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Published April 1, 2015

Troy City Manager Brian Kischnick has been around a lot of elected officials and mayors during his career, and that’s what he told the crowd who came to hear Troy Mayor Dane Slater’s State of the City address at the Somerset Inn March 25.

“He’s the best mayor I’ve ever worked with,” Kischnick said.

“I quickly realized we have the same management style. It involves teamwork,” Slater said of Kischnick. “He was the right guy at the right time, anytime.”

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Published March 30, 2015

Most auto owners want their cars to go the distance on durability, but it often requires driver diligence to succeed, according to some auto repair businesses.  

According to Hal Collins, owner of Hal’s Auto Clinic in Farmington Hills, his business sees lots of cars with around 200,000 miles on their odometers.

“The manufacturers have done a great job of making the cars more durable,” he said.

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Published March 27, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — As the temperature fluctuates between freezing and above freezing, officials are reminding residents to stay off the ice this time of year.


Freeze-thaw cycles can weaken the ice and cause accidents, Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said in a press release. The cycle produces “frazzle ice,” or ice that contains air pockets and has an appearance of frozen slush. Frazzle ice can appear milky white or black in color. And because the ice is dangerous, officials are offering ice safety tips in the event of a dangerous ice situation.

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Published March 27, 2015

WARREN — It has become a tradition flanked with its own Paris-like runway. 

Every year, Regina High School parents, students, alumni and friends gather for the school’s annual fashion show that the Regina Mothers Guild sponsors. The goal is to raise money for the school.

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Published March 26, 2015

Did you, a parent or grandparent fight in World War II, work in a factory to support the war effort, or plant a “victory garden” to feed the family when wartime rationing made things scarce?


If the answer is yes, then we want you, or them.


World War II ended 70 years ago this year with the formal surrender of Japan on Sept. 2, 1945. On May 8, the world will recognize the 70th anniversary of V-E Day, which marked the end of the war in Europe.

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Published March 26, 2015

METRO DETROIT — For more than 300 same-sex couples across the state of Michigan, March 22, 2015, was a very special day, for it marked the one-year anniversary of their weddings.

Their marriages took place in the brief window of time last year after a federal district court judge struck down the state’s same-sex marriage ban, but before the state appealed to the Sixth Circuit Court and had that decision put on hold.

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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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