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Published April 28, 2015

METRO DETROIT — The most destructive war ever fought in Europe ended on May 8, 1945. That point in time will forever be known to history as V-E Day.

For those who lived through the war, it was both the end and the beginning.

Gone forever were millions of lives. Millions more were left grieving, homeless and hungry, struggling to pick up the pieces of their shattered world. Towns that had stood for centuries were obliterated. It was a cataclysm never before seen, the end result of maniacal nationalism and industrialized war.

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Published April 27, 2015

ROYAL OAK — The Detroit Zoological Society is seeking $55,000 through online donations to construct a “biodigester,” a device that would collect the methane from animal waste and turn it into electricity.


The money is part of the final effort needed to construct the digester, Detroit Zoo Chief Operating Officer Gerry Van Acker said. The zoo already has raised $900,000.

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Published April 27, 2015

Several of Michigan’s traffic intersections with the most total accidents or related injuries or deaths in 2014 were found in Oakland and Macomb counties, according to top 10 lists recently compiled by a law firm.

Using data from the Michigan State Police Traffic Crash Reporting Unit, the Michigan Auto Law firm’s website posted in March that the Michigan intersection with the most accidents last year was South State Road at West Ellsworth Road in Ann Arbor, with 170 accidents.

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Published April 22, 2015

NOVI — Men, you might as well look away now.


There will be a lot to see and do during the 20th annual Michigan International Women’s Show from April 30-May 3 at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi.


“It has definitely grown,” Beth Anderson, executive show manager of Southern Shows, said. “It has changed, and we hope that everyone enjoys it as much today as they did 20 years ago when it first started at the Novi Expo Center.”

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Published April 21, 2015

DETROIT — Local leading jazz musicians will be sharing a famous stage with some aspiring jazz greats of tomorrow when the University Liggett School Jazz Band opens for the Scott Gwinnell Jazz Orchestra on April 30 at the Music Hall Jazz Café.

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Published April 21, 2015

A 52-year-old Detroit man died from injuries he sustained as a passenger in a rollover crash on northbound I-75, at Maple, just after 11 p.m. April 17.

William McCoy was pronounced dead at the scene. It is not known if he was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, which remains under investigation, said Troy police Sgt. Meghan Lehman.

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Published April 20, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — On May 9, residents can catch a free ride to and from the Detroit Institute of Arts as part of the museum’s County Days program.


The program, which is provided four times a year for tri-county residents, is a good opportunity for people to get downtown and see a return on their investment, explained Thomas Guastello, chair of the Oakland County Art Institute Authority.


The investment was the 2012 voter-approved, 10-year, 0.2-mill levy to provide free DIA admission for Wayne, Macomb and Oakland County residents.

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Published April 20, 2015

With the right frame of mind, drivers navigating a roundabout in metro Detroit can turn going in circles into a positive experience, according to road and driving safety representatives.

Construction recently began on an upcoming roundabout at 14 Mile Road at Orchard Lake Road at the border of West Bloomfield and Farmington Hills, according to Craig Bryson, spokesman for the Road Commission for Oakland County. The RCOC expects the project to be finished this autumn.

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Published April 17, 2015

C & G Newspapers Staff Writer Kevin Bunch is one of 10 journalists nationwide selected for the University of Rhode Island’s Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting’s 17th annual Science Immersion Workshop for Journalists. Bunch writes about Eastpointe and Roseville for the Eastsider, and he has carved out a niche as C & G Newspapers’ science writer.

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Published April 17, 2015

Five members of the C & G Newspapers team took home awards at the Society of Professional Journalists Detroit Chapter’s annual Excellence in Journalism competition at the San Marino Club in Troy on April 15. The awards recognized work from 2014.

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Published April 17, 2015

Troy police are asking for help to identify a man who robbed the TCF Bank at 1484 Coolidge at 11 a.m. April 16.

The suspect is described as a white man between 35 and 50 years old, 5 feet 9 inches to 6 feet 2 inches tall and 180-210 pounds. He had short, sandy brown hair and a light complexion.

He was wearing a black Carhartt jacket over a black hooded sweatshirt, and stonewashed denim jeans and brown shoes.

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Published April 16, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD/TROY — The West Bloomfield School District Board of Education adopted a resolution in support of Proposal 1 at the board meeting March 23.


Six of the seven members signed the resolution. Nelson Hersh was not present for the meeting.

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Published April 15, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — From catching criminals on horseback in the 1820s to using helicopters today, the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office has maintained the same values it was founded on nearly two centuries ago, Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said.


“It has really evolved, but the mission is the same: to have honorable men and women do all they can to make this a great community,” Bouchard said.

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Published April 15, 2015

Employees drove SMART buses out of a smoky garage so firefighters could get firetrucks inside to extinguish a bus ablaze in the middle of the facility on Barrett, near Crooks and Maple, just before 11 p.m. April 12.

Assistant Troy Fire Chief Dave Roberts said that when firefighters arrived, they encountered “heavy smoke, with near-zero visibility.”

Roberts said that Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation employees drove several buses out of the garage before firefighters got there to make room for firefighting equipment to be brought inside.

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Published April 15, 2015

A clothes dryer sparked a fire at a home on Ledge Court, off of Coolidge, south of Wattles, at about 8:15 a.m. April 9.

Troy Assistant Fire Chief David Roberts said the resident was drying clothes in her dryer in the first-floor laundry room of the two-story home when the smoke detector sounded.

She tried to put out the blaze with a fire extinguisher, then dialed 911 and got her four children out of the home safely, Roberts said in a prepared statement. 

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Published April 15, 2015

Walsh College grad Jesse Ford started his career as an accountant with American Axle in the corporate treasury department.

He is now executive producer of The Work Inc., a digital media agency with four other partners, including his brother Shane, and 11 employees.

The Work recently expanded into a partnership with a company in Los Angeles and was launched with help from the Walsh College Blackstone LaunchPad program. The team met through their involvement in Detroit’s music scene, either as performers or as music venue owners.

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Published April 15, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Ain’t progress grand? Our phones rarely keep us tethered to the wall anymore. Thanks to email, our messages are as fast as lightning and don’t require a stamp. With MP3 players, we don’t have to wait for the radio disc jockey to play our favorite tune.


With so many changes in our everyday lives, it only makes sense that other activities we’re used to — like camping — would evolve with the times, too.

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Published April 15, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Ain’t progress grand? Our phones rarely keep us tethered to the wall anymore. Thanks to email, our messages are as fast as lightning and don’t require a stamp. With MP3 players, we don’t have to wait for the radio disc jockey to play our favorite tune.


With so many changes in our everyday lives, it only makes sense that other activities we’re used to — like camping — would evolve with the times, too.

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Published April 15, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Starting April 16, water heater manufacturers must comply with mandatory new standards issued by the U.S. Department of Energy geared toward conserving energy.


The new water heaters will be larger in size, due to increased insulation, and will have more expensive price tags, but they will save more energy.

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Published April 15, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Children who enjoy live theater are invited to check out two productions coming to the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts this month.

“My Heart in a Suitcase” is scheduled for 9:45 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. April 21.

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