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Published August 17, 2015

BIRMINGHAM/BLOOMFIELD HILLS — Not everyone reached the finish line of the cruise event with smiles on their faces.

Two car fans reported classic cars stolen from the Birmingham-Bloomfield area during the 21st annual Woodward Dream Cruise.

The first incident was reported around 2 p.m. Aug. 15 when a Bloomfield Village woman returned to the Park Street Structure where she had left her prized red 1966 Chevrolet Corvette convertible — but the car wasn’t there. 

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Published August 17, 2015

Even the lowest oil prices in around six years do not guarantee a cheaper August road trip in Michigan, and experts are blaming it on reports of technical problems at an Indiana refinery.

On Aug. 12, the price of West Texas Intermediate crude oil hovered around the $43 per barrel mark. Nevertheless, AAA Michigan reported a major recent swing in gas prices — although the state’s gas prices averaged around $2.48 per gallon Aug. 11, that increased to $2.58 per gallon Aug. 12 and to around $2.81 per gallon Aug. 13.

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Published August 17, 2015

BIRMINGHAM/BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — The 21st year of the Woodward Dream Cruise brought steamy summer temps, sunshine, throngs of families and tons of classic cars down to ol’ M-1.

The annual Birmingham Cruise event boasted around 300 classic cars from around the country, lined up along Old Woodward Avenue near the triangle area.

John Heiney, executive director of the Birmingham Principal Shopping District, which organizes the cruise event, said he was out on the town all day Aug. 15 and noticed plenty of foot traffic.

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Published August 16, 2015

METRO DETROIT — President Barack Obama unveiled his Clean Power Plan on Aug. 3, tasking the Environmental Protection Agency with setting goals for carbon emission reduction from power plants and leaving the states to figure out how to reach those targets.


With the reductions, the president hopes to slow carbon pollution into the atmosphere and reduce the severity of global warming in the long term.

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Published August 15, 2015

METRO DETROIT —  Grief is not an event; it’s a process.


Depending on age, explaining death to a child can be difficult. Although parents may want to protect their child from these experiences, experts say it is important for adults to find ways to guide children through the grief process.


If it’s the child’s first experience with death, it can be especially trying, said Corey Gut, a veterinarian with DePorre Veterinary Hospital in Bloomfield Hills.

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Published August 14, 2015

DETROIT — U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Michigan, unveiled a bill in Detroit on Aug. 10 that would require an international review of a Canadian power company’s proposal to bury nuclear waste less than a mile from the Lake Huron shore.


If passed, the legislation would invoke the Boundary Waters Treaty of 1909 between the U.S. and Canada, which would require the International Joint Commission to study the risks to the Great Lakes watershed and the State Department to negotiate with Canada to wait for those study results before approving a waste site.

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Published August 12, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Looking for a way to entertain the family during these last few days of summer vacation? We’ve got you covered.


Across metro Detroit, galleries and museums are hosting events and exhibitions to entertain and educate visitors of all ages.

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Published August 11, 2015

BIRMINGHAM/BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — Classic car lovers, unite.

It’s the time of year when residents can bask in the smell of the exhaust and the roar of the engine all up and down the Woodward corridor.

With many businesses and municipalities assembling festivities, opportunities abound for Dream Cruisers this Saturday.


Birmingham
It’s been 20 years since the Dream Cruise was launched, and Birmingham has celebrated with a day full of classic cars and family festivities every year since.

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Published August 10, 2015

It typically brings in more than a million people each year, and this year’s Woodward Dream Cruise promises to be no different.

On Aug. 15, car connoisseurs and casual fans will flock together to watch classic cars careen down Woodward Avenue. from Ferndale to Pontiac. Also in attendance will be auto clubs, many of which bring some of their favorite vehicles to the event.

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Published August 7, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — The Detroit Arsenal of Democracy Museum in St. Clair Shores will remember the final end of World War II on Aug. 15 with an event showcasing rare photographs, artifacts and a chance to meet veterans who fought in the Pacific.

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Published August 6, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Nutrition facts labels may receive a face-lift in the future.


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration proposed July 24 that food companies include the percentage of the daily value for added sugars on labels of packaged food. The proposal comes after the FDA recommended March 3, 2014, that added sugars, in addition to the sugar content, be displayed separately on labels.

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Published August 5, 2015

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — A group of Bloomfield Hills Schools alumni are ready to hit the road for their first annual bicycling fundraiser.

On Aug. 29, they ride.

Over the course of six days, the six-man crew — all strapped with camping gear — will bike 240 miles along the coast of Lake Superior, from Copper Harbor to Grand Marais.

The team is using the trek as a fundraiser for the Bloomfield Hills Schools Foundation.

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Published August 5, 2015

METRO DETROIT — There’s no doubt about it. It’s hot out there.

Got a bottle of water with you? Good. But many don’t think to snag some aqua as they rush out the door each day during the summer, and experts say that could lead to some serious consequences.


Dr. Supak Sookkasikon, with Emcura Urgent Care in Bloomfield Township, said that this time of year, she sees at least one patient each day with symptoms of dehydration.

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Published August 5, 2015

METRO DETROIT — While people have been told for years that they can help conserve water by turning off running sinks and taking shorter showers, new technology is combining with old techniques to provide residents with additional measures they can take around the home.

Water shortages and restrictions are not the issue here that they are in the American Southwest, but some of the things developed there can be — and have been — exported to other parts of the country.

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Published August 4, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Smile … there’s a new dental program in town.

This fall, Baker College officials will open the doors of the Clinton Township campus’s new Center for Dental Hygiene Education, which will house the new Associate of Science in dental hygiene program.

School officials renovated more than 32,600 square feet of the former “C” building to create the new hygiene education center, which features a state-of-the-art dental clinic, classrooms, a practice laboratory and 20 patient care operatories.

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Published August 3, 2015

BEVERLY HILLS — Erity Dam is at it again.

The dam — constructed in 1913 — consists of two spillways: The left is east of Evergreen Road, and the right spillway sits west of the road.

In May, the dam’s right spillway collapsed, causing a powerful and continuous flow of water under Evergreen Road.

The collapse gave rise to a plethora of concerns from residents, as well as environmental damage.

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Published July 30, 2015

DEARBORN — This summer, many families will hit the road en route to a vacation destination. The kids will most likely be glued to their tablets or smartphones, but for earlier generations, the sites and signs along the way provided their own colorful entertainment.

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Published July 29, 2015

METRO DETROIT — While the invasive gypsy moth has not been a major problem in the metro Detroit area for years, the Macomb County Michigan State University Extension office is asking residents to keep an eye out for signs of the insect’s resurgence.

The gypsy moth is an invasive species from Europe that, in years past, has torn through tree populations in North America, defoliating trees and, in high enough numbers, causing their deaths. Previous outbreaks were handled using pesticides, and every fall, MSU does inspections to see how many egg masses it can find.

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Published July 29, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Prostitution is real in metro Detroit. There are men and women who work the streets out of desperation and become trapped by it. But one group is trying to earn their trust and help them find another way.

All Worthy of Love (AWOL) was founded in Detroit in 2012. The group became a licensed 501(c)(3) nonprofit in 2013. The same year, a second chapter opened in Austin, Texas.

The group has no paid staff. Everyone is a volunteer, including the founder, Lindsey Fischer. AWOL averages 40-50 volunteers, with 20-30 volunteers at the Detroit chapter.

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Published July 29, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Last May, Mahesh Lunani left his position as vice president of a large corporation to pursue the goal of starting his own company.

It was a gamble, but one that is paying off.

Lunani was among five business owners named as recipients of the inaugural round of awards from the Innovation Fund Macomb Community College, powered by JPMorgan Chase & Co.

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