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  • The Ypsilanti mystery pooper saga continues

    Ypsilanti police are still searching for the person dubbed the “mystery pooper.” Someone has been, as the Associated Press politely puts it today, “soiling slides at an Ypislanti playground over the last six months.” So, of course, someone purchased an electronic billboard along I-94 near Huron St. at exit 183 that delivers multiple calls for action: For instance,”Help us flush the pooper.” The company that purchased the billboard, Adams Outdoor Advertising, knows how to reach the world in the 21st Century, branding each billboard with a hashtag for the public utilize in its efforts: #ypsipooper. WJBK-TV says the billboard also toggles through other rich lines, such as: “Do your civic doody, report the pooper #YPSIPOOPER” “Help us catch the poopetrator #YPSIPOOPER.” You can have the runs, but you can’t hide. They’re still looking for you, Mystery Pooper.

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  • City Slang: DJ AvA, Chuck Flask & Keith Kemp preview Movement at Urban Bean Co.

    It’s a really, very cool idea. Paxahau, the good people behind the Movement Electronic Music Festival, are hosting a series of warm-up events, or previews, to the big festival which takes place Memorial Day weekend. On Thursday evening, Movement moved into the Urban Coffee Bean on Grand River in Detroit. While Dj AvA and Chuck Flask & Keith Kemp ably worked the decks, the regular coffee shop goings on continued behind them. It made for an interesting and amusing webcast experience – one guy was taking a nap on camera, while others supped coffee and tappd their feet. It should come as no surprise – the Urban Coffee Co. people have always been big supporters of electronic music. The place includes a DJ stand, and co-owner Josh Greenwood encourages customers to bring their own vinyl and spin on the open turntables. Not on Thursday night though. This being a coffee shop, and it not being particularly late at night, the music remained pretty chill throughout. DJ AvA (real name Heather McGuigan) includes Beth Orton, Madonna, the B-52’s, Daftpunk and David Byrne among her list of influences, so you know that she’s capable of both whipping up a storm and also […]

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  • Here is why landlords could do well in Wayne County

    CNN has a message to all prospective landlords: Head to Wayne County! Occupancy and rental rates are increasing, the report says, creating an opportunity for serious returns on investments. In fact, after comparing the median sales price of homes to average monthly rents in nearly 1,600 counties, RealtyTrac found that Detroit’s Wayne County offers landlords the best return on their investment in the nation. Investors who buy homes in the metro area can expect a 30% gross annual return from rents. That’s triple the national average of 10%. RealtyTrac, an online real estate information company, says the county offers investors low prices for larger homes — with a median price of $45,000. “We’ve got some steals here,” said Rachel Saltmarshall, a real estate agent and immediate past president of the Detroit Association of Realtors, told CNN. “There’s a six-bedroom, 6,000 square-foot home in a historic district selling for $65,000.” For more, read the entire report here.

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  • The Record Store Day Guide for metro Detroit

    This Saturday, audiophiles across the world will venture out to their favorite independent record stores in search of limited releases that quickly become collectors items. The third Saturday of April marks the fairly new international holiday Record Store Day. There are certainly dos and don’ts to know for RSD — like where to shop, and how to shop. That’s right, there is an etiquette to shopping on Record Store Day and violating that code makes you look like a real asshole. In my experience of celebrating Record Store Day, I’ve seen stores use a few different tactics as far as stocking the special releases. Some establishments will set up a table, somewhere in the store, where a few shoppers at a time can flip through records in a calm and contained manner. Other places will have a similar setup, with all the releases at a table, but shoppers ask the store employees for the releases they want. It’s like a record nerd stock exchange. This process gets loud, slightly confusing and incredibly annoying — this is where elbows start getting thrown. Then, there are places that put the releases on the shelves, usually categorized by size — twelve inches with the twelve inches, seven inches with the seven inches and […]

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  • City Slang: DEMF 2014 canceled

    The Detroit Electronic Music Festival, which was supposed to be making a triumphant return this year, has been canceled. A statement on the website says that the festival will be back in 2015. Back in November, Ford Field hosted an announcement party for DEMF, where it was revealed that a new DEMF festival would take place at Campus Martius Park in Detroit over the July 4th weekend. “I’m proud to be involved in the biggest and best electronic music festival in the world,” said Juan Atkins. “The future’s here. This is techno scene.” Not the immediate future, apparently. The DEMF people claim that the M-1 rail construction is partially to blame for the cancellation/12-month-postponement. Read the full statement here. Follow @City_Slang

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  • Metro Times wins heavy at the SPJ Awards

    Despite a turbulent 2013 which saw Metro Times change owners, move buildings and change editors twice, we picked up eight awards at the Society of Professional Journalists Awards on Wednesday night. The big winner was Robert Nixon, design manager, who picked up a first place for “Feature Page Design (Class A)” for our Josh Malerman cover story, first for “Cover Design (Class A)” for our Halloween issue (alongside illustrator John Dunivant), and a second in that same category for our annual Lust issue. In the news categories, our esteemed former news editor and current contributing writer Curt Guyette won third in “General News Reporting” and third in “Best Consumer/Watchdog” – both Class A – for the Fairground Zero and Petcoke Series respectively. Music & Culture Editor Brett Callwood placed third for his Josh Malerman cover story in the “Best Personality Profile (Class A)” category, and former editor Bryan Gottlieb picked up a couple of Class C awards for “Editorial Writing” and “Headline Writing” (third and second, respectively). We were also pleased to learn that our investigative reporter Ryan Felton won first place and an honorable mention for work published while at the Oakland Press. The MT ship is steady now, […]

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Is the pot scene sexist?

Is the pot scene sexist?

Cover Story: The Grass Ceiling. By Valerie Vande Panne 4/15/2014
Mich. businessman to open medical marijuana facility in Windsor

Mich. businessman to open medical marijuana facility in Windsor

Cover Story: Marijuana pioneers. By Ryan Felton 4/15/2014
Why cannabis reformers are shy about the high

Why cannabis reformers are shy about the high

Cover Story: We chase marijuana’s high, and are confronted with Michigan’s new lows. By Michael Jackman 4/15/2014
No pipe? Ways to deal with that nightmare scenario.

No pipe? Ways to deal with that nightmare scenario.

Cover Story: Papers, please. By Michael Jackman 4/15/2014
What you need to know about concentrates

What you need to know about concentrates

Cover Story: Shatter, wax and BH-O-My! By Valerie Vande Panne 4/15/2014
The savvy pot shopper

The savvy pot shopper

Cover Story: Your dealer should absolutely be able to answer these questions. By Valerie Vande Panne 4/15/2014
Chocolate’s Infusions: Medical Edibles and More compiled by Ms. Chocolate

Chocolate’s Infusions: Medical Edibles and More compiled by Ms. Chocolate

Cover Story: Cooking with cannabis. By Lee DeVito 4/15/2014
Detroit\'s \'grand bargain\' in Lansing\'s hands now

Detroit's 'grand bargain' in Lansing's hands now

News Hits: Deal to save DIA art could be a grand illusion. By News Hits 4/15/2014
Detroit bankruptcy \'cramdown\' could end pension fight

Detroit bankruptcy 'cramdown' could end pension fight

News: Done deal. By Curt Guyette 4/15/2014
In Congress, big-money interest groups rule

In Congress, big-money interest groups rule

Politics & Prejudices: Buying a seat in Congress. By Jack Lessenberry 4/15/2014
Thoughts on Mary Barra, Mike Ilitch and more

Thoughts on Mary Barra, Mike Ilitch and more

Feedback: Metro Times readers' responses. By Metro Times readers 4/15/2014
Guns offer more problems than protection in break-ins

Guns offer more problems than protection in break-ins

Stir It Up: Armed at home. By Larry Gabriel 4/15/2014
Shelby Berger, owner of Cloud 22 Head Shop, Main Street Pawn Shop & Patriot Firearms

Shelby Berger, owner of Cloud 22 Head Shop, Main Street Pawn Shop & Patriot Firearms

Face Time: Welcome to the 'Bermuda Triangle' — this guy owns a pawn shop, a head shop AND a gun shop in Pontiac. By Brett Callwood 4/14/2014
James Williamson, the Stooges

James Williamson, the Stooges

MC Five: Stooges guitarist preps album of re-recorded rarities. By Brett Callwood 4/15/2014
Record Review: The Colourist (self-titled)

Record Review: The Colourist (self-titled)

Spun: Weekly music roundup. By Brett Callwood 4/14/2014
Record review: Protomartyr — Under Color of Official Right

Record review: Protomartyr — Under Color of Official Right

Spun: Weekly music roundup. By Lee DeVito 4/14/2014
Jason Stollsteimer readies new band Ponyshow

Jason Stollsteimer readies new band Ponyshow

City Slang: Band made of former Von Bondies will make a Blowout debut. By Brett Callwood 4/15/2014
Record review: Ought — More Than Any Other Day

Record review: Ought — More Than Any Other Day

Spun: Weekly music roundup. By Brett Callwood 4/16/2014
Vinnie Dombroski

Vinnie Dombroski

Hey! I'm In Three Bands: Meet the frontman of Sponge, Crud, and the Orbitsuns. By Vinnie Dombroski 4/16/2014
Meet YUM, a new garage-punk two-piece

Meet YUM, a new garage-punk two-piece

MT Q & A: Young band makes a tasty racket. By Jeff Milo 4/15/2014
\'Canvas Detroit\' delves into Motor City street art scene

'Canvas Detroit' delves into Motor City street art scene

Arts: Off the streets. By Lee DeVito 4/15/2014
U-M pulls the plug on Work • Detroit

U-M pulls the plug on Work • Detroit

Arts + Culture: Outta Work. By Lee DeVito 4/2/2014
Sameer Reddy mixes the sacred with the sexy

Sameer Reddy mixes the sacred with the sexy

Studio Visit: Icon designs. By Tyler Martin 3/26/2014
Dan Savage takes questions from just the ladies

Dan Savage takes questions from just the ladies

Savage Love: Girls. By Dan Savage 4/14/2014
Film Review: Under the Skin

Film Review: Under the Skin

Watch: Scarlett Johansson is a dead, reanimated, alien soul — in an intellectual way. By Jeff Meyers 4/14/2014
Film Review: Jodorowsky’s Dune

Film Review: Jodorowsky’s Dune

Watch: Jodorowsky’s 12-hour 'Dune' didn’t get past the planning stages — but what might have been? By Jeff Meyers 4/18/2014
Film Review: Transcendence

Film Review: Transcendence

Watch: Wally Pfister should stick to cinematography and leave the directing to those who can. By Jeff Meyers 4/18/2014
Film Review: Joe

Film Review: Joe

Watch: Hard-hitting hixploitation. By Corey Hall 4/17/2014
Film Review: Dom Hemingway

Film Review: Dom Hemingway

Watch: Jude Law excels as mouthy and brash criminal. By Jeff Meyers 4/17/2014
Film Review: Draft Day

Film Review: Draft Day

Watch: Kevin Costner doesn’t convince as NFL boss. By Corey Hall 4/11/2014
Woodward Avenue Brewers unveils new menu

Woodward Avenue Brewers unveils new menu

Side Dish: Not drab, WAB. By Metro Times food staff 4/15/2014
Restaurant Review: Dangerously Delicious Pies

Restaurant Review: Dangerously Delicious Pies

Eat: A slice of heaven. By Jane Slaughter 4/14/2014
Enrich your garden\'s soil with dolomite

Enrich your garden's soil with dolomite

Grow Your Own: (No, not the movie starring Rudy Ray Moore). By Metro Times food staff 4/15/2014
Norpro Asparagus Stainless Steel Cooker

Norpro Asparagus Stainless Steel Cooker

The Works: Did you know there was a steamer built solely for asparagus? Neither did we. By Metro Times food staff 4/15/2014
Tips on how to grow and enjoy asparagus

Tips on how to grow and enjoy asparagus

Food/Thought: Cookbook offers all you need to know. By Metro Times food staff 4/15/2014
8 Degrees Plato brings best beer to Ferndale

8 Degrees Plato brings best beer to Ferndale

Side Dish: Voted Best Beer Selection in a store in Oakland County. By Metro Times food staff 4/15/2014
Parker Street Market arrives in Detroit\'s West Village

Parker Street Market arrives in Detroit's West Village

Side Dish: Market up. By Metro Times food staff 4/15/2014
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