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Mastodon teeth and iron lungs? Just another day at this Grand Rapids school (slideshow)

Mastodon teeth and iron lungs? Just another day at this Grand Rapids school (slideshow)

September 5, 2017 | Ted Roelofs

The Grand Rapids Public Museum School’s innovative approach to interactive learning was recognized with a $10 million innovation grant from Steve Jobs’ widow.

Upper Peninsula population plummets. One family’s struggle shows why.

Upper Peninsula population plummets. One family’s struggle shows why.

August 31, 2017 | Ron French

Northern Michigan counties are losing residents at a startling rate. Jobs are scarce. And so is hope among some.

See how population is changing in your Michigan county (interactive map)

See how population is changing in your Michigan county (interactive map)

August 31, 2017 | Mike Wilkinson

After lost decade, state sees slow growth. Check out how your county is faring with this interactive map.

A crusading attorney helped free a man framed for murder. They both ended up dead.

A crusading attorney helped free a man framed for murder. They both ended up dead.

August 15, 2017 | Ron French

Leaving prison was supposed to make everything better. It was only the beginning of the troubles for an unlikely pair.

Fireworks, parades, and a partisan divide that won’t go away

Fireworks, parades, and a partisan divide that won’t go away

July 11, 2017 | Ron French

The 2016 election exposed a gulf among Michigan residents. Bridge revisited 11 people and families we first profiled at Donald Trump’s inauguration to see if the past six months had changed their outlook. Both sides, it appears, are digging in.

Amid protests over Trump, Muslims and guns, two enemies in Kalkaska bond near a giant trout

Amid protests over Trump, Muslims and guns, two enemies in Kalkaska bond near a giant trout

June 29, 2017 | Ron French

The village president’s inflammatory Facebook posts leads to an evening standoff along the normally placid main street of Kalkaska. 

Message in a bottle: A Flint video story

Message in a bottle: A Flint video story

June 22, 2017 | Al Lilly

Flint residents took to Lansing to deliver handwritten messages in water bottles to the governor. It’s the latest effort by residents to focus attention on poisoned water caused by government ineptitude.

The American Dream is fading everywhere, but almost nowhere faster than Michigan

The American Dream is fading everywhere, but almost nowhere faster than Michigan

May 25, 2017 | Ron French

For three generations, the odds of outearning your parents has dropped. Today, a young person’s odds of climbing higher than their parents are no better than a coin flip.

SLIDESHOW: Feel like you’re not earning as much as your parents? You’re probably right.

SLIDESHOW: Feel like you’re not earning as much as your parents? You’re probably right.

May 25, 2017 | Ron French

Your chances of living the American Dream – climbing higher up the economic ladder than your parents – used to be a sure thing. Times have changed, and not for the better.

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