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Published February 18, 2015

Heavy layers of clothes, heavy layers of snow and heavy layers of blankets.

It’s no wonder that when it comes to food, many diners are longing for something that’s anything but heavy.

As soon as temperatures begin to take a dive in September, restaurants start pulling out their repertoire of comfort food recipes chock full of spices, rich flavors and hearty ingredients designed to keep your tummy full and your body warm.

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Published February 16, 2015

A Detroit man’s hours-long walking work commute is over now that he can put his foot on the accelerator of a new Ford Taurus, courtesy of Suburban Ford of Sterling Heights.

James Robertson, who regularly walked more than 20 miles when he ventured out to his Rochester Hills employer and back to his Detroit home because he owned no car, recently shared his story to local media.

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Published February 12, 2015

SYLVAN LAKE — Sylvan Lake residents will start their morning by jumping in the icy lake and end their day with a warm bowl of chili Feb. 28.

Registration for the third annual Sylvan Lake Polar Plunge will begin at 11 a.m. at the Community Center, and the parade of costumes and the plunge will begin at noon.

Proceeds will benefit Special Olympics Michigan.

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Published February 9, 2015

The North American International Auto Show’s exhibits and displays have left Detroit’s Cobo Center until next year, but some local dealerships say the intense public interest has made an impact on selling award-winning vehicles in the showroom.

At the most recent auto show in January, the Volkswagen Golf won the award of 2015 North American Car of the Year, and the Ford F-150 took North American Truck/Utility of the Year. The announcement was made at a Jan. 12 press preview day.

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Published February 4, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Many adults probably remember coming home from school in their youth, slinging their backpacks on the kitchen table and then getting a start on their homework.

While some children and adults still do that today, it’s not as prevalent as it used to be.

It really comes down to how a house is divided. Older homes are notorious for not offering the abundance of space that new homes today have, especially in the form of cabinets and countertops.

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Published February 4, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Two Muses Theatre of West Bloomfield will draw back the curtain for the Women’s Playwriting Festival 8 p.m. Feb. 20 and 21, and 2 p.m. Feb. 22.

Proceeds will benefit Two Muses Theatre, a nonprofit, professional theater dedicated to increasing opportunities for female artists and artisans.

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Published February 4, 2015

ORCHARD LAKE — Seventy years ago, the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp in southern Poland was liberated by the Soviet Army.

Auschwitz-Birkenau was the largest of the Nazi German concentration/death camps, and approximately 1.1 million people were murdered there, including about 1 million Jewish people, 70,000-75,000 Polish people, about 21,000 Sinti and Roma people, and many others.

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Published February 2, 2015

Hundreds of thousands of people flocked to Detroit’s Cobo Center in January during the North American International Auto Show to get a driver’s seat perspective of upcoming cars and concept vehicles.

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Published January 28, 2015

Being a bride isn’t what it used to be.

Once the flowers are chosen and the gown is found, the styling for her big day isn’t over — it’s only just begun.

A wedding dress is only part of an overall look, according to experts, and each detail needs to be planned to perfection from head to toenail.

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Published January 28, 2015

Radon gas is the leading cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers, and high levels of the gas in a house meet the equivalent of smoking eight cigarettes a day, say World Health Organization officials.

Radon gas invades homes and buildings through foundation cracks and openings, and is invisible with no scent. If a test kit determines high levels of radon in a home, simple fixes can lower health risks.

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Published January 26, 2015

The North American International Auto Show is all about the visuals: the screens, the exhibits and, of course, the design of the vehicles themselves.

During the auto show, which was open to the public Jan. 17-25, the College for Creative Studies in Detroit maintained an exhibit presence while displaying some models of aerodynamic vehicles that its students made.

On a Jan. 12 press preview day, Paul Snyder, CCS chair of transportation design, was on hand to answer questions and make observations about the future of auto design.

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Published January 21, 2015

If you’re house hunting in metro Detroit, you’ll inevitably come to a point where you need to make a major decision — what means more to you, having a big house or living near Woodward?

That was the question Royal Oak native Karly Wingart had to ask when she started shopping for a home.

“We bought our house in September. We had only been looking for a couple of months, maybe three months,” she said.

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Published January 20, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Three hundred same-sex couples who married last spring in Michigan are celebrating after a federal judge sided with them and said the state must recognize their marriages as legal.

In his ruling Jan. 15, Judge Mark Goldsmith, of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, said that the couples’ rights to due process and equal protection had likely been violated by the state’s actions. He granted a preliminary injunction and put it on hold for 21 days, at which point the decision will take effect.

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Published January 20, 2015

Although gas prices remained below $2 per gallon, automakers and suppliers at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit had plenty to say about making their vehicles less thirsty for fuel.

At a Jan. 12 press preview day, Sam Slaughter, president of the Detroit Auto Dealers Association, said this year’s auto show is an optimistic one and a big one for the smaller sport-utility vehicle crossover.

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Published January 14, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Now is a great time to add bird feeders near your home or garden to provide color, song and activity during the drab winter months. Bird feeders also provide a sure food source during a period when birds’ normal fare, such as insects and berries, is scarce.

Kim Sherwin, a park interpreter at the Stony Creek Metropark Nature Center, said that feeders are a relaxing way to enjoy nature while not having to leave the comfort of your home.

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Published January 12, 2015

Recent gas prices have dropped almost as fast as the ball on New Year’s Eve.

According to AAA Michigan’s Fuel Gauge Report, state prices for regular unleaded gasoline fell as of Jan. 4 to a statewide average of around $1.91 per gallon, which was about $1.41 cheaper than during the same point in 2014.

This put Michigan as having the sixth-cheapest average gas prices among its fellow states, the report said.

That week, metro Detroit’s average stood at approximately $1.93 per gallon.

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Published January 7, 2015

METRO DETROIT — In the fall of 2012, Michelle Bonsu was stopped in her tracks when she glanced in the mirror and did not recognize her reflection.

The native Detroiter — who recently moved to Chicago — said she felt lost in the shuffle because she didn’t set enough time aside for herself.

The wife and mother of four said she now recognizes herself after losing 30 pounds and gaining her life back.

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Published January 7, 2015

Feeling blue?

A person’s emotions can be directly affected by the colors expressed in a room, according to Dr. Howard Belkin, a psychiatrist affiliated with William Beaumont Hospital.

And although Belkin could not reference related studies, anecdotally, he said, people are responsive to their environment in ways that cannot necessarily be measured.

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Published January 5, 2015

Although the Christmas presents have been opened and a new year has started, it still isn’t too late to buy a few important items to keep in your vehicle during the cold winter months.

According to Susan Hiltz, public affairs director at AAA Michigan, winter is no time to get complacent, even if temperatures weren’t so frigid in December. She recommended that drivers remember to check some important parts of their cars as well as supplies.

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Published December 29, 2014

As gas prices drop below $2.50 a gallon, a fresh wave of optimism is fueling representatives’ hopes for the 2015 North American International Auto Show, which will return to Detroit in January.

The auto show will first preview its automaker and supplier exhibits to the media Jan. 12-13. Then the public show will begin Jan. 17 and last until Jan. 25.

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