, though he seemed to be okay.

Tuesday, Jan 3, EMU takes on Central Michigan to open the MAC season. Tip off will be at 7pm sharp. See you there!

Jeff Brown
Editor/Publisher
EMU'S Nick Madray at the line. Photo by my son Harrison Brown.
Purple Walrus Press
EMU forward Nick Madray dunks on Long Beach. Purple Walrus Press.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

ACTIVIST MELISSA MAYS ON FLINT WATER CRISIS

After spending millions of our tax dollars on his own legal defense and hiring multiple PR firms to spin his image, Snyder says the State doesn't have the resources to deliver water to the Flint residents they poisoned!! Residents, churches, and community groups have been delivering water to each other for over a year and don't say this. More examples of what happens when Government is run like a business and the well-being of the people do not matter.

Melissa Mays of Flint.
Downtown Flint 2016. Purple Walrus Press.

Monday, December 26, 2016

RUSSIAN FSB STATES NO SIGN RUSSIAN FLIGHT TU-154 DOWNED BY TERORISM

According to the Russian news agency TASS, members of the Russian Alexandrov Ensemble were killed in the crash of Russian airline TU-154 on Christmas morning off the coast of Sochi in the Black Sea.

Further, amid speculation that the airliner was taken down by a terrorist attack, TASS reported Monday, Dec 26, that there is no evidence indicating that flight TU-154 was shot down by a terrorist attack. The Russian FSB, which is a state security organization in Russia, told TASS that,"We have got no signs or facts indicating that an act of terrorism or sabotage was committed on board,"the FSB said.

The FSB told Russian news agency TASS that, "The four main versions are an engine being hit by a foreign object, substandard fuel that caused the loss of thrust on and eventually stopped the engines, the pilot's mistake and the plane's technical failure," the FSB said.

Jeff Brown
Editor/Publisher
Purple Walrus Press.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

BAHAMAS BOWL: TOUGH BOWL LOSS FOR EMU BUT GREAT SEASON


Eastern Michigan couldn't quite keep up with Old Dominion losing to the Monarchs in the Bahamas Bowl 24-20 on Friday. Offensively, Eastern was able to drive the ball downfield but just couldn't finish and score on several drives.

Several key completions by Old Dominion quarterback David Robinson and over 100 yard rushing by ODU running back Ray Lawry kept the Eagles defense off balance.

Still EMU made a valiant effort in Friday's bowl game, their first since 1987, coming from behind in the second half and nearly pulling off a victory.

Eastern quarterback Brogan Roback had an excellent game game completing 26 of 46 passes for 300 yards.
EMU freshman Dieuly Aristilde lead Eastern in receiving catching seven passes for 80 yards.

Although Eastern lost the Bowl game it has still been one fantastic season as our EMU Eagles finished with a very respectable record of 7-6, a far cry from last years dismal 1-11 record. Eastern will be a major contender in the MAC for years to come.

Congratulations to EMU football, head coach Chris Creighton, the coaching staff, and all of the players for a fantastic season! This EMU alum could not be more proud!

Jeff Brown
Editor/Publisher
Purple Walrus Press.
EMU Rynearson Stadium (The Factory) Purple Walrus Press photo.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

BAHAMAS BOWL WATCH PARTY AT BUFFALO WILD WINGS IN YPSI: CHEER ON EMU FOOTBALL!


Eastern Michigan Athletics has announced that there will be a Bahamas Bowl Watch Party at the Buffalo Wild Wings in Ypsilanti starting at noon on Friday, December 23. You can watch our Eastern Michigan Eagles play in the Popeyes Bahamas Bowl along with the EMU Alumni Association in the comfy confines of Buffalo Wild Wings!

The event begins at noon and kick-off is at 1:00. Light appetizers will be provided courtesy of the EMU Alumni Association. Remember to wear your green and white!

Go Eagles!

Jeff Brown
Editor/Publisher
Purple Walrus Press.
Rynearson Stadium (The Factory) home of the Eagles! Photo Purple Walrus Press.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

THE EAGLES HAVE LANDED! EASTERN MICHIGAN FOOTBALL TEAM ARRIVES IN BAHAMAS.


The Eagles have landed! Yes, our Eastern Michigan University football team landed in the Bahamas on Monday, December 19. EMU will be taking on Old Dominion in the Popeyes Bahamas Bowl December 23. That's only three days away!

Judging from the looks of things our EMU Eagle are having a rip-roaring good time in Nassau as they spent day 1 partaking in a beautiful looking buffet, a parade through the streets, and an evening poolside dinner that featured live music and dancing. In a nut shell, or should I say conch shell, the team is having an  awesome time. By the way, as of this writing the temperature in the Bahamas is a comfy 80 degrees. Not bad!

The 7-5 Eastern Michigan Eagles out of the MAC will be taking on the 9-3 Old Dominion Saints from Conference USA Friday, December 23 at 1 pm. The game will be played at Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium in Nassau and will be aired on ESPN.

Go Eagles!

Jeff Brown
Editor/Publisher
Purple Walrus Press.
Rynearson Stadium. (The Factory) Home of the Eagles. Ypsilanti. Photo Purple Walrus Press.

Monday, December 19, 2016

PWP NEWS ALERT: RUSSIAN AMBASSADOR TO TURKEY HAS BEEN SHOT.

Roughly one hour ago the Anadolu News Agency out of Turkey reported that Andrey Karlov, the Russian ambassador to Turkey, has been shot in Ankara, Turkey's capitol.

The Russian Ambassador was giving a speech at an art gallery in Ankara when a gunman opened fire  from within the gallery. This as reported by the Anadolu News Agency in Turkey.

The shooting happened at the Cagdas Sanat Modern Arts Center. Information is that Ambassador Karlov has been gravely wounded.

Stay tuned for updates.

Jeff Brown
Purple Walrus Press.


Updated 1:06 pm

The Anadolu News Agency out of Turkey has just reported that Russian Ambassador to Turkey, Andrey Karlov, has died of multiple gunshot wounds. Karlov was shot several times by a gunman over an hour ago while giving a speech during the opening ceremony of an art gallery exhibit in the capitol city of.Ankara.

According to Anadolu New Agency the shooter has been "neutralized."

Saturday, December 17, 2016

PWP NEWS BRIEF: UNITED NATIONS WORKERS STAGE WALKOUT IN NYC.


On Thursday December 15 United Nations workers decided to walkout in New York City. The UN workers walked out in an expression of solidarity with the people of Syria. This according to Democracy Now. In a statement given to Democracy Now, UN International Civil Servants Federation Chair Dimitri Samaras said, "We stand united in solidarity with the people of Syria. We call upon the member states of the United Nations, in particular the Security Council, to take urgent, practical action to end the horror in Syria."

Dimitri Samaras has been asking for an update of UN policies in regard to providing an adequate response to staff and the families of staff who have suffered injuries from terrorist attacks. This according to the UN News Centre.

Jeff Brown
Editor/Publisher
Purple Walrus Press.

Friday, December 16, 2016

EASTERN MICHIGAN VS OLD DOMINION POPEYES BAHAMAS BOWL COMING SOON!


Hold on to your hats (or conch shells) fellow Eastern Michigan University football fans because one week from today EMU will take on Old Dominion in the Popeyse Bahama Bowl! Yes, Easterns first bowl in 29 years is only a week away!

The Eastern Michigan Eagles from the Mid American Conference sport a 7-5 record while the Old Dominion Saints finished the season 9-3. Old Dominion plays in Conference USA.

Eastern Michigan features one hell of a quarterback in junior Brogan Roback. Roback finished the regular season with 2,394 passing yards completing 59.2 percent of his passes. Brogan is one cool cat  under pressure in the pocket and he's not afraid throw the deep ball.

On the other side, Old Dominion quarterback David Washington is certainly no slouch. Washington passed for 2,648 yards and 25 touchdowns. This will be Old Dominions first bowl appearance. Washington completed 60 percent of his passes.

Eastern Michigan has added a nifty Bahamas flag decal right next to the American flag decal on their helmets. Looks very cool. The team jerseys are looking pretty cool also, as the team has added the Bahamas Bowl emblem patch to their uniform.

The Popeyes Bahamas Bowl game will be played December 23 at 1pm. and will be carried live on ESPN.

Go Eagles!

Jeff Brown
Editor/Publisher
Purple Walrus Press.
Eastern Michigan Rynearson Stadium also known as "The Factory." Photo Purple Walrus Press.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

PWP WEATHER SCOPIC CENTER BUREAU: IT IS COLD OUT THERE!


As of 9:00 AM Thursday, it is colder than Billy B Damned out there in Ypsilanti! Of course, if you've been out there you know that already. As if that is not enough, the traffic on Packard and Ellsworth heading West is horrifically horrible! It took yours truly about 40 minutes to go, what, just a few miles!

According to my Subaru Temp Indicator Guru, it was 7 degrees as of 9:00 am. And that is not the wind chill!

According to the PWP Weather Scopic Center Bureau it looks like it should be a sunny day with a high in the teens.

Be cool, and stay warm!

Jeff Brown
Editor/Publisher
Purple Walrus Press.


Thur morning in Ypsi. Photo Purple Walrus Press.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

GO! ICE CREAM PUTS THE CHERRY ON TOP OF DOWNTOWN YPSILANTI!


 Go! Ice Cream opened its ice cream store this past summer in downtown Ypsilanti, and it is fabulous! Owner Rob Hess began the business in 2012 making ice cream out of his home, all the while learning about the ice cream Trade. By 2013 Rob was selling his exceptional ice cream online and peddling it by bicycle. Rob also marketed his ice cream at the Ypsilanti Farmers Market.

For three years Rob made his ice cream at Bona Sera in Ypsilanti. But no more! On July 30, 2016, Rob opened The Go! Ice Cream Alley Store right smack in the middle of downtown Ypsilanti. This occurred after Rob renovated a beautiful old brick historic building on Washington St. Now Rob has the luxury of having his own commercial kitchen right there in the ice cream store.

By the way, the atmosphere inside the ice cream store is fantastic as it oozes an old-time classic ice cream/soda fountain kind of atmosphere. The staff even dresses in classic red and white attire, complete with a red bow tie. Love it.

Lets not forget the ice cream! The Go! Ice Cream flavors of the week are peppermint ice cream pie, peppermint crunch, single malt butterscotch, sweet browned butter, three bean vanilla, and chocolate sorbet. Sounds great to me!

Head on down to Go! Ice Cream Alley Store for great ice cream! You're going to love it!

10 North Washington Street, Ypsilanti, MI.

Monday, Tuesday closed.

Wednesday - Sunday 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm.

Jeff Brown
Editor/Publisher
Purple Walrus Press.
Treats at the front counter Go! Ice Cream. Photo Purple Walrus Press.

PWP WRITERS ALLEY : "JERRY" BY EWEN NICOL OF ANN ARBOR.

Jerry

To a mouse,
Yao little louse,
Makin mischief in ma house,
Purloinin food,
Doing no good. 

Whaurs' ma cat?
Slovenly beast, 
Sleepin deep upon thy breast,
Whaurs yer instinct?
Quit yer feast.

Perk yer ears fur scritchy scratching, 
Quit yer sunbathin relaxin,
Move yer haunches,
Jigglin paunches,
Earn yer keep, it's no too steep. 

Tam and Jerry, no in ma hoose,
Jerry walks about loose,
Tam too fat to mak a noose,
Ya pair of hipsters running a ruse. 



The mouse in my attic runs loose, raiding my cupboards, while my 2 fat cats sleep on the bed. A tribute and contrast to a poem originally written by Robert Burns circa 1785. How our lives have changed from agricultural to modern living, with childhood memories of Tom and Jerry cartoons. 

Ewen Nicol of Ann Arbor.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

ON THE FLINT WATER CRISIS: CONTRIBUTED TO PWP BY MELISSA MAYS.



It is not easy to stand up for what's right when there's so many people trying to tear you down. Lies, ridiculous rumors, personal and professional attacks are just some of the things we go through. But at the end of the day, I know that people have gone through much worse, like the injuries to the Water Protectors, the violence on the Sit Downers, and those who have given their lives for what's right. So when we face pushback from these bottom-feeders, we just fight harder and stand stronger.

Contributed to Purple Walrus Press by Flint water crisis activist Melissa Mays.


Downtown Flint 2016. Photo Purple Walrus Press.


Monday, December 12, 2016

SNOW DAY ACROSS THE REGION!


Wintry weather made a grand appearance Sunday and Monday as 8 to 11 inches of snow was dumped on Southeast Michigan. According to the Purple Walrus Press Weather Center 8 inches of snow fell on Ypsilanti. Okay, the PWP Weather Center is really my backyard, it just sounds cool.  Kids across the area think the snow is awesome, but the grown ups think its a pain in the, um, neck. Actually, the snow looks beautiful as long as you don't have to drive in it.

Area schools are closed and the roadways slick. So if you don't have to travel, stay home.

As of 10:00 am Monday the snow is much heavier than it was Sunday so be careful and take your time shoveling for your health safety.

Jeff Brown
Editor/Publisher
Purple Walrus Press.
Normal Park Neighborhood in Ypsilanti Monday morning. Photo Purple Walrus Press.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

EASTERN MICHIGAN MEN'S BASKETBALL CRUISES TO EASY VICTORY AT HOME SUNDAY.


Well, the weather outside was frightful but the game inside delightful as the Eagles of Eastern Michigan University cruised to an easy victory over the Saints of Siena Heights at the Convocation Center in Ypsilanti Sunday.

Siena never had a chance in the game as it was bombs away for an EMU offense that shot 43-72 from the field and 6-15 from three point range. The shell shocked Saints were down over 40 points before the end of the first half. Ouch.

The high scorers for the game were Eastern Michigan's Willie Mangum and James Thompson both with 23 points.

Next, the 6-3 Eagles will be heading to the beautiful Green Mountain State of Vermont to take on the University of Vermont Catamounts in the lovely town of Burlington on the shores of beautiful Lake Champlain on December 17. Ahhh, winter in Vermont.Tip off will be at 1 pm sharp.

Jeff Brown
Editor/Publisher
Purple Walrus Press
EMU''s James Thompson about to tip it in for the score! Photo Purple Walrus Press.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

YPSILANTI NORMAL PARK NEIGHBORHOOD NIGHT OF LIGHTS BRINGS OUT GOOD CHEER


The annual Ypsilanti Normal Park Neighborhood Night of Lights was a dazzling success Saturday evening as dozens of residents set out luminaries that lined their front yards and walkways. Normal Park residents look forward to the event each year, and for good reason: It is just plain fun!

The best part of the Night of Lights would have to be the Cider/Cocoa stops There were eight of them to be exact. Not only does one get to have delicious treats, but it is also an opportunity to get know neighbors up close and personal.

In short, the Night of Lights is an excellent way to welcome the holiday season.

Jeff Brown
Editor/Publisher
Purple Walrus Press.

Grant St luminaries. Normal Park. Photo Purple Walrus Press.

Friday, December 9, 2016

EASTERN MICHIGAN WOMEN'S BASKETBALL TROUNCES ST. BONAVENTURE AT CONVO CENTER


The Eastern Michigan University women's basketball team trounced the St. Bonaventure Bonnies by a score of 75-56 at the EMU Convocation Center in Ypsilanti. EMU is now 4-5 and 0-0 in the MAC.

St. Bonaventure outscored Eastern in the first half after they took an early 8-0 lead, but that lead didn't last long. The Eagles came roaring back in the second half, as Eastern nailed a barrage of three pointers to cruise to an easy victory.

EMU played stellar defense holding St. Bonaventure to 35% shooting which equaled 20 of 57 shots from the floor. Eastern shot 45% from the field and made 10 of 20 three pointers.

Micah Robinson, an Ann Arbor Huron product, was the high scorer for the game with 21 points for EMU. Robinson also contributed with three assists.

Next up for EMU is Monmouth as they invade the Convocation Center Monday, Dec 12 for a 7 pm tip-off.

Jeff Brown
Purple Walrus Press.
Eastern Michigan guard Esabelle Levine brings the ball upcourt. Photo Purple Walrus Press.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

BASED ON FEEDBACK FROM WED PWP TREE STORY I FEEL MY ARTICLE WAS TOO HASTY : HERE IS WHY

Yesterday, Dec 7, I wrote a PWP article questioning the City of Ypsilanti's decision making process when it comes to selecting trees in city neighborhoods that need to be cut down. Actually, this was the second article I have written on a topic that many Ypsilanti residents are concerned about. There are residents that feel that there is a possibility that healthy trees may have been taken down, or so it seems to them. Obviously, these residents are most likely not tree experts. I am certainly not a tree expert myself.

Last month I decided to contact the City of Ypsilanti in an attempt to find out how the decision process works as far as cutting down trees in city neighborhoods. I never received a response. When a person does not receive a response, one is left to speculate.

But here is the point of this article. In my Dec 7 article, I wrote that an anonymous source in the neighborhood told me that he had seen, a year ago or so, "young" folks walking around with clipboards notating trees. He asked if they had cards. They didn't. The source seemed a bit skeptical in regard to their rotten tree spotting training. I reported the sources impression in my Dec 7 article, but I shouldn't have. It would have been much more responsible for me to have checked out the story thoroughly before writing the piece. I apologize for that.

Here is what I have just learned from a City official. A tree survey was conducted a few years ago. College students were used to inventory the trees in the city. The information is currently available on the map on the city website. I feel quite certain these are the people that my source saw and spoke to. If I had done some more research I would learned this myself. Yes, my article was written too hastily. I'll take the blame for that. I'm assuming that these college students received proper training in regard to selecting trees that need to be taken down.

My December 7 PWP tree article greatly offended some people, so I felt the need to clarify the facts and acknowledge the information I just received.

Still, I would like to emphasis that in early November I did reach out to the City with questions regarding tree cutting and did not receive a response.

Jeff Brown
Editor/Publisher
Purple Walrus Press.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

WHO DECIDES TREES TO BE CUT DOWN IN CITY OF YPSILANTI? HERE IS WHAT ANONYMOUS SOURCE SAID.


Last month I wrote a PWP article that addressed the distinct possibility that seemingly healthy neighborhood trees in Ypsilanti are being cut down by the city. In the November 1 article I referenced two beautiful old trees that were cut down in the front yard of our home in Ypsilanti's Normal Park Neighborhood. I even photographed the stumps of the two trees after they were cut down. Indeed, one of the stumps did look rotted in the middle, so that tree did need to come down. However, as stated in the article, the other tree stump looked pretty darn healthy, well, at least as healthy as a stump can look. My environmentalist sister in law took a look last month and confirmed the obvious...The one tree stump indicated to her that the tree need not have been cut down. The truth is that several Normal Park residents have complained that healthy looking trees in their own yards have been cut down. Hmm.

Okay, cut to yesterday. I happened to be chatting with a gentleman who lives in our neighborhood. This gentlemen prefers to remain anonymous. The topic of trees came up, as did the recent cutting down of Normal Park trees. This fellow had interesting information. Here is what he told me. Apparently, last year our anonymous source told me that one day he noticed four "kids", probably high school students, he guessed, were walking down a Normal Park street carrying clipboards. The anonymous source referred to them as kids, but I have no idea. They may have been much older than "kids". They were stopping at every tree and giving them a little peek, you know, like an inspection. 

Our source said he asked them what they were doing. Two of them "Peeled off", while the other two looked sheepish but answered his question. The supposed younger people said that they had been asked to walk around the neighborhood and decide and notate which trees should be cut down. Our source said he asked if they had cards, and if they had been trained to spot rotted trees that needed to come down. The two replied that they were told what to look for as far as rotten trees. The impression of our source seemed to be that the City of Ypsilanti informed the young fellas on how to spot rotten trees and asked them to spot and notate these trees. To be clear, I cannot confirm that the City of Ypsilanti had anything to do with these "Young people". It also seemed to our source that they did not seem to be very well trained. I mean, they had no ID or apparent credentials. Sheesh! Of course, this reporting is speculation,  Also, I'm only reporting to you what I was told. I know, I know!... Such a trouble maker, Well, us Flint guys are good at that! Look, for all I know, the city is or was working with younger people and offering them specific and skill building training on how to spot rotten and sick trees. For all I know the City of Ypsilanti is working with college students in this fashion. I have no idea. The point is that the source seemed to think that something wasn't quite right with the picture, but, again, that is pure speculation. The young tree spotters could very well be city interns or something of that nature. However, it would be nice to know for sure.

On or around November 1 I reached out to the Ypsilanti Dept of Public Works, specifically Stan Kirton, who is the Director of Public Works, and asked how decisions are made, who makes them, and what credentials those folks have in regard to selecting trees that need to be cut down. As of this writing I have not had a response. As Purple Walrus Press has not had a response from the City of Ypsilanti one can only speculate as to how decisions are made to cut down city trees in Ypsilanti neighborhoods. Why has the city not gotten back to me after I contacted Kirton with questions regarding tree cutting? I don't know.

At least some kind of response would be appreciated.

Jeff Brown
Publisher/Editor
Purple Walrus Press.
Healthy looking stump after tree was cut down in our front yard in Normal Park by city. Photo Purple Walrus Press.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

THE ROLLING STONES RELEASE NEW ALBUM


The Rolling Stones have released their first new studio album in ten years, and it's a good one. Of course, it's a good one because anything this band releases is good!

Two days ago the Stones album, "Blue & Lonesome, hit the record stores, maybe I should say bookstores these days, and fans are gobbling it up. This album reaches way back to their straight blues roots as they have recorded a cover album of the bands favorite blues songs. A fitting tribute for a band that owes much of its musical identity to American blues music.

Album highlights include "Little Rain", written by Jimmy Reed, and "Everybody knows About My Good Thing", by Miles Grayson. Also, Eric Clapton makes a guest appearance on the track, by the way!

The last time I looked the album was at no. 3 on Billboard. Not bad for a band that has been around for over 50 years!

Jeff Brown
Editor/Publisher
Purple Walrus Press.
The Rolling Stones circa 1974.

Friday, December 2, 2016

EASTERN MICHIGAN MENS BASKETBALL DEFEATS UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT MERCY WED


The EMU Eagles Mens Basketball team knocked off The University of Detroit Mercy by a score of 87-61 at U of D. Wednesday. This is the first time that Eastern has defeated Detroit Mercy at Calihan Hall since the 1980's. In the post game press conference head coach Coach Rob Murphy said that he was very happy about the defense EMU played. Coach added that it was important for the team to know that they could win a big game on the road.

EMU senior William Magnum lead the Eagles in scoring with 21 points, while Ray Lee added 17.

With a 5-3 record Eastern Michigan is off to a great start!

The next game will be played on Dec 11 when EMU takes on Siena Heights University at the Convocation Center. Tip off is at 2 PM. See you there!

Jeff Brown
Purple Walrus Press.
Convocation Center. Ypsilanti. Home of EMU Basketball. Photo Purple Walrus Press.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

PICKLEBALL COURTS IN YPSI TWP? WHAT THE HECK IS PICKLEBALL!?


Pickleball courts? pickleball courts in Ypsi TWP? Six of them? Waaa? What the heck is pickleball? Listen, I like pickles as much as the next person, but I've never heard of a pickleball court until a few days ago when I read about it in mlive. I mean, yes, apparently, pickleball is a real sport: And not only that, six, yes, six new pickleball courts have been built in Ford Lake Park in Ypsilanti TWP. Holy guacamole! Look, in my hometown of Flint, if I had ever said while growing up in my old neighborhood, "Hey guys, let's play some PICKLEBALL," I would have been killed on the spot! Well, at least beaten up. AND I WOULD HAVE DESERVED IT, TOO!

Pickleball. Pickleball. Well, I just don't know if I like the sound of the darn thing.

Here's what I've learned about pickleball. Pickleball is played with a racquet. It is kind of like a combination of badminton,, tennis and ping pong, I mean table tennis. You have to hit some kind of whiffle ball type thing over a net. Apparently, its pretty big on the West Coast. Oh, that explains it! Kidding! Oh, what the hell do I know. Anyway, it was created in the 1960's as a kids backyard game. Well, actually, it does sound kind of groovy!

Who's up for some pickleball? I'm game!

Jeff Brown
Editor/Publisher
Purple Walrus Press.
The new pickleball courts of Ford Lake Park. Photo Purple Walrus Press.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

EASTERN MICHIGAN FOOTBALL WILL PLAY IN THE POPEYES BAHAMAS BOWL.


Eastern Michigan University has just announced that EMU football has accepted the invitation to play in the Bahamas Popeyes Bowl! This is exciting news for not only the Eastern Michigan football program, but for the entire EMU community and Ypsilanti. This alum could not be more excited!

The 7-5 Eagles will take on Old Dominion from Conference USA Friday, December 23 at 1 PM. The game will be played at Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium in Nassau, Bahamas. The game will be televised on ESPN.

Congratulation to the Eastern Michigan University football program!

Jeff Brown
Editor/Publisher
Purple Walrus Press.
Rynearson Stadium. (The Factory) Ypsilanti Mi. Photo Purple Walrus Press.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

SHOOTING ON MICHIGAN AVE IN YPSILANTI SATURDAY NIGHT TROUBLING



There was a shooting last night (Saturday) that occurred in the 900 block of W. Michigan Ave in Ypsilanti. According to city councilwoman Beth Bashert, "When Ypsilanti Police responded to the scene they found a subject with a gunshot wound to the leg. Investigation revealed that the victim was being robbed at gun point by a group of subjects while in a vehicle. The victim grabbed at the weapon when it discharged, striking him in the leg. The suspects fled in the vehicle as the victim sought help." According to Bashert, the suspects later returned to the scene, and sped away in the vehicle. The victim was transported to the hospital and treated for non-life threatening wounds.

Jeff Brown
Editor/Publisher
Purple Walrus Press.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

EMU FOOTBALL FINISHES SEASON 7-5 : WAITING ON DEC 4 BOWL GAME SELECTION ANNOUNCEMENT.


The Eastern Michigan Eagles completed the 2016 football season with a very respectable 7-5 record after defeating formidable rival Central Michigan last week in a thriller at Rynearson Stadium here in Ypsilanti.

The news gets even better. Our EMU Eagles are headed to a bowl game for the first time since 1987. The tough part right now is that the EMU must wait until December 4 to find out which bowl game they will be playing in. Word is that the announcement will be made no later than December 4.

So where could our Eagles of Eastern Michigan be headed? Here is the complete list according to Eastern Michigan Football. The Raycom Media Camellia Bowl, Miami Beach Bowl, Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, Popeyes Bahamas Bowl, and the Dollar General Bowl.

As an  EMU alum I cannot wait for the December 4 bowl game selection announcement. The Bahamas sure sound good though!

Jeff Brown
Editor/Publisher
Purple Walrus Press.
Rynearson Stadium. (The Factory) Ypsilanti, MI. Photo Purple Walrus Press.
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Friday, November 25, 2016

DONNIE TRUMP AND THE JIVE TURKEY BAND: BY PWP CONTRIBUTOR BOB RESCH


I just heard the news that it will take at least $2 million PER DAY to cover Trump and his family with security while he's in the White House. This does not include the massive amount of extra security
installed at the Trump Tower in New York. His Thanksgiving Day
holiday bill alone was $7 million. And guess who foots the bill?
That's right. The American taxpayers. And he says he wants to cut
spending. That security bill alone will be $730 million per year!!

So, I started thinking that since Trump considers himself a star
("when you're a star, you know you can get away with anything."), how
about making him a ROCK STAR releasing his first album.

Ladies and Gentlemen, presenting, DONNIE TRUMP AND THE JIVE TURKEY BAND!.

That's right. You've heard his songs for the last 16 months being
played all over TV, Radio, and the Internet. How about "Build The
Great Wall" (And Mexico Will Pay For It!), or "Temporarily Ban All
Foreign Muslims" (Until We Can Figure Out What The Hell Is Going
On!"), don't forget "Repeal and Replace Obamacare", or the smash dance
track "The Election Is Rigged, Folks".

The rough and tough "Crooked Hillary" (Lock Her Up) is followed by the
tearjerker "I Don't Want To Hurt Her". Another bluesy song called
"Drain The Swamp" (But Most Of My Transition Team Is Filled With DC
Insiders). There's also the incendiary "When It Comes To ISIS" ( I
Would Bomb The S#@T Out Of Them), and many, many more!

Don't forget to buy his latest book entitled "Electile Dysfunction",
How My Pompous Ass Won The Presidency Without Any Governmental
Experience.

Look out Justin Bieber and you other rock stars, here comes Donnie
Trump and the Jive Turkey Band. Coming to your town soon!!

Bob Resch
Purple Walrus Press.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

EASTERN MICHIGAN DEFEATS CENTRAL MICHIGAN AND IS BOWL GAME BOUND!


What a game! The Eastern Michigan University Eagles defeated Central Michigan by a score of 26 - 21 at Rynearson Stadium last night and what a sweet victory it was. The Eagles have finished the regular season with a 7-5 record and are headed to a bowl game for the first time since 1987. What an incredible turn around for an Eastern Michigan football team that went 1-11 last season. But that was then and this is now!

Defeating CMU, always a power in the MAC, was a tremendous win for not only the football program, but for the university as a whole. Can you tell I'm excited? Yes, this alum is very excited!

Eastern Michigan quarterback Brogan Roback completed 26 of 38 passes for an impressive 355 yards. This guy plays like Joe Namath with good knees! Fearless! Roback is the essence of cool, calm, collected with a dose of swagger, and I mean swagger in the most positive sense, not cocky.

EMU running back Blake Banham was brilliant as he ran the ball 18 times for 122 yards. Stellar. And lets not forget EMU junior wide receiver Sergio Bailey who had six receptions for 104 yards including the game winning touchdown near the end of game.

Eastern Michigan football is back and headed for a bowl game! As an EMU alum I couldn't be anymore excited.

Jeff Brown
Editor/Publisher
Purple Walrus Press.
EMU Rynearson Stadium. Ypsilanti, MI. Photo Purple Walrus Press.







Tuesday, November 22, 2016

UNITY RALLY AND MARCH HELD TUESDAY AT EMU IN YPSILANTI.


A Unity Rally and march was held Tuesday afternoon on the campus of Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti. The rally began at The Towers student housing near the Student Center.
Roughly 30 student demonstrators participated in the rally/march that was organized by the EMU Black Student Union.

A short speech was given by one of the organizers. The speaker spoke of the tragic reality of homophobia, bullying, and racial discrimination. The organizers called for unity among all people . Following the speech organizers led a campus wide march. Demonstrators chanted, "Love Trumps Hate."

Jeff Brown
Editor/Publisher
Purple Walrus Press.
Unity Rally Tuesday. EMU. Photo Purple Walrus Press.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

AMERICA'S CHOICE: BY PWP CONTRIBUTOR BOB RESCH.

This election was troubling not only because Trump won, but because 43 million Americans did not vote. Thousands that did vote didn't vote for a Presidential candidate and left the space blank. That speaks volumes about America's disgust and distrust with both candidates. Now we have a President-elect choosing Steve Bannon for his chief strategist. Bannon, former executive for Breitbart News, has been closely associated with the Alt-right movement known to be embraced by white nationalists. One thing for sure. You can't run and hide from your history. Trump himself has been married 3 times which proves that he has a credibility problem, especially keeping the sacred vow 'for richer and poorer, through sickness and health, until death do us part'. Remember that folks when he places his hand over the Bible and swears to uphold the Constitution. The next 4 years are going to be very interesting!!

Bob Resch. Purple Walrus Press.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

SMALL GROUP OF DEMONSTRATORS PROTEST TRUMP AT MICHIGAN STADIUM IN ANN ARBOR.


A small group of anti Trump demonstrators protested in front of Michigan Stadium Saturday afternoon in Ann Arbor. The six protesters each held signs proclaiming the statements, Wall Off Trump, Love Trumps Hate, and This Country was founded By Immigrants.

Though the weather was cold and windy, the protesters were determined to make their presence felt. I spoke to anti Trump protester, Mary Ellen Cain. Cain stated that she was devastated by the outcome of election. She said that she supported Hillary, but it was more that she supported the idea of human dignity. She felt that the democrats lost, but that also human dignity lost.

Jeff Brown
Editor/Publisher
Purple Walrus Press.
Anti Trump protesters in front of Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor Friday. Photo Purple Walrus Press.

Friday, November 18, 2016

SDS ANTI TRUMP RALLY UM DIAG ANN ARBOR FRIDAY EVENING.


There was an SDS (Students for a Democratic Society) Anti Trump demonstration on the University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor Friday evening. About 75 to 100 protesters took part in the peaceful rally that was held on the Diag on the UM campus.

The rally was organized by the SDS-Ann Arbor. SDS organizers spoke out against president elect Donald Trump. SDS leaders spoke of dangers the Trump administration will bring to the United States, and the entire world.

The highlite of the rally came with the introduction of SDS Co founder, and Ann Arbor resident, Alan Haber. The SDS was founded in Ann Arbor in 1960. The SDS played a major role in the New Left and the anti war movement of the 1960's and early 70's. Alan Haber was elected the first president of the SDS in 1960. I have been fortunate enough to get to know Alan Haber a little as I took part in a couple of Meetings with him at his home in 2009. In 2006 The New SDS was formed and has about 150 chapters nationally.

I spoke to a protester at the rally who wished not to give her name. The protester said that she was heartbroken and devastated by Trumps election. As far as the number of people taking part in the rally Friday, she said she would have liked to have seen a bigger turn-out. Still, she was glad to participate in the demonstration.

Jeff Brown
Editor/Publisher
Purple Walrus Press.
SDS Anti Trump rally on UM Diag Friday. Photo Purple Walrus Press.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

SDS ANN ARBOR - NO TO TRUMP'S AGENDA / ANTI TRUMP RALLY ON DIAG FRIDAY IN ANN ARBOR


On Friday, November 18, the SDS Ann Arbor (Students for a  Democratic Society) will be holding an Anti Trump rally on the Diag at the University of Michigan. The protest rally will be held from 5PM to 6 PM.

As stated in the rally announcement, The SDS Ann Arbor is committed to standing for working and oppressed people and fights for equality and justice in a corrupt system. According to the post announcing the protest the SDS states, "We need to boldly speak out against the coming offensive of racist, anti-worker, misogynist, homophobic hate."

This is an important and extremely necessary protest. Hope to see you there.

Jeff Brown
Editor/Publisher
Purple Walrus Press.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

ON A LIGHTER NOTE, EMU FOOTBALL IS 6-4!


Yes, it is true! The Eastern Michigan Eagles are 6-4, with two regular season games remaining. EMU head football coach Chris Creighton has done a fantastic job turning EMU football into a winning program. As an EMU alum I'm excited.

Tonight EMU Football will host Northern Illinois here in Ypsilanti at Rynearson Stadium. at 8 PM. This won't be an easy game, but I'm sure our EMU Eagles will come out on top!

Go EAGLES.

Jeff Brown
Editor/Publisher
Purple Walrus Press.
The Factory. EMU Rynearson Stadium. Ypsilanti. Photo  Purple Walrus Press.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

DEMONSTRATORS IN ANN ARBOR PROTEST DAKOTA ACCESS PIPELINE TUESDAY.


Demonstrators protested the Dakota Access Pipeline in downtown Ann Arbor in front of the federal building Tuesday afternoon. As of 1:30 there were 20 to 25 protesters demonstrating, but I was told that an hour earlier the number of protesters was much higher.

I spoke with a protester named Barbara, who did not wish to give her last name. Barbara stated, "I stand with the native peoples. They have been trampled on for 500 years. We cannot live with polluted water and air. When will the powers that be wake up to that?"  Barbara also added, "I want to urge people to sign the petition put out by change.org that is calling to pressure the electoral college to vote against Trump and vote for Hillary. That's December 19. We need all the signatures we can get."

The Dakota Access Pipeline threatens the entire water supply for the Standing Rock reservation that is situated on the border of North and South Dakota. Standing Rock is a Great Sioux Nation reservation.

Appallingly, in September, the Dakota Pipeline Access hired a private security company. The company used a bulldozer to dig up a portion of the pipeline route that runs through an area of sacred land that may also contain a Sioux burial ground. Many peaceful demonstrators have been attacked and wounded by these guards who were hired to protect and insure the construction of the pipeline, and this is a disgrace.

Jeff Brown
Editor/Publisher
Purple Walrus Press.

NODAPL protester Ann Arbor Tuesday. Photo Purple Walrus Press.

Monday, November 14, 2016

NOT MY PRESIDENT DEMONSTRATION ON EMU CAMPUS : HUNDREDS PROTEST TRUMP PRESIDENCY THEN MARCH.


Several hundred demonstrators protested Trumps presidency Monday night on the campus of Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti Monday evening. The message protesters sent was clear. They are angry, frightened and appalled that Trump has been elected president of the United States, and rightfully so.

The demonstration began in front of McKenny Hall on campus, Quickly, the crowd grew to roughly a couple hundred people, mostly EMU students. Speakers at the protest spoke of unity against violence and hate. The crowd responded with cheers. The second speaker was a demonstration organizer. He asked the crowd to raise up the peace sign. The protesters did so with enthusiasm, and passion,

After several speakers addressed the crowd of demonstrators the protesters, including myself, enthusiastically marched through downtown Ypsilanti and back up to campus. EMU police accompanied protesters insuring the demonstrators safety as we march through the city streets.

I spoke with  EMU student protester Thomas Jahanian. He was clear that he was not happy about a Trump presidency. Jahanian stated, "I was curious about the goals of the rally and this organization. I don't think his presidency will be over turned.  I'm hoping to see the community stand against the violence of the last few days," Jahanian said.

I am also appalled, frightened and angry about the fact that Trump has been elected president. Many people are angry about the fact that Trump has been elected.

As an EMU alum I am proud that so many people took part in this Not My President protest. I'm just as impressed with the organizers of the demonstration.

Further, it should be noted that at the end of the protest and march the demonstration organizers thanked the EMU police dept for doing such a wonderful job protecting them during the march. Well done.

Jeff Brown
Editor/Publisher
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Protesting Trump presidency on EMU campus. Photo Purple Walrus Press.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

NOT MY PRESIDENT PROTEST MONDAY NOV 14 AT EASTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY.


There will be a NOT MY PRESIDENT  protest on Monday, November 14 at Eastern Michigan University. The demonstration will begin at 5:30 PM and will be held outside of McKenny Hall at the Fountain. There will be a speak-out session which will be followed by a march.

Organizers want to send a message that Donald Trump's America fueled by racism, xenophobia, and sexism is not our America. It was stated by organizers that all who care about the future of this country are welcome.

This will be a wonderful and important demonstration. Please attend.

Jeff Brown
Editor/Publisher
Purple Walrus Press.


Saturday, November 12, 2016

KIDS PEACE & UNITY MARCH SUNDAY NOVEMBER 13 IN ANN ARBOR.

There will be a Kids Peace & Unity March in Ann Arbor Sunday November 13. The march will begin on the University of Michigan Diag at 2 PM. Demonstrators will march down William, across Main and then back up Liberty Street before ending up back on the Diag.

This will be a wonderful and important event. Please attend!

Jeff Brown
Purple Walrus Press Editor/Publisher.

Friday, November 11, 2016

DEMONSTRATORS IN YPSILANTI PROTEST DAKOTA ACCESS PIPELINE IN FRONT OF WATER TOWER FRIDAY NIGHT.


 Demonstrators protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline held a protest this Friday evening in Ypsilanti in front of the Water Tower. Roughly 40 to 50 people participated in the protest. Several protesters held brightly illuminated letters spelling HONOR THE TREATIES /  NODAPL. The demonstrators also chanted, "Water Is Life."

I spoke to NODAPL protester Merirose Babcock. Her intentions were clear. What brought her to the protest was the right to clean water. Speaking of the Dakota Access Pipeline Babcock stated that, "We are dismayed at the fact that it is still happening. Peaceful protesters have been attacked and are being forced out of their land. It is very sad."

The Dakota Access Pipeline threatens the entire water supply for the Standing Rock Reservation that is situated on the border of North and South Dakota. Standing Rock is a Great Sioux Nation reservation.

Appallingly, in September of this year, the Dakota Access Pipeline hired a private security firm. This company used a bulldozer to dig up a portion of the pipeline route that ran through an area of sacred land that may contain a sacred Sioux burial ground. Many peaceful protesters have been attacked and wounded by guards hired to protect and insure  the construction of the pipeline, and this is a disgrace. It was wonderful to see so many protesters participating Friday night.

Jeff Brown
Editor/Publisher
Purple Walrus Press.

Jess protests near the Ypsi Water Tower Friday night. Photo Purple Walrus Press.
Protesters in front of the Ypsi Water Tower Friday evening. Photo Purple Walrus Press.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

HUNDREDS PROTESTING TRUMP AT UNION SQUARE IN NYC.


As of this writing several hundred people have gathered to protest against President elect Donald Trump at Union Square in New York City, and rightfully so. The crowd has been chanting, "Bernie", "Not My President and, "Black Lives Matter." I'm very glad to hear of this protest as America has just elected a racist, bigoted, and misogynist president.

Word has it there is a major demonstration in Chicago happening now protesting Trump also. This is encouraging. Lets just keep it peaceful.

Jeff Brown
PWP.

TRUMP WINS: THE DAWNING OF A DARK DAY IN AMERICA.


The election is over, the results are in and the people have spoken. Trump wins. Many people in this country didn't think it could happen, but, sadly, it has happened... Trump wins.

Trump wins, and so has bigotry and, division. This is a dark day for America.

Jeff Brown
Editor/Publisher
Purple Walrus Press.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

ELECTION DAY! LOOKS LIKE STRONG VOTER TURNOUT IN YPSILANTI.


As of 8:30 this morning it looks like voter turnout is strong in Ypsilanti. At Estabrook Elementary, which is in Ward 2 Precinct 1,  the parking lot was full as people made their into the school to cast their vote in this extremely important election.

One voter told me that when the polls opened in the morning lines were very long outside of the Estabrook Elementary polling station.

Stay tuned for updates.

Jeff Brown
Editor/Publisher
PWP
Election day voting. Estabrook Elementary Ypsilanti, MI. Photo Purple Walrus Press.

ANN ARBOR CIVIC THEATRE HOLDING AUDITIONS FOR ALMOST MAINE.


The Ann Arbor Civic Theatre will be holding auditions for its production of Almost Main on Sunday, December 4th at 2 pm and Monday December 5 at 6:30 pm. The auditions will be held at 6155 Jackson Road in Ann Arbor.

 Those auditioning need to be available for call backs. Call backs are on Tuesday, December 6th at 6;30 pm at the Ann Arbor Civic Theatre studio. Rehearsals begin January 16. The production runs from March 9-12 at the Arthur Miller Theatre on the UM'S North Campus.

Personally, I'm a huge fan of Ann Arbor Civic Theatre. I've reviewed many of their productions and always walk away very impressed!

So don't hesitate. Audition for a part in the Ann Arbor Civic Theatre production of Almost Maine!

Jeff Brown
Editor/Publisher
Purple Walrus Press.

Monday, November 7, 2016

GET OUT THE VOTE ON TUESDAY YPSILANTI!


The big day is fast upon us, Ypsilanti. Yes,  I'm speaking of Tuesday, election day, and probably, the most important election of our life times.

On November 8 polls will be open from 7 AM - 8PM. Remember, you are allowed to vote if you are in line by 8 PM.

Get out the vote, Ypsilanti!

Jeff Brown
PWP.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

FBI DIRECTOR COMEY'S ANNOUNCEMENT THAT FBI HAS NOT CHANGED MIND ON EMAIL DECISION IS GOOD FOR HILLARY.

FBI  Director  Comey's new announcement Sunday afternoon that the FBI has not changed its mind as far as the decision  made in July not to pursue criminal charges regarding her emails bodes well for Hillary, and her supporters,

Comey's decision last Friday announcing a new probe of Hillary's emails after investigators apparently found emails potentially linked to Clinton's server on Anthony Weiners computer has, unfortunately, already done damage to the Clinton campaign. With this latest announcement, Clinton should breathe a sigh of relief, at least for now.

Jeff Brown
Editor/Publisher
Purple Walrus Press.


Saturday, November 5, 2016

AMERICA MUST DECIDE WHAT KIND OF COUNTRY WE WANT TO BE: PWP W/ HER: GET OUT THE VOTE YPSLANTI.

As we all know, this is one hugely important election. Not only is the nation selecting a president, but  also its national identity. We are potentially witnessing a frightening shift in America's political identity if Trump is (gulp) elected as president. Quite frankly, as a Hillary supporter, I'm very concerned about the fact that the race has tightened  here in Michigan.

 "What kind of country do we want to be?" Hillary asked this very question last night in Cleveland after being introduced by Beyonce at a rally at Cleveland State University. Never in recent memory has America asked itself such a momentous and relevant question.

Does America want to be a divisive, fear mongering, bigoted and hateful country? Or does America want to be a unifying, accepting, and progressive country? Hopefully, the majority of Americans will vote on the side  of unity and acceptance. In other other words, hopefully, Hillary Clinton will become president of the United States. We will find out Tuesday.

Jeff Brown
Editor/Publisher
Purple Walrus Press.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

FBI DIRECTOR COMEY PROBE ANNOUNCEMENT REMINISCENT OF HOOVER ERA TACTICS


True story.. Once upon a time there was a corrupt, despicable, mean old and nasty FBI director named J. Edgar Hoover. Hoover was director of the FBI from 1924 until 1972. In the late 1950's Hoover created a corrupt, mean, ugly, and nasty "dirty tricks" program called COINTELPRO, which stood for counter intelligence program. Tragically, the goal of COINTELPRO was to bring down left of center political organizations in America. COINTEL essentially directed covert, illegal projects focused on tearing down, discrediting and disrupting political organizations in this country.  Not good.

Enter James Comey. Last Friday current FBI Director Comey announced that the FBI would be probing a new batch of emails found on Anthony Weiner's computer that are potentially tied to Hillary Clinton. The thing is the FBI is not supposed to release statements to the public that may be influential  politically. Simply put, The FBI is not supposed to have a political agenda that may influence American voters.

So why would FBI director Comey suddenly release information stating that emails that are potentially linked to Hillary Clinton are being probed? Was this announcement an deliberate act aimed at bringing down the Clinton campaign? The bottom line is that the damage has been done. Comey has planted a seed of doubt regarding Hillary Clinton in the minds of, I imagine, many undecided voters. The fact that Comey announced this probe mere days before the election is undemocratic and dangerous.

Are we witnessing the frightening re-emergence of Hoover era FBI tactics? I certainly hope not. Time will tell.

Jeff Brown
Editor/Publisher
Purple Walrus Press.


Wednesday, November 2, 2016

EMU STUDENTS HOLD DEMONSTRATION PROTESTING RACIST GRAFFITI ON CAMPUS


As of 1:00 Wednesday afternoon roughly 75 to 100 Eastern Michigan University students are holding a rally protesting the latest act of bigoted, racist graffiti that was found written on a campus building Monday.

Several student protesters spoke at the rally calling for unity and expressing dismay, outrage, and anger at the fact that more racist graffiti has shown up on the Ypsilanti campus.

The atmosphere became tense when a student wearing a "Make America Great Again" ball cap was called out by a protester who had spoken earlier at the rally. The protester pointedly asked the student wearing the ball cap why he was at the rally. One protester defended the student with the ball cap stating basically that the student was not trying to stir up or condemn demonstrators.

I spoke to a EMU student attending the rally named Gabrielle. She did not want to disclose her last name. I am paraphrasing her comments. Gabrielle is a senior from Ohio. Gabrielle stated that she is exhausted by the recent incidences of racist graffiti on campus lately. She also said that as an African American she is aware of the differences everyday.

Gabrielle told me she does have faith that good will happen eventually, and that she prays that protests and on campus diversity promoting conferences will attract and educate more EMU students. Gabrielle said that she has learned a lot about other cultures from attending diversity conferences, but was clear that she wants more students to attend. Gabrielle also told me that she appreciates that Eastern Michigan University encourages diversity events and conferences.

Students at EMU have every right to be angry. I was very impressed with today's rally and equally impressed with student speakers participating in the demonstration who addressed those in attendance.

Jeff Brown
Editor/Publisher
Purple Walrus Press.

Student protest EMU Wednesday. Photo Purple Walrus Press.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

CITY OF YPSILANTI :WHO DECIDES WHICH RESIDENTIAL TREES COME DOWN?


Several weeks ago I came home to my Normal Park Neighborhood house to find that several trees on our pretty tree lined street were marked with a big scarlet letter. The marking on the trees signify that the trees are to be cut down. Two of the these red marked trees happened to be in our front yard. Admittedly, one of these trees did look a bit ill, but the other one, a big giant maple tree, a tree that had been a favorite of my son and daughter since they were toddlers, looked perfectly healthy.Yet, that healthy looking tree was marked with the dreaded scarlet letter also.

Sure enough, a week or two later the trees were cut down. Naturally, after the two trees were cut down I went over to the two stumps to inspect them. As you look at our house, the stump on the left does look a little rotten. However, the stump on the right looks perfectly healthy to me, at least as healthy as a tree stump can possibly look. Now, I'm no tree expert, but I did, however, interview a tree expert about her opinion on the two stumps and whether she thought both trees needed to be cut down.

I should mention that our tree expert, Carolyn Leadley, is my sister in law who is an urban farmer in the city of Detroit. Carolyn has an undergrad degree in plant ecology from the University of Michigan, and a grad certificate in urban farming from Michigan State University.

I asked Carolyn to look at our two tree stumps in the front yard and give her opinion as whether the trees needed to be cut down. Carolyn said the one stump did look diseased, rotten and showed signs of decay, possibly from ants. She thought it was time for that tree to come down. However, she thought that the other tree looked perfectly healthy, and trimming the branches would have been more appropriate, and less costly.

I recently reached out to the Ypsilanti Dept of Public Works, specifically Stan Kirton who is the Director of Public Works. In an email I asked Stan how the decision process works and who makes the decisions regarding which residential trees should be cut down. I also asked what credentials they had. As of yet, he has not responded to me.

It appears that many residents of Ypsilanti are also curious as to how decisions are made regarding our residential trees. A response from the Ypsilanti Dept of Public Works would be greatly appreciated.

Jeff Brown
Editor/Publisher
Purple Walrus Press.
The two tree stumps in our front yard. Photo Purple Walrus Press.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

WHAT IS WITH ALL THE SCHMUTZ (LITTER) BEHIND ESTABROOK ELEMENTARY IN YPSILANTI?


Early Saturday morning I was informed by an Ypsilanti resident that there was trash piling up behind Estabrook Elementary here in Ypsilanti. Shortly after receiving the message there was a post on a neighborhood fb page from the resident who had informed me earlier that stated the information given to me.

Around 10:00 am Saturday, I went over to Estabrook to see for myself how much trash was over there behind the school and on the playground. Sure enough, the area directly behind the school was contained a good amount of schmutz or what is more commonly referred to as litter or trash, as well as a old ratty falling apart and tipped over soccer goal post. Geez. It did look pretty lousy back there directly behind the school building. That is where kids hang out and play during recess, right? Why has the play ground area been allowed to look like, well, crap. Estabrook Elementary is a neighborhood public school. Our children should not have to play where there is scattered litter. I think this reflects poorly on the school.that no one with the school or school system has bothered to clean up back there.

The last I heard, a group of Normal Park Neighborhood residents were heading over to the school to pick up the garbage because they care about the children and the play area at the school. Kudos to these residents. The question is, why should neighborhood residents be the ones to pick up the garbage?

Jeff Brown
Editor/Publisher
Purple Walrus Press.

The playground area behind Estabrook Elementary in Ypsilanti. Photo Purple Walrus Press.

Friday, October 28, 2016

DIOXANE PLUME : DEQ IN CONFIDENTIAL NEGOTIATION W/ GELMAN IS UNACCEPTABLE

A town hall meeting was held in Ann Arbor Thursday regarding the ever lingering reality of the dioxane plume that has been creeping underneath the Ann Arbor region for years. Many residents in Ann Arbor, as well as Ypsilanti are understandably very concerned about dioxane plume. Apparently, many who attended Wednesdays town hall left disappointed and frustrated from the responses made by DEQ Deputy Director Bob Wagner who spoke at the event. To summarize, and or, paraphrase quotes from Wagner that were reported Friday in an mlive article Wagner said, in regard to dioxane clean up, that before a decision by the DEQ will be made they need to see accumulate more information. Further, as reported in mlive, and I'm paraphrasing, the state of Michigan is currently holding discussions that are private with Gelman Sciences.

First, a little background on the dioxane plume. Several months ago Purple Walrus Press did a story  relating to, at the time, new information on the plume. In spring of 2016 I wrote about a Wayne State Professor Larry Lemke who had stated earlier in the week to mlive that, "As far as 1.4 dioxane transport to the Huron River, it's probably already there, and it's going to persist for many years to come." Lemke is a hydro geologist and director of the Environmental Science program at Wayne State. Sounds like a smart guy to me.

Here is what I learned after doing a bit of research on the matter at hand. From 1966 to 1986 Gelman services used a solvent called dioxane 1,4 at its Scio Township location on Wagner Road. It was used in the manufacture of medical filters. Waste water containing the chemical was stored in unlined lagoons which are kind of like storage ponds for liquids. From what I have read these storage ponds or lagoons are supposed to be lined with clay and some other type of line. Over time the dioxane basically leaked into the ground soil and began to spread. That is where the story began.

What is dioxane? According the the EPA technology transfer Network Air toxins website ( A mouth full) "1,4 dioxane is used as a solvent. Acute inhalation exposure to high levels of 1,4 dioxane has caused vertigo, drowsiness, headache, anorexia, and irritation to eyes, nose, throat and lungs in humans.Damage to the liver and kidneys has been observed in rats chronically exposed in the drinking water." This information is all from the EPA website mentioned above,

As far as the DEQ stating that it needs more information before deciding how to handle the cleanup, that is an unacceptable response. It also sounds familiar. Of course, I'm talking about my hometown of Flint. Snyder, the State of Michigan, and all of the powers that be continually said they "needed more information" before acting on and addressing the on going water crisis. Equally unacceptable is the fact that the State of Michigan is holding PRIVATE  talks with Gelman Sciences. This is an issue of public health. Private discussions? This sounds disconcerting to residents of the area.

Many people left the dioxane plume town hall in Ann Arbor unsatisfied and rightfully so. Residents of the Ann Arbor/ Ypsilanti area deserve more answers.


Jeff Brown
Editor/Publisher
Purple Walrus Press
The Huron River. Ypsilanti, MI. Photo Purple Walrus Press.