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Detroit lacks soul? An alternative look at the Gallup poll

You may have seen the news around the web lately about the Gallup poll showing that Detroiters fare relatively well in “resident attachment”, the sense of community that helps local economies thrive. The emotional sentiment involved around being a proud Detroiter right now is high. Everybody, whether they’ve ever lived in the city or not,…

Weigh in: Portage bans smoking in city parks

No butts about it – Portage has expanded the state’s smoking ban at restaurants and bars to all 17 of its public parks, according to the Kalamazoo Gazette. The Portage City Council voted 5-2 on Tuesday to extend the current ban on smoking in the Ramona Park Beach area to “include all playground and picnic…

Get your turkey on during WMU’s Turkey Trot

Attention all turkeys… and runners. Western Michigan University is hosting its 47th annual Turkey Trot on Saturday, Nov. 20. A 5K race, it is open to runners, walkers and spectators of all ages. The course winds through the university’s West Campus, with a start and finish line in the Student Recreation Center’s indoor tennis courts.…

NASA in HD

Space exploration used to be the stuff that dreams were made of. On some nights, you can look up into the night sky and see constellations or the glow of a nearby planet. Short of owning a telescope or visiting an observatory, the wonders of space that you could gaze out into were limited. Well,…

Michigan Cottage Food Law passes

If you’ve ever considered running a small side business selling home-made goods such as cakes, cookies, or candy there is good news in Michigan: It’s now legal to do just that. The Michigan Cottage Food Law, signed by Governer Granholm, lays down guidelines that make it legal for entrepreneurs in single-family dwellings (including apartments!) to…

Native American Festival & Mini Pow Wow 2010

On November 13th & 14th the Southfield Pavilion hosts Metro Parent’s 18th Annual Native American Festival and Mini Pow Wow. This family-friendly fun-filled event will feature: 2009 National Champion Hoop Dancer Brian Hammill A Native American Village Native American Traditions with a Grand Entry and smudging Traditional Teepees, Towering Headdresses, Dancers Native American Arts and…

Kalamazoo Keeps Its Promise

What’s the best gift you’ve ever received?   If you were living in Kalamazoo and had children enrolled in public school, many would say their best gift was delivered on November 10, 2005.   An entire community benefited from a gift of hope called The Kalamazoo Promise.     Five years ago a group of…

Disney returns to hand-drawn animation with a new Winnie the Pooh

Disney recently released a trailer for an all-new Winnie the Pooh movie, to hit theaters on July 15, 2011. What makes this unique, however, is that this film returns to the 100% hand-drawn style that Disney became famous for. No fancy effects, no 3D, no super extreme in-your-face graphics. Just the simple, hand-drawn, endearing art…

Remember To Honor A Veteran on 11-11

Veterans Day gives Americans the opportunity to celebrate the bravery and sacrifice of all U.S. veterans. However, many Americans confuse this holiday with Memorial Day, according to the Department Veterans Affairs. Memorial Day honors service members who died in service to their country or as a result of injuries incurred during battle. Deceased veterans are…