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  1. Event encourages people to register on state donor list

    What's formally known as the Gift of Life MOTTEP Foundation's walk/run raises money and attention for the cause, and it's not too late to step in.

    • 10:59 PM, Jul. 20, 2014
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    I spy, you spy

    In all the snickering over the two Republican operatives who ineptly infiltrated a Democratic fundraiser, we're missing something important.

    • 12:10 AM, Jul. 17, 2014
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    Big or small, bankruptcy hurts

    Things would be different if her husband were still alive. No, not just different, because Sherry Kurzynowski is learning that different isn't always better.

  2. The best car photos take time, talent and an unbruised model

    For what will ultimately be one image in the glossy brochure for the 2015 SRX, not quite 20 people spent all or part of 10-1/2 hours last week in a leafy neighborhood near 13 Mile and Middle Belt.

    • 11:47 PM, Jul. 9, 2014
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    Cartoonist and author Jim Benton of Bloomfield Township is never stuck for ideas

    He's had New York Times bestsellers, shelves of awards, a Fox Kids animated series and a Hallmark movie, but he remains self-deprecating and eminently likeable.

    • 11:33 PM, Jul. 7, 2014
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    The lady and the tigers

    Karie Ross has been, among other things, one of the pioneering female anchors on ESPN. Now she's married to Detroit Tigers president and CEO Dave Dombrowski, and they both went to Washington, D.C., last year to make a pitch for endangered species.

  3. 'Researcher' sounds like a boring occupation unless you worked for Elmore Leonard

    People used to tell Gregg Sutter he had the best job in the world. 'No,' he'd say, 'I have the second-best. But I'll take it.'

    • 11:49 PM, Jun. 30, 2014
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    'Don't be afraid to help'

    Michelle Wolford Ball's ears found the woman before her eyes did. She had her car windows up, and the air conditioner and radio were on. But could that be ... screaming?

    • 8:34 AM, Jun. 26, 2014
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    Say nice things about Emily

    It's been 28 years since she lived here, but the first customer Emily Gail walks past at the Mercury Burger Bar stops her for a selfie. If that's a tribute to how young she looks a month shy of 68, it's also a measure of what she still means.

    • 12:36 AM, Jun. 19, 2014
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    With state test scores floundering, reading could be a lifeboat in Hamtramck

    Project Hamtramck is an approach, not a program. It's a deliberately inclusive, district-wide campaign to install a proven curriculum the participants will select together.

    • 10:52 PM, Jun. 16, 2014
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    One game, two allegiances

    The Lord handles the important stuff. Soccer, probably not. The Lord has blessed Moses Yankson with many things. Escape and refuge. Faith and prosperity. Three smart, accomplished children.

  4. Pure Michigan: Fudge, art, grads

    The archivists at National Day Calendar don't know exactly how June 16 came to be named National Fudge Day. Call me cynical, but I suspect the Mackinac Island Chamber of Commerce had something to do with it.

    • 11:41 PM, Jun. 11, 2014
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    As money flows to Detroit, is Hamtramck being overlooked?

    Joan Bittner is fervently optimistic. She knew good things would happen in Detroit, even if she expected them 40 years ago, and now she knows they'll spill over into Hamtramck.

Metro Columnist

Neal Rubin began writing his Detroit News column in June of 2000. His theoretically humorous look at life appears Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. A Michiganian since 1984, Rubin grew up in Southern California and Colorado and attended the University of Northern Colorado on a 7-card stud scholarship. He prefers dogs to cats, game shows to reality shows, and writing to actual labor. Reach him at nrubin@detnews.com

  • Favorite book: "All Quiet on the Western Front"
  • Favorite movie: "The Last Picture Show"
  • Career distinction: Banned by the World Wrestling Federation..

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