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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

On Aug. 4, voters were asked who they would like to see move on to the general election in the race to occupy vacant seats on the City Council. They said: Donald Fracassi, Lloyd Crews, Linnie Taylor, Tawyna Morris, Daniel Brightwell, Sidney Lantz, Tiffany Tilley and Diane Fuselier-Thompson.

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Published August 4, 2015

SOUTHFIELD — For over a year, the people who live, work and play in Southfield have been dodging orange barrels and inching along in traffic on Evergreen Road. Soon, though, the road will be nothing but smooth sailing, as the major construction project wraps up.

Road work began June 26, 2014, on a $12.1 million project that is said to change the face of the city. It is a total reconstruction of 1.1 miles of Evergreen Road, between Northwestern Highway and 11 Mile Road.

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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 1, 2015

According to a news release from Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham, the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office Dive team has recovered the body of Southfield Fire Chief Keith Rowley.

Rowley’s body was recovered at 7:10 p.m. Aug. 3, when a Macomb Sheriff's Aviation Unit located his body. The Marine Division deputies and dive team members recovered the body from approximately 12 feet of water, Wickersham said in the news release. Rowley was about a half mile from the original search area.

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Published July 30, 2015

DEARBORN — This summer, many families will hit the road en route to a vacation destination. The kids will most likely be glued to their tablets or smartphones, but for earlier generations, the sites and signs along the way provided their own colorful entertainment.

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Published July 29, 2015

METRO DETROIT — While the invasive gypsy moth has not been a major problem in the metro Detroit area for years, the Macomb County Michigan State University Extension office is asking residents to keep an eye out for signs of the insect’s resurgence.

The gypsy moth is an invasive species from Europe that, in years past, has torn through tree populations in North America, defoliating trees and, in high enough numbers, causing their deaths. Previous outbreaks were handled using pesticides, and every fall, MSU does inspections to see how many egg masses it can find.

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Published July 29, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Prostitution is real in metro Detroit. There are men and women who work the streets out of desperation and become trapped by it. But one group is trying to earn their trust and help them find another way.

All Worthy of Love (AWOL) was founded in Detroit in 2012. The group became a licensed 501(c)(3) nonprofit in 2013. The same year, a second chapter opened in Austin, Texas.

The group has no paid staff. Everyone is a volunteer, including the founder, Lindsey Fischer. AWOL averages 40-50 volunteers, with 20-30 volunteers at the Detroit chapter.

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Published July 29, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Last May, Mahesh Lunani left his position as vice president of a large corporation to pursue the goal of starting his own company.

It was a gamble, but one that is paying off.

Lunani was among five business owners named as recipients of the inaugural round of awards from the Innovation Fund Macomb Community College, powered by JPMorgan Chase & Co.

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Published July 29, 2015

METRO DETROIT — For bargain hunters, there’s nothing quite like a garage sale. The search for an oh-so-good deal — that needle-in-the-haystack item that was barely used and is priced to sell — is about as thrilling as it gets.


Many people are now realizing that the same thrill can be found without even leaving the couch. Thanks to secondary market websites like Craigslist and eBay, along with online resale groups on Facebook, the clearance rack is always open.

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Published July 29, 2015

METRO DETROIT — With some of the most popular weeks for American travel upon us, local law enforcement agencies say there are simple steps to take to protect your home and property while you are away.


St. Clair Shores Police Lt. David Centala said that, while putting lights on timers inside your home and making sure the outside of your home is illuminated is always a good idea, 99 percent of home invasions actually occur during the day.

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Published July 28, 2015

SOUTHFIELD — The Materials Recovery Facility at the Resource Recovery and Recycling Authority of Southwest Oakland County is ready to reopen after a fire blazed through the building last spring. 

The facility, 20000 W. Eight Mile Road, is part of ReCommunity, a company specializing in resource recovery. Officials from RRRASOC and ReCommunity jointly announced plans to reopen the facility in early 2016. Renovation work will be completed this summer.

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Published July 28, 2015

ROCHESTER — The Michigan Senior Olympics is celebrating its 36th anniversary this year and invites the public to an opening ceremony at 6 p.m. Aug. 7 in Rochester Municipal Park.

The free event will include a torch lighting ceremony at 6 p.m., free ice cream, face painters, balloon artists, music, mini-olympics for children and more.

“We want people to know that we are here in the Oakland County area, so we are just trying to spread the word and make it a fun event,” said MSO Executive Director Becky Ridkey.

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Published July 28, 2015

“Keep your eyes on the road” is a maxim so common that it has become a cliché, but fewer things have been said about clearing away objects that can obstruct a driver’s vision of the road.

Gary Bubar, public affairs specialist from AAA Michigan, said state law forbids people from obstructing the windshield’s field of view.

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Published July 22, 2015

SOUTHFIELD — The Southfield Police Department is trying to track down who could be responsible for several recent thefts from vehicles.

According to the Citizen Observer Crime Report by the Southfield Police Department’s Crime Prevention Bureau, several larcenies from autos have been reported late at night or  in the early morning hours.

As of press time, 11 larcenies involving stolen wheels and tires have been reported throughout the city since late last month at the following locations:

• the 21000 block of Telegraph June 22.

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Published July 22, 2015

SOUTHFIELD — Northland Center may be shuttered, but that hasn’t stopped a group of locals who used to roam the halls from getting in their daily workout.

After the mall, located at 21500 Northwestern Highway, closed down in the spring due to financial issues, Minie Washington, of Southfield, said she was disappointed because for the last nine years, she has used the mall for her daily workouts.

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Published July 22, 2015

Over 300 people gathered to light candles, send off balloons and speak about Darius Cooley 9 p.m. July 21 at Southfield High School.

Cooley — an Oak Park teen, and a junior and part of the basketball and football teams at Southfield High School — died after an incident in an apartment complex pool July 20.

Cooley’s parents, Montell Johnson and Crystale Cooley, and close family also attended the vigil.

Jalen Banks, 18, said he knew Cooley well.

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Published July 22, 2015

LATHRUP VILLAGE — Residents gathered around tables for a presentation and discussion on the latest design plans for an all-new City Hall recently.

Representatives from the Michigan Municipal League and Michigan State University met with community members at 6 p.m. July 16 in the Community Room of Lathrup Village City Hall to discuss the latest developments on the future of the building, located at 27400 Southfield Road.

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Published July 22, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Gov. Rick Snyder signed six bills June 29 amending Michigan’s election law to eliminate February elections, which supporters say will save taxpayers money.


Prior to the amendment, elections could be held on four dates in a year, which included the fourth Tuesday in February.

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