A Michigan woman who was a victim of human trafficking between 2003 and 2008 has filed a lawsuit against two major hotel companies, Marriott and InterContinental, for their failure to intervene. The case, filed in December, claims that the woman was taken to hotel rooms at Holiday Inn Express in Detroit and Fairfield Inn in Ann Arbor, where she was held captive, and despite signs that something was going on, no staff members came to her aid. The victim, only 17 when the incidents began, joins over 30 lawsuits filed around the country aimed at holding hotel owners responsible for failing to help prevent sex trafficking in their properties.
Casablanca, on Washtenaw, close to Downtown Ypsilanti, has a comfortable, down-to-earth atmosphere, hiding it’s 35-year-ago provenance as a Taco Bell. The manager/owner, Mohammad Mohammad, is hands-on, ensuring satisfaction for each customer, assuring that each dish placed on the table is properly presented. The abundant natural light from ample windows gives the dining area a warm,
In Ancient Greece, the agora was a central public space, meaning “gathering place” or “assembly.” The agora served as a political, commercial and social hub and was also where Socrates found himself in trouble because of his philosophical inquisitions. In The Public Square, an exhibit on view at the University of Michigan Museum of Art
Jeff Robinson can hear the music of the brew. After working as an audio engineer for nearly 30 years, the owner of South Lyon’s Third Monk Brewing doesn’t see that career as dissimilar: “…malt is the bass,” he says, “and hops are the treble, and the yeast is the mastering. I can take components of
We human beings are a storytelling species. Our social institutions— religious, legal and cultural— are based on narratives that may be fanciful or fact-based or influenced by precedent. But they are also ever-evolving. Throughout the winter and spring of 2020, Courtney McClellan, this year’s Roman J. Witt Artist in Residence at the University of Michigan