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Woodward Talk

Published August 19, 2015

ROYAL OAK — Historical facts and stories tell the tales of the past, but a different look into the city’s history will be explored this weekend during a paranormal tour of the former Northwood Fire Station.

“We were contacted by the firehouse some time ago to investigate,” said Brian Danhausen, event co-organizer and founder and lead investigator of Into The AfterLife Paranormal. “We went in — as with every case — expecting nothing, but each time walking out with evidence and personal experiences.”

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Published August 17, 2015

Even the lowest oil prices in around six years do not guarantee a cheaper August road trip in Michigan, and experts are blaming it on reports of technical problems at an Indiana refinery.

On Aug. 12, the price of West Texas Intermediate crude oil hovered around the $43 per barrel mark. Nevertheless, AAA Michigan reported a major recent swing in gas prices — although the state’s gas prices averaged around $2.48 per gallon Aug. 11, that increased to $2.58 per gallon Aug. 12 and to around $2.81 per gallon Aug. 13.

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Published August 16, 2015

METRO DETROIT — President Barack Obama unveiled his Clean Power Plan on Aug. 3, tasking the Environmental Protection Agency with setting goals for carbon emission reduction from power plants and leaving the states to figure out how to reach those targets.

With the reductions, the president hopes to slow carbon pollution into the atmosphere and reduce the severity of global warming in the long term.

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Published August 16, 2015

Jeff Campion had a decent Nova in high school.

But now, Campion has a 1970 Chevy Nova with a stroker 388, which is basically a 350 Chevy engine with oversized pistons. It packs about 505 horsepower and he polishes it pretty much nonstop.

“It’s quite loud. If I were to start it, you would hear it,” he said while showing the car at the 2015 Woodward Avenue Dream Cruise. “But it’s a fun little ride.”

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Published August 14, 2015

DETROIT — U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Michigan, unveiled a bill in Detroit on Aug. 10 that would require an international review of a Canadian power company’s proposal to bury nuclear waste less than a mile from the Lake Huron shore.

If passed, the legislation would invoke the Boundary Waters Treaty of 1909 between the U.S. and Canada, which would require the International Joint Commission to study the risks to the Great Lakes watershed and the State Department to negotiate with Canada to wait for those study results before approving a waste site.

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Published August 12, 2015

ROYAL OAK — Members of the City Commission expressed dismay with DTE Energy’s tree-trimming management last week, citing the company’s promises at a commission meeting months ago that recently seemed to have been ignored.

“I think we’re just all coming to terms with the fact that we’ve wasted an amazing amount of time listening to representatives from DTE explain away and make excuses for their actions in this and other regards,” said Commissioner Michael Fournier.

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Published August 12, 2015

ROYAL OAK — From an early age, Grace Novak possessed a giving spirit.

“Grace has always had such a kind heart,” said mother Christine Novak. “She is a sensitive soul and has always reached out to others in need. 

“Whether it is towards my handicapped father, or a lost dog, she will always lend a helping hand. She roots for the underdog — no pun intended — and if it’s an actual dog, all the more.”

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Published August 12, 2015

ROYAL OAK — A Detroit man was charged with felonious assault with a deadly weapon after allegedly brandishing a weapon on Interstate 75 during an incident of road rage.

Jermaine Lee Green, 27, was arraigned Aug. 4 at the 52-4 District Court in Troy and given a $200,000 personal bond.

Green entered a plea of not guilty and asked for a court-appointed attorney. As of press time, the attorney had not yet been appointed.

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Published August 12, 2015

The Clawson Public Schools Board of Education voted Aug. 10 in favor of privatizing its custodial services, a move supporters say will save the district $300,000.

The Clawson High School media center held a full house of attendees for the meeting. The final tally was 4-3 in favor of entering into a three-year intergovernmental agreement for custodial maintenance services with Ferndale Public Schools to utilize that district’s private firm, GCA Services Group.

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Published August 10, 2015

It typically brings in more than a million people each year, and this year’s Woodward Dream Cruise promises to be no different.

On Aug. 15, car connoisseurs and casual fans will flock together to watch classic cars careen down Woodward Avenue. from Ferndale to Pontiac. Also in attendance will be auto clubs, many of which bring some of their favorite vehicles to the event.

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Published August 7, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — The Detroit Arsenal of Democracy Museum in St. Clair Shores will remember the final end of World War II on Aug. 15 with an event showcasing rare photographs, artifacts and a chance to meet veterans who fought in the Pacific.

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Published August 6, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Nutrition facts labels may receive a face-lift in the future.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration proposed July 24 that food companies include the percentage of the daily value for added sugars on labels of packaged food. The proposal comes after the FDA recommended March 3, 2014, that added sugars, in addition to the sugar content, be displayed separately on labels.

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Published August 5, 2015

METRO DETROIT — There’s no doubt about it. It’s hot out there.

Got a bottle of water with you? Good. But many don’t think to snag some aqua as they rush out the door each day during the summer, and experts say that could lead to some serious consequences.

Dr. Supak Sookkasikon, with Emcura Urgent Care in Bloomfield Township, said that this time of year, she sees at least one patient each day with symptoms of dehydration.

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Published August 5, 2015

METRO DETROIT — While people have been told for years that they can help conserve water by turning off running sinks and taking shorter showers, new technology is combining with old techniques to provide residents with additional measures they can take around the home.

Water shortages and restrictions are not the issue here that they are in the American Southwest, but some of the things developed there can be — and have been — exported to other parts of the country.

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Published August 4, 2015

ROYAL OAK — Walking the red carpet and enjoying a little “Minions” fun brought a deeper sense of gratitude to resident Katie Gott and her 3-year-old son, Henry.

For the Gott family, the July 24 morning outing at Emagine Royal Oak meant a break from chemo clinics and talks of cancer.

“It just gives us an opportunity for him to do things that we normally wouldn’t do,” Katie said. “This is his first movie.”

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Published August 4, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Smile … there’s a new dental program in town.

This fall, Baker College officials will open the doors of the Clinton Township campus’s new Center for Dental Hygiene Education, which will house the new Associate of Science in dental hygiene program.

School officials renovated more than 32,600 square feet of the former “C” building to create the new hygiene education center, which features a state-of-the-art dental clinic, classrooms, a practice laboratory and 20 patient care operatories.

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Published July 31, 2015

Whether rock, alternative, hip-hop or country music is your thing, the 18th annual Ford Arts, Beats & Eats festival has a star-studded musical lineup for the four-day Labor Day weekend Sept. 4-7 in Royal Oak.

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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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