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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 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 14, 2015

Despite reports of medical waste spilling onto Hall Road, Utica Police Chief David Faber said the contents of what appeared to be a single garbage bag were more medical-type supplies than biohazard waste.

“It was gloves, masks and things like that, some gauze and things along those lines, but it wasn’t hypodermic needles or anything else that could pose a threat to somebody — no blood or tissue samples or anything like that,” Faber said.

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Published August 12, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — A Macomb County Department of Roads project that would reconstruct 22 Mile Road from 500 feet east of Shelby Road to Ryan Road depends on Shelby Township Board of Trustees approval.

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Published August 12, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Several local development companies are repurposing the large, stackable steel crates used to ship goods around the world for the quick construction of living quarters.


In Detroit, Three Squared Inc. is developing condominium complexes out of shipping containers, and ModEco Development LLC is finishing a single home out of shipping containers on Rochester Road, south of 12 Mile Road, in Royal Oak.

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Published August 11, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On Aug. 5, the two full-time members of the Flying Aces Pro Frisbee team made an appearance at the Shelby Township Public Library to put on a 45-minute show that featured simple to advanced Frisbee moves.

The five-person enterprise began in 1973 in the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti area with a group of Eastern Michigan University alumni. They have since performed more than 7,000 shows in all 50 states, as well as in Canada, Puerto Rico and Saudi Arabia.

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Published August 10, 2015

On Aug. 10, Romeo District Court Judge Denis LeDuc arraigned Gregory Bobchick Jr., 17, of Shelby Township, one of the survivors of a car crash in Stony Creek Metropark in May that killed three of his peers, on a charge of a minor purchasing, consuming and possessing alcohol.

The Washington Township municipal attorney filed the charge, which carries up to a 30-day jail sentence and/or $100 fine.

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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 7, 2015

At approximately 6:30 p.m. Aug. 5, the Shelby Township Fire Department responded to a call about a garage fire at Aberdeen Village, located near 26 Mile and Mound roads.

The fire originated in a trash can, spread to the drywall in the garage and entered the entrance to the condominium unit. Firefighters extinguished the blaze quickly, but Fire Chief Jim Swinkowski said the blaze heavily damaged a car in the garage and there was smoke damage inside the condo.

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Published August 6, 2015

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette Aug. 4 filed five felony counts of embezzling $1,000 to less than $20,000 from a nonprofit organization against a 51-year-old Shelby Township man for allegedly using funds raised at charitable gaming events for his own gain.

Joseph Wallace Wolf Jr. was arraigned at the 41-A District Court in Shelby Township Aug. 6. Each of the five counts are punishable by up to 10 years in prison and/or a fine of either $15,000 or triple the embezzled amount if greater than $15,000.

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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

“There’s another world waiting, at Ford Field on Van Dyke between 22 and 23 Mile Roads in Shelby Township. The magic that is a carnival has turned the field into a maze of whirling lights, cotton candy, and laughter. There’s a tiny zoo of stuffed animals vying for new owners. The music and rides and thrills will last only through Sunday, when the 24th annual Shelby-Utica Lions Homecoming comes to an end. It’s a trip into childhood, where time goes away for a while.”

 

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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

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 August 3, 2015

UTICA — Utica’s annual car show is rolling back into town Aug. 8, and organizers are hoping for 300 vehicles this year.

The free show opens to the public at noon, and $10 cruise-in registration begins at 9 a.m. A disc jockey will be spinning tunes until the time the show wraps up, which is usually around 5 p.m.

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Published August 3, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — The 32nd annual Shelby Township Art Fair will bring a few new features that encourage the public, young and old, to not just browse artists’ wares, but also create some art of their own.

The art fair will take place from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 8 and from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 9 on the municipal grounds, located at 52700 Van Dyke Ave., south of 24 Mile Road. A free shuttle service will be available from the Shelby Community Center, located at 51670 Van Dyke Ave., north of 23 Mile Road.

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Published August 3, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — For the past 14 years, Dr. Robert Antolak has traveled to Haiti to provide dental care for patients in need. Antolak is known as “the gentle dentist,” and his office has been based in Shelby Township for the last nine years.

The 54-year-old Rochester Hills resident said he never envisioned himself providing care to the people of Haiti, but when the opportunity presented itself through his church — Trinity Lutheran in Troy — he was excited to serve.

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