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Published April 6, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Two people have been apprehended in the death of party store owner Emil Salem.


Ujuan Burton, 31, of Oak Park, and Shardae Lynette Burt, 30, of Detroit, were each charged March 31 with different felonies that stem from Salem’s death at Bernie’s Market on March 26.


Burton faces multiple charges, including felony murder, which carries a mandatory life prison sentence if convicted; firearm possession during a felony; armed robbery; and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

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Published April 6, 2015

A greener, warmer Michigan might signal the end of winter driving, but the end of winter advisory alerts doesn’t mean that drivers can let down their guard.

According to AAA Public Affairs Director Susan Hiltz, many people take road trips around this time of year. But she said some vehicles may need to prepare for a transition between local cold winter driving and driving over the next couple of months.

Road trips also require careful attention to surrounding traffic, she said.

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Published April 1, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Elegance and simplicity are essential elements of award-winning home design.


“Our clients want quality architectural details,” said John VanBrouck, of Luxe Homes, one of the winners of the Detroit Home Design Awards, held March 24 at The Fillmore Detroit. “They are looking for something that is different, unique and creative with classic styling.”

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Published April 1, 2015

METRO DETROIT — With spring right around the corner, it won’t be long before farmers markets open up, ready to bring shoppers the locally grown produce that may not have all the chemicals that larger grocers might sell.

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Published April 1, 2015

(This story updated April 3) 

MACOMB COUNTY — On April 2 in Macomb County Circuit Court, jurors deliberated for approximately six hours and found 25-year-old Clinton Grayson, of Warren, guilty of first-degree murder, armed robbery, felony firearm possession and conspiracy to commit armed robbery.

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Published March 31, 2015

FRASER — The Fraser Department of Public Safety deemed that a careless cook was responsible for a blaze that led to the destruction of a building at Kingsley Manor in Fraser.


The condo complex, located at Masonic and Kelly, burst into flames after 7:30 p.m. on March 24 after what Fraser Lt. Dan Kolke called “careless cooking” by a resident, who fried some food on his stove and walked away for an inordinate amount of time.

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Published March 31, 2015

FRASER — Students from Fraser Public Schools recently teamed up to create art for an upcoming auction.


The only caveat was that there was a little gap in the age of the artists.


On March 25, art students from Fraser High School worked with students from Emerson Elementary to create works from scratch that will ultimately benefit the city’s barrier-free McKinley Park.

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Published March 30, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Two individuals have been caught by police in connection with the shooting death of a Clinton Township party store owner.

At press time, police said that an Oak Park man and a female accomplice were being held in Ohio due to their alleged involvement in the death of 50-year-old party store owner Emil Salem.

While the woman accompanied the alleged male suspect to receive medical attention for gunshot wounds, authorities in Ohio found their alibi suspicious and notified Clinton Township police of their whereabouts around March 28.

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Published March 30, 2015

Most auto owners want their cars to go the distance on durability, but it often requires driver diligence to succeed, according to some auto repair businesses.  

According to Hal Collins, owner of Hal’s Auto Clinic in Farmington Hills, his business sees lots of cars with around 200,000 miles on their odometers.

“The manufacturers have done a great job of making the cars more durable,” he said.

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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

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Since 1976, Habitat for Humanity has been an international staple when it comes to providing low-income families with decent, affordable housing.

And the one constant since 1976 and the present is that there are always people less fortunate in need.

That is part of the reason why the Macomb County Habitat for Humanity affiliate — officially formed in 1993 — continues to reach out to those who cannot only provide monetary aid, but also spread the word that people from all walks of life need help.

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Published March 25, 2015

Fred Schott established a grocery and dry goods store on Utica Road, south of 14 Mile Road, in the early 1930s. His son, Alfred, later took over the business. Pictured is a winter scene of the Schott family by their Fraser home.

 

Photo and caption submitted by Alan Naldrett, Fraser Historical Society


 

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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 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

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Motown Records founder Berry Gordy Jr. never gave up on his dream of working in the music business.


Although he tried boxing as a career and spent a brief moment on Detroit’s automobile assembly line in the 1950s, neither was fulfilling.


“That wasn’t who he was,” said Coraleen Rawls, curator at the Motown Museum in Detroit.  “He was trying to be a square peg fitting into a round hole.”

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Published March 23, 2015

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