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Published June 17, 2015

METRO DETROIT — The flooring scene has changed drastically in the last few years, according to flooring experts in the area.


New types of flooring are available, such as luxury vinyl, which can resemble any other type of floor. And other timeless types of flooring, such as hardwood and carpet, have advanced leaps and bounds in terms of stability, finishes, style and softness.


Matt Pfeiffer, owner of Northern Flooring in Lake Orion, said that hardwood is the No. 1 type of flooring in Michigan and the best investment in terms of resale factor.

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Published June 17, 2015

METRO DETROIT — With winters that seem to last most of the year, Michiganders know how to take advantage of the warm weather once it finally rolls around.


Dinner time, exercise routines and daily play all seem to migrate outdoors in the summer months. It should come as no surprise, then, that many families in metro Detroit like to relocate movie night to the open air, too.

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Published June 11, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Fireworks are a Fourth of July staple.


From cherry bombs to Roman candles, Michiganders have enjoyed launching fireworks since before the Fireworks Safety Act of 2011 was signed into law, permitting consumer pyrotechnics on the day before, day of and day after designated national holidays.


But for some veterans, fireworks and other loud noises can trigger memories from military experiences.

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Published June 10, 2015

Harper Woods Police had a busy day June 10 with two incidents that resulted in locking down Beacon and Tyrone elementary schools.

The first incident involved a possible barricaded gunman in the 19300 block of Woodcrest, just a couple of houses away from Beacon Elementary. Police had to shut down Beacon for four hours while they investigated the incident and forced their way into the home.

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Published June 10, 2015

METRO DETROIT — It’s time to let your light shine — in your home, that is.


We all have many lighting styles in our homes: table lamps, under-cabinet lights, and even the tuxedo of lights: chandeliers.


But what kinds of lighting work best for your abode?


Corie Conroy, owner of Bloomfield Hills-based First Impression Home Staging and Interior Design, said different lighting packs a unique punch in your home, like bedroom table lighting that creates a calming feel.

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Published June 10, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Father’s Day is tough.


How do you express your gratitude for the man who gave you so many happy memories over the years, gave you unyielding support to follow your dreams and the pearls of wisdom to actually get you there?


Somehow, a tie just doesn’t seem to cut it.

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Published June 1, 2015

When police responded to a 911 call reporting an armed robbery outside of McDonald’s at Eastland Center May 28, a 20-year-old Sterling Heights man allegedly tried to run from police and tossed a gun during his attempt to flee.

He didn’t get far, however, before police arrested him.

“They got him and they got the gun,” Director of Public Safety James Burke said. “Our guys responded and did a great job.”

The suspect was arraigned May 31 on a charge of carrying a concealed weapon.

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Published May 27, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Residents with library cards can use them to get free passes to local attractions through the Michigan Activity Pass program that kicked off in May.


Sue Todd, librarian at the Eastpointe Memorial Library, said the program can help people gain free entry to attractions like the Michigan Military Technical & Historical Museum, Arts & Scraps, the Michigan Science Center and state parks.

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Published May 15, 2015

METRO DETROIT — The Canadian joint review panel looking over a proposed nuclear waste site that would be less than a mile from Lake Huron recommended the project to Canada’s minister of the environment May 7 despite an outcry from communities on both sides of the border.

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Published May 13, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Native fish like walleye, steelhead, lake trout and, to an extent, yellow perch populations are doing well, leading to a positive fishing outlook on the Great Lakes this year.


Todd Grischke, Lake Huron Basin coordinator with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, said that while specific fishing is different across the north-south areas of the lake, walleye populations are booming to near record levels.

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Published May 13, 2015

Andrew Bernard Keith, 45, pleaded guilty May 12 in Wayne County Circuit Court in the 2013 murder of Johnny Lee Buckner, 60, inside Buckner’s home on Old Homestead.

Buckner was fatally shot on Feb. 13, 2013. Harper Woods police arrested Keith, Buckner’s stepson, two days later. The charges that the Wayne County Prosecutor’s office authorized against Keith included open murder.

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Published May 7, 2015

HARPER WOODS — Balmy spring days herald the start of something beloved for many in Harper Woods, when children’s laughter can be heard on the baseball fields as they gear up for a new season of Little League.

Generations of children have spent their summers on the fields during 60 years of baseball in Harper Woods.

“For some of us, it is our life,” league Vice President Mark Di Mambro said, adding that he’s been with the league for 27 years. “I love it. I’d be lost without it.”

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Published May 7, 2015

HARPER WOODS — City Manager Randolph Skotarczyk said he wasn’t panicking over recent news that Eastland Center missed a loan payment, but he was taking steps to find out more information from city financial planners and the mall management.

Other than news reports, he said he had not received any official notice about the reported financial issue.

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Published May 5, 2015

DETROIT — The Detroit Jazz Festival has been attracting some of the top jazz players in the world for years, but the 36th annual festival scored a particular coup this year with artist-in-residence Pat Metheny.


The jazz guitarist and composer, who has won 20 Grammy Awards and has sold more than 20 million records, will be performing with a number of other jazz greats — including Kenny Garrett, Ron Carter and the Gary Burton Quartet — during the festival, which takes place over Labor Day weekend, Sept. 4-7, in downtown Detroit.

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Published May 4, 2015

An armed suspect was fatally shot after midnight May 4 during a gunfight with the owner of a home in the 14900 block of Liberal Avenue.

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Published April 29, 2015

METRO DETROIT — As artillery and troops traveled overseas to fight in World War II, metro Detroiters who remained at home stayed productive by making the equipment needed to defeat the Axis powers.


Ron Lamparter, who owns the Defense Corridor Center for Collaboration and Synergy in Sterling Heights, said dozens of books and tens of thousands of pages have been written about Detroit’s role as the “Arsenal of Democracy” in World War II.

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Published April 29, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Not every American who fought for victory during World War II wore a uniform on foreign shores.

You won’t find their tales often in history books, but rather in journals and family photo albums.

The work done and sacrifices made by women during the war are heroic in their own right, though those ladies aren’t always given the full credit they’re due.

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Published April 28, 2015

METRO DETROIT — The most destructive war ever fought in Europe ended on May 8, 1945. That point in time will forever be known to history as V-E Day.

For those who lived through the war, it was both the end and the beginning.

Gone forever were millions of lives. Millions more were left grieving, homeless and hungry, struggling to pick up the pieces of their shattered world. Towns that had stood for centuries were obliterated. It was a cataclysm never before seen, the end result of maniacal nationalism and industrialized war.

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Published March 27, 2015

Eastwood Clinics’ plan to open a treatment facility for substance abuse patients had more going against it than the large group of residents who came out March 25 to ask the Planning Commission to stop the project.

The clinics, which are affiliated with St. John Providence Health System, failed to meet some of the zoning criteria needed to open the facility on the proposed site.

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Published March 25, 2015

HARPER WOODS — The Harper Woods Schools’ first technology open house at the Secondary Campus drew a big crowd of students, parents, community members and others who wanted to check out some of the high-tech educational programs that the district has integrated into its school buildings.

Harper Woods Schools Director of Academic Accountability & Student Services David Rabbideau called the March 13 open house a success that drew more than 300 people.

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