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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 April 29, 2015

Troy resident James Savage, now 85, was too young to serve in World War II, although his two older sisters, Joan and Peggy, did. While youths his age in the U.S. were collecting scrap metal or tending victory gardens, he and his younger siblings and friends were watching planes crash and bombs fall in their native England.

“We thought it was exciting,” Savage said. “It looked exciting. We’d go outside to see the fireworks.”

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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

At the repeated request of the Troy Planning Commission, Troy city staff will begin to explore options for regulating how developers cut down trees and alter unregulated wetlands.

John Taylor, a resident on Forsythe, spoke to the City Council April 20 about the Planning Commission’s unanimous approval April 14 of a preliminary site plan for Pinery Woods, at Wattles and John R. The development will feature 25 detached condos on 8.8 acres of land. Over 400 trees will be cut down on the site, which is also home to an unregulated wetland.

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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 April 21, 2015

A 52-year-old Detroit man died from injuries he sustained as a passenger in a rollover crash on northbound I-75, at Maple, just after 11 p.m. April 17.

William McCoy was pronounced dead at the scene. It is not known if he was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, which remains under investigation, said Troy police Sgt. Meghan Lehman.

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Published April 20, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — On May 9, residents can catch a free ride to and from the Detroit Institute of Arts as part of the museum’s County Days program.

The program, which is provided four times a year for tri-county residents, is a good opportunity for people to get downtown and see a return on their investment, explained Thomas Guastello, chair of the Oakland County Art Institute Authority.

The investment was the 2012 voter-approved, 10-year, 0.2-mill levy to provide free DIA admission for Wayne, Macomb and Oakland County residents.

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Published April 17, 2015

Troy police are asking for help to identify a man who robbed the TCF Bank at 1484 Coolidge at 11 a.m. April 16.

The suspect is described as a white man between 35 and 50 years old, 5 feet 9 inches to 6 feet 2 inches tall and 180-210 pounds. He had short, sandy brown hair and a light complexion.

He was wearing a black Carhartt jacket over a black hooded sweatshirt, and stonewashed denim jeans and brown shoes.

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Published April 16, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD/TROY — The West Bloomfield School District Board of Education adopted a resolution in support of Proposal 1 at the board meeting March 23.

Six of the seven members signed the resolution. Nelson Hersh was not present for the meeting.

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Published April 15, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — From catching criminals on horseback in the 1820s to using helicopters today, the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office has maintained the same values it was founded on nearly two centuries ago, Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said.

“It has really evolved, but the mission is the same: to have honorable men and women do all they can to make this a great community,” Bouchard said.

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Published April 15, 2015

Employees drove SMART buses out of a smoky garage so firefighters could get firetrucks inside to extinguish a bus ablaze in the middle of the facility on Barrett, near Crooks and Maple, just before 11 p.m. April 12.

Assistant Troy Fire Chief Dave Roberts said that when firefighters arrived, they encountered “heavy smoke, with near-zero visibility.”

Roberts said that Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation employees drove several buses out of the garage before firefighters got there to make room for firefighting equipment to be brought inside.

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Published April 15, 2015

A clothes dryer sparked a fire at a home on Ledge Court, off of Coolidge, south of Wattles, at about 8:15 a.m. April 9.

Troy Assistant Fire Chief David Roberts said the resident was drying clothes in her dryer in the first-floor laundry room of the two-story home when the smoke detector sounded.

She tried to put out the blaze with a fire extinguisher, then dialed 911 and got her four children out of the home safely, Roberts said in a prepared statement. 

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Published April 15, 2015

Walsh College grad Jesse Ford started his career as an accountant with American Axle in the corporate treasury department.

He is now executive producer of The Work Inc., a digital media agency with four other partners, including his brother Shane, and 11 employees.

The Work recently expanded into a partnership with a company in Los Angeles and was launched with help from the Walsh College Blackstone LaunchPad program. The team met through their involvement in Detroit’s music scene, either as performers or as music venue owners.

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Published April 9, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — For over three years, Terri and Sean Compton, both of West Bloomfield, tried to conceive.

During that time, Terri had two miscarriages, two ectopic pregnancies and lost their son, Patrick, when she was 17 weeks pregnant.

“I was one of those people who could get pregnant very, very easy. … I just couldn’t carry,” Terri said.

Four-year-old Brin was Terri and Sean’s sixth pregnancy and their little miracle.

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Published April 8, 2015

OAK PARK — After the news that the Jewish Community Center in Oak Park will close, members of a local grass-roots group are taking it upon themselves to raise money to keep the building open.

The Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit announced in a community briefing March 5 that the Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit will cease programming and services at the Oak Park facility after Aug. 31.

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Published April 7, 2015

Looking to buy or sell something on Craigslist with someone in person, but a little skittish about where to meet them?

How about the front parking lot of Troy Police Headquarters?

The Troy Police Department is offering its parking lot and front lobby as a safe zone to complete Craigslist transactions.

Troy police Sgt. Meghan Lehman described the move as a “pre-emptive measure.”

“There have been incidents over the years, but there’s no significant increase,” she said of crimes involving transactions started online.

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Published April 7, 2015

The city-owned golf courses, Sylvan Glen and Sanctuary Lake, fared well this winter compared with the “winterkill” that occurred during last year’s record snowfall and weeks of frigid temperatures.

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Published April 6, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — Oakland County residents are leading healthier lives, ranking No. 2 in the state for a second year in a row for health behaviors among 82 counties, according to a County Health Rankings Report.

​“We measure up well for many key factors that affect health,” Kathy Forzley, Oakland County Health Division manager/health officer, said in a press release. “These results reflect our commitment to improving the overall health and quality of life for our residents.”

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Published April 1, 2015

Troy City Manager Brian Kischnick has been around a lot of elected officials and mayors during his career, and that’s what he told the crowd who came to hear Troy Mayor Dane Slater’s State of the City address at the Somerset Inn March 25.

“He’s the best mayor I’ve ever worked with,” Kischnick said.

“I quickly realized we have the same management style. It involves teamwork,” Slater said of Kischnick. “He was the right guy at the right time, anytime.”

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