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Published June 24, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Tick bites can have long-lasting consequences.


A specific species of the bloodsucking arachnid, the blacklegged tick — also known as the deer tick — can spread Lyme disease, a bacterial infection that, if left untreated, can cause issues for months or years after the initial bite.

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Published June 24, 2015

METRO DETROIT — The housing market in metro Detroit is still flooded with buyers and sellers, but things may get a little more difficult for sellers as interest rates have started trending upward and more buyers are looking to get into new builds.


Keller Williams real estate agent John Kurczak, based in Sterling Heights, said that just as things have changed in the types of homes that buyers are looking at, so too has the way that homes are sold.

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Published June 24, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Hot, humid days spent sizzling under the summer sun are one of the few antidotes to a long Michigan winter.


Soaking up the heat is fine, of course, as long as it’s not your food that’s doing the sweating.


The Oakland County Health Division recently released a list of food safety reminders as residents get ready to head out for summer picnics. Tony Drautz, environmental health administrator for the division, said they like to give cooks a brush-up on the basics this time of year, when meals tend to migrate outdoors.

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Published June 24, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — The city of St. Clair Shores has three more properties off its books and on the tax rolls, in part due to the Community Open House event held at the end of May.


A condominium in the 21000 block of 11 Mile Road that the city purchased as part of the 2014 tax foreclosure listings from Macomb County was listed for sale May 29.

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Published June 24, 2015

LANSING — Although Wigs 4 Kids provides wigs and other services, free of charge, to children who lose their hair because of a medical issue or through treatment for a medical issue, there are so many more children in need of wigs than are cared for by the St. Clair Shores-based charity and salon.


“Everybody can’t get access,” said Wigs 4 Kids founder and CEO Maggie Varney. “Some of our kids and families that want to come here, we have to send them gas cards so they can come here and pick up a wig for free.”

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Published June 24, 2015

METRO DETROIT — After the YMCA helped set a Guinness World Record last year for the largest simultaneous swimming lesson, you’d think they’d take a year off.

Think again.

Last week, the nonprofit teamed up again with World’s Largest Swim Lesson — a coalition of national water safety experts and trainers — to try to set the record for the world’s largest swim lesson in 24 hours. Currently, Team WLSL holds the Guinness record for the largest simultaneous swimming lesson, with 36,564 participants in 22 countries around the world.

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Published June 22, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Sixteen people around metro Detroit have been charged in what the federal government is calling the largest Medicare fraud takedown in history.

Nationwide, 243 arrests were made as part of the investigation, including doctors, nurses and other licensed medical professionals for their alleged participation in schemes to defraud Medicare of $712 million through false billings. The investigation also led to the suspension of a number of health care providers.

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Published June 22, 2015

A stretch of Van Dyke Avenue in Warren is seeing signs of redevelopment as General Motors and a local dealership have committed to investing in the area.

In May, GM announced that its Warren Technical Center in Warren is poised to undergo an estimated nine-figure investment toward renovation and expansion.

GM spokesman Dan Flores said the automaker opened the Tech Center in the 1950s, and it has served as a core hub of vehicle development and design as well as research and development.

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Published June 19, 2015

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — With the Pride of Michigan floating in the background, local officials and business leaders touted the impact that the lake continues to have on the local economy during the second annual State of Lake St. Clair address on June 10.

County Executive Mark Hackel said Macomb County’s Blue Water Economy initiative is the reason for numerous accomplishments since its inception in 2013.

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Published June 18, 2015

MOUNT CLEMENS — Dozens of prisoners at the Macomb County Jail were released the evening of June 17 and the morning of June 18 due to overcrowding, sheriff’s officials reported.

According to Sheriff Anthony Wickersham, an overcrowding state of emergency was declared on June 2 after the jail population exceeded the rated design capacity (RDC).

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Published June 17, 2015

METRO DETROIT — The flooring scene has changed drastically in the last few years, according to flooring experts in the area.


New types of flooring are available, such as luxury vinyl, which can resemble any other type of floor. And other timeless types of flooring, such as hardwood and carpet, have advanced leaps and bounds in terms of stability, finishes, style and softness.


Matt Pfeiffer, owner of Northern Flooring in Lake Orion, said that hardwood is the No. 1 type of flooring in Michigan and the best investment in terms of resale factor.

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Published June 17, 2015

METRO DETROIT — With winters that seem to last most of the year, Michiganders know how to take advantage of the warm weather once it finally rolls around.


Dinner time, exercise routines and daily play all seem to migrate outdoors in the summer months. It should come as no surprise, then, that many families in metro Detroit like to relocate movie night to the open air, too.

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Published June 17, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — After months and, in some cases, years of growing it out, a dozen local students took the plunge and gave up their locks for children in need.


This is the third time that Rodgers Elementary has sponsored a cut-a-thon from Wigs 4 Kids at the school, and 12 students and one teacher had at least 10 inches cut June 3.


Seven-year-old first-grader Reece Heier said she was looking forward to having the haircut “because it’s going to be really hot this summer.”

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Published June 17, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — With this being the first year of a stricter new standard for drunken driving on boats, this will also be the first year the St. Clair Shores Police Department can recoup its costs for those arrested for being under the influence on the water.

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Published June 17, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — The plans are in place for fireworks to light up the shores of Lake St. Clair at the end of the month, when the annual St. Clair Shores Fireworks Extravaganza comes to Veterans Memorial Park.


Dennis George Karwoski, of the St. Clair Shores Activities Committee, said a change in vendor for the fireworks means the city is getting more bang for its buck.


“For the same amount of money, they are providing us over double what we’ve been getting in the past years,” he said of Wolverine Fireworks in Saginaw.

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Published June 15, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — When you are enjoying the beach at Veterans Memorial Park, you are on the spot of the old Paradise-on-the-Lake band shell.

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Published June 15, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — The hunt for the biggest bass in Lake St. Clair will return to the Nine Mile Boat Ramp on June 28 when Monster Quest XII comes to town.


This year’s two-angler team bass tournament will begin with registration at 4:30 a.m. June 28 at the Nine Mile Boat Ramp behind the Chapaton Retention Basin.


Event planner Terry Melvin Sr. said they’re hoping for good weather to draw about 100 boats to the tournament.

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Published June 15, 2015

METRO DETROIT — The Michigan Gaming Control Board and 15 plaintiffs, including the Michigan Charitable Gaming Association, have been in a legal battle since the MGCB filed new rules on May 14, 2014, that would significantly limit the amount and type of business conducted in charity poker lounges.

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Published June 15, 2015

Few things suggest summer like vacations, camping, cookouts and the beach. But AAA Michigan is reminding drivers that summer can also bring increased danger on the roads.

According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, the season between Memorial Day and Labor Day makes up what AAA calls the “100 Deadliest Days.” Teen deaths related to auto accidents tend to rise during this period partly because teens have more time and chances to drive, according to the foundation.

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Published June 11, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Fireworks are a Fourth of July staple.


From cherry bombs to Roman candles, Michiganders have enjoyed launching fireworks since before the Fireworks Safety Act of 2011 was signed into law, permitting consumer pyrotechnics on the day before, day of and day after designated national holidays.


But for some veterans, fireworks and other loud noises can trigger memories from military experiences.

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