Detroit Zoo Citizen Science Day includes data collection
DETROIT (AP) — Visitors to the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak will get the chance to participate in data collection and other activities as part of Citizen Science Day.
OAK PARK, Mich. (AP) — Michigan health officials say more cases of measles have been confirmed in the Detroit area, raising the number in Oakland County to 21 since March 13.
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Michigan man charged with killing 73-year-old father
ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) — A 31-year-old Detroit-area man has been charged with killing his father, who was found dead with his hands and legs bound.
Dane Matthew Steward of Royal Oak appeared in court Monday on a first-degree murder charge and was ordered held without bond.
Police say they found 73-year-old Dennis Steward's body Thursday inside the home the two men shared. An autopsy determined he died from strangulation and had likely been dead for more than a day. His car was missing.
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River otter moved to Detroit Zoo after rescue in Alaska
ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) — An orphaned North American female river otter found by hikers in southeastern Alaska has been moved to the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak.
The Detroit Zoological Society says 7-month-old Kalee is a potential mate for Sparky, a 4-year-old male otter born at the zoo.
Kalee had suffered a laceration and puncture wound to her side when she was discovered in June. Alaska Fish and Game officials turned her over to a zoo there for initial care.
Detroit Zoo opens new habitat for red pandas, rope bridge
ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Zoo has opened a new habitat for red pandas.
The Holtzman Wildlife Foundation Red Panda Forest made its debut this month at the zoo in the Detroit suburb of Royal Oak. It's designed to provide a larger and more stimulating naturalistic environment for the pandas. And it seeks to help teach people more about the animals.
Officials: Newborn polar bear cub dies at Detroit Zoo
ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) — A newborn polar bear cub has died at the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak.
The cub was born Wednesday and moved to the zoo's intensive-care nursery on Thursday after video surveillance showed she had stopped nursing.
Officials say staff worked in shifts to provide fluids, antibiotics and infusions of polar bear blood plasma.
Lawsuit seeks millions in death of young man by police
ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) — The family of a young man who was fatally shot by police in suburban Detroit has filed a lawsuit seeking $10 million, alleging his civil rights were violated when he was shot in the back.
The lawsuit was filed Monday in federal court. Cody Reynolds' mother is accusing Royal Oak police of using excessive force in May.
$5 million gift to help create new Detroit-area heart center
ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) — A $5 million gift from a suburban Detroit couple will help create a new heart center at Beaumont Hospital .
The money from Orchard Lake residents Max and Debra Ernst will go to the $9 million Max and Debra Ernst Heart Center at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak. Max Ernst is a former Arbor Drugs executive. The center will be dedicated to consolidating cardiac care, particularly for patients with heart failure.
Democrats will control Oakland County Board of Commissioners
PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — For the first time in decades, Democrats are in the majority on the Board of Commissioners in Michigan's second-largest county.
Voters in Oakland County chose four Democrats in districts that usually go Republican. Democrats now will have a one-seat majority.
County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, a Republican, says he wasn't surprised by the election results Tuesday. He says he's always "reached across the aisle ... to pass a bipartisan, balanced" budget.
Detroit Zoo-bred endangered frogs released into the wild
ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) — About two dozen endangered frogs raised at the Detroit Zoo have been released into the wild.
The Detroit Zoological Society says 25 dusky gopher frogs were moved this month to the Ward Bayou Wildlife Management Area in southern Mississippi.
Michigan cities use public art to add design to area
DETROIT (AP) — A mural of President John F. Kennedy wearing multicolored sunglasses pops on the side of a cement-block building in Royal Oak.
A rusted-brown metal horse sculpture, its mane blowing in the breeze, stands in the grass at Mount Clemens' southern gateway.
A giant pigeon with shades of purple and blue graces one side of an old barn in a farming area near Port Austin.
Michigan law firm gets rich by suing cities over sewers
DETROIT (AP) — A single law firm based in Royal Oak has won tens of millions of dollars in lawsuits against a growing list of metro Detroit communities — including Detroit, Royal Oak, Ferndale, Birmingham, and the townships of Bloomfield, Waterford and Brighton.
More cases are pending against St. Clair Shores, Taylor, and most recently Harper Woods. The firm did lose a notable case against Westland and appealed another loss to Dearborn.
Halloween arrives early for inhabitants of Detroit Zoo
ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) — Halloween has arrived ahead of schedule at the Detroit Zoo, where inhabitants are enjoying some frightfully good fare.
Animal care staff at the zoo in suburban Royal Oak on Wednesday provided special seasonal munchies to anteaters, great apes, grizzly bears, penguins and vultures, among others.
On the menu: Pumpkins, cornstalks and other fall harvest goodies, which are filled with treats that some of the animals get to smash open.
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Royal Oak hospital receives national nursing designation
ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) — Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak has earned its fourth consecutive nursing designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Magnet recognition program.
The program was created in 1994 and recognizes health care organizations for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice.
Jury awards family $130 million in medical malpractice case
ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) — A jury has awarded the family of a boy who suffered brain damage after being treated at a suburban Detroit hospital more than $130 million in a medical malpractice case.
The McKeen & Associates law firm announced the verdict Tuesday following a trial in Oakland County Circuit Court in Pontiac.
5 flamingo chicks born in recent weeks at Detroit Zoo
ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) — Flamingo families are growing at the Detroit Zoo.
Zoo officials say five flamingo chicks have hatched in recent weeks. They're being guarded by their parents in the African bird habitat, not far from great apes.
The zoo's chief life sciences officer, Scott Carter, says it's a wonderful opportunity for visitors to see chicks getting plenty of attention from their parents. He says they'll grow into tall, pink flamingos.
Detroit Zoo opens new habitat for Japanese giant salamanders
ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) — A new habitat at the Detroit Zoo is a home for Japanese giant salamanders.
The former Rainforest Immersion Gallery at the zoo's National Amphibian Conservation Center has been transformed into a space to provide the aquatic amphibians with a habitat twice the size of their previous dwelling.
Beaumont Hospital to pay $84M to resolve overpay charges
ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) — A Detroit-area hospital will pay $84.5 million to settle U.S. Justice Department allegations over improper pay to eight doctors.
The department said Thursday the settlement resolves allegations that Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak overpaid the doctors and provided them with free or below-market office space and other incentives so they would refer more patients to Beaumont. The allegations occurred between 2004 and 2012.
ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) — A prosecutor says the fatal shooting of a man by a suburban Detroit officer after police say he sped away from a traffic stop was justified.
Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton announced the decision Wednesday. Leyton says the Royal Oak officer acted in self-defense and to protect others.
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ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Zoo says a female chimpanzee named after primatologist Jane Goodall has been born there on the first World Chimpanzee Day.
It says the baby named Jane arrived early Saturday on the anniversary of the date in 1960 that Goodall first traveled to what's now Gombe Stream National Park in Tanzania to study the social interactions of wild chimpanzees.
ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) — Visitors to the Detroit Zoo can learn about snake conservation as part of World Snake Day.
The Detroit Zoological Society will hold events from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday at the Holden Reptile Conservation Center.
Zookeepers will give talks about snakes and visitors can take part in conservation activities and learn how to identify sub-species based on appearance.
ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder has signed legislation allowing Michigan residents to designate part of their state income tax refund to help finance a proposed World War II memorial in a Detroit suburb.
The Royal Oak memorial has been added to the list of organizations and efforts that residents can donate their income tax returns toward using check-off boxes, according to state Sen. Marty Knollenberg.
ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) — With just a few days of school left, teacher Shannon Smith knew she had to up her game to keep her room of third-grade students engaged in learning until the last day.
So Smith pulled out new educational materials she purchased from an online marketplace where teachers buy and sell teacher-created, teacher-tested educational materials.
ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) — A bird expert at the Detroit Zoological Society has been recognized for his efforts in the recovery of the Great Lakes piping plover (PLUV'-er).
Tom Schneider received the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Recovery Champion Award at the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak.
ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) — More than 11,000 tadpoles born in the Detroit Zoo have been released in Puerto Rico in an effort to restore an endangered toad to the Caribbean island.
The Detroit Zoological Society says the Puerto Rican crested tadpoles left the Detroit area Wednesday and were released 24 hours later in a forest pond.
ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Zoo announced it has converted three bear habitats into one collective environment, more than doubling the space shared by three rescued grizzly bears.
The renovated 20,000-square-foot (1,858-square meter) habitat aims to provide a more "naturalistic" experience for the bear brothers Mike, Thor and Boo. According to the Detroit Zoological Society, the $200,000 makeover includes a cave and a variety of nooks that provide more options for bears to move around.
Michigan family of Vietnam veteran found
ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) — The family of a Michigan man killed in the Vietnam War who was honored at a recent memorial has been found.
The National Security Agency honored the late Sgt. Robert Townsend at the Memorial Wall in Fort Meade, Maryland, on May 29. About 20 of Townsend's relatives were in attendance, the Daily Tribune (Royal Oak) reported.
ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) — A Libertarian candidate for U.S. Congress in suburban Detroit was arrested during a community race after protesting and refusing to leave the roadway.
The Detroit Free Press and WXYZ-TV report Brian Ellison was arrested Saturday during Royal Oak Police Department's Run with the Police. Ellison, running for the 8th District seat held by second-term Republican Rep. Mike Bishop, was protesting two recent fatal shootings by police.
ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a Detroit-area police officer has fatally shot a man who reportedly assaulted his parents and rushed at the officer afterward.
Royal Oak police say 20-year-old Cody Reynolds died in the early Monday shooting. No officers were injured.
Royal Oak High student Elliot Widd will join hundreds of other students walking out of school Friday — the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre — and the 16-year-old believes the...
Royal Oak — Hudson Brown's head hurt so badly, he screamed in pain.
His parents rushed him to a nearby emergency room. The diagnosis was devastating: brain cancer. Specifically, medulloblastoma.
A large tumor had developed in the back of his brain and on top of his brain stem. Medulloblastoma is a long word with too many syllables to be attached to a five-year-old boy from Grosse Pointe Farms.
ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) — Family members of a man who was fatally shot by a suburban Detroit officer after police say he sped away from a traffic stop are calling the shooting unjustified.
Joseph Dedvukaj, an attorney whose niece is married to the driver, tells The Detroit News the Royal Oak officer "basically became the judge, jury and executioner."
Police: Officer fatally shoots man who fled traffic stop
ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a suburban Detroit police officer has fatally shot a man who sped away from a traffic stop.
Royal Oak police say the officer pulled over a car Tuesday evening for a traffic violation, but the driver, 27-year-old Antonino Thomas Gordon of Commerce Township, fled and was spotted later in a fast food restaurant drive-thru lane. Police say the officer shot Gordon after he tried to flee again, and the injured suspect's car collided with a van.
A driver was fatally shot by police after he fled a traffic stop Tuesday in Royal Oak, authorities said.
An officer tried to pull over the motorist around 6:10 p.m. near 13 Mile and Woodward but the man did not stop, investigators said in a statement.
The same officer soon spotted him about a block away, at a White Castle drive-through near Coolidge, according to the release.
Bacon Bash at Royal Oak Farmers Market: More than 25 local restaurants and caterers will serve up bacon-inspired dishes, and one will will entry into the World Food Championships in Orange Beach, Alabama. Tickets include unlimited food samples and drink tickets. 7:30-11 p.m. Sat. $55, $70 for VIP with early entry. 316 E. 11 Mile, Royal Oak. baconbash.com.
Zoo offering visitors buckets of ‘Detroit Zoo Poo’
ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) — Some visitors to the Detroit Zoo will soon be able to add animal droppings to their souvenir list.
Free buckets of 5 pounds (2.3 kilograms) of animal manure, dubbed Detroit Zoo Poo, will be handed out on April 14 as part of the zoo's GreenFest celebration. The event precedes Earth Day and will showcase how the zoo recycles waste.
Buckets will be available to the first 1,000 visitors to the zoo's anaerobic digester educational display.
Gayle's Chocolates opened its Royal Oak storefront in 1984 and after more than three decades, the chocolatier is closing its doors, owners announced Wednesday.
The shop, at 417 S. Washington Ave., is expected to close on Mother's Day, May 13. Owner Gayle Harte is moving to Arizona with her husband, according to their press release.
ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) — The U.S. Army is searching for the family of a Michigan man killed in the Vietnam War who will be honored at a memorial in May.
Robert Townsend was 29 when he was fatally shot in 1965 in South Vietnam while a sergeant with the Army Security Agency, the Daily Tribune reported .
The National Security Agency plans to honor Townsend at the Memorial Wall in Fort Meade, Maryland.
Food and beverage events
Royal Oak Restaurant Week: More than 20 participating restaurants in downtown Royal Oak will offer three-course lunch or dinner for $15, $25 or $35 per person. Runs through Sunday. dineroyaloak.org/events.
Displaced bats, sloth to find new homes at the Detroit Zoo
ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) — Bats, squirrels and a sloth displaced by the closure of a live animal center will find new homes at the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak.
The Detroit Zoological Society says it is providing sanctuary for the 54 bats, five southern flying squirrels, a 2-toed sloth and a horned frog.
The zoological society says more than 200 animals need homes after this week's closure of the animal center in Pontiac, northwest of Detroit.
One week after falling in the Catholic League A-B tournament semifinal, ending a four-game winning streak, Farmington Hills Mercy girls basketball ended its regular season on a high note, defeating visiting Royal Oak Shrine on Wednesday night, 44-31.
A sluggish start was a somewhat concerning for Mercy (17-3) head coach Gary Morris, but his team came out firing in the second half. Mercy led by just one at the half but outscored Shrine by 12 points in the final two quarters.
Food and beverage events
Detroit Restaurant Week: Two dozen Detroit restaurants will offer three-course meals for either $39 or $29. Through Sunday. detroitrestaurantweek.com.
Royal Oak Restaurant Week: More than 20 participating restaurants in downtown Royal Oak will offer three-course lunch or dinner for $15, $25 or $35 per person. Friday-March 4. dineroyaloak.org/events.
Valentine’s Day arrives early at the Detroit Zoo
ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) — Valentine's Day has come early to the Detroit Zoo, whose inhabitants are enjoying some romantic goodies.
Zookeepers at the facility in suburban Royal Oak gave heart-shaped piñatas to wolves and ice treats to polar bears and camels on Wednesday. Penguins received special rocks that were painted by guests. When a male penguin finds a mate, he embarks on a search for a suitable stone to give his partner as a gift, hence the painted rocks.