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Celebrate Michigan in photos

James Glasson used an iPhone 4s to stunning effect aboard Lady Godiva on Lake St. Clair. James Glasson

James Glasson's serene photo of sailboats at sunset advances to the finals of The Detroit News' Celebrate Michigan Photo Contest. More

Phone store will give away school supplies

The Cellular Connection is hosting its second annual 'School Rocks Backpack Giveaway' to benefit thousands of school children across the country. More

Pet of the week: Dixie

Dixie is a 3-year-old Coonhound mix. She can be a little shy, but with positive reinforcement and love, she is sure to build her confidence. Michigan Humane Society

Dixie is a 3-year-old Coonhound mix. She can be a little shy, but with positive reinforcement and love, she is sure to build her confidence. More

Choosing a kids play system can mean research for adults

Most children will use their swing set from age 2 to 10. Gorilla Playsets

Swing sets are the epitome of casual summertime fun — but buying one can feel overwhelming. They can range in price from $200 to $30,000, and most people have never spent much time researching them. More

Girl, cousin require therapy after assault

Dear Abby: My granddaughter 'Cindy,' age 2, was being watched by her mommy's ex-sister-in-law and her sons. Cindy went to her mommy and said, 'Bubby hurt me.' Bubby is what she calls her 10-year-old cousin. Her mother called the police. More

Surgery may affect the nervous system

Dear Dr. Roach: I have had hot flashes, similar to those experienced by post-menopausal women, ever since my coronary bypass in 1990. I can be sitting quietly in a chair reading or at my computer, and suddenly I find myself dripping with perspiration. More

Farmers market comes to Campus Martius

Do your grocery shopping at lunch time Fridays at Campus Martius. The park will host a farmers market 11 a.m.-2 p.m. every Friday through Aug. 22. More

HIV pills show more promise to prevent infection

Dr. Lisa Sterman holds up a Truvada pill, an HIV treatment pill used to prevent infection in people at high risk of getting the AIDS virus, at her office in San Francisco. Research showing that the pill does not encourage risky sex and is effective even if people skip some doses was discussed July 22, 2014, at the International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia. Jeff Chiu / AP

There is more good news about HIV treatment pills used to prevent infection in people at high risk of getting the AIDS virus: Follow-up from a landmark study that proved the drug works now shows that it does not encourage risky sex and is effective even i More

Birmingham sales event brings family fun

Day on the Town, downtown Birmingham's largest sales event of the year with other kid-friendly events, is 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday. More

'Star Wars' car and a Doomsday doll are toys of Comic-Con

The 'Hot Wheels Life-Sized Darth Vader Car' will be at Comic-Con, the annual celebration of pop culture lifting off Thursday in San Diego. Jeffrey Moustache / Mattel Inc.

When it comes to designing coveted collectible toys for sale at Comic-Con, the annual celebration of pop culture lifting off Thursday in San Diego, the sky's the limit for the designers at Mattel. More

Younger couples share how they handle their money

Dear Readers: In April, I printed a letter from 'Wondering in Washington,' a man asking why young men in general today have the attitude that 'any money I earn is mine' in a marriage or live-in situation. More

Alcohol abuse can inhibit sexual function

Dear Dr. Roach: Please en­lighten your readers about too much alcohol causing impotence. My husband drinks beer after beer daily, from noon until night, then expects to be able to perform. He’s done this for years, and now can’t get an erection. He’s 65. More

I spy, you spy

Roger Felsner models the video cam sunglasses he sells at Spy King in Lathrup Village. Neal Rubin / The Detroit News

In all the snickering over the two Republican operatives who ineptly infiltrated a Democratic fundraiser, we're missing something important. More

In search of natural hues? A garden 'to dye for'

Gather plants materials for making an original eco dyed scarf. For this particular scarf, eucalyptus leaves (both in the dye as well as in the bundled scarf), marigold petals, red and yellow onion skins, red rose petal and avocado skins were used. Chris McLaughlin / St. Lynn's Press

Homegrown botanical dyes are in, part of today's shift toward more natural and organic living. And you don't need a degree in chemistry to create your own hues for scarves, sweaters or even Easter eggs. More

Do statins affect the heart muscle?

Dear Dr Roach: I have had coronary bypass surgery, and I take cholesterol medicine. I have significant muscular weakness from my medicine. If the medicine affects muscles, what about my heart muscle? My ejection fraction has started going down. More

Poor teens' health may benefit from attending top schools

Chicago — Disadvantaged teens may get more than an academic boost by attending top-notch high schools — their health may also benefit, a study suggests. More

4 toys to get kids off the couch and outside

Top Toss combines elements from horseshoes, bowling, and other yard games to create a truly unique and fun outdoor activity for the whole family. Ideal

With technology making its way into every aspect of our lives, kids are spending a lot less time playing outside than we did when we where their age. There are alternatives, however; here are four. More

5 vacations for children of all ages and their parents

Mountain Sky, a dude ranch in Montana's Paradise Valley, offers horseback riding, rafting, hiking and fishing. Mountain Sky

Different stretches of family life call for different destinations. Here are five options, from baby-friendly Club Med locations to a wilderness expedition good for teens. More

Teen's parents prefer to lead a quiet life

Dear Abby: Neither of my parents do anything for fun. When Dad comes home from work, he either reads the newspaper or takes a nap. If Mom has free time after finishing the housework or running errands, she watches the news on TV or goes to bed early. More

Headache a hallmark CSF leakage symptom

Dear Dr. Roach: After many weeks of a unilateral nasal leakage of clear watery liquid, I was diagnosed with a cerebrospinal fluid leak. I experience almost constant leakage from the right nostril, which is irritating as well as embarrassing. More

Consignment shops in Metro Detroit offer secondhand gems

At Tootie and Tallulah's in Berkley, a yellow and lime green chair and ottoman sit next to a set of nesting tables made from metal and wood. Max Ortiz / The Detroit News

Consignment shops for the home are on the rise in Metro Detroit, and the selection is better than ever before. The search for secondhand finds beats your average garage sale because of the curated mix. More

Jalapeno, tequila give limeade a summer kick

Jalapeno limeade is a refreshing summer sipper. Kate Lawson / The Detroit News

Limeade spiked with jalapeno is thirst quenching, yes, but with marvelous flavors. Grab some at Mudgie's Authentic Artisan Deli or make this version at home. More

'Woolgatherers' guild promotes joy of knitting

Judy's Seamless Slippers Judy Champagne

They call themselves the Woolgatherers Knitting Guild, but they knit with a range of fibers every third Thursday. Learn more about the group and make Judy's Seamless Slipper for yourself. More

Son decides life on the open road isn't for him

Dear Abby: For years, my wife and I were RV enthusiasts. We have a son who was envious about our lifestyle and expressed a desire to own an RV and travel the highways. When we decided to give up the practice, we gave our travel trailer to him as a gift. More

Cool tips for saving energy during the summer

Just like there are ways to keep your home warmer in the winter while lowering your energy costs, the same is true in the summer cooling season. More

Welcome Mat: The latest and greatest for your home

Daylilies come in all shapes and colors. Kathy Rinke

See several varieties of daylilies at Telly's, take a pond tour of northwest Detorit, check out photo winner 'Backyard Lilypalooza' and more. More

Delicate porcelain bust hails from Bohemia

Bennett Weiss of Dexter has questions about this small bust. Robin Buckson / The Detroit News

Bennett Weiss said he inherited an unglazed, 61/2-inch tall porcelain piece from his mother before she passed away at the age of 98. More

Designer turns her talents to own kitchen

Local designer MaryBeth Wilson tackles her own kitchen renovation project after helping others for years. MaryBeth Wilson

It's a big commitment to take on a kitchen renovation, and once you get started, there's no turning back. Just ask MaryBeth Wilson, who has done lots of remodels; until recently, all but her own. More

Primp garden to show off plants at their finest

Foliage turns yellow as the Spirea japonica 'Double Play Gold' shrub ages. Proven Winners

Now is the perfect time to fine-tune the landscape. You might be surprised how selective pruning can improve the look of your garden. More

Family keeps the worst at bay at the hospital

Conversation at the hospital where a brother was in surgery wove itself through several hours: One thread of memories latticed into another. More

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