BC-MI--Michigan Weekend Exchange Digest, MI
AP-Michigan stories for Sept. 23 and Sept. 24. Members using Exchange stories should retain bylines and newspaper credit lines. If you have questions, please contact 313-259-0650.
For use Sunday, Sept. 23, and thereafter.
MARQUETTE, Mich. — Two women have been volunteering their time since 2007 to properly sort, store, classify and record each one of the 2,000 pieces in the DeVos Art Museum. Every Tuesday, Diane Kordich and Marilyn Keefe go behind gallery walls and into the museum’s collections room where the pair has been organizing the museum’s permanent collection for the last decade. Staff refer to them as the “archive angels.” By Corey Kelly, Daily Mining Journal. SENT IN ADVANCE: 694 words.
EXCHANGE-FRONT YARD FLOWERS
FLINT, Mich. — Four thousand Flint water customers turned down offers to install free faucet filters in their homes during the last three months, but parties to a civil lawsuit that mandated such outreach say door-to-door efforts are still paying dividends. New records compiled as part of a lawsuit settlement also show that the refusals are small when weighed against the total number of follow-up visits by the city’s Community Outreach and Resident Education workers. By Ron Fonger, Flint Journal. SENT IN ADVANCE: 376 words.
For use Monday, Sept. 24, and thereafter.
EXCHANGE-SAVE THE CHIMNEY
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — A group of conservationists is urging Ann Arbor to save an old chimney as a freestanding structure to protect migratory birds that enjoy roosting there. The Ann Arbor News reports that city officials are considering demolishing the blighted city-owned buildings across from the YMCA to make way for a potential redevelopment of the 2.5-acre site. One conservationist said the chimney is a favorite migration roosting spot for the chimney swift, a bird species listed as “near threatened.” By Ryan Stanton, Ann Arbor News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1203 words.
EXCHANGE-LEVY-LIFE AFTER FOOTBALL
DETROIT — Even if he doesn’t play football here anymore, former Detroit Lions linebacker DeAndre Levy has made a home in Detroit and is starting a family here. Levy is turning his focus toward helping to give voice to survivors of sexual assault and violence, especially in communities of color. Together, the Levys commissioned artists to paint a mural in Eastern Market last year to encourage survivors of sexual assault and harassment to speak out, and to urge others to take their stories seriously. By Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1599 words.