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Published June 1, 2015

WARREN — High above Van Dyke Avenue, three peregrine falcon hatchlings were collected, examined and banded for future monitoring by wildlife experts on May 26.

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Published May 31, 2015

WARREN — One by one, they came to court charged with crimes tied to their troubles with drugs and alcohol. One by one, now as drug court graduates, they were recognized for their commitment to putting their lives back together.

The “Treatment Court” program at the 37th District Court — a track established for nonviolent offenders facing felony or misdemeanor drug offenses and second-offense drunken driving charges — celebrated 10 recent graduates May 26 with a ceremony presided over by Judge Matthew Sabaugh.

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Published May 31, 2015

WARREN — When volunteering at the Open Door Ministry of the Fort Street Presbyterian Church in Detroit, Erik Quinn noticed piles of bags of donated clothing strewn in a disorganized manner in the corner.

The clothing, basically left out in the open, created an untidy atmosphere, but thanks to Quinn’s efforts, that is no longer the case.

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Published May 29, 2015

WARREN — David Griem is leaving City Hall after more than two years as Warren’s city attorney.

Griem, a lawyer with both family and career roots in Warren and a résumé loaded with experience in high-profile cases at all levels of the legal system, informed the City Council on May 26 of his decision to leave his post.

He was tapped by Mayor Jim Fouts to succeed retired Judge James Biernat as Warren’s city attorney in June 2013 and was confirmed unanimously by the council.

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Published May 27, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Residents with library cards can use them to get free passes to local attractions through the Michigan Activity Pass program that kicked off in May.

Sue Todd, librarian at the Eastpointe Memorial Library, said the program can help people gain free entry to attractions like the Michigan Military Technical & Historical Museum, Arts & Scraps, the Michigan Science Center and state parks.

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Published May 20, 2015

WARREN — When Carlson Elementary third-grade student Morgan Rowser heard about the Girls on the Run program at school, she thought she would try it out. She’s glad she did.

“It’s real fun,” she said. “There are a lot of fun activities. Your friends are here. You can be a friend with everybody.”

“You get to have more activities after school,” fourth-grader Megan Rhodes agreed.

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Published May 20, 2015

CENTER LINE — Some students have a tough time in school.

They might struggle academically, have behavior issues, have a hard time making friends, or lack a family support system at home.

So every year, Center Line Public Schools educators make sure to recognize students who have overcome such obstacles by holding their annual Turn Around Achievement awards ceremony.

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Published May 16, 2015

WARREN — More than 200 veterans, including dozens who served during World War II, gathered in Warren on May 8 for the city’s program marking the 70th anniversary of V-E Day, the end of the war in Europe.

Warren Mayor Jim Fouts, who announced plans for the event last year and dedicated this year’s city calendar to recognizing WWII veterans, said the commemoration was the most important program he’d hosted as mayor. He praised members of the “greatest generation” for their selfless service.

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Published May 15, 2015

METRO DETROIT — The Canadian joint review panel looking over a proposed nuclear waste site that would be less than a mile from Lake Huron recommended the project to Canada’s minister of the environment May 7 despite an outcry from communities on both sides of the border.

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Published May 14, 2015

WARREN — It’s official: General Motors will invest $1 billion at the historic Technical Center campus in Warren.

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel and Warren Mayor Jim Fouts joined GM Executive Vice President for Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain Mark Reuss to officially unveil plans for a sweeping renovation, expansion and construction project that will begin immediately and extend at least over the next five years.

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Published May 13, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Native fish like walleye, steelhead, lake trout and, to an extent, yellow perch populations are doing well, leading to a positive fishing outlook on the Great Lakes this year.

Todd Grischke, Lake Huron Basin coordinator with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, said that while specific fishing is different across the north-south areas of the lake, walleye populations are booming to near record levels.

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Published May 13, 2015

WARREN — Every time Cromie Elementary School fifth-grader Alyssa Harris visited her uncle in St. Louis, he affectionately referred to her as “Jonesy.”

“He just starting calling me that,” she said. “It was my nickname.”

Harris lost her uncle to lung and brain cancer. Her grandmother now calls her “Jonesy,” but Harris doesn’t mind.

“When she says that to me, I feel he’s still with me,” Harris said.

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Published May 12, 2015

WARREN — The Academy of Warren charter school, located on Eight Mile Road at Schoenherr Road, will get a new look this summer.

Bids were received by the May 7 deadline, and plans are underway to house one building for the kindergarten through eighth-grade students, instead of the two separate buildings it has now. 

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Published May 10, 2015

WARREN — Mayor Jim Fouts will face just one challenger, resident Karen Spranger, in his run for a third four-year term as Warren’s top administrator.

The withdrawal of two other candidates and the death of a third — career journalist Hawke Fracassa passed away suddenly April 30 — means there will not be a mayoral primary in August.

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Published May 9, 2015

WARREN/CENTER LINE — The group that gathered to pray around the flagpole outside Center Line City Hall on May 7 was smaller than the crowd assembled in prayer just north in neighboring Warren.

The group’s conviction, however, was no less powerful.

A little more than two dozen people came together to mark the 64th annual observance of the National Day of Prayer in Center Line. Those gathered offered prayers, sang and took turns asking God to bless elected officials, members of the military, educators, first responders, the media and others.

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Published May 6, 2015

WARREN -- Are City Council members still governed by term limits in Warren?

The short answer, at least for now, is that it depends on who you ask.

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Published May 6, 2015

CENTER LINE — The first annual Center Line Public Schools academic showcase will have it all: art, service projects, robotics, displays, live music, academic achievements, school pride and fun.

Everyone is invited to the event, titled “Making the World a Better Place,” which will be held from 5-8 p.m. May 14 at Center Line High School, 26300 Arsenal St.

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Published May 6, 2015

WARREN — Douglas Marshall and Chris McLaughlin walked into Warren’s City Hall atrium a few minutes after 11 a.m. April 30 carrying a table, a placard, various pieces of literature and some buttons.

They were there to set up a “reason station.” The things they carried promoted the concepts of free thought and a world without God. 

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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 May 4, 2015

WARREN — The 70th anniversary of V-E Day, the end of World War II in Europe, will be celebrated locally with several special events planned for May 8-9.

Warren Mayor Jim Fouts said the city anticipates that more than 200 veterans will attend an event at 2 p.m. May 8 recognizing all those who served in the military. Fouts, who has hosted several programs for veterans in the past, said the May 8 gathering would be a “final great tribute to World War II veterans.”

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