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Five running for Walled Lake city council

Two incumbents and three newcomers are running for three open seats on the Walled Lake City Council available on November 3 in this year's general election....more>

Board to interview planner applicants Tuesday

Seven applicants will be interviewed Tuesday, July 28, by the Commerce Township Board of Trustees for the planning director position that was made available this May following the departure of consultant Kathleen Jackson....more>

DDA, developer to relocate trees as settlement

An agreement between the Commerce Township Downtown Development Authority (DDA) and a developer responsible for the accidental clearing of more than a dozen pine trees along Martin Parkway will result in the relocation of about 50 trees in the area....more>

Developer sues city over apartment project

A Birmingham developer, who in April was denied approval of constructing a 71-unit apartment complex near the shores of Walled Lake, has filed a $2 million suit in federal court against the city....more>

Water table won't soften purchase agreement

Higher than expected ground water tables discovered on a 43-acre parcel of land within the Commerce Township Downtown Development Authority (DDA) district won't lower the price that a Novi-based homebuilder will pay for the land, it was determined at the monthly DDA board meeting on Tuesday, July 14....more>

City approves water rate increases

The Walled Lake City Council on Tuesday, July 21 approved delaying water and sewer rate increases for two months in order to give customers notice of the change....more>

Detectives investigate sexual assault

Oakland County Sheriff detectives are investigating the report of a sexual assault of a 17-year-old Brighton teen that allegedly occurred on the evening of Thursday, July 16, at a house party in Commerce Township....more>

Woman crushed to death by office gate

A West Bloomfield Township woman died on Sunday, July 19, when she was accidentally pinned by the motorized parking lot gate at a tool and die shop in the 8100 block of Richardson Road in Commerce Township, authorities said....more>

Police force diversity

In the early morning hours of July 23, 1967, a group of about 80 black people were celebrating the return of soldiers from Vietnam at a blind pig at 12th Street, now Rosa Parks Boulevard, and Clairmont Street in Detroit, when a predominantly white police force raided the club. What ensued after was a five-day riot that spread through Detroit, leaving 43 people dead, 1,189 injured, and more than 2,000 buildings destroyed. ...more>

Environmental indicators

Bees humming in and about bright pink roses collecting treasured nectar, butterflies prancing above. Birds flying overhead in perfect formation. Frogs and toads hopping, in and out of streams, with fish darting about. A vision of nature at its most perfect....more>

Government nepotism

Rupert Murdoch has announced he is turning over his huge media empire to his two sons, James and Lachlan, to run. Mark Reuss, executive vice president of global product development, purchasing, and supply chain at General Motors, grew up watching his father, Lloyd Reuss, who was the 18th president of GM, and began working at the automotive corporation right out of college. Former Amway president Rich DeVos, saw his sons, Dick and Doug, take their place as former and current presidents of the health and beauty corporation....more>
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