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Winter Celebration on Pontiac Tr. Pastel painting by Laura Strowe.
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Victoria Burton-Harris and Eli Savit

Passionate Prosecutor

Eli Savit wants to send many fewer people to prison. Here's how he plans to do it.
"A punishment- oriented approach does not work," declares Eli Savit, who takes office this month as Washtenaw County's prosecuting attorney. "It has had devastating consequences for people, has led to tremendous
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Valerie Mates outside of Michigan Medicine's ER

Nightmare at the Psych ER

My child needed help. With few options and rigid rules, getting it was a five-day ordeal.
Valerie Mates
I lived through a nightmare at the U-M Psychiatric Emergency Room. The pandemic made it worse, but didn't cause it. It happens to families there all the time.

My twelve-year-old son is aggressive. We're not
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(top to bottom) The Beckley's house on Pontiac Tr., a plaque marks the first Antislavery Society mee

The Signal of Liberty

From an office on Broadway, an abolitionist newspaper chronicled the struggle to end slavery.
Dave McCormick
Believing as we do that it is morally wrong to continue our fellow beings in involuntary servitude, it is with the utmost pleasure that we aid and assist them in their flight from southern kidnappers.

The
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