Tuesday's Supreme Court decision preserves this stingy status quo. It affirms the right of the people of Michigan to close doors that once swung open.
Does Detroit need 'a permanent overseer?' That loaded phrase, used in a Crain's Detroit Business headline on a Keith Crain column, was swiftly changed to the less incendiary 'independent finance exec.'
It's like 'American Idol' for bankruptcy, without the glamour but plenty of bucks involved. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes is hiring an expert to review the city's plan of adjustment and the auditions are today.
On the urban prairie, the chickens are laying, fresh compost is piled in a heap and a group of Detroit farmers is readying the land with the kind of hope and energy that spring brings.
April is national child abuse prevention month — perhaps because poet T.S. Eliot once celebrated its cruelty. Growing up, Jeanne Fowler considered every month cruel. Until she was an adult, she could only wonder: 'When is it going to get better?'
We live in Detroit Extreme, a place where man's inhumanity to man is too often just one child's step off the curb.
On May 17, John Hantz — the financial services mogul who is planting an urban woodland — plans to grill sandwiches for any volunteers who show up to help plant 15,000 young maple and oak trees on 50 acres of newly cleared urban prairie.
Three automotive CEOs came to Washington, D.C., six years ago — and blew up in spectacular fashion. Arriving with three private jets and haughty demeanors, their big moment was a public relations debacle.
Chris Ward was a young, highly regarded Republican legislator in 2004 when he voted to banish even the prospect of gay marriage from Michigan.
Detroit library officials expected one or two curious people to show up when Barbara Cohn led her first tour of the main Detroit Public Library last December. Instead, that tour, and each one since, has been oversubscribed.
Your local county clerk is most often seen as a bureaucrat — a keeper of records, vital statistics and precise office hours. But on Saturday, four county clerks in Michigan went a little bit rogue.
Right to Life of Michigan might have proved its deep concern for Michigan's tiniest citizens last week. It could have mustered political support for living babies, fragile beings who survived passage out of utero and into the harsh world.
One of Detroit's new restaurants is set to pop up next week on the southwest side. The proprietors are emphasizing the tension between their $121-per-person dining concept and the gritty neighborhood they've chosen for 'Goldfinch American.'
What's unusual about William Clay Ford Sr.'s offspring is not that they've rarely courted media attention, but that they've so successfully escaped it.
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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