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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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Published July 22, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Things were going so well.


You started your seeds on time indoors or had luck finding gorgeous heirloom plants at the local greenhouse. Everything went into the ground on schedule, and the plants really took off when the weather turned from late spring to early summer.


But now the leaves of your once-lush cucumbers are yellow and brown. Your zucchini is turning to dust. Your cabbage and broccoli plants look like Swiss cheese.

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Published July 22, 2015

METRO DETROIT — It doesn’t take many ingredients to mix up a perfect summer evening: balmy air, a few friends and some refreshing drinks to sip on as the sun sets.

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Published July 21, 2015

BIRMINGHAM — Seaholm High school alumna Kaitlyn Krizanic has competed in a whopping 15 pageants. She never took home a title until she entered the one contest that mattered to her the most.

“I’m Birmingham born and raised,” said the newly crowned Miss Oakland County. “This is where my heart lies.”

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Published July 21, 2015

METRO DETROIT — This week marks the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, signed into law by President George H.W. Bush on July 26, 1990.

It might seem like common sense to ensure that people with disabilities have access to businesses, employment, transportation, government facilities and other everyday amenities. But making that common sense the law of the land was a long, uphill battle. Or, if you ask political advocate Elizabeth Bauer, who joined the fight for the ADA, it was more of an uphill crawl.

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Published July 20, 2015

BIRMINGHAM — Seaholm High school alumna Kaitlyn Krizanic has competed in a whopping 15 pageants. She never took home a title until she entered the one contest that mattered to her the most.


“I’m Birmingham born and raised,” said the newly crowned Miss Oakland County. “This is where my heart lies.”

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Published July 20, 2015

From hearses dating back to the 1890s to the luxury cars of today, a full sampling of vehicular history will be presented to the public at the upcoming 37th annual Concours d’Elegance of America on July 26.

The Concours d’Elegance, which used to be held at Meadow Brook Hall at Oakland University, is now located at the Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth.

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Published July 17, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Grieving the loss of a loved one can be a lonely experience, but it doesn’t have to be. Sometimes connecting with others who have also experienced a loss can aid in the healing process.

That’s the idea behind Camp Good Grief, a free one-day camp for children who have lost someone near to them. Run by Hospice of Michigan, this year’s camp will be held Friday, Aug. 28, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at YMCA Camp Ohiyesa, 7300 Hickory Ridge Road in Holly. The camp is for kids ages 8-17.

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Published July 17, 2015

SOUTHFIELD — To celebrate the rich history, diverse culture and vast artistic landscape of Detroit, Park West Gallery in Southfield is featuring three local artists this summer who encompass what Detroit is all about.

According to gallery director David Gorman, the exhibition, “Detroit’s Finest,” is meant to showcase the spirit of Detroit through art.

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Published July 17, 2015

SOUTHFIELD — City officials are canvassing neighborhoods to maintain curb appeal and keep homeowners up to date on the do’s and don’ts of code enforcement.

Launched earlier this month, the Neighborhood Walks program is designed to help the city step up its code enforcement efforts, according to Community Relations Director Michael Manion.

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Published July 17, 2015

SOUTHFIELD — Pet ownership: To you, it’s a few years. To animals like Madeline, Red and Barley, it’s forever.

Madeline, Red and Barley make up a fraction of the 70-plus dogs and cats looking for a permanent place to live who are available for adoption at Almost Home Animal Shelter.

To help the animals find a forever home, the shelter is holding an Adopt-A-Thon from noon-8 p.m. July 18 and 19 on the shelter’s grounds at 25503 Clara Lane.

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Published July 15, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Although the S.S. Columbia no longer calls River Rouge home, her legacy remains.

Built in 1902, the steamboat sits at a remarkable 216 feet long and 60 feet wide, and is powered by a 1,200-horsepower, triple-expansion steam engine.

She was designed to carry more than 3,000 passengers.

The S.S. Columbia transported hundreds of thousands of people from Detroit to Boblo Island from the time of her birth until the death of the amusement park in the early 1990s.

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Published July 15, 2015

A bucket list is typically defined as a list of experiences or goals one hopes to accomplish in their lifetime.

Oakland County Parks and Recreation is scaling that theme down a bit with its new bucket list: a number of activities that county residents should take advantage of outside at local parks before the warmth of summer falls away.

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Published July 15, 2015

METRO DETROIT — No two parenting styles are alike. You’ve got your helicopter parents, your attachment parents, your free-range parents — the options are seemingly endless.


But one thing most moms and dads can agree on is that raising a kid ain’t cheap. Learning how to save a few bucks can become an important component of everyday life.

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Published July 15, 2015

METRO DETROIT — ’Tis the season for summer and fall home repairs.


But as homeowners work rapidly to complete projects before the winter months, scam contractors might slip right under their noses.

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Published July 15, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Leslie McMahon has always had a connection to law enforcement.


Her late father, Arthur Dickinson, was an associate member of the Fraternal Order of Police No. 130 in Ferndale, and her late grandfather, E. Parker Dickinson, was a reserve officer in downtown Detroit.


So it’s fitting that McMahon is the president of the Professional Law Enforcement Association (PLEA) Foundation, a nonprofit organization that donates equipment and training to law enforcement professionals, including K-9 officers.

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Published July 13, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY —  The Oakland County Sheriff’s Office and local officials are reminding residents to take precautions before taking vessels on the lakes.


Sheriff Michael Bouchard said in a press release that boats and personal watercraft are more reliable these days; however, the operator must have a basic understanding of the mechanical system and how to operate the vessel.


Just because a person can drive a car doesn’t mean he or she can operate a boat or personal watercraft.

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Published July 13, 2015

Following the course of the calendar, local dealerships’ summer clearance season typically marks the transition of “out with the old, in with the new” as far as vehicle models are concerned.

According to some local auto dealers, many dealerships start trying to move the current model year’s inventory in the summer in order to make room for the next year’s model. In this case, that means selling off the 2015 models in anticipation of the arrival of 2016 ones.

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Published July 12, 2015

MACOMB COUNTY — Data collected from the Michigan State Police Traffic Crash Reporting Unit placed the intersection of Groesbeck Highway and Cass Avenue at the top of Macomb County’s most dangerous lists.

The bustling intersection that resides in both Mount Clemens and Clinton Township ranked No. 1 for the most accidents involving vehicle damage, and No. 1 for the most reported injury or fatality crashes in 2014.

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Published July 10, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Water levels on the Great Lakes have not only recovered over the past two years, but as of June, they are higher than they have been since the 1990s.


All five Great Lakes and Lake St. Clair have passed their long-term averages as of October of last year — breaking more than a decade of low water levels — and they have continued to rise over time. The measurements come from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and Environment Canada.

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