"LANSING — As the lame-duck session of the Legislature enters its second full week, big themes and priorities are beginning to emerge in the bills being introduced by lawmakers at the end of the two-year legislative session." (Detroit Free Press)

"Leave the ice skates and fish shanties; ready the shovels and snowblowers. That could be the forecast for this winter, based on unusually high surface water temperatures on the Great Lakes." (Detroit Free Press)

"KALAMAZOO, MI -- The Western Michigan Broncos will play in the Cotton Bowl. The Broncos (13-0) will take on Wisconsin (10-3) at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on Jan. 2. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. ET." (Kalamazoo Gazette)

"DETROIT, MI -- The largest crowd to ever see a Mid-American Conference Championship game was treated to a tighter-than-expected matchup between Western Michigan and Ohio University on Friday night." (Kalamazoo Gazette)

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Most of us shy away from looking into that dark closet that contains our family skeletons. Journalist Karen Branan did, too. Until she could no longer look away. Branan is the author of The Family Tree: A Lynching in Georgia, a Legacy of Secrets, and My Search for the Truth (Simon & Schuster, 2016).