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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

Firefighters and a hazardous materials response team worked to plug a gas leak, clean up diesel fuel and put out a fire on the city’s southwest side after crews using a pavement milling machine severed a natural gas line  just after 11 a.m. June 18.

The machine caught fire, igniting the machine fuel line and spilling diesel fuel onto the ground and into a storm sewer.

Road workers had been using the pavement milling machine to remove part of the pavement to work on a water main project in front of 1715 Maxwell when the gas line was cut.

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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

Looking to taste, smell, hear and see the Greek isles close to home for a couple of bucks or three cans of food?

Opa! Fest once again will bring all things Greek to the grounds of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church.

Kessie Kaltsounis has helped with and organized the event that has been held on the grounds of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church for the last 23 years. She said the festival gives the church members the chance to share their Greek culture with the community.

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Published June 17, 2015

For Greg Lipple, a Niles Community High School Class of 2008 graduate, life has been about recognizing opportunity.

Niles Community High School is a nontraditional classroom-taught high school in the Troy School District.

At the beginning of what would have been his senior year at Athens High School, his counselor, Mark Dziatczak, now assistant superintendent for the Troy School District, told Lipple it would take him three years to finish up his credits at Athens, or he could go to Niles Community High School and complete his high school credits in two years.

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Published June 17, 2015

While the last national holiday did not cause a spike in police or fire calls for service due to fireworks-related issues, police and fire officials want to make sure that residents stay safe for the Fourth of July.

Benjamin Neims, crime data analyst for the Troy police, said that during Memorial Day and the day before and the day after, police received one call regarding fireworks during the permitted times that fireworks may be ignited. One call was received May 22-23 during a restricted time, and no calls related to fireworks were received from May 27-28.

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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 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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Published June 10, 2015

When R.J. Grunewald heard what a local 10-year-old boy wanted for his birthday, he felt compelled to help.

Grunewald is a youth minister at Faith Lutheran Church in Troy. He learned from Aimee Kilcher, of St. Clair Shores, that her son R.J., who is involved with the church’s homeschool and music programs, didn’t want presents for his 11th birthday on July 13. Instead, he wants to donate Crocs shoes to kids at the rehab centers where he gets treatment.

R.J. has cerebral palsy and wears a brace that goes from his knee to his foot.

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Published June 10, 2015

METRO DETROIT — It’s time to let your light shine — in your home, that is.


We all have many lighting styles in our homes: table lamps, under-cabinet lights, and even the tuxedo of lights: chandeliers.


But what kinds of lighting work best for your abode?


Corie Conroy, owner of Bloomfield Hills-based First Impression Home Staging and Interior Design, said different lighting packs a unique punch in your home, like bedroom table lighting that creates a calming feel.

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Published June 10, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Father’s Day is tough.


How do you express your gratitude for the man who gave you so many happy memories over the years, gave you unyielding support to follow your dreams and the pearls of wisdom to actually get you there?


Somehow, a tie just doesn’t seem to cut it.

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Published June 10, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — The constant juggle of work and school, as well as a number of other daily responsibilities, can be a strain on many families.

When physical and cognitive disabilities are tossed into the mix, the results can be positively overwhelming, explained Kelli Dobner, vice president and chief development officer for the Judson Center.

For more than 90 years, the Judson Center has provided services to strengthen children, adults and families impacted by autism, developmental disabilities, mental health challenges, abuse and neglect.

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Published June 9, 2015

As students begin their summer vacation, road construction in front of Somerset Collection will ramp up.

In March, the Troy City Council agreed to earmark $2 million from the city’s reserve funding to get started on road projects on county roads.

Major work on John R, from Long Lake to south of Maple, was finished last week, but there will be rolling lane closures to complete the project, said Kurt Bovensiep, Troy public works manager.

“It’s a little ahead of schedule,” he said.

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Published June 8, 2015

METRO DETROIT — The hum of engines across metro Detroit promises to be a familiar sound of summer as communities hold their annual classic car and auto events.

Although the Woodward Dream Cruise, which is scheduled this year for Aug. 15, is known as the largest classic car event in the area, auto events in Shelby Township, Roseville, Grosse Pointe Shores and Eastpointe will take place in June, and others will occur in August.

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Published June 8, 2015

METRO DETROIT — In the fall of 2010, John Cummings began talking to residents in the neighborhoods of southwest Detroit. He estimates that he had around 200 one-on-one conversations with the people in the community, developing a feeling for their passions, their interests and concerns.

Conversation led to collaboration, and five years later, there are two groups: Grace in Action, the church community with Cummings as pastor, and Grace in Action, the entrepreneurship arm and 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

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