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Published August 16, 2015

METRO DETROIT — President Barack Obama unveiled his Clean Power Plan on Aug. 3, tasking the Environmental Protection Agency with setting goals for carbon emission reduction from power plants and leaving the states to figure out how to reach those targets.


With the reductions, the president hopes to slow carbon pollution into the atmosphere and reduce the severity of global warming in the long term.

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Published August 14, 2015

DETROIT — U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Michigan, unveiled a bill in Detroit on Aug. 10 that would require an international review of a Canadian power company’s proposal to bury nuclear waste less than a mile from the Lake Huron shore.


If passed, the legislation would invoke the Boundary Waters Treaty of 1909 between the U.S. and Canada, which would require the International Joint Commission to study the risks to the Great Lakes watershed and the State Department to negotiate with Canada to wait for those study results before approving a waste site.

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Published August 14, 2015

SOUTHFIELD — The Southfield City Council recently unanimously approved a plan from a New Zealand investment group for a commercial exemption certificate to rehab the former Holiday Inn hotel, 26555 Telegraph Road.

According to a news release from Community Relations Director Michael Manion, the 190-room hotel has been closed since 2009 and was recently purchased by Kiwi Hospitality. The building is reportedly one of Southfield’s most recognizable landmarks, due to its architecture and location.

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Published August 14, 2015

SOUTHFIELD — Hundreds of people gathered Aug. 8 to pay their respects and celebrate the life of Southfield Fire Chief Keith Rowley.

A public wake was held at the Southfield Pavilion, 26000 Evergreen Road, following a funeral service at Christian Tabernacle Church, 26555 Franklin Road.

Rowley, 58, passed away July 31 after reportedly jumping into Lake St. Clair.

A large picture of Rowley smiled over the event space as family members, friends, residents and non residents alike congregated to share a meal and talk.

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Published August 10, 2015

It typically brings in more than a million people each year, and this year’s Woodward Dream Cruise promises to be no different.

On Aug. 15, car connoisseurs and casual fans will flock together to watch classic cars careen down Woodward Avenue. from Ferndale to Pontiac. Also in attendance will be auto clubs, many of which bring some of their favorite vehicles to the event.

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Published August 7, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — The Detroit Arsenal of Democracy Museum in St. Clair Shores will remember the final end of World War II on Aug. 15 with an event showcasing rare photographs, artifacts and a chance to meet veterans who fought in the Pacific.

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Published August 6, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Nutrition facts labels may receive a face-lift in the future.


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration proposed July 24 that food companies include the percentage of the daily value for added sugars on labels of packaged food. The proposal comes after the FDA recommended March 3, 2014, that added sugars, in addition to the sugar content, be displayed separately on labels.

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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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