Candidates file for city commission seats

Nine new candidates filed to fill three Birmingham city commission seats in this November's election, with the three long-term commissioners deciding to retire after years on the council, and five candidates filed to fill five seats on the city commission in Bloomfield Hills, including one new candidate. >>>

S. Old Woodward road work info session set

Birmingham city officials are inviting the community to learn and ask questions about the 2022 S. Old Woodward road reconstruction project, between Brown and Landon streets, at a public information session on Tuesday, August 3, from 4 to 7 p.m. in the lower level of Baldwin Public Library. >>>

public safety

Gunpoint robbery of woman, daughter at home

A 52-year-old Birmingham woman and her daughter were robbed at gunpoint on the afternoon of Friday, July 16, at their home in the 1100 block of Derby, police said. >>>

Pontiac man arrested in township auto theft

A man accused of driving a Toyota Avalon stolen from a Bloomfield Township gym was arraigned on Thursday, July 15, and held in jail on a $75,000 cash bond.>>>

Copper wire stolen from DTE Energy facility

About 200 feet of copper wire was stolen during an overnight burglary on Friday, July 9, at a DTE Energy facility in the 1900 block of Orchard Lake Road, police said. >>>

Catalytic converter stolen at township Starbucks

A catalytic converter was stolen on Friday, July 16, from a vehicle parked at a Bloomfield Township Starbuck’s in the 2100 block of S. Telegraph, police said.>>>

Downtown Support Campaign

Downtown Newsmagazine has launched a membership campaign for donations to the publication to allow us to remain strong and grow while still remaining free to most homes in the Birmingham/Bloomfield area. Publisher David Hohendorf’s letter to the local community explains the background on the membership effort. >>>

longform features


Critical race theory: politics enters the classroom

Over Memorial Day weekend of 1921, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in a district of the city known as Greenwood, filled with affluent and educated Blacks and so prosperous it was known as “the Black Wall Street,” a race massacre occurred when White Tulsa residents, some deputized and given weapons by local officials, attacked Black residents and destroyed their businesses. It is now known as the “Tulsa race riot” or “Black Wall Street Massacre.” >>>

Forever chemicals and our food, water supply

Although what we now refer to as “forever chemicals” or PFAS have been around since the 1940s, scientists, researchers, and government officials are only now beginning their quest to understand the far-reaching impact of forever chemicals on our water and food supply. >>>

oakland confidential


The ‘Big Lie’ narrative keeps growing, nationwide and in Michigan, despite recent polling showing more and more members of the GOP are finding the unfounded claims that the Donald Trump election was somehow stolen are just that – unfounded. At the same time, the Republican-controlled state Senate recently released the results of its investigation which cast more than a bit of shade on those continuing to claim there was massive election fraud in Michigan. But that didn’t stop Cheboygan County commissioners Up North from voting (4-3) in late June to request from the state an audit of the 2020 ballots and a review of whether some “unauthorized computer” manipulated the final vote returns in the county. >>>

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