municipal

Two city commission candidates disqualified

There are now seven candidates running for three open city commission seats in Birmingham, after two candidates, Michael Lossia and MD Rabbi Alam, were disqualified for not meeting eligibility requirements of the city charter of Birmingham. >>>

Whistle Stop approved for bistro license

Breakfast and lunch in Birmingham’s Rail District will soon come with midday cocktails and outdoor eating at the Whistle Stop Diner, as final plans for a bistro license were approved Monday, July 26, by the city commission. >>>

Birmingham eases home solar standards

Birmingham homeowners will have an easier time going solar, as the city commission on Monday, July 26, eased some requirements for residential solar electric systems. >>>

Approval for change of sewage to drain system

Bloomfield Township trustees unanimously approved the Section 471 Chapter 20 Agreement to convert the Evergreen-Farmington Sewage Disposal System (EFSDS) to the Evergreen-Farmington Sanitary Drain (EFDS) as a Chapter 20 Drain, and to have Oakland County bond out Bloomfield Township's share, estimated at just under $7 million, at their meeting on Monday, July 26. >>>

Day On The Town set for this Saturday

Birmingham's largest shopping day, Day On The Town, will take place this Saturday, July 31, from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. for bargain hunters looking for the year's best deal. >>>

public safety

Man wanting food causes disturbance

A drunk and hungry Florida man denied food at a Birmingham restaurant during the twilight hours of Sunday, July 25, responded by throwing other food at employees, 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

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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

MYTH-MAKING 101

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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