Have you noticed the different Old English D's?
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Where did the iconic Detroit "D" come from?

The Old English "D" has become emblematic of the city of Detroit — it can be seen tattooed on forearms or stuck on the bumpers of cars, and of course, all over Comerica Park. The baseball team popularized the D, but where did it really come from, and why has the entire city rallied behind it? That’s what Michael Hesser wanted to know.
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Most industries like to reward their most loyal customers.

But a consumer watchdog says more and more auto insurance companies are punishing loyalty, by charging a higher premium for it. 

There are plenty of English words that mean "nonsense."

One of them is "malarkey."  It's certainly fun to say, and it got a lot of attention when Vice President Joe Biden, in his debate with Sen. Paul Ryan: "With all due respect, that's a bunch of malarkey."

University of Michigan English Professor Anne Curzan, who specializes in linguistics, says while "malarkey" sounds like it's Irish in origin, there's no clear answer about where it comes from.

"When it first shows up in U.S. English, it shows up in Irish-American usage. It shows up in the 1920s, and it shows up in cartoons by Thomas Aloysius Dorgan, who is of Irish decent. It also showed up in sports writing," Curzan says. 

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The EPA says it cannot forgive loans the city of Flint took out 15 years ago to improve its water system. The federal agency responded this week in a letter to U.S. Congressman Dan Kildee, D-Michigan, who made the inquiry last month.

Kildee says he’s disappointed, but still hopeful they can figure something out.

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A new city park is taking shape in downtown Flint.

Millions of dollars have been spent over the years cleaning up the decades of industrial waste at the former Chevy in the Hole auto plant site in the heart of Flint. 

Now that work is largely done and community leaders are starting the next phase.

Shipping container housing project underway in Detroit

Apr 17, 2015
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A project that turns empty shipping containers into sustainable housing kicked off in Detroit this week.

Development firm Three Squared is using nine containers to construct a three story unit in the city's Corktown neighborhood. 

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Legislation set for introduction next week would require home-schoolers to report to their school districts and check in with child welfare experts twice a year. 

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A federal lawsuit has been filed against a Northern Michigan University administrator and four members of the student newspaper board of directors. 

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Bearded woodsmen are everywhere.

The Associated Press calls the look "lumberjack chic."

Outside magazine dubbed it lumbersexual (think: opposite of metrosexual). It's loosely defined as someone who looks like a lumberjack but hasn't chopped down an actual tree.

A photo of the three wolves left on Isle Royale.
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The ongoing study of wolves and moose on Isle Royale in Lake Superior has hit a critical juncture. Researchers in charge of the longest continuous study of a predator-prey system anywhere in the world released their annual report today. 

You can read the full report here.

During his first term, Governor Rick Snyder attempted to get the legislature to pass bills that would have severely limited the amount victims of catastrophic auto accidents could collect.

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