Modern-day segregation: How vouchers keep the poor out of rich neighborhoods (The Ann Arbor News)

YPSILANTI TOWNSHIP, MI — Courtney Vesey’s 30th birthday dinner was leftovers she pulled from the fridge and ate standing alone at the kitchen counter. There was no cake. She spent the quiet mid-December evening with her boyfriend, Mike Ponds, and her four kids. Romeiro, 12, Marcquise, 11, and Ramone, 8, watched cartoons in the backContinue reading “Modern-day segregation: How vouchers keep the poor out of rich neighborhoods (The Ann Arbor News)”

Ann Arbor’s historically black neighborhood is the hottest market in town (The Ann Arbor News)

ANN ARBOR, MI – A young Russ Calvert would curiously watch as pigs were unloaded at the Peters Sausage Co. slaughterhouse on Summit Street, a block from his north Ann Arbor home. Calvert, now 75 and living on a lake near Chelsea, grew up with his parents and four siblings in a modest two-bedroom, 740-square-foot house on North Fourth Avenue in Kerrytown. When the youngContinue reading “Ann Arbor’s historically black neighborhood is the hottest market in town (The Ann Arbor News)”

LGBTQ students at Christian colleges refuse to choose between sexuality and faith (The Ann Arbor News)

The pastor’s booming voice filled the Spring Arbor University chapel as he grew more passionate, testifying to students about the power of prayer. “I don’t have the time to tell you the history of those who have come to our church transgender and given their heart to God and changed,” the visiting pastor said duringContinue reading “LGBTQ students at Christian colleges refuse to choose between sexuality and faith (The Ann Arbor News)”

Dying for success: Anxiety driving teen suicide rate to record high (The Ann Arbor News)

By Lauren Slagter and Martin Slagter ANN ARBOR, MI – With tears streaming down her cheeks, Elise Boyd crept down the hall to kiss her brother goodbye in his bed, knowing that in a few minutes she would swallow enough pills to kill herself. Her plan was in place for weeks. The 14-year-old had storedContinue reading “Dying for success: Anxiety driving teen suicide rate to record high (The Ann Arbor News)”

Ypsilanti’s football season ends, but school-of-choice battle continues (The Ann Arbor News)

YPSILANTI, MI – The Ypsilanti Community High School football team found itself in unpleasantly familiar territory on Friday, Oct. 21, down 30-0 against Pioneer High School at halftime. The team didn’t lead many games in its 2016 season, which ended 2-6. For whatever reason, the Grizzlies didn’t turn up the intensity until they had to come fromContinue reading “Ypsilanti’s football season ends, but school-of-choice battle continues (The Ann Arbor News)”

Undocumented Ypsilanti valedictorian: ‘I want a bright future’ (The Ann Arbor News)

YPSILANTI, MI — Diana was one face in a sea of black-and-gold gowns and caps gathered for Ypsilanti Community High School’s commencement ceremony the evening of Tuesday, June 7. Diana, the Class of 2016’s valedictorian for Ypsilanti’s STEMM Middle College, draped honors cords, an Upward Bound stole and more than half a dozen medals fromContinue reading “Undocumented Ypsilanti valedictorian: ‘I want a bright future’ (The Ann Arbor News)”

‘We have to tell this story,’ says father of transgender child (The Ann Arbor News)

ANN ARBOR – Jacq Kai Tchoryk and Sydney Tchoryk giggled Saturday as they chased each other around the sunny backyard of their family’s home in a well-kept cul-de-sac northwest of Ann Arbor. Their father, Pete Tchoryk, emerged from the house late that afternoon with an aluminum bat and bag of baseballs. Sydney, 10, turned cartwheelsContinue reading “‘We have to tell this story,’ says father of transgender child (The Ann Arbor News)”

Garden Square residents speak out about living in public housing (Kokomo Tribune)

It’s well below freezing, but Jackie Peden starts the morning of Feb. 10 like she does every day: opening the front door of her Garden Square apartment to signal to the children they can come and go as they please. A boy in first grade steps into her kitchen at about 8:15 a.m. that snowyContinue reading “Garden Square residents speak out about living in public housing (Kokomo Tribune)”