Features

Published February 9, 2015

The North American International Auto Show’s exhibits and displays have left Detroit’s Cobo Center until next year, but some local dealerships say the intense public interest has made an impact on selling award-winning vehicles in the showroom.

At the most recent auto show in January, the Volkswagen Golf won the award of 2015 North American Car of the Year, and the Ford F-150 took North American Truck/Utility of the Year. The announcement was made at a Jan. 12 press preview day.

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Published February 6, 2015

When we think of the Underground Railroad — the network that led slaves of African-descent to freedom — it’s possible we think of hidden passageways leading to free states in the U.S., or even Canada.

However, according to “Pathways to Freedom,” an exhibit on the second floor of the Southfield Public Library, 26000 Evergreen Road, slaves also took routes south to Mexico to be free.

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Published February 4, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Many adults probably remember coming home from school in their youth, slinging their backpacks on the kitchen table and then getting a start on their homework.

While some children and adults still do that today, it’s not as prevalent as it used to be.

It really comes down to how a house is divided. Older homes are notorious for not offering the abundance of space that new homes today have, especially in the form of cabinets and countertops.

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Published February 4, 2015

Berkley students and community members get ready for a bonfire during homecoming week in 1979. Berkley High School annually held a big bonfire every year on the night of homecoming.

The 1979 bonfire ended up being the final one, as the event was canceled due to safety concerns in the community.

James Tong, with the Berkley Historical Museum, came across this photo while compiling it as part of “Images of America: Berkley,” which is available at the Berkley Public Library, Barnes & Noble and Amazon.com.

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Published February 4, 2015

ORCHARD LAKE — Seventy years ago, the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp in southern Poland was liberated by the Soviet Army.

Auschwitz-Birkenau was the largest of the Nazi German concentration/death camps, and approximately 1.1 million people were murdered there, including about 1 million Jewish people, 70,000-75,000 Polish people, about 21,000 Sinti and Roma people, and many others.

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Published February 4, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Two Muses Theatre of West Bloomfield will draw back the curtain for the Women’s Playwriting Festival 8 p.m. Feb. 20 and 21, and 2 p.m. Feb. 22.

Proceeds will benefit Two Muses Theatre, a nonprofit, professional theater dedicated to increasing opportunities for female artists and artisans.

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Published February 3, 2015

BIRMINGHAM — For thousands of years, the differences between the many religions of the world have created barriers between cultures and people.

But sometimes, there are pieces of each faith — from stories and symbols to even ceremonies — that can actually bring people together and show just how similar sacred beliefs are at their core.

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Published February 2, 2015

Hundreds of thousands of people flocked to Detroit’s Cobo Center in January during the North American International Auto Show to get a driver’s seat perspective of upcoming cars and concept vehicles.

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Published January 29, 2015

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — If you can’t beat Mother Nature, join her.

That seems to be the idea behind Winterfest on the Hill, an annual afternoon of free fun, food, entertainment and games for all ages that’s open to anyone and runs from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Jan. 31 along Kercheval in the Farms business district.

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Published January 28, 2015

Being a bride isn’t what it used to be.

Once the flowers are chosen and the gown is found, the styling for her big day isn’t over — it’s only just begun.

A wedding dress is only part of an overall look, according to experts, and each detail needs to be planned to perfection from head to toenail.

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Published January 28, 2015

Radon gas is the leading cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers, and high levels of the gas in a house meet the equivalent of smoking eight cigarettes a day, say World Health Organization officials.

Radon gas invades homes and buildings through foundation cracks and openings, and is invisible with no scent. If a test kit determines high levels of radon in a home, simple fixes can lower health risks.

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Published January 26, 2015

The North American International Auto Show is all about the visuals: the screens, the exhibits and, of course, the design of the vehicles themselves.

During the auto show, which was open to the public Jan. 17-25, the College for Creative Studies in Detroit maintained an exhibit presence while displaying some models of aerodynamic vehicles that its students made.

On a Jan. 12 press preview day, Paul Snyder, CCS chair of transportation design, was on hand to answer questions and make observations about the future of auto design.

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Published January 21, 2015

This month’s photograph is of the Kaiser Building, formerly located in Eastpointe on the southeast corner of Nine Mile and Gratiot. The basement of this building was used for the village of Halfway’s municipal offices, as well as for the city’s first library. The village of Halfway was the local government from 1924-1929, when it became the city of East Detroit. The photo itself is undated.

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Published January 21, 2015

If you’re house hunting in metro Detroit, you’ll inevitably come to a point where you need to make a major decision — what means more to you, having a big house or living near Woodward?

That was the question Royal Oak native Karly Wingart had to ask when she started shopping for a home.

“We bought our house in September. We had only been looking for a couple of months, maybe three months,” she said.

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Published January 21, 2015

One of the earliest general stores in St. Clair Shores was located on Defer Road (now called Nine Mile Road) near Jefferson Avenue. It was operated by Otto Carl Henry Weber and William “Bill” Frasard. The store was built around 1914. Otto’s wife, Theresa, ran a boarding house on the second floor. Otto Weber’s World War I draft card from 1917 listed his occupation as a merchant in St. Clair Shores. The Weber family was living in Grosse Pointe Farms at that time.

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Published January 20, 2015

Although gas prices remained below $2 per gallon, automakers and suppliers at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit had plenty to say about making their vehicles less thirsty for fuel.

At a Jan. 12 press preview day, Sam Slaughter, president of the Detroit Auto Dealers Association, said this year’s auto show is an optimistic one and a big one for the smaller sport-utility vehicle crossover.

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Published January 14, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Now is a great time to add bird feeders near your home or garden to provide color, song and activity during the drab winter months. Bird feeders also provide a sure food source during a period when birds’ normal fare, such as insects and berries, is scarce.

Kim Sherwin, a park interpreter at the Stony Creek Metropark Nature Center, said that feeders are a relaxing way to enjoy nature while not having to leave the comfort of your home.

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Published January 12, 2015

Recent gas prices have dropped almost as fast as the ball on New Year’s Eve.

According to AAA Michigan’s Fuel Gauge Report, state prices for regular unleaded gasoline fell as of Jan. 4 to a statewide average of around $1.91 per gallon, which was about $1.41 cheaper than during the same point in 2014.

This put Michigan as having the sixth-cheapest average gas prices among its fellow states, the report said.

That week, metro Detroit’s average stood at approximately $1.93 per gallon.

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Published January 14, 2015

The 1981-82 school year for the Holly Junior High School football team was the final one. That season, the Holly Stingers played against Page, Busch, Wilkinson, Wolfe, Clawson and Hickory junior high schools. Holly finished the season with 4 wins; 1 loss and 1 tie.

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Published January 7, 2015

Feeling blue?

A person’s emotions can be directly affected by the colors expressed in a room, according to Dr. Howard Belkin, a psychiatrist affiliated with William Beaumont Hospital.

And although Belkin could not reference related studies, anecdotally, he said, people are responsive to their environment in ways that cannot necessarily be measured.

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