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.
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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
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, […]
Broad Street project nears completion
Paving will resume in the Broad Street Corridor project next week.
The rest of the project, already completed, includes the latest technology to monitor and handle traffic flow better, and other enhancements like a device that tells a driver when they ar
NEPA among top places to raise a family
We are among the most miserable people in the nation, have the highest regional unemployment rate in the state and Scranton made headlines earlier this year as the "Most Hungover City in America."
But if you're looking for a place to raise a family, pack
Hugo Selenski has yet another lawyer
WILKES-BARRE - Another day, another legal defense team.
After one of his most recent attorneys was pulled from the case amid allegations of witness tampering, homicide suspect Hugo Selenski on Thursday got two new lawyers to represent him in a murder tri
Outdoors Night a late one for RailRiders
MOOSIC - Veteran Alfredo Aceves made his debut. The RailRiders wore camoflauge uniforms and Outdoors Night turned into a late night for the local nine and their biggest rivals.
The RailRiders and Lehigh Valley played extra innings Friday night at PNC Fie
Jogger dies on Scranton trail of heart attack
A heart attack was the cause of 51-year-old Frank Pallien’s sudden collapse Thursday evening, jogging on the Lackawanna Heritage Valley Trail, Lackawanna County Coroner Tim Rowland said.
Council to consider costs for jail renovations
PETERSBURG - The city has gone back to the drawing board for options involving the jail and its annex. During a recent work session on the jail, Council considered for the second time, a resolution that could have led to the closing of both facilities. I
McGinty has chops, but so does rest of field
Democratic governor candidate Katie McGinty stands in a tough spot.She’s got all the credentials necessary to offer a strong run at knocking off Republican Gov. Tom Corbett in November.
TGIF: Places to go and things to do in Northeast Pennsylvania
CLUBSARLO'S TAVERN, 10340 Route 171, Union Dale: today, Dem Guyz; Sunday, Joe Statuto.BAR LOUIE, Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, Plains Twp.: today, Graces Downfall. THE BAR ON OAK, 900 Oak St., Pittston: today, Latin Night with DJ.BAZIL, 1101 Northern Blvd.
MOSES TAYLOR HOSPITALBERRIOS: A son, April 14, to Brandon Berrios and Devon Markarian, Archbald.HAUSMAN: A daughter, April 15, to Lee Hausman and Meghan Chmielewski, Scranton.HOPKINS: A daughter, April 15, to Eva Hopkins-Dougher, Scranton.KELLY: A daughte
THE WORLD ACCORDING TO 1964
NEW YORK — Video phone calls? Yeah, we do that. Asking computers for information? Sure, several times a day. Colonies on the moon and jet packs as a mode of everyday transportation. OK, maybe not.The New York World’s Fair of 1964 introduced 51 million vis
It depends on where the road goes
Pennsylvania has a long list of roads that need improvement, and even a few areas that could use new roads. None of those locations are in state forests, however, the preserved regions of “Penn’s Woods” that remain true to the name.Gov. Tom Corbett views
Letters to the Editor 4/19/2014
Editor: I will bet that Vladimir Putin has been watching a whole bunch of Lone Ranger reruns. In most episodes the Lone Ranger is mistaken for a bad guy as he wears a black mask.It is only after the Lone Ranger does his good deed and rides away
Spangenberg headed for disabled list
Spangenberg lands on DLSan Diego Padres prospect and Abington Heights grad Cory Spangenberg’s strong start to the season might have hit a speed bump.
Sports Clipboard 4/19/2014
CLIPBOARDFOOTBALL — West Side Falcons will hold early football and cheerleading registration April 25 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., and April 26 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the field on Jackson Street. Cost is $50 per child for ages 5-14. Registration will be ava
B-Sens top Pens for East Division title
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s struggles on Binghamton’s home ice continue.BINGHAMTON, N.Y. — Eighty miles of concrete made the difference between an East Division championship and a second-place finish for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins this season.
LOCAL COLLEGES: Lackawanna baseball sweeps DH
Lackawanna College swept Salem Community College in a conference doubleheader winning 16-3 and 3-2 on Friday. The Falcons clinched a spot in the post season Region 19 Division II Baseball Tournament.
HS SOFTBALL: Valley View slips past Wallenpaupack
Valley View built a four-run lead after two innings, then had to hold off Wallenpaupack, edging the Lady Buckhorns, 5-4, in a Lackawanna League Division I-II crossover softball game Friday.
Regional Briefs 4/19/2014
Officials question ‘historical’ requestWILKES-BARRE — It’s called the Luzerne County Historical Society. But a proposal to declare the group the county’s historical society is making waves after the county solicitor raised concerns over the impact such a
State police investigate hit and run
DICKSON CITY — State police are investigating a hit-and-run crash that happened late Thursday at the Interstate 81 on-ramp to Exit 190 (Main Avenue).
Thief pilfers from Scranton vehicles
SCRANTON — Items were stolen from two vehicles parked in the 1200 block of Donnelly Court on Thursday, city police said.It’s likely the two thefts are linked, acting Capt. Glenn Thomas said.
Dunmore Candy Kitchen expanding to Scranton
The Dunmore Candy Kitchen is expanding to Scranton, opening a new retail shop and kitchen on Davis Street in the fall.The company’s historic home on Drinker Street in Dunmore will remain a retail store, little changed for visitors.
Main Street projects have boosted Moscow business
The grant-funded project that has reshaped downtown Moscow helped the borough attract new businesses and was a boon to several existing establishments, according to an economic impact survey borough officials recently conducted.
Larger plane to Atlanta short-lived
PITTSTON TWP. — Delta’s upgraded jet from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport to Atlanta will run only for a month before the airline diverts it to another location, but the airport will still get a larger craft than it currently has for the route afterward.
Fire destroys N.J. shore homes
SEA ISLE CITY, N.J. — Three homes have been destroyed by a fire that broke out near the beachfront of a Jersey Shore community.
Vet with PTSD to receive $3.1 million from government
Fifteen months after he was awarded $3.7 million in a federal lawsuit, a Marine suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder will receive all but roughly $600,000 of the verdict after the government agreed to drop most of the issues it raised on appeal.
Falling concrete limits parking at Linden garage
The Scranton Parking Authority closed most of the Linden Street Garage on Friday after a section of concrete peeled off the underside of the exit ramp, the authority’s court-appointed receiver said.
Avalanche sweeps down Everest, killing at least 12
KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — An avalanche swept down a climbing route on Mount Everest early Friday, killing at least 12 Nepalese guides and leaving four missing in the deadliest disaster on the world's highest peak. Several more were injured.
MMI students to compete at FBLA state event
Students from MMI Preparatory School, Freeland, qualified to complete at the State Leadership Conference of the Future Business Leaders of America.
The students received first- through fifth-place finishes during the Pennsylvania Regional Leadership Con
HAHS senior at PJAS state competition
Joseph Habel, a senior at Hazleton Area High School, recently competed at the Region 2 Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Sciences competition at Wilkes University.
PJAS is a statewide organization of junior and senior high school students designed to stimul
Volunteers color more than 3,600 eggs for annual event
SAINT CLAIR - More than 50 volunteers hard-boiled, then dyed 3,600 eggs in shades of yellow, blue, green and pink Friday afternoon, getting ready for the annual egg hunt which is expected to draw hundreds of children to the borough today.
"This is our 35
Trek of the Cross held for 36th time in Gordon
GORDON - For the 36th year in a row, the traditional "Trek of the Cross" on Good Friday was held in Gordon, moving along the borough streets, reenacting the walk of Jesus Christ to Calvary.
One of the participants was Rose Yost, Gordon, whose late husban
Around the Region
Ashland: Shepherd's Table free meals are held from 3 to 5 p.m. the second Wednesday of the month at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 35 N. Ninth St. People should use the rear entrance.
n Pine Grove: The fourth annual Easter community sunrise service is