Anne came home last night. She took the Greyhound bus from Ann Arbor to the Lou, via Toledo, Fort Wayne, Indy, Terre Haute and Effingham. The trip took about as long as it would to drive, with more generous stops than we usually take. Her review of the bus ride was kind of meh though, not too bad, but not that great either. I picked her up at the relatively new downtown combination bus and train station, which at least on its exterior is a step up from its two predecessors. The photo with this post is from last August. Greyhound was celebrating its hundredth anniversary that year with a PR tour that included many of the coaches that had seen service over that century. This one is their latest design. It was a hot day when we visited their tour, but the interior of this bus was nice and cool. Some of the drivers were chilling in the back.
Ferguson is making the headlines in town again this week, on the first anniversary of the killing of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, by a white policeman. There have been quite a few protests around town, mostly peaceful, many law-abiding. Of course it is the exceptions that get all the media attention. On Sunday night, there were three shootings in Ferguson, one involving the police. There was also looting and arrests. Monday was punctuated by multiple protests around town that precipitated many arrests, but all remained peaceful. The county had declared a state of emergency on Monday and taken over policing from the Ferguson police. The other development last night was the reappearance of the Oath Keepers, a group of white vigilantes that were heavily armed. They had appeared last year too, but for only one night. Let’s hope that this was their second one night stand.