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Published April 24, 2019

ROYAL OAK — Living with autism spectrum disorder is a unique experience for each individual and their family, presenting both challenges and opportunities.

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Published April 23, 2019

ROCHESTER HILLS — As she glides across the ice in front of a panel of judges, you’d never guess that 15-year-old Alyea Rourke is in excruciating pain. “It feels like my bones are being hit with a hammer or being pulled. It’s terrible,” said Alyea, a competitive figure skater at Onyx Ice Arena in Rochester. “I used to be a normal teenager, and one day it all completely changed into this terrible nightmare.”

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Published April 23, 2019

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — Arbor Day in Grosse Pointe Shores is always a “tree-mendous” celebration, but as the city marks its 16th anniversary as a Tree City USA, city leaders hope even more residents will get involved.

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Published April 17, 2019

ROCHESTER — Like many with an opioid addiction, Amanda Krauskoff was first given the drug that immediately sent her life into a downward spiral by someone in the medical field — her own doctor. Krauskoff, who has struggled with anxiety and depression her entire life, now has to battle an opioid addiction.

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Published April 15, 2019

FERNDALE — A lifelong NASA enthusiast and Ferndale resident who designed a project for the organization has been given special recognition for his work. Derek McFall, a product development engineer with SRG Global in Troy, placed second in NASA’s Recycling in Space Challenge for his microgravity waste management system. He received $2,500 for his submission.

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Published April 15, 2019

UTICA/STERLING HEIGHTS — A young Utica High School student helped a local Sterling Heights church earlier this year introduce Braille to art that was being installed on a wall in the church. Calliandra Bowman-Tomlinson, a Utica High senior who lives in Sterling Heights, spent hours teaching a fellow church member Braille so that it could be included with the art.

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Published April 12, 2019

STERLING HEIGHTS — Rebecca Callens has been drawing and dabbling in creative mediums for most of her life, but one of the main obstacles to diving deeper was the fear that being an artist doesn’t pay. “I’d like something I could do to support myself, but not be a starving artist,” she said.

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Published April 12, 2019

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MACOMB COUNTY — A Harrison Township artist’s design has been chosen as the identifying logo of Macomb ACT. Ciarra Ratliff’s creation, which depicts four hands of differing skin tones holding Macomb County, was chosen from a field of nearly 50 entrants. It was designed to be used in a variety of mediums.

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Published April 10, 2019

SOUTHFIELD — The city of Southfield recently dedicated a week in April to focus on the health of black mothers and their children.

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Published April 10, 2019

FARMINGTON HILLS — A college kid attending weekly Shabbat dinners doesn’t seem that out of the ordinary. Until you learn he’s a white nationalist.

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Published April 10, 2019

TROY — Emi McGonegal was selected as the 2019 Youth of the Year for the Boys and Girls Club of Troy.

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Published April 2, 2019

FRASER — On March 27, at Fraser VFW Post 6691, World War II veteran Mike Aleo, 96, was presented with the Legion of Honor Medal for his service in 1944-45. He was a corporal and field wire chief in the 257th Field Artillery Battalion of the U.S. Army.

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Published April 2, 2019

ROSEVILLE — Hundreds of friends and well-wishers turned out March 24 to pay their final respects to famed local singer and Roseville resident Charlie Taylor.

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Published April 2, 2019

FERNDALE — Four students in Ferndale Public Schools were awarded prize money in a contest to bring attention to distracted driving.

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Published April 1, 2019

WARREN — On the late evening of March 19, guitarist Jimmy Burkard played a tribute show at the Whisky A Go Go in Los Angeles to honor late Ozzy Osbourne axeman Randy Rhoads.

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Published March 27, 2019

TROY — Troy resident Maggie Rohweder has danced ballet and tap since she was 3 years old.

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Published March 27, 2019

METRO DETROIT — In just a few months, the summer will stretch out before local youth — weeks of sleeping in, fun, sunshine ... and boredom. It doesn’t have to be that way, though. Younger volunteers can make a big difference over the summer instead by helping organizations that feed the hungry and support local children or animals.

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Published March 27, 2019

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — For the past seven years, Grosse Pointe South High School junior Claire Sheeren has watched her older sister, Elizabeth, battle various autoimmune diseases that have included long stays at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor. This past year was especially difficult, as Elizabeth spent a total of seven months on and off in the hospital’s Pediatric Palliative Care Program.

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Published March 26, 2019

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Elisabeth McCallum Polleys, along with six other youth from around the country, are recipients of the 2019 Military Child of the Year Award.

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Published March 26, 2019

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — On a damp, cloudy Thursday afternoon in late March, Nancy Hauge, 90, and Thelma McCrary, 93, made their way down the stairs of Samaritas Senior Living of Bloomfield Hills to the dining room.

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