Week of 8.21.17

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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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Deputies speak to driver about fatal hit/run

08/11/2017 - A woman who allegedly struck a Rochester Hills man late Saturday, August 5, with her vehicle and left him on the side of the road with fatal injuries, said she thought she struck a deer, the Oakland County Sheriff's Office said.

Deputies responded about 11:30 a.m. Sunday to the area of Avon and Crooks roads after receiving a call from the victim's family who began looking for him after he didn't return home the previous evening. The family discovered the victim, Christopher Morgan, 22, in a ditch in the area. He died at the scene.

Investigators said Morgan was killed sometime after 11 p.m. on Saturday when he was struck by a passing vehicle while walking in the area.

Family members told the sheriff's office Morgan attended a graduation party the previous night and left the party in a vehicle with his girlfriend, brother and another female acquaintance. Morgan got out of the vehicle about 10:45 p.m. at Avon Road and Adams Road after getting into an argument with his girlfriend. He was last seen walking east along Avon Road.

Acting on a tip from a concerned citizen, deputies responded on Monday to a Red Roof Inn in Orion Township where they located a black Ford Fusion with substantial damage to the right front side of the vehicle.

Investigators were able to identify and interview the owner of the vehicle, who said she believed she "hit a deer" on Saturday evening. The woman, who wasn't identified by the sheriff's office, told investigators she had just dropped a friend off in Rochester Hills.

The woman believed to be involved in the accident wasn't immediately taken into custody. The incident is under investigation by the sheriff department's Crash Reconstruction Unit. The case will be presented to the Oakland County Prosecutor's Office for any potential charges following completion of the investigation.

Morgan was a student athlete at Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin, where he was a junior defensemen on the LumberJack's hockey team.

"Chris was a true LumberJack – hardworking, dedicated and passionate. He will be missed by everyone in our locker room, athletic department, campus community and beyond," the college said in a statement.

Morgan graduated from the University of Detroit Jesuit High School in 2013. He joined the hockey team in the fall of 2015, after a junior hockey career with the Gloucester Rangers in the CCHL.

"For the alumni, family and friends and future players who didn't have an opportunity to play with 'Miggy,' the best way to describe him is he would block a shot for anyone, anytime, up by three in the first period or down by five in the third, it didn't matter," the school said. "He will forever be missed, never forgotten and always loved."

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