In her hard hat and chartreuse neon vest, Tiffany Hart is at ease supervising a crew of traffic flaggers amid chaotic Woodward Avenue traffic. As she should be: She's the CEO of an asphalting firm with a million-dollar contract on the M-1 Rail project.
Warren Mayor Jim Fouts didn't simply threaten to sue after Proposition 1 was approved by 69 percent of Michigan primary voters. He sued.
A rare and devastating neuromuscular disease has become a summer fad, as everyone from Bill Gates to Ben Affleck in a Detroit T-shirt to my 13-year-old daughter have responded to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.
There's no official war on women, just a continuing snark campaign that's apparent even when women candidates run — and win.
The State Fair and its pig races are over. At the fairgrounds, it's time for the controversy to begin. Last October, Magic Plus LLC signed a purchase agreement for the 157-acre site, signing on Redico as the developer. Critics were able to pressure the state, forestalling any transfer of cash and land before the developer met a series of requirements.
What do you do when a ballot question requires a week's worth of study and analysis to understand — and still begs for a judgment call?
While community gardens are everywhere, Forgottten Harvest Farms is different: It's a professional farm, designed to produce at high yields to ensure a reliable supply of fresh vegetables year-round.
Michigan's 14th Congressional District is a test-tube baby, conceived by gerrymandering to favor Democrats. Misshapen and geographically bizarre, it wends its way from Pontiac to Farmington Hills to Grosse Pointe. Its midsection — in Southfield and a chunk of Detroit — swells like a boa constrictor after a hearty meal.
Steve Spreitzer is not a cynic or a screamer. He believes we can overcome. He believes we can all get along — and perhaps one day will.
When the graffiti girls popped up on my computer screen, I wasn't sure whether I was looking at mug shots or a promotion for the new 'Girls of Grosse Pointe North' show.
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.
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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