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Published May 27, 2015

METRO DETROIT — With gorgeous summer weather finally here, many of us are itching to get out and enjoy the warm breeze and sunny skies while the season lasts.


According to the League of American Bicyclists, biking is something of a favorite pastime for Michiganders. The state placed 18th out of 50 for bicycle-friendly states, based on legislation and enforcement, policies and programs, infrastructure and funding, education and encouragement, and evaluation and planning.

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Published May 27, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Looking to create plush, peaceful outdoor spaces that also pop?


For The Great Outdoors program held at the Michigan Design Center May 14, interior designer Paul Feiten transformed the MDC’s lobby in Troy into virtual outdoor space that he said was inspired by a European veranda.

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Published May 26, 2015

The thrill of riding off road in a Jeep or truck might not have as many obstacles as some think.

Hollie Marlett, marketing assistant at Genesee County Parks, said The Mounds Off Road Vehicle Area in Mt. Morris Township is frequently used for off-road treks by Jeeps, trucks, ATVs and dirt bikes that fit under the umbrella of off-road vehicles, or ORVs.

She said the course is quite popular in the area and is one of the few larger areas with variety.

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Published May 24, 2015

METRO DETROIT  — While pizza is a favorite dish for many people, one local pizzeria has found a way to feed man’s best friend while at the same time helping other animals in need.

About a year ago, Buddy’s Pizza and the Michigan Humane Society teamed up to create a dog treat called Buddy Bones. The dog biscuits are made from leftover multigrain Buddy’s Pizza dough that otherwise would be tossed away.

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Published May 23, 2015

This weekend, it’s all about the music, with two local concerts that promise to entertain.

For those who prefer their music loud, raw and aggressive, get your eardrums prepped for the second annual “Get Into the Pit” Michigan metal festival at the Diesel Concert Lounge and Theatre in Chesterfield Township from May 29-30.

But if piano pop with some jazz and trumpet sounds is more your speed, Warren resident Marcello Rossi brings his original style of music May 31 to the American Polish Cultural Center in Troy.

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Published May 21, 2015

Furry friends who are going for a ride need to stay cool and buckled up just like other passengers, according to pet safety advocates.

Michigan Humane Society spokesman Ryan McTigue said the No. 1 thing that pet owners need to remember as the weather starts getting hot is to not take their animals with them on unnecessary trips.

“The best thing to do is leave them at home where they’re safe,” he said. “Temperatures can climb really high (in a car) even on a relatively cool day, even if you crack the window.”

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Published May 20, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The Clinton Township Police Department is investigating a robbery that occurred Tuesday, May 19.

The incident took place at the Chase Bank located at 20755 North Nunneley, just east of Groesbeck Highway near Metropolitan Parkway.

At approximately 4:20 p.m., a male suspect entered the bank and approached the teller. He presented a note that asked for all of the $100, $50 and $20 bills. He was given $1,566, grabbed the note he originally presented and then left the bank without incident.

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Published May 20, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Sure, you had planned on stopping at the driving range before teeing off, perhaps turn that slice into a gentle fade.


But then you missed a turn on the way to the golf course, or the babysitter was late, and suddenly the tee time that you’ve looked forward to is now a race to the first tee box instead of a relaxing start to the weekend.

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Published May 19, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The young boy who was shot in Clinton Township’s Normandy Park May 4 seems to be doing well, according to police late last week.


Clinton Township Capt. Richard Maierle said the boy, who was 3 years old at the time of the incident and recently turned 4, is alive and talking after being shot in the head.


“Our guys talked to him about two days after (the shooting),” Maierle said. “He’s fine.”

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Published May 16, 2015

FRASER/CLINTON TOWN-SHIP — On May 5, after numerous months and town hall meetings in which legislators attempted to inform the public of the proposed changes to the gasoline tax, the 80-20 results marked the most lopsided loss ever for an amendment to Michigan’s constitution.


Proposal1 was deemed as convoluted by many citizens, who felt that the proposal was about too many things other than the roads.


Now, state legislators will have to work together to find another way to fix the porous road system.

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Published May 15, 2015

METRO DETROIT — The Canadian joint review panel looking over a proposed nuclear waste site that would be less than a mile from Lake Huron recommended the project to Canada’s minister of the environment May 7 despite an outcry from communities on both sides of the border.

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Published May 13, 2015

FRASER — Niko the dog came from the Netherlands to fight crime with his human counterparts in Fraser.


Little did the dog and one particular officer know that they would develop a relationship that transcended bad guys and traffic stops. Almost a decade later, they are bound for life.


On May 1 at the Fraser Department of Public Safety (DPS), Jason Vandervord was officially sworn in by Fraser Clerk Kathy Kacanowski in front of family members, individuals from the DPS and others from the community.

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Published May 13, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP— It came as no surprise to Chippewa Valley Schools administrators that Proposal 1 failed in a statewide vote on May 5.


The complicated nature of the bill, uncertainty of where funding would be directed, and mistrust of Lansing government were blamed for reasons why administrators thought the bill failed.


“I think there’s a mistrust of the lawmakers in general,” Chippewa Valley school board President Frank Bednard said. “I think that’s what was brought forward (May 5) in the vote.”

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Published May 13, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Native fish like walleye, steelhead, lake trout and, to an extent, yellow perch populations are doing well, leading to a positive fishing outlook on the Great Lakes this year.


Todd Grischke, Lake Huron Basin coordinator with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, said that while specific fishing is different across the north-south areas of the lake, walleye populations are booming to near record levels.

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Published May 13, 2015

METRO DETROIT — For both the interiors and exteriors of homes, customers are opting to go back to classic color schemes and neutrals, according to experts in the field.


The return to basics is, in some cases, a nostalgic choice and, in other cases, a more strategic move to increase home value and appeal to a wider audience.

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Published May 13, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Once upon a time, there were just a few types of summer camps: sports for the jocks, Scouts for the adventurers and math camp for those who would just rather be back in the classroom.


How times have changed. Now, there’s a daytime summer escape to suit every child and any taste.

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Published May 12, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Brian Bobek joined the United States Army in 1966 and found himself in the jungles of Vietnam one year later.


Now, as the president of Chapter 154 of the Vietnam Veterans of America, or VVA, Bobek said those days were instilled with fury due to the rousing anti-war sentiment from those back home.

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Published May 12, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The Clinton Township Police Department is asking for the public’s help in a larceny that occurred in the early morning hours of May 12.

The incident reportedly occurred at WOR Powersports, which is the old Mumbly’s Off Road building at Gratiot Avenue and 14 Mile Road.

Det. Joseph Burns said that around 1:20 a.m., two suspects arrived at the business and cut a hole in a fence on the perimeter. They proceeded to take two ATVs and drove through a field to unload them at an unspecified location.

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Published May 11, 2015

Auto safety experts are inviting parents to sit down and review the facts of properly securing small children in the back seat to avoid accident-related injuries.

Alyson Kechkaylo, occupant protection program coordinator for the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning, is also a certified child passenger safety technician.

She said Michigan law basically requires kids to be secured in a car seat until they are at least 8 years old or 4 feet 9 inches tall. But parent compliance often varies depending on the child’s age, she explained.
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Published May 7, 2015

METRO DETROIT — May is Asthma Awareness Month, and local doctors and the American Lung Association are urging the approximately 25 million people in the United States who suffer from asthma to learn how to take control of the disease.

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