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Onyx skaters head to nationals

BY CHEYANNE KRAMER OU News Bureau A group of high school aged girls stand at attention around their coaches, standing still on slick ice. Black dresses reveal blue underskirts whenever they move. They stood silent, listening intently to their coach. Their performances played back before them on a small screen, and they stood, nitpicking even […]

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

At Ardent, the writing’s on the shirt

BY SHELBY TANKERSLEY OU News Bureau Working at a small desk in a small office in Madison Heights is Neil Tasker. His business, Ardent Ink, is small, too. But he has big dreams. He runs his business alone: He prints, packages, embroiders and designs everything he sells. He said he’s glad he loves it so […]

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

When Rochester’s Big Bright Light Show ends

BY SHELBY TANKERSLEY OU News Bureau The Big Bright Light Show has become a definer for Rochester. The 1.5 million lights transform the metro Detroit city into a holiday experience rivaling the likes of Bronners and Greenfield Village. Since 2006, it’s been a Christmas tradition for the city to hang lights from the roofs of […]

February 1st, 2017 | Posted in Featured article,Oakland County | Read More »

Karate’s newest clients: kids

BY SHELBY TANKERSLEY OU News Bureau In the ’70s and ’80s, karate studios were dominated by adults and teens trying to learn self-defense. Now, those studios are full of children under the age of 12. Karate became more accessible when the 2000 Olympic Games accepted Taekwondo as a sport. After that, it became less dominated […]

January 29th, 2017 | Posted in Featured article,Oakland County | Read More »

You have one hour to escape this room

BY ERIN BEN-MOCHE OU News Bureau A group of friends are locked in a library and have an hour to escape. This isn’t the plot to a Sherlock Holmes novel, it’s your Saturday night. Escape rooms have become a fast growing trend capturing attention from NPR, The Washington Post and The New York Post. In […]

January 27th, 2017 | Posted in Featured article,Oakland County | Read More »

Tigers meet the fans in annual caravan

The Detroit Tigers caravan means spring training isn’t far away. Two groups of players — one in west Michigan and the other in metro Detroit — made nearly 30 stops to visit with fans Thursday and Friday, Jan. 19 and 20. Stops in metro Detroit included the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Selfridge Air Base and the […]

January 20th, 2017 | Posted in Featured article,Oakland County | Read More »

With a pit bull comes responsibility

BY KENDRA GILL OU News Bureau For a long time, the pit bull was nicknamed “America’s dog,” but that label was stripped in the 1980s when an increase in dogfighting erupted. The gentle giant inside was masked by its broad stature and muscular physique, which shifted America’s view on these animals. According to a 2016 […]

December 8th, 2016 | Posted in Featured article,Oakland County | Read More »

Avondale class involves students with community

BY STEPHEN WASNUK OU News Bureau Leadership 101 at Avondale High School teaches students character and respect for others along with serving the community. “We do one big project each semester,” said Kip Pichel, the Avondale educator who teaches the class. “This semester we’ve been working with Caring for Sharing.” Students volunteer at three places: […]

December 8th, 2016 | Posted in Featured article,Oakland County | Read More »

Beware the ‘echo chamber’ for news

BY FAITH BRODY OU News Bureau It’s no secret that the media have been in hot water this election season. Accusations flew left and right about bias, the way certain revelations were covered and, of course, the ever-pervasive question of the credibility of social media. NPR tracked down the owner of a handful of fake […]

December 8th, 2016 | Posted in Featured article,Oakland County | Read More »

Apps swell ranks of citizen scientists

BY ALYCIA SEMRAU OU News Bureau Thousands of nature lovers with phone apps are helping scientists map the ecosystem. This crowdsourcing method allows labs with only a few scientists and tight budgets to gather more data in a shorter amount of time. Citizen scientists add more people on the ground, which can lead to earlier […]

December 6th, 2016 | Posted in Featured article,Oakland County | Read More »