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Published October 10, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Halloween is a scary time of year, with ghosts and goblins lurking around every corner, but for the millions of families managing food allergies, the most frightening thing about it is often the treats.

“What people might not know is that 1 in 13 kids in the U.S. have a food allergy,” said Nancy Gregory, senior director of communications at Food Allergy Research and Education.

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Published October 6, 2017

From sprawling apple orchards to pick-your-own pumpkin patches, Michigan offers plenty of ways to spend a crisp autumn day. But if you’re looking for something a little more active — and you’re up for a challenge — it’s time to get in on the corn maze craze.

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Published October 3, 2017

HARPER WOODS — Harper Woods-area children are invited to learn some fresh ways to cut a rug as part of the community dance program, which began Sept 26.

Operated through the Harper Woods Parks and Recreation Department, the classes take place on Tuesday and Wednesday nights at Tyrone Elementary School. A number of classes are being offered, including creative movement, ballet, hip-hop, tap and lyrical. The cost is $150 per child, and each class meets once per week. If the student joins another class, then a 10 percent discount will be applied.

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Published October 2, 2017

DETROIT — Several students at Marygrove College in Detroit gathered on Sept. 16 to demonstrate their displeasure at the school’s removal of undergraduate classes and the manner in which the school is handling the transition.

Marygrove announced Aug. 9 that due to lower enrollment, it could no longer support its current curriculum. It released plans to maintain its graduate programs while cutting all of its undergraduate programs at the end of the fall 2017 semester. Significant staff cuts would also coincide with the loss of classes.

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Published October 1, 2017

DETROIT — The Michigan State Police has reassigned its 10 troopers based out of Detroit’s 9th Precinct following community backlash resulting from the death of a teenger who crashed during a police pursuit.

The incident occurred Aug. 26 in the area of Rossini Drive and Gratiot Avenue. Two state police troopers attempted to pull over 15-year-old Damon Grimes, who allegedly was driving an all-terrain vehicle recklessly in the area.

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Published September 30, 2017

DETROIT — The Detroit community is uniting to honor one of the community’s most beloved figures: Father Solanus Casey.

Casey will be beatified by the Catholic Church at a special Mass at Ford Field on Saturday, Nov. 18.

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Published September 30, 2017

DETROIT — Midtown Detroit was awash with light and sound for the third Dlectricity art show, which took over the city’s museum district Sept. 22-23.

Dlectricity is a free, two-night, outdoor festival that showcases art throughout the midtown Detroit area using video, light, interactive engineering and other quirky artistic concepts.

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Published September 29, 2017

HARPER WOODS — Harper Woods officials gathered together Sept. 15 to officially open the Neighborhood Economic Development Center on Kelly Road.

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Published September 29, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Chris Tait offers a sober assessment of his outlook in 2011, after all the years he spent touring with bands and living a rock and roll lifestyle fed by booze and drugs.

“I’ve torched so many relationships. The shame and guilt. I didn’t want to die, but I didn’t want to live anymore, either,” said Tait, of Hamtramck, who plays keyboards in the Detroit-based Electric Six.

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Published September 28, 2017

DETROIT — Engines roared and tires screeched across the runways of Detroit City Airport Sept. 23 for the first-ever Motor City Showdown drag races.

The event featured the first legal drag racing in the Motor City, and a crowd of more than 7,600 people attended. It was the passion project of Brian Olatunji, a drag racer and Detroit native. He helped found Lead Foot Events, a company to help host the races.

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Published September 26, 2017

FRASER — The restaurant business is, and has always been, a family business for Eugene Kasapis.

Throughout high school, he worked in his dad’s restaurant in Greektown alongside his brothers Steve and Gus Kasapis. And three months before graduating, he and his brothers opened up their own restaurant in downtown Detroit.

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Published September 21, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Breweries from all over Michigan are well-known, and well-regarded, across the country. But you don’t have to travel far for a pint of quality craft beer.

In metro Detroit alone, there are more than 100 craft breweries within a short drive.

Scott Graham, executive director of the Michigan Brewers Guild, estimates that there are more than 300 breweries in Michigan. But it wasn’t always such a large industry.

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Published September 19, 2017

HARPER WOODS — The community is invited to join medical professionals, law enforcement personnel and local officials for a town hall meeting next week to discuss the opioid epidemic in Harper Woods.

The issue was brought to the forefront for many Harper Woods residents following several well-publicized overdoses that took place in the community. The town hall meeting was organized to educate people about the facts of opioid use and abuse, resources for those suffering from addiction, and options for communities to address the problem.

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Published September 19, 2017

DETROIT — Residents in and around Detroit’s east side are invited to Music on the Green, an event designed to gather community input on the Barham Farmway and Greenway project while attendees enjoy food, fun and music.

The program is being organized by nonprofit U-SNAP-BAC, which stands for United Streets Networking and Planning; Building a Community. Founded in 1987, the group’s goal is to revitalize the east side of Detroit; in this case, the MorningSide neighborhood.

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Published September 19, 2017

DETROIT — Universities are finding new ways to help their students through on-campus food pantries. This includes Wayne State University, which recently was awarded a $34,000 grant for that purpose from the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan.

The goal of the food pantry — and, by extension, the grant from the community foundation — is to help combat food insecurity among college students.

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Published September 19, 2017

DETROIT — A panel consisting of several Michigan politicians met with experts to discuss the issues of mental health and substance abuse on Sept. 11 at the Team Wellness Health Center in Detroit.

The panel met to hear from industry experts, as well as other volunteers and professionals who work and interact with those suffering from mental illness, to gauge the outlook of mental health in Michigan and find where efforts are both succeeding and lacking.

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Published September 12, 2017

The Harper Woods community commemorated the anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, with the unveiling and dedication ceremony for a new memorial to those who died on that day, and those who sprang into action to save others.

The memorial consists of a steel beam salvaged from the World Trade Center embedded in a stone base with plaques explaining what happened on that day and dedicating the monument to the victims.

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Published September 7, 2017

It may be more than a thousand miles away, but help for the victims of Hurricane Harvey arrived from St. Clair Shores, Saginaw and Detroit as the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Detroit pitched in to help with the rescue efforts.

Hurricane Harvey dumped more than 40 inches of rain over eastern Texas in four days at the end of August, causing catastrophic flooding and displacing more than 30,000 people. The Category 4 hurricane made landfall near Rockport, Texas, and caused at least 65 deaths in the United States.

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Published September 5, 2017

DETROIT — Families from all over the Detroit area gathered at William Milliken State Park and Harbor in Detroit Aug. 9 to take advantage of free health and dental screenings, healthy cooking demonstrations, and an array of health experts speaking on the importance of making healthier living choices during the McKinney Foundation’s seventh annual Celebrating a Healthier Detroit Expo.

The event included games such as basketball, baseball and football, as well as lunches from the YMCA, a food giveaway for 100 families from Gleaners Community Food Bank and a fun run.

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Published September 4, 2017

HARPER WOODS — Sept. 11, 2001, affected the entire country, if not the whole world. Michigan was not exempt from the events of that dramatic day, and a new memorial will be installed in Harper Woods to commemorate the victims of the terrorist attacks and the first responders who sprang into action.

The memorial was created out of a 3-ton piece of rubble from the North Tower of the World Trade Center, and a steel beam from the same building. A dedication ceremony for the memorial will take place at 6 p.m. Sept. 11 at AMVETS Post No. 57 in Harper Woods.

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