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Variety’s A Star is Born
The Michigan Celebrity Hall of Fame, which is housed at Paul Glantz’s Emagine Royal Oak and Star Lanes center, has four new members dubbed The Voices of Detroit. WJR’s morning show host Paul W. Smith, Crain’s Detroit Business publisher Mary Kramer, and Fox 2 News’ Monica Gayle and Huel Perkins were inducted into the hall at a benefit for Variety. It attracted 350 (with $350, $250 or $150 tickets) to the entertainment complex and was chaired by Debbie Wellman and Felicia Palazzola Shaw, the latter for the second year. Shaw’s heartfelt remarks explaining her and her husband’s “…passion to help children” were every bit as eloquent as the speeches of the pros being honored.
Birmingham city commissioners on Monday, May 18, unanimously approved a liquor license with an entertainment and dance permit with all day Sunday sales for the Emagine Palladium Theatre and Ironwood Grill inside the Emagine Palladium. ...more>
Lucido Fine Jewelry, a first-generation family fine jewelry store with locations in downtown Rochester and Sterling Heights, is coming to downtown Birmingham into the Palladium Building at the corner spot of S. Old Woodward and Hamilton, in the former Tower Records and Arhaus Furniture location....more>
It's time once again for the 52nd Annual Birmingham Village Fair, which will fill Shain Park and surrounding streets Thursday, May 28 through Sunday, May 31, with carnival rides, entertainment, games and festival food for kids of all ages....more>
With taxable value coming in higher than expected, Birmingham city commissioners were able to lower the city's millage for the upcoming fiscal year, as well as lowering sewage rates as they approved the budget for the 2015-2016 fiscal year at their meeting on Monday, May 18....more>
A Birmingham resident confronted a thief who had broken into his home on Thursday, May 7....more>
A Bloomfield Township resident discovered someone had opened a Verizon Wireless account in his name....more>
A man left his clothes and car keys in his locker while he worked out at the Bloomfield Township LA Fitness, and when he came back, he noticed the keys were gon, and his wallet had been stolen from his car....more>
A Bloomfield Township resident came out and discovered his new Cadillac was sitting on cement blocks after all four wheels and tires were stolen overnight....more>
Two cars parked in the Peabody Parking Structure in Birmingham on Thursday, May 7, were broken into and had stereo systems taken....more>
Plans by a Canadian power utility to bury nuclear waste along the eastern shore of Lake Huron has raised concerns about the possibility that radioactive materials could enter the Great Lakes and contaminate the world's largest source of freshwater and the drinking supply for about 40 million people, including those in southeast Michigan and the majority of the residents in Oakland County....more>
Arlene claims she wasn't a typical teen of the '60s and '70s – mostly because in those days she was against doing drugs during the era of "Turn on, tune in, drop out," the counterculture phrase about doing LSD popularized by Timothy Leary in 1966. ...more>
The cell, designed to house four to five men, at times is filled with several more. They're lying on cot mattresses that are placed against the steel cell bars at varying angles on the cement floor, huddled in their new uniforms, wrapped in generic blankets to ward off both the cold and the shock of finding themselves in this new home. A holding tank, these new prisoners will discover this cell is their home for the next couple of days, or up to two weeks, depending on how crowded the jail is. ...more>
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