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Published March 25, 2015

TROY — Family members and friends of Jamila Monet Vigler-Cage, 21, of Auburn Hills, crowded 52-4 District Court March 18 as Judge Maureen McGinnis ordered the victim’s ex-boyfriend to undergo a competency exam.


Cory Daniel Mullen, 24, of Clinton Township, is charged with first-degree homicide in Vigler-Cage’s death.

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Published March 25, 2015

TROY — The City Council unanimously agreed March 9 to spend $2 million from the 2014-15 general fund balance to begin replacing slabs of concrete on some local county roads.


Work will start soon on Big Beaver, near Somerset Collection; on John R, from Maple to Long Lake; and on Dequindre, from north of Maple to Long Lake. The work will be done on segments not completed in last year’s projects.

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Published March 25, 2015

METRO DETROIT — In William Shakespeare’s “As You Like It,” the revered poet and playwright said that “all the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.”


More than 400 years later, that quote can be attributed to something more traditional and commonplace: interior design and real estate.


Home staging is arguably more popular than it’s ever been before. The process of preparing a home to make it more appealing to potential buyers has become vital to those who sell homes.

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Published March 25, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Let’s face it: When it comes to snapping prom photos, seniors are probably more concerned with what their Instagram feed will look like than how the actual printed photos will turn out.

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Published March 24, 2015

In an effort to educate the public about coyotes and minimize human/coyote conflicts, the Troy Public Library will host a program about the highly adaptable animal.

Maggie Forrest, adult reference librarian and a gardener, organized the program. She lives in Lake Orion.

“We’ve seen some,” she said, adding that she believes coyotes have been seen in Troy.

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Published March 24, 2015

LANSING — Third time’s the charm.


At least that’s what Matthew Falk is hoping when it comes to Logan’s Law, a bipartisan bill his own dog helped to inspire.


Michigan Rep. Paul Muxlow, R-Brown City, reintroduced the legislation to the Michigan House of Representatives on March 17 in hopes of getting support from the House and eventually the Senate to create a registry database for convicted animal abusers.

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Published March 24, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — It’s been 10 years since Jennifer Shields first began training law enforcement officers to spot signs of mental illness. Though it’s been a decade, Shields said she still encounters police who are “blown away” by what they learn from her.

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Published March 23, 2015

The spring starts a new season of construction, but awareness could keep drivers from being barraged by sights of barrels during their commutes — or at least let them plan for a longer drive.

Oakland and Macomb counties’ road commissions have announced several upcoming projects for the spring and beyond.

According to Bob Hoepfner, director of the Macomb County Department of Roads, his agency plans to do about $42 million in roadwork this construction season.

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Published March 18, 2015

The Troy City Council unanimously approved an agreement March 9 for two police officers to patrol Somerset Collection.

There is no cost to the city.

“This is a fully funded position through the Somerset Collection,” Troy police Lt. Chris Stout told the council.

There has been one Troy police officer assigned to Somerset Collection, funded by the Somerset Collection, since 2013.

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Published March 17, 2015

The first Field & Stream store in Michigan opened its doors in the north parking lot of Oakland Mall last week.

The 50,000-square-foot store is the first Field & Stream location in Michigan, said Chase McClain, spokesman for the store. There are 11 stores across the country.

The store was constructed on the site of the former Circuit City. 

“We find this to be a tremendous addition to Oakland Mall,” Ben Carlisle, of Carlisle/Wortman Associates, the city’s planning consultant, said at a previous Planning Commission meeting. 

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Published March 17, 2015

Lego lovers rejoice.

Michigan’s first and only attraction based on the world-famous Lego brick is coming to Great Lakes Crossing in Auburn Hills next year.

The schedule calls for construction to begin this summer on Legoland Discovery Center Michigan and for the project to be completed in spring 2016, according to an announcement by Merlin Entertainment, which operates Legoland attractions worldwide.

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Published March 16, 2015

ROCHESTER — After years of fading into the background, the sounds of bells, whistles, digitized music and flippers hitting pinballs are coming back.


That old arcade mainstay has seen breaths of new life during the past few years, and enthusiasts around metro Detroit are helping put pinball machines back into the spotlight with local leagues running throughout the year, and a four-day annual event — the Michigan Pinball Expo — scheduled for April.

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Published March 16, 2015

A 46-year-old Hazel Park man was charged with drunken driving and child endangerment after witnesses reportedly saw him drink a large can of beer as he drove with his three children at John R and Maple just before 7:30 p.m. March 14. 

Police stopped the vehicle, and they said they smelled a very strong odor of intoxicants from inside.

Police reportedly saw an open can of beer in the console and three young children in the back seat.

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Published March 16, 2015

A car with chipping, scratches, fading or worse cannot hide under winter grime forever, but repainting options exist just in time for a spring makeover. 

Allan Edwards, owner of Maaco Collision Repair & Auto Painting in Shelby Township, said drivers get their cars repainted for a number of reasons, such as collision work, corrosion restoration or a simple refreshing.

“A lot of times, they’ve just got older cars looking pretty bland,” he said. “Sometimes they want to do a totally different color.”

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Published March 12, 2015

Armenian music likely would not be what most people think of when they think of the music that has made Detroit.

But it has.

Troy Chamber of Commerce President Ara Topouzian will share the culture and music of his Armenian heritage in a film he created and produced, which will air on Detroit Public Television March 16. 

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Published March 11, 2015

While a cancer diagnosis is frightening, the effects of treatment, which may include chemotherapy, may be even more frightening for some.

According to the American Cancer Society website, chemotherapy differs from surgery or radiation in that it treats the whole body. Side effects of the treatment can include nausea, fatigue, vomiting, loss of appetite, itching or rash, numbness or tingling in the hands or feet, diarrhea, constipation and hair loss.

The most difficult part of cancer treatment for many, especially women, to grapple with is hair loss.

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Published March 11, 2015

Unique architecture and the tenets of different religions will be on display during the Places of Worship Tours offered through the Troy Historic Village.

“We’ve done something similar years ago,” said Stephanie Suszek, adult programs and services director for the Troy Historic Village.

Each month through August, a different place of worship will offer a guided tour. The first tour of the program is from 7:30-8:30 p.m. March 18 at the Bharatiya Temple, 6850 N. Adams Road.

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Published March 11, 2015

METRO DETROIT — A few years ago, when Jason Davidson’s hair was completely shaved off during the St. Baldrick’s Foundation cancer fundraiser, a young girl battling the illness came up to him and said “thank you.”


Touched by her words, “It was hard to come up with a response,” Davidson said.

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Published March 11, 2015

METRO DETROIT — They have a certain austere beauty and create remarkable sculptures when they begin to thaw and refreeze around trees, bushes or just the ground, but those large icicles growing from your roof could be an indication of a larger problem — ice damming on the roof.


An ice dam is a buildup of ice on roofs caused by melting snow that refreezes around the eaves of a house; it is usually quite easy to spot, experts say, because of the large icicles and pieces of ice that form on the edge of the roof of the house.

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Published March 11, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Bored with barbells and sick of stair climbers? You’re not the only one. More and more people are making dance a part of their regular workout routine — and they’re having a great time doing it.


Ivy Mitchell, of Clawson, knows how effective it can be to take exercising out of the gym and onto the dance floor. She teaches Zumba fitness classes in Clawson and Eastpointe, guiding students through interval-style full-body workouts masked as upbeat dance routines.

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