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Published March 26, 2015

Did you, a parent or grandparent fight in World War II, work in a factory to support the war effort, or plant a “victory garden” to feed the family when wartime rationing made things scarce?


If the answer is yes, then we want you, or them.


World War II ended 70 years ago this year with the formal surrender of Japan on Sept. 2, 1945. On May 8, the world will recognize the 70th anniversary of V-E Day, which marked the end of the war in Europe.

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Published March 26, 2015

METRO DETROIT — For more than 300 same-sex couples across the state of Michigan, March 22, 2015, was a very special day, for it marked the one-year anniversary of their weddings.

Their marriages took place in the brief window of time last year after a federal district court judge struck down the state’s same-sex marriage ban, but before the state appealed to the Sixth Circuit Court and had that decision put on hold.

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Published March 25, 2015

METRO DETROIT — In William Shakespeare’s “As You Like It,” the revered poet and playwright said that “all the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.”


More than 400 years later, that quote can be attributed to something more traditional and commonplace: interior design and real estate.


Home staging is arguably more popular than it’s ever been before. The process of preparing a home to make it more appealing to potential buyers has become vital to those who sell homes.

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Published March 25, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Let’s face it: When it comes to snapping prom photos, seniors are probably more concerned with what their Instagram feed will look like than how the actual printed photos will turn out.

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Published March 25, 2015

ROSEVILLE — The weekend-long RoseFest event is still months away, but more details are emerging and plans are solidifying for the multiday festival at Veterans Memorial Park.

City Manager Scott Adkins said progress for the festival is “continuous, fast and furious” and that the organizers are trying to line up craft and food vendors, as well as entertainers and musicians.

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Published March 25, 2015

ROSEVILLE — A Roseville High School senior has been declared a finalist for the National Merit Scholarship, an honor that only 0.1 percent of all high school seniors receive.


Nathan Richendollar has managed to secure the prestigious honor while finishing high school, taking advanced placement courses, participating in multiple extracurricular activities, playing music and writing.

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Published March 24, 2015

LANSING — Third time’s the charm.


At least that’s what Matthew Falk is hoping when it comes to Logan’s Law, a bipartisan bill his own dog helped to inspire.


Michigan Rep. Paul Muxlow, R-Brown City, reintroduced the legislation to the Michigan House of Representatives on March 17 in hopes of getting support from the House and eventually the Senate to create a registry database for convicted animal abusers.

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Published March 23, 2015

The spring starts a new season of construction, but awareness could keep drivers from being barraged by sights of barrels during their commutes — or at least let them plan for a longer drive.

Oakland and Macomb counties’ road commissions have announced several upcoming projects for the spring and beyond.

According to Bob Hoepfner, director of the Macomb County Department of Roads, his agency plans to do about $42 million in roadwork this construction season.

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Published March 20, 2015

MOUNT CLEMENS — Eastpointe resident Noland Brown stood trial March 18-20 in Macomb County Circuit Court for the shooting death of his neighbor, Deryl Bohannon, on June 4, 2014.


The jury found Brown guilty of voluntary manslaughter, a lesser charge than the second-degree murder charge that the prosecution had sought, as well as felony firearm. Brown's sentencing has been scheduled for April 29; he is currently being held in the Macomb County Jail.

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Published March 19, 2015

Anthony Webster, an Eastpointe man accused of killing his wife, Christina Lazzana-Webster, was sentenced in Macomb County Circuit Court March 19 to 12-20 years in prison on a second-degree murder charge, with another two years for a felony firearm charge.

Webster received credit for 51 days served on the first charge and 730 days for the second.

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Published March 17, 2015

Lego lovers rejoice.

Michigan’s first and only attraction based on the world-famous Lego brick is coming to Great Lakes Crossing in Auburn Hills next year.

The schedule calls for construction to begin this summer on Legoland Discovery Center Michigan and for the project to be completed in spring 2016, according to an announcement by Merlin Entertainment, which operates Legoland attractions worldwide.

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Published March 16, 2015

ROCHESTER — After years of fading into the background, the sounds of bells, whistles, digitized music and flippers hitting pinballs are coming back.


That old arcade mainstay has seen breaths of new life during the past few years, and enthusiasts around metro Detroit are helping put pinball machines back into the spotlight with local leagues running throughout the year, and a four-day annual event — the Michigan Pinball Expo — scheduled for April.

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Published March 16, 2015

ROSEVILLE — People wanting to help the peregrine falcon population bounce back in Michigan are hoping to raise funds at a Peregrine Falcon Party March 28 at the Roseville Knights of Columbus hall.


Peregrine Partners of Southeast Michigan and the Macomb Audubon Society are putting on the fundraiser.

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Published March 16, 2015

EASTPOINTE — Eastpointe’s Cruisin’ Gratiot organizers are planning a unique way to raise funds for the cruise event: an old-fashioned sock hop.


Scheduled for May 13 at the Eastpointe Manor, the sock hop effectively replaces the dinner dance that was held last year, according to Cruise Chairman Harvey Curley.

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Published March 16, 2015

A car with chipping, scratches, fading or worse cannot hide under winter grime forever, but repainting options exist just in time for a spring makeover. 

Allan Edwards, owner of Maaco Collision Repair & Auto Painting in Shelby Township, said drivers get their cars repainted for a number of reasons, such as collision work, corrosion restoration or a simple refreshing.

“A lot of times, they’ve just got older cars looking pretty bland,” he said. “Sometimes they want to do a totally different color.”

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Published March 11, 2015

EASTPOINTE/ROSEVILLE — Library card holders in Eastpointe, Roseville and other communities that are part of the Suburban Library Cooperative now have access to the Freegal music service, which allows them to download and stream music legally and free of charge.


Roseville Public Library Director of Adult Services Tracy Wilson said people can use their library card and PIN to sign on to the service online, where they can then download up to five songs a week and stream music up to three hours a day.

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Published March 11, 2015

METRO DETROIT — A few years ago, when Jason Davidson’s hair was completely shaved off during the St. Baldrick’s Foundation cancer fundraiser, a young girl battling the illness came up to him and said “thank you.”


Touched by her words, “It was hard to come up with a response,” Davidson said.

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Published March 11, 2015

EASTPOINTE — This month’s photo, taken during the 1940s, is of the original East Detroit municipal building. The building was located on Nine Mile Road just east of Gratiot Avenue, where the current police and court buildings are located.

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Published March 11, 2015

METRO DETROIT — They have a certain austere beauty and create remarkable sculptures when they begin to thaw and refreeze around trees, bushes or just the ground, but those large icicles growing from your roof could be an indication of a larger problem — ice damming on the roof.


An ice dam is a buildup of ice on roofs caused by melting snow that refreezes around the eaves of a house; it is usually quite easy to spot, experts say, because of the large icicles and pieces of ice that form on the edge of the roof of the house.

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Published March 11, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Bored with barbells and sick of stair climbers? You’re not the only one. More and more people are making dance a part of their regular workout routine — and they’re having a great time doing it.


Ivy Mitchell, of Clawson, knows how effective it can be to take exercising out of the gym and onto the dance floor. She teaches Zumba fitness classes in Clawson and Eastpointe, guiding students through interval-style full-body workouts masked as upbeat dance routines.

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