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Published March 11, 2011

STERLING HEIGHTS — The room is packed with hundreds of teenagers, yet it’s so silent, it might as well be empty.

Absent are the persistent whispers, rampant fidgeting and occasional scoffs typical of high school assemblies. The students at Sterling Heights High School are rapt, fixated on the benevolent words of a girl they never knew —and never will.

Her name was Rachel Scott, and she was 17 when she was gunned down on April 20, 1999, the first of 13 victims in the infamous Columbine High School rampage.

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Published March 11, 2011

WARREN — Family, friends, and visitors at the Warren Community Center remembered former Mayor Ted Bates by looking over a collection of memorabilia assembled in the hall outside of the city’s Historical Gallery last week.

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Published March 9, 2011

Sticking your nose in a book doesn’t have to be a solitary activity, as more and more avid readers are banding together to share in their common interest.

Book clubs are ever present in today’s society, with readers young and old joining groups offered in their communities and forming their own tight-knit circles.

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Published March 9, 2011

DETROIT — A 209-pound Newfoundland rolled onto his back in the middle of an aisle at the Detroit Kennel Club Dog Shows, held at Cobo Center March 5-6. He milked every pat he got from passers-by charmed by his gentle demeanor and fluffy brown coat.

He was among thousands of dogs of countless breeds that were also doing their very best to woo the public — in between competitions, that is.

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Published March 2, 2011

BIRMINGHAM — Celebrities, local actors and movie buffs will come together during the first annual Uptown Film Festival to celebrate an event organizers say will showcase the best films made in Michigan over the past year.

Established this year by leaders in the Michigan film industry, the Uptown Film Festival is a two-night celebration of productions created entirely or in part in the state to recognize the Michigan film industry.

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Published February 23, 2011

Although spring is nearly a month away, “kitten season” is gearing up this month, meaning that local shelters may soon be filled to the brim with fuzzy faces needing good homes?.

But until they can find their forever family, help is needed to nurture the babies in their first few weeks, making sure they get the care they need to become good pets.

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Published February 23, 2011

WARREN — Imagine the uneasy feeling that washed over Talana Williams when a utility worker arrived to shut off the gas and electric service to her home last July.

Williams, who paid $500 a month to live in the three-bedroom home on Detroit’s east side with her two children, had been told the utilities were included in the cost of her rent. That would have worked well for her while she attempted to pay down a large past-due utility balance from another address.

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Published February 16, 2011

It’s a special group, the Heart of the Hills Players. There is one major qualification for taking part: You’ve got to love making people smile.

You also have to be over the age of 50. The organization is the largest community theater group in the region comprised solely of seniors.

Melanie Lee of Warren, who said she’s a “very vigorous 78-year-old,” feels that joining the group over a decade ago was one of the best decisions she’s ever made.

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Published February 9, 2011

WARREN — On Oct. 10, 1984, in the heat of his second presidential campaign, President Ronald Reagan arrived onstage at Macomb Community College to deliver remarks that struck a chord in the hearts of “Reagan Democrats.”

Al Lorenzo was there.

The longtime president of the college, now MCC’s president emeritus, remembers well the social, political and economic environment of the day.

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Published February 1, 2011

Asked to reveal words of wisdom after 50 years of marriage, Ed Lewandowski was quick to reply in exactly the way his wife, Sharon, predicted.

“I don’t have any wisdom,” he quipped. “I’m married.”

But contrary to his claims, the St. Clair Shores resident and his wife, along with other local couples, recently shared some of what they’ve learned along the way as they’ve faced life’s challenges —together.
 

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Published February 1, 2011

The right neighborhood. The right price. The right layout, lot and size. It’s the perfect home — or not.

There are a number of major issues that could be lurking under the cosmetically pleasing surface of a home, many of which can be very costly.

That — and liability issues on the seller’s end — is why getting a home inspection has become an essential part of the home-buying process since the late 1970s nationally and the early ‘80s in Michigan, according to Jon Ormiston, president of All Points Inspection in Rochester.

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Published January 19, 2011

Hibernating is for the bears.

Winter weather doesn’t have to force us to stay indoors and under the covers, counting the minutes until spring. As the flakes fall, Michigan offers healthy opportunities statewide to get out and enjoy the season, with activities from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to ice fishing.

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Published January 5, 2011

“Tough” is an understatement when describing the local housing market since 2005.

The ripple effect that unemployment and the ensuing foreclosure crisis has left — and is expected to continue leaving — an unprecedented number of homes on the market, crippling home values and sales across the state.

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