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Published March 6, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Do you have what it takes to be a World War II paratrooper?

Wait, back up. Let’s not even get into the fighting they encountered. That’s a separate issue, one you’re certainly not prepared for.

The same goes for their basic training. Suffice it to say it was grueling, agonizing and spread over weeks. It wasn’t for the faint of heart, mind, body or spirit.

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Published March 4, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Marc Ramirez was living the dream, playing football at the University of Michigan while dating his future wife, Kim.

A bulky offensive lineman, he had the talent to perform well on the gridiron. The problem, however, was not his skills on the field; rather, it was battling genetics.

He came from a family of eight children, and all but one sister was diagnosed with diabetes. After weighing 305 pounds during his football heyday, that weight didn’t sustain itself after his graduation in 1990.

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Published March 4, 2015

DETROIT/CLINTON TOWNSHIP — For people who love cars, Detroit Autorama is like Christmas in March.

The 63rd annual event, which takes place this year from March 6-8 at Cobo Center, is an homage to America’s greatest hot rods and features a plethora of custom cars to boot.

It’s the ultimate experience for both enthusiasts and novices, offering the opportunity to be part of the country’s oldest and largest car exhibition.

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Published March 4, 2015

One of the best parts of parenthood, for many, is that for a few precious years the refrigerator will never be lacking in color.

Artwork created by little ones is not only a point of pride for caregivers and educators — it’s also an important part of a child’s early learning and development.

Pam Rush, owner of The Learning Experience daycare and preschool center in Shelby Township, has been integrating art into the curriculum for 25 years.

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Published March 4, 2015

Right now, there are likely several inches of snow piled up on at least a portion of your deck or patio.

But what will you find when it melts?

Flaking paint chips and nail pops on your wooden deck, moss and weeds starting to grow between brick pavers, or worse.

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Published March 4, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — A Clinton Township man is being investigated by Clinton Township Police’s Criminal Investigations Bureau after allegedly committing larceny of a wallet and subsequent credit card fraud.

According to police, the initial theft allegedly occurred in late January or early February when Anthony Carl Bowden, 52, walked into Alley 59 at Groesbeck Highway and Hall Road and saw that a woman’s purse was left unattended.

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Published March 3, 2015

METRO DETROIT — In an effort to help get the Clinton River watershed off the Great Lakes Area of Concern list, the Environmental Protection Agency has pledged $20 million to fund 11 projects throughout the watershed over the next three years.

“This is a big deal for the watershed,” said Jennifer Tewkesbury, of the Michigan Office of the Great Lakes.

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Published March 2, 2015

While millions of Michiganders shiver through the winter, other people have temporarily fled for warmer climates down south.

But auto experts say those who choose to travel to more affable temperatures by car should pay attention to the challenges that both colder and warmer weather may bring to the road and to the vehicle.

According to AAA Michigan Public Affairs Director Susan Hiltz, Michigan has quite a few “snowbirds” who dwell in the southern states during the winter months.

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Published February 27, 2015

METRO DETROIT — By now, schools should be putting the final topping on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s new nutritional standards in the national school lunch and breakfast programs.

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Published February 26, 2015

You know, not all beloved pets let out a woof or a purr.

Some of the very best friends have scales, tails or even eight legs. The world of small pets is vast, and it can also be pretty darn convenient for on-the-go animal owners who don’t have tons of time to devote to a little pal.

Mike Palmer, owner of Premier Pet Supply in Beverly Hills, said there can be lots of benefits to owning a smaller animal like a hamster, a gerbil or — believe it or not — a rat.

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Published February 25, 2015

NOVI — Coming in on the heels of the Detroit Boat Show, the eighth annual Cottage and Lakefront Living Show taking place this week in Novi will reinforce the belief of many Michiganders that the state’s spring and summer months are the best in the country.

The Great Lakes State offers almost unending choices of outdoor recreational activities during the warmer months — though ice fishing during the winter also has a huge following — and that especially holds true for those who live or own a cottage on one of those great bodies of water.

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Published February 25, 2015

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Published February 25, 2015

FRASER — The journey toward a medical career can be a long and arduous one, but students at Fraser High School are getting firsthand experience.

Students who are part of Health Occupations Students of America, or HOSA, have a vested interest in the program because of both personal and team-oriented preferences.

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Published February 25, 2015

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Published February 25, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — When Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. called for civil rights supporters to meet in Selma, Alabama, in March 1965 for a peaceful march, Detroit homemaker Viola Liuzzo didn’t hesitate.

The white activist felt so strongly about the Civil Rights Movement that she left her five children and husband, got in her Oldsmobile, and made the trip to demonstrate for the rights of black Americans.

It ultimately cost Liuzzo her life when she was gunned down by members of the Ku Klux Klan.

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Published February 24, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — A Chippewa Valley High School teacher has been charged with having inappropriate relations with a teenage student.

Christopher David Cowles, 23, of Clinton Township, was arrested Feb. 19 by Clinton Township police and charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct.

He was arraigned Feb. 20 in 41-B District Court in Clinton Township and entered a not-guilty plea. He currently resides in Macomb County Jail and was given a $250,000 cash or surety bond.

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Published February 24, 2015

As temperatures recently fell below zero across metro Detroit, the arctic air has taken a toll on some vehicles too, according to AAA.

AAA Michigan Public Affairs Director Susan Hiltz said her association has seen an increase in service calls during a particularly cold night and morning following the Valentine’s Day weekend and culminating on Presidents’ Day, the Monday afterward.

“We had a 154 percent increase in the morning for service calls compared to the same time period last week,” Hiltz said.

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Published February 18, 2015

In the last decade, Safe Kids Worldwide Director of U.S. Programs Tareka Wheeler said that there has been a 31 percent increase in the number of children who have been killed or injured by TV tip-overs.

“We know we can prevent these things. Many families just don’t think about it. It’s an emerging issue — we call it a hidden hazard — in homes, but there are simple things families can do,” Wheeler said.

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Published February 18, 2015

Heavy layers of clothes, heavy layers of snow and heavy layers of blankets.

It’s no wonder that when it comes to food, many diners are longing for something that’s anything but heavy.

As soon as temperatures begin to take a dive in September, restaurants start pulling out their repertoire of comfort food recipes chock full of spices, rich flavors and hearty ingredients designed to keep your tummy full and your body warm.

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Published February 18, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — At Huron Elementary School, the dads have become D.O.G.S.

Beth Gleason, the social worker at Huron — part of Chippewa Valley Schools — believes that one of the downsides of the traditional family dynamic in education is that fathers are too often left out of the process, sometimes through no fault of their own. In this scenario, Mom is the one who stays home to take care of the kids and ends up getting involved with what’s happening at school, while Dad has to watch from the sidelines because he spends all day at work.

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