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A conceptual drawing for a proposed new Detroit arena by Olympia Development of Michigan. (Illustration: Ilitch Holdings, Inc./PRNewsFoto)
A conceptual drawing for a proposed new Detroit arena by Olympia Development of Michigan. (Illustration: Ilitch Holdings, Inc./PRNewsFoto)
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Redevelopment Vision Shared for Detroit Mixed-Use Sports, Entertainment District

Olympia Development of Michigan today announced plans for a sweeping transformation of dozens of underutilized blocks between downtown and midtown Detroit into a sports and entertainment district.

The project will connect existing and new development efforts in downtown and midtown Detroit along Woodward Avenue with five walkable, livable mixed-use district neighborhoods, and includes an arena to replace Joe Louis Arena.

The new, mixed-use development is being coupled with new arena's construction, officials said. The development project is estimated at $650 million, according to Ilitch Holdings, Inc., which owns Olympia Development of Michigan.

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Bill Pugliano/Getty Images
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Detroit Homecoming Seeks to Bring Back Former Residents

Detroit is recruiting ex-patriots or ex-pats — people born in or who attended school in the region — to return to their hometown to reconnect, recharge and reinvest.

The Detroit Homecoming is slated Sept. 17 to 19, with an agenda to include experiences such as dinner in the not-yet-open David Whitney Building on Grand Circus Park, city tours, dinner inside the refurbished Globe Outdoor Adventure Center on Detroit's riverfront and a concert at Chene Park Amphitheatre.

All the activities have one goal in mind: to show off the possibilities in greater Detroit.

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R.I.P. Ollie Fretter [Video]

If you grew up in the '70s and '80s in Michigan, you know who Ollie Fretter was.

If he couldn't beat your best deal, he'd give you five pounds of coffee. Between Highland and Fretter appliances, that was our generation's ABC Warehouse and Art Van.

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Kevin Winter/Getty Images
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Despite Rumors, Detroit’s ‘RoboCop’ Statue Won’t Be Unveiled Today

You may be wondering, “Why does anyone need at 10-foot-tall bronze "RoboCop" statue?”

The answer is: I don’t know.

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Guess How Many Of The 10 Most Miserable Cities In America Are In Michigan?

The answer? NONE! I KNOW! I was shocked too1 For every great Grand Rapids, Traverse City, Holland or Saugatuck we have, there's also Flint and Detroit. But the new list from marketwatch.com says Ashland/Huntington West Virginia/Kentucky is the most miserable place in America! Yay West Virginia!

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10 Things Only People From Grand Rapids Understand?

OK maybe you have seen this story making the rounds. "10 things only people from Grand Rapids understand" It's pretty cute. Why there are no rapids in Grand Rapids, Drinking beer at church. Surely local observations from a local Grand Rapidian. Or is it?

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Detroit Teacher Fired for Breaking Up Vicious Fight Between Students [Video/Poll]

A teacher in Detroit is getting an education in how not to intervene. A teacher in the city's Pershing High School has been fired after she broke up a fight between two students with a broom.

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Michigan’s Favorite Band Is….

Not who you think. Id guess Bob Seger. Or Kid Rock. Maybe Eminem, or Grand Funk Railroad or ever Del Shannon. Nope. Not even close. It IS an artist from Michigan, but not who you think.

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Bill Pugliano/Getty Images
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North American International Auto Show: Cars Are the Stars [Video]

The 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit kicked off Monday with news media preview days.

Monday and Tuesday are the two days when automakers introduce their new products to the world via the media. The show for the general public opens Saturday, and runs through runs through Jan. 26 at Cobo Center.

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2014 NHL Winter Classic: Red Wings vs. Maple Leafs [Video]

The 2014 NHL Winter Classic has the Detroit Red Wings facing the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The two NHL teams are playing outside in front of more than 105,000 at The Big House of Michigan Stadium on the campus of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich

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Emergency Backup Dallas QB Kitna Donating Pay to High School Where He Teaches

Well, there's at least one Dallas Cowboys quarterback who we can all agree to love.

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flickr, "CAVE CANEM"
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Three Michigan Cities Land On Forbes’ ‘Most Miserable’ List For 2013

Forbes has been heaping praise on Grand Rapids over the last couple of years naming us, among other things, the best city to raise a family in and one of the top 15 cities with emerging downtowns. But, it turns out the magazine doesn't heap praise on the entire Mitten State. Three Michigan cities have landed on their 2013 list of America's Most Miserable cities.

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