Ann Arbor’s Dave DeVarti, former publisher of Current Magazine, will be driving his Honda Odyssey with a newly minted and finally legal vanity plate. And the plate’s contested message, WAR SUX, has cost the state of Michigan the sum of DeVarti’s attorney fees: $21,500. Originally barred by the state due to the government’s claim that the word SUX had a sexual overtone, U.S. District Judge Gordon Quist rejected the argument, asserting that the Secretary of State guidelines were too broad. Officials cannot deny personalized license plate requests for subjective reasons, however, the state can impose restrictions on requests for plates that contain profanity, parlay explicitly sexual content, or portray a negative image of a racial, religious or socioeconomic group. Meanwhile in Brooklyn, New York's Department of Motor Vehicles is revoking the patently offensive registration of a black Dodge with the license plate HAMMAS. Although the plate is a misspelling of Hamas, the Palestinian flag displayed in the windshield suggests a nod to Hamas, the Palestinian militant group. War, in short, sux.
I’ve been writing for The Current for almost 10 years now…, which is crazy to think about. But I’ve known musician Jeffrey Freer for longer than that, from previous bands as well as some of his solo material. He was an Ypsilanti and an Ann Arbor regular for years, but moved away for a spell.
Terry Holbrook heads home from downtown Ann Arbor to Dexter after working his shift as a video editor. It’s a winter night. The highway is icy. The car ahead skids, then crashes. Terry, the everyman in author Mark Beyer’s new page-turner crime thriller, Hired Man, pulls over and rushes to the aid of the injured
“Heathers”, the 2014 musical based on the 1989 movie starring Winona Ryder, will be presented by Ann Arbor Civic Theatre from June 7th-10th at the Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre.