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Lucy Ann Lance

Lucy Ann Lance, center, talks with Scott Huckestein of Schakolad Chocolate Factory and Linda Brewer of the Bank of Ann Arbor at Wednesday's Power of the Purse fundraising event. Lucy Ann Lance was honored with the first Power of the Purse Woman of the Year award.

Wednesday night brought an odd convergence of the phrase “Power of the Purse” to Ann Arbor. The author of a book by that name, Fara Warner, gave a speech that evening at the University of Michigan, where she’s a visiting professor of journalism. Her topic? The future of journalism.

Despite our deep interest in that issue, we chose to drop by a different “Power of the Purse” – an event hosted by the United Way of Washtenaw County Women’s Initiative, part of a broader campaign to deal with domestic violence, gender discrimination, access to affordable child care and other barriers to women’s economic self-sufficiency. [Full Story]

“A Christmas Carol” Cast Looks Familiar

Susan Pollay rehearses for

Susan Pollay rehearses for Sunday evening's show at Performance Network. Her roles are Speaker #12 and Speaker #6. In real life, her role is executive director of the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority.

They aren’t bound for Broadway – with roles like “Man with a Monstrous Chin” and “Laundress Vicky” – but on Saturday morning about a dozen folks from the community joined professional actors at Performance Network Theatre to rehearse for a benefit show of Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” to be performed Sunday night, Dec. 21.

The script is a new adaptation by David Wolber and Joseph Zettelmaier, and is directed by Wolber. It is a “staged concert reading,” meaning that the cast will read from scripts during the performance. The show, a benefit for the nonprofit theater group, begins at 7 p.m. on Sunday.

The Chronicle dropped by to catch a few minutes of the rehearsal, which started at 9 a.m. We got there at the end of Act I, just as WUOM’s Charity Nebbe was breaking up with Scrooge, played by PN regular John Seibert. (She was gentle about it.)

Here are a few photos from the morning’s theatrical workout. [Full Story]

Election 2008 Photos: Gutenberg and Easthope

Election 2008 Gutenberg Easthope

Unofficial results from the Washtenaw County website indicate a victory for Easthope. Easthope, 21,099; Gutenberg 18,825; Write-in, 480. Miss Saigon was not officially registered as a write-in candidate, so any votes cast for her will not be tallied.

At various polling places around the city of Ann Arbor, the colorful campaign signs for candidates stuck into the ground provided a nice complement to the spectacular fall foliage still stuck to the trees. But it wasn’t signs that impressed The Chronicle most – it was the live human beings offering literature in the 15th District Court judicial race. Many of them were family.

We met Eric Gutenberg’s parents, Erwin and Barbara, at Bach Elementary. At Thurston Elementary we met Christopher Easthope’s mother, Mary. And at Tappan Middle School we chatted with his sister, Tracey Easthope, and his nephew, Luke Desprez. And we met plenty of other Gutenberg or Easthope supporters at other polling places as well. [Full Story]

Election Day 2008

To capture the experience of Ann Arbor voters today, The Chronicle is tagging along with city attorney Stephen Postema as he drops by polling places around the city, filling his role as one of three election commissioners. The Chronicle won’t be given special access to areas reserved for election inspectors, but we will be covering a lot of territory. Check back for periodic updates throughout the day – with the most recent posts at the top of this article – and add your own observations in the comments section.

9:30 p.m. Still at Slauson, where results from Ward 5, Precinct 4 have now come in. The 15th District Court judicial race remains tight: Easthope 623, Gutenberg 648. For city council, Hohnke drew 1,259 … [Full Story]

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Time for Transportation

Well after midnight last Monday evening – or more precisely, Tuesday morning – council chambers were empty of the public except for The Chronicle and a WCC journalism student. The main event (601 S. Forest) was over. What was Eli Cooper, the city’s transportation program manager, still doing there? Earlier in the day, he’d been on hand for the local unveiling of Ann Arbor’s contribution to Rails to Trails Conservancy’s 2010 Campaign for Active Transportation, so starting from that point he’d had at least a 12-hour day. [Full Story]