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Published August 1, 2017

When it comes to driving simply for the fun of it, many car enthusiasts turn to modern-day sports cars, but for Jon Albert, of Bloomfield Hills, nothing beats the driving experience of the 1940s.

Albert owns a 1946 MG TC roadster, the third model in the “T” series manufactured by the MG Car Co. in England. It’s a car that Albert has had his eye on since he was a kid, and now that he has one, he takes it out on the road “for the sheer enjoyment of driving.”

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Published July 28, 2017

By Samantha Shriber
C & G Special Writer

Yard and garage sales fill the neighborhood as summer carries on.

There are various reasons to host a sale. For example, nonprofit organization Tigerlily Cat Rescue hosts an annual sale in Sterling Heights to raise money for feline rescue services.

Others put on sales in relation to moving, to create more space in their homes or simply to remove the burden of neglected items.

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Published July 28, 2017

The Haugh family makes it a point to limit screen time for their children.

But a few evenings each week, you’ll see all four of their faces glued to a smartphone screen. And that’s OK, said Wendee Haugh, of Southfield.

“Although we use the app for this, it doesn’t count because it’s a family activity that we can do together and be outside,” Haugh said of geocaching.

The outdoor activity utilizes a smartphone’s GPS to navigate a neighborhood in search of hidden treasures, or caches, stashed at certain coordinates.

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Published July 26, 2017

OAKLAND COUNTY — Mosquitoes in a local pool recently tested positive for West Nile virus, according to officials from the Oakland County Health Division.

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Published July 26, 2017

SOUTHFIELD — Police are on the hunt for two men wanted in connection with recent armed robberies that occurred on the same day.

According to police reports, the first incident occurred at around 5:15 a.m. July 2 in the area of Eight Mile and Lahser roads.

A man told police that while he was walking, he cut through the parking lot of a gas station near the intersection and headed north on Lahser.

As he was walking, a man came up to him and hit him in the mouth with a stick, according to a police report. The man said he dropped his debit card and ran home.

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Published July 26, 2017

SOUTHFIELD — Residents may need to find a new route to work or home following a recent road closure.

According to officials from the Road Commission for Oakland County, Lahser Road was scheduled to be closed between Northwestern Highway and Civic Center Drive for a total reconstruction starting July 24.

Officials stated previously that the road would not close during the repairs, but a July 14 press release from Craig Bryson, public information officer for the Road Commission, said that the road will completely close through the duration of the project.

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Published July 19, 2017

A riot. A rebellion. Violent civil unrest. Whatever you choose to call it, the chaos that erupted at 12th and Clairmount in July 1967 and ravaged Detroit for the next five days changed the city forever.

The experience echoes in the memories of those who were there, and 50 years later they recall in vivid detail the sights and sounds of their city as it was turned into a war zone.

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Published July 19, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Budget cuts across the board have been a constant in recent years for Michigan’s public schools.

Educators and lawmakers have been at odds over the way schools are funded, and some Michiganders are worried that public funding will be used for private or for-profit institutions.

In an effort to bring the funding issue to the forefront, local residents Erica Foondle and Sara Scott have organized the March for Public Education from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 22 at Clark Park in southwest Detroit.

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Published July 19, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Summertime brings with it outdoor cookouts and giving in to your barbecue cravings. 

Barbecue season also means it is a good time to review the hazards of firing up a grill, and how to avoid them. Flare-ups and grease fires are both outcomes that can occur from operator error and a lack of knowledge when grilling. 

West Bloomfield Township Fire Marshal Byron Turnquist said that grills must be kept at least 10 feet away from any structure or combustible item, such as a piece of backyard furniture or litter. 

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Published July 12, 2017

SOUTHFIELD — Well-known Southfield attorney Michael Morse is embroiled in a lawsuit that claims he sexually assaulted five women.

According to documents from Oakland County Circuit Court, the women who have filed lawsuits against Morse are being represented by attorney Geoffrey Fieger.

Morse and Fieger are both high-profile lawyers with firms based in Southfield.

According to court documents, Morse allegedly verbally and physically assaulted the women on four different occasions.

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Published July 12, 2017

SOUTHFIELD — A local convicted sex offender was recently sentenced to 35 years in prison in the second case against him.

According to documents from U.S. District Court, Mitchell Stankiewicz, 22, of Lathrup Village, pleaded guilty March 1 to producing and receiving child pornography, sending obscene material to a minor, and online coercion and enticement of a minor.

Stankiewicz was sentenced June 28 at the U.S. District Court in Detroit in front of Judge George Caram Steeh.

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Published July 12, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Fairy gardens combine fantasy, imagination and gardening to create a summertime craft that can be enjoyed by all ages. 

Rayna Burkhart, of Romulus, said via Facebook message that she had been collecting fairy sculptures for years before fairy gardening gained popularity a few years ago. 

“It opened my eyes to a thousand possibilities. Gardening is the love of my life, and mixing the two together is beautiful and fulfilling,” she said. 

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Published July 7, 2017

MACOMB COUNTY/DETROIT — A group of Macomb Community College students who feel their freedom of speech was violated earlier this year are seeking justice through the legal system.

On July 5, attorneys from the nonprofit legal organization Alliance Defending Freedom filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of the students to challenge a college policy that they say bans all public expression from anyone, minus labor unions, without a permit from administrators.

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Published July 5, 2017

SOUTHFIELD — A local organization is crossing religious barriers in the name of saving the planet.

Michigan Interfaith Power and Light is a nonprofit organization founded in 2002 to inspire and equip people of faith to take care of the planet, according to its website.

MIIPL is part of a nationwide organization comprising 40 state affiliates and 18,000 faith communities across the country. The organization helps places of worship implement green practices and connects them with resources on how to make their buildings more eco-friendly.

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Published July 5, 2017

How can you wish upon a star if the stars are hard to see?

Light pollution in large metropolitan areas such as Detroit can limit what’s visible in the night sky, but luckily for stargazers, better viewing options aren’t far away.

Several Michigan parks now have state-designated dark sky preserves that aim to restrict artificial light, preserve natural darkness and provide spectacular views for visitors.

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Published June 30, 2017

OAKLAND COUNTY — Just as the grills and sparklers fizzle out at the end of Independence Day, the fun will just be getting started at Springfield Oaks County Park as the annual Oakland County Fair opens up July 7-16.

Grandstand entertainment, games, carnival rides, fair food, fireworks and so much more will bring Davisburg to life once again for the decades-old family event. But tradition is only half of the fun, according to Fair Manager L.C. Scramlin.

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Published June 27, 2017

SOUTHFIELD — At a special meeting June 19, the Southfield City Council approved the adoption of the city’s budget for 2017-18.

The budget, which is effective July 1 and runs through June 30, 2018, was approved 6-0. Councilwoman Joan Seymour was not at the meeting.

Austen Michaels, deputy director of fiscal services, presented an overview of the budget to council during the meeting.

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Published June 27, 2017

SOUTHFIELD — A handful of German shepherds let out an honorary howl June 17 in remembrance of Southfield Police Department K-9 Axe.
Axe, who died June 1, was honored in a full police burial at the Michigan War Dog Memorial in South Lyon.

Officer Michael Raby, of the Southfield Police Department, was Axe’s partner. The two were paired up in 2007, and they worked together until Axe’s retirement in 2013.

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Published June 27, 2017

SOUTHFIELD — There’s a thin line between “oohs” and “aahs,” and “ughs” and eye rolls when it comes to celebrating the Fourth of July with fireworks.

The Michigan Fireworks Safety Act in 2012 legalized a wider range of commercial fireworks use in the state, and law enforcement officials have been scrambling to keep up with the complaints that come in from neighbors when fireworks are ignited outside of the allotted time periods.

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Published June 22, 2017

METRO DETROIT — The Huron-Clinton Metroparks are 75 years and growing.

From giant inflatable slides and treetop fun to state-of-the-art playground improvements and wildlife and nature conservation efforts, the parks system is continually growing and evolving.

Huron-Clinton Metropolitan Authority Director George Phifer said that ever since the park system opened to the public in 1942, visiting is like taking a mini vacation right at home.

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