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Published June 1, 2015

WARREN — High above Van Dyke Avenue, three peregrine falcon hatchlings were collected, examined and banded for future monitoring by wildlife experts on May 26.

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Published June 1, 2015

If you’re getting ready for the long haul about a career in truck driving, a local truck driving school says businesses are welcoming new talent.

Mike Arrigo, executive administrative assistant at Class ‘A’ Training Center in Romeo, said the truck driving industry still has a heavy demand for hires.  He said an entry-level truck driving position often gives employees a salary between $40,000 and $60,000, and wages may climb depending on experience and the number of routes.

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Published May 31, 2015

WARREN — One by one, they came to court charged with crimes tied to their troubles with drugs and alcohol. One by one, now as drug court graduates, they were recognized for their commitment to putting their lives back together.

The “Treatment Court” program at the 37th District Court — a track established for nonviolent offenders facing felony or misdemeanor drug offenses and second-offense drunken driving charges — celebrated 10 recent graduates May 26 with a ceremony presided over by Judge Matthew Sabaugh.

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Published May 31, 2015

WARREN — When volunteering at the Open Door Ministry of the Fort Street Presbyterian Church in Detroit, Erik Quinn noticed piles of bags of donated clothing strewn in a disorganized manner in the corner.

The clothing, basically left out in the open, created an untidy atmosphere, but thanks to Quinn’s efforts, that is no longer the case.

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Published May 29, 2015

WARREN — David Griem is leaving City Hall after more than two years as Warren’s city attorney.

Griem, a lawyer with both family and career roots in Warren and a résumé loaded with experience in high-profile cases at all levels of the legal system, informed the City Council on May 26 of his decision to leave his post.

He was tapped by Mayor Jim Fouts to succeed retired Judge James Biernat as Warren’s city attorney in June 2013 and was confirmed unanimously by the council.

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Published May 27, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Residents with library cards can use them to get free passes to local attractions through the Michigan Activity Pass program that kicked off in May.

Sue Todd, librarian at the Eastpointe Memorial Library, said the program can help people gain free entry to attractions like the Michigan Military Technical & Historical Museum, Arts & Scraps, the Michigan Science Center and state parks.

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Published May 27, 2015

METRO DETROIT — With gorgeous summer weather finally here, many of us are itching to get out and enjoy the warm breeze and sunny skies while the season lasts.

According to the League of American Bicyclists, biking is something of a favorite pastime for Michiganders. The state placed 18th out of 50 for bicycle-friendly states, based on legislation and enforcement, policies and programs, infrastructure and funding, education and encouragement, and evaluation and planning.

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Published May 27, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Looking to create plush, peaceful outdoor spaces that also pop?

For The Great Outdoors program held at the Michigan Design Center May 14, interior designer Paul Feiten transformed the MDC’s lobby in Troy into virtual outdoor space that he said was inspired by a European veranda.

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Published May 26, 2015

The thrill of riding off road in a Jeep or truck might not have as many obstacles as some think.

Hollie Marlett, marketing assistant at Genesee County Parks, said The Mounds Off Road Vehicle Area in Mt. Morris Township is frequently used for off-road treks by Jeeps, trucks, ATVs and dirt bikes that fit under the umbrella of off-road vehicles, or ORVs.

She said the course is quite popular in the area and is one of the few larger areas with variety.

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Published May 24, 2015

METRO DETROIT  — While pizza is a favorite dish for many people, one local pizzeria has found a way to feed man’s best friend while at the same time helping other animals in need.

About a year ago, Buddy’s Pizza and the Michigan Humane Society teamed up to create a dog treat called Buddy Bones. The dog biscuits are made from leftover multigrain Buddy’s Pizza dough that otherwise would be tossed away.

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Published May 23, 2015

This weekend, it’s all about the music, with two local concerts that promise to entertain.

For those who prefer their music loud, raw and aggressive, get your eardrums prepped for the second annual “Get Into the Pit” Michigan metal festival at the Diesel Concert Lounge and Theatre in Chesterfield Township from May 29-30.

But if piano pop with some jazz and trumpet sounds is more your speed, Warren resident Marcello Rossi brings his original style of music May 31 to the American Polish Cultural Center in Troy.

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Published May 21, 2015

Furry friends who are going for a ride need to stay cool and buckled up just like other passengers, according to pet safety advocates.

Michigan Humane Society spokesman Ryan McTigue said the No. 1 thing that pet owners need to remember as the weather starts getting hot is to not take their animals with them on unnecessary trips.

“The best thing to do is leave them at home where they’re safe,” he said. “Temperatures can climb really high (in a car) even on a relatively cool day, even if you crack the window.”

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Published May 20, 2015

WARREN — When Carlson Elementary third-grade student Morgan Rowser heard about the Girls on the Run program at school, she thought she would try it out. She’s glad she did.

“It’s real fun,” she said. “There are a lot of fun activities. Your friends are here. You can be a friend with everybody.”

“You get to have more activities after school,” fourth-grader Megan Rhodes agreed.

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Published May 20, 2015

CENTER LINE — Some students have a tough time in school.

They might struggle academically, have behavior issues, have a hard time making friends, or lack a family support system at home.

So every year, Center Line Public Schools educators make sure to recognize students who have overcome such obstacles by holding their annual Turn Around Achievement awards ceremony.

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Published May 20, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Sure, you had planned on stopping at the driving range before teeing off, perhaps turn that slice into a gentle fade.

But then you missed a turn on the way to the golf course, or the babysitter was late, and suddenly the tee time that you’ve looked forward to is now a race to the first tee box instead of a relaxing start to the weekend.

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Published May 16, 2015

WARREN — More than 200 veterans, including dozens who served during World War II, gathered in Warren on May 8 for the city’s program marking the 70th anniversary of V-E Day, the end of the war in Europe.

Warren Mayor Jim Fouts, who announced plans for the event last year and dedicated this year’s city calendar to recognizing WWII veterans, said the commemoration was the most important program he’d hosted as mayor. He praised members of the “greatest generation” for their selfless service.

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Published May 15, 2015

METRO DETROIT — The Canadian joint review panel looking over a proposed nuclear waste site that would be less than a mile from Lake Huron recommended the project to Canada’s minister of the environment May 7 despite an outcry from communities on both sides of the border.

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Published May 14, 2015

WARREN — It’s official: General Motors will invest $1 billion at the historic Technical Center campus in Warren.

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel and Warren Mayor Jim Fouts joined GM Executive Vice President for Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain Mark Reuss to officially unveil plans for a sweeping renovation, expansion and construction project that will begin immediately and extend at least over the next five years.

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Published May 13, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Native fish like walleye, steelhead, lake trout and, to an extent, yellow perch populations are doing well, leading to a positive fishing outlook on the Great Lakes this year.

Todd Grischke, Lake Huron Basin coordinator with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, said that while specific fishing is different across the north-south areas of the lake, walleye populations are booming to near record levels.

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Published May 13, 2015

METRO DETROIT — For both the interiors and exteriors of homes, customers are opting to go back to classic color schemes and neutrals, according to experts in the field.

The return to basics is, in some cases, a nostalgic choice and, in other cases, a more strategic move to increase home value and appeal to a wider audience.

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Franklin Community Association Farmers Market
11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Franklin Village Green
'Autumn Stroll' to raise awareness for pancreatic cancer
12 a.m.-11:59 p.m.
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Sterling Heights
Celebrate Thai food and culture
11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Buddhist Meditation Center
West Bloomfield
African drum and dance performance
3 p.m.
West Bloomfield Parks and Recreation parking lot
Royal Oak
'Royal Starr Film Festival'
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Emagine Theatre




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