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Published May 3, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Climate models and existing data suggest that Michigan will be getting warmer in the coming years, with more frequent major storms and humid, stagnant air. A new report suggests that this would bring along a rash of public health concerns for residents as well.

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Published May 2, 2016

WARREN/STERLING HEIGHTS/TROY — Warren Consolidated Schools residents will head to the polls May 3 to vote on the district’s $134.5 million bond issue.

If the bond issue passes, it will fund a number of updates throughout the district, including technology, security, and facility upgrades.

“We’re optimistic,” Acting Superintendent Sharon Irvine said. “We certainly have been appreciative of the level of support from the community.”

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Published May 2, 2016

WARREN — Members of the Great Lakes Taiko Center in Novi recently left their mark on the Butcher Educational Center in Warren Consolidated Schools.

The group spent time at the school teaching the district’s seventh-grade Middle School Visual and Performing Arts (MSVPA) students how to play the Japanese raion taiko drums.

The lessons culminated on April 22 when the Great Lakes Taiko Center teachers brought their drums to the school for a performance that demonstrated their skills, talent and stamina.

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Published April 30, 2016

CENTER LINE — Springtime is the perfect time to get rid of unwanted junk and load up on perennial plants.

Center Line residents can do both on May 14 during the city’s 11th annual City-Wide Clean-Up Day.

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Published April 29, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The service members who defended the U.S. during World War II never forget the experience, and two of them will share their stories during a special presentation this weekend.

Army veteran Douglas Harvey and Marines veteran Frank Torre will talk about their service and homecoming during the program “Stories of Service” at 1 p.m. May 7 at the Lorenzo Cultural Center, located on Macomb Community College’s Center Campus, 44575 Garfield Road at Hall Road.

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Published April 29, 2016

WARREN — The alleged at-fault driver in an early morning crash that killed a 65-year-old husband and father on April 13 reportedly had a blood alcohol level of 0.18, according to test results recently received by the Warren Police Department.

What’s more, the driver, Moncia Denise Lacey, of Warren, apparently never obtained a license and is currently being held on outstanding traffic-related warrants from three separate agencies beyond her most recent charges out of the 37th District Court, jail records show.

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Published April 27, 2016

WARREN — Students looking to get into agriculture, horticulture, forestry, certain sciences, family and consumer services or the medical profession are eligible to apply for a little extra financial help from the Warren Garden Club, but they’ll have to act fast.

The application deadline for the group’s two annual $750 scholarships is May 4.

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Published April 26, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Even though it’s spring, you can treat your mom to a winter wonderland this Mother’s Day.

The Parade Company Studio in Detroit is opening its doors Mother’s Day weekend, May 6-7, for private, behind-the-scenes tours of its 200,000-square-foot warehouse, which is home to floats, costumes and props used in the annual America’s Thanksgiving Parade presented by Art Van.

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Published April 25, 2016

WARREN — What looked to be a relatively straightforward race for Macomb County clerk got a lot more interesting at the proverbial eleventh hour.

As the deadline for declared 2016 candidates to withdraw passed at 4 p.m. on April 22, longtime incumbent Macomb County Clerk Carmella Sabaugh had officially withdrawn from the race, ending a six-term, 24-year run in the office.

Her decision leaves Warren City Clerk Paul Wojno, District 9 Macomb County Commissioner Fred Miller and Denise Doherty running for county clerk in the Democratic primary on Aug. 2.

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Published April 25, 2016

WARREN — Investments in infrastructure and a commitment to keeping public safety services intact highlighted the proposed budget that Mayor Jim Fouts presented to members of the Warren City Council earlier this month.

Fouts addressed the council in-person just before their regular meeting on April 12, where he laid out his proposed $215 million total spending plan for the 2016-17 fiscal year, an amount that now includes the city’s water budget and just under $105.8 million in general fund expenditures.

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Published April 25, 2016

WARREN — Fitzgerald High School senior Winston Balmaceda and junior Kennedy Brown-Jackson had already traveled to China, but they wanted to see the country again.

They were among five FHS students who visited China March 24 through April 7 on a school trip that allowed them to use the Chinese language they have learned in class and also experience the country’s culture first-hand.

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Published April 25, 2016

CENTER LINE — With prom and graduation season approaching, Center Line High School staff members welcomed the Save A Life Tour to the school April 21 in an effort to remind students in grades 10th through 12 to be safe while driving.

Save A Life Tour managers Clay Martin and Andrew Tipton set up driving simulators in the CLHS auditorium for students to test. One machine demonstrated how people actually drive when under the influence of alcohol; the other gave students a better idea of what really happens when people text and drive.

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Published April 23, 2016

CENTER LINE/WARREN — Groups of the faithful will come together in Center Line and Warren on May 5 to commemorate the 65th annual observance of the National Day of Prayer.

In Center Line, a group of residents, city employees and community leaders have made a tradition of gathering near the flagpole at City Hall, on 10 Mile Road just west of Van Dyke, at noon on the first Thursday of May, where they offer prayers and sing songs that celebrate their freedom to worship. 

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Published April 22, 2016

WARREN — A mother and her 16-year-old son living near Nine Mile and Schoenherr told police they awoke to the sound of loud noises that turned out to be gunfire late on April 15.

“They weren’t sure what it was,” said Detective Sgt. Rob Eidt of the Warren Police Department. “The next morning, they go and look. The resident discovered what looks like three bullet strikes on the house.”

No one was injured and two bullets apparently remained lodged in the walls of the home.

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Published April 20, 2016

WARREN — Two suspects who allegedly used a BB gun to rob a pair of neighbors near Eight Mile and Ryan on April 16 were taken into custody a short time later and now face armed robbery charges.

Detective Sgt. Robert Eidt of the Warren Police Department said Ronald Maurice Brady and Darius Maurice Armstead, both 17 years old and from Detroit, were arrested in Detroit shortly after the robbery was reported at Berkshire and Ryan in Warren at 10:10 p.m.

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Published April 20, 2016

WARREN — If you live in Warren, you won’t have to go far to see what a masterpiece painting looks like up close.

Reproductions of classic works of art are on display now at 11 locations in Warren, as part of the 2016 Detroit Institute of Arts Inside/Out exhibit.

Parks and Recreation Director Henry Bowman told members of the City Council last month that eight businesses and three public buildings were selected to host weather-proof reproductions of priceless works through July 16.

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Published April 20, 2016

WARREN — Roose Elementary teacher Stacey Cronin and Fitzgerald High School teacher Jennifer Crotty both had the same reaction when they learned each had been named as the Macomb County Outstanding Teachers of the Year at their respective building levels.

Both were “shocked” at the news but are definitely appreciative of the recognition.

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Published April 19, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — The recent distracted driving enforcement campaign is being hailed a success by the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Anthony Wickersham said the campaign, which took place in various parts of the county April 8-13, resulted in 181 drivers being pulled over and 93 citations being issued.

“This (campaign) was about enforcement and education,” Wickersham said. “Not every traffic stop resulted in a ticket being issued; everyone received a warning.”

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Published April 19, 2016

CENTER LINE — The present financial outlook in Center Line Public Schools may be at its bleakest, and because of it, the state of Michigan issued school officials a letter inquiring what they are doing to rectify the situation.

“If we don’t take steps to correct this, we will have to pay the (Macomb Intermediate School District) to come and make suggestions,” CLPS Superintendent Eve Kaltz said. “We are working very, very hard to not have a deficit.”

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Published April 17, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The American soldiers who served overseas during World War II loved receiving anything that reminded them of home.

Such items included the knitted scarves, sweaters, socks and caps that were stitched with care and shipped to foreign lands to U.S. military members.

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