Week of 8.21.17

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MOCAD Interchange Art + Dinner

The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit and Library Street Collective gallery owners JJ and Anthony Curis collaborated on a remarkable event that turned their home – the  Hawkins Ferry house – into a museum. Under the title “Unobstructed Views,” 39 pieces of art, all available for bids, had been installed throughout the modernist gem on the shore of Lake St. Clair. More than 200 guests ($175, $200 ticket) and their conversation invigorated both floors of the museum and the lakeside terrace. Guests included legendary sculptor Glen Michaels, who recalled creating many installations for the home’s architect Bill Kessler. Art collector Shirley Piku was another guest with specific memories.
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oakland confidential

August 2017

HORSE RACES: Democratic aspirations of taking a majority hold on Congress after the 2018 General Election will hinge on the party’s ability to take two dozen congressional seats, which may include upsets in Michigan’s 8th and 11th Districts, according to recent rankings of 82 districts by The New York Times. The piece split the districts into eight groups to watch, based on competitiveness ...more»
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Woman steals almost $1,000 from Ulta

08/11/2017 - A woman was caught stealing almost $1,000 worth of cosmetics and other items from the Bloomfield Township Ulta store on Saturday, July 15.

The retail fraud at the Ulta Beauty Store, located at 2161 Telegraph Road, occurred at approximately 7 p.m., when Jennifer Ortiz, 31, of Waterford, entered the store, and according to personnel at the store, placed numerous items from around the store that were for sale into her personal bag. She then left the store and made no attempt to pay for them.

Store personnel contacted Bloomfield Township police, and an officer located Ortiz in the parking lot. Ortiz ignored his commands to stop walking away, and when he did catch up with her, attempted to pull her arms away. She was found to have items from Ulta worth approximately $914.

Ortiz was arrested, and the Oakland County Prosecutor's Office issued a misdemeanor complaint and warrant for retail fraud II and resisting arrest.

Ortiz was arraigned on Thursday, August 10, at 48th District Court in front of Judge Marc Barron, and given a $5,000 personal bond.

Her next scheduled court appearance is Tuesday, September 12, at 48th District Court in front of Judge Diane D'Agostini.

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