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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 11, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Within the Police Department that many members describe as a “family,” a literal family had much to celebrate when three of its members were promoted Feb. 23.

With two lieutenant retirements, Shelby Township Police Chief Robert Shelide said he had to fill the holes in command. Two sergeants rose to fill the lieutenant gaps; two officers, who happened to be married to each other, rose to fill the sergeant vacancies; and the first officer hired since January 2009 joined the ranks of the department.

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Published March 11, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Chronic kidney disease is what Dr. Arthur Franke terms a “silent killer” because once people have the disease, they tend not to feel ill. He said about 900,000 people in Michigan have chronic kidney disease, but most of them don’t know it.

Franke, senior vice president and chief science officer at the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan, said the foundation’s mission is to prevent kidney disease from ever happening, as well as to improve the quality of life of those living with it.

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Published March 11, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Returning for the 14th year, the Friends of the Shelby Township Library’s popular children’s tea party will take place March 14 and adopt a new theme: Dr. Seuss.

With seatings at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., families are invited to indulge in an afternoon of rhyming fun featuring songs and stories from “Seussical the Musical.” The young performers from All the World’s a Stage in Washington Township will give the performances.

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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 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 4, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP/UTICA — The good news is that doctors removed all of Bonnie Bowman’s cancer. The bad news is that chemotherapy drugs left her with neuropathy, a nerve condition that made her hands and feet weak, numb and painful, said her daughter, Brandi Bowman.

When the Shelby Township Police Department learned that Bonnie, who was diagnosed with cancer two years ago and has been on disability since, was struggling financially, they rallied. Lt. Scott Trumbo said thousands of people directly benefited from Bonnie’s services.

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Published March 4, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Fire prevention is something most people probably don’t think about when they imagine the Shelby Township Fire Department. But the inspection division goes a long way in ensuring fire safety and fighting fires before they happen.

With longtime fire marshal Eddie Vojtush’s retirement Feb. 26, fire inspectors Steve Henion and Duane Staten will rise to the ranks of fire marshal and deputy fire marshal, respectively. Deputy fire marshal is a new position.

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Published March 4, 2015

UTICA — Organizers of the third annual Lucky Leprechaun 5K Race encourage people to put on their running shoes, and maybe a costume, March 7 in anticipation of St. Patrick’s Day, which takes place 10 days later.

The race will be held through the streets of downtown Utica and surrounding subdivisions, featuring three bridge crossings, the “world-famous graffiti tunnel” and scenic views of the Clinton River and historic Victorian and Greek revival homes on Cass Avenue.

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Published March 4, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — The idea for a Shelby author’s second book grew from a seed to fruition when she was summoned for jury duty and had to wait for her interview in a courthouse in the spring of 2012. She filled a notepad with the makings of a first draft.

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Published March 4, 2015

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

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On Feb. 2, Macomb County Circuit Court Judge Jennifer Faunce dismissed the second-degree murder charge against a 22-year-old Shelby Township woman in the Sept. 3, 2013, death of her 2-year-old son.

Audrionna Rhoades pleaded no contest to the other count against her: felony child abuse — leaving a child in a vehicle resulting in death. The charge carries a sentence of up to 15 years in prison or a fine of up to $10,000.

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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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Published February 26, 2015

You know, not all beloved pets let out a woof or a purr.

Some of the very best friends have scales, tails or even eight legs. The world of small pets is vast, and it can also be pretty darn convenient for on-the-go animal owners who don’t have tons of time to devote to a little pal.

Mike Palmer, owner of Premier Pet Supply in Beverly Hills, said there can be lots of benefits to owning a smaller animal like a hamster, a gerbil or — believe it or not — a rat.

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Published February 25, 2015

NOVI — Coming in on the heels of the Detroit Boat Show, the eighth annual Cottage and Lakefront Living Show taking place this week in Novi will reinforce the belief of many Michiganders that the state’s spring and summer months are the best in the country.

The Great Lakes State offers almost unending choices of outdoor recreational activities during the warmer months — though ice fishing during the winter also has a huge following — and that especially holds true for those who live or own a cottage on one of those great bodies of water.

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