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Published March 26, 2015

Did you, a parent or grandparent fight in World War II, work in a factory to support the war effort, or plant a “victory garden” to feed the family when wartime rationing made things scarce?


If the answer is yes, then we want you, or them.


World War II ended 70 years ago this year with the formal surrender of Japan on Sept. 2, 1945. On May 8, the world will recognize the 70th anniversary of V-E Day, which marked the end of the war in Europe.

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Published March 26, 2015

METRO DETROIT — For more than 300 same-sex couples across the state of Michigan, March 22, 2015, was a very special day, for it marked the one-year anniversary of their weddings.

Their marriages took place in the brief window of time last year after a federal district court judge struck down the state’s same-sex marriage ban, but before the state appealed to the Sixth Circuit Court and had that decision put on hold.

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Published March 25, 2015

METRO DETROIT — In William Shakespeare’s “As You Like It,” the revered poet and playwright said that “all the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.”


More than 400 years later, that quote can be attributed to something more traditional and commonplace: interior design and real estate.


Home staging is arguably more popular than it’s ever been before. The process of preparing a home to make it more appealing to potential buyers has become vital to those who sell homes.

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Published March 25, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP/UTICA — Local families can exercise a range of options for Easter activities this year, as several events will take place in the Shelby-Utica area.


Organizers are inviting families to come out and arrive early for the events, especially those that include egg hunts, because the kids claim the eggs quickly.


In Shelby Township, the Parks, Recreation and Maintenance Department will host its annual Easter egg scramble event at River Bends Park on Saturday, March 28.

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Published March 25, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Let’s face it: When it comes to snapping prom photos, seniors are probably more concerned with what their Instagram feed will look like than how the actual printed photos will turn out.

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Published March 25, 2015

UTICA — At approximately 2:35 p.m. March 5, police responded to the Home Depot near Hall Road and Schoenherr on a report of a retail fraud in progress. A loss prevention officer said he was watching the suspect inside the store.


When police arrived, they reportedly witnessed a man matching the description of the suspect — later identified as Diamante Jefferson, 23, of Detroit — running southbound from the Home Depot parking lot carrying a plastic grocery bag.

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Published March 24, 2015

LANSING — Third time’s the charm.


At least that’s what Matthew Falk is hoping when it comes to Logan’s Law, a bipartisan bill his own dog helped to inspire.


Michigan Rep. Paul Muxlow, R-Brown City, reintroduced the legislation to the Michigan House of Representatives on March 17 in hopes of getting support from the House and eventually the Senate to create a registry database for convicted animal abusers.

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Published March 24, 2015

On March 23, 41-A District Court Judge Douglas Shepherd agreed to ease the tether conditions for a Shelby man charged with delivery/manufacture of marijuana and maintaining a drug house.

In February, police arrested Najah Zetouna, 51, following a monthlong investigation and drug seizure worth an estimated $125,000. Police said the seizure involved approximately 32 pounds of high-grade marijuana packaged for sale and synthetic marijuana.

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Published March 23, 2015

The spring starts a new season of construction, but awareness could keep drivers from being barraged by sights of barrels during their commutes — or at least let them plan for a longer drive.

Oakland and Macomb counties’ road commissions have announced several upcoming projects for the spring and beyond.

According to Bob Hoepfner, director of the Macomb County Department of Roads, his agency plans to do about $42 million in roadwork this construction season.

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Published March 18, 2015

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — U.S. Rep. Candice Miller, R-Harrison Township, who has represented Michigan’s 10th Congressional District since 2003, announced March 5 that she would not run for re-election in 2016.

The announcement took the political world largely by surprise. Miller said she had never planned to serve in Washington for life and that, while unsure which avenue she planned to pursue next, it was time for her to come home to Michigan.

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Published March 18, 2015

UTICA — At the Utica City Council meeting March 10, Mayor Jacqueline Noonan announced that the developer of an estimated $8 million to $10 million minor league baseball stadium in downtown Utica hopes to break ground in May.

“We have great news,” Noonan said. “The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality has decided to give us a major grant — at least half a million dollars — to pick up and dispose of any of the contaminated soils on the east parcel and possibly on the west, but for sure on the east.”

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Published March 18, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — The ninth annual Shelby Township Relay for Life will take place at River Bends Park from 10 a.m. May 16 to 10 a.m. May 17 in an effort to raise funds for cancer research, support cancer survivors and commemorate those who have died.

So far, the local event has raised more than $1 million for the American Cancer Society and all forms of cancer. The 24-hour relay event, in which one member from each team walks on a track at all times during the event, is the American Cancer Society’s largest fundraiser.

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Published March 18, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On March 9, Clerk Stanley Grot swore in Kevin Bailey, who is the first police officer to join the ranks of the Shelby Township Police Department since January 2009.

Police Chief Robert Shelide said Bailey came to Shelby Township as a seasoned member of law enforcement. Bailey served with the Auburn Hills Police Department for 11 years.

Bailey won the Mothers Against Drunk Driving Lifesavers Award twice for the most drunken driving arrests made in Auburn Hills.

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Published March 17, 2015

Lego lovers rejoice.

Michigan’s first and only attraction based on the world-famous Lego brick is coming to Great Lakes Crossing in Auburn Hills next year.

The schedule calls for construction to begin this summer on Legoland Discovery Center Michigan and for the project to be completed in spring 2016, according to an announcement by Merlin Entertainment, which operates Legoland attractions worldwide.

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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 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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