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  1. Labor Day weekend to bolster solid year for Michigan tourism

    The long Labor Day weekend signals the unofficial end of Michigan's busiest tourist season — and indications are lots of people wandered throughout the mitten state. Experts say despite this year's cool spring and summer, 2014 is on track for being a profitable year for the state's tourism industry — one of Michigan's largest industries. The fall season is also expected to be strong.

    • 11:17 PM, Aug. 28, 2014
    • METRO AND STATE

    Detroit welcomes national Muslim convention

    In Detroit for the first time, the Islamic Society of North America's 51st annual convention features sessions on topics such as using culture to transmit the religion's values between generations.

    • 11:38 PM, Aug. 28, 2014
    • SCHOOLS

    Several dozen teacher pacts in limbo

    The school year hasn't started yet but teachers may already look beleaguered. The reason has nothing to do with organizing classes, assembling lesson plans and learning students’ names.

  2. Wojo's pigskin picks: Michigan State must take care not to repeat Michigan's history

    Now that Michigan State is ruler of the state and ruler of the Big Ten, it's my duty, as arbiter of all that's righteous and ridiculous about college football, to lay out the responsibilities for such a lofty position.

  3. Lions competition at receiver remains fierce as cutdown looms

    The competition for the final two or three wide receiver spots on the 53-man roster is as tight as any other position. Calvin Johnson, Golden Tate and Jeremy Ross are locks, and the rest of the group hopes the Lions keep six receivers instead of five.

  4. Michigan freshman Jabrill Peppers is already turning heads

    Peppers, who has not been made available to media for interviews this fall, has distinguished himself through preseason camp and worked his way into the starting lineup as a nickel and at punt returner.

  5. Michigan State's defense: New faces, same goals

    When Michigan State lines up on defense Friday night, there certainly will be a different look, with six starters gone from a year ago. Should a bit of a drop-off be expected? Perhaps. Just don't try to convince the guys still around.

  6. Lions leave James Ihedigbo behind for Buffalo trip for treatment on ailment

    James Ihedigbo sat out the Lions' third exhibition against Jacksonville to rest, but after he skipped the trip to Buffalo Thursday night, coach Jim Caldwell indicated the starting strong safety is dealing with some kind of ailment.

    • 6:46 PM, Aug. 28, 2014
    • LIFESTYLE
    • HOMESTYLE

    Homearama design team spotlights luxury, fun, fantasy

    For those who visit the return of Homerama, — a spectacle of six brand new multimillion-dollar luxury homes — memory points abound. It's like the Disneyland of luxury homes.

  7. As a new TV season approaches, fave shows get ready to sign off

    If we're just about at the beginning of a new TV season, why does it feel so much like things are ending? Maybe because they are: 'Sons of Anarchy,' 'The Newsroom,' 'Mad Men' and more.

    • 10:53 PM, Aug. 28, 2014
    • BUSINESS
    • RETAIL

    Cool weather heats up back-to-school sales

    Cooler summer temperatures earlier this summer have heated up back-to-school sales, sending shoppers to stores sooner than in previous years.

  8. Now's the time to seed your lawn, fix damage

    Any bare spot in the lawn larger than 4 inches in diameter should be reseeded before weeds have a chance to sprout. The good news is now is the best time do the job. And this is also the perfect time to aerate the lawn.

    • 12:51 AM, Aug. 29, 2014
    • SPORTS
    • GOLF

    I.K. Kim leads after first round of Portland Classic

    I.K. Kim birdied the first four holes on the back nine Thursday and finished with a 7-under 65 to take the first-round lead in the Portland Classic.

  9. Slide-in bridge technology allows a quicker fix

    If you are fascinated by construction technology, have I got a video for you.

  10. Ice Bucket Challenge has us put up or shut up

    I guess it was only a matter of time before the chain reaction of a do-good movement came under attack by naysayers. The otherwise heart-warming Ice Bucket ...

  11. Review: 'Life of Crime' can't find pulse behind its kooky characters

    Director-screenwriter Daniel Schechter transforms Elmore Leonard's novel 'The Switch' into the film 'Life of Crime,' a movie that plays out in the goofy caper ...

  12. Trendy yarn craft replaces knitting needles with arms

    Earlier this year, Lynette Halalay reached beyond the art of hand-knitting when she embraced what's probably the hottest trend among knitters today: arm- ...

  13. Review: 'Frank' strikes some seriously odd chords

    'Frank' is an odd little rock-and-roll fable likely destined to become a cult hit for late night stoners everywhere. That's because the title character wears a ...

  14. Society Confidential: Kem — a 'Promise to Love' — and buy dinner?

    Diners at Southfield's Beans & Cornbread were pleasantly surprised Friday when Motown recording artist Kem popped into the popular soul food restaurant for ...

  15. Shrimp cakes won't make budget crabby

    I love crab cakes, but the price of crab causes me to cringe and my wallet shrink. So instead I make shrimp cakes, blending the ingredients, in the processor.

  16. Review: Witty and wise 'May in the Summer' ponders love, family

    'May in the Summer' is a lovely meditation on family and love with crossing cultures and second thoughts.

  17. Photos may show 'Detroit's Downton Abbey'

    'Was this the Downton Abbey of Grosse Pointe?' Janice Anschuetz of Ypsilanti asked Libby Nolan at a recent Trash or Treasure appraisal session held at ...

  18. Today's garage doors come in many styles

    With so many improvements in the design and functionality of today's garage doors, it has often moved to the top of the home improvement 'to do' list and can ...

  19. Responsibility for birth control falls on both men and women

    Dear Abby: I am sick to death of hearing about people who have too many kids and the hardship it imposes.

  20. Review: 'As Above, So Below' only so-so horror mash-up

    'Abandon all hope, ye who enter here,' is the inscription uncovered by treasure hunters in the horror flick 'As Above, So Below.' But the warning could easily ...

    • 7:15 PM, Aug. 28, 2014
    • LIFESTYLE
    • HOMESTYLE

    Welcome Mat: The latest and greatest for your home

    Franklin hosts its annual art show, 'Ypsi Roadshow' offers antiques appraisals, the latest garden photo winner and more.

  21. Editorial: No end in sight for Detroit Public Schools' money struggles

    It's been a tumultuous past week at Detroit Public Schools. After announcing a 10 percent pay reduction for employees among other cutbacks—and getting that ...

  22. Is mother's cold intolerance part of dementia?

    Dear Dr. Roach: My mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2009, and she is taking Namenda and Aricept to help slow the advancement of the disease.

  23. Back-to-school sales can inspire office spaces

    Back-to-school supplies might be geared toward a younger crowd, but grown-ups can get in the game, too. As students stock up on all the essentials, adults can ...

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