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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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Published July 29, 2015

ROYAL OAK — Mayor Jim Ellison delivered the 2015 State of the City address last week, reflecting on success and relevance during a time of economic uncertainty.

Ellison spoke to a sold-out crowd at Bistro 82, telling about 90 attendees that what keeps Royal Oak a sought-ought community is its relevance.

“We need to keep Royal Oak relevant,” he said. “We need to keep Royal Oak ahead of the curve. We need to keep Royal Oak out in the forefront.”

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Published July 29, 2015

ROYAL OAK — What happens when you gather more than 650 people together with cowbells? A Guinness World Record is broken and, with luck, herds of cattle don’t invade the city.

Everyone is invited to the Cowbell Classic at 9 a.m. Aug. 1 to ring cowbells for five minutes while becoming a part of history. The event takes place at the Royal Oak Historical Museum, located at 1411 Webster Road.

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Published July 29, 2015

CLAWSON — A Sterling Heights couple is facing charges after they allegedly made up a story about a robbery at the fireworks tent where they worked.

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Published July 29, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Prostitution is real in metro Detroit. There are men and women who work the streets out of desperation and become trapped by it. But one group is trying to earn their trust and help them find another way.

All Worthy of Love (AWOL) was founded in Detroit in 2012. The group became a licensed 501(c)(3) nonprofit in 2013. The same year, a second chapter opened in Austin, Texas.

The group has no paid staff. Everyone is a volunteer, including the founder, Lindsey Fischer. AWOL averages 40-50 volunteers, with 20-30 volunteers at the Detroit chapter.

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Published July 29, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Last May, Mahesh Lunani left his position as vice president of a large corporation to pursue the goal of starting his own company.

It was a gamble, but one that is paying off.

Lunani was among five business owners named as recipients of the inaugural round of awards from the Innovation Fund Macomb Community College, powered by JPMorgan Chase & Co.

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Published July 29, 2015

METRO DETROIT — For bargain hunters, there’s nothing quite like a garage sale. The search for an oh-so-good deal — that needle-in-the-haystack item that was barely used and is priced to sell — is about as thrilling as it gets.


Many people are now realizing that the same thrill can be found without even leaving the couch. Thanks to secondary market websites like Craigslist and eBay, along with online resale groups on Facebook, the clearance rack is always open.

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Published July 29, 2015

METRO DETROIT — With some of the most popular weeks for American travel upon us, local law enforcement agencies say there are simple steps to take to protect your home and property while you are away.


St. Clair Shores Police Lt. David Centala said that, while putting lights on timers inside your home and making sure the outside of your home is illuminated is always a good idea, 99 percent of home invasions actually occur during the day.

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Published July 28, 2015

ROCHESTER — The Michigan Senior Olympics is celebrating its 36th anniversary this year and invites the public to an opening ceremony at 6 p.m. Aug. 7 in Rochester Municipal Park.

The free event will include a torch lighting ceremony at 6 p.m., free ice cream, face painters, balloon artists, music, mini-olympics for children and more.

“We want people to know that we are here in the Oakland County area, so we are just trying to spread the word and make it a fun event,” said MSO Executive Director Becky Ridkey.

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Published July 28, 2015

“Keep your eyes on the road” is a maxim so common that it has become a cliché, but fewer things have been said about clearing away objects that can obstruct a driver’s vision of the road.

Gary Bubar, public affairs specialist from AAA Michigan, said state law forbids people from obstructing the windshield’s field of view.

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Published July 22, 2015

CLAWSON/ROYAL OAK — With the warmer weather comes more people ready to shop, dine and enjoy local downtowns.

And make no mistake: That is what communities like Clawson and Royal Oak want.

To keep visiting statistics and the enjoyment factor up, the downtown development authorities for both communities are advocating parking initiatives.

The Clawson Downtown Development Authority is currently conducting a parking study to enhance the city experience.

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Published July 22, 2015

ROYAL OAK — Water Works Theatre Company is once again offering youth the opportunity to learn from Shakespearean experts and to perform on the outdoor stage through its unique summer programs.

“We have a lot of fun in these programs while we work hard to put on a great show at the end of each week,” said Frannie Shepherd-Bates, Water Works Theatre Company education programs director. “The teaching artists are all extremely excited to do this work, and I think it’s going to be a banner year.”

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Published July 22, 2015

ROYAL OAK — The third annual Art Explored Series kicked off recently throughout the downtown, bringing the largest number of artists to the streets since the program launched two years ago.

City officials said the public art series began with three featured artists, grew to eight local artists last year, and is now showcasing works by nine Michigan artists.

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Published July 22, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Gov. Rick Snyder signed six bills June 29 amending Michigan’s election law to eliminate February elections, which supporters say will save taxpayers money.


Prior to the amendment, elections could be held on four dates in a year, which included the fourth Tuesday in February.

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Published July 22, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Things were going so well.


You started your seeds on time indoors or had luck finding gorgeous heirloom plants at the local greenhouse. Everything went into the ground on schedule, and the plants really took off when the weather turned from late spring to early summer.


But now the leaves of your once-lush cucumbers are yellow and brown. Your zucchini is turning to dust. Your cabbage and broccoli plants look like Swiss cheese.

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Published July 22, 2015

METRO DETROIT — It doesn’t take many ingredients to mix up a perfect summer evening: balmy air, a few friends and some refreshing drinks to sip on as the sun sets.

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Published July 21, 2015

BIRMINGHAM — Seaholm High school alumna Kaitlyn Krizanic has competed in a whopping 15 pageants. She never took home a title until she entered the one contest that mattered to her the most.

“I’m Birmingham born and raised,” said the newly crowned Miss Oakland County. “This is where my heart lies.”

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Published July 21, 2015

METRO DETROIT — This week marks the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, signed into law by President George H.W. Bush on July 26, 1990.

It might seem like common sense to ensure that people with disabilities have access to businesses, employment, transportation, government facilities and other everyday amenities. But making that common sense the law of the land was a long, uphill battle. Or, if you ask political advocate Elizabeth Bauer, who joined the fight for the ADA, it was more of an uphill crawl.

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Published July 20, 2015

A Royal Oak man was hospitalized early July 20 and under police guard after he was stabbed while allegedly attacking his ex-girlfriend with a razor and a hatchet, police said.

Lt. David Clemens, of the Royal Oak Police Department Criminal Investigations Unit, said the 21-year-old suspect was taken to William Beaumont Hospital, where he was in stable condition with a life-threatening injury as of the afternoon of July 20. He remained under police guard.

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