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Published September 4, 2017

DETROIT — A deadly crash involving a Harper Woods man shut down the eastbound lanes of Interstate 94 at Chene Street Aug. 23.

The crash occurred at approximately 4:25 a.m. Michigan State Police troopers who are investigating the matter said a Chrysler sedan carrying a single driver struck the median wall and veered across all four lanes of traffic. The cause of the crash was still being determined as of press time.

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Published September 3, 2017

HARPER WOODS — The Grosse Pointe Animal Adoption Society is inviting the public to hop on a Harley and support a good cause with its Hogs for Canines event.

Hogs for Canines is a fundraiser for the animal adoption organization’s K-9 officer program in Harper Woods. It will raise money through a motorcycle poker run and luncheon hosted on Saturday, Sept. 16, at Salter Park in Harper Woods.

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Published September 2, 2017

DETROIT — The Capuchin Soup Kitchen and Solanus Casey Center in Detroit are inviting people of all faiths to join them for a prayer service encouraging peace in the community and the world.

The event will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, at the St. Bonaventure Monastery Chapel at 1780 Mount Elliott St. in Detroit. Prayers will be offered, speeches will be made, and performers will sing hymns with the crowd. This is the 10th year the Capuchins have hosted such an event.

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Published September 1, 2017

HARPER WOODS — As the 2017-18 school year begins, Poupard Elementary is welcoming its new principal, Hussain Ali.

Ali grew up in Macomb Township, attended Western Michigan University and achieved a master’s degree in education administration. He has taught kindergarten, first grade and fourth grade, and for the last two years has served in several administrative roles in the Oak Park School District in Illinois, including as an assistant principal and student support specialist.

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Published August 31, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Regional water issues such as the Flint water crisis and toxic algae blooms in Lake Erie have brought to the forefront the importance of monitoring the lakes, said state Rep. Kevin Hertel, D-St. Clair Shores.

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Published August 31, 2017

DETROIT — The QLINE trolley in Detroit will be implementing its fee structure for riders after meeting its service goals during its free ride promotion.

The trolley line runs 3.3 miles up and down Woodward Avenue between midtown and downtown Detroit. It was put in place to provide residents and visitors to Detroit with more transportation options for traversing the city, and to make the Woodward Avenue corridor more accessible by increasing foot traffic.

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Published August 30, 2017

DETROIT — Police pursuit of an all-terrain vehicle in Detroit ended in a deadly crash and the suspension of a Michigan State Police trooper.

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Published August 30, 2017

HARPER WOODS — After earning a spot in the Little League World Series and venturing all the way to Williamsport, Pennsylvania, the Grosse Pointe Shores/Grosse Pointe Woods Little League team returned home and received local community leaders’ recognition.

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Published August 29, 2017

The city of Holland will say “welkom” to anyone wanting to delve a little deeper into the area’s rich Dutch history when it hosts the annual State History Conference Sept. 22-24.

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Published August 29, 2017

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — Amid cheers, handmade signs and chants of congratulations, the Grosse Pointe Woods-Shores Little League team returned to a hometown welcome Aug. 23 after its run in the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

Although the Great Lakes regional champions — ages 11 to 13 — were eliminated from championship contention in Game 2, a celebratory mood continued in the community. The Little League World Series was scheduled for Aug. 17-27, and was covered by ESPN and ABC.

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Published August 23, 2017

DETROIT — The city is coming back to life.

Abandoned buildings are being transformed into luxury lofts, and new construction is move-in ready in hot neighborhoods like midtown, downtown, the Riverwalk and more.  

The second annual Downtown Living Tour, hosted by Hour Detroit and Detroit Home Magazine Aug. 11, delivered a first look at six new developments. Each is currently under construction or renovation, or recently completed. 

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Published August 22, 2017

HARPER WOODS — A former Harper Woods police officer and a suspended Harper Woods police officer have been accused of crimes.

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Published August 22, 2017

HARPER WOODS — The city of Harper Woods is informing the public about its new Neighborhood Economic Development Center, which is aimed at promoting business and prosperity in the community.

The building, located on Kelly Road, was purchased in 2016. The city wants it to provide numerous services and resources for Harper Woods businesses and residents.

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Published August 22, 2017

HARPER WOODS — The Harper Woods City Council approved a city ordinance aimed at reducing the number of panhandlers on city corners and improving traffic safety.

The City Council meeting took place Aug. 14, and the council unanimously approved the ordinance, which went into effect immediately in the interest of public safety, according to the city. The push to reduce panhandling came as a response to numerous resident complaints from the last two years.

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Published August 22, 2017

DETROIT — Marygrove College of Detroit announced Aug. 9 that it will be offering only master’s degree programs and will be discontinuing its undergraduate classes beginning in January 2018.

Marygrove representatives said the decision was made so the school can remain viable for the future. It will maintain its operation with a reduced number of faculty and staff to focus on graduate education and graduate professional development.

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Published August 17, 2017

DETROIT — How much would you pay to see a concert by a jazz great like Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Miles Mosley, Regina Carter, Danilo Pérez or Stanley Clarke? How does free sound — and not for just one of those artists, but for all of them?

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Published August 16, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Your home is your special space to relax and unwind after the day’s stresses. But before you can sit down and let loose, is your décor living up to its safe haven obligations? 

“Color definitely plays a huge role,” interior designer Carolyn Heikkila, of St. Clair Shores, said. “Color theory definitely plays on our emotions. For instance, red is known to cause high blood pressure, along with other bright colors.” 

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Published August 14, 2017

Harper Woods police officers and emergency personnel are warning the community to learn more about the dangers of opioids and other addictive substances after five overdoses, two of which were fatal, were discovered by first responders in the city in the course of two days.

Two bodies were discovered in a Harper Woods home shortly after 7 p.m. Aug. 8. No foul play is suspected, and although the Wayne County medical examiner still has to confirm the cause of death, first responders said the apparent cause was narcotic overdose.

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Published August 10, 2017

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — There is no shortage of military expertise in the 127th Wing of Selfridge Air National Guard Base.

On Aug. 9, numerous servicemen provided members of the media with the ride of a lifetime: a nearly four-hour round-trip trek from the base in Harrison Township to a Grayling-Alpena training area and back.

Col. Jim Rossi and Col. Michael Urban were the flight’s pilots. Manning the cockpit was nothing new for either of them, as they have 28 and 14 years of experience, respectively, between them.

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Published August 9, 2017

A former Harper Woods police officer has been accused of removing several items, including an unknown amount of heroin, from the department’s property room.

Former officer Michael Lynch was arraigned in Judge Daniel Palmer’s 32-A District Court in Harper Woods Aug. 9. Lynch is an 18-year law enforcement veteran and a resident of St. Clair Shores. He has been charged with one count of misconduct in office, six counts of larceny in a building and one count of possession of heroin. He pleaded “not guilty” at the arraignment.

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