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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

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Local streets will be repaired this summer after the City Council approved a bid for concrete reconstruction.


Council members voted July 20 to award the bid to Mark Anthony Construction, of Rochester Hills, for $1.468 million to redo three residential streets in the city: Edgewood between Alice and Englehardt, Euclid from Greater Mack to its end in a cul-de-sac, and Elmira from Greater Mack west to North Lake High School.

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Published August 5, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — The city of St. Clair Shores agreed to purchase five homes and seven vacant lots — including a lakefront piece of property — from the Macomb County Treasurer’s Office as part of a group of properties seized by the county for back taxes.


This year’s group, larger than the 2014 batch, cost the city $117,510.44.

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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

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 4, 2015

DETROIT — If you’re looking for drama and tension, you’ll have to find it in the songs Whiplash plays. Most bands disintegrate because of conflict, but the guys in Whiplash — all local music scene veterans — say this group is thankfully free of that.


“We all get along well,” said bassist and vocalist Rick Crooker, of Clinton Township. “There’s no friction.”


Drummer and vocalist Ernie Modestino, of St. Clair Shores, chimed in with a similar sentiment.

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Published July 31, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — A great athlete, a safe driver and a kindhearted person is how friends and family say they remember 20-year-old James Bush.


“He was a kid that just would always lend a helping hand. No matter what it was, he would do what was asked of him,” said Steve Belcourt, of St. Clair Shores, Bush’s uncle.

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Published July 31, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — St. Clair Shores police are looking for a man who witnesses say attacked an 80-year-old man and stole his wallet while he was cutting his lawn.


Detective Sgt. Jay Cohoe said the 80-year-old man was sweeping up along the sidewalk outside his home in the 28000 block of Larchmont around 8:30 a.m. July 30 when a man came up from behind him and hit him on the back, forcing him to the ground.


“While he had him pinned down, he ripped his wallet out of his back shorts pocket,” Cohoe said.

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Published July 30, 2015

A half-dozen stolen motorcycles were discovered at a home in the 21000 block of Elaine Street following a tip called in to the Macomb Auto Theft Squad.

On July 21, after receiving the tip, St. Clair Shores police officers found a stolen motorcycle in the front yard of the home.

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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

Also making improvements on the Nautical Mile is Steve’s Backroom, which received a liquor license in 2009 in exchange for promises to make improvements to the building it occupies.

City Planner Liz Koto told City Council July 20 that earlier this summer, it was discovered that new windows were being installed at Steve’s Backroom, 24317 Jefferson Ave., without a building permit. When the city investigated further, she said, they discovered that exterior renovations approved in 2009 in conjunction with the liquor license for the restaurant had not been completed.

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Published July 29, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES —It’s well past the time for spring cleaning, but summer seems to be the season for businesses on the Nautical Mile to make plans for improvements.

Several restaurants located on Jefferson Avenue along the Nautical Mile appeared before City Council July 20, asking for site plan approval for additions, outdoor seating and other renovations to their eateries.

Proprietors of Detroit’s Finest Coney Island, 25801 Jefferson Avenue, went before council looking for approval for a plan to add an outdoor seating area.

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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

ST. CLAIR SHORES —A bigger fitness center with a walking track, an office that’s compliant with the Americans With Disabilities Act and a café addition to the kitchen are all dreams that could come true for the St. Clair Shores Senior Activity Center now that the federal government has approved a loan to finance renovations.

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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

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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