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Published July 3, 2015

WARREN — Like the seeds of a flower blown on the wind, Warren’s properties honored annually with Residential Recognition Awards tend to create beauty beyond their own meticulously landscaped borders.

Carol Peterson, who chairs the awards program sponsored by the Warren Beautification Commission, said people seem to like the decorative plaques that spring up in the yards of the winners.

“Those signs are kind of an encouragement for other people to get involved, maybe to do more, to be more creative, to maybe plant more,” Peterson said.

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Published July 3, 2015

WARREN/STERLING HEIGHTS — Warren Consolidated Schools will begin the 2015-16 school year with a surplus, according to information presented at the June 29 Board of Education meeting,

Linda Austin, the district’s chief financial officer, presented the district’s proposed budget, which includes $162.7 million in revenues with $157.5 million in expenditures, leaving a $5.2 million surplus. The preliminary estimates are subject to change.

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Published July 2, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Ah, the lazy days of summer.

That means afternoon dips in a pool, camping trips, outdoor activities and bonfires to close out the night.

But with the onset of summer, it’s important to remember the various ailments that can arise from a day of fun in the sun. Local doctors have several tips for children, adults and senior citizens to help them stay safe and healthy.

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Published July 2, 2015

METRO DETROIT — In a landmark decision June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry — a successful outcome for one of the largest civil rights movements in recent history.

The ruling will reverse laws in 13 states that still ban same-sex marriage, Michigan included. Same-sex couples will now be able to marry in all 50 states, plus the District of Columbia. 

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Published July 1, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Whether people are renting inflatable bouncers for parties or are among the more than 40 million carnival and amusement park-goers, real dangers are mixed in with the fun.  

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Published June 30, 2015

With summer heating up, local experts offered advice to save money on energy bills by maximizing efficiency in the home.

“There’s a lot of very simple measures to be more energy-efficient that don’t have to cost a lot of money,” Consumers Energy spokeswoman Deb Dodd said. “You don’t necessarily have to buy new windows or (energy-efficient appliances).”

One measure, Dodd said, is a programmable thermostat, which can reduce air conditioning costs while a home is unoccupied.

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Published June 30, 2015

The fellow in the cubicle next to you has been coming in each morning with red, tired eyes. He’s rubbing his throbbing temples throughout the day and always has a stash of Ibuprofen on hand.

There’s a good chance your cube pal isn’t an all-night partier, but rather, a daily sufferer of seasonal allergies. And he’s not alone. According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, as many as 30 percent of adults and 40 percent of children in the United States are affected by nasal allergies.

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Published June 30, 2015

MOUNT CLEMENS — In May, Scott Wobbe pleaded no contest to taking 22-year-old Theresa DeKeyzer’s life. On June 30, he surrendered the rest of his as a free man when he was sentenced in Macomb County Circuit Court.

Dozens of DeKeyzer’s family members and supporters demanding “Justice for Theresa” flooded the courtroom of Judge Mary Chrzanowski where Wobbe, 38, of Westland, was officially sent to prison for the remainder of his days.

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Published June 30, 2015

WARREN — You’ll find more than just fresh produce, healthy activities and good times this summer at Warren’s weekly farmers market at City Square. You’ll also find a sense of community.

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Published June 29, 2015

The urge to hurry can put a driver at risk of a speeding ticket or even a traffic accident. But even if a speed limit seems like an inconvenience, there is often a carefully considered reason behind the numbers, according to road and safety experts.

According to a document from the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning called “Establishing Realistic Speed Limits,” speed limits are designed to keep all drivers as safe as possible while staying within realistic boundaries of “reasonable and proper” public driving habits.

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Published June 27, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Although their eyes were stinging a bit and the smell wasn’t the most appealing, Rochelle Niemiec and Justin Updyke got the job done.

The pair chopped up a tray full of onions on the morning of June 23 as they prepared a delicious lunch from scratch alongside their classmates in the culinary/pastry arts summer teen academy at Macomb Community College’s Center Campus.

Every summer, the school offers a number of week-long academies in different fields to give local teenagers the opportunity to explore various careers.

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Published June 26, 2015

According to researchers, the annual bloom of harmful algae on Lake Erie is on track to be on par with the 2009-10 blooms, though still smaller than last year’s bloom that saw the shutdown of the Toledo water system.


The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released its preliminary report June 15 on what it expects from Erie’s bloom this year, with a more accurate one coming in early July.

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Published June 24, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Tick bites can have long-lasting consequences.


A specific species of the bloodsucking arachnid, the blacklegged tick — also known as the deer tick — can spread Lyme disease, a bacterial infection that, if left untreated, can cause issues for months or years after the initial bite.

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Published June 24, 2015

METRO DETROIT — The housing market in metro Detroit is still flooded with buyers and sellers, but things may get a little more difficult for sellers as interest rates have started trending upward and more buyers are looking to get into new builds.


Keller Williams real estate agent John Kurczak, based in Sterling Heights, said that just as things have changed in the types of homes that buyers are looking at, so too has the way that homes are sold.

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Published June 24, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Hot, humid days spent sizzling under the summer sun are one of the few antidotes to a long Michigan winter.


Soaking up the heat is fine, of course, as long as it’s not your food that’s doing the sweating.


The Oakland County Health Division recently released a list of food safety reminders as residents get ready to head out for summer picnics. Tony Drautz, environmental health administrator for the division, said they like to give cooks a brush-up on the basics this time of year, when meals tend to migrate outdoors.

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Published June 24, 2015

METRO DETROIT — After the YMCA helped set a Guinness World Record last year for the largest simultaneous swimming lesson, you’d think they’d take a year off.

Think again.

Last week, the nonprofit teamed up again with World’s Largest Swim Lesson — a coalition of national water safety experts and trainers — to try to set the record for the world’s largest swim lesson in 24 hours. Currently, Team WLSL holds the Guinness record for the largest simultaneous swimming lesson, with 36,564 participants in 22 countries around the world.

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Published June 23, 2015

WARREN — A Warren police officer was taken to the hospital after he was hit by a truck while directing traffic at the intersection of 13 Mile and Hoover roads at 12:20 p.m. June 23.

According to an official statement from the Warren Police Department, officer Kenneth Hubert, 29, was treated for potentially-serious injuries after he was struck by a 2008 Dodge Ram. His condition was not immediately clear, but a source said his injuries were not considered life-threatening.

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Published June 22, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Sixteen people around metro Detroit have been charged in what the federal government is calling the largest Medicare fraud takedown in history.

Nationwide, 243 arrests were made as part of the investigation, including doctors, nurses and other licensed medical professionals for their alleged participation in schemes to defraud Medicare of $712 million through false billings. The investigation also led to the suspension of a number of health care providers.

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Published June 22, 2015

A stretch of Van Dyke Avenue in Warren is seeing signs of redevelopment as General Motors and a local dealership have committed to investing in the area.

In May, GM announced that its Warren Technical Center in Warren is poised to undergo an estimated nine-figure investment toward renovation and expansion.

GM spokesman Dan Flores said the automaker opened the Tech Center in the 1950s, and it has served as a core hub of vehicle development and design as well as research and development.

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Published June 19, 2015

STERLING HEIGHTS — Not only was it the end of the school year for Fillmore Elementary on June 17, it was the end of an era.

The building closed as an elementary school as Warren Consolidated Schools officials find ways to reduce the district’s budget. At the May 6 Board of Education meeting, the school board voted to merge Fillmore and Black elementary schools. Fillmore students will relocate to Black for the 2015-16 school year. Both schools are located in Sterling Heights. School officials plan to “repurpose” Fillmore.

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