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Published August 8, 2017

SOUTHFIELD — There are countless laws on texting and driving, but with the development of autonomous vehicles, those might be a thing of the past.

According Matt Roush, director of media relations at Lawrence Technological University, LTU has begun research and development on an autonomous campus taxi.

Funding for the taxi was made possible from several different companies, he said.

Hyaundai MOBIS, the parts and service division of the Korean automaker, donated $15,000 for a Polaris GEM e2 two-seat electric vehicle.

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Published August 8, 2017

LATHRUP VILLAGE — Starting Aug. 14, villagers will see changes to their trash schedule, according to city officials.

Ken Marten, assistant to the city administrator, said that Lathrup Village’s contracted waste hauler, Tringali Sanitation, is changing the day of service in the city.

Formerly a Friday pickup city, Lathrup’s new trash day will be Monday. The last day for Friday collection will be Aug. 11. Monday pickup will commence Aug. 14.

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Published August 8, 2017

LATHRUP VILLAGE —  The Michigan Environmental Council recently hosted a town hall meeting on water quality.

Residents in and around Lathrup Village were invited to discuss the safety and quality of their drinking water at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 2 in the community room of Lathrup Village City Hall.

The MEC is a nonprofit organization created in 1980 and dedicated to promoting public policies that ensure Michigan families can have clear water, clean beaches, and healthy environments and communities, according to its website.

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Published August 7, 2017

Police are looking for a young man they say is responsible for assaulting a couple in a recent home invasion.

According to a news release from Deputy Police Chief Nick Loussia, of the Southfield Police Department, the incident occurred around 1:15 p.m. July 29 at a home in the 21000 block of Poinciana Street.

Police said a man entered the residence and approached a 67-year-old man — who was sleeping on the couch — and began assaulting him by punching him in the head multiple times.

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Published August 4, 2017

Authorities are investigating a recent shooting at a local park.

According to police reports, the incident occurred around 9:11 p.m. July 26 at Catalpa Oaks County Park, 27705 Greenfield Road.

Police said officers were dispatched to the park on a report of shots fired. The reporting party told police that the driver of a black Chevy Suburban was shooting at the occupants of a silver sedan.

Both vehicles, police said, were last seen driving westbound on Catalpa.

Officers arrived at the scene and located one spent shell casing.

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Published August 2, 2017

SOUTHFIELD — It’s been in the works for months, but Southfielders can finally strap on their helmets and hop on their bikes as part of a new citywide bike share program. 

City officials launched the program July 26, in addition to unveiling a new bike path along Northwestern Highway in the Southfield City Centre. 

At an April 17 meeting, the Southfield City Council unanimously approved a donation of a bike share from the Southfield City Centre Advisory Board. 

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Published August 2, 2017

SOUTHFIELD — If you’ve been meaning to clean out your garage or basement, now might be the perfect time to do so. 

The Southfield Community Coalition will host its first communitywide yard sale 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 12 in the parking lot of Morris Adler Elementary School, 19100 Filmore St. 

Similar to a homeowners association, the coalition was formed in 2015 to encompass not only neighborhood associations, but also condominiums and apartments to share best practices and hold community events, among other initiatives. 

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Published August 2, 2017

LATHRUP VILLAGE — Summer Stroll organizers are again inviting people to saunter the streets and listen to the musical stylings of their neighbors this month. 

The fifth annual Lathrup Village Summer Stroll, planned for 2-6:30 p.m. Aug. 20, is a music and arts festival in which local artists can feature their talents, performing on the streets of Lathrup Village. 

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Published August 2, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Kansas native Millie Dillmount arrives in New York City to start a new life as the Roaring 1920s build steam in “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” which the Heart of the Hills Players are bringing to the stage.

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Published August 1, 2017

It was in the middle of an impassioned speech from her longtime boyfriend about the 2017 solar eclipse when Robin Udell, of Silver Spring, Maryland, thought about taking the next step in their relationship.

“So, he was talking about how cool the eclipse is, how awesome it is that it’s happening in our lifetime, and I thought, ‘OK. So let’s get married,’” said Udell, formerly of Ann Arbor.

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Published August 1, 2017

By Samantha Shriber
C & G Special Writer

Succulents, plants that store water in their leaves and stems, have been popping up across the United States with the same heat as their desert roots.

Amelia Oke, of St. Clair Shores, said that succulents generate a cheerful and positive atmosphere for her household.

“My succulents at home are very healthy and happy,” she said in a Facebook message, explaining how they sit on counters and dresser tops with a lifelike happiness.

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Published August 1, 2017

When it comes to driving simply for the fun of it, many car enthusiasts turn to modern-day sports cars, but for Jon Albert, of Bloomfield Hills, nothing beats the driving experience of the 1940s.

Albert owns a 1946 MG TC roadster, the third model in the “T” series manufactured by the MG Car Co. in England. It’s a car that Albert has had his eye on since he was a kid, and now that he has one, he takes it out on the road “for the sheer enjoyment of driving.”

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Published July 28, 2017

By Samantha Shriber
C & G Special Writer

Yard and garage sales fill the neighborhood as summer carries on.

There are various reasons to host a sale. For example, nonprofit organization Tigerlily Cat Rescue hosts an annual sale in Sterling Heights to raise money for feline rescue services.

Others put on sales in relation to moving, to create more space in their homes or simply to remove the burden of neglected items.

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Published July 28, 2017

The Haugh family makes it a point to limit screen time for their children.

But a few evenings each week, you’ll see all four of their faces glued to a smartphone screen. And that’s OK, said Wendee Haugh, of Southfield.

“Although we use the app for this, it doesn’t count because it’s a family activity that we can do together and be outside,” Haugh said of geocaching.

The outdoor activity utilizes a smartphone’s GPS to navigate a neighborhood in search of hidden treasures, or caches, stashed at certain coordinates.

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Published July 26, 2017

OAKLAND COUNTY — Mosquitoes in a local pool recently tested positive for West Nile virus, according to officials from the Oakland County Health Division.

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Published July 26, 2017

SOUTHFIELD — Police are on the hunt for two men wanted in connection with recent armed robberies that occurred on the same day.

According to police reports, the first incident occurred at around 5:15 a.m. July 2 in the area of Eight Mile and Lahser roads.

A man told police that while he was walking, he cut through the parking lot of a gas station near the intersection and headed north on Lahser.

As he was walking, a man came up to him and hit him in the mouth with a stick, according to a police report. The man said he dropped his debit card and ran home.

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Published July 26, 2017

SOUTHFIELD — Residents may need to find a new route to work or home following a recent road closure.

According to officials from the Road Commission for Oakland County, Lahser Road was scheduled to be closed between Northwestern Highway and Civic Center Drive for a total reconstruction starting July 24.

Officials stated previously that the road would not close during the repairs, but a July 14 press release from Craig Bryson, public information officer for the Road Commission, said that the road will completely close through the duration of the project.

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Published July 19, 2017

A riot. A rebellion. Violent civil unrest. Whatever you choose to call it, the chaos that erupted at 12th and Clairmount in July 1967 and ravaged Detroit for the next five days changed the city forever.

The experience echoes in the memories of those who were there, and 50 years later they recall in vivid detail the sights and sounds of their city as it was turned into a war zone.

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Published July 19, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Budget cuts across the board have been a constant in recent years for Michigan’s public schools.

Educators and lawmakers have been at odds over the way schools are funded, and some Michiganders are worried that public funding will be used for private or for-profit institutions.

In an effort to bring the funding issue to the forefront, local residents Erica Foondle and Sara Scott have organized the March for Public Education from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 22 at Clark Park in southwest Detroit.

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Published July 19, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Summertime brings with it outdoor cookouts and giving in to your barbecue cravings. 

Barbecue season also means it is a good time to review the hazards of firing up a grill, and how to avoid them. Flare-ups and grease fires are both outcomes that can occur from operator error and a lack of knowledge when grilling. 

West Bloomfield Township Fire Marshal Byron Turnquist said that grills must be kept at least 10 feet away from any structure or combustible item, such as a piece of backyard furniture or litter. 

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