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Brunch with Bridge

Before the lame duck is carved, a few words for the room

My fellow lawmakers, my honored guests, my staff and family and sergeant at arms: Before I go back to my district, there are some things I’d like to put in the record…

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Brunch with Bridge

Traffic-jam thoughts on the road to incivility

There’s nothing like a powerful steel chariot to make a person feel strong, free — and rude.

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Detroit bankruptcy and beyond

Postcard from Detroit: Nature gets a haircut

A failed industrial zone is cleared out and buffed up for market sale.

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Detroit bankruptcy and beyond

Postcard from Detroit: Restoring a faded palace

The Forest Arms, the grande dame of apartments in Detroit’s Midtown, is being reborn from its burned-out grave. At age 109, there is much work to be done. But geothermal wells?

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Talent & education

State education board urges Legislature to transform how schools are funded

The board’s report cites the recent Bridge series, “The smartest kids in the nation,” which chronicled how other states saw gains when they targeted funds to the schools that needed help most.

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Safety net

Michigan ranks in bottom half of state nationally in care for homeless children

A national report finds nearly 80,000 homeless children in Michigan, with a lack of state planning to deal with the problem.

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Public sector

Higher death rates, medical bills for Michigan motorcyclists without helmets

Government and medical studies reveal motorcyclists are more likely to die or be seriously injured if they are not wearing helmets in a crash, raising questions about the 2012 repeal of Michigan’s helmet law. A Republican Legislature sees no reason to take up the issue.

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Guest commentary

Senate should hold vote on public records bill

A bill that that would increase government transparency appears stalled in the Michigan Senate, after passing by overwhelming bipartisan majorities in the House. Why?

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Phil's column

Transforming Detroit into a city that (also) works

By giving residents a point person in their district to solve problems, Detroit finally may be moving beyond the frustrating bureaucracy of generations past.

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