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Published August 14, 2015

DETROIT — U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Michigan, unveiled a bill in Detroit on Aug. 10 that would require an international review of a Canadian power company’s proposal to bury nuclear waste less than a mile from the Lake Huron shore.


If passed, the legislation would invoke the Boundary Waters Treaty of 1909 between the U.S. and Canada, which would require the International Joint Commission to study the risks to the Great Lakes watershed and the State Department to negotiate with Canada to wait for those study results before approving a waste site.

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Published August 14, 2015

DETROIT — U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Michigan, unveiled a bill in Detroit on Aug. 10 that would require an international review of a Canadian power company’s proposal to bury nuclear waste less than a mile from the Lake Huron shore.


If passed, the legislation would invoke the Boundary Waters Treaty of 1909 between the U.S. and Canada, which would require the International Joint Commission to study the risks to the Great Lakes watershed and the State Department to negotiate with Canada to wait for those study results before approving a waste site.

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Published August 14, 2015

ROSEVILLE — This month’s photo is of the original Erin Presbyterian Church building, used from 1861 until 1930 on land donated by Thomas Common. Originally known as the First Presbyterian Church of Erin, the church was renamed in 1929 to the First Presbyterian Church of Roseville; at roughly the same time, the church sold part of its land to the state so that Gratiot Avenue could be widened.

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Published August 12, 2015

EASTPOINTE — The City Council during its regular meeting Aug. 4 passed a resolution 4-1 to formalize its opposition to Michigan’s Fireworks Safety Act of 2011 and request that the Legislature approve a bill repealing it.


The fireworks law legalized the purchase of more kinds of fireworks in Michigan and increased the days to legally fire them off. City Manager Steve Duchane said it originally was billed as a way for communities to make more money from tickets and taxes, but that revenue has “not materialized.”

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Published August 10, 2015

It typically brings in more than a million people each year, and this year’s Woodward Dream Cruise promises to be no different.

On Aug. 15, car connoisseurs and casual fans will flock together to watch classic cars careen down Woodward Avenue. from Ferndale to Pontiac. Also in attendance will be auto clubs, many of which bring some of their favorite vehicles to the event.

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Published August 7, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — The Detroit Arsenal of Democracy Museum in St. Clair Shores will remember the final end of World War II on Aug. 15 with an event showcasing rare photographs, artifacts and a chance to meet veterans who fought in the Pacific.

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Published August 6, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Nutrition facts labels may receive a face-lift in the future.


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration proposed July 24 that food companies include the percentage of the daily value for added sugars on labels of packaged food. The proposal comes after the FDA recommended March 3, 2014, that added sugars, in addition to the sugar content, be displayed separately on labels.

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Published August 5, 2015

EASTPOINTE — A U.S. Postal Service delivery woman was hospitalized with serious injuries after being struck by a sedan during the morning Aug. 5.


According to Eastpointe Deputy Police Chief Eric Kaiser, at approximately 10:30 a.m., the victim was standing behind her postal delivery truck, which was parked in the right lane on westbound 10 Mile Road, near Dodge Street.

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Published August 5, 2015

ROSEVILLE/EASTPOINTE — The candidates running in November for city council or mayoral seats in Roseville and Eastpointe have been set following the filing deadline of July 24.


In Roseville, incumbent Robert Taylor is running unopposed to finish the remaining two years in John Chirkun’s mayoral term. City Clerk Richard Steenland said Chirkun vacated the position after being elected to the Michigan Legislature last fall.

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Published August 5, 2015

EASTPOINTE — The East Detroit Board of Education voted 6-0 at its regular meeting July 27 to close the high school pool — ideally before the start of the school year.

Superintendent Ryan McLeod said the decision was a result of the school’s new liability insurance policy, which required the pool’s closure to be insured. The pool is not being permanently closed, however — McLeod said it will be drained and fenced off, with release valves installed to maintain the pool’s integrity in the ground.

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Published August 5, 2015

EASTPOINTE/ROSEVILLE — The school districts are in the middle of their preparations for the upcoming school year, a process that involves everything from getting supplies to training staff.


East Detroit Public Schools Superintendent Ryan McLeod said that while it may not seem that way to the average person, the summer is a busy time for schools. He said June and July tend to be months for professional development and training, while the “nuts and bolts” of preparing the school buildings themselves really comes to the fore in August.

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Published August 5, 2015

ROSEVILLE — Energy efficiency upgrades at city buildings like the courthouse, library and City Hall are on track to save Roseville a notable amount of money in the long run, according to an Optera Energy representative at the July 28 City Council meeting.


The project started last year after the City Council solicited companies for an energy audit, City Manager Scott Adkins said. Optera completed a field assessment in June 2014 and started physical work on city properties in September, finally finishing the physical work in June 2015.

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Published August 5, 2015

EASTPOINTE — Despite some high-profile homicide cases, the Eastpointe crime rate has fallen for the first half of 2015 as compared to the same time period last year.


The statistics released cover robberies, burglaries, auto theft, larceny and vandalism. All five categories saw significant drops year-to-year.

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Published August 5, 2015

METRO DETROIT — There’s no doubt about it. It’s hot out there.

Got a bottle of water with you? Good. But many don’t think to snag some aqua as they rush out the door each day during the summer, and experts say that could lead to some serious consequences.


Dr. Supak Sookkasikon, with Emcura Urgent Care in Bloomfield Township, said that this time of year, she sees at least one patient each day with symptoms of dehydration.

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Published August 5, 2015

METRO DETROIT — While people have been told for years that they can help conserve water by turning off running sinks and taking shorter showers, new technology is combining with old techniques to provide residents with additional measures they can take around the home.

Water shortages and restrictions are not the issue here that they are in the American Southwest, but some of the things developed there can be — and have been — exported to other parts of the country.

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Published August 4, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Smile … there’s a new dental program in town.

This fall, Baker College officials will open the doors of the Clinton Township campus’s new Center for Dental Hygiene Education, which will house the new Associate of Science in dental hygiene program.

School officials renovated more than 32,600 square feet of the former “C” building to create the new hygiene education center, which features a state-of-the-art dental clinic, classrooms, a practice laboratory and 20 patient care operatories.

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Published August 4, 2015

ROSEVILLE — The Wal-Mart at 12 Mile Road and Gratiot Avenue was shut down the morning of Aug. 4 due to a bomb scare, leading to officers from the Michigan State Police, the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office and the Roseville Police and Fire departments to shut down the area and investigate.


Police Chief James Berlin said the department received a call from employees about a potential bomb at around 8:50 a.m. and had the store evacuated. Store employees were “already on edge” after a pair of unusual incidents.

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Published August 3, 2015

ROSEVILLE — A 39-year-old Roseville resident is facing charges after allegedly kidnapping a Kentwood man and torturing him to try to extort $14,000.


Edward Palokaj was arraigned in 39th District Court on Aug. 3 on one count of extortion, one count of torture and one count of unlawful imprisonment. He stood mute to the charges, and a not guilty plea was entered on his behalf. If convicted, he could face up to life in prison.

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Published July 30, 2015

DEARBORN — This summer, many families will hit the road en route to a vacation destination. The kids will most likely be glued to their tablets or smartphones, but for earlier generations, the sites and signs along the way provided their own colorful entertainment.

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Published July 29, 2015

METRO DETROIT — While the invasive gypsy moth has not been a major problem in the metro Detroit area for years, the Macomb County Michigan State University Extension office is asking residents to keep an eye out for signs of the insect’s resurgence.

The gypsy moth is an invasive species from Europe that, in years past, has torn through tree populations in North America, defoliating trees and, in high enough numbers, causing their deaths. Previous outbreaks were handled using pesticides, and every fall, MSU does inspections to see how many egg masses it can find.

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