It seems you're using an old browser. In order to view this site correctly, we advise you to upgrade your browser, or try the free Mozilla Firefox.

Browse News & Feature Stories

Keyword search

Stories written by Ann Mullen

767 stories found. Showing page 1 of 26.

Losing patients: Program to fight cancer among poor is among casualties of hospital closing.

By Ann Mullen

Published: 3/8/2000

Types: News, Science & technology

After learning that the nation’s poor had the highest incidence of cancer and the lowest survival rate, Dr. Clarence Vaughn went to work in one of Detroit’s most impoverished neighborhoods. "I decided I needed to work in the city,&...[MORE]

Living with fear: Broken surveillance cameras, not enough guards in Detroit public housing, say seniors.

By Ann Mullen

Published: 2/23/2000

Types: News, Government

During the five years he has lived at the State Fair senior citizens complex on Detroit’s northwest side, Elmer McCreary said he has had to sleep in his car twice. The elevator was out of commission, and the lingering effects of a stroke kept the 84...[MORE]

Big business as usual: Overlooking the little guy in Detroit's comeback.

By Ann Mullen

Published: 1/12/2000

Types: News, Business

Chris Jaszczak says that he couldn’t be more pleased with the new development in downtown Detroit. He only wishes that the powers that be would include him in their plans rather than trying to buy him out and send him on his way. In 1987, J...[MORE]

Legalizing stench

By Ann Mullen

Published: 1/5/2000

Types: News, Environmental

Living downwind from 2,500 manure-producing animals may not only assault one's senses, but one's health. That is why some municipalities throughout the state have passed laws regulating the way large livestock farmers in Michigan contain and manage anima...[MORE]

Add it up: Locally, 1999 proved to be a year of big numbers.

By Ann Mullen, Curt Guyette

Published: 12/29/1999

Types: News

When looking back over the year, we couldn't help but notice the large scale surrounding some of our most notable events in the metro region and across the state. From massive public subsidies for private developments to the thousands of people being lef...[MORE]

Illegal firings

By Ann Mullen

Published: 12/22/1999

Types: News, Labor

A National Labor Relations Board Judge reviewing Detroit Newspapers' firing of 90 strikers ruled last Friday that nearly half the workers were discharged illegally, according to an NLRB spokesperson. A 156-page opinion issued by NLRB Adm...[MORE]

Hope for homes

By Ann Mullen

Published: 12/22/1999

Types: News, Finance

The Neighborhood Management Company has turned a potential disaster for Detroit into a triumph, according to city planners. Last September, a Wayne County-created nonprofit hired the organization to care for 1,600 dilapidated properties th...[MORE]

A green scheme: Reclaiming Detroit - one lot at time

By Ann Mullen

Published: 12/8/1999

Types: News, Environmental

Emily O'Reilly stands in a vacant lot about the size of a football field on Detroit's northeast side. The grass is overgrown and broken branches hang from dead trees. Old tires, a rusted ironing board and scraps of wood have been dumped at one end of th...[MORE]

Truly screwged: Is it just newswriter Ann Mullen, or do others feel like an outsider during Christmastime? She knows she should be filled with good cheer, but she's not.

By Ann Mullen

Published: 12/8/1999

Types: Culture

The Lord's birthday sure has a way of making me, and I suspect others, feel like an outsider. My alienation stems from the false belief that everyone — except me — gathers happily around an ornamented tree with loved ones on Christma...[MORE]

A novel approach: Expert wakes writers to a crucial need.

By Ann Mullen

Published: 11/24/1999

Types: Arts, Literature

"Children ... can recover physically from malnutrition, but not mentally. Early childhood brain development, if impeded by chronic malnutrition, is irreversible." Novelist Mark Winegardner knew he had to do something when he heard Dr. Larry Brown...[MORE]

Hunger pains: If times are so good, why are lines so long at the food bank?

By Ann Mullen

Published: 11/24/1999

Types: News

As the president and CEO of this country's largest food bank network, Deborah Leff deals with all sorts of numbers on a daily basis. America's Second Harvest supplies food to pantries and soup kitchens in all 50 states. Last year, the Chicago-bas...[MORE]

Harassing the homeless: Pressure from business to clear the streets

By Ann Mullen

Published: 11/24/1999

Types: News

Some police officers are harassing homeless people in an attempt to move them away from business districts, service agency leaders told Detroit Police Chief Benny Napoleon in a meeting arranged last week by City Council President Pro Tem Maryann Mahaffe...[MORE]

Technical difficulties: Computers can bridge - or widen - the gaps between rich and poor.

By Ann Mullen

Published: 11/17/1999

Types: Culture, Lifestyle

Maria Diaz and Brittaney Seward sit before a computer screen reading about Nicaragua for a school project on Latin-American history. The 13-year-old girls say they come to the Bowen Public Library on Detroit’s southwest side nearly every day ...[MORE]

Progressive Heroes: Bronson Gentry: He shall not be moved

By Ann Mullen

Published: 11/10/1999

Types: News

Bronson Gentry has made preserving an eastside-Detroit park his lifelong mission. It hasn’t been easy. The battle began 40 years ago when Gentry asked the city to build a recreation facility on a 53-acre grassy field, then called Pe...[MORE]

Phoney business: Paytel figured out how to make money off prisoners' collect calls. Then the company ran up against Detroit and Ameritech.

By Ann Mullen

Published: 11/10/1999

Types: News, Business

If you ask Doug Saroki what he considers to be his greatest business accomplishment, he will say designing a pay phone that makes police departments safer. If you ask him what he considers his biggest business folly, he will say introducing the product ...[MORE]

Bias bill: $45 million

By Ann Mullen

Published: 11/3/1999

Types: News, Labor

The long legal battle between Detroit Edison and more than 1,300 of its workers ended last week when an arbitration panel awarded $45.15 million to workers to settle three class action suits accusing the utility of race and age discrimination. The...[MORE]

High price for money

By Ann Mullen

Published: 10/27/1999

Types: News, Finance

High price for money High-interest mortgage lenders, also known as subprime lenders, were the primary source of home loans to minorities and low-income people in the Detroit area in 1998, according to a report released last week by Association of ...[MORE]

Reform school lessons

By Ann Mullen

Published: 10/20/1999

Types: News, Education

Class was in session last Friday. The subject was public school reform and the future of the Detroit district. The grades aren’t in. Wayne State University’s State Policy Center sponsored the conference on the experiences of the handfu...[MORE]

Candidates say, "Humbug!"

By Ann Mullen

Published: 10/20/1999

Types: News, Environmental

Tired of trying to convince public officials to save Humbug Marsh, environmental activists are taking the issue to downriver voters in more ways than one. Three members of Friends of the Detroit River are vying for seats on the Gibraltar ...[MORE]

Shake-up for lockups?

By Ann Mullen

Published: 10/13/1999

Types: News, Government

Detroit Police Chief Benny Napoleon said that recent media attention and lawsuits over inmates dying while in precinct lockups may result in reforms in department policy. "Now that this is brought to our attention we are looking at all the...[MORE]

Hopes for housing: Mortgage company's collapse spurs ambitious plan for Detroit

By Ann Mullen

Published: 10/6/1999

Types: News, Finance

Real estate expert Jim Saros didn’t mince words last week when he briefed Detroit City Council on the state of bankrupt mortgage corporation MCA. "It is an absolute disaster," said Saros, who has been in the real estate business 25 years, specif...[MORE]

Computer beats rap

By Ann Mullen

Published: 10/6/1999

Types: News, Government

A recent report on Detroit’s new multimillion-dollar computer system – created to update and integrate city departments – shows that its problems are people-related, not technical. Solbourne, a Texas-based company, assessed the c...[MORE]

Burning questions about sludge

By Ann Mullen

Published: 10/6/1999

Types: News, Government

The Detroit City Council has approved a controversial contract with a company that will treat 50 tons of sludge daily from the Water and Sewerage Department. Last week’s 6-3 vote followed heated debate over the environmental issues, the impact ...[MORE]

Not-so-gentle reminders

By Ann Mullen

Published: 9/29/1999

Types: News, Labor

By land and by sea locked-out newspaper workers continue to spread their message that the long-running labor dispute with the city’s dailies is not over. Before the annual Detroit News river cruise last Friday night, locked-out workers ...[MORE]

Pay plan's stormy reception

By Ann Mullen

Published: 9/29/1999

Types: News, Government

John Giddings says that when it comes to city politics, he normally keeps his cool. But Mayor Dennis Archer’s recent pay-raise plan for non-union city employees rubbed the Detroit ombudsman the wrong way. "Let’s just say we have had...[MORE]

Rolling on the river

By Ann Mullen

Published: 9/22/1999

Types: News, Environmental

The last time I cruised along the Detroit River was nearly 10 years ago when taking a boat to Boblo Island before the amusement park closed. I didn’t pay much attention to the isle, but danced with others who smiled and clapped to Stevie Wonder boom...[MORE]

Death in the lockup: Lawsuits question what happens when Detroit prisoners ask for medical care.

By Ann Mullen

Published: 9/15/1999

Types: Cover Story

On an October evening in 1997, Larry Bell stood inside an eastside Detroit market with his eyes on the cashier, who was clearing $914 from the register for the daily cash drop. As she pulled the money from the drawer, Bell reached over the counter and gr...[MORE]

Art ed second chance

By Ann Mullen

Published: 9/15/1999

Types: News, Education

Classes at Detroit’s Institute of Music and Dance will continue – at least for one more semester. The IMD’s future has been uncertain since July, when, just six weeks before the start of fall classes, the Center for Creative Studie...[MORE]

> PLACE CLASSIFIED AD