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Trip to Japan enriches Pontiac students

BY XAVIER HERSHOVITZ OU News Bureau Eleven middle schoolers from Pontiac were sent halfway around the world and immersed in the culture of another country. Five students from Pontiac Middle School and six from the International Technology Academy in Pontiac traveled to Kusatsu, Japan, this fall. The 13-year-olds lived with host families and attended school, […]

December 14th, 2017 | Posted in Oakland County | Read More »

From tree farm to tree lot

BY AJ KAJY OU News Bureau The tree has been at the center point of a household come Christmas time since the 16th century. Today, many are locally grown in Michigan. Between 25 million and 30 million real Christmas trees are sold in the United States every year, according to the Michigan Christmas Tree Association. […]

December 12th, 2017 | Posted in Featured article,Oakland County | Read More »

Black cats wait (and wait) for adoption

BY ERIC SOKOL OU News Bureau Black cats remain at shelters longer than pure bred cats or those with patterns. Research from peta2 found that black cats are two-thirds less likely to be adopted than white cats and half as likely than tabby cats because their fur does not stand out. The Animal House of […]

December 6th, 2017 | Posted in Featured article,Oakland County | Read More »

Opioid addiction an all-too-familiar tale

BY CHRISTIAN MILLER OU News Bureau Chris’ addiction began soon after he graduated from high school and fractured several vertebrae in his back while skydiving. “The pills helped take the pain away, but then I started using them even when I didn’t have to,” said Chris, who didn’t want his last name used. “All I […]

December 6th, 2017 | Posted in Featured article,Oakland County | Read More »

Myths, benefits abound about bats

BY JACKY RAY OU News Bureau Downtown Pontiac is the new bat zone. Located in a two-story brick building at the intersection of Huron Street and Woodward, the Organization for Bat Conservation opened in Pontiac in July 2017. Before the move, it was inside of Cranbrook Institute of Science in Bloomfield Hills. The move to […]

December 6th, 2017 | Posted in Featured article,Oakland County | Read More »

Buying a used car? Get it checked first

    waiting for cutlines   BY ALYSSA STEELE OU News Bureau Buying a used car can be a tedious task. Having a used car inspected can get drivers a good deal — or warn them off a bad one. According to Edmunds.com, many people skip this step because they do not know that an […]

December 6th, 2017 | Posted in Featured article,Oakland County | Read More »

Take a book, leave a book

BY ERIC SOKOL OU News Bureau Colorful yet simple wooden boxes in public spaces have unified communities and strengthened the interest for reading. Rochester Hills Public Library, with cooperation from Rochester Hills Parks Department, established three Little Free Libraries in Bloomer Park, Thelma Spencer Park and along the Paint Creek Trail in the last few […]

November 26th, 2017 | Posted in Featured article,Oakland County | Read More »

500 turkeys given away in Pontiac

BY XAVIER HERSHOVITZ OU News Bureau Hundreds of Pontiac residents waited in line Nov. 18 to receive one of 500 free turkeys given away at Pontiac City Hall. The event, in its fifth year, is put together by Community Network Services and is sponsored by the City of Pontiac, Oakland Integrated Healthcare Network and the Oakland […]

November 22nd, 2017 | Posted in Featured article,Oakland County | Read More »

At Secret Cinema, the movie is a surprise

BY XAVIER HERSHOVITZ OU News Bureau Ticket in one hand popcorn in the other, you’re seated in the perfect seat ready for the movie to start. But there’s one thing: You have no clue what movie is about to play. This is what moviegoers experience the first and third Thursday of every month at 7:30 […]

November 16th, 2017 | Posted in Featured article,Oakland County | Read More »

Message to all: Go easy on the stress

BY ALLISON WHITEHEAD OU News Bureau While everyone deals with stress, too much of it can affect the body. “Seventy-seven percent of people experience physical stress symptoms and 73 percent psychological symptoms,” said Kimberly Batko, a lifestyle coach and group instructor at the Downriver Family YMCA in Southgate. She added that stress can lead to […]

November 16th, 2017 | Posted in Featured article,Oakland County | Read More »