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True life tale: New documentary is Ron Bachman's dream come true.

By Desiree Cooper

Published: 10/7/1998

Types: Screens, Film

Ron Bachman wanted to become a disc jockey. When a local station rebuffed the graduate of Specs Howard School of Broadcasting, he was devastated. "They said they'd be afraid to send me to a remote location because listeners would ...[MORE]

Walk his way: How Ron Bachman transformed living with a disability into his greatest calling.

By Desiree Cooper

Published: 10/7/1998

Types: Culture, Lifestyle

At 41, Ron Bachman has conquered his demons. He's a single dad whose only child started college this fall. He's a gifted speaker who sometimes does three engagements a day. He hobnobs with the likes of Aerosmith's Steven Tyler. And earlier this year, ...[MORE]

Patient, heal thyself: "I keep thinking I'll see the nurse who took care of me for a year. She saved my life."

By Desiree Cooper

Published: 10/14/1998

Types: Culture, Health & science

One hundred years ago, nurse Alice Bowen had a great idea: If you go into Detroit's neighborhoods preaching the gospel of good health, more people would escape the stress, pain and humiliation of debilitating disease. It was 1898 ...[MORE]

Pint-sized politics: "Well, mom, who are you going to vote for?"

By Desiree Cooper

Published: 10/28/1998

Types: News, Politics

If there's one thing we care about in our house, it's voting. We make it a family affair whenever possible. I always carry the kids with me to the polls. My husband (who was born shaking hands and working rooms) never misses an opportunity to include ...[MORE]

From the mouths of babes: Professional call for interview guidelines

By Desiree Cooper

Published: 11/4/1998

Types: News, Labor

About 13,000 children testify each year in criminal sex abuse cases, increasing the pressure on the medical establishment to provide guidance for discerning when children can be counted on to tell the truth. "Most of the time, a c...[MORE]

Can children speak the truth?

By Desiree Cooper

Published: 11/4/1998

Types: News, Law

In the late 1980s, a rash of allegations of child sex abuse rings awakened America to the prevalence of child sex abuse. But as cases wound through the courts, questions about children's testimony became central. How accurately can they recount the ho...[MORE]

Truth on trial: When the scales of justice weigh a child's tale of abuse.

By Desiree Cooper

Published: 11/4/1998

Types: Cover Story

Clutching a teddy bear that's nearly as big as she is, a 9-year-old girl sits on the witness stand in a Washtenaw County courtroom. With hair pulled back into three tight ponytails, a frilly pink dress and white lace socks that fall like little ruffle...[MORE]

By faith thus far: Musician Stewart Francke's message of hope lights up the darkness of leukemia.

By Desiree Cooper

Published: 11/11/1998

Types: Cover Story

Dear Tess and Stewie: If you're reading this, or having this read to you, you know me through your childhood memory, supplemented by pictures, songs and what other people have told you about me ... Know this: Because of the myster...[MORE]

Where's the beef?: What if Americans put the meat-eating habit out to pasture?

By Desiree Cooper

Published: 11/25/1998

Types: Food & Drink

Last year, the National Cattlemen's Beef Association announced a $72 million campaign to convince Americans that beef is what we want. In some ways, it was like gilding the Guernsey. Despite public concerns about mad cow disease, bovine growth hormone...[MORE]

Past and repast: The colonists repaid kindness with bloodshed.

By Desiree Cooper

Published: 11/25/1998

Types: Culture

I am sitting on a beach long after nightfall. The blackness is so complete, the humid air so thick, it seems as if I am completely alone, washed up on the shores of a primordial land. I forget that I'm a tourist on the Outer Banks of North Carolina ab...[MORE]

International outrage

By Desiree Cooper

Published: 12/2/1998

Types: News, Government

"We are the most technologically advanced nation on the planet and we're blaming our children for having to struggle with guns and drugs on the street. We have a sad, dismal hope in humankind, and I think they are saying, 'We're not going to let you sink that low.'" So said Pontiac City Counc...[MORE]

Mark my words: Childbirth is at once sinister and divine.

By Desiree Cooper

Published: 12/9/1998

Types: Culture

There's something delicious about fear. Not the kind of fear that comes with a crime, illness or tragedy, but the spine-tingling fear that rises from the unknown. I used to love the way fear made each pore of my skin come alive, the way the blood cour...[MORE]

A holiday to remember: In our family, we celebrate Kwanzaa by giving handmade gifts to friends.

By Desiree Cooper

Published: 12/23/1998

Types: Culture, Spirituality

Family stories are like piles of fertile compost. They are made up of moments left behind by one generation, and if spread over the right places, can nurture many generations to come. Holidays are the best times to share those stor...[MORE]

Wish you hadn't asked that: When it comes to sex, millennial America says, "Don't ask, don't tell."

By Desiree Cooper

Published: 12/30/1998

Types: Culture

Thirty years after the sexual revolution, sex is back with a vengeance. But it’s just not the same. In the late ’60s and early ’70s, love was free in America. Everybody was discovering sex and couldn’t wait to talk about it. Which explains why Candy, The Joy of...[MORE]

Waiting for justice: It was her friends, not Ernestine Campbell who killed someone. Why is she the one still behind bars after 30 years?

By Desiree Cooper

Published: 1/20/1999

Types: News, Law

Ernestine Campbell rises graciously from a bare metal chair to say hello, as if welcoming guests to her home for Sunday tea. It is her home, but there isn’t any tea. Not for visitors to the Scott Regional Facility in Plymouth. The 59...[MORE]

Fighting Crime With Design: How architects can create a sense of safety, from the Renaissance Center to the neighborhoods.

By Desiree Cooper

Published: 7/30/1997

Types: Arts, Architecture

Gary Chapman and I are walking down Garfield in Detroit's Medical Center. He's showing me the site of Mid-City, a proposed development which will offer housing within walking distance of the new VA hospital. At the Woodward end of the street, the Garfield Building is already being renovated. Bu...[MORE]

Ghosts of horrors past: Beloved challenges America to confront the legacy of slavery which still haunts us.

By Desiree Cooper

Published: 10/21/1998

Types: Arts, Literature, Books

Journey To Beloved by Oprah Winfrey photographs by Ken Regan Hyperion, $28, 184 pp. One night, two young white men attack Sethe, a pregnant slave on a Kentucky plantation. They hold her down, rip her dress and suck the milk from her breasts. It's an act of spiritual rape against both Sethe ...[MORE]

Museum maker: Cranbrook's Elaine Huemann Gurian is changing the way the public sees museums -- and how museums see themselves.

By Desiree Cooper

Published: 9/9/1998

Types: Culture

If you were a kid living on the East Coast in the '60s, your Saturday mornings probably started with "Romper Room" on TV. "Hello, boys and girls! Miss Elaine is here!" In would come Miss Elaine, the Culture Lady who'd bring puppets or art from the Boston Children's Museum. That was Elaine...[MORE]

Changing Cranbrook: The Institute of Science adds a dinosaur, a hall of light and a new attitude.

By Desiree Cooper

Published: 9/9/1998

Types: Culture

While hundreds of school groups regularly visit Cranbrook, the general public has yet to discover its 315 bucolic acres at Woodward and Lone Pine Rd. "There's an impression that we're an exclusive, wealthy place," says Elaine Huemann Gurian, acting director of Cranbrook's Institute of Science....[MORE]

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