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Published April 1, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Elegance and simplicity are essential elements of award-winning home design.


“Our clients want quality architectural details,” said John VanBrouck, of Luxe Homes, one of the winners of the Detroit Home Design Awards, held March 24 at The Fillmore Detroit. “They are looking for something that is different, unique and creative with classic styling.”

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Published April 1, 2015

METRO DETROIT — With spring right around the corner, it won’t be long before farmers markets open up, ready to bring shoppers the locally grown produce that may not have all the chemicals that larger grocers might sell.

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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 30, 2015

WARREN/ST. CLAIR SHORES — On May 8, 1945, German forces laid down their arms to end World War II in Europe.

That date, V-E Day as it is now remembered, marked the end of the bloodiest conflict in European history, and also the beginning of the end of the most destructive war the world has ever known.

Events planned in Warren and St. Clair Shores next month will commemorate the 70th anniversary.

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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 27, 2015

WARREN — It was somewhat of a homecoming for Jennifer Haase when she visited Pinewood Elementary School on March 20 to read to students in recognition of March Is Reading Month.

In 1998, Haase began teaching in Warren Woods Public Schools, educating students at both Pinewood and Westwood elementary schools. Haase, 40, of Richmond, left the classroom in late 2008 when she was elected to the Michigan House of Representatives for the 32nd District in north Macomb County and south St. Clair County. She served for two years.

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Published March 27, 2015

WARREN — The exact cause of a fire that damaged a business on 11 Mile Road was officially undetermined at press time, but investigators said it was accidental and that nobody was hurt.

“No injuries. A bunch of dirty gear, though,” Warren Fire Chief David Frederick said March 25, a few hours after firefighters were dispatched to battle a commercial building fire at Illyrian Glass & Shelf on 11 Mile between Bunert and Schoenherr.

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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

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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