2014 April

Michigan’s Homeopathic Hospital

In December 1901, University of Michigan professor Royal S. Copeland gave a rousing speech at the opening ceremony of the university’s Homeopathic Teaching Hospital. “The history of medicine is a history of...

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EPA Comes Clean

The Environmental Protection Agency’s National Vehicle & Fuel Emissions Laboratory has quietly gone about its business on Plymouth Rd. since 1971, writing emission standards and testing cars and fuels sold in the...

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A Road Back from Walking the Streets

“Lisa” was ten years old the first time she was sold for sex. Sexually assaulted by her father at an early age, she’d been placed in a foster home in Lansing. But her foster mother was physically abusive, so...

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Front Porch: Spring 2014

Saline’s Plymouth RockA playful dog rediscovers a long-lost salt spring.Saline’s name and identity are tied up with salt, yet the actual salt springs that once bubbled up along the Saline River south of town...

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Wings on Boardwalk

On Tuesday, March 4, Buffalo Wild Wings on Boardwalk (formerly Damon’s Grill) had only been open four days, but at lunchtime it was packed. Where did all these people come from? “People who work around here. I think...

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The McCollum-Schmitt House

Q. Every day I pass an old, boarded-up building on the northeast corner of Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. and Wagner Rd. Do you know its history?A. Known as the McCollum-Schmitt House, it was built around 1850 by Stephen Mills, who also...

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John Dingell’s Long View

“Look at him working the room!” an audience member marveled. Congressman John Dingell, eighty-seven, wearing a navy suit and leaning on a crutch, was moving from table to table at the Kensington Court Hotel, greeting...

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Livestrong

When Marie Kuhlman’s breast cancer recurred after nearly ten years of remission, the no-nonsense accountant was determined not to “shrivel up in the house and wait to die.” Instead, she signed up for the Ann...

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Peacemaking Court

“It sounds soft,” admits judge Timothy Connors about the Washtenaw County Peacemaking Court, which was launched last October in his courtroom with the “full engagement of the state court system, with the...

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A Taste of Soul

It’s easy to miss A Taste of Soul by Biggie’s. A cement block building on Ypsilanti’s Spring Street near Huron, it looks more like a TV repair shop than a restaurant, but actually it’s a takeout place...

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Friend of the Court

Sarosi, the president of Father Gabriel Richard High School’s junior class, was accompanied by twenty-five classmates, teachers, the school’s chaplain, and its principal. They were there because Matilyn, an honor...

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Move at Scio Towne Plaza

Elaine Economou opened Move in the plaza in front of the Quality 16 movie theater. Move is more or less the new incarnation of the former Movement Center above Cafe Zola, owned by Aimee McDonald-Anderson, where Economou was a...

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A Gravel Mine in Lyndon?

Lyndon Township is between a rock and a hard place.McCoig Materials, which operates seven concrete plants in the Detroit area, wants to open its first sand and gravel mine on 158 acres across from Green Lake. The site is smack...

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Easy Virtue

The Michigan Theater’s Hitchcock Film Series began in February and runs through May, featuring thirty-three films in all. It’s quite an accomplishment. All the Hitchcock classics are included; April brings Notorious...

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Mercy’s Will Close May 17

“The lease is up at the end of December, but we decided to close a little early,” says Mercy Kasle. Mercy’s last day will be Saturday, May 17. “The summer months are quiet anyway,” says Burmese-born...

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The Clothesline Lady

It all started with a photograph. The year was 1966, and the photo shows Lawrence’s mother smiling as she leans over her back porch railing with a full clothesline swaying behind her in the breeze. “It was, and still...

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A.M. Homes

Despite all the complaints we hear about shrinking attention spans and the trivialization of our culture, we live in an age of expansive, even sprawling novels. Those of us who like to disappear into a book, submerge for a week...

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