The painter Patricia Hill Burnett — who is also the feminist, the socialite, and the once-Miss Michigan — first wrote to Betty Ford in 1975, seeking 'three to five sittings.'
A few miles north of the Shinola Midtown store, where Detroit grit is polished, assembled and sold at breathtaking premiums, the Rev. Faith Fowler is pioneering her own authentic take on Detroit retail.
Sixteen months after being called to serve as Detroit's emergency manager, Kevyn Orr has emerged as a public figure, famous within municipal finance circles and recognizable to legions of Detroit followers from Woodward Avenue to Wall Street and beyond.
The Michigan Legislature has shown little interest in fixing roads, preventing unplanned pregnancy, or solving infant mortality. But it has approved hundreds of thousands of dollars to 'promote childbirth,' alternatives to abortion and abstinence.
'Tell me again how this is going to work?' Allan Gilmour is a sophisticated veteran of financial maneuvers and civic decision-making. Once Ford's vice chairman, he is Wayne State University's immediate past president.
In the movie epic about Detroit's bankruptcy, Monday's meeting at the Detroit Institute of Arts' Rivera Court is a climactic and stirring scene. In real life and real time, it marked a moment of triumph and tension, with many players still waiting to exhale.
The tweeted photo shows three male Michigan legislators smirking and reading women's fashion magazines, with the quip: 'Don't say we don't understand women.'
The 'grand bargain' sounds like a special sale at Macy's. But until now, it's been the political holy grail — a noble-sounding but unobtainable goal.
Haven, the Oakland County shelter for domestic abuse survivors, has no sign and no listed address. It's effectively a stealth residence, maintaining the idea that secrecy protects victims from the abusers they so desperately fled.
Michael Stafford, the director of Cranbrook Institute of Science, leads a handful of students behind a door and pulls out his favorite display — three otter skins used as shaman medicine bags between the 18th and late 19th centuries.
Laura Berman is a Detroit News columnist who writes about local, national and, occasionally, personal issues.
Laura has been a features writer, columnist, business and political reporter and magazine staff writer at the Detroit Free Press, and a contributor to many national magazines. Her journalism awards include a National Headliner Award for column writing. She has a degree in history from the University of Michigan.
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