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  1. Detroit's maternal death rate triple the nation's

    Experts blame the same combination of medical conditions and social toxins that kills Detroit babies at a frequency that is the worst of America's big cities, and even some Third World countries.

    • 10:05 PM, Jul. 9, 2014

    New DIA art evaluation is unlikely to unravel 'grand bargain'

    The Detroit Institute of Arts is not home free. Not after a valuation of its prodigious collection, submitted this week to the city, concluded the museum’s 60,000-piece collection could be worth as much as $4.6 billion, nearly six times the value Christie’s placed on the DIA’s most prized pieces last winter.

  2. Crowded field will attempt to unseat Ficano as Wayne Co. primary nears

    Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano is fighting for his political life with less than a month to go before the Aug. 5 Democratic primary that will almost certainly decide who will lead the county for the next four years.

  3. J.D. Martinez showing Tigers he's got the write stuff

    With the music blasting in the Tigers clubhouse late Wednesday afternoon, and most of his teammates hitting the showers or grabbing a quick bite to eat before heading to the airport for the coming trip to Kansas City, J.D. Martinez sat in front of his locker — still in uniform — and grabbed a well-worn notebook and a pen.

  4. Michigan schools still largely mediocre

    When students leave their high schools behind, they should be able to face their first college classes with confidence.

  5. JPMorgan to announce financing plan for homeowners who bid in Detroit auctions

    Detroit JPMorgan Chase & Co. on Thursday plans to announce a program aimed at increasing the number of homeowners who bid in the auctions run by the Detroit Land Bank Authority.

    • 11:47 PM, Jul. 9, 2014

    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.

  6. Bastone Complex's executive chef shares his delicious turkey meal

    Chef Robert Young decided to share his turkey recipe because 'it's really simple to make' and is the result of 'attending lots of family reunions that had really bad potato salad ...'

    • 12:33 AM, Jul. 10, 2014
    • AUTOS
    • DRIVE

    The Dodge Grand Caravan is dead, long live the Grand Caravan

    The Dodge Grand Caravan deserves its own room at the Smithsonian when Dodge retires the line. It's a practical, versatile, comfortable, rolling condo with enough interior room for an art house movie preview or your pet yak.

  7. 10 tasty spots around town to find frozen custard

    Ice cream's smoother cousin isn't as well known, but there are plenty of places to find it in Metro Detroit. Want something more traditional, we have a guide to ice cream and other frozen treats, too.

  8. Tactics, style divide Democrats in 4th District state Senate race

    State Sen. Virgil Smith of Detroit is trying to fend off a Democratic primary challenge from Rep. Rashida Tlaib to represent a district including parts of the city and Downriver by criticizing her sometimes confrontational approach toward legislating.

  9. Doomsday scenarios

    The end is near. It's at your local movie theater, it's on your TV. It's streaming into your computer, on your phone, on your tablet. Apocalyptic culture — books, movies, TV shows that deal with the end of civilization or the world — seems to be coming at us non-stop.

    • 11:01 PM, Jul. 9, 2014
    • AUTOS
    • DRIVE

    Car Culture: Have car decal fun for $20 or less

    Well, it seems those old 'auto wrap' email come-ons are making the rounds again; I've had a couple such offers pop up in my inbox in the past few days.

  10. Apricots taste just peachy in a cherry compote

    Everyone has a favorite fruit and mine is the apricot (next is the peach). Apricots are so wonderful in a pork dish, rice dish and with couscous, but as I have an incurable sweet tooth, I always think first about using them in desserts.

  11. Uncle Kracker joins Under the Sun tour with Sugar Ray, more

    When putting together this year's version of the '90s nostalgia outing Under the Sun, Mark McGrath turned to an old friend: Uncle Kracker. McGrath and Kracker ...

    • 10:57 PM, Jul. 9, 2014
    • AUTOS
    • DRIVE

    Livonia firm turns autos on to propane

    What's the most commonly used fuel source for cars and trucks around the world? If you guessed gasoline, you are correct. And in second place … yes, diesel.

    • 10:59 PM, Jul. 9, 2014
    • AUTOS
    • DRIVE

    Curb catalytic converter thefts

    Every couple of months, Craig Heiser sees a car putter into his garage without a catalytic converter.

  12. Good stuff: Mint julep, dinner series, vacation tip

    Make a Moscato Mint Julep with Woodbridge's inexpensive wine, try the Culinary Guild of Detroit's dinner series at Iridescence, and take some spices with you ...

  13. Review: 'Masters of Sex' returns, haunted by indecision and confusion

    As the second season of Showtime's groundbreaking 'Masters of Sex' begins, no one seems the master of anything. It sounds a bit soapy, but there's enough ...

  14. Beet Tonarelli mixes Calabrian Chilies, mint, cheeses well

    Largely agricultural, the Calabria region of southern Italy is known for its olives, vineyards and citrus fruit. One of its best specialties, though, is the ...

  15. Michigan Lavender Festival expects thousands of well-wishers

    Lavender isn't just a pretty purple herb that smells good. It has vast healing properties, says local wellness educator Jennifer Vasich. No wonder the Lavender ...

  16. Political Insider: In Democratic primary fight, Republican becomes a target

    Southfield Mayor Brenda Lawrence is trying to raise her profile in the contested Democratic primary for the 14th Congressional District by dragging a ...

  17. Woman should rethink friendship

    Dear Abby: My best friend is getting married and asked me to be her maid of honor. She has also asked me to buy an expensive dress, host a lavish shower I'm ...

  18. Flexible spicy Middle Eastern koftas have Hungarian influences

    The flavors and spices of Middle Eastern foods, especially the grilled kebabs and koftas, are some of the most interesting and unique, with influence ...

  19. Metro Detroit food calendar

    Check out the food trucks at Campus Martius on Thursday or in Novi on Friday, try some summer sparklers at the Rattlesnake Club and more.

  20. Ragtime Street Fair syncopates Main Street with music and more

    There should be lots of toe tapping on Main Street at Greenfield Village this weekend when the Ragtime Street Fair swings into town.

  21. Our primary choices for Legislature from Macomb

    Term limits prevent Rep. Harold Haugh, D-Roseville, Jon Switalski, D-Warren and Peter Lund, R-Shelby Township, from seeking reelection.

  22. Falafel makes for great vegan fare

    Falafel, the prized Middle Eastern street fare, has gained international recognition for its wholesome, vegan ingredients. This baked version with spiced red ...

  23. Surgery while on an anticoagulant is risky

    Dear Dr. Roach: About five years ago, I developed atrial fib­rillation and received a pacemaker. I also was put on blood thinners — first warfarin, and now ...

  24. Stuffed peppers are versatile, a bit retro

    Turkey sausage and smoked cheese give a flavorful boost to this versatile, somewhat retro dinner. We've speeded it up by microwave-blanching the peppers and ...

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