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Published August 17, 2015

FRASER — The stalemate for the city towing contract will continue at least a short while longer after another tied vote.

Foster’s Towing and Repairs was not reinstated as Fraser’s primary towing service, and no other company was chosen, either.

In what has become a common theme at city council meetings over the past few months, a 3-3 vote resulted in no towing company being chosen at the Aug. 13 meeting.

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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 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 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 14, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Dennis Carter II and Lisa Raschiatore know how to put the “fun” in fundamentals.

From Aug. 10 to 14, both musicians took a group of tweens and teens under their wing in musical workshops offered at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts.

Carter, winner of the 2009 Detroit Music Award for outstanding classical instrumentalist, taught a flute workshop in one classroom designed for preteens and teenagers looking to improve their musical chops.

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Published August 12, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Paul Messano has always been a fan of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical “Oklahoma.”

So when the Heart of the Hills Players — of which he is a member — selected it as its next production, the Troy resident couldn’t don a cowboy hat fast enough.

“I love the movie. I absolutely love the music. When the opportunity came, I just wanted to do it,” said Messano, cast as lead character Curly McLain. “I love the story.”

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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

FRASER — Madison Brewster is part of a distinct group of people.


Madison, 5, the daughter of Fraser Police Officer William Brewster, was born with Down syndrome.


When she was about 15 months old, she developed a blood cancer called acute myeloid leukemia, or AML — of which there are between 20,000 and 200,000 cases in the United States per year, according to the Mayo Clinic.

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Published August 5, 2015

FRASER — Families Against Narcotics, a grassroots movement to eradicate drug abuse, started with seven people sitting together in a church basement, wondering how they could change the commentary on addiction in Macomb County.

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Published August 5, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — When Marina Licari began her educational journey as a kindergarten student 32 years ago, she could hardly speak English.


The daughter of Italian immigrants, Licari grew up speaking her parents’ native language. Years of bilingual classes and hard work in language arts paid off for Licari, whose journey through Chippewa Valley Schools is about to come full circle.

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Published August 5, 2015

FRASER — The names are in and the campaigns have officially commenced.


Twelve Fraser residents submitted applications for this year’s November elections by the July 21 deadline, officially joining a City Council race that is a mix of new and old, and a little bit of mystery.


Up for grabs this year is the mayor’s seat, three four-year council seats and one two-year council seat.

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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 4, 2015

DETROIT — If you’re looking for drama and tension, you’ll have to find it in the songs Whiplash plays. Most bands disintegrate because of conflict, but the guys in Whiplash — all local music scene veterans — say this group is thankfully free of that.


“We all get along well,” said bassist and vocalist Rick Crooker, of Clinton Township. “There’s no friction.”


Drummer and vocalist Ernie Modestino, of St. Clair Shores, chimed in with a similar sentiment.

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Published August 3, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Yesterday is history and tomorrow is a mystery, but it’s important to never forget how the past has impacted the present.


Clinton Township, which now boasts more than 100,000 residents and is among the largest municipalities in all of Michigan, has a rich history that has shaped its place in Macomb County and around the state.

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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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