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Published March 25, 2015

WARREN — Word that the Southern Baptist Disaster Relief organization could soon return to Warren to resume recovery efforts after last summer’s disastrous flooding should come as a relief for residents still struggling to put their lives and properties back together.

The group will have more than $14,000 more to work with, after the Warren City Council approved the transfer of cash to them from an online crowdfunding account, established at the recommendation of City Councilman Scott Stevens in September.

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Published March 25, 2015

WARREN — A new system will soon tell city administrators more than where Warren’s vehicles are. It will also tell them how the fleet and its operators are doing performance-wise.

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Published March 25, 2015

WARREN — A group of students who attend Lincoln Middle School got to know state Rep. Derek Miller, D-Warren, of the 28th district, when he visited the school March 16.

He met with several eighth-grade students for about an hour, as they asked him about various issues, including state testing, immigration, crime and his work as a prosecutor.

Then, it was another round of getting-to-know-you when a group of sixth- and seventh-graders met with Miller in the media center. Lincoln is part of Van Dyke Public Schools.

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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

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 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 20, 2015

WARREN — Warren Mayor Jim Fouts is getting his share of support for the decision to offer free posters bearing the message “In God We Trust” through his office.

He’s also getting his share of grief from detractors.

“The money came out of my own account. They’re not city-made,” Fouts said between meetings at City Hall on March 18. “I think we’ve gotten quite a few requests since I made the announcement.”

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Published March 20, 2015

WARREN — The clock is ticking, and anyone wishing to run for city office in Warren has until 4 p.m. April 21 to officially declare their candidacy.

With five district seats and two at-large seats on the Warren City Council set to appear on the primary ballot in August, as well as the job of mayor, clerk and city treasurer for the next four years, prospective candidates have been coming in slowly.

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Published March 20, 2015

WARREN — A 25-year-old Warren man was in police custody and his 36-year-old roommate was dead March 19 after an argument led to an alleged stabbing at a home in the 8100 block of Fisher.

According to Detective Sgt. Stephen Mills of the Warren Police Department, officers responded to the home near Eight Mile and Van Dyke after the victim’s girlfriend called to report a stabbing at 9:52 p.m. Mills said the victim, Timothy Lamkin, was allegedly involved in a physical altercation with the suspect over a parking dispute.

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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

WARREN — About 10 years ago and due to declining enrollment, Thompson School in Van Dyke Public Schools closed as an elementary school.


The students relocated to different elementary schools in the district while Thompson became an alternative high school and junior high.


For the last year, the building had been closed, but recently reopened. 

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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 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 16, 2015

WARREN — About 12 years ago, Cousino High School 1982 graduate Jeffrey Dudek received a message from his former theater teacher, Betti D’Armond.

She asked Dudek that when the time came, he was to give her eulogy.

“I was taken aback ... that something was wrong with her,” said Dudek, who now lives in Chicago and travels the U.S. and Canada as an actor and director. “I was deeply flattered. I have no idea why she chose me. She said, ‘You’ll know what to do. Make it fun. Make it a celebration.’”

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Published March 12, 2015

WARREN — The man accused of fatally stabbing a Warren man on his 28th birthday and seriously wounding another man during an after-hours confrontation in January has been ordered to stand trial on charges that could put him in jail for the rest of his life. 

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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

WARREN — Last month, Warren Mayor Jim Fouts lost a court battle with the American Civil Liberties Union, waged over a resident’s right to operate a “reason station” at City Hall offering an atheistic point of view.

The city lost $100,000 in costs, damages and fees in the settlement, which mandated tolerance of the display in the same way the mayor has permitted a “prayer station” to operate for years. 

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