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Published March 27, 2015

WARREN — It has become a tradition flanked with its own Paris-like runway. 

Every year, Regina High School parents, students, alumni and friends gather for the school’s annual fashion show that the Regina Mothers Guild sponsors. The goal is to raise money for the school.

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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

FARMINGTON HILLS — Murder will be on the menu at Oakland Community College’s Culinary Studies Institute’s whodunnit dinner party April 16.

“In the dining room, the skit all comes together,” OCC chef Athena Bolger said March 18 at the Orchard Ridge Campus, 27055 Orchard Lake Road. “At the end, they have to come up with a guess of who did it.”

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Published March 25, 2015

FARMINGTON HILLS — Oak Park resident Kenyatta Mack, 43, put her college plans on hold after she became pregnant at 19 years old. Tragedy struck two years later, when her daughter’s father was murdered in 1994.

“I was a single parent overnight,” Mack said to a large crowd during the Oakland Community College Foundation’s 23rd annual scholarship luncheon March 19 at the Orchard Ridge Campus.

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Published March 25, 2015

FARMINGTON/FARMINGTON HILLS  — Longtime Farmington Hills resident Steve Kaercher practically resides at Orchard Lake Road and 10 Mile Road.

From visiting his dentist and eye doctor to getting his morning cup of joe at the Shell gas station, he knows his way around, so it was only fitting that the 18-year resident tell city officials and representatives what was on his mind regarding potential intersection redevelopment.

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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

WEST BLOOMFIELD/FARMINGTON HILLS — Since the death of 19-year-old Emily Stillman, a foundation  named for her has been raising funds for both meningococcal disease and organ donation, as well as spreading awareness.


The Emily Stillman Foundation — started by Alicia and Michael Stillman — has taken busloads of people into Canada to be vaccinated for serogroup B meningococcal disease as part of its awareness campaign.

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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 24, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — It’s been 10 years since Jennifer Shields first began training law enforcement officers to spot signs of mental illness. Though it’s been a decade, Shields said she still encounters police who are “blown away” by what they learn from her.

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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 18, 2015

FARMINGTON HILLS — Tim Taylor, Oakland Community College Auburn Hills campus president, is looking forward to the future of OCC’s auto servicing, collision repair, medium/heavy truck and commercial driving programs, especially after receiving a cool $4.5 million to purchase training equipment.

Taylor said the grant is timely because the commercial driving career is in desperate need of workers.                     

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Published March 18, 2015

FARMINGTON HILLS — Seamus Rustin was the type of man to give you a hug and truly mean it.

“He was the person that would give you a hug, but it was a bear hug,” Mario Sacuma, Rustin’s friend, said recently.

Rustin’s friends, who lovingly describe him as “intense” and a “warrior,” recalled the life of the 38-year-old Farmington Hills resident who died of a reported heart attack March 2 after coaching a soccer game.

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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

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 12, 2015

Armenian music likely would not be what most people think of when they think of the music that has made Detroit.

But it has.

Troy Chamber of Commerce President Ara Topouzian will share the culture and music of his Armenian heritage in a film he created and produced, which will air on Detroit Public Television March 16. 

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Published March 11, 2015

FARMINGTON HILLS — For some, the harbinger of spring is the American robin, while for Heritage Park, it’s the opening of the new Riley Archery Range. 

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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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