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Organizers Aiding in the Flint Water Crisis Urge Donors to Volunteer or Give Funds

02/05/16

Organizers Aiding in the Flint Water Crisis Urge Donors to Volunteer or Give Funds

Organizations and individuals across the country have heard the call and banded together to collect and donate cases of bottled water to the city of Flint as its residents contend with lead-tainted water. But donations from celebrities, nonprofits, churches and residents of varying communities across the nation have left Flint water crisis organizers with a large supply of water for locals. So, if you are looking to donate to the city in their time of need some organization officials are urging you to donate money or your time. “Flint is overwhelmed with water. We are discouraging any water donations at this time due to state and FEMA support. We are encouraging donations to a fund we have established to support the long-term health needs of Flint children exposed to...

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Detroit's Lost Heroes

02/05/16

Detroit's Lost Heroes

Rosa Parks. Joe Louis. Coleman Young. You know who they are and what impact they had on Detroit. But there are so many more Black Detroiters who made their mark on this city. Discover the stories of six of our unsung heroes.

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Cheap Detroit-Area Dates For Valentine’s Day

02/05/16

Cheap Detroit-Area Dates For Valentine’s Day

6 Valentine's Day date ideas in the Detroit-Area that won't break the bank.

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Pam and Mecah Mathis: The Jet-Setters

02/05/16

Pam and Mecah Mathis: The Jet-Setters

Pam, 50, makes sure she and her husband, Mecah, 53, are looking good. She usually works with her own makeup artist, but pulls off magic with her own bag of lipsticks, eye shadows and blushes. Fresh off sitting in the audience on "The Wendy Williams Show" and being spotted on camera by her friends, Pam is ready for another closeup. "This is our breakout year," she says. The pair met as students at Wayne County Community College in the 1980s before marrying, and have spent much of their time in Detroit ever since. But in recent years, the couple has discovered travel. Not just, one-week-in-Hawaii kind of travel. But traveling whenever they can – for both themselves and their son. The pair's son was a football standout at Cass Technical High...

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Sweets for your Sweetie from Good Cakes and Bakes in Detroit

02/05/16

Sweets for your Sweetie from Good Cakes and Bakes in Detroit

It's the caramel cake that draws people in. And the red velvet. And the gooey cake. And the cupcakes. And the pies. But it’s the caramel cake that's building a reputation on the Avenue of Fashion. The Avenue of Fashion has seen its ups and downs, but is certainly trending upward lately. The stretch of Livernois Avenue once home to some of the most fashionable boutiques in the city still has the boutiques, but also art galleries, coffee houses, restaurants and Good Cakes and Bakes, which opened in 2013. April Anderson, the shop's owner, is from Detroit but her career took her far as Arizona and back to Michigan again. A lifelong baker – she had been baking since she was nine – she hadn't considered making a hobby into a business until she read...

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Detroit's Education Quandry

02/05/16

Detroit's Education Quandry

The state of Detroit's schools has been an issue for some time, leaving parents to make difficult decisions between supporting their kids and supporting their city.

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Keep the Fire Burning with Detroit-Inspired Firebrand Candles

02/05/16

Keep the Fire Burning with Detroit-Inspired Firebrand Candles

Quinn Hamilton is one of those native Detroiters we should be talking more about. Westside-raised, Renaissance High School and Yale University pedigree, and a front-row seat at the city's burgeoning start-up scene. That's probably why it's no accident that her candle-making company is called Firebrand – someone that takes charge, is feisty, is passionate. Like many businesses in Detroit, it started as a side project or a hobby that has morphed into a secondary source of income. Not quite a full-time job yet, but Hamilton wouldn’t mind if that happened. "I said, OK, people believe in me, so I really need to get this started," Hamilton says. She was looking for unique, one-off handmade gifts to give to friends and family, so she experimented...

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Detroit Public Schools Teachers Talk

02/05/16

Detroit Public Schools Teachers Talk

With all the DPS drama coming to light this year, we spoke to a couple teachers to get their perspective.

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Love and Money: Advice For Couples at Every Stage

02/05/16

Love and Money: Advice For Couples at Every Stage

There are things you notice when two people are deeply in love: The way each person can naturally finish the other's sentences, the inside jokes, the way their eyes light up when describing the day they met (almost always the wife directs that question to her husband, saying "I want you to tell it," as a sly test), their proposal or their wedding day. We noticed these characteristics when we asked metro Detroit couples at every stage in a marriage—from 20-something newlyweds to 70-something lifelong partnerships—to talk about what makes their relationship special and lasting. It's not all champagne and chocolates, though. Many couples candidly discussed a relationship's challenges, ranging from health issues and parenting to keeping the spark...

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Anthony and Michele Watts: The Dream-Chasers

02/05/16

Anthony and Michele Watts: The Dream-Chasers

It's hard to resist making a TLC reference, but here's how Michele and Anthony Watts met: In 1999, Michele was walking with a friend, when a car approached and Anthony, in the passenger's side of his friend's car, leaned out the window to talk to her. Except that Anthony isn't a scrub. He’s a lieutenant with the Detroit Fire Department. Michele is the director of the sports management program at Madonna University. Like many 40-something couples, they're at or near the peak of their careers, but unafraid to take on other endeavors. "We're in dream-chase mode right now," says Anthony. The couple runs a mobile photo-booth, which can be rented out for parties, weddings and other events, while raising two children from a previous...

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