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These 22 Lost Classics Of Motown Deserve To Be Rediscovered

(23) Comments | Posted June 19, 2014 | 3:28 PM

When it comes to songs about first love, true love and heartbreak, we go back, again and again, to a record label that took its heart and soul from Detroit: Motown.

The home of Stevie Wonder, the Temptations, Diana Ross & the Supremes, Marvin Gaye and the young Michael...

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These 14 Incredible Swimming Pools Are Calling Our Name (PHOTOS)

(8) Comments | Posted May 1, 2014 | 10:41 AM

What if you never had to hop on a plane to a fancy resort, because you had your very own fantasy pool waiting in the backyard?

Plenty of homes have pools, but these villas, mansions and estates go a step further, showcasing backyard aquatic features that wouldn't look out of...

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GOP Senate Candidate Argues She Isn't Waging A War On Women Because She's A Woman

(114) Comments | Posted April 22, 2014 | 11:38 AM

In a new video released Tuesday, Republican Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land of Michigan says she's not waging a war on women.

Really.

That might surprise those who heard what the conservative politician said about equal pay while she was still Michigan's Secretary of State. The clip showed...

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Media Mogul Provokes Firestorm After Saying Detroit Needs An 'Overseer'

(4) Comments | Posted April 21, 2014 | 10:24 AM

Detroit may be on track for a smooth exit from bankruptcy court, concluding the term of state-appointed emergency manager Kevyn Orr and restoring local control to the city's elected leaders.

Some people don't believe Motor City politicians are up to the job, however, after Detroit filed for bankruptcy last July...

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Black Student Holds Protest After Getting Rejected From University Of Michigan

(466) Comments | Posted April 18, 2014 | 12:39 PM

Brooke Kimbrough, a 17-year-old high school senior, always dreamed of attending the University of Michigan.

But when she received her rejection letter in the mail this spring, Kimbrough took an unusual step: she held a news conference and rally at the campus to protest the decision.

“I fervently believe in...

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President Obama Working To Send $100 Million To Help Detroit's Retirees

(33) Comments | Posted April 17, 2014 | 1:01 PM

President Barack Obama is reportedly trying to free up $100 million to send to bankrupt Detroit in an effort to reduce pension cuts to retired city workers.

The Detroit Free Press reported this week that the money would come from Michigan's allotment of federal dollars from the Hardest...

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You've Probably Never Heard Of This Pulitzer Winner, But Here's Why He Should Be A Household Name

(17) Comments | Posted April 15, 2014 | 10:03 AM

This year's Pulitzer Prize for Commentary was awarded to a 43-year-old journalist you've likely never heard of before. Winner Stephen Henderson wowed the committee of judges for his tough writing and bold stances in the Detroit Free Press this year as Detroit plunged into bankruptcy.

His...

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Michigan Sued For Treating Gay Couples Like 'Second-Class Citizens'

(96) Comments | Posted April 14, 2014 | 1:18 PM

The ACLU of Michigan sued the Michigan government and Gov. Rick Snyder (R) Monday to win legal protections for those who were wed last month in the state's first same-sex marriages.

“As a matter of law and fundamental fairness, the state is obligated to extend the protections that flow from...

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Obama Slams Female GOP Candidate Who Said Women Don't Care So Much About Equal Pay (UPDATE)

(587) Comments | Posted April 10, 2014 | 12:20 PM

When President Barack Obama blasted Senate Republicans Wednesday night for blocking a Democratic-supported bill that would address the gap between men's and women's pay in the U.S., he singled out one female Senate candidate in his remarks.

Obama didn't mention Terri Lynn Land by name. But...

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If You Thought Detroit's Art Was Finally Safe, You Were Very Wrong

(8) Comments | Posted April 10, 2014 | 10:32 AM

Detroit doesn't have much these days, but it does have its masterpieces.

Now, one of the city's biggest creditors says the city needs to sell its art collection -- likely Detroit's most prized asset -- in order to pay off its debts in bankruptcy court. And they've found several investors...

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Michigan State's Adreian Payne Loses His Biggest Little Fan To Cancer, But Her Memory Lives On

(323) Comments | Posted April 9, 2014 | 10:24 AM

College basketball fans across the country fell for the story of an uncommon friendship between a hoops star and one of his biggest fans: 6'10" Adreian Payne, a senior on the Michigan State Spartans, and a little girl in a long blonde wig who went by the nickname...

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Female GOP Senate Candidate Said Women Want Job Flexibility More Than Equal Pay

(561) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 7:56 PM

Talk about bad timing for Terri Lynn Land.

A 2010 video of Michigan's likely Republican Senate candidate surfaced on Equal Pay Day on Tuesday. The video shows Land, then Michigan's secretary of state, telling an audience that women aren’t actually interested in fighting for equal pay.

American Bridge...

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The Lorax House In Detroit Speaks To The Trees -- And Offers A Message Of Hope

(13) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 3:57 PM

The old house on Trumbull Street needed to be torn down, like more than 60,000 other vacant, blighted structures plaguing the city of Detroit.

But when Alex Pereira was perusing homes in the county tax auction, he didn't see a broken-down house in the city's Woodbridge neighborhood in need...

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Seth Rogen Says Detroit Mayor Should Try Smoking Crack

(4) Comments | Posted April 3, 2014 | 8:56 AM

People have a lot of ideas about how to save Detroit. Crack cocaine doesn't usually make the list.

But when Seth Rogen appeared on Tuesday night's episode of "Conan," the actor said just that when comparing Toronto to other cities that don't seem to be doing so well....

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Mike Rogers Endorses Lawmaker Known For Government Shutdowns To Succeed Him

(6) Comments | Posted April 2, 2014 | 10:53 AM

Before announcing last month he would retire from the House of Representatives to launch a national radio show, Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) became a popular figure on talk shows as a national security hawk.

On Monday, the soon-to-be broadcaster gave his blessing to another Michigan Republican...

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Woman Allegedly Assaulted After Taking Part In One Of Michigan's First Gay Marriages

(33) Comments | Posted April 1, 2014 | 3:14 PM

A Michigan woman who married her partner during a brief respite from the state's ban on same-sex marriage was violently assaulted after being recognized from news coverage, according to news reports.

The Ann Arbor News reports the 28-year-old woman got off a bus in Ypsilanti Township,...

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Google Chromecast Prank Promises New Era Of Streaming For Squirrels

(2) Comments | Posted April 1, 2014 | 12:05 PM

It's a bright new day for fans of the Google Chromecast streaming device. Even the squirrels!

Chromecast launched a video March 31, promising a "new era of squirrel entertainment," narrated by a British accent so cartoonish, the word "squirrels" ends up being pronounced more like "squiddels."

That's not the only...

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9 Ideas That Can Change Everything We Think About Cities

(26) Comments | Posted March 28, 2014 | 6:33 PM

By 2050, a staggering 70 percent of the world's population will live in cities. (Right now it's 51 percent.) That will be about 6.72 billion humans putting pressure on a lot of aging infrastructure.

The race is on for cities around the globe...

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Mitt Romney's Niece Wants To Unite Tea Partiers And The GOP Establishment

(17) Comments | Posted March 25, 2014 | 1:51 PM

With a new position in the Republican National Committee, Mitt Romney's niece says she aims to unite Tea Party and establishment Republicans and mend party divides.

Ronna Romney McDaniel, 40, was elected to an unpaid position as a delegate from Michigan to the Republican National Committee, after Terri...

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Celebrate Aretha Franklin's Birthday With a Playlist Of The Queen Of Soul's Best Songs

(7) Comments | Posted March 24, 2014 | 11:06 AM

The legendary Aretha Franklin turned 72 years old on Tuesday. Happy birthday, Aretha!

The diva celebrated Saturday night with family and friends, including Denzel Washington and record producer Clive Davis, at an intimate bash at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Manhattan, the New York Daily News reported.

The singer...

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