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Broadway Bridges to undergo reconstruction
The Broadway Street bridges over the Huron River and the railroad will be demolished and replaced in a city of Ann Arbor construction project expected to begin as early as the week of Feb. 3—7, and to continue for nearly two years. One in-bound (toward downtown) lane of traffic will be maintained at all times throughout the construction project. Out-bound traffic will be detoured via Huron Street to Glen St./Fuller Road.

Other alternate routes to cross the river and travel north and east include: Geddes or Washtenaw Avenue to Huron Parkway, and N. Main Street to M-14 East. Alterations will be made to aid traffic flow on Huron Street, including a new traffic light at Fletcher. The intersection with Glen Street will be altered to permit two lanes of eastbound Huron traffic to turn left and follow Glen/Fuller to destinations north and east. The city and its contractor have established a Web site at for common questions, maps of the detour, construction-related updates, and information for contact and feedback.

U-M—Flint begins principal program
U-M—Flint is launching a program that will prepare highly qualified teachers to be part of the next generation of principals in local urban schools.

Last week, more than 20 new students began a master of public administration program to become leaders in seven Genessee County school districts. The program is intended to help curb the projected shortage of school leaders in the districts.

Students in the program will have half of their tuition paid. In return, the students agree to remain in one of the seven districts for at least four years. For more information, call (810) 762-3351.

Medical School gift honors Sept. 11 victim
Herbert and Andrea Ouida have made a $250,000 endowment gift to the U-M Medical School to honor the memory of their son, Todd, who died in the World Trade Center attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. The gift will help further research and treatment, as well as raise awareness, for childhood anxiety disorders.

With the gift, the U-M Medical School will establish the Todd Ouida Clinical Scholars Award and annual Lecture in Childhood Anxiety and Depression.

The gift was donated through the Todd Ouida Children's Foundation Fund, which was established by the Ouida family as a meaningful legacy for their son, who was a foreign currency option trader for Cantor Fitzgerald in New York. It supports psychological services for children of families in need.

As a child, Ouida suffered from severe anxieties. However, with regular treatment and increasing maturity, he eventually overcame his childhood anxieties. To learn more about his life and the fundraising efforts established by his family and friends to honor his memory, visit

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