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Innocent until proven toxic: State panel raises questions about dangers to children, but advises no action.

By Jennifer Bagwell

Published: 3/8/2000

Types: News, Environmental

A governor’s panel recently acknowledged some of the state-regulated chemicals in our environment might be harming children more than adults. But rather than contemplate tighter standards that might affect industrial polluters, the...[MORE]

Profiles in arrogance: Drain commissioners act out by mocking the public they serve.

By Jennifer Bagwell

Published: 2/23/2000

Types: News, Government

As part of their 1997 summer conference at Shanty Creek golf resort, the Michigan Association of County Drain Commissioners a private organization made up of elected drain commissioners and drain work contractors portrayed citizens at a public meeti...[MORE]

Down the drain code: Critics say revisions give only the illusion of progress.

By Jennifer Bagwell

Published: 2/23/2000

Types: News, Environmental

At a northern Michigan golf resort a couple summers back, the Michigan Association of County Drain Commissioners enacted a mock public meeting. The character Ben Dover was described in a handout as a "perpetual victim" who is ...[MORE]

Rights fight for inmates

By Jennifer Bagwell

Published: 2/2/2000

Types: News, Government

U.S. Rep. John Conyers, D-Detroit, says he plans to seek U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno’s opinion regarding the constitutionality of recent state legislation that excludes prisoners from Michigan’s civil rights laws. Beginning ...[MORE]

History to rubble: As Pontiac's Clinton Valley Center is demolished, preservationists keep up the fight.

By Jennifer Bagwell

Published: 1/19/2000

Types: News

It is the afternoon before they go to court to try, once again, to save the Pontiac buildings, some more than a century old, that once housed some of the state’s mentally ill. Attorney Donald Rump, representing the historic preserv...[MORE]

Citizens shut out?

By Jennifer Bagwell

Published: 1/5/2000

Types: News, Government

By law, the governor of Michigan is required to appoint a citizen advisory committee to provide input on the quadrennial task of determining how billions of dollars in state transportation funds are spent. The law's intent is to ensure a broad ran...[MORE]

Mass transit off track: Officials ignore rail as a transportation option

By Jennifer Bagwell

Published: 12/22/1999

Types: News, Transportation

As Karen Kendrick-Hands navigates her gray minivan along the pothole-pocked streets downtown near the Detroit River, she points to the railway that, until the mid-1980s, was used to run commuter trains between Pontiac and the Renaissance Center. ...[MORE]

Peers for peace: Helping students head off trouble at Troy High.

By Jennifer Bagwell

Published: 12/15/1999

Types: News, Education

Maggie Wider rocks back in her chair, avoiding Amber's gaze from across the table in the school library. "I don't understand why she's making such a big deal out of it," says Wider. "It was just a friggin' seat at an assembly." ...[MORE]

Prison give and take: Shifting guards, curbing rights.

By Jennifer Bagwell

Published: 12/15/1999

Types: News, Government

Last week was an eventful one for Michigan's prisons. First the Michigan Department of Corrections announced that it would seek permission to stop using male guards in the housing units of its women's prisons. The decision comes amid lawsuits alle...[MORE]

On Buddha and burglary: The Christmas shopping season allows newswriter Jennifer Bagwell to meditate upon the glaring differences between Western materialism and the Buddhist principle of nonattachment.

By Jennifer Bagwell

Published: 12/8/1999

Types: Culture, Spirituality

"'To give is nonattachment,' that is, just not to attach to anything is to give."—Shunryu Suzuki Nowhere, it seems, is the difference between Western materialism and the Buddhist principle of nonattachment more pronounced than during ...[MORE]

Openly gay, on the line: This year's contracts give UAW a way to fight harassment.

By Jennifer Bagwell

Published: 12/1/1999

Types: News, Race & Prejudice

Autoworker Robert Burrell had made many friends during 26 years at Ford's Michigan Truck Plant in Wayne. That didn't make it any easier to let everyone know he was gay. The quality inspector, now 48, came out at work in the summer of 1997 by atte...[MORE]

Tax? What tax?: Upgrade for 911 service comes under fire.

By Jennifer Bagwell

Published: 11/24/1999

Types: News, Government

A perennial opponent of tax increases plans to sue Oakland County over a charge for emergency phone services that commissioners approved Nov. 18. Bill McMaster, state chair of Taxpayers United, Inc., says his nonprofit organization will...[MORE]

Hearing prisoners: Should those behind bars be out of sight?

By Jennifer Bagwell

Published: 11/17/1999

Types: News, Law

Prison reforms can’t come fast enough for Jamie Whitcomb. During her three and a half years at Scott Correctional Facility in Plymouth, the 36-year-old woman says she was chained to a bed in a room alone for 20 days straight. A videotape ...[MORE]

Government on demand: he Web is making official business more accessible to all.

By Jennifer Bagwell

Published: 11/17/1999

Types: Culture, Tech, Internet

It's amazing where you can go in Oakland County these days without even bothering to slip on your trousers. Say you've been eyeing a particular home for sale in Oakland County. If you know the address, you can get on the Internet – hair musse...[MORE]

Progressive Heroes: Tom and Sue Ness: Making sound waves

By Jennifer Bagwell

Published: 11/10/1999

Types: Music

In the early days Jam Rag was just another local music magazine. Publishers Tom and Sue Ness had met at Oakland University in 1984 while she was playing classical guitar and he still had "rock star dreams." They married, moved from Claw...[MORE]

School wars: WC3, HFCC take border clash to court.

By Jennifer Bagwell

Published: 11/10/1999

Types: News, Education

Two community colleges are locked in a battle for turf that some say could have grave repercussions for other adult educational institutions statewide. Wayne County Community College is suing Henry Ford Community College over HFCC’s plan to...[MORE]

Focus on prisons

By Jennifer Bagwell

Published: 11/3/1999

Types: News, Law

An upcoming congressional hearing will throw more light on a Michigan prison system that continues to be criticized for its treatment of women prisoners. U.S. Reps. John Conyers and Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick, both Detroit Democrats, will ...[MORE]

Ferndale backlash

By Jennifer Bagwell

Published: 11/3/1999

Types: News, Race & Prejudice

Gay and lesbian activists in Ferndale are preparing for a battle in the wake of a petition drive that has suspended the city’s recently passed anti-bias law. The law, approved by the City Council in September, protects people from discrimina...[MORE]

Let there be mass transit: A faith-based coalition joins the fight against aprawl.

By Jennifer Bagwell

Published: 10/27/1999

Types: News, Transportation

Inside a Highland Park church, Victoria Kovari has issued a rallying cry to her Christian soldiers and anyone else willing to listen. This isn’t about the Bible. It’s not a fire and brimstone sermon. It’s about a burning public poli...[MORE]

Surgery a success

By Jennifer Bagwell

Published: 10/27/1999

Types: News, World

A 12-year-old Iraqi girl brought to the United States by a Southfield-based relief agency has undergone successful open-heart surgery and is expected to return home within three weeks. Zahraa Hamada’s surgery was performed Oct. 18 at no cost to...[MORE]

Help and hype: Project Zero gets welfare recipients working. Critics say it's less than it seems.

By Jennifer Bagwell

Published: 10/20/1999

Types: News, Government

When Gov. John Engler’s Project Zero expanded to include all of Oakland and Wayne counties this month, state and local welfare officials applauded. "Project Zero helps take this welfare reform a step forward," Margarete Gravina, ...[MORE]

Aid from the enemy

By Jennifer Bagwell

Published: 10/13/1999

Types: News, World

To say that Zahraa Hamada has just made an ironic journey would be the understatement of her lifetime. The 12-year-old Iraqi girl flew thousands of miles last week to receive open-heart surgery in a country that is bombing her homeland, killing an...[MORE]

Prisons say, keep out

By Jennifer Bagwell

Published: 10/6/1999

Types: News, Law

In the wake of scathing reports that Michigan routinely allows sexual abuse of female inmates, state corrections officials are seeking to formalize their practice of keeping the media out. Officials say the proposed policy change was in...[MORE]

Rockin' politics

By Jennifer Bagwell

Published: 9/29/1999

Types: News, Politics

Recent Oakland University graduates and other young folks are gearing up for an unusual entertainment event– one that mixes music, beer and political participation. Rockin the Vote, being held Wednesday, Oct. 13, at Bo’s Brewery in Pontiac, ...[MORE]

College strikes back

By Jennifer Bagwell

Published: 9/29/1999

Types: News, Education

Macomb Community College is going after John Bonnell with a vengeance, challenging the professor’s court-ordered reinstatement following an extended suspension for use of profanity in class and other alleged infractions. An ad college trustee...[MORE]

Ferndale's rainbow law

By Jennifer Bagwell

Published: 9/22/1999

Types: News, Race & Prejudice

Gay rights activists won a major victory when Ferndale passed a human rights ordinance that prohibits discrimination against anyone because of their sexual orientation in the areas of housing, employment and public accommodations and services. Und...[MORE]

Protest charges dropped

By Jennifer Bagwell

Published: 9/15/1999

Types: News, Government

Washtenaw County prosecutors have again come up short in their attempts to hang felony convictions around the necks of protesters who demonstrated against a Ku Klux Klan rally in Ann Arbor last year. Friday Washtenaw County Circuit Judge...[MORE]

Royal Oak Flip-Flop

By Jennifer Bagwell

Published: 9/15/1999

Types: News, Government

Instead of proceeding with a master plan that had some citizens up in arms, Royal Oak officials did an about-face and won grassroots support. A residents’ movement is taking credit for a final master plan that no longer classifies residential...[MORE]

State prisons on 'Geraldo'

By Jennifer Bagwell

Published: 9/8/1999

Types: News, Law

An upcoming television program investigating sexual abuse of female prisoners in the United States will focus heavily on what goes on inside Michigan’s prisons. The Engler administration’s refusal to allow Geraldo Rivera inside two ...[MORE]

As the marsh churns

By Jennifer Bagwell

Published: 9/8/1999

Types: News, Environmental

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers last week halted a developer’s attempt to build homes and a golf course at Humbug Marsh along the Detroit River, but the controversy concerning the property is far from over. In refusing Made In Detroit a perm...[MORE]

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