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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

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — With the Pride of Michigan floating in the background, local officials and business leaders touted the impact that the lake continues to have on the local economy during the second annual State of Lake St. Clair address on June 10.

County Executive Mark Hackel said Macomb County’s Blue Water Economy initiative is the reason for numerous accomplishments since its inception in 2013.

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Published June 18, 2015

MOUNT CLEMENS — Dozens of prisoners at the Macomb County Jail were released the evening of June 17 and the morning of June 18 due to overcrowding, sheriff’s officials reported.

According to Sheriff Anthony Wickersham, an overcrowding state of emergency was declared on June 2 after the jail population exceeded the rated design capacity (RDC).

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Published June 17, 2015

PLEASANT RIDGE — Following several studies of the Woodward Avenue corridor, specifically at the Interstate 696 intersection, to provide people with multiple transportation options along the area, the Pleasant Ridge City Commission is looking to adopt a Complete Streets ordinance.


The commission approved during the June 9 meeting a public hearing to take place during the July 14 meeting. Once the commission gets the public input, City Manager Jim Breuckman said the ordinance should be adopted.

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Published June 17, 2015

BERKLEY — Whether you drive into Berkley via 12 Mile Road or Coolidge Highway, chances are you will see a “Welcome to Berkley” sign with the Berkley logo.


The logo, which is split into four quadrants and includes a building, a family, the Liberty Bell and a book, has been a staple in the community since it was designed around 75 years ago, although City Manager Jane Bais-DiSessa said city officials can’t put an exact date on when the logo was designed.

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Published June 17, 2015

HUNTINGTON WOODS — The Dinosauria exhibit returned to the Detroit Zoo on May 22 and will be exciting families that visit the zoo until September.


However, many residents of Huntington Woods and Royal Oak who live near the zoo were not excited to hear that the exhibit was returning this summer because of the special attraction’s noise.

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Published June 17, 2015

METRO DETROIT — The flooring scene has changed drastically in the last few years, according to flooring experts in the area.


New types of flooring are available, such as luxury vinyl, which can resemble any other type of floor. And other timeless types of flooring, such as hardwood and carpet, have advanced leaps and bounds in terms of stability, finishes, style and softness.


Matt Pfeiffer, owner of Northern Flooring in Lake Orion, said that hardwood is the No. 1 type of flooring in Michigan and the best investment in terms of resale factor.

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Published June 17, 2015

METRO DETROIT — With winters that seem to last most of the year, Michiganders know how to take advantage of the warm weather once it finally rolls around.


Dinner time, exercise routines and daily play all seem to migrate outdoors in the summer months. It should come as no surprise, then, that many families in metro Detroit like to relocate movie night to the open air, too.

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Published June 15, 2015

METRO DETROIT — The Michigan Gaming Control Board and 15 plaintiffs, including the Michigan Charitable Gaming Association, have been in a legal battle since the MGCB filed new rules on May 14, 2014, that would significantly limit the amount and type of business conducted in charity poker lounges.

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Published June 15, 2015

Few things suggest summer like vacations, camping, cookouts and the beach. But AAA Michigan is reminding drivers that summer can also bring increased danger on the roads.

According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, the season between Memorial Day and Labor Day makes up what AAA calls the “100 Deadliest Days.” Teen deaths related to auto accidents tend to rise during this period partly because teens have more time and chances to drive, according to the foundation.

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Published June 14, 2015

Garden Fresh Gourmet started out as a passion for Jack and Annette Aronson on a card table in their Ferndale restaurant in 1997. Jack was a lover of hot sauce, and after experiencing fresh salsa in Albuquerque, New Mexico, he recognized it was a niche that needed filling in Michigan.

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Published June 11, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Fireworks are a Fourth of July staple.


From cherry bombs to Roman candles, Michiganders have enjoyed launching fireworks since before the Fireworks Safety Act of 2011 was signed into law, permitting consumer pyrotechnics on the day before, day of and day after designated national holidays.


But for some veterans, fireworks and other loud noises can trigger memories from military experiences.

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Published June 11, 2015

BERKLEY — At first glance, Lily Upp is just like any other high school graduate this year. She dressed in her cap and gown as she received her diploma June 4 from Berkley High School, and she has her college picked out for the fall.

Sure, Upp, 17, was the valedictorian, an honor bestowed upon the student with the highest grade-point average in a graduating class, and she plans to attend the University of Michigan to study neuroscience and eventually work in medicine. However, her accomplishments are the result of a tough road to the finish line that was full of obstacles.

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Published June 11, 2015

FERNDALE — The Ferndale school district has hired its Montessori program teacher ahead of the rollout of the new classroom in the fall.

Amy Geiser Pommereau comes to Ferndale Public Schools after teaching six years in a Montessori program at a charter school in Madison Heights. In Ferndale, Geiser Pommereau will head up the first- through third-grade classroom at Roosevelt Primary School.

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Published June 11, 2015

FERNDALE — Two years ago, Ferndale High School student Tommy Martin was outside the school working on a project with a group of his friends when he encountered something that tested his character.

It was a cold winter day, Martin recalled, when the group saw a fellow student walking down the street crying. Curious, Martin spoke with the student, who said he had been in a fight with his mother and had run away from home.

And he wanted to kill himself.

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Published June 11, 2015

BERKLEY — After roughly four months without a permanent Parks and Recreation Department director amid personnel changes, Berkley City Manager Jane Bais-DiSessa has chosen the new head of the department.

Art Serafinski was introduced to the City Council during the June 1 meeting and officially took over the position May 26. Serafinski comes to Berkley following stints at four different parks and recreation departments over nearly 30 years.

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Published June 11, 2015

BERKLEY — As the Berkley Art Bash along 12 Mile Road in downtown Berkley enters its 14th year June 13, patrons will have access to more vendors than ever.

With the number of applicants growing every year — but the event only able to house around 120 artists — event organizer April McCrumb said she went to the city to expand the footprint of the festival from Tyler Avenue west to Buckingham Avenue.

Now, with another block to work with, the Art Bash will be bigger than ever with more than 150 artists scheduled to appear.

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Published June 10, 2015

METRO DETROIT — It’s time to let your light shine — in your home, that is.


We all have many lighting styles in our homes: table lamps, under-cabinet lights, and even the tuxedo of lights: chandeliers.


But what kinds of lighting work best for your abode?


Corie Conroy, owner of Bloomfield Hills-based First Impression Home Staging and Interior Design, said different lighting packs a unique punch in your home, like bedroom table lighting that creates a calming feel.

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Published June 10, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Father’s Day is tough.


How do you express your gratitude for the man who gave you so many happy memories over the years, gave you unyielding support to follow your dreams and the pearls of wisdom to actually get you there?


Somehow, a tie just doesn’t seem to cut it.

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