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Published May 4, 2015

Warmer weather means it’s more likely for bikers to take their prized possessions for a ride on Michigan’s roads. And that means everyone on the road needs to be cautious, whether on two wheels or four.

AAA Michigan Public Affairs Director Susan Hiltz said drivers should never tailgate a motorcycle or abruptly change lanes in front of one.

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Published April 30, 2015

Michigan’s no-fault insurance law, which has existed for around four decades, could face significant changes if the state Legislature and Gov. Rick Snyder pass through pending legislation, according to activists on both side of the debate.

Senate Bill 248 passed the Senate April 16, and a state House version passed in a House committee April 23. A full House vote is expected to take place soon.

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Published April 30, 2015

The eyes of the nation were on the U.S. Supreme Court on April 28 as it heard arguments for and against same-sex marriage. The cases were brought forth by Michigan, Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee.  

The first issue, directly involving Michigan, is whether it’s constitutional to deny same-sex couples the right to marry. The other issue is whether all states must recognize same-sex marriages conducted in other states.

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Published April 30, 2015

SOUTHFIELD — Whether you’re a geek, a nerd or something in between, chances are you’ve heard of Penguicon, the yearly community-run convention celebrating computer programming, science fiction, DIY and beyond.

From April 24-26, attendees eager to let their freak flag fly hunkered down at the Westin Southfield Detroit Hotel to attend panels, informational sessions, demonstrations, concerts and parties.

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Published April 30, 2015

SOUTHFIELD — The shovel might have been twice their size, but that didn’t stop a group of excited kindergarteners and first-graders from planting a tree in on their playground April 24.

At 1:15 p.m., representatives from the city of Southfield, City Forester Leo Clower and Councilman Ken Siver, held a tree planting ceremony in observance of Arbor Day at Adlai Stevenson Elementary, along with Principal Sandra LaPerriere and the school’s kindergarten and first-grade classes.

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Published April 30, 2015

The body of a woman who had been missing since April 2013 was recently located at the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Ella Andrews, 52, went missing two years ago from a Southfield group home in the 27000 block of Pebblebrook Street. According to police, Andrews was on foot and without any belongings.

Police issued an alert on April 29, 2013 for residents to keep an eye out for the woman. In an earlier report, police said Andrews was suspected of experiencing the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.

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Published April 29, 2015

Walking into a home without wall art would be almost as jarring as stepping inside an observatory and seeing no telescopes, or eating at a Mexican restaurant and not being served chips and salsa.

People sense the ambiance when standing inside a building. And no matter what the setting is or what is taking place in that particular environment, people often expect to see aesthetically pleasing and visually stimulating art.

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Published April 29, 2015

It’s so easy to honor a new graduate’s accomplishment with a gift card, a fancy tech device or even just some cash tucked into an envelope.

But there are other gifts you can give that student starting a new chapter in his or her life that involve a bit more thought and creativity. Those gifts, of course, mean so much more than their monetary value.

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Published April 29, 2015

METRO DETROIT — As artillery and troops traveled overseas to fight in World War II, metro Detroiters who remained at home stayed productive by making the equipment needed to defeat the Axis powers.


Ron Lamparter, who owns the Defense Corridor Center for Collaboration and Synergy in Sterling Heights, said dozens of books and tens of thousands of pages have been written about Detroit’s role as the “Arsenal of Democracy” in World War II.

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Published April 29, 2015

Editor's note: This story was included in a full-length C & G Newspapers feature commemorating the 70th anniversary of V-E Day, the end of World War II in Europe. The war in Europe ended with the surrender of Nazi Germany on May 8, 1945. Metro Detroit residents graciously shared their stories in interviews conducted between January and April 2015. Click here for more V-E Day stories from our coverage area.

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Published April 29, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Not every American who fought for victory during World War II wore a uniform on foreign shores.

You won’t find their tales often in history books, but rather in journals and family photo albums.

The work done and sacrifices made by women during the war are heroic in their own right, though those ladies aren’t always given the full credit they’re due.

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Published April 28, 2015

METRO DETROIT — The most destructive war ever fought in Europe ended on May 8, 1945. That point in time will forever be known to history as V-E Day.

For those who lived through the war, it was both the end and the beginning.

Gone forever were millions of lives. Millions more were left grieving, homeless and hungry, struggling to pick up the pieces of their shattered world. Towns that had stood for centuries were obliterated. It was a cataclysm never before seen, the end result of maniacal nationalism and industrialized war.

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Published April 27, 2015

ROYAL OAK — The Detroit Zoological Society is seeking $55,000 through online donations to construct a “biodigester,” a device that would collect the methane from animal waste and turn it into electricity.


The money is part of the final effort needed to construct the digester, Detroit Zoo Chief Operating Officer Gerry Van Acker said. The zoo already has raised $900,000.

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Published April 27, 2015

Several of Michigan’s traffic intersections with the most total accidents or related injuries or deaths in 2014 were found in Oakland and Macomb counties, according to top 10 lists recently compiled by a law firm.

Using data from the Michigan State Police Traffic Crash Reporting Unit, the Michigan Auto Law firm’s website posted in March that the Michigan intersection with the most accidents last year was South State Road at West Ellsworth Road in Ann Arbor, with 170 accidents.

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Published April 23, 2015

LATHRUP VILLAGE — In the spirit of spring cleaning, volunteers will band together to take on the trash lining the Southfield Road corridor on May 17.

In an effort coordinated through the Downtown Development Authority Design Committee, volunteers will not only pick up trash, they will also landscape community gateways at Lincoln and 12 Mile, and provide local businesses with supplies and manpower for a special project of their choosing.

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Published April 23, 2015

SOUTHFIELD — Residents chanting “Down with parking lots, up with neighborhoods,” and “Council doesn’t care about neighborhoods” were hoping the City Council would change its mind on the recent approval of a church’s parking lot plan.

At its March 23 meeting, the council approved 3-1 a special use and site plan for New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, 23455 Nine Mile Road, to expand its parking lot by 46 spaces into residentially zoned property on Sargent Street.

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Published April 23, 2015

Police are searching for a suspect involved in an armed robbery at a local pharmacy.

According to a written statement by Deputy Chief Nick Loussia, at around 3:35 a.m. April 22 a man entered the Walgreens at 29030 Northwestern Highway and approached a clerk at the front register.

Loussia said the suspect showed her a note advising her to give the suspect the money from the register.

“While giving the note to the clerk, the suspect had one of his hands in his pocket, implying that he had a handgun,” Loussia said in a news release.

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Published April 22, 2015

NOVI — Men, you might as well look away now.


There will be a lot to see and do during the 20th annual Michigan International Women’s Show from April 30-May 3 at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi.


“It has definitely grown,” Beth Anderson, executive show manager of Southern Shows, said. “It has changed, and we hope that everyone enjoys it as much today as they did 20 years ago when it first started at the Novi Expo Center.”

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Published April 21, 2015

DETROIT — Local leading jazz musicians will be sharing a famous stage with some aspiring jazz greats of tomorrow when the University Liggett School Jazz Band opens for the Scott Gwinnell Jazz Orchestra on April 30 at the Music Hall Jazz Café.

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Published April 20, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — On May 9, residents can catch a free ride to and from the Detroit Institute of Arts as part of the museum’s County Days program.


The program, which is provided four times a year for tri-county residents, is a good opportunity for people to get downtown and see a return on their investment, explained Thomas Guastello, chair of the Oakland County Art Institute Authority.


The investment was the 2012 voter-approved, 10-year, 0.2-mill levy to provide free DIA admission for Wayne, Macomb and Oakland County residents.

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