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  1. 5 years bring occupants or hope to 31 vacant downtown Detroit buildings

    Detroit — In August 2009, there were 48 big empty buildings downtown. Walk through the city's central business district today and it's hard to believe there were that many just five years ago.

  2. Oil well battle moves to suburbs

    Shelby Township officials are scrambling to halt oil drilling near a residential area, something other Southeast Michigan communities haven't succeeded in doing.

  3. High court hopeful's abortion stance stirs up Mich. Democrats before convention

    Lansing A decision by Court of Appeals Chief Judge William Murphy to run for the Michigan Supreme Court has stirred up opposition from pro-abortion rights forces ahead of this weekend's Democratic state convention.

  4. 2.5K tech center workers waiting for GM flood mop-up

    About 2,500 General Motors Co. workers and contractors are still not back into buildings at the GM Tech Center in Warren, as GM continues to clean up 19 closed buildings on the campus following Aug. 11 flooding.

  5. Finley: Court deal may take heat out of election

    For the first time in 16 years, the state Supreme Court races on Michigan's fall ballot may be lightly battled, low-key affairs. After a string of bitterly contested and hugely expensive court campaigns, Republicans and Democrats are calling a truce.

  6. Former Michigan star Denard Robinson adjusts to being out of spotlight

    Robinson was in a fishbowl of constant attention and interviews in his standout career at Michigan from 2009-12.

  7. Warren mayor sues to stop Prop 1

    Warren Mayor Jim Fouts didn't simply threaten to sue after Proposition 1 was approved by 69 percent of Michigan primary voters. He sued.

  8. Detroit, police union agree on new contract; members must vote

    The union that represents Detroit's police officers have reached a tentative contract with the city.

  9. Plymouth Whalers fans brace for team's uncertain future

    When the Whalers begin their exhibition season Aug. 30 — they open their 25th Ontario Hockey League regular home season Sept. 27 against Erie — the focus will be on stands as much as on the product on the ice.

    • 11:08 PM, Aug. 20, 2014

    Putting people first

    From high up the Michigan map, Paul Beachnau has an interesting perspective on the grand bargain. He likes it.

  10. Despite movie and TV success, Kevin James still likes taking the stage

    Comedian Kevin James is best known for the CBS comedy 'King of Queens' or the big screen's as 'Paul Blart: Mall Cop.' Like many funny actors, though, James started out in stand-up. And he returns to that venue this weekend.

    • 10:46 PM, Aug. 20, 2014
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    • DRIVE

    A coupe coup: The Cadillac ATS Coupe dazzles

    Love the lines. Like its sister CTS, you want to sweep this beautiful face onto the dance floor. Then the ATS really shows its moves.

  11. Grab green tomatoes off the vine early for new or classic dishes

    When life gives you green tomatoes, put them in a frying pan, a pickle jar or a cake or a soup or a casserole. In other words, put those green tomatoes to good use.

  12. Kalamazoo man falls to death photographing waterfall, Colo. police say

    Creede, Colo. Police say a 22-year-old Kalamazoo man who fell to his death in the Rio Grande National Forest slipped while trying to photograph North Clear Creek Falls.

  13. 2 from Howell killed in 3-vehicle crash in central Ohio

    Delaware, Ohio The State Highway Patrol says a tractor-trailer approaching a central Ohio intersection struck a stopped SUV and triggered a four-vehicle crash that killed two ...

  14. Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson has a global audience

    Beijing Amnesty International has sent monitors to the scene. Palestinians are tweeting advice on how to cope with tear gas. Tibetan monks have showed up to offer ...

    • 10:42 PM, Aug. 20, 2014
    • AUTOS
    • DRIVE

    Car Culture: Give dumb drivers a pass

    One of summer's greatest joys is the reduced volume of freeway traffic during morning and evening rush hours. With Labor Day looming, however, the congestion ...

    • 10:37 PM, Aug. 20, 2014

    Detroit, Grosse Pointe Park reach deal to remove farmers market barricade

    A farmers market is usually a welcome addition to most Metro Detroit communities. But the sunflower-colored sheds that created a barricade between Detroit and ...

    • 12:07 AM, Aug. 21, 2014

    Sister Pie wins Hatch Detroit contest, will get $50,000, startup help

    Sister Pie has won this year's Hatch Detroit contest for startup businesses. The company won $50,000 from Comerica Bank to create pies, cookies, breads and ...

  15. Perceptions of Ferguson shooting, protests split along racial lines

    Washington Blacks and whites see the events in Ferguson, Mo., through starkly different lenses, a new nationwide survey shows.

    • 10:41 PM, Aug. 20, 2014
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    Six-day classic car auctions ring up record sales

    A $38.1 million Ferrari 250 GTO Berlinetta led the annual parade of classic car auctions in California to a record tally of more than $350 million.

  16. Go plum crazy for pork tenderloin

    There are so many varieties of plums that range from the slightly bitter prune plum to the very sweet and juicy red Santa Rosa plum that it's hard to describe. ...

  17. Detroit Dance City Festival brings students and pros together

    Local dancer Joori Jung mixes her two loves — Detroit and dance — when her ArtLab J dance studio presents the Detroit Dance City Festival this weekend.

    • 10:51 PM, Aug. 20, 2014
    • AUTOS
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    Inflatable booster seat packs safety into trips

    Grainne Kelly owned a travel agency in Derry, Ireland, and often traveled with her own young children. She'd call to reserve a rental car and a pair of proper ...

  18. Breakfast is the most important meal for the co-owners of Due Venti

    Nicole and David Seals are the co-owners of Due Venti restaurant in Clawson. She is also the restaurant's pastry chef; he is the executive chef. And because ...

  19. UM art museum shows look at the worlds of artists and architecture

    Two black-and-white photo shows at the University of Michigan Museum of Art are a great reason to duck into this elegant little museum on a hot summer's day.

  20. Greening of Detroit hosts 25-chef fundraiser

    The Greening of Detroit is presenting the Live Love Local Celebration on Sunday in Shed No. 3 at Detroit's Eastern Market.

  21. Review: 'Land Ho!' follows two old friends reviving their lives in Iceland

    'Land Ho!' relies on its own oddball charm and the beauty of Iceland to pull you in. Luckily, they're a fine if decidedly low-key combination.

  22. Political Insider: Flanagan stung by parallel to Wallace

    As the state's superintendent of schools, Mike Flanagan is no stranger to criticism.

  23. Metro Detroit food calendar

    Learn some Summer Harvest Recipes at Trevarow Inc., try the Dr. Sushi Pop-Up event at Treat Dreams and more.

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