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Illness that blinds, saps hearing bravely battled by child from Michigan

Lilly Diuble, left, takes a selfie with her sister, Abby, and NBC's Peter Alexander, who interviewed Lilly Diuble about Usher's syndrome. Doctors say the disorder will rob Lilly of her eyesight and hearing. Diuble family

NBC Nightly News correspondent Peter Alexander was sitting at the Diuble family kitchen table in Manchester a couple months ago watching 11-year-old Lilly's eyes 'dart around to see me and her ears strain to catch the conversation around her.' More

Cellular Connection program donates $1,500 scholarships for Livonia students

Now through Sunday, children 13 and younger who live in Livonia can take part in Color for College, a program sponsored by the Cellular Connection. More

Pet of the week: Milo

Milo is 1-year-old Chihuahua mix who is loving and fun. He's very energetic and will benefit from long walks with you and your family. Michigan Humane Society

Milo is 1-year-old Chihuahua mix who is loving and fun. He's very energetic and will benefit from long walks with you and your family. More

Oakland Township site of Ultimate Homearama's return

Ten years after its last show in Metro Detroit, the Ultimate Homearama, a showcase of brand new high-end homes, returns to the region this weekend at the lavish Pinnacle luxury home development in Oakland Township. More

Win a copy of 'Little One-Yard Wonders'

An amazing collection of simple sewing projects for that little one in your life can be found in the just released 'Little One-Yard Wonders, Irresistible Clothes, Toys and Accessories You Can Make for Babies and Kids.' More

Aurora borealis lights up photo contest finals

The northern lights provide a striking backdrop for the Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse in Mackinaw City in 'Dancing Aurora,' by Dale Niesen. Dale Niesen

Some people chase tornadoes. Dale Niesen chases aurorae borealis. One of those shots snagged one of the last spots in the finals of The Detroit News' eighth annual Celebrate Michigan Photo Contest. More

After violence, pair mulls reconciliation

Dear Abby: Five years ago, my husband got drunk and physically attacked me in front of his family. It was horrible. I was in shock, and our relationship never recovered. More

If walking hurts, water excercise might help

Dear Dr. Roach: I just wanted to touch base with you about my diabetes. While my weight has stayed stable around 320 pounds, my sugar numbers have been increasingly hard to keep in line. I’ve maxed out on the oral medications we use. My latest A1c was 6.6. More

'24' star Mary Lynn Rajskub brings her comedy act home to Royal Oak club

Rajskub Rob Kim / Getty Images

The comedy club was full Sunday night, which meant Trenton was pretty much empty. Twenty-six members of Mary Lynn Rajskub's immediate family were in Royal Oak for the show. More

UN health agency: E-cigarettes must be regulated

An electronic cigarette is demonstrated in Chicago. The U.N. health agency recommended Tuesday that nations regulate electronic cigarettes and ban them from use indoors until the exhaled vapor is proven not to harm bystanders. Nam Y. Huh / AP

Geneva — The U.N. health agency recommended Tuesday that nations regulate electronic cigarettes and ban them from use indoors until the exhaled vapor is proven not to harm bystanders. More

Broken engagement ring to shine again

Dear Abby: I was engaged several years ago, but the engagement didn't last. We broke up and I gave him back his ring. We remain close friends, however, and hang out at least once a week. More

Follow up on concerns after a hysterectomy

Dear Dr. Roach: I am a 78-year-old woman who would be embarrassed to go to a doctor with my complaint. I have been having a brown vaginal discharge for a couple of months. I did have a complete hysterectomy about 14 years ago, including some of the cervix because of pre-cancerous cells. More

Five friends set out to cross Lake Michigan — on stand-up paddleboards

The training regimen for (left to right) Jeff Guy, Joel Mueller, Kwin Morris, Joe Lorenz, and Andrew Pritchard has included weightlifting and 30-mile paddleboard excursions. John A. Gessner Photography

It's the sort of thought you have if you are strong and spirited and adventurous, and maybe if you've knocked back a couple of beers. More

Ring, ring: London statues want to talk to you

People listen to a talking statue on their phones at the launch of Talking Statues in central London. Philip Toscano / AP

— Calling all London tourists: Peter Pan, Sherlock Holmes and Queen Victoria want to have a word with you. More

Baby's adoption to leave hole in grandma's heart

Dear Abby: My teenaged daughter will be giving birth soon, and she has decided to place her baby for adoption. I have told her that whatever she decides, I will support her decision. More

Lack of hair can be the result of several conditions

Dear Dr. Roach: I haven't had to shave my legs for a few years, because I never get growth anymore. My doctor said it may be from hormones. I'm 78. Could that be the reason? More

House calls can save on elder care, study says

Since Beatrice Adams found a doctor who makes house calls, and the 89-year-old hasn't needed ER care. Molly Riley / AP

Ten or 12 times a year, Beatrice Adams' daughter would race her frail mother to the emergency room for high blood pressure or pain from a list of chronic illnesses. More

On family travel outings, let these apps be your guide

With Dr. Seuss' Bookshelf, kids of all ages will enjoy the interactive illustrations and the opportunity to hear some of the classics read aloud. Oceanhouse Media

Whether you travel by car, boat or plane, add value to your family adventure with educational and travel-friendly apps. More

Girl, 12, suspects that her grandpa is dirty old man

Dear Abby: I am a 12-year-old girl, and my grandpa is 75. I love him very much, but I have noticed lately that he stares at women’s breasts when they are jogging, and he smiles when a gust of wind blows a girl’s skirt up. This embarrasses me, and I am embarrassed for him. More

Is the prostate to blame for his slow-to-empty bladder?

Dear Dr. Roach: I would like your opinion on enlarged prostate. My primary-care doctor sent me for a blood test and said my PSA number was too high, then sent me to a urologist. He said my bladder is not emptying and that I am having urine retention in the bladder. More

Mid-century modern in Bloomfield Hills showcases works from travels

The exterior of this 1950s Bloomfield Hills ranch house is very unassuming, very plain Jane. You have to wait for the 'WOW' factor when you step inside. More

House really all about the lives of its family

It took some time before I drive past 1720 Dorchester. As often you tell yourself, 'It's just a house, it's just a house,' the emotional frame of reference does not easily correlate. More

Buckles just right for summer fruit and growing kids

Jack, his bike and his buckle. Kate Lawson / The Detroit News

Jack. was a toddler when I first met him, and he's now he's a rugged rough and tumble kid. Jack also likes to help his mom in the kitchen and loves to bake. More

'River of creativity' flows with furniture making

Artist Sue Kolb sits among her twig and pottery chairs at her studio. John M. Galloway / Special to The Detroit News

When Sue Kolb of Ortonville spends time up north, she sometimes takes a break from fun activities to hunt for twigs in ditches. She uses the branches to construct the twig furniture she makes and sells under the name Red Pine Pottery & Twigs. More

Inspect your trees for their danger potential

A leaning tree can be a signal of trouble, especially if there are exposed roots or a mound of soil near its base; a storm bringing straight-line winds can topple such a tree. Joe Raedle / Getty Images

One of the great charms of older neighborhoods is the stately centennial trees that line the streets. But aging trees can become hazards if they are not cared for. More

Framed paintings are diamonds in the rough

Sandy McCarroll with two oil paintings by Archie Palmer Wigle. David Coates / The Detroit News

Sandy and Gerry McCarroll of Grosse Pointe Park seem to have that Midas touch. A few months ago, Gerry picked up two oils discovered in a pile in the basement at a Grosse Pointe estate sale. More

Nautical is nice when done with light touch

A headboard made from oars joins lake-themed pillows at Harbor Town Interiors in St. Joseph. Beach memorabilia is appealign because it often reminds us of time spent on the water. Jeanine Matlow

Nautical knickknacks don't have to be kitschy. Luckily, there's no shortage of tasteful maritime decor that lets us celebrate the Great Lakes State without going overboard (pun intended). More

What it means to really be 'neighborly'

Being a good neighbor starts with a face-to-face introduction. I know it's considered old-school, but your kids probably do it all the time. More

Let gold shine on in home decor

Depending upon your passion for gold, you can go high luxe by washing your room in it. Or you can add just a glint here and there to thread in a tiny touch of luster. More

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