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  1. 10 who made a difference: Our Michiganians of the Year

    Once again, for the 36th year, The Detroit News salutes citizens of our state who exemplify excellence, determination, innovation and inspiration. They are 10 people we hail as Michiganians of the Year.

  2. Mark Dantonio:Head football coach at Michigan State sees himself as a leader of young men

    Mark Dantonio is not na´ve. He understands his job is about winning. The Michigan State football coach has done plenty of that in his seven seasons leading the Spartans, capping off one of the most successful stretches in program history last season with 13 victories, a Big Ten championship and a Rose Bowl win in the team's first trip to Pasadena in 26 years.

    • 11:59 PM, Jun. 3, 2014
    • Michiganians of the Year

    Andra Rush: Automotive supplier is a Mohawk descendant committed to hiring vets, Detroiters

    Whether it's the basketball court or the boardroom, Andra Rush is used to competing with the boys. As a child, Rush would sneak onto the rosters of all-male basketball, hockey, football and baseball teams by signing up as 'Andy' or 'A.R.' Years later, she'd fight to convince male counterparts to do business with her fledgling trucking company, which she founded in 1984 after a brief stint as a nurse.

  3. George Jackson Jr.: Development guru proud he helped 'people think differently about the city'

    A short walk or drive throughout Detroit provides evidence of George Jackson Jr.'s life work. There's General Motors Co.'s world headquarters, the Westin Book Cadillac Hotel, Campus Martius, as well as projects such as the M-1 rail line and a new Red Wings arena coming near Midtown. Jackson has overseen it all.

    • 12:03 AM, Jun. 4, 2014
    • Michiganians of the Year

    Dr. Sonia Hassan: Physician's groundbreaking discoveries give preterm babies a better chance at life

    The walls of the high-risk pregnancy clinic at DMC Hutzel Women's Hospital are lined with photos of healthy babies who might not have been so lucky without cutting-edge medical interventions discovered by Dr. Sonia Hassan and members of her research team.

  4. Dave Camp: Retiring congressman races the clock in effort to push comprehensive tax reform

    As Congress struggles with the basic work of passing budgets, U.S. Rep. Dave Camp dared to take on serious, large-scale reform.

  5. Deborah Hughes: The retired nurse likely helped to save life of beaten Clinton Township tree-trimmer

    Deborah Hughes was a voice of reason in a bloodthirsty crowd, turning shouts of revenge into applause, and perhaps saving a man's life.

  6. Bill Pulte IV: Building magnate's grandson uses family formula to clear blight in Metro Detroit neighborhoods

    Ray Crighton, a lifetime resident of Brightmoor, stands atop a hill on Lyndon Street gazing at a scene he'd never thought he'd see: a rolling, several acre field of green. Gone are the mountains of tires. The two drug houses were razed, no more stench from rotting mounds of trash, no more sound of gunshots.

  7. John and Marlene Boll: Low-key philanthropists leave a big mark on Metro Detroit, beyond

    She was a Rockette who'd appeared on the 'Ed Sullivan Show.' He was the son of conservative Dutch immigrants, members of the Dutch Reformed Church, who strongly disapproved of dancing.

  8. Angelo B. Henderson: From journalist to minister, activist used his voice to help Detroiters

    Angelo B. Henderson began his career as a newspaper reporter and ended it as a radio talk show host, minister and community activist. Along the way, he made Detroit a better place to live and empowered its residents.

  9. Award honors Angelo Henderson

    The Detroit News has created the Angelo B. Henderson Community Commitment Award. In 2015, it will honor journalist and community activist Angelo Henderson, who died this winter.

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