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Cooley Lake Inn license threatened

Confusion over who actually owns the Cooley Lake Inn bar and restaurant in Commerce Township has been cleared up by township officials who gave the new owner until March 30 to pay back taxes and fees at the business or risk losing its liquor license....more>

Armed men rob Commerce pizzeria

A Commerce Township pizzeria was robbed at gunpoint on the evening of Sunday, March 22, in the 8000 block of Cooley Lake Road, authorities said....more>

Driver flees deputy, resists arrest

A Pontiac man who attempted on Friday, March 20, to flee from an Oakland County Sheriff's deputy during a traffic stop in Commerce Township was caught and arrested after a brief foot chase....more>

Police investigate home invasion

Walled Lake police are investigating a home invasion that occurred sometime on the afternoon of Monday, March 23, at a home in the 500 block of S. Pontiac Trail. ...more>
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Who's in the pulpit

Throughout the west Oakland County area there are nearly three dozen houses of worship representing various faiths and denominations, reflecting the diverse population in Commerce, Walled Lake, Wolverine Lake, White Lake, West Bloomfield and their neighboring communities. Some are small, intimate parishes, while others are large, cathedral-like houses of worship, which draw members from all over the area. There are Catholics, Protestants, Methodists, Jews, non-denominational Christians and other religions. In an interfaith region, the houses of worship and their leading clergy demonstrate both a passion for their religion and the community at large....more>
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Oakland's last farmers

Clark Cook wakes before the dawn every day and heads to the barn at his north Oakland County farm to milk more than four dozen cows. By 9 a.m., he collects more than 400 gallons for processing. It's a long, labor-intensive process, and one that he and his family have done for three generations....more>
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The dead malls

Shopping is often much more than merely the exchange of money for goods. For many people, there is the activity of going shopping, the leisurely stroll through a mall or downtown area to browse through store windows, allowing an item to catch their eye, then to casually drop in and maybe purchase it. Others are destination shoppers, heading straight to the store of their choice. Some people come to a shopping center to hang out, to see other people, to be entertained, for its dining destinations, even for exercise. ...more>
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