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Leroy Pickett, Cozine Welch, Ari Weinzweig

Life After Prison

The state - and determined volunteers - are helping "returned citizens" navigate a changed world.
We thought we'd need only a third of the conference room at the county sheriff's community center. But by 6 p.m., so many people were coming in that one of the partitions was pulled back. As a line formed at the
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photos of early women suffragettes

Votes for Women

A century ago, Michigan finally boarded the suffrage bandwagon.
Patti Smith
"We can't be the first state ... why wait and be last?"

--letter to the Ann Arbor Times News, 1918

In 1849, a special committee of the Michigan state senate issued a report recommending universal
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photo of cars in a roundabout

The Roundabout Drivers Hate

The one at State and Ellsworth reduced traffic backups--but also caused more accidents.
"I never once imagined in my wildest imagination when we built it that we were going to have the number of fender bender noninjury crashes increase," says Washtenaw County Road Commission engineer Mark McCulloch
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Mayor Chris Taylor and Elizabeth Nelson

Decision 2020

Affordable housing, a schools challenge, and voting tips.
A pandemic changes everything--including voting patterns.

Absentee ballots made up three-quarters of the votes cast in the August primary, and of those, 40 percent were cast more than two weeks before the
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