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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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Published March 11, 2015

WARREN — They say all politics is local. Warren, home to a large Ukrainian community, is again standing with those opposed to the policies Russian President Vladimir Putin is imposing 4,800 miles away.

In what one Ukrainian leader called a “tremendous gesture,” Warren Mayor Jim Fouts ordered all of the city’s American flags flown at half-mast March 3 in honor of Boris Nemtsov, a Russian opposition leader who was shot dead on a bridge in Moscow late last month.

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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 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 9, 2015

WARREN — It appears skilled trades are making a comeback.

On Feb. 24, Gov. Rick Snyder announced that the Michigan Economic Development Corporation had approved the selection of several community colleges to receive grant money through the Community College Skilled Trades Equipment Program (CCSTEP).

The goal is to help community colleges boost skilled trades instruction. The grants total $50 million and are designed to be used for state-of-the-art equipment, training, and to meet the demand for skilled workers.

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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

WARREN — You wouldn’t have one without the other.

Without the generous support of the community, you wouldn’t have the Taste of Hope Auction & Tastefest. And without that, you wouldn’t have the Summerfest outreach; at least, not one that resembles the incredible, far-reaching event that Summerfest has grown to become from humble beginnings.

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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

WARREN — A trip to the emergency room is a bad day for any family. Finding the family van missing when it was time to go home became an almost impossibly cruel case of piling on for one Warren couple.

It happened to the Moore family on Feb. 17, when 75-year-old Judy Moore was taken to the St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital at 12 Mile and Hoover for treatment of severe anxiety.

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Published March 4, 2015

WARREN — When participating in the American Heart Association’s Jump Rope for Heart program at school last week, Mound Park third-grader Miranda Luwick jumped “in honor” of her dad.

“He had heart surgery was he was 10,” she said, adding that he is OK now.

Jump Rope For Heart meant so much to Luwick that by Feb. 27, she was the top collector in the school and had already raised $100 for the cause. Mound Park is part of Fitzgerald Public Schools.

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Published March 4, 2015

John Knight

WARREN — During his first visit to De La Salle Collegiate High School, John Knight was met with a warm welcome from staff and students.

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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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Published March 2, 2015

WARREN — A home near 10 Mile and Schoenherr was severely damaged in a raging fire March 2 after a vehicle parked in an attached garage ignited and flames quickly spread through the attic space.

Warren Fire Chief David Frederick said no one was injured, thankfully, and that firefighters were able to locate and save the family’s dog.

He said firefighters were dispatched to a 911 call in the 25600 block of Chloe at 9:39 a.m.

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Published March 2, 2015

WARREN — Family members of Loyd and Kim Dejohn said separately and candidly what seemed obvious to everyone when she disappeared and was later found dead, and he was charged with murder.

By all accounts, the couple had a troubled marriage of a dozen years. Time and again they’d fought and made up, only to fight some more.

Kim Dejohn’s sisters said she was a scrappy tomboy who could take care of herself most of the time. They said usually, if someone crossed Kim, they’d pick her to come out on top.

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Published March 2, 2015

WARREN — They’re like gems hidden in garages across the city, waiting to shimmer and shine.

Beating the first blossoms of spring by a few weeks, the show cars of Autorama emerge each year in beautiful splashes of color, adored by those drawn to their fine details like the bees that flit to flowers pushed through thawed earth to be kissed by the sun.

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Published March 2, 2015

While millions of Michiganders shiver through the winter, other people have temporarily fled for warmer climates down south.

But auto experts say those who choose to travel to more affable temperatures by car should pay attention to the challenges that both colder and warmer weather may bring to the road and to the vehicle.

According to AAA Michigan Public Affairs Director Susan Hiltz, Michigan has quite a few “snowbirds” who dwell in the southern states during the winter months.

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Published February 27, 2015

METRO DETROIT — By now, schools should be putting the final topping on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s new nutritional standards in the national school lunch and breakfast programs.

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