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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

GROSSE POINTE FARMS/DETROIT — Lunch is such a seemingly simple thing, something many don’t give much thought to until noon rolls around and they consider where they can grab a quick bite before heading back to work.


But for someone who’s homeless, lunch can be an unfilled need. And when those who are homeless are also veterans, it adds another layer of tragedy to this national crisis.

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Published March 12, 2015

GROSSE POINTE CITY — Michigan residents have been terrorized by the polar vortex for the last two winters, but no one has ever seen this elusive menace. Until now, that is.


For “Creatures: Real or Imagined,” the new Grosse Pointe Art Center show, artist Scott Brown, of Grosse Pointe Woods, created a fittingly foul-faced monster who looks more than a little like the angry cousin of the Abominable Snowman of animated holiday movie fame.

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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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Published March 11, 2015

METRO DETROIT — They have a certain austere beauty and create remarkable sculptures when they begin to thaw and refreeze around trees, bushes or just the ground, but those large icicles growing from your roof could be an indication of a larger problem — ice damming on the roof.


An ice dam is a buildup of ice on roofs caused by melting snow that refreezes around the eaves of a house; it is usually quite easy to spot, experts say, because of the large icicles and pieces of ice that form on the edge of the roof of the house.

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Published March 11, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Bored with barbells and sick of stair climbers? You’re not the only one. More and more people are making dance a part of their regular workout routine — and they’re having a great time doing it.


Ivy Mitchell, of Clawson, knows how effective it can be to take exercising out of the gym and onto the dance floor. She teaches Zumba fitness classes in Clawson and Eastpointe, guiding students through interval-style full-body workouts masked as upbeat dance routines.

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Published March 11, 2015

METRO DETROIT — The legal team of the lesbian couple from Hazel Park challenging Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage have filed their briefs with the U.S. Supreme Court. So have plaintiffs in similar cases out of Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee.

“Regardless of what happens in the next few months, we’re confident these are the briefs that represent the right side of history,” said Dan Canon, one of the counsel for the Kentucky case, during a conference call with legal teams for all four states Feb. 27.

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Published March 10, 2015

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — After heading back to the drawing board one more time, city officials continued to struggle to find a viable solution to the problems with hosting a fireworks show this summer.


So, once again, the Committee of the Whole, which is made up of members of the City Council, voted March 9 to send a recommendation to the City Council table to nix the fireworks for 2015.

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Published March 9, 2015

Even if you haven’t felt that sinking feeling on the road yet, two county road agencies say you can expect to drive over some potholes soon.

According to Road Commission for Oakland County spokesman Craig Bryson, potholes form when rain or melting snow gets inside road cracks. As temperatures dip, that moisture freezes and expands, creating a cavity under the road. When the frozen water thaws, the road’s structural integrity is compromised, causing the affected portion to collapse into a pothole when a vehicle rolls over it, he said.

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Published March 6, 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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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 5, 2015

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — A Grosse Pointe Farms resident faces a bank robbery charge after he was apprehended following a collaborative law enforcement investigation. 


That investigation involved the community, as well.


According to a Grosse Pointe Woods press release, “Through evidence collected at the crime scene and from numerous tips called in to the Grosse Pointe Woods Public Safety Department and Crime Stoppers, investigators were able to establish the identity of the robber.”

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Published March 5, 2015

DETROIT/GROSSE POINTE PARK — Parents have been known to nudge their kids to complete projects, but for Sam Stanley, it was the other way around.

It was his daughter, Tara, who suggested that he get a new body and chassis for the 1967 Firebird motor he’d had sitting on a stand in his garage for decades. And so, circa June 2009 — around the time his daughter was finishing high school at University Liggett — Stanley and Tara began working on what would finally become his dream racing machine.

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Published March 5, 2015

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — Members of most Grosse Pointe Theatre casts get close to each other, but that’s especially true in GPT’s latest production, the outrageous comedy “Don’t Dress for Dinner.”


“Everybody is kissing everybody,” director Rachel Settlage, of Grosse Pointe City, acknowledged of the French farce, which involves an unfaithful husband and his mistress, a series of mistaken identities and a romantic weekend gone awry.

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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 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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