When Ali McManus got her pink body cast off on her ninth birthday, after spending 67 days at Beaumont Hospital following hip surgery, her grandmother asked her, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”
“A famous singer,” replied the now-20-year-old, who sang her first choir solo at Detroit Country Day School in third grade.
McManus is well on her way, having signed a recording contract with Jack Douglas, who’s produced countless albums with such heavy hitters as John Le
The 2016 general election marked the second time this century that a presidential candidate went on to win the White House after losing the popular vote, leading some people to question the purpose of the Electoral College, of which most citizens have only a fleeting understanding. But while post-election focus has zeroed in on perceived shortcomings in the presidential election system, far less attention has been paid to inequalities built into many congressional and state g
Lurking in the shadows of the internet, peeking out in popular films, television shows and novels, the dark web has become a villainous plot device that infers illegal drugs, guns, pornography, hired killers, and conspiracies. On the popular TV show “Scandal,” the team bids on the dark web to get Olivia Pope back; on “House of Cards,” a character uses the dark web to unearth a hacker; Sherlock accesses information via the dark web on several occasions on the show “Elementary”
What is Dartmouth?" That's the answer (in the form of a question) high school teacher Susannah Nichols correctly gave in May during the final round of Jeopardy! to earn a semifinals spot in the show's Tournament of Teachers, winning a cool $10,000 for herself and another $2,500 for a project of her choosing at The Roeper School in Birmingham.
A teacher for 15 years, Nichols has taught English at Roeper for the past dozen. It was about a decade ago when she first took an onl
Groves High School grad Steve Forbes is an aspiring funnyman who has been making people laugh since grade school, albeit not always on purpose.
"I was always a goofy kid to start with, making light of dark situations in my family," Forbes said. "I liked stand-up and sketch comedy... I started in elementary school by doing shows and musicals. I got the starring role of P.T. Barnum in the fifth grade. It was also the hugest bomb – I forgot all my lines. Everyone laughed, and
Most filmmakers might consider earning a law degree to help further their artistic careers, but Birmingham Seaholm graduate Cort Johns takes a pragmatic approach to his craft.
"I went to law school with hopes of being a better producer, in order to understand contracts, labor relations, copyright and trademark law. There are a lot of technical skills I needed to improve upon to navigate the world of art," said Johns, who partnered in founding Eden Road Pictures in Michigan
For Michigan Supreme Court Justice Richard Bernstein, "working from home" typically means walking around Birmingham while he talks on the phone and memorizes case files for the week's schedule.
"The great thing about my job is that I take the same route, the same footsteps and path, so I try to do as much work as I can by phone, and I walk at the same time," Bernstein said during a Tuesday afternoon phone interview. "When you have a lot of severe pain, when you walk, it hel
Rochester Hills City Council's effort to update policy regarding the classification and compensation of city employees is an example of sound governance that other municipalities would be smart to follow, if they haven't already done so.
As stated in an article in this month's Downtown newsmagazine, the city is expected to increase staff salaries by about .7 percent, or roughly $200,000 under a revised salary schedule approved by city council on Monday, July 17. The increas
Efforts to end the politically-rigged process of redrawing electoral districts, known as gerrymandering, that may soon have a realistic chance of progressing at the state and national levels, are actions we believe are both appropriate and necessary.
The belief that a citizen's right to vote is fundamental to a free and democratic society is enshrined in the Constitution's 14th Amendment's Equal Protection Clause, and has been upheld by the Supreme Court, ensuring that each
What would happen to Birmingham if they ran out of places for people to park their cars? It’s more than a rhetorical question, as on-street parking, term “transient” parking in planner parlance as it is designed for those coming into the city on a short-term basis, with one- or two-hour long meters, is always at a premium, and the city’s five parking structures are nearing capacity on a frequent basis.
What was once joked as “What a good problem to have,” meaning people we