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Maple Road construction to begin in next week

The Maple Road reconstruction project is scheduled to begin within the next week, according to Birmingham city officials. >>>

Birmingham suspends monthly parking pass fees

In response to the coronavirus crisis, the city of Birmingham has temporarily suspended monthly parking permit fees, effective April 1. >>>

Library 3-D printing face shields for hospitals

Baldwin Public Library Idea Lab in Birmingham is 3-D printing protective face shields to donate to local hospitals in order to assist with COVID-19 relief…>>>

oakland county

Sheriff works to decrease county jail population

In an effort to stem the spread of COVID-19, Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard's office prepared two lists of low level offenders to submit to judges to request early release, with 60 of the 167 inmates listed released so far. >>>

downtown membership 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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Coronavirus: What’s being done in local area

The panic button has been hit. On it reads “coronavirus,” and we're all feeling its ramifications, if not its symptoms. Local and state governments have declared states of emergency, freeing funds to be used for those in need. All schools have been closed, modt businesses have employees working remotely, sporting events, concerts, fundraisers and even religious services have been canceled or are streaming online.  Shelves at grocery stores, Costco and Sam's Club are stripped bare as soon as they are restocked. >>>

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Predicting prison terms and parole

Imagine your future was determined by statistics inputted and spit out by a computer. That is just what is occurring to convicted criminal defendants and those scheduled to be released from prison, in algorithm data programs, called predictive analysis, being used by criminal justice professionals throughout the country. >>>

oakland confidential

ONE MORE RUN

Is former state Sen. Mike Kowall (R-White Lake) still looking for his final act? Word around both Oakland County and Lansing is that he’s getting his ducks lined up to run in the Republican primary for Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner. If he does run, Kowall will face fellow Republicans Robert E. Buxbaum of Oak Park, who ran unsuccessfully against water resources commissioner Jim Nash (D) in 2016 (Nash prevailed, 54 percent to 46 percent) and Jim Stevens of Rochester Hills, who ran for mayor and lost to Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett>>>

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