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  1. 14th District race packed with action, but there's little attention

    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.

  2. Michigan Roundtable leader a CEO with kumbaya in him

    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.

  3. Charges for Grosse Pointe Woods teens for graffiti draw rash of attention

    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.

  4. Unveiling of Betty Ford portrait also spotlights artist

    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.'

  5. Group gains traction by recycling leftover tires from city's ruin

    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.

  6. Detroit bankruptcy raises Orr's profile across U.S.

    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.

  7. Legislature OKs $800K for abortion alternatives in new budget

    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.

Metro Columnist

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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