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Published June 15, 2015

METRO DETROIT — The Michigan Gaming Control Board and 15 plaintiffs, including the Michigan Charitable Gaming Association, have been in a legal battle since the MGCB filed new rules on May 14, 2014, that would significantly limit the amount and type of business conducted in charity poker lounges.

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Published June 15, 2015

Few things suggest summer like vacations, camping, cookouts and the beach. But AAA Michigan is reminding drivers that summer can also bring increased danger on the roads.

According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, the season between Memorial Day and Labor Day makes up what AAA calls the “100 Deadliest Days.” Teen deaths related to auto accidents tend to rise during this period partly because teens have more time and chances to drive, according to the foundation.

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Published June 12, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — It’s official. Leisurely Sunday train ride season has begun.

The Michigan Transit Museum began its weekly summer historical train rides — for the 42nd year — on June 7, and some of those longtime volunteers say it’s off to a fine start.

Karl Joist, who has been a volunteer with the museum since he was 15, said it’s a positive sign that the first day attracted a lot of passengers, as MTM needs to replace the roof on its museum located in Mount Clemens, and then some.

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Published June 12, 2015

MOUNT CLEMENS — Mount Clemens is about to undergo a serious overhaul.

As the county seat, the city that’s filled with eclectic shops, popular restaurants and bars, as well as a scenic view of the Clinton River, Mount Clemens serves as the face of Macomb County.

That’s why local officials say they are working hard to complete a series of upgrades to the downtown area.

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Published June 11, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Fireworks are a Fourth of July staple.


From cherry bombs to Roman candles, Michiganders have enjoyed launching fireworks since before the Fireworks Safety Act of 2011 was signed into law, permitting consumer pyrotechnics on the day before, day of and day after designated national holidays.


But for some veterans, fireworks and other loud noises can trigger memories from military experiences.

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Published June 10, 2015

MOUNT CLEMENS — Emma Islands is about to take the music world by storm. And she’s well-prepared to keep her fans happy with an arsenal of self-written and composed songs for future albums.

A resident of Mount Clemens and a seventh-grader at Richards Middle School in Fraser Public Schools, Islands, her stage name, has just released her debut album, “Echo.”

“It’s folk and a bit of indie,” said Islands, 13. “That’s the type of music I like to listen to.”

And so do many others.

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Published June 10, 2015

METRO DETROIT — It’s time to let your light shine — in your home, that is.


We all have many lighting styles in our homes: table lamps, under-cabinet lights, and even the tuxedo of lights: chandeliers.


But what kinds of lighting work best for your abode?


Corie Conroy, owner of Bloomfield Hills-based First Impression Home Staging and Interior Design, said different lighting packs a unique punch in your home, like bedroom table lighting that creates a calming feel.

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Published June 10, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Father’s Day is tough.


How do you express your gratitude for the man who gave you so many happy memories over the years, gave you unyielding support to follow your dreams and the pearls of wisdom to actually get you there?


Somehow, a tie just doesn’t seem to cut it.

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Published June 10, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — The constant juggle of work and school, as well as a number of other daily responsibilities, can be a strain on many families.

When physical and cognitive disabilities are tossed into the mix, the results can be positively overwhelming, explained Kelli Dobner, vice president and chief development officer for the Judson Center.

For more than 90 years, the Judson Center has provided services to strengthen children, adults and families impacted by autism, developmental disabilities, mental health challenges, abuse and neglect.

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Published June 8, 2015

METRO DETROIT — The hum of engines across metro Detroit promises to be a familiar sound of summer as communities hold their annual classic car and auto events.

Although the Woodward Dream Cruise, which is scheduled this year for Aug. 15, is known as the largest classic car event in the area, auto events in Shelby Township, Roseville, Grosse Pointe Shores and Eastpointe will take place in June, and others will occur in August.

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Published June 8, 2015

METRO DETROIT — In the fall of 2010, John Cummings began talking to residents in the neighborhoods of southwest Detroit. He estimates that he had around 200 one-on-one conversations with the people in the community, developing a feeling for their passions, their interests and concerns.

Conversation led to collaboration, and five years later, there are two groups: Grace in Action, the church community with Cummings as pastor, and Grace in Action, the entrepreneurship arm and 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

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Published June 6, 2015

HAZEL PARK — During her day job as a vet technician at the Animal Medical Center of Troy, in Rochester Hills, Marjorie Sapp finds time to feed baby birds she brought with her in an incubator. Baby birds need to be fed on a regular basis from dawn to dusk, so it’s a lot of work. Her co-workers will help out, nursing the frail little creatures that fell out of their nest or were abandoned.

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Published June 4, 2015

MACOMB COUNTY — The Macomb County Sheriff’s Dispatch Center is now capable of taking emergency text messages.

Sheriff Anthony Wickersham said the new technology, which allows 911 text messages to be received from cellphones anywhere in Macomb County at the dispatch center inside the COMTEC building in Clinton Township, is a vital tool for those in particular types of emergency situations that keep them from being able to speak.

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Published June 4, 2015

HARRISON  TOWNSHIP — A 29-year-old Clinton Township man was killed June 3 after being pinned under his boat after another motorist reportedly struck the rear of his boat trailer.

Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham reports that the incident occurred at approximately 6:30 p.m. on eastbound Metropolitan Parkway, just east of L’Anse Creuse Street, in Harrison Township.

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Published June 3, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — For anyone interested in what Mike Ward’s 10th-grade students in U.S. history at Clintondale High School learned this year, check out the website tlc34e.webs.com/comments-work.

As part of their class assignments, the students built websites to document what they studied about American history, including a unit on the Great Depression and World War II.

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Published June 3, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Have you ever come home from a big trip out of town, looked around at all the daily chores you left behind and thought: “I need a vacation from my vacation.”


It’s for that reason, and so many others, that many families these days are opting to forgo a big summer excursion in favor of a more relaxed vacation at home. But just because you’re not packing your bags and draining your retirement fund to head out of state doesn’t mean you can’t take a quick break from your routine.

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Published June 3, 2015

METRO DETROIT — It may not be the sexiest topic when discussing a kitchen or bathroom remodel, but sinks have come a long way from function to fabulous.


Gone are the days when a divided sink was necessary. Multiple local experts agree that bigger is better when choosing a kitchen basin.

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Published June 1, 2015

If you’re getting ready for the long haul about a career in truck driving, a local truck driving school says businesses are welcoming new talent.

Mike Arrigo, executive administrative assistant at Class ‘A’ Training Center in Romeo, said the truck driving industry still has a heavy demand for hires.  He said an entry-level truck driving position often gives employees a salary between $40,000 and $60,000, and wages may climb depending on experience and the number of routes.

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Published May 28, 2015

MACOMB COUNTY — The first step is saving a life. The second step is making sure that life is lived healthy and to the fullest extent through ongoing recovery and support.

During a May 27 media event at the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office, local law enforcement officials and members of the medical community introduced a plan that, if those vital first steps are successful, the number of crimes and the amount of drugs on the streets could ultimately be diminished immensely.

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Published May 27, 2015

This photograph takes us back to sometime between 1916 and 1918 at the old Leader newspaper office that stood at 61 N. Walnut St. in Mount Clemens. The staff was small at this time, and the location later became the home of Nunnley’s Shoe Store. Albert J. Tufnell, pictured far left, operated the print shop with his father, Harold Tufnell, and Arthur West. The others pictured, from left, are Charles D. Straight, editor; Samuel Norton Price, publisher; Maybelle Russell, women’s editor; Bert Lorway; Alan Straight; and Red, otherwise known as the printer’s devil.Read More

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