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Published January 12, 2016

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Chrysler, Ford and General Motors all attempted to wow the world in different ways during the North American International Auto Show’s first media day Jan. 11 at Cobo Center.

Chrysler officially kicked off the event at 7:35 a.m. Tim Kuniskis, head of passenger car brands, gave the keynote presentation.

The message was one of simplicity: Chrysler changed the auto game with the inception of the minivan, and decades later it’s doing it all over again.

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Published January 12, 2016

ROCHESTER — A four-way stop has been installed at the intersection of Fourth and East streets in downtown Rochester, due to traffic congestion from the new parking structure.

Rochester Police Chief Steve Schettenhelm said he received a request to review and look at the intersection, which was previously governed by a single stop sign.

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Published January 13, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS — A Dequindre reconstruction project on the city’s border with Shelby Township is slated to begin this spring.

“This is a long-standing project that divides cities, counties and precincts,” Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett said. “It will help alleviate a lot of congestion.”

The reconstruction will tackle an area of Dequindre from Burningbush Drive, which is south of South Boulevard, to West Utica Road. The project involves the communities of Troy, Sterling Heights, Rochester Hills and Shelby Township.

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Published January 13, 2016

ROCHESTER — Downtown Rochester will once again transform into a winter wonderland next weekend, encouraging families to brave the elements to enjoy some fun winter activities.

The ninth annual Fire and Ice Festival runs from 5 to 9 p.m. Jan. 22, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Jan. 23, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 24. The event offers everything from dog sledding demonstrations and rides to snowshoeing and cross-country skiing on Saturday and Sunday, to an ice skating rink, a snow play area and much more, all at East Water and Third streets in downtown Rochester.

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Published January 12, 2016

ROYAL OAK — The Detroit Zoo reported record-breaking 2015 attendance numbers last week, smashing totals reported in previous years.

Zoo officials announced Jan. 5 that total attendance reached 1.48 million visitors in 2015, breaking the record of 1.36 million visitors set in 1997. Officials said the 2015 numbers mark the ninth consecutive year the zoo’s attendance exceeded 1 million visitors.

Detroit Zoo Communications Director Jennie Miller said she believes the new record was set as a result of many factors, including new exhibits, animals and attractions.

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Published January 12, 2016

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MACOMB COUNTY — Dominic Miller is doing his part to make the world a better place.

The six-year-old just completed his second year of gathering donations of books and pajamas to give to individuals who need them.

In 2014, Miller collected about 50 pairs of pajamas and 60 books, and his effort grew this past year to 150 books and 110 pairs of pajamas.

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Published January 12, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP— For Clinton Township native and 2008 Chippewa Valley High School graduate Hassan Musselmani, competing in “Hell” isn’t a bad thing at all.

Musselmani will be competing in this winter’s season of “Hell’s Kitchen,” which begins airing Jan. 15 on Fox.

He will bring a unique background to the show. Having roots on his father’s side in Lebanese and Arabic food, and an urban influence from his mother’s side, Musselmani has a versatile culinary background.

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Published January 12, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Jack Novak was sitting in the parking lot of his favorite restaurant when he received arguably the best news of his academic career. 

At 6:28 p.m. Dec. 16, Novak, who will never forget that exact time, opened a message on his phone that told him he was accepted to attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). 

“I cried. I read the first sentence of the letter and I started crying,” Novak said.

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Published January 12, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — More than two years after a mixed-breed dog who allegedly lunged at police officers was shot by an officer, a federal district court judge has ruled that a lawsuit against the city of St. Clair Shores and the officers involved will be dismissed.

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Published January 13, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Dakota High School sophomore Brendan Markwood had quite the week to kick off the new year.

On Jan. 7, he celebrated his 16th birthday. Two days later, he participated in a Court of Honor ceremony to officially be named an Eagle Scout, and also on Jan. 9, Macomb Township commemorated his accomplishments by recognizing that date as “Brendan Markwood Day.”

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Published January 13, 2016

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — Last year, the Cranbrook Art Museum welcomed home a member of its family for a widely acclaimed photography and performance art event.

“Nick Cave: Here Hear” connected Cranbrook to the city of Detroit like never before, and now there’s no going back. The museum is in the midst of yet another exhibition, called “The Cranbrook Salon,” which explores the history of salon-style art displays, and to complement that, they’ve arranged a series of salon events with a decidedly Detroit — and even feminist — flare.

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Published January 11, 2016

It was a media metropolis at the beginning of the 2016 North American International Auto Show.

A daylong event open to media members kicked off around 7 a.m. and concluded at 5:15 p.m. Jan. 11 at Cobo Center. Those associated with various car brands made keynote presentations: Chrysler, Chevrolet, Audi, Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Volvo, Porsche, Ford, Infiniti, Lexus, Honda, Hyundai and Kia.

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Published January 11, 2016

HARPER WOODS — Taxpayers will be asked to support the Harper Woods Public Library with a millage renewal that will come to the polls this November.

At the Jan. 4 City Council meeting, the council voted unanimously on a resolution to place the millage renewal on the ballot during the Nov. 8 election.

The millage renewal is not a new tax. It is a renewal of the library millage that voters approved in 2010, which expires in 2017.

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Published January 11, 2016

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to tour the North American International Auto Show in downtown Detroit in January. 

And in between all the sneak peeks of upcoming and concept vehicles, visitors should expect to see plenty of other sights during their visits, according to auto show organizers and exhibitors.

The media were invited to check out the Cobo Center exhibits in advance Jan. 11-12, and the general public may see the show Jan. 16-24. 

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Published January 13, 2016

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MACOMB COUNTY — Two literary favorites will make the jump from the book page to the main stage next month as the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts brings back its “Page to Stage” series.

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Published January 13, 2016

WARREN — New Van Dyke Public Schools Board of Education member Amber Brace is settling into her new role on the board.

Brace was recently appointed to fill a vacancy when previous board member Jim Brinkey resigned his position effective Oct. 19. She is married to Chris Brace and is the mother of four children.

Brace’s term expires Dec. 31, 2016. Brace was “excited” when she learned that she had been  appointed to the board.

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Published January 9, 2016

WARREN/CENTER LINE — When it came time to honor a fallen officer or to collectively remember those who fell in the line of duty, Kevin Sommers was there.

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Published January 13, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — Louise Rallis-Wibbelman has been named director of the McLaren Macomb Healthcare Foundation.

She had held the same position on an interim basis since the spring of 2015.

“It’s a pleasure and great honor to be named director and lead an incredible organization,” Rallis-Wibbelman said. “Having been with this organization for several years, I am very proud of all the work we’ve accomplished in the past and excited for all the possibilities and opportunities the future holds.”

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Published January 7, 2016

ROYAL OAK — After a conversation with Scott Newport, it is clear that great loss never goes away, but how you live your daily life following that monumental moment will define your being.

Newport experienced that moment the day after Thanksgiving in 2009 when his 7-year-old son, Evan, died.

It was a miracle his son lived as long as he did — at least that is what the doctors said — but it didn’t make the loss any easier.

His son was diagnosed with Noonan syndrome and related heart disease at birth.

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Published January 6, 2016

DETROIT — It’s had different names over the last 50 years, but the Detroit Institute of Arts’ Friends of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs has never strayed from its mission of building a strong collection of works on paper for the museum.

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