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Published August 24, 2015

WARREN — The days are getting shorter. The nights are growing longer. Football is ramping up and the kids are getting ready to head back to school.

Summer’s almost gone and fall is nearly here. That’s as good a reason as any to party.

Warren’s Birthday Bash, scheduled over four days Aug. 27-30 in Warren’s Civic Center on Van Dyke north of 12 Mile Road, promises something for everyone. There will be live music every night, fireworks at dusk on Friday, activities for kids, a beer garden with local craft brews, and more.

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Published August 24, 2015

CENTER LINE — Center Line Mayor David Hanselman, a tireless advocate for the region, the city and its residents, passed away peacefully at his home early Aug. 22 after a battle with cancer, family members said.

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Published August 20, 2015

WARREN — Handheld flamethrowers, of all things, have emerged as a hot topic in Warren.

The debate is being fueled by a proposed citywide ban requested by Mayor Jim Fouts, and the developer’s assertion that the public’s right to own a device capable of shooting liquid fire up to 25 feet — for fun, to control weeds or to melt snow and ice — should be protected.

The XM42 flamethrower is assembled in a Warren machine shop and sold through a business office in Troy by The Ion Productions Team, according to founder and CEO Chris Byars.

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Published August 17, 2015

Even the lowest oil prices in around six years do not guarantee a cheaper August road trip in Michigan, and experts are blaming it on reports of technical problems at an Indiana refinery.

On Aug. 12, the price of West Texas Intermediate crude oil hovered around the $43 per barrel mark. Nevertheless, AAA Michigan reported a major recent swing in gas prices — although the state’s gas prices averaged around $2.48 per gallon Aug. 11, that increased to $2.58 per gallon Aug. 12 and to around $2.81 per gallon Aug. 13.

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Published August 16, 2015

METRO DETROIT — President Barack Obama unveiled his Clean Power Plan on Aug. 3, tasking the Environmental Protection Agency with setting goals for carbon emission reduction from power plants and leaving the states to figure out how to reach those targets.


With the reductions, the president hopes to slow carbon pollution into the atmosphere and reduce the severity of global warming in the long term.

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Published August 16, 2015

WARREN — Summerfest is about more than supporting the community on one day in August. Organizers said the outreach is about finding ways to help individuals and families throughout the year in ways that transcend free stuff.

That said, the free groceries, school supplies and family services were definitely a welcome gift for those struggling to make ends meet.

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Published August 14, 2015

DETROIT — U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Michigan, unveiled a bill in Detroit on Aug. 10 that would require an international review of a Canadian power company’s proposal to bury nuclear waste less than a mile from the Lake Huron shore.


If passed, the legislation would invoke the Boundary Waters Treaty of 1909 between the U.S. and Canada, which would require the International Joint Commission to study the risks to the Great Lakes watershed and the State Department to negotiate with Canada to wait for those study results before approving a waste site.

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Published August 13, 2015

WARREN — Warren police hope surveillance images will lead to the arrest of two men who broke into the Ryan Express Market Aug. 11 by smashing through a wall.

The images, captured by cameras inside of the market on Ryan just north of Toepfer at about 3:40 a.m., are of high quality and show two men who allegedly made off with cigarettes, scratch-off lottery tickets and returnable cans.

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Published August 12, 2015

WARREN — On the morning of Aug. 4, Warren Woods Public Schools students Alaijah Igus and Michael Pjetri had a challenge on their hands.

The students, along with their classmates in Kaitlyn Valloni’s classroom, were required to write a summary of the nursery rhyme “Humpty Dumpty.” The trick was they could only use the words “and” and “then” once in their mini-essays.

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Published August 12, 2015

WARREN — World War II reached its bloody, climactic end in the Pacific on Aug. 14, 1945. The next day, the Allies celebrated victory over Japan and the cessation of hostilities that had claimed tens of millions of lives.

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Published August 10, 2015

WARREN — Military veterans in need of mental health services are encouraged to attend a mental health summit Aug. 13 at Macomb Community College’s South Campus.

The Detroit VA Healthcare System’s Mental Health Services will hold “Making the VA Work for You” in K Building from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. South Campus is located at 14500 E. 12 Mile Road in Warren. All military branches are welcome.

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Published August 10, 2015

WARREN — Remembering the epic flood of Aug. 11, 2014, is probably the last thing anyone affected by its soggy, smelly reach wants to do.

Most are probably hoping to forget it.

But the recovery continues this summer, and resources remain available to address lingering issues with property damage, health and safety concerns, and the dirty work of mucking out basements that filled with water a year ago and may now be ripe for mold.

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Published August 10, 2015

It typically brings in more than a million people each year, and this year’s Woodward Dream Cruise promises to be no different.

On Aug. 15, car connoisseurs and casual fans will flock together to watch classic cars careen down Woodward Avenue. from Ferndale to Pontiac. Also in attendance will be auto clubs, many of which bring some of their favorite vehicles to the event.

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Published August 7, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — The Detroit Arsenal of Democracy Museum in St. Clair Shores will remember the final end of World War II on Aug. 15 with an event showcasing rare photographs, artifacts and a chance to meet veterans who fought in the Pacific.

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Published August 6, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Nutrition facts labels may receive a face-lift in the future.


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration proposed July 24 that food companies include the percentage of the daily value for added sugars on labels of packaged food. The proposal comes after the FDA recommended March 3, 2014, that added sugars, in addition to the sugar content, be displayed separately on labels.

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Published August 5, 2015

WARREN — Little things most people take for granted, something as simple as a park swing, can present a challenge for children with special needs.


Lucy Gordon, 2, was born with nonketotic hyperglycinemia, an inherited condition that restricts the body’s ability to break down and process amino acids. In Lucy’s case, it has affected her ability to sit, stand, walk and crawl.


As a result, she couldn’t enjoy a swing in the park the way some kids do, at least until now.

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Published August 5, 2015

CENTER LINE — The afternoon of July 24 was hot and humid, but that did not stop about 50 Center Line High School students from combing the neighborhoods to pick up garbage and clean up the streets.


The students — many of them in the school’s National Honor Society and members of the football team — met up at the school with Principal Benjamin Gurk to tidy up several side streets south of the I-696 service drive, between Van Dyke and Hoover.

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Published August 5, 2015

METRO DETROIT — There’s no doubt about it. It’s hot out there.

Got a bottle of water with you? Good. But many don’t think to snag some aqua as they rush out the door each day during the summer, and experts say that could lead to some serious consequences.


Dr. Supak Sookkasikon, with Emcura Urgent Care in Bloomfield Township, said that this time of year, she sees at least one patient each day with symptoms of dehydration.

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Published August 5, 2015

METRO DETROIT — While people have been told for years that they can help conserve water by turning off running sinks and taking shorter showers, new technology is combining with old techniques to provide residents with additional measures they can take around the home.

Water shortages and restrictions are not the issue here that they are in the American Southwest, but some of the things developed there can be — and have been — exported to other parts of the country.

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Published August 4, 2015

WARREN — Incumbents in the Warren City Council’s District 2, District 3 and District 5 finished on top by comfortable margins in the city’s primary election Aug. 4. They’ll now face the second-place finisher in each of their respective races on the November ballot.

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