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Betty Smith’s novel sold millions of copies in the 1940s. Weegee/International Center of Photography via Getty Images

Betty Smith enchanted a generation of readers with ‘A Tree Grows in Brooklyn’ − even as she groused that she hoped Williamsburg would be flattened

No other 20th-century American novel did quite so much to burnish Brooklyn’s reputation. But Smith rarely saw her hometown through rose-colored glasses − and even grew to resent it.
The Fordson High School girls basketball team in Dearborn includes many players who wear the traditional hijab for modesty. Carlos Osorio/AP

A brief history of Dearborn, Michigan – the first Arab-American majority city in the US

The city often becomes a magnet for anti-Arab sentiment during election years and global conflicts; however, the more interesting story is what happens in the city when the spotlight is turned off.
Volunteers at the 14th District Democratic headquarters for the midterm election in Detroit, Mich., on Nov 8, 2022. The 14th District map must now be redrawn. Jeff Kowalksy/AFP via Getty Images

An independent commission is racing to redraw Detroit’s voting maps under a federal court order − but the change may not elect more Black candidates

The commission has tight deadlines to finalize new maps. 2 voting rights experts explain the messy situation.
Maternal and infant health crises are growing worse in the U.S. LWA/Dann Tardif/Digital Vision via Getty Images

US preterm birth and maternal mortality rates are alarmingly high, outpacing those in all other high-income countries

A March of Dimes report gave the US a grade of D+ for maternal and infant health care, highlighting that the national preterm birth rate hit 10.5% in 2021, a record 15-year high.
The pandemic’s effect on student learning could exacerbate racial and economic achievement gaps. Laura Olivas/Moment Collection/Getty Images

COVID-19 hurt kids’ math learning more than reading and writing – with the biggest setbacks in fall 2020

A new analysis of standardized test scores from elementary schools in Michigan pinpoints when during the pandemic students fell most behind.
Barry Croft Jr., left, and Adam Fox were found guilty by a federal jury on charges related to a 2020 plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Witmer. Kent County Sheriff's Office via AP

Conviction of two Michigan kidnap plotters highlights danger of violent conspiracies to US democracy

Two men accused of planning to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in 2020 have been found guilty. Their backgrounds and the trial itself raise concerns about the role of extremism in America.
U.S. public school enrollment overall decreased by 3% in the fall of 2020, but kindergarten enrollment dropped 9%. Al Seib / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

4 trends in public school enrollment due to COVID-19

Fewer students enrolled in public school and more were home-schooled during the 2020-21 school year. Researchers analyzed records in Michigan to understand what drove parents to make these decisions.
A Delta Health Center worker at a pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinic in rural Mississippi in April 2021. Spencer Platt/Getty Images

How public health partnerships are encouraging COVID-19 vaccination in Mississippi, Michigan, Indiana and South Carolina

Achieving widespread immunity to COVID-19 through vaccination requires as many people as possible to get their shots, including those who object or haven’t bothered.
Project-based learning gets kids to explore natural phenomena and solve real-world problems. Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Project-based learning deepens science knowledge for 3rd graders in Michigan

Students who took part in the program scored 8% higher on the state science test than students who received traditional instruction, and demonstrated greater social and emotional learning.

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