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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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Published March 11, 2015

METRO DETROIT — The legal team of the lesbian couple from Hazel Park challenging Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage have filed their briefs with the U.S. Supreme Court. So have plaintiffs in similar cases out of Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee.

“Regardless of what happens in the next few months, we’re confident these are the briefs that represent the right side of history,” said Dan Canon, one of the counsel for the Kentucky case, during a conference call with legal teams for all four states Feb. 27.

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Published March 10, 2015

A 24-year-old Clinton Township man has been charged in the shooting death of Jamila Monet Vigler-Cage, 21, from Auburn Hills, found dead in a car in the parking lot where she worked at One Source Talent in Troy at around 6:15 p.m. March 7.

Mullen was arraigned on first-degree homicide and possession of a firearm in commission of a felony in 52-4 District Court March 10. He appeared in court without an attorney and requested a court-appointed attorney. Judge Maureen McGinnis entered a not guilty plea on his behalf. No bond was set.

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Published March 9, 2015

Even if you haven’t felt that sinking feeling on the road yet, two county road agencies say you can expect to drive over some potholes soon.

According to Road Commission for Oakland County spokesman Craig Bryson, potholes form when rain or melting snow gets inside road cracks. As temperatures dip, that moisture freezes and expands, creating a cavity under the road. When the frozen water thaws, the road’s structural integrity is compromised, causing the affected portion to collapse into a pothole when a vehicle rolls over it, he said.

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Published March 6, 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 6, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Do you have what it takes to be a World War II paratrooper?

Wait, back up. Let’s not even get into the fighting they encountered. That’s a separate issue, one you’re certainly not prepared for.

The same goes for their basic training. Suffice it to say it was grueling, agonizing and spread over weeks. It wasn’t for the faint of heart, mind, body or spirit.

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Published March 4, 2015

One of the best parts of parenthood, for many, is that for a few precious years the refrigerator will never be lacking in color.

Artwork created by little ones is not only a point of pride for caregivers and educators — it’s also an important part of a child’s early learning and development.

Pam Rush, owner of The Learning Experience daycare and preschool center in Shelby Township, has been integrating art into the curriculum for 25 years.

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Published March 4, 2015

Right now, there are likely several inches of snow piled up on at least a portion of your deck or patio.

But what will you find when it melts?

Flaking paint chips and nail pops on your wooden deck, moss and weeds starting to grow between brick pavers, or worse.

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Published March 4, 2015

Mike O’Neill has lived in the same home in the Square Lake and Rochester area for the past 40 years. He describes the homes in his neighborhood as “unique to each other.”

He was surprised to open his home assessment last week and learn that his home was assessed for over 25 percent more than last year.

“I’ve made no improvements,” he said. 

O’Neill said that two homes near him recently sold — one for what he feels was way above market value and one that sold for below what he felt was market value. 

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Published March 4, 2015

Although all the available maple trees at the Lloyd Stage Nature Center are officially tapped out, you can see how sap becomes syrup during Maple Syrup Time — Past & Present being held on the first three Saturdays in March.

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Published March 4, 2015

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Published March 3, 2015

METRO DETROIT — In an effort to help get the Clinton River watershed off the Great Lakes Area of Concern list, the Environmental Protection Agency has pledged $20 million to fund 11 projects throughout the watershed over the next three years.

“This is a big deal for the watershed,” said Jennifer Tewkesbury, of the Michigan Office of the Great Lakes.

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