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Published February 3, 2016

2015 was a record-breaking year for global temperatures, as data measured by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and NASA found it to be the warmest year on record.

In the continental U.S., 2015 was the second-warmest year on record, according to Thomas Karl, director for NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information. Only 2012 has been warmer.

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Published February 3, 2016

EASTPOINTE — At its regular meeting Jan. 25, the East Detroit Public Schools Board of Education voted 5-2 to approve an agreement with a company, Graduation Alliance, to help students who have dropped out or who are considered “at risk” to graduate with a high school diploma.

Vice President Charley Jackson and Trustee Julie DeVita cast the two no votes.

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Published February 2, 2016

Councilman Sam Aiuto resigned from his position on the Roseville City Council Jan. 26, citing work-related issues that keep him from devoting more time to city business.

“Every meeting when it’s time for our comments and it’s my turn, I end it with, ‘Take care of each other.’ Tonight I’m taking care of Sam,” Aiuto said. “I am resigning my seat on City Council. My work life is keeping me very busy and I can’t take on something if I’m not going to give it 100 percent.”

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Published February 1, 2016

EASTPOINTE — East Detroit Public Schools teachers, students and their families have stepped up to gather water and money for the people of Flint, who are still struggling to get potable water after reports that the city’s drinking water supply is contaminated with lead.

Students collected the donations Jan. 21-22 in the district’s classrooms and school buildings, according to East Detroit Federation of Teachers President Lincoln Stocks. In all, they managed to collect $1,000 for water-related needs and 600 cases of water for the beleaguered city.

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Published February 1, 2016

A drier and milder winter than usual has been beneficial to the public services departments in Roseville and Eastpointe, which typically spend December through March battling snowfall, icy roads, water main breaks and potholes.

This year so far has not required as much salt, according to the department heads in both cities, which has allowed crews to focus on dealing with potholes and occasional icy patches.

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Published February 1, 2016

ROSEVILLE — The part of Macomb Mall that used to house Silver Cinemas is on its way out, as the section is being torn down.

Chris Brochert, a partner with Macomb Mall owner Lormax Stern, said at this point they have no deals to announce regarding an occupant for that space, though the demolition will open up a 50,000-square-foot “box” for retailers who might be interested.

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Published January 27, 2016

METRO DETROIT — At one time, getting a lightbulb involved little more than seeing what wattage was needed, going to the store and purchasing an incandescent a few times a year. 

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Published January 27, 2016

ROSEVILLE — The Roseville Public Library has announced its programs and events through April for adults, teenagers and children.

Sarah Marsak, teen librarian, said the first upcoming teen program will be an Un-Valentine’s Day Party from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 27.

Participants will get to make duct tape black rose pens and mini heart piñatas that they can break open; there also will be games, snacks and unromantic music.

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Published January 27, 2016

EASTPOINTE — The Eastpointe City Council has received proposed new logos for the city, and the overwhelming response from residents and officials has been that the existing one needs only minor changes.

According to City Manager Steve Duchane, the project to look into a new logo came through the city’s redevelopment-ready designation from the state and was not financed by the city itself. The city started taking input last fall, and the council discussed preliminary proposals at its regular meeting Jan. 19.

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Published January 26, 2016

Eastpointe man Timothy Fradeneck, 38, pleaded “guilty but mentally ill” in Macomb County Circuit Court in Mount Clemens Jan. 25 to charges that he murdered his wife and two children.

Fradeneck made the plea to first-degree murder charges and first-degree child abuse charges at an evidentiary hearing before Judge Diane Druzinski. His sentencing is scheduled for March 1; the sentencing for the murder charges is life without parole, while the child abuse charges can see a number of years up to life in prison.

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Published January 25, 2016

EASTPOINTE — Timothy Fradeneck, the Eastpointe man accused of killing his wife and children on April 13 last year, was considering a guilty plea at his next circuit court hearing.

The hearing was scheduled for Jan. 25, after press time.

“We’re exploring entering a plea of guilty but mentally ill,” said Fradeneck’s attorney, Steven Kaplan. “A guilty-but-mentally-ill verdict spares the family of hearing the details of the crime, and it enables him to receive mental health help in prison.”

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Published January 22, 2016

WARREN — In the summer of 1950, less than five years after the guns of World War II fell silent in the Far East, armed conflict erupted on the Korean peninsula.

The Korean War, also known in the United States and Canada as “The Forgotten War,” would eventually result in more than 36,000 American combat deaths. More than 100,000 Americans were wounded. Theater-wide, the numbers were staggering, with more than 5 million people killed, nearly half of them civilians.

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Published January 20, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — The trial of Angela Alexie, who faces charges of first-degree child abuse and first-degree murder following the death of her newborn son in December 2014, has been postponed until March 1.

Her trial was set to begin Jan. 12, but it was delayed due to scheduling conflicts. Additionally, Alexie has a Walker hearing and competency hearing scheduled for Feb. 9. A Walker hearing regards the possibility of disallowing a defendant’s possibly incriminating statements based on the circumstances around the defendant making the statements in the first place.

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Published January 20, 2016

ROSEVILLE — Fourteen months after the project gained Roseville City Council approval, the Kroger store on 13 Mile Road near Little Mack Avenue was scheduled to open Jan. 17 — after this story went to press.

Ken McClure, customer communications manager with Kroger, said the new store will employ 300 people to start, a number of whom transferred from the closing St. Clair Shores store at 13 Mile and Harper Avenue. A number of employees were being trained to work with the store’s new features, which are not necessarily common to other Kroger stores.

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Published January 20, 2016

ROSEVILLE — The Recreation Authority of Roseville & Eastpointe is rolling out a series of programs geared toward teenagers over the next several months in a bid to give them fun activities to do.

These include craft programs from Jan. 25 through March 21 for people ages 11-17, a game night in April, and “teen trips” in the summer, according to RARE Marketing and Social Media Manager Cammie Kanakry. She said the authority has done a poor job of making programs specifically for teenagers, but it has been getting a lot of requests for them.

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Published January 20, 2016

LANSING — Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation Jan. 5 that eliminated straight-ticket voting in Michigan.

Senate Bill 13, which was sponsored by state Sen. Marty Knollenberg, R-Troy, updates state election law and disallows constituents from voting for single parties with the check of one box in polling places.

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Published January 19, 2016

EASTPOINTE — A 68-year-old woman died following a house fire in Eastpointe the morning of Jan. 19.

According to Deputy Fire Chief Larry Folkerts, fire crews got a call around 7:20 a.m. about a house fire in the 23000 block of Lexington Avenue, at its intersection with Semrau Avenue. The intersection is west of Kelly Road and north of Nine Mile Road. When firefighters arrived, Folkerts said, the house was completely on fire.

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Published January 13, 2016

A 48-year-old Roseville woman was struck and killed by a car while crossing 12 Mile Road during the early evening Jan. 12.

According to a police press release, Christine Marie Oleson was trying to cross 12 Mile heading southbound east of Massachusetts Street. She had made it to the lane divider for the two eastbound lanes when a vehicle struck her at 5:45 p.m., police said. The vehicle’s driver, a 61-year-old Roseville man, immediately called 911 and stopped at the scene.

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Published January 13, 2016

Despite a landmark climate agreement signed by representatives of 195 countries on Dec. 12 to try to limit the global warming temperature increase to 2 degrees Celsius, scientists still expect this century to get warmer over the coming decades due to the greenhouse gas emissions already in the atmosphere.

This warming trend is expected to impact people living in every corner of the globe, including Michigan. According to University of Michigan Climate Center Director Elizabeth Gibbons, the biggest changes expected in the Great Lakes region are related to precipitation.

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Published January 13, 2016

ROSEVILLE — The school district officially has moved to tweak its graduation requirements following the first reading of the changes at the Roseville Community Schools Board of Education meeting Jan. 4.

Superintendent John Kment said the board needed to approve language changes in the existing requirements; specifically, the board needed to update when the rules would go into effect. The board updated the language from “students entering the ninth grade in 2012 and beyond” to “2016 and beyond.”

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