Book club: The Paris Wife

Recently, I finished the NYT Bestselling book by Paula McLain, “The Paris Wife.” “Sometimes I wish we could rub out all of our mistakes and start fresh, from the beginning,’ I said. ‘And sometimes I think there isn’t anything to us but our mistakes.” Needless to say, it was pretty phenomenal. But the purpose of […]

Information empty

This just grabbed me. Via Buzzfeed: A journalist rescued a woman injured in a shoot-out between armed men and the police.This is why journalism matters. Not to be an extra hand in rescue, obviously. But to tell what happened, the stories and lives of other people outside of ourselves. These pictures are stunningly terrifying, sure, […]

Michigan Stadium bridges to receive artistic flair with ‘Arbor Winds’

Walking along the bridges outside Michigan Stadium, visitors will soon be passing under shimmery aluminum tiled banners of trees blowing with the wind. They also will notice shadows of branches on the sidewalk produced from nearby glass panels etched with pictures. Heading down under the overpass, the concrete walls are lined with stone slabs with […]

Report card: Detroit schools improving, still work to do

A coalition of education, philanthropic and civic groups has released its annual score card for Detroit’s schools. Excellent Schools Detroit evaluated more than 200 K-12 schools in the city of Detroit. Giving them a letter grade, schools earning a C+ or better were recommended as excellent schools. Twenty-five percent, or 51 schools, received this grade. While that […]

Detroit teacher faces controversial termination by the EAA

One year ago, Brooke Harris made headlines when she was fired from her teaching job in Flint for helping students create a fundraiser for the family of Trayvon Martin. Now, Harris is in trouble with another employer. Earlier this month, she was fired from her teaching position at Detroit’s Mumford High School. That’s one of the schools under […]

City workers “fired up” over bankruptcy, loss of pension, protest in Detroit

“Fired up! Can’t take no more! Fired up! Can’t take no more!” That’s what city workers chanted as they marched outside the U.S. District Courthouse in Detroit this afternoon. Regarding the bankruptcy plans, they filled the steps of the courthouse to make their voice heard. The city workers want Governor Rick Snyder and Detroit Emergency […]

No news here: don’t trust your government

When hearing the phrase: “Your state is in danger of government corruption,” a movie plot may come to mind. But this is real life. And with current Michigan laws, there may be some plot holes that could use revisions. The Better Government Association (BGA) and Alper Services released a study this week ranking the states based on their “Integrity Score.” “For […]

Sorry, no gambling in the office

Michigan residents will have to wait to gamble in the lottery online. iLottery, proposed by the Michigan Lottery, would have allowed people to buy tickets and play games like Club Keno and scratch-offs right from their computer. However, that plan is no more. Gov. Rick Snyder approved the state budget that did not include the […]

Fashion Friday

While I love blogging all day about policy, politics and opinion all day, I love to shop. I love fashion. However, I’m a broke college student. So I shop at low-cost stores, outlets, Marshalls, resale-shops, and so on. On Fridays I will post pictures of the latest fashion trends from my cheap closet. On this […]

Ann Arbor will lose 30 teachers from district

At a meeting that lasted until almost 2 a.m., the Ann Arbor School Board voted to cut 27 full-time teachers from schools across the district. The school board also voted to eliminate three teachers from Ann Arbor’s reading intervention program. The board had to make some tough decisions for the 2013-14 school year, according to Board […]

Detroit Landmark Re-vamped

The iconic Hudson department store in Detroit was demolished 15 years ago, leaving a large empty space in the heart of downtown. But thanks to a contest by Opportunity Detroit, new ideas were generated from all over the world to re-vamp the city on this site. The nine-week competition was open to all architects, designers […]

Gas prices are getting worse, but Cars are getting better

The average fuel economy for U.S. built vehicles reached a new high in May, at 24.8 miles per gallon. This is good news for drivers when gas station signs are showing prices near and above $4 a gallon. The University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) says consumers are not only being more fuel-efficient savvy, […]

It’s Christmas in July! I mean… June?

School’s out and summer means sun tans, barbeques, beach days, and…searching for Christmas Trees? The hunt for the state holiday tree has begun. Michigan needs a 65-foot-tall evergreen that can sparkle on the lawn of the Capitol building in November. “Everyone laughs that the process starts in June,” said Kurt Weiss with Michigan’s Department of […]

A Two, round one.

“I’m not going to write a post with the word “new” in the title. That’s dumb and uncreative.” …Which, granted, I held to that. Yet, that’s seriously the only word to describe the past few days. Two days ago, I moved to Ann Arbor: home to the great University of Michigan and the place where […]

Cheap chic summer look

Shopping with mother often leaves the wallet significantly lighter than when we began. You see, my mother is the biggest instigator. We like to play dress up like when I was 5, and encourage the idea that “but you really need…” So in all reality, my voice of reason is clearly not the woman who […]