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Published March 16, 2015

WARREN — About 10 years ago and due to declining enrollment, Thompson School in Van Dyke Public Schools closed as an elementary school.


The students relocated to different elementary schools in the district while Thompson became an alternative high school and junior high.


For the last year, the building had been closed, but recently reopened. 

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Published March 16, 2015

ROCHESTER — After years of fading into the background, the sounds of bells, whistles, digitized music and flippers hitting pinballs are coming back.


That old arcade mainstay has seen breaths of new life during the past few years, and enthusiasts around metro Detroit are helping put pinball machines back into the spotlight with local leagues running throughout the year, and a four-day annual event — the Michigan Pinball Expo — scheduled for April.

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Published March 16, 2015

A car with chipping, scratches, fading or worse cannot hide under winter grime forever, but repainting options exist just in time for a spring makeover. 

Allan Edwards, owner of Maaco Collision Repair & Auto Painting in Shelby Township, said drivers get their cars repainted for a number of reasons, such as collision work, corrosion restoration or a simple refreshing.

“A lot of times, they’ve just got older cars looking pretty bland,” he said. “Sometimes they want to do a totally different color.”

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Published March 16, 2015

WARREN — About 12 years ago, Cousino High School 1982 graduate Jeffrey Dudek received a message from his former theater teacher, Betti D’Armond.

She asked Dudek that when the time came, he was to give her eulogy.

“I was taken aback ... that something was wrong with her,” said Dudek, who now lives in Chicago and travels the U.S. and Canada as an actor and director. “I was deeply flattered. I have no idea why she chose me. She said, ‘You’ll know what to do. Make it fun. Make it a celebration.’”

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Published March 12, 2015

WARREN — The man accused of fatally stabbing a Warren man on his 28th birthday and seriously wounding another man during an after-hours confrontation in January has been ordered to stand trial on charges that could put him in jail for the rest of his life. 

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Published March 11, 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 11, 2015

METRO DETROIT — They have a certain austere beauty and create remarkable sculptures when they begin to thaw and refreeze around trees, bushes or just the ground, but those large icicles growing from your roof could be an indication of a larger problem — ice damming on the roof.


An ice dam is a buildup of ice on roofs caused by melting snow that refreezes around the eaves of a house; it is usually quite easy to spot, experts say, because of the large icicles and pieces of ice that form on the edge of the roof of the house.

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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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